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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from 2020 it’s that video matters. The ability to connect live through video chat and access recordings of events we couldn’t have experienced in person has made all the difference. It became especially important for huge life achievements like graduations, births, and of course, weddings. Keep reading for the top questions to ask a wedding videographer when selecting one for your big day!
This is my conversation with Washington, DC wedding videographer friends of mine who I love working with: Paperboys. They are a “boutique wedding film/photo agency” and “collaborative team of filmmakers and photographers who live for making amazing things for the world’s most friggin’ amazing couples.” They shared both their perspective on shooting weddings and best tips for their couples. Use these questions to ask a wedding videographer in your own search!
Our team comprises film school grads who grew up on beautiful French films and cutting their teeth making strange, but nevertheless beautiful short films. What this means for our wedding work is that we’re able to employ awe-inspiring composition and camera movement while capturing those wonderful candid moments of a wedding day. The result is timeless, EPIC, and truly–wait for it…cinematic!
Typically, a photographer will have painstakingly mulled over the day-of timeline with their couple. Maybe they’ve done a walkthrough at the venue to scope out the best spots. Therefore, we approach our photography comrades with a great deal of respect. We operate in partnership with them throughout the day and always hope that by the end of the wedding, we will have found a new friend. Practically speaking, this looks like shooting side-by-side and tag-teaming when it comes to getting closer, more intimate shots. Good communication before and during each movement of the day is key!
Most of our production leads have over a decade of video and film experience as well as film production degrees. Those that don’t have a degree in the production realm bring years of production experience to the table. What makes our team strong is being able to learn from one another from the different kinds of experiences we’ve all had in video and film!
We love working with couples for whom video is important. A couple that is excited to help us make the best wedding film ever! That said, for those couples who don’t ‘get it’ or who pulled the trigger on video at the last minute, it’s only a matter of time before their eyes are opened to the magic of it all!
Just pretend our camera is a giant hoagie and you’ll do fine. In all seriousness, having filmed many weddings, we have found that nervousness is no match for constant encouragement, tact, and self-awareness from a good videographer. The aim is first and foremost to have a fun time together, secondarily to nail the shot list. When the first thing happens, the second thing comes naturally.
When you ask these questions of a wedding videographer, you will find that many videographers will respond the same way. It may be hard to distinguish which one is the best! Here’s a checklist that I keep that helps me select the best videographer partnerships.
Find a videographer and photographer who know how to do this together and your wedding video and photos will be magic! Still lost in the maze of choosing a wedding videographer and photographer team? Let’s talk!
Paperboys is a boutique wedding film/photo agency located on the outskirts of Washington DC. Founded in 2014, they’re a collaborative team of filmmakers and photographers who live for making amazing things for the world’s most amazing couples. Each of their team members are full-time staff, each with a heart to collaborate, to learn, and to produce the best work possible.
It’s this spirit of collaboration and sharpening each other that has made their films and photo galleries better and better with each passing season. Even as their films evolve, each one still possesses that Paperboys spark, which inspired this whole endeavor–a passion for breathtaking cinematic imagery, and for storytelling that, hopefully, moves the soul. See Paperboys’ packages and rates.