Choosing a Wedding Videographer

Wedding VideographerTraditionally, it has always been important to have a photographer at your wedding to capture every angle and every detail. However, as times continue to change and couples are more demanding with how they want their ceremony documented, videographers are becoming more and more common in the industry. It’s not that the concept of videotaping your wedding is new; in fact it has been happening since as early as the 1970s on a regular basis. However, with digital video cameras readily available that take amazingly clear video that can be transferred in just minutes from the camera to a computer, there are more and more unique ways to film your wedding with new ideas and style popping up each day.

With such great technology and so many “videographers” flooding the market, it is more important than ever to know what you’re looking for when choosing a wedding videographer. You want to make sure you are hiring someone who is qualified and will capture every moment in great detail, but choosing the correct person out of the mix can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are some key things to consider when choosing a wedding videographer that will help you find the perfect match for your special day.

Basic Skills

It is important to make sure that your videographer has the basic skills to capture your wedding on film before you make a deposit. The last thing you want is to have an inexperienced videographer show up and film your wedding only to find out later that the quality was not what you expected. It is always a good idea to check out the videographer’s website and look at their portfolio to get an idea of what they are capable of producing. A good videographer will have plenty of sample projects, and usually there will be at least a few real couples that you can contact for a personal recommendation listed right on their website. By making sure your prospective wedding videographer is the right person for the job, you can save yourself a big headache later and not feel like you were cheated with a subpar end product.

Digital or Real Film

Most videographers will offer one of two options; film or digital video. Though digital video is the industry-accepted format and seems like it will be the easiest to deal with, film is actually a superior medium and will give your wedding video a “timeless” look that you simply can’t replicate in any other way. However, it can be very expensive to hire a videographer that uses real 8mm or 16mm film to shoot your wedding, so you should consider this a luxury item and plan accordingly. Just 1 hour of filming can cost well over $2000, so most people opt for digital video which is affordable, easy to duplicate, and always turns out great.