Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. The importance and value of having a professional videographer should not be overlooked. A quality video is a worthwhile long-term investment. It is a documentation of you and the day. There is no other product that shows the sights and sound of you, your moment(s), and behind the scenes. The videographer has to be a good storyteller and their work has to reflect that. When you compare videographers, look at more than just the initial price. The sound should be clearly recorded and the video should be crisp, sharp, and colorful. There should be no excuses for sloppy camerawork or editing. Make sure your videographer belongs to a professional association like the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA) to continually improve their craft. Ultimately, the price has more to do with talent than with technology alone.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. A contemporary trend is toward shorter videos of 30-40 minutes rather than the typical two-hour tapes.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. "Do they have samples clips or a demo reel? If so, do they have to be watched at the videographer's studio or can they be viewed online?"
"What kind and how many cameras do they own? What format are they? What do they record on?"
"Are they able to provide a second camera man/woman?"
"Do they belong to a professional association like the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA)?"
"What are their service fees? Do they have package deals?"
"What is their availability?"
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. That it is not just a job, it is my career. I am doing something that I love doing and it is worth getting up for. It involves my passions.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After graduating from college, I was planning to become a teacher. However, I was going into it for the wrong reasons. It was something I thought I could do, not what I wanted to do. Long story short, I left the Masters program for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, stuck with it, and became certified in TV and Radio. However, as time went by, I leaned more towards TV. Ultimately, because of the economy and the lack of hiring jobs within my field, I decided to start my own one-man video production, post production, and event videography operation. Furthermore, looking back on my life, videography was a part of it in one shape or form. I was meant to do this line of work all along.