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To find a videographer you click with, Ian Swanson of Couture Motion suggests watching sample films and taking note of the ones that leave you feeling connected to the couples on-screen. "Because at the end of the day, these films should feel like more than just gorgeous imagery," he says. "When you're searching for a pro to film your own pre-wedding video, you should feel like you know that couple by the end of the film." Ian's wife and co-videographer Megan adds, "You're investing a lot of money into this project, so make sure you're getting what you want."
Many couples use pre-wedding films as an opportunity to become more comfortable in front of the camera before their wedding day. Being filmed by your videographer ahead of time helps the bride and groom feel more at ease around the filmmaker and comfortable opening up for the camera. "It helps us create a deeper bond with the couple," explains Ian, "so that we're able to capture more authentic moments and emotions on the actual wedding day."
Jackie remembers feeling instant chemistry when she and Jamison met Megan and Ian for their Q&A session. And working with the filmmakers on the pre-wedding video paid off when it came time for the actual wedding. "There was trust between us because we'd already become emotionally vulnerable on camera," Jackie says. "That was out of the way."
Ultimately, you should look for a videographer who's eager to tell your entire relationship story. "You may think the wedding day is the beginning of the rest of your lives," Ian says, "but there's always a prologue that's worth telling with these films."