Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Top 5 Questions to ask a Videographer

I get asked all the time about questions to ask for videographers. Here are some important ones to ask:

1) Will the videographer hold the camera by hand or use a tripod?

If you would like more angles being shot, it will be best for the camera to be hand held, which I personally prefer because it shows more moments of everyone at the events. If the videographer uses a tripod, there will be less moving around in the video, and you could risk losing important moments.

2) Does the videographer do his own editing or has a team of editors?

I feel that it is more important that the person who shoots the wedding does the editing since they know what actually happened at all your events.

3) How long will it take to get the video back?

This is very important to ask. From my experience, videos can take up to a year to be ready. It’s important to get a time frame of how long your video will take and follow up often with your videographer.

4) Will there be any hidden costs?

This is important to ask so that you can avoid any misunderstandings. Sometimes clients will be surprised at their final bill because they were charged for things they had no idea of. Find out if there are any overtime charges, charges for a second camera, or charges for extra copies. Also ask if there are charges for any changes you make to the actual video.

5) Are you supposed to pay them in full before the product ships?

Find out how much you owe exactly and when. You want to be clear on his to avoid any misunderstanding with payments.

Asking these questions to your videographer before you sign a contract will ensure you are aware of the process for your events and will help things go more smoothly on your wedding day!

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