Ok, we got some additional feedback from the first in our series about hiring a drone photographer for a wedding that we either left out or was brought to our attention. So here is a part two for the series of questions you should ask your wedding drone photographer before you sign on the dotted line.
1.) Editing: Will they allow you to be a part of the editing process? How much or how little? As with writing, video editing is key to getting the end result that you are looking for.
Or put another way, much of the art in video is in the editing. To quote a literary reference, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining: show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov. It’s the same for editing a great wedding video.
2.) References: Are they willing to give you references for their work? Make sure you ask them about their experience. Really call these people and talk to them. They can still be good at what they do and not be a good fit for your wedding. And remember it is YOUR wedding.
3.) Their needs: What do they need from you in order to get the best Drone footage? This is where you become very quiet and you listen to what they ask you to provide. Does it seem doable based upon what you want? If you hire an “artist” and they take 2 hours to set up the shots, maybe you should move on.
4.) Contingencies: What happens if there is bad weather? Do they schedule something else right after your scheduled event? What happens if things run over schedule? It’s nice to know in advance what everyone’s expectations are.
5.) Gotchyas: Ask them what common pitfalls can derail a drone photography shoot. In their opinion, is your venue a good fit for Drone Video photography? If not, do they have other ideas? Are they willing to work with your photographer and play nice? Do they tell you horror stories about working with other people?
Asking these questions, like saying “I do,” will not guarantee a perfect Drone Wedding Video (or a perfect marriage). But, like getting married, not understanding what you are getting into increases the chances of a problem. We at DroneLife think it will be great.
Think you have all this down and feeling ready to start a dialogue with a drone photographer in your area? Find a service provider at JobsforDrones.
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