4 questions couples OVERTHINK when searching for a videographer.
When couples are looking for a wedding videographer, they often have many questions. While some of these questions are essential to ask, there are a few that couples can place too much importance on. Here are some examples in detail:
1.) What kind of camera do you use?
While it's understandable to be curious about the type of equipment the videographer uses, it's not the most crucial factor in producing a high-quality wedding video. A professional videographer can create great footage with a range of cameras, and other factors, such as lighting and sound, are just as important. Instead, ask the videographer how they plan to capture and create the video, how they deal with difficult lighting situations, and how they handle audio.
2.) Can I see all the raw footage from my wedding?
While it's understandable to want to see everything that was filmed on your wedding day, the raw footage is not the final product. This footage may be shaky, need color correcting or just be unusable. Raw footage requires a significant amount of time and effort to review, organize, and edit into a polished final product. Many couples prefer to leave this task to the professionals. It is not common for couples to request this footage. A skilled videographer will capture the essential moments and use editing techniques to create a polished final product. Editing is a crucial part of the process that can turn raw footage into a polished and beautiful wedding video. Instead, ask to see examples of their previous work to get a sense of their style and editing abilities.
3.) How many videographers will be on-site?
While having multiple videographers can be beneficial, such as help in capturing different angles during the ceremony and during pre ceremony prep, it's not always necessary. Some skilled videographers can handle filming a wedding solo and still capture all the important moments. Instead, ask about their experience in different wedding settings and how they plan to capture your wedding day. The number of videographers shouldn't be the sole factor in selecting a vendor.
4.) How quickly will I receive the final wedding video?
While it's understandable to want to receive your wedding video quickly, quality takes time. A rushed editing process can result in a subpar video. Instead, ask about the videographer's editing process, how they plan to incorporate feedback, and their timeline for delivering a high-quality final product.
Turnaround times can vary greatly between videographers, however, it's not unusual for it to take several weeks or even a few months to receive the final edited video. .Some videographers send their media to a third party which can add to the delivery time. Some beginner videographers may take longer just because of their lack experience editing. And some videographers may offer a faster turnaround time for an additional fee. Be sure to discuss a realistic timeline with the videographer and prioritize quality over a quick turnaround.
While it's important to ask questions when choosing a wedding videographer, it's essential to focus on the most critical factors that will produce a beautiful and timeless video of your special day.