Why Choose Video?

Professional videography saves and protects life's most precious and beautiful moments--as they actually happened. And what is more important to hold precious than the sights and sounds from the most important day of your life--your wedding day! Because the event goes by so quickly, capturing all of the activities, your ceremony and reception, on video will mean your wedding will be preserved for you and your family now, and most importantly...for all the generations ahead.

How important is a professionally-produced wedding video? Suppose a friend told you they had in one hand a book of professional photos of the day your grandparents were married, and in their other hand a professionally-produced video of that same day, in full color, with actual sound, but that you could only choose one to view and keep as a family heirloom. Which would you choose? Today, thanks to new developments in digital technology and the advanced skills of professional videographers, your choices in professional wedding videography are unlimited!

Only video (and now DVD) will allow everyone to relive your wedding day as it actually happened to see you walk down the aisle, to hear your voices as you exchange vows and rings, to hear and see the toasts, the music, your first dance at the reception...and the chance to preserve the complete story of your wedding. This wasn't possible in the past.

Even today, you have only one chance to be sure your wedding day is professionally captured....just one chance to be sure all of the emotions, the love and laughter are preserved for you to share again and again. Today professional videographers have become as natural a part of the wedding as the photographer.

The Value of Professional Video
When you choose to invest in a professional videographer who is a member of LVVA, you're honoring the importance of your wedding day. Only a trained and experienced wedding videographer is prepared to capture the details of your special day, from the rush of preparations at the beginning of the day, through the emotional moments of the ceremony, and the excitement of the reception. Afterwards, creative editing will polish your tape artistically and professionally to produce a video (or DVD) that not only documents your day, but is fun and entertaining to watch again and again!

Because your choice of videographers is so vital to the memories you will have after your wedding day ends, LVVA along with top bridal consultants, advises brides to get an early start in the process of selecting their videographer, and to shop based on quality. Placing videography at the top of your priority list also ensures the best chance of securing your first choice, as today videographers are booked far in advance.

Just like professional photography, pricing for professional videography varies widely, even within the same geographic region. Talent, technology, and time are three key factors which will affect the pricing of your video.

For example, you may find professional videographers in your area using cameras and editing systems that are similar. But it will be their skills, experience, style, and techniques in both shooting and editing that will immediately capture your attention and be the distinguishing differences you will notice in their work. This is why it is virtually impossible to shop by price alone when selecting your videographer. Professional wedding videography is an artistic, not a mechanical medium. Videographers shoot and edit video differently.

Video styles and quality can vary tremendously even within the same community. In order to make an informed decision about the distinguishing differences, and be sure that your videographer can match your preferences, it is best to see actual samples of work produced by the videographer who will be recording your event. When you stop by to see samples, you will also have an ideal opportunity to discuss your wedding details and style preferences before making your final decision.

New Age of Unobtrusive Coverage
Through new developments in digital technology, camcorders and microphones have grown much smaller than ever before. Old-fashioned bright lights and heavy equipment is no longer necessary. Wireless microphones, for example, are now smaller than an ear ring!

Many videographers have invested in new digital video editing systems that have revolutionized the artistic expressions found in a finished video. As a result, your wedding video can look and sound as good as any program you may see on broadcast television! Plus, a professionally-produced wedding video can be artistically enhanced with the use of classic effects such as slow-motion, black & white imaging, and dreamy dissolves that make your video flow seamlessly from beginning to end.

New Era of Digital Video Recording
The new era of advanced digital recording technology has already been embraced by many LVVA professionals. This newest technology enables LVVA members to provide superior video imaging even in dimly lit sanctuaries and reception facilities. Digital-based improvements have also greatly reduced the size of high-quality camcorders. They are now smaller and less obtrusive than ever before.

The latest computer-based (non-linear) editing systems allow LVVA members true creative freedom by enabling video edits and changes to be made at the click of a mouse! As a result, complex over-lays, transitions, and montages can be more beautiful and exciting than ever before! Ask your videographer to show you examples.

The LVVA Difference
Videographers who are members of the Las Vegas Videographers Associations (LVVA) are dedicated to capturing the planned events, as well as the spontaneous moments that are unique to every wedding.

With today's rapid changes in digital video, professional videographers must constantly update their skills, techniques, and technology. In selecting your videographer, look for their LVVA membership logo. You may verify their membership by contacting LVVA.

Members of LVVA have access to the best new technology, techniques, industry information, and advice. Membership in LVVA signals that your videographer adheres to industry standards and is dedicated to continuing education that improves the quality of their work and their ability to meet your needs in a professional manner.

Wedding videography demands a superior sensitivity, an attention to detail, and the ability to function as part of a team. These special attributes are not usually required in other forms of professional video production. LVVA members are routinely commended for their skills and ability to record events in a discreet and unobtrusive manner. On your special day, only your groom should be sharing the spotlight with you.

To be assured of choosing a professional videographer who will record your wedding in a caring and skillful manner, ask to see their LVVA membership certificate. You may also verify their membership by Contacting LVVA. Your video, professionally-produced by a LVVA member, will become a priceless family heirloom, one that will be cherished by your family for all the generations to come.

