How To Hire A Wedding Videographer


Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography

Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before, so they are not sure what they are looking for or what questions to ask to make sure that it will be everything they are dreaming it will be. Here is a little guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple:

STYLE:

The first thing you need to identify with is the style of the videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at, but don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it can stimulate creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work, then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of. If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.

EXPERIENCE:

It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? How many wedding seasons have they gone through? Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different production than commercial video production because they are live events. You can rewind the first kiss as a couple because your videographer wasn’t ready. We get one chance to get the shot, so live event experience is a must!

VIDEOGRAPHERS:

Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked? Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine, but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Again weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise and experience. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another. You don’t want a couple of random hires to film your once in a life time event.

A ONE CAMERA PACKAGE, ITS NEVER A GOOD THING:

The offering of packages with one camera and one videographer is never a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons. When you do this you truly are selling you, and your wedding film short.

  1. What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on? Then what? All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
  2.  What if something happens to the one card they are recording on? If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… then what? Your whole day that was filmed is lost and can never be recovered.
  3. So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in two places at once. Getting ready of the couple, cocktail hour and reception detail coverage, both reactions during the first look, and so much more.
  4. You only get one angle of everything..

SERVICE:

Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.

 

INVESTMENT:

You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace, there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You need to be concerned about the low cost providers, and their ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.

 

WATCH OUT FOR FLUFF:

You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the collection or package you are purchasing. There are many things that videographers offer to make a collection or package look like you are getting so much, that is truly of no value to you. For example the raw footage; everything that is usable is going to be in your film, trust us, you do not want the raw footage. When you get the raw footage there isn’t a mountain of memories that was missed because if it was good, it would have made it into the film. Almost all of the raw footage that didn’t make the film is generally because it was a practice shot and then also out of focus stuff. There is no value to that, plus are you ever going to really look at hours of footage? What would you do with it? What matters most is what is going to be delivered and these are what you need to be asking for:

  1. How many hours of videography am I getting?
  2. How long is the Feature Film going to be?
  3. Am I going to receive a Wedding Movie Trailer?
  4. How many videographers will be at my wedding?
  5. How many cameras will the videographers be filming with?

DELIVERY:

How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s? Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable films, or URL based delivery methods. These are how you should be delivered your film at this point.

Overall we want your wedding videography experience to be all that it should be! Check out our blog and feel free to email us if you’re looking for a wedding we filmed at your venue, to see our style. We would love to capture your special day and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy wedding planning!

 

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Planning: Revel Wedding Co. // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Florist: Carte Blanche // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: Desert House Productions // Officiant: Father Gary Regula // Hair & Makeup: Heather Van Houten // Invitations: Celebrations in Paper // Dress: Lillian Lottie {custom design}

Reply...

Comments

Tips To Get The Very Best Wedding Film Possible:


These are tips to keep in mind while you are planning your wedding day timeline:

TIME FOR INTERVIEWS:

• Interviews are what couples love about Serendipity wedding films. Build 15 minutes into your timeline at the start of our cinematography time to complete them – preferably before you put your wedding dress on. If we don’t do them right away they are impossible to get done later in the day.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

• The Getting Ready footage is some of the best footage in your film. Think about your Getting Ready location: Is it well lit with lots of natural light? Visually appealing? Clean? Roomy enough for your bridal party, Photographer and Cinematographer? These are all important things to consider when choosing a location to get ready in.

CREATING BEAUTIFUL LIGHTING:

• Cameras don’t operate well in low lighting. It is important to consider lighting in every aspect of your day to get the most flattering footage possible. Think about the light at your Getting Ready location, the Ceremony site and the Reception. If there is not enough lighting, think about bringing some in. (Oh and uplighting is not considered “light” in our book!)

CINEMA TIME:

• Gone are the days of hours alone with your Photographer on your Wedding Day. To create the most beautiful wedding film possible, we need some shots with you too, and we don’t want to ruin your Photographers mojo by encroaching on their time or shouting out poses we need from you. Block out about 15 minutes of time for your Cinematographer separate of your Photographer so that we can get the shots that we need for your wedding film, ideally at the beginning of the shoot.

DOING A FIRST LOOK:

• 98% of couples do a First Look these days, and we highly recommend it. It allows us to get some spectacular footage of a hugely meaningful moment that you will be able to look back at and remember forever. It allows your Photographer and Cinematographer time to be more creative throughout the day, instead of racing against the clock and sunset trying to get all shooting done after the Ceremony.

CONSIDER AN “UNPLUGGED WEDDING”:

• You are paying a lot of money for us to capture your day, so ask your guests to be present in the moment and put away the phones and and cameras. When they are busy with their iphones and ipads they get in our way and ruin the very shots you are paying us to get.

