Newark Videographers Guide

Hiring a Wedding Filmmaker in New Jersey

From a scenic perspective, you can’t go wrong when you marry in the Newark area. The Garden State is home to some of the loveliest landscapes and backdrops in the country. Getting your Newark wedding on film is a must, so read on for videography tips that will make your wedding an unforgettable film experience.

Start searching for your Newark 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.

Filming the whole day.
Unlike photographers, who rely on posed shots and periodic candids, videographers film almost continuously. A good Newark wedding videographer will cover your big day discreetly, so you’re not always aware of his presence. Many churches, however, forbid filming during the ceremony (as do some reception sites), so check ahead to avoid surprises.

Styles of wedding videography.
There are two general types of videography: Photojournalistic (“documentary”) and Cinematic. The first style presents your day in news-like fashion, with an un-edited look that can translate to 3 hours of film. The second type is more like a motion picture, with heavy editing and more “direction,” and a finished product that’s about 30 to 60 minutes long.

When you’re ready to start interviewing Newark videographers, visit the Northern New Jersey Local Vendor Section for a great list of the best Newark filmmakers.

When talking to Newark wedding videographers, ask to see a few DVDs, to get a feel for their overall style. Find out what type of videography he prefers, and go over whether you want color or black and white or both. There are many extras videographers can provide, like creating a montage of “love story” clips from your courtship, piecing together film from pre-wedding parties, even airing the ceremony at your reception site. What you purchase 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 billed 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 it’s difficult to look relaxed if you don’t like the man who’s got a camera focused on you.

-David Toussaint

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