Questions To Ask A Videographer

Questions To Ask A Videographer

What is the number one thing that brides regret after their wedding?  Not getting a wedding video!

Yes, you may have those beautiful photos that tell the story of your special day, but a professional wedding video allows you to hear, feel, see, and relive those emotional moments from your special day.

If you are considering hiring a wedding videographer make sure you start with these questions:

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?

While a highly stylized or photojournalistic approach is great for select montages of your wedding day, it is likely that you also want someone that uses a documentary style as well. This allows them to capture your special moments in an artful way, without to much intrusion. Discuss style options with your vendor prior to booking.

HOW CAN I VIEW YOUR WORK? 

Online highlight wedding videos can be great examples of a videographer’s work, but they don’t always tell the complete story. It is best to watch examples of how they approach all areas of the day, from the pre-ceremony through the reception.

Mike Staff Productions Videography Reel 2016 from Mike Staff Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.

DO I RECEIVE THE RIGHTS TO MY EDITED VIDEO?

You should be allowed to make your own copies or the videographer should be able to make them for you for a nominal fee.

WHAT PACKAGES DO YOU OFFER?

Your wedding day and needs are unique to you. Your videographer should offer an array of packages with options for ceremony only coverage with one videographer to 10 hours of coverage with two videographers.

DO YOU WORK WITH DJs, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND HALL MANAGERS?

Professionalism and courtesy should be the backbone of your videographer’s business practice. Be wary of a wedding vendor who has exclusivity as a contract term.

WHAT ATTIRE WILL YOU WEAR TO MY WEDDING?

A professional videographer should be dressed in professional business attire.

WILL I RECEIVE A PERSONAL CONSULTATION WITH MY WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER?

You should always speak with the videographer filming your wedding prior to your wedding day. This allows you the opportunity to discuss your personal preferences for your wedding video.

WHAT KIND OF LIGHTING DO YOU USE?

Your wedding day is a special day for you and shouldn’t be a myriad of Hollywood lights. Professional HD cameras allow for the use of ambient light or small camera mounted lights. Anything more may be distracting.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY EDITED VIDEO?

Make sure any videographer you are considering for your wedding video employs a staff of video editors and states in advance when you can expect your wedding video. (Mike Staff Productions guarantees you will have your wedding video within 12 weeks of your wedding.)

MAY I REVIEW YOUR CONTRACT?

Never do business with a wedding professional that does not clearly express what you can expect.

WILL THE VIDEOGRAPHER REQUIRE A MEAL?

It is standard to provide dinner for the videographer, DJ and photographer.

You may also be interested in reading questions you should ask a wedding photographer.

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Mike Staff is the founder and CEO of Mike Staff Productions, one of the most highly acclaimed wedding services companies in the country, providing award-winning Wedding DJs, Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videography for over 20 years. Mike serves as a Nationwide Ambassador for The Knot.com, advising the wedding industry on best practices and insight into the challenges and opportunities.

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