EATING TIME:

• Talk with your catering manager about feeding your vendors when the bridal party eats. If we are fed after the guests, we don’t get enough time to hydrate and nourish ourselves and we could miss the start of your reception.

  1. MichaelSurse

    February 10th, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog is in the very same niche as yours and my users would definitely benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Cheers!
    ——————————————
    http://megasto.com.ua

    f7rpf9Sg6L

  2. Taryn

    February 12th, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Michael,

    Absolutely we would be fine with that! 🙂

Comments

A Wedding Film is Worth the Investment:

First off, congrats to all the newly engaged couples out there! This is such an exciting time in your lives, and we hope you enjoy every minute of it! As you start looking for vendors and budgeting out your wedding, we wanted to give you a little insight as to why a wedding film is so worth the investment!

A Wedding Film is the first thing cut from the wedding budget, yet the number one regret a couple has after a wedding if they decided not to get one. The very thought of a couple not having a wedding film to document their wedding day makes us beyond sad. So many moments and memories lost, so here is our pitch! Take what you like and leave the rest!

1. Who is at your wedding sadly may not be here ten years from now. Over our ten years in business we have had 10 couples lose someone unexpectedly after the wedding. For many of those couples, their wedding day was the last time they ever saw that person and heard their voice. Can you even imagine not hearing your mom’s words to you as she zipped you into your dress? Or your dad’s toast to you on your wedding day? Or what your groom says to you the moment he first sees you in your dress? Lost, lost, and lost if you opt out of a wedding film. We hate to be morbid, but it is a truth. Document the day… No matter the curve balls life throws us you will be so glad to have a video record of those who were with you that day.

2. Of course you are going to have a Photographer on your wedding day. But Photos and a Wedding Film go hand in hand. A Photographer will give you snapshots of moments. We will give you the sound and motion from those moments. Together we are your memory team giving you multiple facets and angles of the day. We have never had a couple say to us that they had too many memories of their wedding day. As soon as people find out what we do for a living, inevitably the ones who didn’t have a cinematographer at their wedding always say to us, “That was our biggest regret.. I so wish we had a wedding film. We decided against it and I wish we hadn’t.” I have never had someone say to me, “I wish we didn’t invest in a wedding film.” Even if it wasn’t a great film, they are still glad they have it.

3. The day goes beyond super fast. The morning after your wedding you will discuss with your spouse how amazing it was and you will both agree that it went by lightening fast. And if you decided to invest in a wedding film you will have a sense of peace in knowing that you have that memory forever, but also that you will soon get to re-live that day when the film is finished. We will show you in your film, parts of the day, that you never knew existed. You will get to see your day from a completely different angle. You will get to re-live it like it is brand new again and that is priceless.

4. You will want this memory if you decide to have a family. While it may not be on the radar now, having a family might be in the picture one day and you will regret deeply not being able to share the day of your wedding with your future children. They will want to see what life was like before they came along. A wedding film is such a special memory to share with them.

5.  In this day and age with all of the technology it just makes sense. Wedding films can now be easily shared with family and friends. You want those that attended and those that couldn’t to be able to share in the memories, still be able to through your wedding film. Wedding films are nothing like they used to be, they are high quality productions now. They are a customized story of your wedding day, fabulous, and a must have in your wedding budget.

 

Reply...

Comments

My Top Three Vendor Must Haves | Arizona Vendors

Hi there! Hope you’ve been spending the new year with good company and big goals. We’ve missed you over here. We have had many big changes and we’re ready for a new year with consistent blogging, incredible weddings, and loving couples. We are already up to over 50 weddings and still booking for this season! So if you were one of those lucky gals or guys that got engaged over the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Trust me, I know all about popular wedding dates. I am a recent bride of Serendipity Cinematography and have been married for almost two months now! November 11, 2017 is when I tied the knot and getting vendors booked for this day seemed to be tricky. (I mean we did choose, 11.11.. what were we thinking?) So that is why I am sharing with you today, our top three vendors that were a must have and that we booked first! Are you recently engaged? Get to booking these vendors because they get busy, quick! If you have your eye on a specific vendor, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Want to check out my wedding and vendors at the gorgeous Paseo? Click here!

When my husband and I got engaged, we sat down and prioritized our budget and determined what was most important to us. We put a lot of thought into this. We thought about after the fairy tale day and we determined that the film and photos is what you will have to look back on for the rest of your lives together. Easily our top two choices were a videographer and photographer. These were the two people that would capture our day for us to look back on. We will get to reminiscence about our day with our children, grandchildren, and maybe even great grandchildren one day.

