Curious why you need to hire a wedding videographer? Look no further for a comprehensive perspective from one of my favorite Southern California videographers, Drew Wyman! Drew is guest-writing this blog post to share his perspective on why wedding videography is essential.
I completely understand that video is considered a luxury expense. But after everything is said and done, there will only be two different ways in which to remember your wedding; photographs and video.
Photography is essential. A necessity. But so is video. There is no other medium in which you can re-live your wedding day as closely as possible. Listening to your vows during the ceremony, watching your friends and family tear up the dance floor, seeing your parents cry at the sight of you coming down the aisle. All of these moments have movement and sound. Video not only captures a singular moment, but entire moments that can be rewatched endlessly.
For me, I wholeheartedly believe in video and the power it wields. Not only for obvious reasons, like that it’s my profession (: But because it’s personal.
Back in 2014 my sister got married in the beautiful Bryant Park in New York City. It was an eventful day; it began raining an hour before the ceremony, which meant everything had to be done inside. Both of my brothers gave heartfelt speeches, we didn’t stop dancing until the lights came on, and lastly and most importantly, it would be the last time my grandmother would be able to make it to any family event up until she passed last year.
But there was one problem: My sister and parents decided not to hire a videographer.
To this day, they all continue to tell me how big of a mistake that was.
These are memories you will never re-live or go through again with the exact same people in the exact same place. I can’t watch my grandmother dance, I can’t listen back to my speech, and I can’t watch my beautiful sister say her vows. Video helps capture every single moment so that you can watch these memories back and feel those exact same emotions you felt on that day.
There are a myriad of amazing wedding videographers you can choose from. Two things to consider: what style of video speaks to you, and how well you get along with your videographer.
When searching for videographers, please keep in mind 95% of us have great equipment that result in professional footage. But something you should try to pay attention to is how the story of the day is told.
Personally, I love to add a range of emotions in my films. I go from soft and beautiful moments of getting ready to nervousness and excitement before the ceremony all the way to high energy during open dancing. I also love creating and maintaining relationships with my couples. But maybe that’s not for you, and that is totally okay! I’ve turned away couples because I know they were looking for someone with a different style. I only want what is right for each couple getting married. It is important to take the time to understand who you will be hiring.
Jump on a call with your potential videographer, get to know them a little bit, we love talking about things non-video related too 🙂 You will be spending a lot of time chatting with your videographer and going over your timeline together. Make sure it’s someone you can actually hang out with!
To wrap it up, wedding videos are heirlooms that will eventually outlive myself and my couples. These videos will survive generations upon generations. This is why you need to hire a wedding videographer. I highly recommend you plan to hire one for your wedding day!
To see some of Drew’s recent wedding films, take a look at these links!
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