Videographers are a critical part of your big day. They can catch the little moments and emotions of the day into a single video. Their results are moving and artistic and truly something to remember — but they do come at an extra cost. So are wedding videographers worth it?
Many couples forego the expense because they think a photographer offers similar benefits, but they often regret the decision later. So how do you know if a wedding videographer is right for you, and what can it add to your wedding?
What Are the Benefits of a Wedding Videographer?
Wedding videography is an exceptional way to relive your big day. A photo can capture a fraction of a second, but video captures everything. From the little interactions between your guests and the swish of the wedding dress to the love in the groom’s eyes as the bride walks down the aisle — a wedding video catches those special moments in a way that photos can’t capture.
What You Get for the Money
Just as photographers offer different packages, so do videographers. Here are a few different aspects that will influence the value of videography services:
- Type of video: You may get a highlight video, an extended highlight video or a complete recording of the entire event. These will feature varying levels of editing and coverage.
- Coverage time: Whether you need coverage for just a few hours or multi-day events, you may get more time for your money with some videographers. You may also need to consider what events you want covered.
- Number of cameramen: More cameramen allow you to capture more of the day and see the big moments from multiple angles.
- Add-ons: Many videographers add on certain features for an additional charge, such as 4K resolution, drone coverage and Instagram videos. You may also be able to request raw footage if you want to have everything shot from the day.
- Experience: Remember, well-established and professional videographers are going to cost a bit more than amateur counterparts, but the results are much more impressive. Expertise goes a long way.
To make your videographer worth it, make sure you get some bang for your buck by considering which of these factors are most valuable to you and who can offer good results at an affordable price.
Hiring a Videographer vs. Photographer
One of the reasons that many people pass up on a videographer is because they feel that a photographer offers many of the same benefits, but the two are vastly different. You may want to get one or the other, but if your budget allows for it, getting both is an excellent option that provides two unique products when you get back from the honeymoon.
- Viewing: When you go with a photographer, you’ll get valuable still moments that you can frame and put in albums. They are great for frequent reminders, sharing with family and seeing your pictures every day on your walls, but the emotion is different, and they don’t pull you into the moment like video does. Videography may require a more involved viewing session. You’ll have to sit down and press play, but it tends to be more moving and makes for a great anniversary activity.
- Posing: Photography also tends to be more posed. While natural, candid photographers are popular, they still typically involve some level of posing and will have you stand in certain ways to get the best shot. If you’re not one for planned photos or simply aren’t good at striking a pose, videography may be the best choice.
- Cost: The costs of a wedding videographer and wedding photographer are usually comparable. However, there are many factors that go into pricing, such as location, photographer experience and packages, so these numbers can vary widely.
- Level of involvement: As a general rule, photographers tend to be more involved, since they need to interact with the couples and attendees. Videographers usually step back more and record what’s already happening. They may step in for minor direction or set up objects in a specific way, but they focus on candid events. If you want some direction, photographers have that covered. On the other hand, if you don’t want someone telling you where to stand and what to do, a videographer is usually more laid-back.
Getting the Right Videographer
A surefire way to be unhappy with your choice to get a videographer is to choose one that doesn’t meet your needs. Instead, spend time vetting your videographer, just as you would a photographer. Consider the following aspects as you select a wedding videographer:
- Experience: A newbie may be cheap, but they won’t give you the results you can expect from a seasoned pro. More experience means your videographer knows more tricks and understands the ins and outs of the job.
- Style: Each videographer has a specific style. They may create a video that’s more cinematic or romantic. They may use a documentary style or do something entirely different. A videographer’s style is one of the most important aspects of finding one that makes a product you’ll like. Thoroughly look through their portfolio to ensure they can match your vision.
- Level of involvement: Some videographers and photographers will be more involved than others. Make sure you know how they will step in on the big day and if that is to your liking.
Contact Shutter and Sound Videography Today
If you think a videographer is right for you, Shutter and Sound can turn your wedding into a work of art. Our tight-knit team focuses on one thing: creating an amazing video from your big day. We don’t hire contractors, and we make it a point to create consistent style and quality.
We want you to love your wedding video, so we put every effort into making our services worth it. Please call or contact us today to learn more about partnering with our skilled artists and what Shutter and Sound has to offer.