Saturday, March 26, 2011

Step 29 -Interview and Book your Videographer

(9 Months to 24 Months Before your Wedding)
Wedding Videography has come a long ways in recent years. The prices have become a lot more affordable and there has been remarkable advancements in technology. The couple's wedding day activities are starting to show up on their webpage, Facebook, youtube and blogs allowing cross country relatives and friends view the wedding very quickly, after the event, especially with advent of youtube. Even simulcast TV of the wedding can be cabled in to the home so your frail grandparents, aunts and uncles can see the event live.

Only the video, brings back the voices, the laughter, and the music capturing not just how the bride and groom looked, but how they were. It presents a special moment in time, moments that can be relived of that wonderful event, with memories shared with people who were not there and even with people not born yet. Sharing your wedding day with children and grandchildren, a special keepsake for couples remembering their wedding day, of an event to be cherished for the rest of their lives.

Yes, let family and friends in on the action too, you can strategically place camcorders out on the banquet tables or share video phones with the guests too, to allow excitement to unfold and do some interviews with some of the guests. A lot of the excitement to be downloaded and uploaded to youtube for the world to see.

Even with the new video revolution, you still want a professional videographer to videotape your wedding. To capture exceptional videography, have the angles of the shooting just right, to capture the voices distinctly, to show the beautiful background, to have the video centered properly showing the subject on the lens, to capture good close range shots and far distance shots, and to method logistically put the wedding day story together you need a professional videographer.

You can find professional videographers on wedding related websites or just go to your search engine type in the city you want then type "videographers" or "videography". You can also go to your magazine store or book stores that sell magazines and look for bride, photography, and geography type magazines, and some will have yellow pages and look for videographers there. Some videographers show up elsewhere in this blog.

You want to interview a few videographers and review their style of shooting, pricing, and you want to measure how comfortable you are in communicating with them. Not all videographers have the same shooting/editing style. Check out the videographers on their personal website. Most have streaming video samples on their website enabling you to evaluate styles you like. Not only view their work but sure to interview them fully in addition. How do they operate? What packages do they offer? How much experience do they have? What equipment do they use? How are their shoots set up? How do they operate if there's inclement weather? What is their pricing? Also, ask if they have a sample DVD or video CD?

A recent study of married women asks, if you had an opportunity to do your wedding all over again, what would you do differently. Most respondents surveyed said they wish they videotaped their wedding. For many, that special moment is only seen in photos and feels it's the ancient past. If the event is videotaped, the wedding moment can be relived over and over again as if you were there. For many couples, the replaying of their wedding has become a part of their anniversary tradition. First they play their wedding video, they exchange their anniversary gift and they go out to dinner for a romantic evening.

After interviewing the wedding videographer and hearing about different wedding packages they have to offer, try to describe exactly what you would like to see in your wedding video. Do you want the video shown as the event it is, or do you want to make the event into a story? Can the videographer capture what you want to see? Some videographers can even capture vignettes in addition to the wedding, which is a story based on the couple's past and how their romance blossomed. Vignettes are often shown at the rehearsal dinner or at the cocktail hour prior to the wedding reception or when families gather to watch the couple open their wedding gifts.

Almost every videographer has their fee structure set up differently. There is no set standard. Some use a set fee, some charge by the hour footage, some charge by the montage, and some charge for the amount of shootings and add additional charges for the editing. It's important to have a full understanding of the cost breakdowns, be sure to review the budget you have to work with and you can't go over the specified amount. Be sure to have everything laid out in the contact, everything discussed is in the contact and even have stated in the contract, the videotaping won't go over a specified limit. You want no hidden fees or surprises.

A couple of things to note, it's important not to be in a hurry for the finished product. As a general rule, it requires about one hour of editing, maybe a little more than that to generate one minute of finished video. There are many hours of behind the scenes work that creates a life long memory for the couple. On average it takes 4 to 6 months after the wedding to get the final wedding videography product. Couples often can't wait to get the videography back from their wedding day and apply pressure to get the product back quickly. The less pressure applied to rush the wedding video, the better the finished product will be!

To sum up, find yourself a videographer that matches your style and you are comfortable working with. Make sure everything you agreed to is covered in the contract and make sure you review it thoroughly. The best videographers do get booked early so if you want a really good one, get one booked far in advance and is available for your wedding day. If the videographer is excellent, offer to give him a referral and put a good review in his/her website and be willing to let him tape the referral if he/she so asks. He will really appreciate that you have helped him/her in promoting their business.

That's the story of interviewing and booking your videographer! See you on the other side!

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