One of the best decisions that you could ever make for your wedding plans is to hire a videographer. We can promise you that you will never regret that decision. There is nothing that will capture your wedding like a video. You will remember your events much differently when you have a chance to see your mini-movie with sound and special effects. But the key to hiring your very own videographer is knowing certain information that will lead you to the perfect fit for your wedding. The great ones can produce some amazing movies that you will want to watch again and again. The poor ones will have you running for the exits and make you never want to pull out that video footage again. So, again, take this decision very seriously. The Portland area is very fertile ground for wedding videographers. Here are some things that you will want to find out before you make any decisions on who to hire.
There are a couple of different avenues for you to try when searching for potential wedding videographers. One is to do a Google search for “wedding videographers in the Portland area.” The other is to ask your family, friends, and coworkers if they have seen any wedding videos lately that struck them as exceptional. When you have gathered a few names and their contacts, call each one up and ask them if they have your wedding date open on their calendar. If they do, setup a meeting. Treat this as a serious job interview.
Have them show you their various packages and see what you can get for what price. The main thing that you will want to notice here is how many hours they will film. Make sure you choose a package that has enough hours to cover everything in your wedding day. If you see something that is not in a package that you really like, ask them if you can customize at all. Of course, you need to find out how long they have been doing this for a living. If they have little or no experience, move on. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of filming a wedding. Do they require a down payment to reserve their services? How much?
Do they offer the option of a second shooter. This is a great choice because you will find that moments are captured that never would be with only one videographer. What about coordinating all of their shooting with your photographer? Are they willing to talk over the events of your wedding with your photographer to make sure they don't get in each others way? When it comes down to the final editing, how will the process work. Will they meet with you and get your input on music and other images that could be spliced in? How long will it take them to create your finished project? Keep in mind that it could take up to 6 months or more so don't be shocked if they tell you a number like that. We can assure you that once you have interviewed all of your candidates and you get a feel for each one, that one videographer in particular will pop out at you and you will feel very good about hiring your favorite. We wish you will with this very important decision.