2. "Limit the Time and Limit the Assistants"
A professional wedding videographer or photographer will determine the amount of time and assistants required to produce your desired results. They have spent countless hours mastering their craft and therefore are knowledgeable of what their requirements are. On your wedding day we only have one opportunity to capture every moment and memory with no mistakes. There is no opportunity for a second or third take. We always have to be in the right place at the right time and never miss a moment. To make sure nothing is missed, many wedding videographers and photographers will opt to have an assistant or second videographer or photographer.
3. “Ask a friend/ Hire a rookie/ Use guest photos/videos”
Hiring a friend, rookie or using guest photos/videos will give you a snap shot of what transpired on your wedding day but it is not a replacement for hiring a professional. Your wedding is usually the biggest celebration of your life and it goes by in the blink of an eye. Professional photographers and videographers have an experienced eye for capturing special moments that an amateur may overlook. Professional videographers capture sounds, smiles, and emotions that an amateur might overlook eliminating the possibility of having these cherished moments captured for the rest of your life. One of my favourite quotes is “So you think hiring a professional is expensive? Just wait until you hire an Amateur.”
4. “Just get the raw footage/photos or have someone else edit the photos/video”
When you hire a professional photographer or videographer you are not only hiring them for their expertise in capturing your wedding moments, you are also hiring them for their “post-wedding” skills, otherwise known as editing. As professionals we go into your wedding with ideas based on your input and our experience. As the day progresses we see and capture moments and opportunities that may enhance your video/photos. These are those magical moments that when edited, take your breath away. Professionals always tell their clients, we “shoot to edit.” Professional videographers and photographers spend days or weeks editing to ensure the finished product meets the client’s needs and expectations.