Monthly Archives: March 2011
Hiring a professional videographer to videotape your wedding ensures you’ll end up with a high-quality, well-organized recording. Before you decide on whom to hire, outline what you want as the end result and understand what it’ll take to get there.
What you ask a prospective videographer should not only determine that he offers the services you’re looking for, but also that he’s willing and eager to expertly record your wedding onto tape. When interviewing, don’t be afraid to ask for an interpretation of any answer you don’t understand. Let the answers to the following questions shape your list of potential hires:
- Are you available for our wedding date and time?
- Can we see a demo tape (of an actual wedding – not a stylized, produced demo tape)?
- Can you attend the rehearsal?
- How much control do we have in the editing process? Do you also provide an unedited version?
- Can we add our own music or thoughts to the taping?
- How long will the final tape be?
- Will you supply more than one copy of the final tape?
- Will you preview the site beforehand?
- What kind of setup do you need?
- When should we reserve your services?
- What packages do you offer?
- What prices do you charge? Do you require a deposit? How much is it and when is it due?
- When will the balance be due?
- Do you edit digitally so we can get a DVD? If not, will you in the near future?
Next to my love for photography, I love travel so when Kevin contacted me to shoot his wedding in England, I was absolutely thrilled. He met the love of his life Betsy & had no second thoughts at leaving Canada to start a new life in England. They picked a beautiful spot outside London called the Kavali Royal Society International Center in Milton Keynes…..an absolutely breathtaking spot & a big change from what we have here in Windsor. These two were so much fun & so in love ….I truly enjoyed their company, the accommodation & the party. I’m so happy that you found each other & hope you share many, many years together. Love you both!!
Start interviewing photographers as soon as you’ve chosen your wedding date, ceremony and reception site. Your initial phone call should help you determine if the photographer deserves a personal visit. Get a general explanation of his services and prices and make sure he’s available on your wedding date, then schedule a meeting to nail down the specifics.
Be ready with the following list of questions when you interview your potential photographer:
- Can we see your portfolio?
- How long have you been photographing weddings?
- Do you work in color, black and white or both?
- What sort of lighting will you need? Do you use soft focus or diffused lighting?
- How long will you be able to stay at the wedding?
- Do you offer any packages?
- How far in advance should we reserve your services?
- What if a photograph doesn’t turn out?
- Do you require a deposit? How much is it and when is it due?
- When is the balance due?
- What if we need to postpone or cancel?
- How much do you charge for overtime?
A professional photographer will have all required licenses and business insurances, a clean, well-maintained studio, back-up equipment, and possibly a membership in a professional association like the Professional Photographers of America (PPOC) or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).