So, you are running through your list of wedding vendors and checking each one off as you make your hires. You have one vendor listed that you are starting to waver on. You are wondering if you really need a professional wedding videographer. You already have a photographer after all. Isn't that enough? When considering this question, we urge you to think about how much you enjoy watching a movie. While we thoroughly enjoy photography, remember that it is still only moments in time. Videography captures a running timeline and when captured well and edited professionally, it can provide you with major emotions as it also includes sound as it shows you numerous moments spliced together. There is nothing more powerful that this medium. You don't want to miss the chance to capture your most special day in this medium. But to have it done right and to your satisfaction, you will want to find the perfect professional. And in the Seattle area, there are some really professional and talented videographers for you to consider. Here are some tips to help you find the videographer for you.
Different videographers have different styles and it is important that you hire a person who is going to approach your wedding in a way that you will be satisfied with. For example, a documentary style videographer presents the events of your wedding in a chronological fashion. If you had more of an artistic approach in mind, then a documentary style videographer would not be for you. Read up on the various styles before you talk to any potential videographers. It will be good for you to know the vocabulary you will be hearing. It would be beneficial for you to start viewing portfolio footage online. When you see a style that you really like, write down the name and contact information.
When you have a list of potential professionals, call them up and see if they have your wedding date available on their calendar. If they do, ask them for a time that you could sit down and talk to them about your wedding needs. Have them bring with them at least two full videos of past weddings they have done. A full video helps give you a sense of how their mind works and what kind of events and angles they are capturing. As you watch these, ask yourself if you like what you see. Ask them how long they have been in business and how many weddings they have done. Besides the professional angle, what is their personality like. You will want to be evaluating this throughout your entire interview because you will be spending a lot of time with them and because they will be interacting with your special guests. This should be a pleasant experience, not a grind. Also, make sure that they provide you with the names and contact information of past clients that you could contact. And make sure that you contact them to ask about their overall experience.
In terms of price, wedding videography packages can vary from $1,000 to $15,000. Talk with each candidate about your budget and what they might be able to do in order to fit in where you need them to be. If you find that you really like a particular candidate and the cost is going to be acceptable, have them draw up a contract that covers the number of hours they will be at your wedding along with an itemized list of everything else you want included. If it is not cost prohibitive, have a second shooter scheduled to come. Also, make sure that the finished products that you are to received are listed on the contract as well. Once you have made your decision, sign on the dotted line and enjoy your special day. Then, when everything is over, you will be able to enjoy your very own movie that stars your favorite couple.