This is a late-night, can’t sleep blog post. Recently, we’ve had a lot of clients asking us about videographers. “Is it worth it?” and “Do you recommend having a videographer?” are two of the more popular questions we are asked.
First of all, let me just say, emphatically, YES.
As much as we love wedding photography, we are totally willing to admit that it doesn’t capture everything. Having a picture of your best man telling a joke isn’t the same as being able to hear it, the same way a picture of you exchanging vows won’t be the same as hearing the emotion in your voice as you said them. Videography adds additional sensory information, that photography can’t. You’ve heard it a million times, but your day goes fast. We’re a fan of anything that helps you remember it longer.
But there is a caveat – as in anything, if you are going to do it, do it right. Spend the money on a trusted professional. A bad or untrained videographer can really hinder your photographs, or otherwise disrupt the day, and in some cases, may not deliver on final products.
When it comes to looking back on your wedding, having a film brings the day back to life just by pushing play. Having video to accompany your photos can give you a more full experience to look back on, but it can also be amazing to have this piece of art – starring you!
Once your big day is over, you try to relive that day. You think back to everything you can remember and regret any moments you may have missed. While you can rely on memories, family members and photos to reminisce about your wedding day, a video can help you remember it in an entirely different way. Because video is so special, here are my top five reasons why you SHOULD book a wedding videographer for your wedding day.
Your wedding day isn’t just an event – it’s a love story. A wedding video tells the full story of your relationship, from the nerves in the morning to the party in the evening. Wedding videos aren’t just a shot of the kiss and a shot of the cake, but they include those important moments in between, bringing everything together to recreate the emotions and overall atmosphere. It’s the closest thing to reliving your wedding day.
Through your eyes, your wedding day was wonderful. With so many things going on, there’s no way for you to experience everything. You probably missed the flower girl and ring bearer holding hands and stumbling down the aisle while you were hiding and waiting to walk down. Or while you were grabbing a drink, did you see your grandparents dancing during your reception? What about those anxious final thoughts uttered by your future spouse moments before getting married? Unless you were with him, you didn’t hear it. Wedding videographers certainly capture the most important moments, but they also capture the small and unexpected moments that make your wedding day unique.
While pictures and video of the day’s events are important, audio is even more priceless. Months or years down the road, you won’t be able to remember that hilarious joke your best man made that got everyone in the banquet hall laughing. You can’t re-hear the way you cried through your vows. A great wedding video includes great audio, which will truly immerse you in the memory of your wedding day.
Wedding videos have evolved and taken on a professional, cinematic quality, meaning you can enjoy your video without the distractions of shaky footage or inaudible sound. The cheesy “America’s Funniest” wedding videos are a thing of the past. Gone are the days of inviting everyone over to sit down and watch an 8 hour VHS tape of your wedding day. Now, you can even share it on social media.
Once the day is over, it’s over. It can’t be recreated. However, if you had a wedding videographer, you have documented moments that you can look back on for a lifetime. You’ll be able to re-watch your vows, laugh at your best man’s joke and realize how big your flower girl has gotten since that day. Above all, you’ll be able to recapture the love you felt from your spouse and family on the biggest day of your life, for the rest of your life!
My advice to you is this, if you are considering a videographer, ask your photographer for recommendations. It is so important for your photographer and videographer to be on the same page, so that we ensure we both get what we need to give you the most awesome final product that we can. If your photographer can point you in the direction of someone who they have a good working relationship with, they can be more at ease with asking each other to step out of the shot, or even share ideas with each other.
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