Guys! We are so excited about this blog post, it’s our first vendor guest post by the amazing Taylor over at LadyBird Studios! We have worked with LadyBird Studios pretty consistently for the last few years and although I might be partial to Taylor (maybe because she was the first person we worked with. Maybe because she has the most amazing hair. Maybe because she is just plain awesome, like doing us a favor in writing this post!) every one at LadyBird has been amazing, and EASY to work with. As a photographer, jiving with the videographer is a huge priority for us, which is why we recommend LadyBird Studios to all our clients when they reach out for recommendations. We worked a beautiful wedding with them in November and I’ve attached their wedding video at the bottom of this post, so make sure you check it out! Taylor has some awesome tips for finding the perfect videographer and I truly wish we had a professional videographer for our wedding, and she is right- huge regret!
Check out these words of wisdom from Taylor below:
Choosing to have videography of your wedding is probably one of the best decisions you can make. When looking back on their wedding, 98% of brides regret not hiring a videographer. We believe that in addition to the wonderful photos that document your day, you’re going to want to re-live those moments in video. You’re going to want to hear your vows, hear those heartfelt speeches, experience the laughter and fun of family and friends. There are a wide range of videographers out there. How are you supposed to choose? Here are 5 great tips for helping you find the perfect fit.
1. Schedule a meeting or phone call.
Once you’ve done your online research and have a short list of videographers you’re interested in, the first thing you need to do is schedule a meeting or phone call. You may have gotten information or seen packages online, but actually meeting or talking about your wedding day and what you’re looking for is an important part of the booking process. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions, discuss what packages include, ask about the filming and editing process, etc. You will learn a lot more and be better informed to make a decision if you’ve talked with a videographer, rather than just emailing them.
2. Talk about your wedding!
While you’re meeting with or talking on the phone with your potential videographer, before you talk about any pricing or packages…talk about your wedding! Tell them how you got engaged, how the wedding planning is going, what vendors you’ve booked, what your venue is, what you’re excited about. We love hearing about that stuff! This is the best way to break the ice and get into a great conversation. Once you’ve opened up about your wedding day and the kind of wedding you’re planning, the conversation about pricing and packages will come naturally – and the videographer will have a better idea of what to recommend to you. If there are any specific things you’re looking for in a video, make sure to share those details. Video is a very personal thing, often times more personal than photo. It really helps us to know what’s important to you and what you’re looking for in an end product so we can recommend the best package for your needs.
3. Watch plenty of videos.
This may seem obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people will be on the phone with us asking about pricing, and they haven’t even watched any of our videos. You should have already watched a handful of films before you even reach out to a videographer. While you’re watching wedding films online, notice their style of shooting. Compare their films to other videographers. Take note of how they deal with different lighting scenarios, indoor vs. outdoor, what their reception footage looks like, the quality of the audio, the quality of the video, etc. Does their style match up with what you’re looking for? Do their films pull you in? What do you like about their films? Also, as you’re watching films, see if you can find any films they’ve shot at your venue, or a similar type of venue. This is a great way to visualize what your wedding video could look like.
4. Reviews and reputation – Do your homework.
Yes, this really matters!! Get online and read those reviews! See what other couples have to say about the videographer. Read the details of what they loved (or didn’t love). Also, hop on social media and see what other wedding vendors have to say about them. Ask other vendors directly (especially your photographer!!) if they’ve ever worked with a certain videographer or if they have any recommendations. Here’s a little secret – wedding vendors love referring other wedding vendors! They love referring the people they love to work with because they want to work with them again. Good news travels fast in the wedding industry. Pay attention to the videographers that have great reviews and a stellar reputation.
5. Read the fine print.
Before you make any final decisions, review the contract. If you don’t feel comfortable with all the legal stuff, have someone you trust review it for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there’s something you don’t understand. The last thing you want to do is find out something after you’ve already booked a videographer, only to realize it was right there in your contract and you missed it. Make sure you understand what to expect on the wedding day and after the wedding day. It’s important to know when and how your videos will be delivered. Read the fine print, ask questions, and make sure you understand everything.