Common Questions When Shopping for a Videographer

  1. What’s the videographer’s style — cinematic, documentary, or a mix of both? (Then ask yourselves: Does this jibe with what we’re going for?)
    A: Well, I shoot with a primary focus on cinematic wedding film making.  Cinematic means that it’s highly edited, and very stylized like a film.  On our Premium and Diamond packages, it also includes a documentary style video of the day’s events.  This is much more like the traditional wedding video.  Chronological and not as highly stylized.
  2. Has the videographer done many weddings before? What’s his storytelling approach when it comes to taping a wedding? (This clues you in to his experience and philosophy.) Ask to view samples of his recent work.
    A: I am a very experienced film maker and wedding videographer.  I already have a philosophy page, so you can check that out to see what my goals and vision is when it comes to making good wedding films.  And feel free to review my gallery to see some of the recent wedding films.
  3. How does she coordinate with a wedding photographer? Has the videographer worked with your photographer before?
    A: I have worked with many photographers.  The way I create wedding films is a very non intrusive way, and I capture moments candidly.  I leave the posing to the photographer, and my job is to capture the mood and touching moments of your wedding day, so when you watch it in 30 years, you can be transported right back to the day you said I do.
  4. Has he ever shot a wedding at your ceremony or reception site? If so, can you see the tape?
    A: While we don’t use tapes anymore, there are many places around Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Colorado that I shoot weddings at.  Check out the gallery to see if I’ve shot at that venue before, or simply fill out my contact form.
  5. How many other weddings is the videographer shooting on your wedding day or weekend? (Make sure there are no time constraints.)
    A: I don’t ever schedule weddings in the same day, and rarely on the same weekend.  I make sure I take the time to film your wedding day like it is the only one I’ll ever film in my life.  Your wedding film is as important to me, as it will be to you.
  6. Will the videographer you’re speaking to be the one who will be shooting your wedding? If not, make sure you speak to whomever will actually shoot.
    A: Absolutely I’ll be the one filming the event.  That’s why my name is on the sign out front! I do though, often use additional videographers to help on busy days, but I will always be the primary cinematographer.
  7. What types of cameras, tapes, and microphones will the videographer use? How new is the equipment? Ask her to explain how certain effects are achieved and to outline the benefit of using certain technologies. You may not catch all the techno-speak, but it helps to have a sense of what’s what.
    A: I don’t need to go off about what type of equipment is used on film shoots, just take a look at the gallery and see the quality.  I use top quality equipment and shoot in HD 1080p with rich sounding audio.  Of course I do also use wireless microphones to capture vows and speeches, which is very important.
  8. How bright a light do they use? (If shooting requires the room lights to be on all evening, much of the romance and ambiance of your event may be lost.)
    A: Although I have a few additional lights, I typically don’t need to use them.  My low-light sensitive equipment captures great video quality without the need of harsh distracting lights.  In some cases, lights may be needed for speeches.  Be assured that the video will capture the event, just as you remember seeing it.
  9. Will a backup camera be on hand for the event?
    A: It is always important for me to shoot with multiple cameras to capture all the important angles of the ceremony.
  10. How does the videographer charge for services? Are there packages? Request a price list.
    A: We have a full range of wedding film packages to choose from.  There are also many add-ons you can customize your package with.  Also, I always work with couples when they need to separate payments or pay over time.  Contact me for details.