We got a lot of questions from family and friends, asking why a videographer was so important to us? A lot of them would say things like, “I haven’t watched my wedding video since the day we got it” or “It’s not that exciting to watch anyways, why spend the money on it?” Well first off, wedding videos aren’t like they used to be. They are films now, a full on gorgeous production of your day. Good bye to the wedding videos of just a long ceremony, first dance, and bad audio. These are hand crafted films of an overview of your entire day from getting ready with your girl friends, interviews of you and your fiance, to the first time he see’s you in your wedding gown, the ceremony, your first dance, and the party that ends the night!

When deciding we didn’t even think twice about booking a videographer. When you really think about it, if you don’t have a videographer there who is going to capture your personal vows and they way you say them to each other on your wedding day? The interview of your parents and grandparents? The toasts from your very best friends? The emotion and words spoken during your first look? You can never get those words, the emotion, and the sound behind them without a videographer there to capture it.

Now we needed one more vendor. This also came pretty easy to us. I am naturally very OCD and Type A. Having someone that could handle our day with the same vision as us was very important. I kept thinking to myself, do I want to spend the one day of my life marrying my best friend worried about where the florist will place the florals on the arch? How the table seating arrangements will get done? And how my bridal party will make it down the aisle flawlessly? No! I didn’t want to worry about one bit of it.

For us a Day Of Coordinator, was the perfect choice. I have had a lot of experience with weddings by working with Serendipity and planning with Pinterest made it super fun. (I mean how did anyone plan a wedding before it!?) I also purchased an Erin Condren planner to help me pace out when everything needed to be completed. But man oh man, is a Coordinator worth it! Planning a wedding is a ton of work. I give all the props to the Planners out there making these magical weddings happen!

There you have it! My top three vendor must haves. Do you have a top three? Comment below and let me know about them!

Photo Credit:

Monique Hessler Photography

Reply...

Comments

We get asked all of the time from couples if they can have the Raw Footage from their wedding day. The short answer is no, and you should see the look on the couples face. It is as if we just told them their wedding dress was ugly. However, we want to take the time to tell you why. We promise we are not trying to be mean, keep precious memories from you or even hold it hostage for more money from you. The answer is because you don’t need it, let us explain.

Years ago before cinematic wedding films became the norm a videographer would show up at your event with a giant camera and record the entire day from beginning to end. Then they would deliver tapes of 10 hours of video footage of every single second of your wedding day. Those were the days before editing.

Amanda + Matt

Amanda + Matt

Somehow the idea though, that Raw Footage was absolutely necessary as a deliverable stuck. We are here to tell you that the Raw Footage is no longer necessary. Wedding Films have evolved. Nowadays wedding films are creative and cinematic edits that summarize the wedding day.

That being said, when we film a wedding we no longer film the entire day in full. We only film what we know we are going to use. We will say it again, We only film what we know we are going to use. Our videographers are shooting in HD so the files sizes are huge and we quite frankly don’t want to film every single second of the day for space purposes as well as editing purposes. It’s just too darn much footage to sort through. Since we know we are summarizing your wedding day, filming every single second is just not necessary anymore.

Before you start thinking there is a mountain of memories on the cutting room floor, to compensate for not having that Raw Footage most companies will offer Documentary Style Edits of the most important parts of the day. What that means is that on top of the Wedding Movie Trailer and Feature Film we will edit for you your Ceremony, Toasts, and First Dances. Most couples see those as the most important parts of the day so we film those and edit them in their entirety.

What we always tell our couples is that if something doesn’t make an appearance in the Wedding Movie Trailer, Feature Film or Documentary Style Films there is a reason why. To be clear though, ANYTHING of value is going to show up in one of those 3 places, we will be sure of it.

Raw Footage has become fluff. And when it is offered to couples in packages or as an add-on it is painted as this extremely necessary and valuable piece of their wedding day when it is pretty much what they already have.

The Raw Footage includes the shaky shots, poorly colored shots, and practice shots. We just don’t see the value of this. Again revisiting the size of the files most couples don’t even have the software to open the files or know what to do with them once they do get them open. Not to mention who is actually going to watch 10 hours of footage.

And finally not offering the Raw Footage is a brand management thing for us. The best representation of our brand is always going to be our edited films. With how easy it is to upload videos online these days we never want to run the risk of our Raw Footage getting out there and someone posting a practice clip and claiming that “this is how Serendipity shoots a wedding film”.

In summary Raw Footage is not what you think it is. If there is something of value we will be sure that you have it. We want you to have as many memories of your wedding day as possible. But we also want you to have the best viewing experience and the best experience is always going to be watching an edited film.

 

Photos By Elyse Hall

Videographer Phoenix

Reply...

Comments

As we are about to dive headfirst into one of the busiest spring seasons we have ever had, at the same time, we are super excited to this year’s wedding trends.  One of the most fascinating parts of our job is to see how each couple executes their perfect day, to a T. We also love to see how they incorporate the wedding trends of the season and make them their own. Here are some of our favorite things right now.

