I recorded a wonderful wedding this weekend in Weeford, a small village on the outskirts of Lichfield. The reception took place at the Old School House and the ceremony took place in the church just across the road called St Mary’s. As always I arrived in plenty of time and was lucky enough to be able to watch the wedding prior to the one I was filming unfold as the couple left the church. This was a rare treat for me as the couple had also booked a videographer to capture their day. Now, being a videorapher is like any trade, you very rarely get to observe how others work, so it is nice once in a while to see what others are doing, the kit they carry for the job and the types of shots they are getting. I also got to speak to them (there were 2 of them) and discuss their issues with the location and the position they were allowed to take up within the church which really helped me later in the day.
It also got me thinking I wonder what percentage of couples now have either a friend or professional, video their wedding. Later on in the day during the wedding breakfast I sat with the photographer and we discussed this. He thought about 50% of the weddings he did now had a videographer. I thought this was a little high but we agreed that we thought the popularity of the wedding video is definitely increasing. Video is becoming easier and easier to share, only 5-6 years ago the only way to share a video with your friends was to take a DVD round to their house and watch it on the TV, however now Vimeo, Youtube and even Facebook allow videos to be shared almost as easily as photographs and this trend will continue as ‘clouds’ allow bigger files to be shared between friends.I for one am really excited about the future of the industry and love to embrace the new technologies, I think it’s only a matter of time before we’re broadcasting weddings live onto the web for relatives to watch in far away countries.
So as demand increases for the services of a videographer and obviously new people come into the business how do you make sure the one you book is reputable, what should you be looking for and what questions should you ask? Well, I thought I’d give a few pointers however be warned I know the answers so there’s no point in using them on me!!
Obviously the best tool for finding the right person for the job is the internet, there are lots of wedding videos online from loads of videographers, find one that suits your budget and offer a style you like and get in contact. My advice for what to look for is to stay clear of anything that looks quirky as it will date very quickly (using strange transitions between clips is a good example of something that will date quickly). Always ask your videographer how they capture sound, the difference between the audio captured by a lapel microphone and a shotgun microphone is immense (the lapel mic is far superior and will give a cinematic feel). Finally I would ask how many cameras they use to capture your wedding day. If only one camera is used you will have to sit through pans and zooms made by the videographer during the service and speeches which will make the DVD seem very amateur. At least 2 cameras should be used, 1 will capture everything and the other will be operated by your videographer and will capture close ups, reactions etc.
I really hope that you do choose to go ahead with booking a wedding videographer even if it’s not me! I would say that around 50% of the 50% of couples who do have their wedding filmed say that the wedding video is the best money they spent on their wedding day and you can’t argue with stats!!
Are you having a wedding videographer? (why isn’t it me?) Do you have any questions you asked you want to share or what made you choose the company you did?
Love to hear from you… is there anybody there?