3 tips when choosing a videographer

Wedding videography has come a long way since the days of studio size VHS cameras. The quality and expertise have changed dramatically as well. Many times the end result is more like a Hollywood film than a traditional, old school wedding video.

Unlike photography, videography is often an afterthought. Traditionally, after acquiring the venue, wedding photography is oftentimes, the next step during the wedding planning process. Well, let's face it. Historically, photos came before the video, so couples think of that first. And that’s ok. I decided to give a few tips to brides who aren’t sure which kind of videographer to hire (if any) and what kind of budget to spend for said videography services.

Tip #1: Decide which style of video you want.

Do you prefer documentary style (old school) or do you want a film with a more cinematic feel to it? There are videographers with different styles and different price points, so definitely do your research and LOVE what you finally decide on. Cinematic videographers often offer more than one filmmaker, audio equipment, lights, and drones. It really is a whole production, so expect to pay more for them than a traditional videographer with minimal supplies.

Tip #2: Storytelling. Do you want a chronological storyteller or artistic storyteller? A chronological storyteller places clips in your highlight that are essential throughout your day, and you guessed it, in chronological order. An artistic storyteller does the same except that he takes more liberty in creating a visual cinematic story by using more effects (color, motion, sound). The film may begin with the couple leaving the reception and fade into the bride prep. Again, this type of filmmaker uses more creativity and puts more thought into a film.

Tip #3: Budget. How much are you willing to spend? This is obviously the main reason some couples skip on their preferred vendor. To put it in perspective, a professional videographer works about 10 hrs on your wedding day, then uploads, backs up, and edits your footage. After that, he edits, color grades, audio designs, re-edits, re-shoots if necessary and finally delivers. The entire process can take 40-60hrs per wedding. Of course, the timeline we give to clients is usually in weeks or months, depending on how busy we are during the season.

So the budget is extremely important, but so is the quality and look of your wedding film. If you want your film to be creative, artistic, and cinematic, then expect to pay more than a traditional videographer.

And there you have it, my take on three important aspects that you should consider when looking for your wedding videographer. In my honest opinion, quality and creativity should be at the forefront of your decision. Across the Bay Films, for example, offers the quality, creativity, and expertise to create a cinematic film at a reasonable price point.

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