New York Videographers

Finding the Right Filmmaker for your Ceremony in The Big Apple

New York is bright lights and big city, and for your wedding that means spectacular footage. Like your photographer, a videographer is essential in capturing each unforgettable moment, from the vows to the bouquet toss, in living color to watch again and again. Lucky for you, the Big Apple’s videographers have you covered; even luckier, we’ve got a few smart tips to make your wedding film a real “event movie.”

Start searching for your videographer about 9 months’ prior to your big day, and after you’ve picked the site. When looking, ask friends and relatives, as well as other vendors. Prices vary tremendously, depending on the style and size of your wedding, and the type of film you want. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.

Unlike photographers who can rely on posed shots and wait for strong moments for candids, a videographer will film almost continually.  A good New York wedding videographer should be able to cover your big day as discreetly as possible, and not always be “in your face.”  But remember that no matter how discreet he is, many churches will not permit filming during the ceremony and some reception sites have similar rules as well.  Most professional wedding videographers in New York will already be well aware of these restrictions, but always check with your ceremony and reception locations in advance to avoid any surprises.

Before you start interviewing, you should know that there are two general types of videography; Photojournalistic (or “documentary”) and Cinematic. The first style presents your day in a news-like fashion, with an un-edited look that can translate to about three hours of film. The second type is more like a motion picture, with heavy editing and more “direction,” and a finished product that’s usually about 30 to 60 minutes in length.

When talking to videographers, ask to see a few DVDs to get a feel for his overall style. Find out what style of videography he prefers, and go over whether you want color or black and white, or both. There are many extras videographers provide, like making a montage of “love story” clips from your courtship, piecing together clips from pre-wedding parties, even airing the ceremony at your reception. What you purchase simply depends on your personal style and budget. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

Before signing the contract, make sure the guy you interview is the same one who shows up at your ceremony. Find out if you’ll be charged by the hour or the day, and how intrusive the cameras will be. All extras must be specified, so you don’t get charged for something you assumed was free. Finally, make sure you’re comfortable with the person you hire. He’s going to be a “guest” at your wedding, and if you don’t like his personality, it’s going to be much more difficult to look happy when he’s got a camera trailing you.

-David Toussaint

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