One of our favorite things in the world is getting “thank you” texts, Facebook messages, emails and cards from happy couples after we post their highlight online or deliver their full film. Seeing the cards take up more and more space on our refrigerator brings a smile to my face each time I pass by. I feel like Will Smith in “Hitch” with my own little wall of success.
Still, I’ve never taken the time to blog about one… until now. My reason for sharing this particular thank you note? It addresses two very common concerns, and misconceptions, about hiring a modern wedding videographer.
Grandma Barbara, I love you. Now let’s look a little more closely at her original concerns.
First, simply put, a wedding video is boring. Trust me when I say that wedding films have come a LONG way. There are still videographers out there who do little more than a basic documentation of the day (and if that’s all your budget will allow for, that’s okay!). But more and more wedding filmmakers are putting great effort into creating beautiful and authentic works of art. I’m not asking you to take my word for it, but I am asking you to lose the assumption that all wedding videos are boring or all wedding videos are the same. If you’re getting married soon, or know someone who is, please take the time to go online and watch work from several wedding filmmakers. You’ll see that not all wedding films are created equally, and I also imagine you’ll find some that you absolutely love… that are not boring.
Second, wedding videographers will be obtrusive. I think this fear comes from two places. One, for lack of a better description, “old school” videographers who have huge cameras on their shoulder all day, stand too close to the couple during key moments, and constantly shine bright lights in people’s faces. Two, wedding reality TV shows where camera crews (again with bulky equipment and bright lights) seem to always be swarming around the couple. I was once watching such a program– which shall remain unnamed to protect the innocent– and I’m quite certain my screams could be heard down the street when they went to a shot of the ceremony where you could see two camera operators both standing within five feet of the bride and groom. It was a terrible distraction, and was extremely rude to the couple and their guests. I want to scream it from the rooftops that THIS IS NOT HOW WE WORK! And the same goes for most modern wedding filmmakers. I say most, because yes, there are those who do “modern” work but are so wrapped up in their “art” that they seem to forget the day is about the wedding and not them. Hopefully you can spot said videographers before hiring them because of their “I’m the shiznit” aura. But the best thing you can do is ask your vendors about one another, especially those you’ll spend the most time with. Ask your coordinator, photographer, and videographer how they feel about the vendors you’re looking at. They can tell you whether it’s someone who plays well with others.
Grandma Barbara, thank you again, not only for your sweet message but also for allowing me to share it here. It’s proof that if we do our jobs right, wedding filmmakers can change the perception of our industry, one wedding at a time.