Wedding videography has been around forever, but the days of chunky movie cameras and sparkly editing with Star Wars style transitions are gone (thank goodness!) and a more minimalist, creative and cinematic approach is here! Having said that, you can hire a videographer who is one or all of those things…you can have whatever you want! However I do think it is becoming a requirement to have a wedding film and I personally believe it needs to be good. You will potentially spend $15k – $100k on your one, wonderful day and I really believe it should be documented
Everybody has a photographer, as they should, and I, hand on heart think it is more important than a video (yep) BUT, video is so different! You get to see your day in real time, see movement, hear precious words and watch people dance like no one is watching. Photos are undoubtedly beautiful, but there is just something about the combination of moving imagery, music and words…simply being able to relive your day in motion. It is so worth it! I am obviously biased but no one has ever regretted having a wedding film. Along with your rings, photographs and each other, it’s one of the few things you will actually get to keep after your wedding day.
CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER
If you have decided you want a wedding film and are looking to hire a videographer it can be super overwhelming trying to find the perfect one. There are so many to choose from, all with different styles and budgets, however it’s also difficult as not many people know too much about video. A lot of people aren’t sure if they want or need one while some absolutely believe they will regret not having one. There’s also the pesky fact that video is often an after thought and for this reason not factored into the budget. I see time and time again, last minute enquiries from people desperate for a film of their day. I honestly think they have spent months meticulously planning every little detail of their wedding and last minute they discover that photos of all this hard work might not be enough. They also start getting closer to the date and realise they’ll want to listen back to their vows and speeches as well as see some crazy dancing (my favourite part). My advice is to not let yourself get in this situation, realise these things now and factor a film into your budget. I keep saying it but bar some possible bad experiences, no one has ever regretted having a wedding video!
As I said there are lots and lots of videographers to choose from, even in little old Adelaide and they will all look different. So here are some things you’ll want to consider on your search for your perfect videographer.
Oh the different styles; candid, documentary, cinematic, fun, romantic, colourful, moody…all I can say is watch as much previous work as possible and find a company with a style of video you love! If you are seriously drawn in, getting emotional or even tingling and crying like I do then these are all good signs! The wedding film you are watching probably belongs to strangers and if you are this way watching it, imagine the crippling emotion you’ll feel watching yours! My films have always been fast-paced, doco style and have been heavily inspired by films that were so easy and enjoyable to watch yet tugged at the heart strings. First and foremost I want my couples to love their wedding film…but I also want anyone to easily watch, enjoy and love it!
This should be what you first base your decision on, choose a style you love and then get into the nitty gritty of what they offer and what’s important to you. Safe to say if you’ve fallen in love with their work you’ll probably be thrilled with what they’ll create for you and not much more should matter.
Quick tip: Don’t bother sending a billion emails to videographers you aren’t really in love with just because they shoot weddings..unless you’re desperate, then anything is better than nothing I suppose.
I just need to say that the quality of wedding films appears to be subjective. For some, if they can see and hear themselves clear enough on screen and are happy with that then the quality is probably fine for them. As a videographer my definition of a good quality film is probably different to some as I can pick out technical issues and things I would do better or differently. In my opinion a wedding film should be well captured, well exposed and well edited, painted with their style and creativity. Having said that, I love a shaky shot, a bit of off-focus or anything that keeps it interesting.
I could write an essay titled “The Importance of Being Compatible with your Wedding Videographer”. It is imperative that the person you hire to document your day is a complete legend in your eyes and that you are on the same page. You will potentially spend 14 hours straight with this person so you’ll need to make sure everyone gets along and is comfortable. There is a huge difference in having the best time ever with your videographer or photographer and just having “hired help” there to take a few shots. When we got married we were possibly most excited about spending the day with our photographer; we chose him for his work and we kept him because we loved him to pieces as a person! It may sound crazy but I believe that’s how you should feel about your videographer. Not only will this benefit you on the overwhelming, stressful and highly emotional day, but liaising with them before and after the day will be far more personal and chilled.
Before you book, you’ll definitely want to meet with them! Go to their office or studio, meet over a coffee or a glass of wine..you don’t even need to discuss the wedding just make sure you could be friends/have a great time and that the vibe is good!
Humdrum Films are on another level and if you love them and they are in your price range I beg you to hire them! While I discovered their films after I had started in the biz, they inspired me to do what ever I wanted creatively and to try and drag any audience deep into the story of complete strangers. This is an example of an amazing wedding film…basically the re-invention of the wedding video. I can guarantee you these films would be different if the right people didn’t hire the right people to document their wedding.