Hiring A Wedding Videographer? 5 Red Flags You Need To Be Aware Of
Today’s contributing author is Lynette Romero of Pioneer Media
Your photographer and videographer are the only two vendors that will provide you with tangible memories of your wedding that you can watch and look at for years to come. They are the only ones that will provide the keepsakes you can share with your kids and grandkids. Long after your flowers have died, your photos of them remain. Long after the dance floor empties, the video of your family and friends remains. Your vows and the special moments of your ceremony will always be brought back to life each time you look at your photos or video.
Video is often a last-minute addition, mainly because couples aren’t sure if they can afford it, but I URGE you to budget for it right from the beginning. Not having a proper video of your wedding is the number one regret many brides/couples have. I can vouch for that because I am one of those brides.
Long gone are the days of videos being simply video of what is going on with the videographer going around to each table with a microphone getting all your guests to send their wishes. Today, wedding videos are mini cinematic masterpieces. Something you will treasure forever.
Now while video is important, your wedding is not the time to hire an amateur or an inexperienced professional. You only get one chance and one day, there are no do-overs.
We spoke a few weeks ago about red flags to look out for when hiring a wedding photographer, and today, Lynette Romero of Pioneer Media shares red flags you need to watch out for when hiring a videographer.
Lack of wedding experience
“As is true with any wedding professional you hire, you want to ask about your videographers wedding experience,” says Romero. “An experienced videographer anticipates the key moments of a wedding day, has backups in place, is able to see potential challenges before they happen and finds solutions when the unexpected comes up. How many weddings has your videographer shot? Ask to see videos, and not only short “teaser” videos or highlight reels, but a full wedding video.”
Single shooter or unknown shooter?
Romero says, “There are so many moving parts when capturing video and high-quality audio on a wedding day. It is extremely difficult to deliver a quality wedding video as a ‘one-man (or one-woman) show’. Will your videographer bring along an assistant or second shooter, or will they try to do it all on their own? And for that matter, do you know who the videographer will be on your wedding day? Will it be the person you met with or any one of the company’s many contracted videographers that happens to be available on your date?
They promise a specific length
“The length of a wedding video should depend on variables like hours of coverage, length of the ceremony, number and length of toasts at the reception, etc., etc.,” says Romero. “Without knowing these factors, we can’t guarantee how long a video will be. Sure — we could set a camera to record in a corner of the room for four hours to deliver a four-hour video, but how many times would you watch it? Our goal is to make every wedding video only as long as it is entertaining.”
On-camera video light
This is very indicative of ‘old school’ videos. Romero says, “On-camera video lights can be very distracting and obtrusive. They produce harsh, unflattering and inferior image quality. Does your videographer plan on using on-camera light during the ceremony, reception or otherwise?”
Aerial footage without license
Pioneer Media specializes in drone footage, and so, if you are hiring a company that offers that, you need to take note of certain laws to avoid being slapped with fines. Ignorance is not an excuse. “Many video companies have started to offer aerial “drone” footage to their wedding clients,” says Romero. “A couple should be concerned when a company offers aerial footage without a licensed UAS (unmanned aerial system) pilot. The video company that flies a drone commercially without meeting certain requirements can face huge fines for flying illegally. Surprisingly, even the unknowing couple who hires them can be fined. Does your videography company fly legally? Ask to see the UAS license.”
Are you hiring a videographer for your wedding? What made you decide to invest in video?
Editor’s Note: The Ultimate Wedding Photo & Video Summit is a weekly series (through December) where the some of the Hudson Valley’s top wedding photographers and videographers share their insights on the most commonly asked questions about wedding photography and videography. This is not a sponsored post. Join us next week as our Ultimate Wedding Photo & Video Summit continues with more great advice from Hudson Valley wedding photographers as they answer the most commonly asked photography questions.