Your wedding is quickly approaching and you have found all the vendors you wanted. You have paid for the catering, the venue, the photographer, the flowers and more. What’s this….you have some extra money for the wedding, that is great news. A fantastic idea comes to mind, why not hire a videographer? Sure, you have a little bit of money left over after all the expenses and it would be nice to have a wedding video…right? So you begin your adventure to find yourself a videographer. Your wedding is a few months away so it should be doable. As you begin your search on the internet you notice quite a bit of price variations. Some videographers charge as low as $599 and some are close to $3000. Why is there such a difference in pricing? Well, I will tell you why. More than likely, the companies who are charging only $599 usually have rookies behind the camera. The company does not pay a high rate for their videographers because they haven’t mastered the craft. I had a client who almost hired a company from Los Angeles to shoot their wedding. The company asked for the entire payment up front, and did not want to meet with them to discuss the details of the wedding. This was a scam and I am glad she reached out to me before she signed with them. So you think to yourself, how bad can a $599 package be? Well, I have heard horror stories where the videographer, yes one videographer for the entire wedding did not show up. Or better yet, shooting everything hand held, no tripod. You might as well of hired your uncle Bob to shoot it for free.
Most people do not think of hiring a videographer for their wedding until it is too late. When you do find one that you like, guess what……they’re booked. There is a good reason why they are booked too. Many videographers who shoot weddings are storytellers. The guys who shoot weddings for $599 are simple capturing the wedding. If that is what you want then great you save a whole lot of money. But do not get disappointed when it comes time to watch your wedding video.
Storytellers, like myself, pride themselves in developing a story surrounded by the couple, the venue, the friends and family. We go to great lengths to capture all that we can and doing so by using a variety of tools. One of my favorites is the Glidecam. This tool, when used properly can enhance your wedding story to the next level. What a stabilizer does such as the Glidecam, is allow the camera movement through space. Imagine the camera floating while getting shots. You may have seen something similar in movies, where the camera follows an individual during a scene. Stabilizers allow you to move with the camera in hand without the jerky steps you see when someone is just walking with a camera in their hand. There is a big difference. As storytellers, we also incorporate the toasts. Many wonderful things can be said during toast, and this is where you can lay down the foundation for your wedding film.
My point is this, if you are interested in a wedding video (film) book your videographer a year in advance. This not only secures the videographer for your date, but it shows the videographer how much you value his or her work. Do not go cheap, you only get married once….or at least you should. Click here for my wedding film example.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.