In the last decade, there's been a massive rebirth when it comes to wedding videos. What used to be Uncle Todd's job to set the camera on a tripod and hit record has become an art form that continues to evolve, and the biggest beneficiaries are the brides that take their time to make sure that they choose the right wedding videography company. It can be overwhelming having to sift through all the different companies, and so we wanted to try and make that process a little easier by giving our 3 tips to find the best wedding videography company for you.
Look At Their Filmmaking Background
Filming weddings requires a certain level of filmmaking proficiency that can adapt seamlessly to a wedding schedule. Weddings are fast-paced and different from a traditional film set where every shot is pre-planned and can be repeated.
A background in documentary filmmaking is quintessential, because it requires the filmmaker to know how to adjust to changes, find "the shot" quickly, and be able to tell the story in a unique way every single time. Filmmaking is the ultimate art of storytelling, and having a strong background in both narrative and documentary filmmaking is ideal.
Watch Their Past Work
This might seem obvious, but take the time to watch weddings that they filmed recently. One common mistake is watching a wedding that does not fall in line with your wedding budget. This can give you a false sense as to what your wedding video can look like, and can skew how you look at their work-- whether it's in a positive or negative way. With every film you watch, watch with an eye for the company's technical proficiency, and not necessarily for the actual wedding. It can be very easy to get distracted by the amazing location and beautiful decorations while overlooking common filmmaking mistakes; like not exposing the shot correctly, or bad audio.
Understand How They Price their Packages
It can be difficult trying to understand what companies put in their packages because it can seem like they're adding things to the list to justify their price. It's important that the pricing list has a detailed description of each feature, and don't be afraid to ask how much an individual feature would cost by itself. Some companies don't like to put their prices on their website while others do. While it's not necessarily a bad sign for a company to not be upfront with pricing, it can be something to think about before making a decision.
Lastly and most importantly is that you find a wedding filmmaker that you are comfortable with, and that you know will take the time to get to know you and your significant other. Avoid companies that just hire freelance videographers, and film and edit your special day like every other wedding that they've filmed. A good way to check if they do this is simply by watching the company's videos and seeing if they all feel and look the same.
The bottom line is...
Your wedding film should be as unique as your own love story!
Hopefully this helped shed some light on how to distinguish different wedding videographers, and if you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!