With all the vendors you've got to book for the big day, decisions can become overwhelming-- especially if you're unsure about what questions to ask to feel confident that you're booking the best person for the job. Today we've got another Q&A with an awesome DC vendor, Foundation Digital Media [formerly Washington Video Marketing]. When it comes to videographers, these folks are the best of the best! If you've been contemplating whether or not a videographer is worth hiring for the big day, here are some things to consider!
Q: What are the benefits to hiring a videographer, as opposed to just having friends and family shoot video clips at our wedding?
We think experience really matters. It's not just about delivering an exceptional product. We do. It's also about developing relationships, and ultimately, trust.
Weddings and special events are just that...special. It's critical to work with a team of seasoned professionals that understand how to work in different environments with other vendors and collaborate with a unified goal.
Q: I'm working with a pretty small budget. Is it still possible to hire a videographer in any capacity?
Yes. A boutique-style company [like ours, for example] allows us the creative flexibility to work on most projects regardless of budget. We truly believe there is no project too big or too small. We offer a multitude of wedding and event packages with styles to fit most budgets. You can have a single camera shoot to simply document the event or you can create an elaborate production with multiple cameras and feature-film style editing. The options are seemingly endless!
Q: What can I expect from a videographer on the actual wedding day? Will it feel overwhelming to have one in addition to a photographer?
Not at all, if the person is experienced. Each of our Emmy award-winning Videographers has over 20 plus years of experience. We know how to work with brides and other services providers. Our videos are produced with a light foot-print without intrusive lighting set ups and tons of equipment. While we do have a presence at your event in order to capture your special moments, we understand how to work seamlessly in the background when needed and also with other vendors at your event. We also have our own still photography department offered in our packages, and our professionals work hand-in-hand quite effortlessly.
Q: What are the most important things to look for when I'm trying to decide on a videographer?
We think exceptional production value and communication skills are the two that stand out the most. Production value is not a term that reflects cost. It's more a about the level of quality as it relates to creativity and professionalism. Some video production companies have their A, B and C list crews that they assign to different events, so you want to be careful you're getting the type of quality you've been promised. At Foundation Digital Media, we believe that our entire team is of the highest quality-- including Emmy winners, Murrow award recipients and White House Press Photographers. They are the best of the best. We are very unique in that regard.
Q: Are there other personal events where it's worth hiring a videographer besides a wedding?
Absolutely! Mitzvah's, anniversaries, milestone birthdays, red carpet events, fundraisers-- the list goes on and on. We just recently booked a birthday party that’s being held on a motor yacht and will leave out of Annapolis for an evening of festivities, cruising the Chesapeake. That's a first for us and will certainly be a lot fun to produce.
Q: Can you tell us about one of the most fun or unique weddings you've worked on?
Honestly, their all fun and unique. That’s the beauty of our business and ultimately good storytelling. Every event is different. Different people, different cultures, new locations-- every day is a fresh new perspective. That’s what drives us, and makes this the greatest job in the world.
Thanks so much to our friends at Foundation Digital Media for stopping by today! We truly appreciate the advice, as well as the passion you show for the incredible work that you do. And readers, don't forget-- these vendor spotlights are for YOU, so if you have additional questions or need a particular topic addressed, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at [firstname.lastname@example.org].