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What Should You Look for in a Wedding Videographer?

And why their work style matters.

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You may have already decided you'd like to hire a wedding videographer, but there's still a lot to think about. First, do you want to have your entire day captured on video, or just the ceremony? Are you hoping for a chronological look at your nuptials, or do you prefer a more cinematic film with different parts of the day all mixed together? With varying video styles, personality types, and working styles, you'll want to be sure you've found a videographer who checks all of your boxes. But what exactly should you look for in the pro you choose? We break it down.

 

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Someone whose style aligns with yours.

Whether they shoot documentary style or more cinematic, you want to be sure the videographer you're working with has a well-developed look and feel to their work.

 

A videographer who can work well with your photographer.

Consider asking your photographer for any videographer recommendations. Since these two will have to work in tandem, knowing they already have good chemistry and have previously captured weddings together can make a huge difference. While any professional should be able to work with well with the rest of your vendor team, a pre-existing rapport can't hurt.

 

A professional who knows his or her limits.

A six or eight-hour video package makes for a very long day. If your videographer is a pro, they'll likely bring along a second shooter or assistant to help manage the equipment, schedule, and shot list. 

 

Someone with a calming personality.

Your wedding will be a long, emotional day, so it's important that the vendors you're surrounded by are people you feel comfortable with. A videographer with good energy and a sense of calm will be a blessing if you're starting to feel stressed out.

 

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A videographer who plans ahead.

It's important that all of your wedding vendors are well organized, but a videographer who scouts the location and gets to know you a bit as a couple prior to your wedding day is the kind of specialist you want.

 

Someone who comes recommended.

Videography is one of those things that, if not done well, can feel like a wasted expense. As such, it's important to do your homework prior to hiring a videographer. Be sure to check out online reviews and personal references of past clients, plus be sure to watch a handful of their final wedding videos to ensure you love their work.

 

That they'll actually be at your wedding.

Some video production companies are large enough that although you met with the company's founder, you'll actually have an associate shooter capture your day. While the person who does film your wedding will surely be a talented professional, you'll want to know this beforehand so you have a chance to meet and talk.

 

A videographer who is clear about what they'll deliver and when.

You don't want to be waiting six months for a 4-hour reel of raw footage. Your videographer should be specific from the time of booking about what you can expect to receive and when you can expect it.