What do we need to consider when choosing a videographer to film our day?

Question Asked: 13/01/2023

Wedding Date: 9/08/2018

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Love Magic Films

(6) · Melbourne and surrounding regions and Mornington Peninsula

Posted: 3/03/2023

When choosing a videographer for your big day, there are a few important things to consider.

  • Look for a videographer with experience in filming weddings, as they will know how to capture the important moments and create a cohesive story.
  • Check out their portfolio to get a sense of their style and ensure it aligns with your vision for your wedding video.
  • Read reviews and ask for references to get a sense of their professionalism and the quality of their work.
  • Discuss the packages they offer and make sure they fit within your budget and meet your needs.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the videographer, as they will be with you throughout your wedding day.
  • Ensure that they are open to your ideas and are willing to collaborate with you to create your dream wedding video.

At Love Magic Films, we take pride in providing exceptional wedding videography services that capture the magic and emotions of your special day. Visit our website at www.lovemagicfilms.com to learn more and book us for your wedding.

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New Black Studios Photo & Video

(5) · Gold Coast | Brisbane

Posted: 16/01/2023

Congrats on your engagement and I'm really glad you are considering getting videography!! Not getting video is the number 1 regret for many couples.

Choosing a videographer can be a daunting process. Our suggested key things to consider are:

1. Do you like their style? 
There are several ranges of styles of wedding videography. Not only in the filming process, but in the editing and delivery style of your wedding film. From traditional or cinematic to very artsy and quirky. From romantic & slow wedding videos, to more fast-pace & upbeat vibe. The videographers will be your story-tellers of your day, so it’s important your like the way they document your day. Best idea to view their sample videos and find a style you connect with.

2. Are they experienced?
Choosing a videographer who has proven experience in shooting weddings is a must! Weddings are a live and often unpredictable environment to cover. Your videographer needs to understand the wedding process and be able to adapt quickly to whatever a wedding day can involve. A good videographer also has appropriate professional equipment (our videographers each have multiple bodies, lenses, stands, gimbals, audio recorders & lighting equipment….plus drones!) 

3. Are they trusted?
Unfortunately there are some bad eggs that give our industry a bad name. Not communicating, cancelling last minute, missing key moments, not delivering video after wedding etc etc. The best way to ensure you engage a videographer you can trust is to look at their reviews, look at how long they have been in business and if respected in industry (often your venue will recommend their preferred suppliers).

4. Do they capture audio? And GOOD audio.
We believe that audio is a crucial part of wedding videos. You want to be be able to hear back your vows, or say listen back to your Dad’s speech. Some videographers only use on-camera audio, and some don’t capture audio at all (and simply put your footage over music). Our team usually captures 3 different sources of audio to ensure we capture the clearest audio possible and have backups in the case of technical issues etc. 

5. And lastly…are they in your budget?
Everyone has a budget to stick to. Make sure your videographer of choice has a package & deliverables that suit your needs as well as your budget. A tip is to find a studio who offers both photo & video, as often you can get a combined package deal which will be more cost effective for you.

Good Luck and hope this helps!

Cheers,
Sarah - New Black Studios Photo & Video
www.newblackstudios.com.au

Hailstorm & Co.

(6) · Perth and Surrounding Regions, WA - WILL TRAVEL

Posted: 15/01/2023

Hi there!

You may wish to review our BLOG via this link.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8yojj6sfmr3s64u/How%20to%20choose%20the%20best%20wedding%20videographer.pdf?dl=0

This should give you ALL of the information you need to help you decide who is best for you.

All the best!

Kind Regards,

Hayley - Hailstorm & Co.

Fable Wedding Films

(24) · Sydney and Surrounds

Posted: 14/01/2023

When choosing a videographer to film your wedding day, there are a few key things to consider:

First, it's important to look at their portfolio and review their previous work. This will give you a sense of their style and the type of videos they produce. You should also check if they have experience filming weddings, as this will ensure they understand the unique requirements and challenges of filming a wedding.

Second, you should also consider the videographer's approach to storytelling. A good videographer will be able to capture the emotions, details, and special moments of your day, and tell the story of your wedding in an engaging and cinematic way.

