Out of the hundreds of weddings I’ve shot, I’d say that around 20% of the couples hire a videographer.
If your budget extends to it, video can be a nice touch for your wedding day, but there are a few things to consider before you make that decision.
Depending on the look you want from your wedding video, it may be necessary for your videographers to use a lot of gear. Without wanting to get into too many technical details, this can involve the set up of lighting stands, tripods and numerous other gadgets.
Usually if the final product is a polished, ‘Hollywood’ style video this is the case.
If you’re looking for a more organic, photojournalistic approach, the videographer can usually get by with just his camera and the odd tripod.
Where this matters to me as the photographer is the fact that the videographer’s gear, and even the videographer himself will be in my shot a fair bit. I do my best to make sure this won’t happen, but it’s not always possible.
I’m sure I’m also in the background of thousands of hours of wedding video footage too!
As long as you are aware that this may be the case, there’s not really too much of an issue. I’ll do my best to keep out of the way of the videographer, and I hope he or she will do the same.
If you’re interested in hiring a videographer, just let me know and I can recommend a couple who have done a great job with me in the past.,
Whichever videographer you end up hiring, it may be a good idea to ask them how they work on the day, how many staff they bring and the amount of gear.
If they need more than 2 people (one for video, one for sound), prepare for your wedding to start resembling a Hollywood set!