There are so many vital aspects to cover during the planning of your wedding, one of the most important elements of the process is obtaining the right professional to document your wedding either using photography, videography, or both. It really is imperative to find an experienced person to do the job, because they will be able to capture all moments you want to remember, and the ones you may have missed during the whirlwind of wedding activities. If you are looking for a videographer at this stage, then you are in luck, because Louisville is chocked full of fantastic professionals that are dedicated to your wedding experience. Here is a guide to assist you in your search for the right candidate.
The first step is to research the various styles that videographers utilize to capture weddings. There are many prominent styles, but the two more common styles are documentary and reality television. The documentary style features narration and guest interviews, and takes an approach akin to that of A&E's “Biography” series. The reality television style has more of a fly-on-the-wall approach, where the videographer essentially is no more intrusive than a close circuit camera. Some videographers will blend styles for their own unique brand or upon customer request, it is wise to search for candidates based on the style you like best, and also on the candidate's ability to match your vision.
The second step is to commence your search for a candidate based on the recommendations of friends, family, and most trusted advisers, in particular, anyone who has recently been married, or has been involved in a meeting to some extent. It is also wise to ask the venue coordinator of your ceremony and reception locations for their recommendations. Some venues have a preferred or exclusive list of vendors in which they strongly suggest or outright require you to gather your selections from. You should also cross reference these recommendations on wedding directories or guide websites, as these sources are very resourceful for users looking for information on wedding vendors, including details on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! Once you have a solid list of candidates, you will want to call each one up, and ask them of their availability around the date of your wedding, and in particular, on the date of your wedding. Only schedule appointments with the candidates that are not only available, but not too busy with other clients in order for them to be able to spend the time you expect them to take on your wedding video.
Once you have your appointments scheduled, the third step is to prepare plenty of questions and share your vision with each candidate. It is important to establish a good line of communication with the person you inevitably hire to do the job. Through the process of asking each candidate questions and sharing your vision with them, it should become clear who you will be able to trust enough to establish the necessary line of communication. One of the first questions you will want to ask them will pertain to their experience, and perhaps, how many weddings they service on a yearly average. Ask each candidate if they have worked at the venues you have booked, and if they would be willing to take a visit to the respective locations in order to cover the best angles to capture all the wedding activities. It is also very wise to ask about their equipment: what condition it is in, and how much experience and knowledge they have with it and of it. One of the last things you will want to cover is the cost of the services. Ask for a sample invoice from each candidate at the end of your appointments, this will help you do a side-by-side comparison between each candidate. Some other crucial components to the process are the production process, copyrights, and the various formats which each candidate offers the videos in.