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Do I Really Need a Videographer?


If you already have a good photographer, should you also get a videographer? That is completely up to you. But remember that a videographer will preserve your wedding memories differently than your photographer. You will be able to see and hear the action as it happened.

How do you know who to choose? Don’t just go with a Photo/Video package. Most places that offer both photo and video either specializes in one or the other or none at all. We recommend hiring your photographer first and then asking him/her for a referral. But of course, as with looking for a photographer you should also not just hire the first one you see. Interview a few until you find the one that best suits your style.

Also keep in mind that videographers have very different styles. Not only do they shoot in a different style, but they go about capturing your day in completely different ways. For example, there may be a videographer that captures your day unobtrusively without interacting with you or your guests (documentary style). Another videographer may take time to interview you and your fiancé during the day to capture what you are feeling and then go out and interview your guests during the wedding (direct style or reality show style). Some may be very artistic and look for interesting angles to shoot during the day and edit with many effects (artsy style).

Also the final product is important. Will you be getting a long 2-3 hour video that captures every detail of what happened or will it be a fun 30 min. recap of the day?

In any case we invite you to call a few of the videographers on our list of vendors and interviewing them until you find the one that is appropriate for you.

Article contributed by Marcos Martinez, photographer and owner of Wedding Xpressions located in El Paso, TX

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