Videography is so often underrated and many brides push it to the bottom of the wedding planning to do list, not to mention the budget. Yet most couples who hire a videographer say it was worth every penny. As a complement to your wedding photography, video is a wonderful way to capture pieces of your love story and preserve it far beyond your wedding day. It’s a digital heirloom to treasure for years to come, that just gets better and better each time you watch it.
Two years ago, Rachel Burns was at a crossroads in life, and so she decided to take a leap of faith and turn her videography hobby into a business. Her passion for video started eleven years back when she made a home video of a friend’s wedding as a favor. “I’ve always had a fascination with video. I discovered that I liked to move around and see how people interact with the camera.” And thus, Dusted Wings Productions was born! We asked Rachel for some expert advice when considering videography.
Q. Why should a couple hire a videographer?
A. It’s amazing how much action happens on a wedding day; there are so many things happening at once, and you can’t be everywhere. Your big day goes by in the blink of an eye, but with video, we can capture all the wonderful moments you don’t get to see as they’re happening. Later on, when you sit down to relive the day, you can enjoy seeing the emotions on everyone’s faces, their reactions, and all the details you didn’t truly comprehend in the blur of the moment.
Q. What should we look for in a videographer?
A. Consider their style. I consider mine to be more cinematic; I like transitions and music to create an over all fun feeling. Others may have a more documentary style, so you should think about the type of video you’re looking for.
Q. What types of questions should we ask?
A. Definitely find out what the video package includes, for example, how many hours of coverage are included, and how many cameras will be used. You should also ask how long to expect the editing to take. It can be longer than you’d think.
Q. How far in advance should we book a videographer?
A. As soon as possible. A year out isn’t unreasonable, and at least nine months ahead may be what it takes to be sure the videographer you’re wanting to hire is available on your wedding date.