Maine is one of the most picturesque states in America and there are few places more ideal to host a wedding any time of the year. So you know you’re getting married in Maine and you have chosen your wedding and reception venues. What should you focus on next?
As anyone in the midst of wedding planning can attest, there are a lot of details to take care of to make sure your wedding day is perfect. It’s important to settle certain details early on in the process so that you are not stranded without options at the last minute.
Choosing Maine Wedding Videographers Tip #1: Don’t Hesitate!
One of the most crucial parts of wedding planning is choosing the best wedding videographer to do the important job of capturing the beautiful moments and mood of one of the most important days of your life. You don’t want to end up running out of time to book a wedding videographer and having to choose someone you haven’t had a chance to get to know and who may not have any experience or high quality equipment. In Maine, great wedding videographers are often booked for months, so it’s very important that you do your research and contact videographers early on in your wedding planning process.
OK, so you know it’s time to choose your videographer, but you aren’t a video expert. What do you need to know in order to make the right choice?
Choosing Maine Wedding Videographers Tip #2: Experience Shooting Weddings
One of the most important things to find out about your potential wedding videographer is how much experience they have at capturing weddings. There are quite a few people with videography experience, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve worked on a wedding shoot. They may have great skills and professional equipment, but weddings pose a lot of unique circumstances that an inexperienced videographer may not have considered. For example, there are several venues in Maine that don’t allow cameras or have restrictions on how/where shooting can happen. An experienced wedding videographer would know to check that out before the wedding day (in fact, they may have already captured a wedding in the same venue you’re using!). A lot of reception halls have dark lighting; an experienced wedding videographer is more likely to anticipate that and bring proper equipment to compensate.
So how do you know how much wedding experience they have? Ask them for samples of their work. Anyone with experience is happy to show you examples of their work and if they seem reluctant to show you samples, then it may be because they either haven’t shot a wedding, or they haven’t captured high-quality footage in the past. That is not a risk you want to take. Also, don’t settle for just one sample. Ask for at least three (covering different weddings) so that you can tell that they have experience with different occasions and not just one wedding of a close friend or family member.
Choosing Maine Wedding Videographers Tip #3: Ask About Their Camera Equipment
Ask your potential videographer about the equipment they use. You don’t need to be an expert on what camera is the most cutting-edge, that’s their job; but you should at least verify that they are using a high-definition camera so that the film can be preserved using the highest video quality available. You also want to make sure that it can be saved in a digital-format so that you avoid long-term degradation and allow for easy sharing online if you want to do that at some point.
You’ll also want to ask your videographer how many cameras they have and plan on using. Having more cameras is great because more of the wedding is captured on film. For example, having at least two cameras during the wedding vows is great because one camera can be focused on the couple while the other is focused on the reactions of the wedding party and guests. Multiple cameras makes it easier to edit a beautiful wedding video, but it often comes with extra cost, so ask your videographer about it before you hire them.
Choosing Maine Wedding Videographers Tip #4: Find Out About Post-Editing
Finally, a professional wedding videographer’s craft is only part-way complete at the end of the wedding day. The next and equally important task is to pull all of the footage together and craft it into a priceless record of your wedding day. Make sure your videographer has video editing software. You’ll also need to look at your budgetary estimate and verify that post-editing is included in the number of hours allotted.
We hope that these tips help you find the best videographer for your Maine wedding. If you’re looking for a professional wedding videographer, contact Media Northeast. Media Northeast is one of Maine’s top wedding videographers with over a decade of experience.