Interview with the Expert – How to find your Wedding Videographer

 

 

Design_ElementsInterview with the Expert Design_Elements

 

When we start planning a wedding, we have a ‘discovery’ meeting with our couple.  We’re on a fact finding mission to discover what a wedding day actually means to our couple; their priorities and their ‘non-negotiables’.  For many clients, food and good wine feature high on the list of priorities, for others it’s the photography or the styling.  We need to know this information to create a planning schedule, and prepare a budget.  We always talk about videography.  We believe a videographer or cinematographer should be part of every wedding dream team.  The only way to truly capture the sound and movement of your wedding day is through video.  Regret at not having a wedding video is common, but hindsight is a great thing!

Today, I invited Natalie from The Auburn Hour Film co to visit our office.  I wanted to discuss what makes a great videographer or cinematographer, and get the expert tips on how to find the perfect wedding videographer. There are so many wedding video companies in Perth, and I hope the below Expert Interview helps you to find the perfect videographer for you.

Happy Planning x

Jenn

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Jenn
Hi Natalie – thanks so much for joining me here today!  Can you start perhaps by telling me a little about you and what led you to where you are now?

Natalie
Hey Jenn!  Well I run the show over at
The Auburn Hour Film co.  We create genuine, unique films for couples looking for something short and sweet, but entirely awesome.  I’ve always loved film, but I was cringing even at the thought of having something as overly-sentimental and awkward as the cookie-cutter (ok lets face it – TACKY!) films I was finding for my own wedding!   I decided to start my own business, making the kind of fun, adventurous and stylised films I would want if I was the bride and I’ve never looked back! I’ve never been happier than when I’m putting together an edit, seeing all the love and laughter from the day coming together into one awesome little punch-in-the-face film that you’ll never get tired of watching.

Jenn
We help couples find their perfect videographer, and you’ve been a great choice for many of our clients.  I’d love to know what advice you would give our readers on finding the perfect videographer;

Natalie
I guess it’s really important to know what it is that you want from the video. Is there a certain style of cinematography that attracts you that will match the feeling you’re trying to achieve for your day? Are you looking for something fun and adventurous, or clean and romantic – are you looking for something traditional or something new and exciting?  The best place to start is always to ask your wedding planner or stylist. They already have years of experience working with different video companies and know who is reliable, who will fit your budget and who can work perfectly to capture the style of your day.  If you don’t have a planner, or if you just want to have a browse for some alternatives to see what’s out there, definitely give some wedding fairs a go.  Some kick ass fairs that I would highly recommend are First Comes Love, One Fine Day and Wedding Upmarket.
There are usually some great film companies in Online magazine directories as well. Find a magazine or blog that matches your style – Hello May, White Mag, Hooray – and you’ll find vendors with a similar style and hopefully someone who clicks.  At The Auburn Hour we get a lot of our clients recommended to us by wedding stylists, photographers and previous couples who have told their friends about us – which we love because we get to party with them again at their friend’s wedding!

Jenn
Thinking about that first appointment, how can a couple be best prepared when they meet with a videographer?

Natalie
First off, throw out all of those ‘Top 10 Questions to ask the photographer/videographer” lists that you got off of Pinterest. It’s great to have questions, and to want to be informed, but those pre-made lists usually aren’t asking any of the right questions. “How long have you been filming weddings for?” – I could say 2 years or 2 months but it wouldn’t change the quality of my work. Use this opportunity to instead get a sense for your videographer’s professionalism, their demeanour and to see if you actually get along with them since they are going to be attached to your hip for your entire wedding day!

If you’re going out of your way to have a meeting with this videographer, the best way to get the most out of it is to be as familiar with their work as you can – don’t just watch one video, watch a couple. If you know they offer different video lengths, check those out too so you can walk in with a reasonable idea of what you’re liking the look of the most.
The most useful questions will be about getting a better sense for their approach on your actual wedding day – for example, should you allocate time during the location shoot specifically for video after the photographer has got a few shots, or will they just hang back and pipe up if they need anything?  Also chat about their packages and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

Jenn
How far ahead should they book an appointment?

