Everything you need to know

It’s quite common for couples who are planning their wedding to look for questions they should be asking their suppliers.  After all, most couples I meet have never been married before so have no experience in the do’s and don’t’s.  After searching the Internet, I found quite a few articles on questions to ask your wedding photographer but few relevant ones on how to hire a videographer.  Some were very technical and often woefully out of date.  So I decided to come up with a list of my own.  Questions based on my experience are great questions to ask.  Here goes:

Which areas do you cover?

I work across UK and Europe but will also consider weddings further afield. I am happy to travel and I frequently do.

Do you offer both photography as well as video?

I personally offer only videography/cinematography.  It’s my passion and I love it.  However, my husband is an experienced professional Nottingham wedding photographer.  We often work together as a team.  Our customers love the fact we know each other well, know how each like to work and what the other is looking for.  We can also help & support each other during the day to ensure our customers receive the best possible experience.

How long does it take to see my wedding film?

I aim to have your wedding films available approximately within 8 – 12 weeks from your wedding date.  However, this can vary depending on the number of wedding I have in each month. I will always tell you what the lead time is and keep you up to date on the progress.

Do we have to feed you?

Weddings are expensive.  I totally understand that.  So I do not insist upon you feeding me but it is always gratefully appreciated if you do. Just bear in mind that if no meal is provided then I will need to take a break at some point and leave the venue to find something to eat.  If you do choose to feed me then I thank you in advance.  But a full wedding breakfast is absolutely unnecessary and a bar snack or supplier meal will be more than enough.

Are you fully insured?

Absolutely.  If your wedding venue requires copies for their records then feel free to ask them to contact me directly.  I’d be only too happy to send a copy over.

What is the difference between a videographer and a cinematographer?

The answer to this is “nothing and a lot.”  Both a videographer and a cinematographer will come to your wedding and document your day.  Being more strict on the definition, a videographer will turn up and record everything that happens then hand over a video which is in time order.  It tells the story of your day, typically from one angle from the start until the end.

A cinematographer will generally use multiple cameras to capture different angles.  The aim is to create a short film which tells a cinematic short story using a mixture of both sight and sound.  Typically the video will mix different key parts of your wedding day.  From the vows to the speeches and of course the all important bridal preparations.

The fact the film is shorter actually makes it easier to tell the story.  The last thing you really want is a four hour epic video that makes your friends and family drip with cold sweat when you say “Hey…why don’t you come over to watch our wedding video?  It’s only four hours long!”

I prefer to think of myself as a cinematographer since my emphasis and passion is on the creative side of film making rather than simply recording your wedding day from start to finish.