It is so crucial to hire an experienced professional to record your wedding day in order to have the ability to reminiscence on things you may have forgotten or missed. Some couples choose to hire a photographer or a videographer, some couples choose to hire both, and it makes it much easier if you are able to get them through the same company. It all depends on your preferences and your budget. Perhaps, you are looking for just a videographer, and need some assistance in the task of finding the right one for your wedding. Seattle has a legion of professional videographers, there is a dependable person out there who is dedicated to producing a beautiful wedding video for you! We have provided a guide below which should assist you sufficiently in this phase.
In the first step of this phase, your goal is to research the various styles that are offered by industry wedding videographers. There are two prominent styles of videography that are considered standards in this field of the industry: documentary and cinematic. The documentary approach is a videography similar to what you may see from A&E's “Biography” series, the videographers will use narration and interviews with guests and family to compose the video. The cinematic approach is in the same videography vein as a Hollywood film or television program, the videographer is there to silently capture the events of the day as least as intrusive and obstructive as they humanly can. There are plenty of styles, and some videographers will blend styles for their own unique brand or per customer request. Discuss with each videographer their style strengths and weaknesses, and if they are insufficient at a certain style you wish to have for the video, consider a different candidate or compromise on a different style if they are stronger in other styles.
With the next step, your goal is to commence your search off with the recommendations of your friends, family, and colleagues, in particular, anyone who has recently become married, or who has involved in a wedding in some fashion. You should also consult your venue coordinators for their recommendations, some venues actually have a preferred or exclusive list of vendors that they do business with, so be sure to cover that detail with your coordinator. Online wedding directories are also a resourceful tool as they provide users information on all sorts of vendors including pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! Consulting these sources will help you hone in on professional videographers that specialize in weddings and come with plenty of experience under their belt. Call up the candidates that strike your interest, and ask of their availability, you should schedule appointments with only the candidates which are available during the date.
With your list of appointments compiled, the next step is to become acquainted with each candidate. You will want to ask each candidate plenty of questions regarding a multitude of things. You should ask if they are familiar with your venue, if this is not a venue coordinator suggested candidate. Regardless, the candidate should suggest or at least be willing to visit the location, and scope out the best angles and spots for filming. You should inquire into the production process, specifically, how proficient they are at editing the raw footage, and how long you will have to anticipate waiting before you get the finished product. We also advise to ask about copyrights and the various formats the videographer offers the video in. Before you conclude each interview you need to discuss the costs of their services and any labor demands they may have. It is a good idea to ask for a sample invoice in order to compare each candidate to determine who is going to give you the best quality for your money. The costs will vary in each state or city, and so will the quality of videographers, but the business comes with its share of overhead costs. Keep this in mind, and be wary of any suspiciously cheap quotes.
Remember the key thing is to trust your instincts, and take some time to deliberate with your partner and parents regarding which candidate will ultimately be the best one for the wedding. Once you have made the decision, get everything in a written contract with the company or candidate, and place a deposit if applicable. Another wedding planning task bites the dust!