Questions to Ask a Videographer

 

The following questions for a prospective wedding videographer were taken from the Bliss Wedding Planner (v5.1). Compare answers given from different videographers you interview.

 

  1. Will you personally be the videographer for our wedding?
  2. If the answer is no:
    When can we meet the videographer whose work I'm seeing so I can see if I feel comfortable with that person/ see if we are on the same wavelength?
  3. If you are not talking to the videographer, also ask:
    If the videographer we want no longer works for your studio when our wedding comes up, what will you do?
  4. If you are talking to the videographer:
    Are you a full-time videographer?
  5. What do you do the rest of the week?
  6. What kind of experience, background, and education do you have?
  7. Have you received any formal classroom training as a videographer?
  8. How long have you been a wedding videographer, and how many weddings have you videotaped?
  9. Have you handled events of my type and size before?
  10. What are the reasons you think we should hire you?
  11. Is this your recent work that I'm seeing?
  12. I'm looking for a photojournalistic videographer. What is your definition of 'photojournalism'?
  13. What are your criteria for choosing what you would videotape at my wedding?
  14. What makes your videography better or different than anybody else's?
  15. Why did you choose wedding videography as a career?
  16. What time do you arrive to setup your equipment?
  17. Hours of service:
  18. Do you bring backup equipment with you?
  19. How many video cameras will cover the event?
  20. How many people will cover the event?
  21. Do you conduct interviews of the guests and wedding party?
  22. What equipment do you use to edit the captured video?
  23. Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?
  24. What are your policies regarding proofs?
  25. What are your policies regarding delivery times?
  26. Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
  27. When is the deposit due?
  28. May I make partial payments?
  29. When is the final payment due?
  30. Is gratuity included in the price?
  31. If not, what is the percentage of the service charge?
  32. What percentage are the taxes?
  33. What is the overtime charge?
  34. Are there any additional charges not mentioned? (i.e. travel)
  35. What are the refunds/cancellation terms?
  36. A question to ask yourself: Has the videographer addressed your personal concerns satisfactorily?

 

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