Aren’t professional photographs enough?

People come to life in video the way they cannot in other formats. There is no better way to capture the sights, sounds, and movement of your wedding than with video. Photography is an art form, and it captures one aspect of the day beautifully. But a video can show you how you walked down the aisle, how long the tears took to come down your father’s cheek when he kissed you goodbye, and what it sounded like when you were pronounced husband and wife for the first time.

Why do I need a professional videographer?

Just about everyone has a video camera these days. So why pay someone to shoot your wedding video? The answer is simple: quality. You will only have one wedding day. You will only have one chance to say your vows, dance with your parents, and cut the cake.

Not only do you want a professional microphone to make sure the audio quality for the vows is clear and crisp, but you also want the assurance that your videographer has done this before and knows how to capture the important moments without stepping on the toes of the other professionals you’ve hired.

In the end, you want a wedding video that you will want to watch over and over again—and not something you’re going to fast forward through to get to the good parts.

How do I choose a videographer?

Like any other vendor for your wedding day, much of the choice is subjective. Do you like the person?  Do you like her work?  Does she suit your style?  There are, however, a few general questions you can ask to help you make your decision:

  1. How much experience does she have? Live events move quickly and there are no second chances. Experienced videographers know how to avoid making grave mistakes.
  2. What technology do they employ? There are a lot of great professional cameras and mics available. Primarily, you are looking for someone with up-to-date, broadcast quality equipment. You also want to make sure you receive your final product in the format you want, whether it is strictly DVD copies for family, or podcasts for your iPod.
  3. Do you know your videographer? Sounds like a funny question, but a lot of video companies employ subcontractors. Make sure you are getting the videographer you think you are getting and that the portfolio samples you see are actually produced by the person who will be shooting your wedding.

How much experience do you have?

I’ve been shooting wedding videos for more than ten years. I have a degree in Film and TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and have worked with many great directors in New York City’s feature film industry. When I’m not videotaping weddings, I produce corporate videos for my company, Capture Video, Inc.

Will you interfere with my photographer?

A lot of brides are worried about their vendors getting along, particularly the photographer and videographer. I work side by side with the photographer and give them all the room they need to do their job. After all, video captures 30 frames in a second, so I have a lot more chances to capture the moment than the photographer.

Will your videotaping be obtrusive during the wedding day?

One of the comments I hear most from the bride and groom is that they didn’t even notice we were there. My crew and I try to capture the day’s events without interfering. We do not interview guests, use bright lights, or get in people’s faces. We take our cues from the bride and groom and their guests, being as involved as they want us to be.

We’ve just started planning our wedding. Can you recommend some good vendors in the DC area?

Over the years, I’ve worked with some wonderful people, from photographers and florists to caterers and wedding planners. I would love to recommend people I know to be talented and professional.  

Lee and cynthia