Best 10 Wedding Videographers in Sydney & NSW
Knowing where to begin looking for a wedding videographer or cinematographer isn’t easy, so we’ve come up with some suggestions to get you started. Plus, if you’re getting married in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the Southern Highlands, the Blue Mountains, the South Coast, the North Coast or elsewhere else in New South Wales, we simplify your search with a list of the Top 10 wedding videographers and cinematographers in the state — as voted by newly-weds and announced at the 25th NSW ABIA Wedding Awards.
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Wedding videographers are memory makers, and while you’ll remember your wedding day in many ways — the perfume of flowers from a bridal bouquet, your ‘first-dance’ song playing on the radio, or a flick through your wedding photo album — nothing else will capture the ‘live action’, atmosphere, emotion and detail of your day like a wedding video or movie.
Do you really need a Wedding Videographer or Cinematographer?
Your wedding is a day you’ll want to remember, but as anniversaries tick by its natural for memories to fade, and a great wedding videographer is essential to ensuring that those precious moments, and all of those carefully-planned details, are captured forever in film format. You won’t get a ‘second-take’, so a professional wedding videographer will help preserve the sights, sounds and sentiment of the day for you, your family and future generations.
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How to choose a Wedding Videographer or Cinematographer
You’ll be the stars of the show, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with different filming styles and techniques to determine your preferences.
Filming methods range from documentary-style, to more artistic cinematic approaches, incorporating the likes of overlays and voice-overs. Coverage is generally edited to different time-lengths, ranging from short teasers, to high-light reels, ceremony edits, and longer full-features — and same-day-edits, for viewing at the reception, are often an optional inclusion.
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For the uninitiated it can all seem a little overwhelming to begin with, but brush-up on these movie-making terms and you’ll be an expert in an instant.
Wedding Teaser: A very short edit of the entire wedding, lasting approximately one minute, providing a snapshot of the day.
High-Light Reel: An abbreviated edit, combining key moments — the exchange of rings, the cake cutting and the first dance — in a three to five minute trailer.
Ceremony Edit: A fairly comprehensive, lightly edited, snapshot of the ceremony.
Full Feature: A longer, edited compilation of the day, usually lasting about 15 to 20 minutes.
Same-Day-Edit: An abbreviated edit of the day, offered by some videographers, for couples to play at their reception.
Transition: The shift between different shots or scenes
Overlay: The overlapping of different shots or scenes, often used to transition between them.
Filter: An artistic effect used to modify the appearance of lighting (vintage filters are a trending choice for weddings).
Background Music: Songs or musical compositions, added during the editing process, which often enhance the emotion of the visual shots.
Voice-Overs and Interviews: Sound recordings, often taken from wedding speeches or pre-wedding interviews, added during editing, to accompany and enhance the visuals.
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Once you have a clearer idea of the editing lengths, filming techniques and wedding video styles you like, take a look at the websites of local wedding videographers. Many will include links to previous work, which will give you an idea of their particular approach, and help narrow your options.
Reviews from newlyweds are invaluable too, so scour the ABIA Directory for ratings and reviews on videographers, left by those who married recently. And, if you’re getting married in NSW — Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the Southern Highlands, the Blue Mountains, the South Coast, the North Coast or further afield — check out the best 10 videographers in the state, as announced at the recent ABIA Awards.
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#1 - Captured Frames
As the name suggests, the team at Captured Frames, aims to ‘capture’ the look of each and every wedding day with their cameras, but more than that, they strive to create something that enables couples to ‘relive’ every moment – from the tears at the ceremony to the cheers of guests as the reception closes.
To that end, the Sydney-based wedding and commercial photography and videography company offers an assortment of professional photography and videography packages, with optional add-ons for the likes of engagement photos, livestreams, drone coverage and on-the-day edits.
#2 - CineMotive
The weddings of more than 1000 couples have been immortalised by CineMotive since 2010, all of them with the consistent quality and service upon which this Sydney-based photographic and cinematographic team prides itself.
A personal approach is a key part of the studio’s offering, and the team of highly-trained, talented photographers & cinematographers aim to provide the service and reliability of a larger company, while maintaining the artistry of a smaller one — getting to know each of their couples, and customising photography and film packages to suit their individual needs and preferences.
Read Cinemotive's Customer Reviews.
#3 - Above Below Visuals
Sydney and surrounds, NSW
Tim, of Above Below Visuals, considers himself a storyteller. His promise to his clients is to keep things fun and natural, not to pose them, and not to treat their wedding like a production set. Tim’s is an intimate and personal approach — and it shows in his wedding films, which brim with candid moments, sneaky kisses and in jokes. “No two souls are the same and neither are my films,” he declares.
He shoots his unique wedding films in the Southern Highlands, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, the South Coast, Sydney, the Hunter Valley and beyond, upon request.Read Above Below Visuals's Customer Reviews.
For more than 12 years Hugo Chen, of Hugo Photography & Film, has been combining his photographic and videographic talents to tell stories of love. According to the reviews from his many happy couples, his commitment, caring nature, sense of humour and overall personality set him apart — almost as much as his award-winning photography and videography does
Hugo and his team service the Sydney area, and encourage couples to reach out for a chat, to ask questions and discuss wedding coverage and packages.
#5 - Fable Wedding Films
“There is just something both incredibly epic and beautifully intimate about a wedding,” according to Jonty and Sherman of Fable Wedding Films.
It’s the reason they take such a personalised approach to their filmmaking, providing customised quotes and meeting couples, in person or via video chat, to get an understanding of how they met, their quirks, hobbies and personalities well before the wedding date.
The Sydney-based pair, use this pre-wedding research to build a relationship with their couples and to tailor their videography offering, storytelling style and unique, memorable wedding films.
Read Fable Wedding Films' Wedding Reviews.
Though based in Sydney, Arian Film Productions happily provide multi-award-winning wedding videography and photography to couples throughout New South Wales, Australia, and internationally.
Incorporating the latest technology in filming techniques, the talented team is dedicated to creating unique wedding videos, perfectly matched to each client’s needs and wishes, and take a discreet, yet fun approach to filming, to ensure couples and their guests remain at ease throughout the process.
Read ARIAN FILM PRODUCTIONS's Customer Reviews.
Happy Stories aim to create just that, for couples in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, the Greater West, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and throughout New South Wales.
The team of creative photographers and videographers specialise in weddings, offering an assortment of photo and film packages, and optional add-ons to suit every occasion.
In addition, through Happy Hire Productions, they can also provide photo booths, DJ equipment, dry-ice machines, large light-up letters and indoor fireworks for hire.Read Happy Stories Photo and Video's Customer Reviews.
#9 - GCC VISUALS Wedding Films
South Coast, NSW
#10 - MTW Production
The team at MTW Production commission only a limited number of weddings per year, so that they can dedicate their creative talents and genuine service to ensuring that each wedding video they produce is extra special.
Offering both wedding photography and videography, the studio offers a range of photographic and cinematic packages, together with optional add-ons, and the personalities behind the cameras delight in interacting and celebrating with each couple, their friends and family, to put everyone at ease.