Most couples, upon consulting with a potential videographer don't always know what important questions they should be asking their videographers.
This is extremely important, and can make the difference between a sloppy amateur video and one that is executed with talent and experience.
Here are some MUST ASK questions every couple should know before booking any videographer.
- How long have you been shooting weddings and events?
- Do you have an educational background in filmmaking/camera operation/editing/audio?
- How many weddings have you shot?
- Is your equipment up to date and regularly serviced?
- Do you have backups for all essential equipment?
- Do you provide a detailed and comprehensive, legally binding contract?
- How many people are on your team?
- Can we view a completed wedding DVD?
- Are there any hidden costs for number of locations, travel or gas?
- Do you Use a lavalier microphone for long distance audio recording?
- Do you use digital recorders to retrieve audio from the DJ or the halls audio system?
- DO YOU SHOOT IN HD!?
The best piece of advice I can give a couple looking for a videographer i to watch out for the weekend shoot. The guy who stopped off at best buy, bought a pro-sumer camera and now wants to make a quick buck shooting weddings. Unless the videographer in question admits he is just starting out and offers to shoot for low or no pay, RUN.
Signs of inexperience
- Only shoots with one camera
- Does not have a second shooter
- Does not have the proper equipment, Tripod, Lighting, Shotgun Mic, recorder, ECT.
- Does not use a lav mic or charges extra to use it.
- Does not shoot in HD
- Does not offer Blu-Ray
- Does not have a website
- Does not have recommendations
- Fails to ask for important details about your ceremony and or reception
*Avoid paying the total up front, request you only pay a deposit.
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