You only get one shot at capturing the magic of your big day on film so it is vital that you pick the right person for the job. Below is a list of what I consider to be some important points to bear in mind when critiquing your options. You can use it as a checklist when evaluating the professional videographers in your area who provide a comprehensive wedding video service.
Experience – although it is possible for somebody new to the profession to film and produce a first-class wedding video, it is also possible that they may have some teething problems with their equipment or technique and miss important parts of your day. If you want to make sure that every moment is captured for posterity, it is best to hire a videographer who has successfully completed a number of wedding videos in the past and who has a long association with cameras in general.
Attitude – if you would like a video record of your wedding that captures all the emotions of the day and every special moment that is shared between yourself and your partner, you need to find a sympathetic videographer who understands your requirements. Some professionals take a very businesslike approach to filming the ceremony and celebrations afterwards, an attitude that often results in videos that are low on emotional content. Somebody who is happy to blend into the background and film events as they unfold is likely to capture raw emotions more effectively than a cameraman who spends all day herding people into formal group shots.
Price – cost is a major factor for most couples when choosing a wedding videographer, especially as there are usually so many other expenses that need to be paid for at the same time. However, it is not a good idea to look at this factor in isolation, for obvious reasons. I recommend looking at exactly what is included in the price for each individual that you are considering, so you can make an informed judgement as to whether they offer value for money or not. If one person seems to be particularly expensive, it may be that they have included certain costs that others have listed as optional extras.
Availability – this causes problems for many couples in Australia and all over the world. Whilst I do not suggest that you plan your whole wedding around the videographer with whom you wish to work, it could be worth being a little flexible with your dates if you have your heart set on a particular person.
The easiest way to establish whether somebody is capable of producing the kind of wedding video that you want is to look at what they have produced for other couples. If you find a videographer who ticks all the boxes as far as the points above are concerned but who has no examples of their work online, ask if they can send you some sample DVDs for you to view with your partner at home.
Tim Szewczyk -