Follow these five steps to make sure you’re booking the right wedding videographer!

Wedding videographers come in all shapes and sizes these days, and it’s important to make sure you’re making the right choice! We’ve come so far from mom and dad’s home movie, but finding the right wedding videographer for your can seem a bit daunting.

I recently talked about why you need a wedding videographer, and definitely recommend checking that out if you’re on the fence. I also didn’t find anything that was actually helpful for couples, other than articles that weren’t useful and clearly not written by a wedding videographer.

As an experienced wedding filmmaker, I’ve broken down the top five questions to help you find the perfect wedding videographer.

1. Ask the wedding videographer to describe their videography style.

This might seem obvious, but can be more insightful than what you find on other blogs or websites. There are wide range of videography styles, and much like photographers, each person’s style comes from a place of artistic integrity, passion, and inspiration. Whether that’s documentary, timeless, nonlinear, or something else, the videographer will probably use their own unique descriptors to describe their work.

If you’re looking for something straightforward and simple, you probably don’t want a videographer who specializes in nonlinear edits. If you’re wanting something more artsy and abstract, a timeless style probably won’t be the best match for you. I encourage you to approach this process like you would a photographer, and find someone whose style you connect with. Additionally, make sure they have a body of work to support their claims, and do your own research on their social media profiles and websites.

2. Ask them about their process and approach to a wedding day

Finding the right filmmaker that’s going to fit with your personality and vendor team is key when picking your videographer. Everyone’s process is going to be different and whether they’re more fly-on-the-wall or giving full direction, clarifying their approach to a wedding day and setting expectations on what your experience is going to be like with them is crucial– especially with a vendor who is going to be with you for the majority of your wedding celebration!

3. Ask how they work with the other vendors

This is a big one. While it’s important to hire a professional that is great with your whole vendor team, they’ll spend most of the day with the photographer. Having a fire photo and video team will make your day feel that much more effortless, and will reflect in your film and photos. Have they worked with your photographer before? If you haven’t booked your photographer, do they have any to recommend? Are they able to double-dip and shoot alongside the photographer? Or, will they need additional time between poses and moments to capture their own bits?

It’s usually something different for everyone, and for me I’d say it’s a mix. I love playing off of my photographer partner, and haven’t met one I didn’t love. But when the photographer is more traditional and posed, I tend to need a little more time to get some movement out of that moment so it translates to video. Don’t be afraid to suss out an ego, because on your wedding day, you want a wedding videographer who’s there for you!

4. Ask about their willingness to take on your creative ideas and suggestions

For *your* wedding day, I find that it’s extremely important to craft stories that highlight and celebrate each of my couple’s stories in a unique way. Whether that’s video shoutouts, home video integration, or skydiving clips (!!!), at the end of the day, I want my clients to see themselves in their film. Finding a videographer who will take your ideas and run with them may be an important aspect when searching for this creative partner. On the flip side, you may also be looking for someone to bring their genius and give them free rein of everything! At the end of it all, finding an artist you trust to do the job beautifully will help you feel confident and excited in booking your wedding videographer to capture your day through their perspective.

5. Ask them what sets them apart and makes them unique

This is probably the biggest thing that I can suggest– uniqueness! Finding a wedding videographer that sticks out from the crowd and stands in their own lane doesn’t happen all the time these days. With the hegemony of weddings as a whole, some artists feel that the best way to book clients is to deliver what everyone else is delivering. However, investing in something unique and one of a kind is what is going to make your wedding film truly feel like YOU! Because why settle for the mass-produced Target bag when you could have the Herm├ęs Birkin?

In whatever you choose, finding a creative collaborator that you love and trust is the most important aspect of your wedding day. A videographer who is going to make the experience better, easier, and celebrate you on your wedding day is the best way to ensure that the final product is beautiful, emotional, and feels authentic to you.

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March 25, 2024

5 Questions When Picking Your Wedding Videographer