(Closed) Amateur Videographer?

posted 5 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 2
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Oh yes pick me!! 

I desperately wanted a video but also could not swallow the idea of paying thousands. I actually posted an ad on Craigslist searching for an amateur. In the ad, I explained what I wanted — one highlight video, one longer video; combination of music and audio from our vows and ceremony; etc etc. I asked anyone interested to send me a sample of their editing work, even if not from a wedding. I got lots of responses and ended up choosing a young man named Sam. He had never done a wedding before but he had edited music videos and some other promotional videos for local events. He seemed to have decent equipment and a creative eye. 

I met up with him at a Starbucks one day to look at more of his work and show him videos of what I wanted. He showed me his equipment and asked me lots of questions that made me feel he was professional and trustworthy. We agreed to the following terms: 

-He would attend our makeup and hair appointments to take video on the morning of the wedding

-He would film with 2 cameras (1 on a tripod and 1 in hand) during the ceremony

-He would stay for the entire ceremony and reception, through the sparkler send off at 11pm 

-Work product would include a highlight video of 3-5 minutes, and a longer video of 10-15 minutes. Both would include audio and music, as I don’t prefer wedding vids with just a song in the background. 

Etc. I wrote up a contract (I’m a law student) and had him sign and send back. We agreed on a price of $500. (Again, he had never done a wedding before.) The contract stated that I would pay $100 deposit now, $200 when he showed up to the wedding, and $200 when we got our videos. 

By the time my wedding rolled around, he did get a couple of other weddings under his belt, which was great. And I don’t know if I’m just lucky, or if I did good research on him, or both, but I think he did an amazing job. You can check out our videos here: 

Highlight video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr_r4agCnM4 

Longer video with full vows + pieces of ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjJmcYSnWxc 

The husband and I decided to tip him an extra $200 after seeing these amazing products. He also was in frequent communication with us during his work on the videos to ensure that he included everything we wanted. He put in so many hours and did such a good job capturing all the little details. We couldn’t be happier! 

So my overall tips would be 
1) Provide examples of what you want

2) Make sure you see some examples of video work they’ve done

3) Ask to see their equipment– cameras, microphones, tripods, etc

4) Be clear about what kind of product you expect

5) Use a legally binding contract

6) Meet them beforehand and trust your gut! 


Post # 3
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Yes. I felt the same. We paid $3500 for our photographer. We just couldn’t pay that much for video too but I wanted video! Check on Thumbtack!! It’s a website where amateurs and professionals can send you a bid/proposal and samples of their work and you can pick one (or not). You just put in location, price, and wedding date and the proposals come rolling in. 

Post # 4
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

I used Thumbtack as well, and I was able to find a videographer for around $1200. It was still a bit pricey for me, but I figured hiring a new photographer was better than no photographer! I’d say to check your budget and if you can afford one, hire one! Friends of mine have had family and friends film at their weddings and inevitably something hasn’t turned out right.


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