A big thank you to Wedding Video Pro for sharing some thoughts on how to choose a videographer.
1. You don’t want someone that is going to cramp your style. You need them to fit in, get your vibe, get your relationship, understand what you want and be open minded.
2. You have to look at their work. Get examples, get reviews, get testimonials and really understand what their forte is. Do they love telling a story? Are they big on detail shots? Are they modern? Are they traditional?
3. Most brides create a inspiration board or vision board for their weddings… SHARE THIS WITH YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER. They are a big part of your day so make sure that they are “in the know” and get your style.
4. Don’t get taken advantage of. DO NOT OVERPAY. Do some research. And don’t get suckered into a million extra DVDs or extra coverage that you don’t need.
5. You will get what you pay for. There are options out there if you can’t afford to hire a “professional” (college students, family members, etc), but you’re already spending thousands on everything else that wont last beyond that day (flowers, food, etc). Invest in a videographer, you will thank me.
6. Once you find the right person, give them time to scout locations. It is really important for the videographer to be comfortable where they are shooting and to find “interesting” and “compelling” shots.
7. Another **could be controversial option** if you are expecting your family or friends to give you a big gift, ask them to group together and get you a videographer! Maybe this is a good job for your MOH or the mother of the bride/groom to organize. People want to give good gifts, they want to make you happy and they don’t want to get you glasses that you won’t ever use. Find a way to hint that a videographer is a great gift!!!
Let me know what you think. Do you agree with the list? What are most important on this list to look for?