The first item is obvious: be sure you see samples of the photographer’s work. The following items are just as important and many times are overlooked by people hiring a wedding photographer for the first time.
We had to compromise on most of our pre-conceived ideas of what our wedding was to look like. In the end, we were still able to have a lovely day. Does it really matter that we had to go with a third choice here or there? Not so much. We remember how the flowers looked, how the photos came out, how the cake tasted, and what the band made the atmosphere feel like.
Your final task is to edit this lot together. If you have kept to the rule of short takes – nothing over 20 seconds except for the group shot which is listed below in the check list – with lots of cutaways and a logical flow from long shot to medium shot to close-up this should not be too difficult. Adding wedding-type music to the audio is a doddle. Just make sure that Auntie Doris appears a fair number of times. Her wrath if she is left on the cutting room floor is frightening to behold.
Not only do they have services as a wedding photographer but also as a Affordable Videographer. They also document your wedding through a video. You will not only have to rely on photos when you reminisce your wedding but you can watch it all over again. It will make you feel as if you are present in your own wedding.
Meeting with Business Owners in the Same Industry – You should also meet with vendors who share the same market as you. If you cater to Wedding Videos, you must have enough connections with wedding organizers, photographers, etc so that you will get more referrals. Same is true if you provide video production services to corporations. Figure out which vendors have the same client as you and try to set a meeting with them. Tell them how you would like to contribute in growing each other’s businesses by working together.
There’s some power here, but it’s hard to control, so I recommend that you don’t aim them directly at your actors. Bounce them off a wall or ceiling to create a nice soft light. If you want, you can put them outside windows and blast them through the openings. These lights can get hot, so be careful moving them around. I’ve found them as cheap as $10 and can run up to $30. (11/03 I saw an ad for Kragen Auto Parts in LA had them at $10.) They can be found with two heads that makes 1000 watts of lights.
The key is to be open with your videographer. Their job is very important which is why you have to work hand in hand in making it a very special video that you will remember. You would not want to look back at these videos regretting not doing this or that. That will be the biggest mistake you will commit.