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    There are many reasons to consider hiring a videographer on your big day. A photographer and a videographer do very different things and ful l very different roles, so it’s important to get all the facts before deciding what works best for you. To help you get a feel for what a videographer can offer, we have spoken to three experts with different styles and skills to get the full low-down.

    Capturing the natural Nelson Luc, creative director at Paramount Images, talks us through all things videography from a Paramount Images perspective.

    What do you feel a videographer brings to a wedding that a photographer cannot? A photo captures a scene as a single moment in time. A video captures the same scene with the accompanying sounds so you get to hear and feel the emotions — from the vows and the groom’s speech to the father shedding tears as he

    congratulates his daughter. What was the groom’s speech like? Was he nervous? What was the family and friend’s reactions to the vows, dancing and speeches? These cannot be portrayed in photos but only reproduced vividly in video.

    What tips do you have on selecting the right videographer? Find out the name of the videographer who will be there on the day. Meet up with them to get to know them better. Remember that you will spend most of the wedding day with the photographer and videographer so it is important to choose a videographer that you are comfortable being around. Ask how experienced the videographer is and ask how many weddings they have shot. Shooting weddings requires a unique set of disciplines and training. You only get one chance at getting the shot. An experienced videographer knows where to position the camera to get the optimum shot and what is expected of different cultural weddings.

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    What’s the number-one important piece of advice you would offer couples? Get a professional videographer to capture your wedding. Yes, a family member or friend may have offered to shoot your wedding but do you want to take the risk? Unless they have had years of experience and training in shooting weddings, the  nal product may be not what you are after and could look amateur. Besides, wouldn’t you want them to enjoy the day rather than focus on shooting? Don’t book the cheapest videographer that you can  nd either. Check out their experience and credentials. Look at the professional wedding video as an investment for your memories rather than an expense. What price can you put on the reactions from your kids, family and even yourselves when you watch the wedding video in many years to come? We hear so many stories from couples about how their friends regret not having a professional videographer capture their wedding day. They either did not have any videos of their wedding or had a very poor video that they are ashamed to show anyone.

    So the big day is here and you’re not sure whether to opt for a videographer? We interview some of the best in the business to help you make that decision

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