The must-ask question for wedding vendors that's almost always forgotten
Have you worked with my wedding photographer?
This is a must-ask question for videographers and photographers during your booking process because it has an enormous impact on your entire wedding day.
That said, it's also a question that's often missed during the vetting process.
Why do your wedding videographer and photographer need to get along?
Because these two are the only vendors that are with you for your entire wedding day and they've got to get all the shots of all the things that matter most to you.
It’s important that YOU get along with them.
It’s also important that they get along with each other, or at the very least respect each other’s space, because there's only get one chance to get the most important shots.
And the last thing you want is a picture of the videographer as a third partner in your first dance or have a photographer parked in the middle of the center aisle shot of your video for your entire wedding.
Weddings are high tension jobs for videographers and photographers.
Because of this, friction can develop between your videographer and photographer if their work styles differ.
You don’t want the hassle of wondering, "Are my vendors are playing nicely with each other, or are they struggling with each other to get the same shot?"
Because they're with you every step of your wedding day—even if you don't see the tension between the videographer and photographer, you'll definitely feel it.
These two vendors need to work seamlessly as a team to ensure you have the best experience possible and stay on time while doing it.
Some photographers have it in their contract that if you don't hire their recommended videographers, they can't guarantee your important shots. The vendors they're recommending might be more money than the videographer that you're eyeing up. But it's the difference between having a carefree amazing time with these two vendors and having a stressful experience.
This is why it’s critical that you ask if they've worked together and get along before you book your vendors.
Don't take chances with your wedding vendors.
One of the most important steps in my process is to reach out to photographers I'm unfamiliar with before your wedding day.
I introduce myself, talk about my team, and discuss our collective working styles. Even if the photographer has a bias against videographers, this goodwill gesture goes a long way towards a more peaceful coexistence come your wedding day. In the end, we all have an understanding that there's a job to do. And the day will proceed with much greater precision and ease if we all work together.
Although we have different roles to play in your wedding, the end goal is the same: a happy couple. And that's a win-win for everyone.
We're Sean and Cindy of Harborview Studios, a husband & wife videography team who specialize in creating upscale wedding videos with just the right blend of fun and emotion. We're perfect for couples who are head-over-heels in love, delight in laughter, and savor the sweet moments in life.
You can find shooting weddings on Cape Cod, but we're down to travel for super fun couples who are planning a magical wedding experience outside of New England.