5 top questions to ask your wedding videographer

How long have you been filming weddings?

 Why ask this?
It seems simple enough but you are going to want to know that your potential videographer knows what they're doing. You can find this out by simply asking how experienced they are.

My Answer:
I have been filming non-stop weddings for the last two years now and i've built up a good showreel of work. But before I started in the weddings industry I had been filming and editing a wide variety of other videos from documentaries to fiction dramas for the last ten years so it didn't take me long to make the switch into weddings and so far i'm loving it.

How would you describe your style?
 Why ask this?
All videographers will have a certain style, usually either a documentary style (presenting the film in the order that it was filmed) or a cinematic style (intersecting the different parts of the day into each other to create a story) whilst others will be adaptable to your unique ideas. Its your job to decide how you want your film to look and choose the right videographer for the job.

My Answer:
For me when it comes to style its all down to you. I am capable of doing either style or a mixture of the two. If you had to ask me my preference then its documentary because I like the way that it feels natural and reminds you of the day as it unfolded, but honestly either is good for me, as long as you are happy.

Will you be the one filming the wedding?

Why ask this?
Big companies (which shall remain nameless) often use several different videographers to do work on behalf of the company. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it means that you may not know who your videographer will be on the day and its vitally important that whoever he or she is knows what it is that you want them to do for you.

My Answer:
I film every wedding and so this will never be an issue. Occasionally I work with a second camera person when that option is booked and I have a small list of people who I have known for several years who are all excellent videographers in their own right and who are also crucially able to work to my instruction which is always based upon your chosen style and ideas.

How long will it take you to edit the video?
Why ask this?
Editing a video takes a surprising amount of time so its unlikely that you'll be able to get it within a week, however its not unreasonable to want to know a rough timescale. Some companies purposely won't tell you which can be very awkward because it gives you no idea of when you should contact the videographer if you haven't received anything.

My Answer:
I say between 6-8 weeks as a rough guide but this can be shorter or longer depending on the time of the year and how busy I am. Generally the busy season is between April and September so videos will be towards the 8 week mark during these months. October through to March is quieter and therefore I can usually provide a quicker turn-around.

Are there any additional costs?
Why ask this?
Wedding videos are expensive at the best of times so the last thing you'll want to see when you pay the bill is a cost that you didn't expect. Talk to your videographer and make sure you know in black and white the total of what he or she is charging.

My Answer:
My packages include everything with the exception of travel in excess of 70 return miles of Hemel Hempstead, a meal on the day and where necessary a hotel. For each additional mile I charge 70p. The meal is only required on full day packages. A hotel room would only ever be required for locations in excess of 150 miles from Hemel Hempstead. All of these expenses will be discussed and made clear before any booking is taken and will never be hidden from you.

 

 

Creative Castle Productions

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