(Closed) Anyone ever heard of student video/photographer who does it free

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have heard of it, but not experienced it.

The reason they are doing it for free is to get their name out there, so they can build a good reputation and then start charging. If you are going to hire someone for free, make sure you ask lots of questions and see what work they have done so far.

Personally, I would never go with an inexperienced photographer for my wedding.

Post # 4
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I highly doubt it.  Even a student would want to be paid for the cost of film and for their time.  I mean, it’s not just the 4+ hours they’ll have to spend with your on your day, there are tons of hours afterward that go into editing and compiling your pictures, even if you just get a cd! and You might get a really low price, but I don’t know of any person who really was hoping to get into a business and succeed who would do it for free. In reality, it would end up costing them money out of their own pocket…

Post # 5
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My sister used a student videographer and we paid him $200.  He was the editor of the high school monthly video program and had three years of experience, no weddings.  

He was very conscientious, brought an assistant, and made a great video.  The hardest thing for first-timers is where to position the cameras during the ceremony.  He did ok, but we are missing a couple of shots we would have liked.  But the audio was all great, every moment was captured and we would have gone the same route a second time.

I’m probably going to do the same thing for video.

For photos, i would be more scared.

Post # 6
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

As an art student myself, many times we do things for free. We need stuff for our portfolios for jobs, grad schools, etc., so we benefit from these arrangements as well. It never hurts to ask around.

Post # 7
1565 posts
Bumble bee

If someone is willing to do it completely free (which in reality means at a cost to themselves), what does that say about their experience? I think the best students will know their value (after having done a few projects like this already) and will charge you a nominal fee. 

Post # 8
74 posts
Worker bee

If you get someone to do it for cheap, I suggest that you offer to cover the expenses at least so that they break even – if it is actual film footage, the cost of the film and developing the film can be very expensive, or they may need to rent certain equipment, because students rarely own all of their own gear.  Ask them for an estimate, but unless a friend is doing it as a present, I wouldn’t expect it to be completely free.

Just understand that it requires hours and hours of work after the fact to edit the footage even if all you want is very basic-seeming – it is still time consuming.  So you might be able to find a student who will do it to put it on their resume, but realize that you are asking a lot for even the simplest job and that it may be hard to find someone.

Post # 9
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I say that you get what you pay for. Someone who works for free also has little motivation to work hard for you. If something happens last minute and they bail on you, they have lost very little other than an opportunity. You on the other hand would have a wedding and no photographer.

If you find a student or new professional to shoot your wedding, I would try to at least cover their expenses and/or compensate them a bit. You don’t have to spend a ton, but money does matter. It is an investment you are making to ensure a great result. Without it, I think you are taking a big risk.

Post # 11
640 posts
Busy bee

We are paying our student photographer $400 for the whole day. He has shot other weddings before though…

Post # 12
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re getting someone for free just make sure that you still get a contract. My sister is a pro photographer and offered to do our wedding as her gift to us and we have another 2 friends who are better-than-average amateur photographers who’ve shot weddings before who’re doing the same thing. It’s a great chance for them to get stuff for their portfolio.

Post # 13
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our videographer just graduated from film school last spring and to help launch his business is only charging $500 for the whole day.  He does pretty basic video set to music plus a copy of the unedited reel.  However, before going into finance, Fiance toyed with the idea of being a film major and made a few student films in college.  Since we’re getting the rights to the entire digital file, editing the video into something fancy-pants is one of FI’s future projects=)

Post # 14
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most beginning artists would take an opportunity for experience.

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