Natalie
Keep in mind that videographers usually won’t secure your date until a deposit has been made and they very well might have other enquiries for the same date come up (especially during summer) so once you’ve decided that you love their work and you’re ready to finesse the details at a meeting, try to lock it in pretty quickly or you might lose the date to someone else!

Jenn
Should they bring anything with them to this first meeting?

Natalie
Bring only good vibes and chocolate bribes.

Jenn
How far ahead should a couple book their videographer?

Natalie
It varies from videographer to videographer – wedding videos are only half of my business so I don’t tend to book more than 8-9 months in advance, but other companies will book 2+ years in advance. There’s no harm emailing around to check even if your wedding isn’t for 2 years, but most videographers tend to be pretty booked on popular dates by the 6 month mark.

Jenn
Should they meet with more than one videographer?

Natalie
There’s no harm in meeting with more than one videographer if you’re not sold on any one in particular. Meetings are for exactly that – you’ve seen the final product but you want a more in depth look at who they are and if you’re going to be the right fit to work together on the most important day of your life.

Jenn
What should couples consider when comparing videographers?

Natalie
When looking at different videographers there are a few key points of difference that might influence your final choice. 1. Make sure the style and feel of their videos match what you want for your film. 2. Different companies have different packages – compare to make sure you are getting what you want. 3. Compare prices – but keep in mind you get what you pay for! 4. Make sure you understand their approach – will they have heaps of cameras all over the place getting in the photographer’s way and cramping your style or will they be less obtrusive with only one or two and know when to back off?

Jenn
What advice do you have for couples to ensure they experience a wonderful wedding day?

Natalie
Relax. Relax. Relax. Your day should actually be awesome – not just look awesome. You’ve spent a lot of money on this day – make sure you enjoy the hell out of it!  It can be a little unnerving to have a bunch of cameras in your face all day – even only one photographer and one videographer is still two more than most people are used to. This is where your connection with your photographer and videographer will really come into play – if you’re comfortable in their presence you’ll usually find it a lot easier to let go of insecurity and embrace your time in the spotlight to get those awesome shots together! Try not to sweat the small stuff – we won’t include anything of you looking unflattering and you’ll usually get a chance to review your video and request changes if there is anything you don’t like anyway.
Embrace the adventure!

Jenn
Let’s talk about money.  In your opinion, what do you think couples should expect to pay for an expert wedding videographer?

Natalie
There are a range of pricing options but for an experienced videographer you should be looking to spend at minimum $3000 for basic packages, on average around $5000 for something more comprehensive with additional videographers on the day, full length speeches/ceremony, longer edits etc. You can find cheaper and you can find more expensive, but generally the price is reflective of the quality and the experience you’ll have on the day and during the editing process.

 

Natalie Hind

 

A HUGE thanks to Natalie from The Auburn Hour Film co for giving up her time to visit us!

 

 

 

 

The top tips from this Interview with the Expert;

  • seek recommendations from your wedding planner or stylist
  • visit a few wedding expos
  • do your research before meeting a videographer – watch a few of their videos and read through their packages
  • it’s ok to meet more than one videographer – make sure they meet your style
  • look for a good connection with your videographer – they’ll be with you most of your wedding day
  • don’t’ sweat the small stuff – they’ll edit the video to show only the amazing scenes!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Interview with the Expert.  If you found this interview helpful, please share it:)  We have more fabulous and helpful interviews coming soon.  Sign up HERE to receive our regular newsletter.  If you’d like further help to find your perfect videographer, or need help with the planning or styling of your wedding, then browse through our website and our real weddings.  Contact us HERE to arrange a time to visit us for a coffee and a chat.  We’d love to know more about your wedding plans – or lack of them!

Happy Planning x

Jenn

 

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