Post # 1
My wedding is in a week and a half and I have realized that I want some type of video of our ceremony. I was initially not going to bother but now I think I will regret not doing it. However, pretty much everyone is booked. I have found one person on craigslist who is available and will film the whole night for $700, but she is just starting her own company and does not have much of a portfolio or references.
My other option is to set up two tripods with DSLR cameras. I am assuming I would put one near the front of space and one in the back of the aisle? I could also put a small audio recorder in my fiance’s pocket that we can put into the video later if needed. It is an outdoor ceremony so I am not very concerned about lighting.
Should I take a chance on hiring someone or just save money and do it myself? Thanks!
Post # 3
Have you seen any of her sample work, even if it’s not weddings? If so, does it fit in the style you like? What kind of gear is she using?
I can tell you, I really wanted a film. As a wedding photographer, I know that a good film will cost as much as photography. Unfortunatly, it was just out of my budget. At the last minute I was referred to an up-and-coming film maker, who shoots mostly commerical and promo work – with a couple of small eleopments under his belt. He gave me a KILLER deal, and I booked him. That being said, he had a background in photography (I’d seen his work) and knows his stuff. He also shoots all his promo/commerical work in the style I prefer, and I had every faith in his ability. I haven’t gotten my video yet, but he just did a promo shoot for another photographer friend of mine and it was phenominal.
I guess I’m just saying it really depends. Having seen the little bit of work I did with the guy I booked, I knew I was going to like the outcome. That being said, if their work was crappy, I would have considered it a waste of money and not booked.
How badly do you want video? I wanted it, and my husband (how weird to say that??? lol) thought it was a waste of money. Now that the wedding is over, he asks everyday if the video is ready because he’s excited to see it – having realized there is SO much that we didn’t get to see or expereince that day!
Post # 4
@lmk1226: It sounds like you have enough equipment to cover the basics of the ceremony. Just be careful with the DSLRs though. I’m not sure what you’re shooting on, but most have a 4GB (around 12 minute) record limit per file size, and if your ceremony is longer than 12 minutes, you’ll need someone stationed there to start recording again.
$700 for a videographer (assuming all filming and editing) is really pretty inexpensive, and it might be worth it so you don’t have to worry about the focus, audio levels, where the cameras are stationed, etc. You will also be able to get the speeches and dances (first dance, Mother Son, Father Daughter) on camera which might be worth it as well.
Post # 5
I would hire one. My wedding was about 2 weeks ago and the day went by so fast that there are parts that neither DH or I remember and other things that we missed all together because we wern’t around. I had a videographer (2 of them) and I’m sooo glad that they were there to capture everything. I haven’t seen anything yet, but I’m so excited to see it and re-live the day and see some things that I don’t remember or missed.
Post # 6
I would strongly suggest for you to hire one. We were also not going to get one and my sister in law convinced us to get one. I am so so happy we hired a videographer (two). They were amazing and the preview video was perfect. It’s your wedding day and you only get it once. You do not want to have regrets over not getting a videographer. You get to relive your day because it all goes by too quickly.