The importance of a professional videographer documenting your wedding

If your bridal budget is limited, you may be tempted to take up a relatives offer to videotape your wedding as a way to cut costs. While your uncle may be the unofficial videographer of family birthdays, his expertise with the camera probably won’t meet your wedding day expectations.

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Remember, this is a once in lifetime experience and should be captured as such.

Working with a hired professional is easier for many reasons.  You can be more direct about what exactly you want to include and how you want the action captured. A professional is at your command and will most likely want to please you, while a relative may continue to finish eating before thinking to capture your first dance as a couple.  Horror stories abound about shaky, unfocused videos delivered late or not at all, produced by well-meaning friends or relatives. The hurt feelings that result can create havoc in a relationship for years to come.

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Professional videographers have experience with creative camera work, attention to detail, and incorporating music into the background.  Another value is that they typically don’t know anyone at the wedding, providing the value of not “playing favorites” and videotaping only those they know.  There are plenty of stories about an Uncle videotaping the wedding day and only having footage of the people he knows.  The other side of the family is sure to be upset.  Is “Uncle Bob” going to have a drink or four?  Imagine the quality going down and the camera not being turned on nearly as often if the camera person has been invited to “party.  While an amateur video may be a nice momento, it will be the professionally produced version that you will be proudly showing off for years to come.

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