5 Questions To Ask Your Gold Coast Wedding Videographer Before Your Big Day

There is no better place to tie the knot than on the Gold Coast. Whether you want to say “I do” on a secluded picturesque beach, in a valley with the iconic backdrop of a rainforest, atop a mountain or at a luxurious hotel — the region has it all! In addition to that, the area is easily accessible for your guests and has a relatively predictable seasonal climate.

Once you have found the perfect designer wedding dress and decided on your dream location on the Gold Coast, prioritise securing a wedding videographer to ensure your memories are captured the way you envisioned.

A videographer is responsible for capturing the story of your special day, and because this is about bringing your vision to life, your input is essential. When you are ready to select a wedding videographer, there are several questions to ask.

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF STORYTELLING? 

This question is relevant because many videographers have a preferred way of shooting. Popular styles include traditional, documentary and cinematic.

A cinematic style will capture your wedding day in a more stylised way. A film shot in a cinematic style will use multiple camera angles, often using a camera stabiliser, which will give the film more movement. The film will be edited more creatively with different effects. Audio of your speeches may be used in the background while visuals of your bridal portrait session are playing. Other visuals of your day will be broken up and showcased in snippets and maybe overlayed to highlight moments. These elements help create a more stylised video and give a more movie feel to your wedding. 

Traditional wedding videography is often more romantic and timeless in nature. Modern edit techniques, transitions and effects are kept to a minimum. A traditional wedding video will likely capture those important parts of your day, including your vows, speeches and first dance. The audio will be captured very clearly. A lot of your day will be filmed with cameras on tripods, and any highlight video edit is often set to slower music and suits traditional and elegant style weddings.

The other style which is increasing in popularity is documentary style wedding videography. Documentary-style videos are more “fly on the wall” film style, include more hand-held footage and aim to make the film’s viewers feel more like they were actually there in person. Documentary-style films are then edited together to create wedding highlight films that are a touch more rustic and personal. 

HAVE YOU FILMED AT MY VENUE OR ANYTHING SIMILAR BEFORE?

If your videographer has previously filmed at your venue, they will know where to set up equipment, which angles work best for your film and which settings to use. 

They can also let you know if they have faced any challenges in a similar setting or have any advice that might prove helpful to you and your organisers.

Most videographers will know how to quickly identify the best angles and lighting on your wedding day. However, it is a great idea to visit the venue you have chosen with your contracted videographer to get ahead of planning.

HOW IS THE SOUNDTRACK SELECTED? 

For a wedding video, the soundtrack is crucial and plays a significant role in the outcome of the final product. You want it to be according to your taste. However, you also want to ensure that you are not committing any copyright infringements when selecting music for your wedding film and that the music comes from a licenced source.

Find a videographer that uses licensed music and watch their previous video highlights samples so you will be confident that they will select music that works nicely with the style, feel and dialogue from your wedding day. 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

There are constantly new techniques, technologies and editing software being developed, as well as fluctuating industry trends with DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, and standards for Frame Rate, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance and Aperture, so it is a good idea to ensure that your videographer is using the most up-to-date and trustworthy equipment available. 

Videographers also have to have a range of lenses, tripods, audio equipment, lighting, gimbals and even drones to ensure the best possible wedding videography these days. So the most important aspect is to ensure your wedding videographers use professional-grade camera bodies and have a range of equipment, and especially check that they have appropriate backup gear!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE?

Delivery and format will depend on your budget. You might receive one single long edit film, with the option for changes after the first round of editing.

In order to share your wedding film with your guests and on social media, many wedding videographers provide a short highlights’ trailer’. While some packages include this service, sometimes it will incur an additional fee.

Find out how the final product will be delivered. You might receive a USB with high-definition videos or a data transfer file.

YOUR SEARCH FOR A GOLD COAST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER STARTS AND ENDS HERE

New Black Studios understand that your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. We specialise in capturing the unforgettable moments, subtle emotions and details often challenging to capture on camera for memories that last a lifetime.

We understand how to work harmoniously with weddings in any setting, style and location on the Gold Coast. Our wedding videographers and photographers are accompanied by a highly skilled team with 20 years of experience in shooting weddings.

Our wedding photo and video pricing will increase from 1 Jan 2022. Any reservations made before the end of December 2021 will be locked in at our existing prices! For more information and to enquire about availability, get in touch with us today!

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