30 Oct Why should I hire a wedding videographer?
There are many companies in the UK producing wedding films and videos and it’s essential that you find the videographer or cinematographer that is right for you on your big day.
Most couples are quite sure they are going to have a professional photographer at their wedding, and budget appropriately – after all, this important day needs to be fittingly documented. The photos will be shown online to many friends and relatives, prints kept in a special album to treasure for the future generations, and perhaps a few favourite shots framed and displayed, or given away as gifts to those closest to the happy couple. We are all so attached to our memories – so why is hiring a videographer such a “should we/shouldn’t we” decision?
You may be surprised to learn that many couples decide to hire a videographer on impulse, and at times even long after they’ve booked and paid for everything else. They may be at someone else’s wedding and see the filming in action, prompting a “do we want this?” question. They may see some videos online and find they actually love the idea, even if they never considered it before. Or, simply, they may find they just want more memories from their special day.
If you never thought about hiring a videographer, or you are undecided about hiring one, we say – go for it!
Here are all the good reasons why you should have one:
It’s the future
Photos as an art form will never become obsolete, and great wedding pictures are a real treasure – and yet wouldn’t you like to show your children, or grandchildren, or your closest friends, perhaps at your 30th anniversary party, what the day was really like? Video has a great power to bring people right back into that special time. Imagine it this way – if you had a chance to see a video of your grandparents or parents getting married, wouldn’t you love to see it?
The short and the long of it
In case you didn’t know this, there are fantastic edit options available, so you can share your special day with those who weren’t there – without forcing them to sit through hours of footage of the bride and groom getting ready!
Most videographers will provide a short edited version of your wedding video, full of special highlights from your day, no more than a few minutes long, ready to be shared with anyone you wish.
1. Look at examples of their work.
Every cinematographer and videographer has a different style and so you’ll want to make sure that you watch their films to make sure that you like the wedding videos that they produce.
2. Find out what equipment they use?
In order to get the best possible wedding film it’s important that your videographer is using the right equipment. We use the the Sony AsRII and A6300 with a professional sensor cinema camera, with a range of prime and zoom lenses. A videographer should also be using dedicated sound recorders to capture the best sound.
Again at Louise Shrigley photography and Film we use professional audio recording sources, including lapel mics, field recorders and shotgun mics.
3. How many cameras does the team have?
Look for film makers who are able to shoot on more than one camera and more than one camera operator. A lot happens at a wedding and they are fast moving days, you want to make sure the filmmaker can capture it all.
4. Ask your videographer what their approach is to filming wedding films. Are they reportage and discreet, or do they tend to take a more directorial approach, using interview techniques and styling in order to get the shots they want? It is your day, and you need to feel comfortable with your videographer.
8. Most important of all, make sure whoever you choose to do your wedding is someone that you will be happy to be there on your special day.
We would like to think that Louise Shrigley Photography and Film meets all of these points and we can produce a beautiful bespoke film of your wedding day. We would be very happy to discuss any questions you may have.
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