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Hiring a Videographer for your Wedding
By Carla Raposo

You've spent a long time planning your wedding. A lot of thought, time and energy have gone into making this wedding match the one you've envisioned. Visiting venue after venue to find the perfect place. Flipping through magazines looking for bouquet and cake inspiration. Hunting for that one dress that you didn't want to take off. Few events will rival the day your new life started. Video is a wonderful way to bring that day to life. It lets you relive those wonderful moments and also allows you to share them with those who could not be there.

When choosing the person to capture those once in a lifetime moments, here are a few things to keep in mind.

What Do You Want Your Video to Look Like?
Videography is an art form, and thus videos will vary drastically from videographer to videographer. Choose a videographer that produces a product with a style and beauty that speaks to you and your personality. Each wedding is unique and your video should reflect that. When watching samples of a videographer's work, look for creativity and variety in the shots, a steady picture, a sharp image and clear sound, especially during vows and toasts.

What Will Your Video Cost?
Expect to pay upwards of $1000 for full day coverage from an experienced videography company. Some factors that affect the cost include the number of camera operators and the number of hours you hire them to cover. The complexity of the edit can also drive up the price. An editor can spend anywhere from 40 to 100 hours on a single video. Multiple camera angles, cutting to music, colour correction and custom graphics are all time consuming, but add value and beauty to the finished product.

Meet with the individuals who will actually be at your wedding. Videographers will follow you around all day, sometimes coming into your home. You want these to be people you feel comfortable around, not put you ill at ease. You want someone who is passionate about what they do, and won't treat you like just another job. They should be professional in their demeanor, and dress appropriately for the occasion. There should never be any pressure to book on the spot, and they should be willing to answer all your questions.

The Equipment
Ask about the equipment they will use at your wedding. Professional grade equipment is the foundation of a professional looking video. But equipment alone doesn't produce good videos, talented camera operators and editors do.

A typical equipment list includes cameras, tripods, wireless microphones, batteries, various cables and connectors, and a lighting kit. Modern cameras are quite sensitive in low light situations, but no camera can record in complete darkness. If you do not wish that the venue lights be turned up during key moments so as not to destroy the mood, then your videographer may need to make use of a small on camera light.

Always read your contract thoroughly before signing, to avoid any surprises. Inform yourself regarding cancellation policies, payment schedules, and how many copies of the video you’ll receive. Look for additional costs such as travel or overtime.

Finally, be sure to keep in touch with your videographer as you come up to your wedding day. Provide them with a detailed itinerary, a list of important events for them to capture, and any restrictions the ceremony or reception venue may place on video recording.

These tips should help ensure your wedding video is one you will treasure for years to come.



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