When it comes time to look for a videographer, you might think that just anyone out of the phone book will do. I mean, they all say that they are videographers, right? Wrong. Some people think that just because they pick up a video camera or digital video camera they are instant videographers.
The truth is that most professional videographers are more like a tv film crew than just someone who holds the video camera on you. So, what do you look for when you are interviewing a videographer before you hire them? Here are some helpful questions that you should always ask:
What kind of equipment do they have? Is it professional broadcast equipment or just a series of video or digital video cameras? If they do not have professional equipment, then you should put them low on your list versus someone who does. The quality of your video will come out so much better if you have a professional videographer shoot your wedding video.
1. How much do they charge?
2. What are their qualifications?
3. Did they have formal training to be a videographer? If so, where?
4. What credentials do they have?
5. How long have they been in business?
6. How many weddings (approximately) have they done since they have been in business?
7. How many weddings have they done in the past year?
8. Ask for references for other vendors that they work with. If they do not have any or the references turn out to be bad, cross this one off your list completely. If they don’t have good references from vendors that they work with on a daily basis, chances are that they won’t be a good person to hire for your wedding video.
9. Ask for samples or references of video that they have done for other weddings. You want to make sure that you get to see a full-length video of a wedding, and not just snippets or a demo tape. With a full-length tape, you can see their work from start to finish, and not just snips or samples of their best work. This is a great way to to see their work and find out how good they truly are in their area.
10. Do they have professional audio equipment?
Of course, there are many other questions that will come to mind while you are asking these ten, so don’t hesitate to write them down so you won’t forget them. The videographer that you interview should have professional video and audio equipment and should be able to present him or herself and business in a way that makes you feel completely comfortable with their abilities to produce a wonderful wedding video for your special day.
If you feel uncomfortable in any way with the one that you are interviewing, just cross them off your list. There is no reason to hire someone that you don’t trust.
Also, it seems that more and more, couples are looking for the lowest price before the overall quality of the video. If you are planning to spend money on a professional videographer, make sure that you hire one that is worth the money and not the other way around. Remember that this video is something that you will pass down to your children and grandchildren one day.