New Video Styles
Whether you prefer your video to have a classic, story-telling approach, similar to television programs such as A&E's "Biography" or a fast-paced, highly-stylized "MTV" look, you can find a LVVA member who will match your taste and style.

Videographers who are members of LVVA can capture the "Story Behind the Story" of your wedding in ways that just weren't possible even two or three years ago. Today, some brides opt for video coverage to begin on the morning of their wedding, while others begin coverage far in advance.

Advance coverage may start with video of the planning stages of your wedding, the story behind your engagement, or your own special music video. You may also want to consider coverage of your rehearsal dinner, where emotional, heartfelt toasts are typically made. Many brides also prefer a special short-form photo/video montage that combines childhood and engagement photos and memories, which is shown at the reception.

From very simple to very complete, your videography options today are exciting, elegant and unlimited! And each can be completely tailored to suit your individual needs and requests.

Pricing Information

In today’s economy, the price of everything matters. Regardless of the actual cost, LVVA recommends that the value of your wedding video be a greater priority. The lasting quality of your own wedding movie, which can be preserved for many years on DVD, will prove to be a priceless treasure for you and your family.

With that perspective in mind, LVVA suggests shopping just as carefully for your video as for any other service being provided on your wedding day. Professional videographers now book popular dates as much as a year, or more, in advance. And while your wedding will be enjoyed by all of your guests, your wedding movie is one of the few elements of the wedding that you, your family, and your children can take pleasure in for many years to come.

Prices for professional wedding videography will vary as widely as prices for professional photography. Informal LVVA surveys have shown pricing as low as about $1,000, while the upper-end of the price scale can reach $10,000 and higher. More than ever, Time, Talent and Technology mark the difference between videos, and between professional videographers.

Equal parts of Time, Talent and Technology are essential ingredients in producing a professional wedding movie that will be enjoyed by everyone. Your videographer may spend an entire day with you and your guests in order to capture the wedding. The professional editing process frequently takes many daysor weeks of work to create that beautiful, finished wedding movie.

A talented videographer is one who combines their own skills and experiences with the continuing education available through LVVA, and other sources, to deliver those amazing wedding day memories.

The digital revolution of the past few years has allowed professional videographers the opportunity to acquire the tools that put their finished programs on par with the best that you will see on television, or in the movies. Digital video (discussed elsewhere in this section), especially when combined with DVD, allows for nearly flawless recording and playback of your wedding movie.

With professional wedding videography, as with so many other things in life, you usually do get what you pay for. Many wedding industry experts (including Deborah McCoy, author of The Elegant Wedding and the Budget-Savvy Bride) suggest budgeting approximately the same amount for both videography and still photography. Your own eyes and ears will allow you to judge which professional videographer will be your best choice.

Creating Your Own Love Story
One increasingly popular supplement to wedding day coverage is a custom-produced "Love Story Video." Also called a "Reflections Video" or a "Concept Video," this tells the story of how you both met and fell in love. You have the opportunity to let everyone -including future generations- know how your relationship evolved right up to this special day.

A Love Story Video can be as creative and special as you like, reflecting your own unique personality as a couple. Some Love Stories, for example, are produced as a music video, shot on-location with you and your fiancee at your favorite settings. Others may take the form of an indoor, or outdoor, interview session that also features important family photographs, even video clips. Still others combine the two styles.

In general, a "Love Story" is a short, fun-to-watch video. This makes it a natural addition to your reception entertainment. Imagine seeing your own Love Story unfold on the big screen at your reception, sharing it with all of your guests. Many LVVA members specialize in producing exceptional Love Stories and can arrange for yours to be shown at your reception. Additional videos can be made to send to loved ones who are unable to attend your wedding. You have a wonderful and unique story to tell. The latest advances in digital video technology now allow you to preserve and share your special story­-and there's no limit to the creativity!

What Brides Say About Their Videos
Here are just a few of the actual comments from brides and grooms who have had their wedding documented by a LVVA professional.

" Before our wedding, I never realized how important our video would be. It's priceless."

"The video showed so much that I missed at the wedding."

"At first, Sara and I were hesitant to hire a videographer...until we saw the final product and were astounded by its momentum and quality."

"We are so glad we got a professional video. It's better than we ever imagined."

Weddings on DVD
For superb in-home viewing, the newest and highest quality way to watch your wedding video in on DVD. This is emerging as the new distribution standard and the preference for release of Hollywood movies and for rental in video stores.

Many LVVA members now have the ability to transfer your wedding video to DVD. Today you can receive your wedding memories on either VHS, DVD, or both! Being digital, DVD offers superior viewing, convenience, and longevity. And when your wedding is on a DVD instead of a VHS tape cassette, there is no need for rewinding. Moving forwards or backwards on DVD is done instantly at the touch of a button!

While VHS will be here for many years to come, consumer marketing experts expect DVD to continue increasing in popularity. In fact, now that America's largest retailer is stocking DVD players, basic units are selling for
under $50.

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