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To Hire a Videographer or Not? Choices, Choices, Choices….

“A picture is worth a thousand words,… and a video is worth a thousand pictures.”

-Ankala V Subbarao

The first surviving photograph from a camera occurred in 1826-1827 by a man by the name of Joseph Nicephore Niepce. It was a photograph from of the view from an upstairs window at Niepce’s estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France. From this time, photography took off. It gained it’s name photograph because it is a “method of recording the image of an object through the action of light, or related radiation, on a light-sensitive material. The word, derived from the Greek photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”) was first used in the 1830s. (Brittanica Encycolpedia). Since this time, cameras have advanced greatly as mankind enjoyed the benefits of capturing their desired moments. Their abilities have increased. The camera could be categorized with some of the top inventions of 19th century. As time progressed, man began to understand more and more about the camera! This led to the invention of motion pictures. Yes, moving pictures or pictures in motion! We were no longer only bound to still images. The possibilities became limitless.

The first motion pictures began in the late 1800s after much progression of the camera. Film companies began building film studios around the 1900s. Though it began relatively quiet, it soon swept through the nation as people saw the potential and importance of video. Today, film is both an industry and an art form. It is now one of the most popular choices for portraying messages or simply capturing special moments. Not only are some of our most special memories, but think about the home movies from when you were younger- the laughter and joy it brings as families gather around and reminisce.

Here are a few reasons why we believe every couple should have a video for their wedding (this list is provided by weddingwire.com. It includes all the reasons why we believe brides should hire a videography. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves):

Capturing Movement and Sound Still photos provide an image of a moment in time, but wedding videos capture both movement and sound (rather as part of the video or provided by your raw footage). With a wedding video, you’ll be able to hear your spouse gasp during your first look, your dad’s toast and your mom’s laughter. You’ll be able to watch your first kiss as newlyweds, your first dance, and your grandmother’s amazing dance moves. For as beautiful and artistic as still photos can be, they cannot capture motion or sound—which makes a wedding video a must-have. The Emotion Factor It’s so important to hire a professional videographer who will not only capture the raw footage of your big day, but also edit it down to create an emotional movie, frequently set to music, that will truly tell the story of your wedding from start to finish. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry—it’s the closest thing to reliving your wedding day. You Won’t See Everything—But a Video Will Capture It Your wedding day will go by very quickly, and unfortunately, you won’t be able to see everything. For example, you won’t be able to watch your flower girl walk down the aisle while you’re waiting in the wings. You won’t see your mother-in-law shed a tear while you’re saying your vows. You might not see your parents dancing cheek-to-cheek while you’re mingling with guests. But a videographer can capture these moments on film, and allow you to watch them as though you were really there, and see even more moments than you were able to on your wedding day. Easily Shareable Nowadays, videographers are able to upload wedding videos onto platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo. This allows you to easily share your wedding video with loved ones (instead of lugging tapes or CDs to your grandmother’s house). Your videographer may also be able to create short clips for you to share on social media. You can help family members and friends who were unable to attend feel like they were actually there. Watch it Again and Again While you can’t hang your wedding video on your wall and see it every day like you can with your photos, you can find special times to watch it and let the memories come flooding back. Host a viewing bash with your wedding party, or watch it every year on your anniversary. Your wedding video will make a special occasion even more special.

We have met many brides who have regretted not hiring a videographer. On the other hand, we have had so many brides grateful for their beautiful videos commemorating their big day. So when planning your wedding, we hope you take this into consideration. We also recommend viewing the videographer(s)’ work so that you know the quality of video you are getting. Ask as many questions as you need to ensure you are getting exactly what you want for your big day! We hope we have provided you with enough information to make a knowledgeable decision as to whether or not you should choose to hire a videographer for your big day. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message us and we’ll be happy to help ease your decision-making process.

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