EXPERT ADVICE

FAQs and expert advice about videography

Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@anessex.wedding

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q Our big day is approaching, and we're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?
A Tony Davies says: The first and most important thing when looking for a videographer is to research whether they have a good reputation. You can do this by looking at their social media pages, and reading the reviews clients have left.

Secondly, you must love their work. Like photographers, videographers all have their own style, so make sure they have plenty of examples on their website and social pages. Don't just watch one – watch a few, including one filmed at your venue, if available.

Like the photographer, you will both spend more time with them than any other person on the day, so it's so important you feel comfortable with them. Having a sit down, face-to-face meeting is therefore a good idea, so that when the day comes you're already friends.

Last of all, think budget – if you can afford a videographer go for it, as it's the most common 'I wish I had' I hear from couples after the event. You won't regret it! There's no photo or friend's phone that can capture all the magic of your big day.

Tony Davies, Tony Davies Wedding Films

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Q We're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?
A Carl Habbershaw says: Whatever you do, don't book a videographer as an after-thought! The most common regret I hear from married couples is that they didn't have a wedding film. Instead, start by following social media pages, research websites, and identify the styles you enjoy watching. Look for consistency, emotion, and personality you like before reaching out, researching packages and costs before setting your budget. Most videographers cater for different budgets, and I often discuss bespoke packages to get the film couples want. You should also say what you want and be clear. If I know what you want and expect, I can tailor films accordingly – it's your film and should reflect who you are after all! Finally, be sure to organise a videographer early – we're in demand and get booked up quickly! It's definitely the case of the earlier the better, with your wedding film up there with booking venues and photographers

Carl Habbershaw, Six Eight Video

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