Metals: We loved when couples started to incorporate more silver and gold into their wedding pallet over the past few years. This year it’s full-blown metal! Gold, silver, rose gold, pewter, and copper. They are so versatile and really compliment so many different color arrangements. We love how they can easily dress up, or soften the feel of the whole day.

Metal: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Metal: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Whimsical Floral: So far, we have seen a huge amount of our brides sticking with what we like to call “sophisticated whimsical” floral. This includes large soft flowers such as garden roses or peonies, paired with beautiful succulents, that gives off a romantic and classic look.

Floral: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Floral: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Who doesn’t love cake? Just a few years ago and still a bit now, it was popular to have cupcakes. I mean it’s the perfect portion all ready to go for your guests. However, this year the movement seems to be leaning towards beautiful multi-tiered cakes. We can’t complain because these stunning works of art are not only beautiful to look at but also still delicious as ever.

Sugar: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: This category is ever changing and we love it because it means we get to see new and fabulous dresses every season. Color is making a huge comeback and in the most gorgeous way ever. May it be just a slight hint of pink to the overall gown or possibly small details that give off a hue of your “something blue”. We also are seeing an increase of sleeves in all sorts and cutouts in flattering places. This gives such a nice update to the classic silhouette of a wedding dress.

Gown: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

 

Videographer Phoenix

Reply...

Comments

I think I need to stop calling it a Wednesday Wedding Film tip because it never seems to be posted on Wednesdays these days….

Today’s tip revolves around the location of your Ceremony. I know it is natural to gravitate toward a waterfall or water fountain or other water feature as the backdrop of your wedding ceremony because of its beauty. I know the thought is “Won’t that backdrop make for the best pictures?”. Absolutely….  It would be a great backdrop for PICTURES… But a wedding film… Not so much… Much of what we do revolves around audio and if you are standing in front of a babbling brook or a waterfall or water feature of any kind guess what suffers…. The audio of your wedding film and most importantly your wedding vows. There is nothing we can do to remove or minimize that sound. So if a wedding cinematographer and a wedding film is important to you consider that when selecting your ceremony location.

Reply...

Comments

I love the holidays but I always enjoy coming back and diving right back into work. I love the excitement that a new year brings. It’s a blank canvas full of possibilities and ideas. I am refreshed and ready to rock. Here is my first Wedding Film Tip of 2013 and it is coming to you from the future… Couples are focused on their wedding day. As far as they are concerned the world stops that day and ceases to exist after that. They spend hours, weeks, months planning this one event. There is no time to think of the future… They’ll worry about that later. Knowing what I know because I am in the wedding biz and having planned a wedding myself and now years later having children who are 7 and 5 the number one recommendation that I will make is to invest in your memories. When all of the food has been eaten and the champagne drunk the ONLY thing you have to show for this blessed event is your photos and your wedding film. That’s it. It’s the only record of those divine table linens and your fabulous decor. Your memories will show you people dancing and laughing and hugging and having the time of their life. They will give you your dads toast back and your mom zipping up your dress and your grooms look when he sees you for the first time. And a few years later you will be able to pass this gift along to your children and show them the day that you created your family. If I were getting married tomorrow I would put a solid chunk of my budget to my Photographer and Cinematographer to preserve these moments and memories that can never be recreated. Here’s to an awesome 2013 full of lots of new memories!!!

Reply...

Comments

Grand Exits are rad. Do one. They make for an awesome ending to an incredible day which means an awesome ending to your wedding film and photos. Check it out the impact that it makes on the end of your film…

Reply...

Comments

Another Wednesday Wedding Film tip posted on Friday. We’ve been busy over here…. Editing fools to be more specific… Get it? I was playing off of the title of the Wednesday Wedding Film tip.

This weeks tip is to be specific about your vision. About 6 weeks before your wedding at Serendipity we send you a Wedding Questionaire. This asks you everything under the sun about your wedding day. I realize that you are getting these types of questionaires from all of your vendors and they can be monotonous to fill out and cumbersome but these questionnaires play a vital role in the look of your wedding film and contribute significantly to the satisfaction of the finished film. Every couple is so different and what parts of the day each couple values the most is different. So when you receive that questionaire be specific. Give us the “deets” of your event. Of course all moments of the day are special but maybe there are “must haves” that we need to know about. Share them! We are pretty great at getting comprehensive coverage of the event but we aren’t mind readers. If there are specific details you want covered tell us. This helps us know what to look for and know what’s important to you. That way we make sure that it is in your film. When you get your finished film we want you to look at it and say “This is so us!! How did they capture “us” so perfectly?” I’d like to think we are so awesome but really we just know how to read. You told us everything you wanted, you were specific and we just executed that vision.

 


Reply...

Comments

Keep up with our latest shenanigans on Instagram