Hiring A Videographer For Your Event? Three Things To Discuss With Him/Her First

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When you are celebrating a major event, such as a wedding or bar/bat Mitzvah, you may want to capture it on video. If that is the case, you will need to hire a professional videographer. Before you hire anyone to tape this once-in-a-lifetime event, sit down and discuss these three things with him or her first.

A List of What You Expect to See in the Final Video

Even when videographers have a degree in film production, you may not want to leave things to chance. Sit down with your chosen videographer and discuss a full list of what moments you expect to see in the final video product. These are moments you want to remember and revisit anytime, but if your videographer does not capture the moments you want or edits out some of the ones you want to keep, all you have is what you can recall personally. Most videographers are willing to listen to their clients and try to get the images and footage their clients want most, so do not hesitate to have this discussion with your videographer.


Lighting is a big deal in video footage. Video cameras do not have the luxury of blasting a scene with light during filming in the same way a flash on a camera can. Your videographer may have to stage some lighting if your event venue will be inside or darker than some other venues. Be sure to not only discuss the various venues and places where footage will be taken, but also discuss what kind of lighting will be available during the filming. Better yet, take your videographer directly to the places where your event will happen (e.g., the church and reception hall for a wedding, the banquet hall for a bar/bat Mitzvah, etc.). Then he or she can get a really good idea of what kind of lighting to bring to get good footage.

Video Editing Services

If your videographer does not do all of the video editing him/herself, you may want to ask more questions about the video editing services he or she employs. You may also want to know if you can participate in the editing process, so that all of the important moments you want are left in the video. Sometimes some scenes are cut intentionally because of lighting or other shooting problems, but if you cannot or did not see why they were cut, you might be upset with the final product. Some videographers may request that you do sit in on the editing process, just in case you want something cut or see a scene that did not come out right but is the only footage shot of that particular moment. Then you can say yay or nay to cutting that piece of the film.

Contact a company like Watrous Video Productions to learn more.