Should I book a Videographer for my wedding day?

I love it when my couples choose to have their wedding filmed and it’s always something that I recommend. There are so many reasons for this but mainly because, it’s another way of capturing one of the most important and momentous days of your life. Photos are so important but even as I am taking them I will sometimes be thinking of how amazing it’s going to look on film! There are certain things that just work so well if they are captured in motion, rather than still.

I have so many favourite videographers who I have met over the years and am always happy to supply my couples with a list of them. A great videographer has to tick so many boxes in my opinion, from their discretion on the day to their ability to capture emotion.

One of my favourites is Ryan at Talking Fly and so I asked him to write about the service that he provides….

Ryan Woodard – Talking Fly

In this post I’ll go over some of the important factors to consider when choosing a wedding videographer. My name is Ryan and I’ve been in the wedding videography industry since 2012 with Talking Fly Films. With so many videography options available, my aim is to help you navigate through the minefield. I’ll give you a better understanding of what’s on offer and what you may need.


Hiring a Videographer

In this post I’ll go over some of the important factors to consider when choosing a wedding videographer. My name is Ryan and I’ve been in the wedding videography industry since 2012 with Talking Fly Films. With so many videography options available, my aim is to help you navigate through the minefield. I’ll give you a better understanding of what’s on offer and what you may need.

The most conventional way to capture your wedding video is to hire a professional. Camera technology has come a long way over the past few years. High quality, cheap cameras are readily available, and an ever-increasing amount of specialist wedding videographers are flooding the market. This is great news for you! Competition drives up quality and drives cost down. However, always remember in life ‘you get what you pay for’.

Let’s cover some of the factors that will likely affect the price of a wedding videography package.

Standard of work / creativity

‘Some people just have an eye for it’… Videographers producing high-end work are more sought-after and therefore more expensive.

Number of cameras and operators

A single operator will be responsible for all filming and equipment management. A team of two will increase shot variation and coverage. The second operator can effectively become a ‘runner’ allowing filming to continue whilst equipment is setup, new potential shots are sussed out etc. Larger weddings with over 300 guests may benefit from a third operator.

Length of coverage

How long you hire the videographer(s) for. Some videographers work by an hourly rate and others provide half / full day coverage.

Edits

Edits – there a many different wedding edits on the market, from Instagram videos to full length documentary edits lasting 1-2 hours. Most videographers will allow you to ‘pick-n-mix’ your edits.

Delivery

Delivery – there are many delivery options from digital download, USB memory stick, Blu-Rays and DVDs.

Travel & Accommodation

hiring a ‘non-local’ videographer may incur additional charges.

Extras

Extras such as drone coverage, video guest-messages and same-day edits all come at additional cost.

It’s important to discuss all these factors with your videographer before agreeing on a price or paying a deposit. A written contract outlining your package with terms and conditions should be produced and signed before the exchange of money.

Pros & Cons of Hiring a Videographer

Pros

Stress-free professional coverage. Relive your wedding day for years to come, safe in the knowledge you have an experienced professional.

Multi-cam – many videographers will use several cameras simultaneously allowing multiple viewpoints / perspectives to be used in editing.

Professional audio – lapel microphones are often used to capture crystal clear audio of the ceremony and speeches. Camera mounted microphones with wind protection are often used for other parts of the day.

Advanced equipment – camera stabilisers, lenses, sliders etc. will typically be used to create ‘cinematic’ footage.

High-end production – the majority of videographers edit their own footage. They’ll have a set way of filming that works with the way they edit.

Cons

Can be expensive.

Some videographers can be obtrusive – check reviews to gain perspectives from previous clients.

Shoot It Yourself

‘Shoot it Yourself’ wedding videography has been around for several years now. It first took off in 2011 when the original ‘Shoot it Yourself’ appeared on the popular BBC TV show, Dragon’s Den. The concept was somewhat revolutionary – cameras are sent out to couples allowing them to utilise their guests as camera men and women (no professional camera operator attends the wedding). The cameras are returned to ‘Shoot it Yourself’ for professional in-house editing. Many copy-cat companies with similar offerings have popped up since this niche service entered the industry.

Pros of Shoot it Yourself

– Often cheaper than hiring in a videographer(s).

– More ‘personal’ footage – you’ll have a lot more camera interaction with guests and personalities are more likely to come out.

– Guests are less likely to be camera-shy.

– A great option if you’re getting married overseas.

Cons of Shoot it Yourself

– Added stress – the responsibility is on you to organise your guests to film.

– Risk of poor or missed footage – your guests will likely be amateurs. They may forget to press record or miss important parts.

– Poor image quality – low-end consumer-grade cameras are typically used.

– Poor sound quality – professional videographers will use additional mics to ensure high quality audio is captured.

In summary – with so many options available, choosing your wedding videographer is never going to be easy. I recommend you do us much research as possible, watch lots of samples and read reviews. Speak to any potential videographer on the phone or over video call.

Recommendations from recently married friends and your photographer can be a great place to start your search

I hope you found that useful. It’s so good to get an insight into what you should consider and find out about all of the options that are available. I have known Ryan for many years and I always find him and his team a real pleasure to work with. We are so in tune with each other that we never clash or get in each others way. We will always know what each other is going to do and where they will be. We bounce ideas off of each other and work in the same unobtrusive way. I love the way that you can build your own quote and package on the Talking Fly website, making it easy to get a price straight away too!!

Kerry xXx