Did you know that only 10% of couples in the UK will opt to have their wedding filmed with approximately 80% of couples having their wedding photographed by a professional photographer. It is often the case that you will hear or read so many times that a couple who didn’t have their wedding filmed will have wished they had, when watching one of their friends or family weddings somewhere down the line. There are many bad perceptions of a wedding videographer and yes I don’t deny some are very true! Here are a few choice words I found by a bride on a forum giving her view on a wedding videographer.
“When searching for a wedding videographer we looked around and there were so many drab, cheesy, old fashioned wedding videos with dodgy out of time music playing and funny editing and I was on the verge of giving up and just asking a friend to film the ceremony.”
Ouch! Your wedding day is a momentous occasion and one that you will want to remember and treasure for a lifetime. Choosing the right videographer to achieve this, and let’s be honest it is a bit of a minefield. As highlighted above, there are those that do continue to film in the way as described above but there are those, like us for example, that are creative, modern that demonstrate a move with the times in the way they film and edit. A wedding film does not have to be love hearts coming out of the screen, page curls and boring static camera work. The Key to finding the right videographer to film your wedding will start with a search on the internet, watching sample clips and checking out whether the videographer’s pricing is within your budget. There are many different styles of wedding filming on offer and its style which is priced accordingly.
No more sitting through hours of wedding footage – with a DVD and chapter/scene selection, you can watch any aspect of your special day over and over again. You can even get short form edits – which are usually around 20-30 minutes highlighting the day using time shifting and of course the most emotional parts of the day to create a story that family and friends can enjoy. Plus, many of us will offer a further DVD with the full ceremony and speeches for you to enjoy. A wedding film allows you to share your special day with family and friends to relive that moment – and speaking from personal experience, it is just wonderful to watch. Yes you may think you hate the way you sound, it’s not important but again from my own experience, you really do forget all that. So much happens during the day your memory can only preserve so much plus it does believe you me, go by in a blur. My grandad sadly passed away 3 years ago and although I have lots of photos of him that were taken during my childhood, there’s one thing that the photos don’t have – his voice! He was thankfully able to attend my wedding and with that I’ll never forget his voice as its there captured on film of my wedding day! Something that I will treasure as I was very close to him. It is also good to show family and friends that couldn’t be present on the day for whatever reason. A wedding film capture’s the real emotion such as laughter, tears, the grooms nerves as he eagerly awaits for you to arrive by his side as well as the little moments that you weren’t even aware of in a way that a still photograph cannot achieve alone. A wedding DVD will compliment your wedding photographs and fill in any blanks that you just cannot remember. Countless brides and grooms have said how quickly the day goes. There are many brides too that after the event regret not having their wedding day filmed.
A good videographer/cinematographer will capture so many things during the filming of a wedding, particularly moments where the bride/groom and the guests do not even realise that the camera is rolling – this is what we refer to has unobtrusive filming where we hide in the background and record what is happening for you to watch later. From my own experience, there will be things that you don’t remember happening or what was said at a particular point in the day such as the father of the brides speech, the laughter and cheering as everyone wishes the bride and groom a long and happy marriage. It would bring a smile, a small tear of happiness to watch this over an over again. I myself am a videographer who loves to film weddings and after 16 years together we finally tied the knot 5 years ago now and I still watch our wedding DVD. It still makes me smile as there are moments that my husband can’t be with me by my side so watching our wedding on the TV or my Iphone is the next best thing!
Paying for a professional videographer to film a very memorable day will ensure that each precious moment is captured without any glitches or those all important moments are missed. Filming a wedding is not the easiest of tasks to undertake as they can be unpredictable and not just a case of turning the camera onto record, there is so much more to it than that.
It is down to the individual to research, view and watch as many samples/whole wedding films, chat etc to find a professional videographer that they are comfortable with and one that can do what has been asked to do. Those seeking the services of a wedding videographer should ask as many questions as it takes to ensure that they feel confident with the videographer’s abilities and there commitment to the job they do as he/she will be with the couple for a number of hours.
A videographer will always show their best work! A quality picture is nothing without good quality audio so it is essential that the videographer shows the prospective client examples of this so that they can hear this for themselves. We like to use audio in our highlights and this demonstrates how good the audio is. We ourselves use many professional recording devices to ensure we capture the best sound available and always have a back up should something go wrong. It’s the same with our cameras – we have lots! By letting a professional capture your day on film, this then takes the pressure off the couple and their filming volunteer leaving them to and all enjoy the celebrations and the emotions of the day knowing that the filming is in safe hands and that nothing will have been missed. I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories that the record button wasn’t pressed so things were missed, there sound isn’t very clear in the speeches or ceremony, it’s all blurry throughout along with many more things that can happen with inexperience.
Many videographers will have a number of options to choose from allowing the couple to select a video package that their budget will allow. One factor that often gets forgotten about is, its not just the filming on the day (sometimes over 12 hours), it’s the pre-wedding planning, attending rehearsals, visits to the client /venue, its surprising how the hours soon mount up. Then once the day is over the editing begins and this is very complex when using a professional editing suite. There can be as much as 12/14 hours of footage needs to be condensed into a DVD of just 1-2 hours and that’s just from one camera – can you imagine the time it takes using multiple film footage. It all takes times to prepare and produce. It can take over 70 hours of work to complete a wedding film fully edited to a high standard and sometimes it takes longer. Not forgetting that there are cases also to design plus the actual DVD print.
One last thought on pricing, don’t put the price before quality – it is definitely worth paying that little bit more than have disappointment. Most videographers can accommodate a wide range of budgets and as such, pricing is subject to many factors such as the area where the videographer lives, the equipment used, expertise and style, business overheads and their experience. The more creative videographers/cinematographers will charge more as they have the latest camera gear and other wonderful filming gadgets. A full time videographer will charge more than one that does it as a hobby as he/she needs to make a living from what they do and they will also be fully insured!
Convinced yet? Why not simply get in touch for an informal chat and take it from there 🙂