Wedding Cinematography 101
If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, chances are you've noticed the word 'cinematography' come up in various wedding publications and articles you've looked at. Still confused or unsure of what they do and if you should hire one? Read on to have your questions answered:
Your wedding day will be one of the most significant moments of your life, and you will want to remember all the important details of that time. That is why hiring a cinematographer is a great decision for most couples. By compiling and creating a story from recorded segments they capture from The Big Day, they can provide you with something that photographs alone cannot.
Most cinematographers end up producing a short film for you, about six to twelve minutes long. These videos can be various snippets of the entire wedding day (from getting dressed to walking down the aisle to your first dance), or focus on only a select few moments. Speeches, toasts and vows can be featured, or you can opt for no words at all. A soundtrack can be prominently featured, or exist quietly in the background. A grainy, black and white quality can be used, or crystal clear color. The options are endless.
Contrary to what you might believe, cinematographers are different than videographers. Essentially, cinematographers create a miniature film for you, versus a long recording of raw footage from the day. Cinematographers are also different than photographers, so if you'd like a film made, do not assume your wedding photographer can do both.
An easy and effective way to choose a cinematographer is to look at their video portfolios, usually featured on their personal websites. You will be able to get a pretty good idea of what kind of film styles each cinematographer creates, which will help you decide who to hire. In addition, your wedding planner will have a list of excellent cinematographers to look at. Once you have a list of potential cinematographers, schedule a time to have informal interviews with each one. It is important to talk to them and figure out how you interact together, and if your visions for your film mesh. You can also discuss costs, product release dates, and format.
In general, you won't receive your film until about 3-4 months after your wedding. However, you will usually receive a highlights film about 1-2 months after The Big Day. The price of a cinematographer can range anywhere from $2,000 dollars to $7,000 dollars. Don't fear - the multitude of wedding cinematographers means that you can find one the will fit your style and budget.
So, should you hire a cinematographer for your wedding? Like most wedding planning decisions, this comes down to personal preference and cost. If you find that you do have room in your budget and find it appealing, we recommend that you do. They will provide you with a short film of one of the most important moments of your life! Who wouldn't want that?!