Post # 1
First post- made an account after feeling totally lost on what to do. My husby-to-be and I signed a contract with an independent artsy photographer who was a slurge and love his work. Our engagement photos were great. However, during our session, he said… oh by the way, you have to use my friends for videography, I won’t work with anyone else. I didn’t mind since I wanted suggestions from him but I don’t like the work they do and it is 1500 for raw footage and 4500 for a short video and long video.
I feel taken advantae of because I want to have a good relationship with him but this is really bull. It is not in our record and I don’t think this is normal… is it? If so shouldn’t he offer a discount than the site’s or shouldn’t he offer options in different proce ranges or shouldn’t be be up front about this in the contract? How can I deal with this without souring the wedding!?
Thank you so much for any advice. I’m really upset about it, mostly because it feels like every vendor is trying to pull something over me.
1) Is it normal for photographer to require certain (single) videographer without stating it in the contract?
2) what is normal pricing for videographer in city area.. maybe I’m over reacting on the pricing
3) How do you balance feeling taken advantage of with wanting a happy wedding?
Post # 2
** not in our contract (miswrote in our record)
Post # 3
familyofnerds : i would simply just not say anything to him about videography. If it’s not in your contract, he has no say. Don’t talk to him about it, and hire who you want. On the day of, he can put on his big boy panties and be a professional. If he brings it up, just be non-commital – “we haven’t decided whether to hire a videographer for the wedding”. If he really pushes, you can tell him “we looked a your friend, but their work wasn’t our style.”
Post # 4
familyofnerds : 1. No. 2. Don’t know – where are you? Can you call other videographers to find out?
3. Don’t let him take advantage of you. If you were planning to hire a videographer, hire one of your own choosing – but I’d let him know, calmly, before the wedding so if he does pitch a fit, you won’t be out a photographer.
No one should treat you like that – don’t stand for it. If it isn’t in your contract, it doesn’t exist.
Post # 5
That’s just straight up BS and not fair to pressure you. However, it’s really important that the photographer has a good relationship with the videographer because that could affect each other’s shots and footage. For that reason, I don’t think you should ignore it.
I would contact the photographer and explain how the videographer does not match the style that you’re looking for. The price of $4,500 seems to be on the slightly- above average end. Also, you would need clarification for these wordings:
1500 for raw footage – raw footage is literally hundreds of clips with large file sizes from your wedding day. If you do not have a strong computer, you may not even be able to play it and because it’s hundred of clips, it’s not like a straight start to finish video in one file. You would have to open one at a time. Ask if they put all the footage in sequence in one file so you can play it from start to finish, or they just copy and paste the files in a hard drive.
and 4500 for a short video and long video. Ask what the difference is. Ideally, in addition to a short highlight video, you should get a video of the ceremony in full, and the reception footage in full so you have all the key moments.
Post # 6
I would assume if it’s not in the contract he really has zero say in the matter. While it is important that the photographer and videographer work well together, if they want to be so committed to one another they need to open up a joint business instead of throwing out their “conditions” after the contract has already been signed. I would simply tell him something along the lines of “We will definitely take your friend into consideration!” And leave it at that.
Post # 7
Thank you guys for all your responses. I want to feel comfortable on the day of more than anything and it sucks to know the industry feeds of that emotion… but so happy to have bee-support!
I think I will look around some more to see what the pricing is in the area and either get the raw footage and have it eddited when we have a bit more cash or find my own person and just wait until right before the wedding so the photographer friends’ company so they will definitely be busy by then and stay noncomittal to the photographer. I definitely agree if it isn’t in the contract it doesn’t exist but it will still affect our relationship with the photographer and feels like a set up for disaster.