Choosing the right wedding videographer is big decision…
I love what I do, and I’ve loved every wedding I’ve worked on. I may not be the right videographer for everyone, but I know there are also couples who I’m perfect for.
Hiring someone to film your wedding is a big decision as it’s one of the most important days of your life, and often a significant investment.
So here are 5 reasons why I’m might not be the right one for you… and also 5 reasons why I could be the right videographer for you.
1. You can’t afford it
Wedding videos can cost between £200 to £10,000+. My prices generally range from £1100 to around £2500+, unless you only want a really short film, or there are special circumstances.
This might be off-putting to you, and I get it, it sounds a lot. The wedding films I create are a significant investment, but that’s what they are, an investment.
Why do I charge in that price range?
My price is based on my hourly rate taking into account all my costs and the time I have to spend on your film; pre-production, the filming of the day itself, and post-production. I use multiple cameras to get more than one angle, so nothing is missed and I have more variety in the edit.
Every wedding will take up a considerable amount of time in preparation and research and I will need to pay for transport to get to you. I take time to get to know who you are, and what your story is, as well as liaising with the venue and the tog, before the day of your wedding. And then afterwards, I edit all the separate video and sound elements, so your film is interesting and unique to you.
I’ve had to make a considerable investment in camera and sound gear and learnt from industry experts on how to use it well, as well as training in editing and storytelling with film, as well being fully insured to work.
A full feature film (30 minutes or longer) might take me 3 to 4 weeks’ of full-time work to edit, and then I always put films down for a few days and review them again before perfecting them. Once the edit is final, I then optimise the sound and balance the colour.
Maybe you don’t want to spend much, and you know you can find someone really cheap for your wedding video, in which case I wish you all the best, and that your film is everything you hope for – but remember the adage, ‘you get what you pay for’. If you book purely on price, you risk getting a video you don’t like.
And why I am the right videographer for you… You like my style…
Hopefully by now you’ve taken a look at some of my films and you like my style. You love the idea of having at least two angles of the ceremony and the speeches, so you get a more interesting video, with flattering shots (sometimes I do think women videographers have the edge here), unusual angles and good flow to the cuts.
But most of all you want someone who you can rely on to capture the best story of you and your day.
2. You don’t have time to have any personal involvement
To get the best film I can, I’ll need to get to know you. If you were hoping you could book me and I’d turn up to wedding without finding what’s important to you, then it’s going to be tough to film your day.
I get it – weddings are crazy and you’ve got no time at all. I’ll need around 2 hours of your time before the wedding in total, so if you can’t spare that, I’m probably not the right person for you. Broken down, this works out at:
Initial chat – 45mins to 60 mins
Reading and signing the contract and filling in the questionnaire – 1 hour
Catchups before the wedding – 30 to 60 mins but if you need more, then I’m there for you.
And why I am… You value the personalised touch
Before you book me I like to have a chat in person, on Skype or exceptionally on the phone. You get to see and hear me, and we’ll spend some time talking about your wedding and what’s important to you both. I’ll also send you a questionnaire to fill in, with more detailed questions and then follow up with another call. It’s a really worthwhile process and in my experience it always flags up things you might not have thought about which you realise are important, sometimes not just for the film.
I really care about you feeling comfortable with me in advance of the wedding, and also that you get a bespoke and unique video – and this is which is why I take this time with you
You also want someone who’s on the ball. You know your wedding the best, and as I’ll be following your day with multiple cameras, I’ll need to know your wedding just as well as you do. Knowing the schedule, and who’s who, down pat allows me to plan and prepare so I’m as invisible as possible, so you can just get on with enjoying yourself on the day.
After you’ve booked me, I’ll also send you my guide with tips and tricks how to get the best (and most flattering) film possible, and answer any questions or concerns you have about being filmed. I just want you to have the best day possible, and that I fit in and that your friends and family feel comfortable with me.
