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One of our favorite wedding videographers, Creative Mountain Images, was recently featured in an article in Brides’ Colorado about hiring and working with a videographer for your wedding. We thought we’d share the story with you.
What sort of questions should couples as when interviewing a potential videographer? Find out if the person does videography full time or part time – generally those who do videography on the side cost less, but they usually don’t have the state-of-the-art equipment or the level of techical skills that full-timers do. And ask if he or she uses dimmable lights. This is a great way to gauge whether the videographer will be intrusive or blend into the background: Videographers need light to see and shoot, but some equipment has just two modes – on and off – which can be annoying.
How can couples make the most of their videographer’s services and make the day run smoothly? Make sure your videographer has an updated timeline of the reception that includes when and where important moments are expected to take place. I always suggest brides hire a wedding planner if they can, because these pros are invaluable in terms of keeping all the vendors updated on the inevitable schedule changes that happen – and by extension, the bride always comes across looking much more relaxed on video.”
What are some ways to make videography a more budget-friendly option for couples? Don’t assume the packages are set in stone. It’s typically not a problem for a videographer to add or subtract services to create a custom package that meets your specific needs and budget.
How long does it take for a video to be edited and completed? It generally takes anywhere from four weeks to four months, depending on when the wedding takes place – the third week of August is our busiest time. But it should never take longer than six months. If you’re celebrating your one-year anniversary and you still don’t have your video, something is wrong.
Is there anything couples can do to help with the post-production process? When sending songs to your videographer for the soundtrack, it’s a good idea to send extras. I love when clients send me a whole disc of options, because then I’m able to let the footage dictate what songs will work best.
Interviewee – Chad Shaw of Creative Mountain Images