There is the wedding reel that is stored in your mind and there is the wedding moments stored on DVD. We realize you want both and we always realize that the DVD version will be more accurate over time. Hiring a professional wedding photographer will ensure that what actually happened at your wedding will be preserved forever. And it won't be just a home movie either. If you hire the right person, it will be something that you can be very proud of. The real challenge, of course, is finding a professional wedding videographer in the Denver area. There are some high quality vendors within your grasp, but there are also some very poor quality videographers out there. We want to help you find the high quality ones so we have put together a guide to help you.
The first thing you want to do is research the industry. Make yourself knowledgeable about the terminology and the concepts of videography. The more knowledge you have going into each meeting, the more you will understand of what your candidate is trying to tell you. And if there is something you don't understand, as for clarification. Videographers employ different artistic styles, have a discussion about this because you will want to be clear about which one you will want for your wedding. This is all about viewpoint and angles. That is why you want to pay attention to what you want in this respect. Ask each potential videographer what they consider their style to be. Some popular styles include mini-documentary and mini-movie, talk to them about which would be best based on your own inner style and what you like.
By hiring a professional photographer and a professional videographer, you will receive the best of both worlds. A video of your wedding is more life like in that you can play it back in a timeline form and you are able to listen to audio as well. But your photography and videography should complement each other. You want to make sure that any candidate you talk to is willing to coordinate your wedding shoot with your chosen photographer.
Make sure you talk about their background. How long have then been in the videography business? Talk about past weddings they have shot. What went right and what went wrong? Look at some footage of weddings they have covered. As you are watching, try to notice the style and ask yourself what you like about it and what you don't. Is the editing well done? Ask them if they have ever worked your chosen venue. This can be a real advantage for you because they will have already experienced many of the pitfalls of your locations. If they are not familiar with either of your venues, ask them if they would be willing to do a site walk through should they be hired. This is normal for you to expect this. You will want to ask for at least five references. Call each one and talk at length about how things went. How did the process go and how did they treat the guests?
If you have certain moments or special events that must be shot, mention it to the candidate at your meeting. Ask them if they work off of a set shot list. If they do, how much can you add to the shot list? Do they work with a second shooter? This is something that we highly recommend. It will cost you more, but in the end, you will like the result because you will never have the different angles that this setup can supply. And you knew it was coming, but you will come around to cost finally. Check out their package deals. Some of the packages might be pretty close to what you are looking for. If you find that one is very close and there is one or two little things you would like to see added, ask about it. Go home and weigh all the candidates against each other. One or two should rise to the top of the list. If there are a couple that are close, go with your gut. And don't forget that this is somebody you will be working with closely throughout your special day so make sure you enjoy their company and that they will treat your guests with the respect they deserve. Last but not least, have a contract drawn up, read it closely, and if you are satisfied, sign on the dotted line.↑ Back to the top ↑