Much like all the other details in planning your wedding, sifting through videographers proves what widely diverse options are available to you. The good news is, there’s definitely someone out there who is a perfect fit for you!
Below are some tips on how to search for the film maker who best reflects your style and vision:
1. Decide whether you’re looking for traditional videography or cinematography
Learn about the distinct differences between traditional vs cinematic videography. Both styles have their pros and cons, but once you’ve made your decision on this main factor, you’ll be able to filter out quite a lot of options, getting you closer to your perfect fit.
2. Look for a visual and musical style that reflects the type of film you’d like to receive
Do you like “orange and teal” films with dramatic camera movements and music that sounds like it’s from a Hollywood trailer? Are you looking for an indie style film with ukulele music? Maybe a black and red rock ‘n roll theme wedding? How about a glam-barn wedding with country music? Search for videographers who have examples of weddings of the same genre or style that you’d like to see in your film. While most videographers can pull off any look, it’s best to select one who specializes in and is passionate about the style you have.
3. Narrow it down to videographers who capture footage in style that you’re comfortable with
Some videographers have a more aggressive filming approach, and some videographers, like documentary style videographers, are much more passive. Videographers on the more aggressive side are likely to take you aside after photos and have you pose, they may pose each member of your bridal party, starting the shot with everyone doing pose A and transitioning to pose B at the end of the shot. They may even take you out later on a video excursion to produce some cool evening or night shots. This highly directed style can produce some cool music video type shots although this style is likely to take additional time out of your schedule.
On the opposite end, documentary style videographers are all about capturing their footage from a fly on the wall perspective, never requesting posing and not wanting to interfere. These videographers pride themselves on getting great footage when you can hardly remember them being there. This style produces a polished natural and organic film.
Then there is everyone in between! While viewing videographers keep an eye out for shots that look posed, and shot that look completely natural. See how you feel about what you see to further define your preference.
4. Make contact
When you’ve found one or a few videographers who you like, reach out to them and get a feel for their personality and their business. Meeting in person or via phone is completely up to you. Take the steps you need to get to know them and see who you click with. If a videographer is out of your price range, do ask for recommendations—many are happy to help you find a company who have a similar style and approach at a different price range.