Wedding videographer: how to look for a professional one

A list of essential elements that can help you recognize a valuable wedding videographer

A videographer is a person that has the right set of skills to tell a story through quality video images. A wedding videographer is the one that has his focus on weddings and speaks about these events through his point of view, using his ability to give them an artistic mood.

Before the creation of this established profession that today is so independent of the photographer, we need to take a step back in time and say that, very often, the videographer (or videomaker) wasn’t too much considered as a profession itself: often hide behind the photographer that was the one commissioning the jobs and that had the direct contact with the spouses.

Luckily today things are different but this doesn’t mean that if you are looking for a professional videographer, they can all provide great quality of work.

In this article, we would like to share some tips on how to understand if the wedding videographer you are about to choose for your big day is a professional one or not.

Making a living out of his true passion

Let’s start by saying that a true professional of any industry creates a living out of his passion.

For many years we saw video makers that were working together with photography studios, transforming their videography hobbies into a passion just during the weekends, maybe to have an extra income, or maybe just to practice a bit more their favourite activity.

But do you really think that a professional figure can only dedicate a few hours to his passion in order to make a career out of it?

We believe that a true professional needs to study as deeply as possible his passion and work, investing in training courses, buying professional cameras and dedicating his time to improving his skills.

So, the first thing to understand when you’ll get to meet your future wedding videographer is:

– what all this represents for him?
– Is this a true passion coming from the way he talks?
– And lastly, how do you feel about the way he talks about his previous projects?

If you are asking yourself which one can be the risk if you don’t clarify this to yourself, think about this: a person that is taking care of a hobby, even if talented, can dedicate less time and resources to it and the results could also be less professional.

Having a professional equipment

A videographer is a person that has the right set of skills to tell a story through quality video images. A wedding’s videographer is the one that has his focus on weddings and speaks about these events through his point of view, using his ability to give them an artistic mood.

Before the creation of this established profession that today is so independent of the photographer, we need to take a step back in time and say that, very often, the videographer (or videomaker) wasn’t too much considered as a profession itself: often hide behind the photographer that was the one commissioning the jobs and that had the direct contact with the spouses.

Luckily today things are different but this doesn’t mean that if you are looking for a professional videographer, they can all provide great quality of work.

In this article, we would like to share some tips on how to understand if the wedding videographer you are about to choose for your big day is a professional one or not.

Meeting before the big day

As said before, some photography’s stores collaborate or have in their staff also professional videographers.

Always make sure you are talking directly to him during every meeting: for sure he would love to meet you and know your story before the big day comes.

To be the best storyteller of your love, a professional wedding videographer will try to understand your needs, show you his previous work and point of view when taking a video, and try to find the best way to represent your love.

For many years, couples and their love stories have been our first focus.

We love to speak about every one of them in a different way: every story is original and, even if every wedding is beautiful, it is great to represent who chooses us in a realistic and creative way at the same time.

To get to know the couples better, and their love story too, we always provide in advance a little questionnaire where we try to focus on having more information.

Our key values are listening and mutual collaboration. Also for this reason, our videos are intense and emotional.

Often the couples that contact us during the first meeting, normally through a conference call, say that they are really emotional and find our videos unique and different.

Then normally say: “If we get emotional just looking at other people’s videos, we can’t really imagine how ours will look like and what we will feel.”

I can guarantee you that the messages we receive after our projects are delivered are always so rewarding.

That’s the main reason why you want to meet your wedding videographer before your most important day.

Don’t really trust who says that they don’t need any particular information about you and your ideal wedding day.

Using music with a copyright licence 

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This is a very delicate topic that every professional videographer needs to discuss with the couple.

Very often, we are used to listening to famous music tracks that belong to international and national artists.

But, have you ever heard about copyright?

Every track used for professional purposes, has to come with a licence that also has different prices.
This depends on how much the artist and track are famous.

We provide all the licenses of the tracks we use, both for our wedding trailers and entire videos.

Do couples agree to invest money on this?

Someone is willing to, but it doesn’t happen often. So how come my friend’s videographer used some famous music? Probably he didn’t have the licence.

If your video’s licence may be checked, it will be delisted and you won’t be able to share it and consequently show it to family and friends.

That’s why it is so important to hold all the that necessary licences.

Make sure that the photography and videography store that will take care of your wedding, has the right to use licences under the permission of the artists.

Regarding this, we advise you to check our video of ‘La ballade’.

Inside you will find a track registered during a live exhibition of a street artist group. Let us tell you about this particular story.

During our wedding couple photoshoot, the two lovers stopped by to listen to it and started to dance on his music.

It was amazing and we wanted to have that music on our video.

So we found the way to get in touch with the band and we asked for permission to use their music.

The band was really happy to authorise it and now we have a truly personalised experience and video.

 

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