10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Videographer

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Making sure you get the right people to help make your wedding perfect, is like going on a first date — you really want to hit it off straight away, but in reality it can be really frustrating, especially knowing what questions you want to ask.

We hope we have saved you at least those first date nerves, by answering some of the main questions we often get asked and what you should be asking.

How did you get started filming weddings and is it your main business? How long have you been in the weddings industry?
About 13 years ago a friend was getting married on a very small budget and asked me to film it. She knew that I had a half decent video camera, and that it was always in my hand filming friends and family, so I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. I spent a few months researching various wedding films on YouTube, bought a basic editing software and I took it from there?

How many videographers will be filming at my wedding?
Myself & Maria film all our weddings with four cameras for ceremony, speeches & first dance (where permission is given & space is available) then using two/three throughout the rest of the day. We use four angles for many reasons. It captures the viewers attention, is easier for editing purposes, and as an obvious back up. We have a good reputation for being unobtrusive and discreet, letting the photographer lead.

Have you ever worked with my photographer before?
We work with an awful lot of photographers throughout the year. If we will be working with someone new, we will always make contact before the day to introduce ourselves and explain what we do and how we work. Due to the many years we have in the industry, we can recommend some great photographers.

How would you describe your production style (documentary, cinematic, vintage)? Is your shooting approach direct or more journalistic?
We offer a full documentary style shoot/edit with every wedding. We do not have a set time that your film will run for, but the average for church ceremony through to first dance is around 1.5hrs, sometimes more, but it really does depend on the event itself and what is going on and how your guests interact. We are documentary/journalistic in our style, as in the fact we are completely out of your way. For example, you might see a ‘directed’ shot in a highlights clip with a close-up of the bride’s feet as she walks across the floor. The cinematographer has to set up the dolly and ask the bride to do that—it wasn’t just captured that way? A videographer with a more journalistic style does the complete opposite, so we aim to capture everything that you do not see, staying in the background.

What parts of the wedding day do you film?
A typical 10 hr day with you would include:

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What kind of camera equipment do you use? How do you capture audio throughout the wedding day?
We use professional Sony camcorders. We believe a film should be shot with a camera designed for filming, rather than a camera that had a video feature. Our audio is captured through Sony stand alone recorders with small mics. Once again, these are discreet and pick up beautiful sound through the ceremony and speeches.

How do you handle music for the wedding film?
We ask our couples for between 10 & 15 songs of their choice. We then try to film footage that would fit these lyrics where possible. We do not use all the choices, but having such a large list helps us greatly. The only song which cannot be main stream is the highlight clip music. This is where we choose a song from our many suppliers which is copyright free, so can be used online for our marketing purposes.

What types of packages do you offer?
Your days is your way, but to give you an idea we can offer you the following:-

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Not forgetting we also offer guest messages and marryoke if you really want them.

How is footage recorded? How do you deliver the final product? Can I see a finished sample
We record everything to high quality cards. These are uploaded the next day to our NAS drives (2), then these are backed up to discs for storage. We produce primarily to Bluray & DVD, with the option for online viewing as an extra. If you would like to see a full film, please contact us.

When can I expect to see my wedding video?
Our turn around time for delivery is 12 weeks.

 

If you would like to know more about Walpole and Howson please visit out website

Karen Walpole
Creative Director
Walpole & Howson

 

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