- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I don’t think this is a terribly original idea, but I thought I would share with all you other brides just in case! I don’t remember where I got the idea originally, but I wanted to pay it forward as it’s working out very well for me 🙂 Sadly, I’m not sure I would have thought of this myself in a million years.
Personally, my wedding budget is prettttty small. It’s already cost a lot more than I planned on and I didn’t start thinking about a videographer until well after I’d made my budget and started honouring it. As much as I started to love the idea of a videographer, there wasn’t enough room in the budget to free up $1,000+ to hire a professional.
Then, somewhere, I saw someone make a GREAT suggestion: advertise somewhere (kijiji, craigslist, etc.) looking for, specifically, someone who does not have wedding experience yet. If you have local colleges or universities with public job postings, try there too. There are always young photographers and film students looking for a way to make a few dollars and an opportunity to start fleshing out a portfolio. I made a posting on Kijiji, told people my date, what I needed, and requesting examples of their work. I offered a firm $300 for about 9 hours of coverage, an edited DVD, and a highlight reel… and had more than 40 replies. I even had one person offer to do it for free, as he needed demo reels to start his wedding videography service (he wasn’t available on the day, though).
I picked a student who has a wedding photography portfolio and some edited, non-relevant videos that looked very good. Logically speaking, she should be able to merge the two together pretty well.