1. Be sure that you get a long with the videographer
When you bring a videographer on, you’re going to have to vibe with them from that point you sign the papers, until months after your wedding during their editing process. You’re going to want to make sure that before you sign anything, you’re vibing on the same wavelength.
Being filmed all day when you’re not used to it is an experience.
Being filmed all day will be a new experience! A good or bad one is entirely dependent on how well you resonate with the person behind the camera. And, more importantly, the quality of your film is directly related to the degree of rapport you and your fiancee share with your videographer.
If you’re comfortable around each other, then your videographer will know the little quirks about you that will make your film uniquely yours.
...So, remember to grab a coffee or drink with a few different people.
Which one is asking you the right questions?
Which one shares your sense of humor?
Which one do you feel really gets you as a couple?
2. Don’t be afraid to budget for a videographer- quality often depends upon what you pay. A lot of brides still consider video a luxury item to add to their wedding if budget allows. I would say that with that mind set, you may not want to get a video at all because you could end up paying for something you don’t love.
There are no discount coupons sales for quality wedding videos.
Filmmaking is an art, and a well-put-together film takes thought, preparation, physical demand, high quality gear, and editing time.
I’m not going to suggest a price since prices vary so much, but I would budget at least the amount you plan on paying your photographer, and perhaps slightly more.
With that in mind, no need to dismiss someone based on price, but be skeptical of someone who tries to sell you a highly discounted package.
3. Make sure they have assistants to help split the tasks at your big day I used to shoot weddings solo and I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.
There is just too much gear, too many balls in the air, too little time, and too many places to be at once for it to go smoothly. Choose someone who will send at least two people out on your wedding day.
4. Be sure you like the way their previous films tell stories
The truth is, most couples have a story that could bring grown men to tears, but it can only happen if their storyteller (the videographer) takes the time before the wedding to get to know them enough to find that story and tell it with purpose.
I’d urge you to go compare as many videographers as you can and see which videos really stand out to you.
Why do they stand out?
Why did one film make you cry when another didn’t?