How to Really Choose a Wedding Videographer

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Brandon H Robinson CEO of Grape Video Productions Inc, teaches future brides and grooms how to really choose the right videographer for their wedding day. By avoiding common mistakes brides and grooms often make while selecting their videographer.

There are countless amateurs jumping in and out of the wedding videography industry everyday leaving brides and grooms with poor wedding videos. The primary reason for this: a poor screening process.

In most cases a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience and the consumer enters into the frenzy of finding vendors without any prior knowledge. Instead of asking the same generic bridal magazine questions: Who will be the actual videographer on our wedding day? What types of camera equipment will be used: microphones, lights?, and so on? Stick to what matters: Quality, Price, History, and References. Here are some tips that will save money, time, and a priceless memory.

Tip 1 Trash the Reel
Every Videographer is happy to show a 5-minute clip or highlight reel of a wedding, or series of weddings, set to a beautiful song. Toss it in the trash and ask for a finished product. Flashy demos are not what a wedding video is going to look like. Nor is it what will be enjoyed over and over again. And don't just ask to see a recent wedding video, demand it. If there is any hesitation it should correlate as being a big Red Flag. This also helps to answer the question of final product turn-around time of the wedding videographer.

Tip 2 Real Experience is not Reel Experience
As with any business or product, a company that has thrived in an industry for a long period of time is there for a reason. Having knowledge about what happens at weddings or events, including culturally diverse events, is of the utmost importance. being overly impressed with anyone who has been in the "television or film industry" is a fallacy. Wedding videography is the furthest thing from television and film production you can get. Find a videographer who has been a wedding videographer for a number of years and has filmed enough events that he or she will not miss anything important at yours.

Tip 3 You don't want a Videographer, you want a Wedding Videographer
What is most frustrating for professionals in the wedding videography industry is aspiring filmmakers and television amateurs who are doing wedding videography as a side job. As I had stated earlier, Wedding Videography is the furthest thing from Film and Television production there is. This is not a tip this is a RULE. Go to the videographer's website and see if they are a one-stop shop for video production services including corporate videography, television, or film. If so, they are not wedding videographers. Keep your guard up because the videographer is likely an amateur who lacks passion for his or her work. Otherwise why wouldn't they just film weddings?

Tip 4 It will be Regretted
Still Deciding weather or not to hire a videographer? 9 out of 10 brides polled after their wedding regret not hiring a videographer. This makes wedding videography the single most over-looked purchase.

Brandon H. Robinson is the President of Grape Video Productions Inc America's Largest Wedding Videography Company. He has been a wedding videographer since the age of 15 following in his parent's footsteps, founders and pioneers in the Wedding Videography industry. For more information or tips from Brandon please go to:


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