Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, what dress or suit should I choose, who should I invite, which venue would be good for us and our guests, what wedding videographer should we choose? Luckily I am here to help, my name is Jermaine and I am a professional wedding videographer in Johannesburg. I however cater for the whole of South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban and even surrounding countries like Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get into our 5 quick tips for choosing a good wedding videographer.

Tip 1: Decide on budget & get it started

This is the first tip in deciding which videographer you would like to aim for. In Johannesburg, wedding videographers range from the price of R2,000 to R60,000 depending on the experience, reliability, quality of the video you will be receiving. Usually for a very decent wedding videographer you should be aiming in the range of R8,000 – R25,000 depending on your budget. Once you have decided on how much you would like to commit to your wedding video, now is a good time to shop around for quotes. When looking for videographer quotes, have a look at their website and get a feel for what their style is. A website can also say a lot about their work, if they did not put any effort into their website, this should raise a red flag. If they have Vimeo or YouTube channel this would be a good way for you to view their work. If you are happy with them, then make contact with a couple of videographers and setup meetings.

Tip 2: Meet with your wedding videographer before you make a booking

Once you have all quotes in hand, you can setup meetings with your video people. Getting to see, talk and get a feel for what your video guys are about, is a vital step. It is very important that you ‘click’ as you will be spending time with your videographer on one of your most special days, your wedding day! In your meeting you can bring up any questions that you have previously put together to see how your videographer can answer them or put together a solution for you. Meetings are very important because you must be happy with the person you have chosen to shoot your video.

Tip 3: Camera equipment, the little and not so little details that are Important

There are a lot of wedding videographers that charge R2,000 and sometimes even less should you try to negotiate with them. The problem with videographers that will do anything for a quick buck is that they often do not have the necessary skill set or ability to capture wedding video like it should be. Many of these videographers also do not have the right camera equipment to even start with. Having the right video equipment is vital for the following reasons:

A. Professional camera equipment can capture smooth high definition video
B. Can capture video even in low light conditions (wedding receptions are usually low light)
C. Works with a number of different lenses to enhance video shooting
D. Pro video equipment is reliable

Be sure to find out what camera equipment your videographer will be shooting with. If you are not sure if the equipment is pro grade or not, just give us a call and will give you immediate advice, not strings attached.

Tip 4: Attitude of your wedding videographer

Having a wedding videographer that is both pleasant to work with and a pleasure to be around can lead to guests being more free around the videographer. This will affect the outcome of the wedding video and your guests will also feel free to just enjoy themselves. The right attitude is a must, no exceptions.

Tip 5: Experience, experience, experience

I cannot stress this more; experience is by face one of the most important tips I can offer. If you wedding videographer does not have much experience, it will show on all his/her work. Unfortunately, most clients only find this out when they receive their wedding video, after the wedding. Be sure to find this out before booking your wedding videographer. You can find out how many year’s experience they have or when they have started working with video. Some video people work day time jobs and have the wedding videography as a sideline or part time thing. Your wedding videographer has to know how weddings work and should not be a distraction to you. Get this information earlier on to save you time and stress, on an already stressful day ahead.

Good luck, and happy wedding planning.

Jermaine Naidoo
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