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How to Make Sure You Get a Quality Wedding Video Production - 5 Things to Look For

Compared to photography, wedding video production is a relatively young industry.  You probably remember when you were a kid looking at your mom & dad's wedding album and imagining what it would be like to be a bride someday.  Now that your wedding day is here, you want to have pictures like your parents did.  You already have in your mind what you're looking for from a wedding photographer because you've seen what wedding pictures can be.  However, there's a pretty good chance your parent's didn't have a wedding video and if they did, it's probably on 8mm film and you have to drag out your projector to watch it.  Everything is out of focus and there's no sound except for the clicking of the projector -- not a really enjoyable experience.

However, wedding videography today has come a long way and many wedding videos that are being produced today can rival the quality and emotional essence of a major Hollywood motion picture.  A true professional wedding videographer knows how to capture your wedding day and turn it into a Hollywood quality movie that you'll want to watch over and over again for years to come.  Then, when your children grow up, they will want to watch it with you.

So how do you make sure you find a good wedding videographer?  In this article, I'll give you 5 quick and easy things to look for to make sure you get the best possible video for your money.

Personality - When you're interviewing potential videographers, try to listen to the enthusiasm in their voice.  If they get excited talking to you about your wedding, they're probably passionate about their job and will do good work for you.  As your talking, see if you get excited right back.  A good rapport with your wedding videographer will make for a better wedding video.

Quality of their work - Make sure you get a demo of their work.  The demo should show off a variety of venues, shooting styles and lighting conditions.  A quick tip:  watch the video twice.  The first time you watch it, turn the sound down so that you can look at the technical aspects of the video.  You want to look for what a video will look like outside (if you're having an outdoor wedding) or during the dancing when the lights are turned down real low.  If you see a lot of shaky camera work or zooms in and out then that's the sign of an amateur videographer.  Look for any cheesy transitions between scenes or title work.  There's a reason you never see a page turn transition or a star wipe transition in a Hollywood movie.  Once you've evaluated the video for technical merit, turn the sound back up and watch it again for emotional impact.  You want to listen to the music and make sure the video is timed well with the music and that the music draws you into the moment emotionally.