How to choose a professional videographer
5 Questions To Ask Your Event videographer Before Hiring
Here are a few useful tips we’ve found for determining whether or not you’ve found the right match. Take them or leave them, if you at least have them in mind when you’re shopping for a videographer, you’re far more likely to find a keeper than a dud.
1. Experience over charm...
While it’s incredibly important that you get along with the person crafting a video of your event, remember that experience is far more important than whether or not you find them affable. Don’t forget to ask them about their experience! The ball is in their court to prove to you that they have the requisite experience for what you’re asking them to do.
It isn’t rude to ask, it’s vital.
You don’t want to find out at the event that it’s their first time putting together the sort of video you’re after. Be nice, but don’t be afraid to ask questions either.
2. understand what YOU want them to cover...be specific
A great technical question to get the ball rolling is to ask: how many active cameras will you be able to provide for our event?
Maybe you don’t know how many you’ll need, or maybe you have a preconceived notion of what it will take. Either way, specific questions tend to lead to more concrete answers. If this is an incredibly large event, maybe you think you need a dozen camera operators. If it’s an incredibly large event, but all you’re interested in recording are the speeches people make, maybe you only really need one or two competent operators. You won’t know for sure until you hash it out with the company or person you’ve hired to get the job done.
This is why specifics matter. Have you asked about the sound setup? Most people don’t, but it’s a fair question! Mainly because it’s specific and necessitates a clear and straightforward answer. Keep your queries simple and direct and you’ll have the answers you’re after in no time.
3. Ask for a portfolio
The bottom line is you should be able to sample some of the product if you’re going to buy it. Don’t be afraid to ask for a few examples of their work. If they can’t give you anything, then red flags and warning bells should be cropping up in your mind. It’s not rude to ask for a portfolio – with photography and videography it’s expected!
While looking over previous work, make sure to point out the style/content you like. Seasoned videographers definitely know what will work and what will not work, so they will provide you with something that looks nice. But one thing they are not is mind readers. You need to understand very clearly what you do and do not want, otherwise you may be unhappy with the final cut. If you can’t convey that to them when you first meet, if only in a general way, then you should take as much time as you need to ask yourself the question BEFORE meeting with the videographer. It will save a lot of headache later on!
4. See if the videographer can provide other services
It’s fairly common to find a videographer with a business that also supplies photographers, DJ services, lighting, etc. It’s never a bad idea to check with them to see whether or not they offer package deals. Whatever event you’re planning, bundled services tend be discounted.
So ask yourself, is this just a very good freelancer? Are there multiple employees? What do they specialize in? Can they provide discounted rates for package deals?
You’ll definitely want to find out! For our package deals, visit our multi-service packages page.
5. Ask when you'll be able to get your final video?
Depending upon when you ask this question, it may be too late to ask some other very important but related questions. Such as, will there be any music attached to my video? If it’s a wedding, chancing are good there will be. And chances are also good that you’ll be picky about what the final music selection is. If it’s a corporate event, you may want to provide the videographer with some guidance on what you’d like to hear. Something inspirational? Take a moment to think about the mood you’re after.
Equally as important is asking how long the video will be. These are all very crucial pieces of the overall final product that should be asked BEFORE the event, rather than during or directly after.
These 5 questions will get the ball rolling, but don’t be afraid to reach out to us if you’d like to brainstorm videography ideas for your event!