3. You only want a small part of your wedding filmed
For me, it just doesn’t work to ask your videographer to just film 2 or 4 hours of your wedding day. Firstly, filming the wedding is just the tip of the iceberg in the work needed to create your wedding film, and the bulk of the work is in the edit and post-production work.
Regardless of how long I’m there for, I wouldn’t be able to take on another job the same day. I’ve also found brides and their friends feel more comfortable with being filmed if I’m there from the start of the day with bridal and groom preparation, to the point you won’t realise I’m there – and this always results in a more natural and beautiful film.
I have to admit I also love being there all day, and from experience I know it makes for a more interesting film, as I tell the story from the beginning to the end, capturing the atmosphere, sounds, voices and emotions of each part of the day.
And why I am…You want a film that tells the story of the whole day
You can’t be in all places at once and my brides and grooms (and their friends and family) love being surprised by seeing what’s happening everywhere during the day, for example, the banter of the best man with his mates, the laughter at the bridal preparation, the best man waiting for his beautiful bride. I’ve often had brides tell me they can’t believe how beautiful and in love they look and sound, and being video, it’s so much more real than photos.
And you’ll be so busy the day will whoosh past, and just a few days later, you may be hard-pressed to remember all of it, especially the funny and sweet bits.
4. You don’t care about having a well edited video
If you want pans of the empty venue, the flowers, the ring, the dress hanging up, people’s mouths opening like goldfish but you can’t hear the words, the sign of the venue (like in Fawlty Towers), and 90% of your video in slow-mo, I’m probably not right for you.
Or maybe you feel the longest video possible is best. My experience from past customers when they’ve told me about watching wedding videos from the 1970s (believe me, they filmed every moment with one camera, even the long waits and the pauses), they’ve had to fast forward the boring bits.
And why I am…You want an edit that tells your story…
For me, it’s all about the quality, not the quantity. Who wants padding on a wedding film? I’d rather have a shorter film that kept my attention throughout. And I’m all for slowmo for dramatic effect, but used sparingly, not for the whole film.
Your wedding film will be so much more watchable if the story flows and keeps your attention, and that your film concentrates on how everyone is feeling, the tears of joy, the laughter and the loving looks.
I will always film your venue, the flowers and the ring, the dress, but they’ll be filmed in context so they come alive, and I record ambient sound so it feels natural.
You want an interesting video, that flows, keeps your attention, and shorter videos get the essence of your wedding over that friends and family will actually watch.
5. You don’t care about having good (or legal) music or the sound on your video
Just imagine, you’ve hired a videographer and they’ve agreed to use your favourite theme tune from The Greatest Showman on Earth, and just a few days after posting it to your social media channel, you get a copyright strike and risk your channel or feed being shut down completely. And this is exactly what could happen if the videographer has used unlicensed music on your film.
There is free music out there, but do you really want plinky-plonk elevator music used on the film of one of the most important days of your life?
And just imagine, you get your video and you find that there’s no ambient sound, or you can’t hear the banter of the groomsmen, the gasps of amazement as people see you in your beautiful dress, or those precious words from your grandfather or your father just before you get married.
And why I am… I care about about the sounds and music of your day
If I can get the licence to your first dance cost-effectively I will; but if not, I will find music that suits your day and your personalities, and it will be quality music, which is more expensive. Having the music licences will allow you to safely share the film online with your friends and family without having to worry about it being removed by social media platforms.
I also record ambient sound, as well as using dedicated audio equipment to record the ceremony and speeches, as well as any other audio that feels appropriate to the day.
Could I be the one for you?
So there you have it, five reasons I might not be the one for you… but also five reason why I am.
I believe in being transparent and upfront, which is why I wrote this post. I’d hate anyone to take me on and not be clear what they’re getting.
If you’re still reading this, and feel I could be the right filmmaker for then that’s fantastic and I’d love to hear from you.
If you’re looking for a wedding videographer, call or text me on 07963 506636 or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or fill in my contact form. I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about you and your wedding!
Art of Life Films.
Wedding filming specialist, covering the South-East of England, including Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, London, as well as weddings further afield within the UK, and destination weddings abroad.