Third, it's essential to consider the cost and the packages offered. Make sure that you understand what is included in the price and that you are getting the best value for your money.

Finally, you should also consider their availability and communication skills. It is important that the videographer is available on your wedding day, and that they communicate well with you throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding.

We recommend that you schedule a meeting with us, we can show you our portfolio and discuss our approach to filming your wedding day, we also can answer any questions you may have. We want to make sure that we are the right fit for you and that you feel comfortable with us capturing your special day.

Amore Videography

(6) · Perth

Posted: 14/01/2023

Hey how's things? Not an easy task this wedding planning...

Heres some things to consider when looking, booking & working with a wedding videographer:

  1. If you hire a videographer, for the most part they will be front and center with you most of your wedding day. For this reason it's important that you get along with each other. This means at the very least meeting on a zoom call to scope out each others vibe, or even better meeting in person.
  2. Their process from enaging with them to talk about their services, all the way to recieving your video edits should be EASY. This includes, knowing what video product / package will work best for you and your partner, how to book & payment structures, client service level agreements & deliverables.
  3. Deliverables - when will you actually get your wedding video edits back? Waiting months and months for your deliverables with no delivery date isn't on. Make sure you get a firm delivery date.  Do you want to wait 4 months or 10 days?
  4. Industry knowledge & adaptability. Knowing when to step in to get reactions for video and when to step back and let the couple be is a skill. It takes time to learn where to be and where not to be to capture a wedding. This also goes for working along side a photographer, not constantly getting in their way, and respecting they have to capture too. 
  5. Communication. Having a supplier check in with you regularly during your wedding planning can be so useful. Wedding professionals can help in so many more ways than just the product and service they deliver. So being able to ask for recommendations and advice can help you make decisions, and the check ins can help you build rapport before your wedding day.

I hope this helps

Neil - Amore Videography 

www.amorevideography.com

P.S. I've also got some useful stuff on my Instagram @amore_videography

Moments Photography & Film

(11) · Sydney and Surroundings + Destination Weddings

Posted: 14/01/2023

There are several things you should consider:

1. Your budget

2. do they work in a team, ie choosing a videography / photography team combined will generally get you better work as they can collaborate before during and after, having a seperate video / photo team can mean competing space on the day, also different styling and locations could hinder the final result 

3. what do they offer, do they record nuptials over the film or do they just play music

4. their style, some are more cinematic, some are more fast pace and handheld with lots of movement

5. their expeiernce in the type of wedding you are having, their is a big difference to a boutique wedding over an Indian wedding

6. their equipment to handle any conditions, a higher end videographer will tend to shoot with high quality equipment to balance the harsh Australian sun allowing for more professional look that doesn't blow highlights while retaining beautiful shadows.

7. Story telling, do they just put it together without thought, or do they put something together that will bring out an emotion

8. their creativity 

these are some of the basic things to look for. if you have a strict budget then look for an up and comer, if budget isn't too much of a concern then look for someone who is well established. 

Wedding Livestream

(25) · Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowomba & Surrounding Areas

Posted: 14/01/2023

When considering someone to cover your day there are a few points you might want to think about.

  • Do you want a highlight video to share on social media, a recording of the ceremony or purhaps a live stream too so distant friends and family can watch? Deciding what end product is most important to you will help you narrow down your search.
  • How much of your day do you want covered? Videographers normally offer packages based on hours covered. This can impact the runsheet for the day if you need to have first dance done earlier in the night before the videographer finishes for example.
  • Budget. Videography isn't cheap as a lot of time goes into crafting the perfect video once it's all been captured. Ultimately your chosen videographer will need to meet your budget which will also impact how much time they spend covering the day.
  • Filming style, audio clarity and ability to craft a story. Watching examples from your shortlisted videographers is very important.
  • Read reviews! What was the experience others had. Choosing an experienced professional with good reviews and good examples will help you stress less enjoy your day knowing you're in the hands of a professional.

I hope these few points will help you in your decision making.

I'd also encourage you to think about how a live stream can really add to your day and help keep your budget in check too by allowing more people to virtually attend your wedding plus you'll have a recording to keep which may help you reduce your overall videography budget depending on what's most important for you out of the first point above.

All the best,

Dave

www.wedding-livestream.com.au

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