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How To Find the Right Videographer

To best create the emotions of your special event, you should strongly consider video. Capturing special moments on video is a must have. It's not should you have video but how do you find the right videographer. This can be easy if you know what to look for. Look at some samples of the videographer's work. Editing video is an art in itself. Editors are like artists. If you gave 5 artists each a blank canvas and asked them to draw or paint a picture of a wedding couple with a sunset background I would guarantee you that you would see 5 different paintings. Why? Because it’s a vision through their eyes. This is the same concept with video editors. If you notice artists work, they each have their own technique and some people can even look at art in a museum and know just by looking at the piece who created it. Take the art of Peter Max for instance. If you search the web and look at his work you would be able to spot his work without even looking for his signature. Then look at Thomas Kinkade’s work. These are two very different artists and each have their own style. You may like one but not the other and the same goes for videography.

Good video editors will generally need to take 6 hours of footage and edit down to an hour. But must first eliminate bad footage, redundant footage etc. until they have only about 2 hours of footage to work with. From there they will edit to what’s important and special. The final editing technique will be the transitions from scene to scene and special effects and music choices. Ask to see samples of the videographers work to determine if their concepts are what you like. All of our editing is either done by or finalized by one person. So all of our samples you see are the final editing and producing work of her. Beware that some videography companies show you demos that are not going to be the work of the person that is going to do your video!

Your video can be either documentary style or cinematic style. Documentary style is more like the footage as the event unfolds in real time whereas cinematic style is more like a movie. Generally if you want cinematic style we need to use 2 cameras and probably the jib crane for overhead video. The editing takes twice as long so naturally the cost is more but the results are worth it. We can also offer both styles so you could have one of each. Most people like the cinematic style because it looks more like a movie and more entertaining to watch.

Book your videographer soon in advance but do your homework. Make sure what your restrictions and policies are at your church, the hall etc. Some places won’t even allow your photographer or videography because they want you to buy their package… so be sure to find out! In some cases you can ask the chapel to credit you for their videographer so that you can choose your own.

So, are you still asking how important is a professionally-produced video? Suppose a friend told you they had in one hand a book of professional photos of the day your grandparents were married, and in their other hand a professionally-produced video of that same day, in full color, with actual sound, but that you could only choose one to view and keep as a family heirloom. Which would you choose? Today, thanks to new developments in digital technology and the advanced skills of professional videographers, your choices in professional wedding videography are unlimited! Keep in mind you will be very busy and stressed during your wedding and because of this you will miss some very important moments. Don't miss your own wedding day... have it captured on video! This is the time when all your family will be together. You can pass down your legacy. In so many cases, we have had the newly married couple come to view their video for the first time. Interestingly, we noticed that they got very emotional and tears would stream down their eyes yet that did not happen on their wedding day. So, I guess you could say that now they were able to see their wedding day through the eyes of their guests!

Submitted By:
Robert Shaw
Shaw Productions Inc.
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