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Wedding Photography Videography - What You Need To Know!

Dec 22, 2007
Wedding photography videography has been an important part of the wedding market for several years. Many couples are eager to have the entire event captured on DVD. Couples often express that they have very little memory of their wedding day, since they were both nervous and quite busy, and the video record provides them with a great look at what actually transpired.

Sometimes you will be able to find a wedding photography studio that offers photography/videography as part of a combined package. Before you agree to such a package, make sure that the wedding photography studio you choose has experience with filming video. Some studios will simply give their apprentices camcorders and set them loose at your affair. As with static images on film, video filming requires a certain level of expertise for the best results. If you have an amateur filming your wedding, the results will show on the final film. Why take chances?

When selecting your videographer, it is very important to view examples of his or her previous work. As anyone who has taken video of a vacation or kids at play knows, wedding photography videography is not easy. It takes special talent and training to produce professional quality video. Additionally, viewing the videographer's work will give you a feel for his or her overall style as well as the elements on which the videographer chooses to focus.

Interview prospective wedding videographers just as carefully as you would potential professional wedding photographers. Presented here is a list of suggested questions. You may have additional questions based on your individual circumstances.

1. Will you be the actual videographer for my wedding?
As with photographers, some studios employ staff videographers. You want to meet with the actual person who will film your wedding. A corollary question is whether the sample video you view was recorded on the same type of equipment that will be used at your wedding.

2. How much control will I have over the elements that are included in the video?
Many couples give little thought to their wedding video, instead turning full control over to the videographer. Yet the wedding video is your living record of your carefully planned wedding day. Choose a videography professional who will work with you to help you decide which events should be covered and how the final video should be edited.

3. What type of backup equipment do you carry and how does the backup compare to the original?
Your wedding day is a one-time event. If the videographer's equipment fails, it is crucial that he or she can switch quickly and seamlessly to a backup. However, some backup equipment is older and crude by today's standards. Be sure that the backup equipment is of acceptable quality.

4. What format of equipment do you use and what is your experience level with that format?
As with photography, the digital versus film debate rages in videography as well. Both formats have their own advantages and disadvantages. Whichever format you select, be sure that the videographer is comfortable and experienced with that format.

5. What extra fees might I incur?
Discuss available packages and extras that you might need. Negotiate all fees; even those that you think will not apply such as overtime. Try to get the videographer to work certain extras into your package price. Affordable wedding photography/videography is available but you may need to enter into careful negotiations.

Wedding photography videography are the twin records of your big day. Take your time to shop around and choose the best professional wedding photographers and videographers in your budget range. You deserve nothing less on your wedding day
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