Don't pass up the chance to hire a professional wedding videographer to film your special day. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whether you have ever acted in a play or movie in your entire life, now is your chance to be the star of the show. Professional video footage is phenomenal when its done by a true talented professional. Also, keep in mind that if the person you hire is really good at the post-production process, you will have all kinds of special effects and music edited in to create a beautiful package that you will want to watch over and over again. And it seems too simple to mention it, but having sound makes it that much more special. But again, to make the magic happen, you will need to make sure that you hire a true professional videographer. And they must be a prefect fit for your wedding and your personality. There are some really great ones out there in the San Francisco area. But if you don't take this search serious and you just hire the first person you consider, you could be in for a real disappointment. Before you sit down and have a chat with any potential candidate, you will want to do some research yourself and understand as much as you can about videography including the terminology they might use. Then, as you meet with each candidate, make sure you have asked all of the right questions so you will be able to make the right decision.
The first thing you need to do is come up with some potential professionals. Do a Google search for “wedding videographers in the San Francisco area.” Ask your family, friends, and coworkers about weddings that they have been to. Wherever your leads come from, start a working list and then call each one up to find out if your wedding date is open on their calendar. If it is, setup a meeting to have a nice long chat about them and about your needs. Now, this is when the process gets down to the nitty gritty.
Check out their various packages and see if they are in your price range. How many hours will they film? This is very important because you want enough hours to cover everything you want recorded on wedding day. Can you customize packages? How long have they been filming weddings? We have a little saying when it comes to considering a videographer: no experience, move on. A good deal of wedding filming experience is a must if you want it to turn out right.
Ask about the option of a second shooter. You will want this option because of the ability to capture moments that never would be with only one shooter. Will they coordinate all of the shooting with your photographer? How does the editing process work. How much input can you have in the editing process? How long will it take to get your finished project? It could take up to 6 months. Once you have finished interviewing all of your candidates, one videographer in particular will emerge as the one for you. Enjoy being the star of your mini-movie.