Having your wedding recorded is a crucial element to the event as a whole, and a fundamental factor in the process of planning it. While many couples choose hiring a photographer, perhaps you have the budget space, and are considering something more such as videography? It all depends on your budget, if you prefer to have two forms of media, there is no specific rule against it anywhere that we have read. Perhaps, you do not have the budget space, and will have to make a decision. Perhaps you would rather have a DVD than a photography book. New Orleans has plenty of professionals who are more than capable of video-recording your wedding for sake of permanence. We have provided a guide below which should help you in this aspect.
The first step you should look to complete will be to research the styles which videographers use to capture weddings. There are two prominent styles among the industry, Documentary and Cinematic. The Cinematic approach has videography similar to that of a music video or short art film. These videos are highly stylized using dramatic camera techniques and moving shots that pan the scene. The Cinematic videos are usually set to a music soundtrack, so that you will get a short video typically a few songs in length total that captures selected moments from the wedding. The Documentary style videographer will simply be there to capture the events, their goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible, usually not moving around as much or using extraneous equipment, thus interfering less with the action. The Documentary style video will usually be longer in length, 1-2 hours typically, to show more of what happened at your wedding without a heavy amount of editing, leaving in most of the important moments from your special day for you to treasure later. The styles range from professional to professional, as some videographers will blend styles for their own unique brand, or upon customer request. Discuss with each candidate you interview what their style strengths are, and what your vision for the style of the videos is.
The second step to start your search for a videographer with the recommendations of your family, friends, and trusted colleagues, in particular, anyone who has been recently married, or has been involved in a wedding to some extent. It is also advisable to ask the venue coordinator if they have any recommendations. It is worth it to ask them because they may provide you a list of exclusive vendors, or at the very least, they should provide you with a list of suggestions. Another great resource for your search will be online wedding directories. These websites are great sources of information on vendors including details on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! The key thing in your search is to focus on professionals that specialize in weddings, with experience comes the ability to capture all the small nuances that bring about a personal touch to your wedding film. When you have gathered a solid list of candidates, call each one up, and ask of their availability on the date of your wedding and around that general period. It is important to book appointments with candidates that are not only available, but are not incredibly busy around the date of your wedding so they can spend due time on your specific needs like editing.
The third step is to start the appointment process with each candidate. You will want to come prepared with a plethora of questions for each candidate, and will be important to share your specific vision. You will want to ask how much experience each candidate has, and how many weddings that they service in a given year. You should also ask if they have a rapport with the venues of your ceremony and reception respectively, and if they would be willing to take a visit to each location to get a feel for the best angles. It will be wise to ask about the copyrights of the film, the various formats of the film, and most importantly, how long it will take them to edit the footage before you will receive the finished product. Asking each candidate about their equipment, and their knowledge of it will be beneficial to the process as well. It is important to become acquainted with each videographer, and determine if you will be able to trust them implicitly with the duties. It is crucial to have a good line of communication with this person, you should be comfortable with them in their handling of the task you have hired them for. Be certain to ask for a sample invoice from each candidate by the end of the appointments, you will want to compare the costs of each videographer side-by-side to determine which one will give you the most glitz for your glam.
The fourth step is with the appointment stage concluded, deliberate with your spouse or wedding planner, and see which one will be the best options for you. You may already be close to a decision. Trust your instincts, and sign a contract with the videographer you are confident will do a fantastic job for you. With this aspect completed, you can look forward to the great video of your wedding.