April 16th, 2007 by edit1media
April 16, 2007
Over the past few weeks I’ve been horrified to get several phone calls and emails from couples who hired other videographers, and now they cannot get ahold of them. Of course their worst fear is that the footage from their wedding will be lost forever, never mind if they got ripped off or not!
But why does this happen? And how can you make sure it doesn’t happen to you?
Having been in this business for over 8 years now, I’m pretty sure I understand what happens. Prior to the wedding, things are great because these videographers are in high demand due to low prices…and the money feels like it’s rolling in! But after the wedding season, suddenly they realize how much work actually goes into editing a wedding. They slack off, get caught up in their other job, etc. etc. and before you know it, a vicious cycle of excuses and eventually hiding from clients begins.
I don’t think most people realize just how much work is involved with editing. And turn around times of 6-12 months is very common. But the break down occurs when the videographer stops communicating with the client. It’s just bad for everyone, but especially the bride and groom who are looking forward to reliving their wedding memories.
Here are a few tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you:
1. Ask for references…if the videographer is not willing to give references, then something isn’t right.
2. Ask how long they have been in business and if this is their full-time occupation. There are a lot of great part-time companies, but the full-time studios tend to be the most dedicated to their services. After all, it’s their only income!
3. Be sure you know how long they have been in business and ask other vendors about them. Someone who is brand new to videography obviously has to start somewhere, but if having a great video is a priority to you, you may want to opt for more experienced studios.
4. Lastly, remember that you may just get what you pay for. Having peace of mind that your video will come out great and that the company will still be in business when your wedding day comes around is worth the investment.