➤ Why video? Sight, sounds and emotion. Movies… today’s wedding videos are no longer just moments recorded on tape. They can be edited and produced. They can have music to enhance the moment, slow motion, black and white. Video brings you closest to reliving that day. It brings it to life over and over again. The question is not “if” you should have video any more …… video is fast becoming a must at all weddings. The only question is: Who to choose and how do you find the right videographer for your day.
➤ Capturing a wedding on video used to mean bright lights, cables, and microphones. But technology has changed, bringing smaller, more light-sensitive cameras to today’s wedding videographer. No longer is it necessary to have huge obtrusive cameras to capture “broadcast” type footage.
➤ There are basically two types wedding video productions you can choose from. One is a documentary type production; the other is more of a cinematic type production. The documentary type video delivers just as it states… your wedding day as it happened, in real time. Editing is minimal. The videographer will shoot the events as they happen and deliver a format that will allow you to view your day as it happened. Very little editing is involved. These types of productions are normally less expensive and can be delivered in only a few days after the wedding.
➤ The cinematic type video delivers more of a “movie” type of production. Although it can be shot with one camera, most good cinematic wedding videos are shot with two cameras(or more) allowing one videographer to focus on the “events” as they happen while the other gathers footage that will later be used to enhance the production. Some videographers spend as much as 25 – 30hrs of studio time editing these types of videos. Some companies offer both styles with their packages …. A documentary style production of the day, along with a “cinematic” type video or “Short Form” video. These types of productions will take longer to receive because of the extensive editing that is done with the footage.
➤ Start soon. Most good videographers shoot on average one wedding a weekend. Book them at the same time you book your church, hall, photographer, etc. Normally 9 – 12 months in advance of your date. Never settle on the first video you see. Go through the process…eliminate all doubt.
➤ Most established videographers have something on their websites for you to view and information about their packages. Don’t ever scratch anyone from your list yet because of price until you’ve seen the work they produce. View the work of the least expensive videographer ($500 – $700) in your area and the most expensive ($2000 – $5000) in your area. It will give you an idea of what kind of work is delivered at those prices.
➤ If you follow this system you’ll assure yourself that you will have a video you’ll treasure forever.