One of the most crucial factors in your wedding is the person you hire to record the proceedings of the big day either via photography, videography, or perhaps both. It varies on your budget, if you prefer to have two forms of media, there is no specific rule against it anywhere that we have read. Perhaps, you do not have the budget space as most people do not, and will have to make a decision. Perhaps you would rather have a DVD than a photography book. Whatever the case may be for your desire of a videographer, Los Angeles has plenty of professionals who are more than capable of capturing your wedding for later viewing. Below is a guide in which we have provided to help you with this phase.
The first task you should look to complete will be to research the various styles which videographers use to capture weddings. There are two prominent styles among the industry, documentary and fly-on-the-wall. The fly-on-the-wall approach has videography similar to that of a reality television show. The videographer will simply be there to capture the events, their goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible. The documentary style is a bit more intensive of an approach, and may cost more than the other approaches, as it features narration and guest interviews. The styles range from professional to professional, as some videographers will blend styles for their own unique brand, or upon customer request. Discuss with each candidate you interview what their style strengths are, and what your vision for the style of the videos is.
The second task you will look to tackle is to start your search for a videographer. There are many different ways you can go about this search. We recommend that you begin to talk to your close circle. Talking to any wedding vendors you have already hired is another possible source that might lead somewhere. It is worth it to ask them because they may provide you a list of exclusive vendors, or at the very least, they should provide you with a list of suggestions. Do a search on the world wide web for "wedding videographers in LA." This should provide you with numerous websites to check out. The key thing in your search is to focus on professionals that specialize in weddings, with experience comes the ability to capture all the small nuances that bring about a personal touch to your wedding film. When you have gathered a solid list of candidates, contact each one and find out if they are available on your big day. It is important to book appointments with candidates that are not only available, but are not incredibly busy around the date of your wedding so they can spend due time on your specific needs such as editing.
The third task is to start the appointment process with each candidate. You will want to come prepared with a plethora of questions for each candidate, and will be important to share your specific vision. You will want to ask how much experience each candidate has, and how many weddings that they service in a given year. You should also ask if they have a rapport with the venues of your ceremony and reception respectively, and if they would be willing to take a visit to each location to get a feel for the best angles. It will be wise to ask about the copyrights of the film, the various formats of the film, and most importantly, how long it will take them to edit the footage before you will receive the finished product. Asking each candidate about their equipment, and their knowledge of it will be beneficial to the process as well. It is important to become acquainted with each videographer, and determine if you will be able to trust them implicitly with the duties. It is crucial to have a good line of communication with this person, you should be comfortable with them in their handling of the task you have hired them for. Be certain to ask for a detailed list of what the candidate charges will be. Take the costs of each videographer and compare them side-by-side to determine which one will give you the most glitz for your glam.
The fourth task is to deliberate with your spouse or wedding planner, and come to a determination as to which vuideographer will be best for you. You may already be close to a decision. Trust your instincts, and sign a contract with the videographer you are confident will do a fantastic job for you. Now you no longer have the burden of scavenging for a great videographer, because you just hired one that is going to blow you away!