Things your Videographer wishes you knew

Happy Monday!  Hope you have plenty of treats from Halloween and are ready to read all about Things Your videographer wishes you knew!

*Videography is quickly shedding the stereotypes of the past.  Modern wedding videography is not cheesy or melodramatic, but cinematic, well crafted, and a work of art.  It is well worth the investment!

*Photography is an amazing medium but it won’t capture the words of your vows or what your father said when he was giving his toast or how Grandma sounded when she laughed.  Photo and video work together to create the complete spectrum of memories from your wedding day.

*Having your Uncle Phil play videographer for the day is generally not a good idea.  In the same vein, Craigslist is not a good source for a quality, talented videographer.  Do you really want someone responsible for capturing your once in a lifetime memories that has only shot their kids playing in the park?  Hire a true professional – it makes all the difference in whether your video is something you watch over the years or something that is stored in a box in the basement.  You really do get what you pay for.

*Please hire a company that truly specializes in videography.  There are a lot of companies now who ‘specialize’ in DJ services, video and photo services as well as dabble in wedding planning.  Ever hear the saying “Jack of all trade, master of none?”  That is what these people are!  Hire someone who is actually a specialist and not a dabbler – they will be amazing at what they do and not just mediocre at 2 or 3 other things as well.

*Please be aware that there is some rivalry between videographers and photographers.  There are certain companies that just don’t play nicely in the sandbox.  If you think about it, both of us are going for the same shots and trying to capture the same day and if you have one person who is always getting in the other’s way, it can get ugly.  Your planner will likely know which companies work well together and which don’t but it doesn’t hurt to ask your videographer who they like to shoot with especially if you haven’t booked your photographer yet.  You want us to get along, trust me.

*You know those amazing demos that made you want to cry, laugh and ultimately are why you hired us?  We got those shots because the bride and groom scheduled enough time with us either before the ceremony or between the ceremony and reception.  Please ask us what for input when you are working on your timeline.  It will really make a difference in the final product if we have plenty of time for our shoot.

*Receiving Lines are one of the biggest time wasters on a wedding day – especially if you have a big guest list!   You can easily use up 30-40 minutes of your prime photo/video time after the Ceremony by having a receiving line.   Skip it and mingle around table to table at the Reception to greet everyone.  As an added bonus, your interactions with your guests will be so much more meaningful.

*It was covered in the Things your Photographer wishes you knew but it bears repeating: Contrary to what your venue might tell you, vendors do not prefer a cold salami sandwich with a bag of chips after working for 12 hours.  Videographers are responsible for crafting how you will remember your big day.  It’s hard to stay positive and focused when you are handed a cup that contains about two bites worth of dry macaroni salad.  If at all possible we prefer to be in the main room, seated with other vendors, and fed around the time that the Bridal Party is fed.  That way we can finish up quickly and be ready to go when the traditional events start back up.

*Enjoy your day!  There are so many things that have the potential to ruin your day but remember the memory of those things will fade but the lack of a smile on your face will be recorded from every angle!  Let the small things go and just focus on the purpose of the day and what the end result will be: Mr. & Mrs.

*On average a wedding video takes between thirty and forty hours to edit, while photography takes between fifteen and twenty hours to complete per wedding.  Photographers can use standard PCs to edit their images, while videographers need fast workstations with large storage solutions if they need to store more than several events at a time.  All this means that we might take a little longer to deliver the final product than your photographer but please know that the finished product will be well worth it!

Thanks to all my videographer friends who contributed!  Tomorrow, we’ll hear from DJs about what they wish you knew!

One Response to “Things your Videographer wishes you knew”

  1. Tye Olmsted Says:

    Great article! All I can say is amen! The biggest job of a videographer today is not shooting or editing; its educating brides about our services. Videography is truly an investment but so many people out there try to cheapen it up. There is a lot of fine videographers out there and I’m sure they all agree on the points made in this article.