Do you really need a professional videographer for your special occasion? It might be tempting to skip the added expense. After all, you can always ask your best friend to record the event on their iPhone. The results, however, may be less than memorable. If you’re considering hiring a videographer, here are some things to think about.
If you feel it will be important to always be able to hear the voices and watch the mannerisms of your elderly relatives, or have high-quality video to share with your future children and grandchildren, professional videography is ideal. If, on the other hand, you’re hosting a group of colleagues whose images don’t require high-quality audio or video, a buddy with a cell phone might be all you need.
Assuming you’ve decided that you’d like to share these videos with your grandchildren, how important is the quality to you? Will you be disappointed if you view them years from now and the images are hazy and the soundtrack muﬄed? Some people are pickier than others, so it’s important to be aware of your expectations. Amateur footage will obviously look more, well, amateurish.
In the event the unthinkable happens and technology fails, leaving you with NO video footage of the big day, would you be devastated? If the answer to this is “without a doubt,” it probably wouldn’t be wise to entrust such an important job to a volunteer. There’s always a chance they could forget to press “record” or not be able to maintain a steady hand, thereby creating a low-quality video.