(Closed) Hiring a relative as the videographer?!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I use my mom's cousin as our videographer (free!)
    Yes, should be fine : (13 votes)
    59 %
    No, absolutely not : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Yes, but hire a pro also : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    7673 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I voted yes, assuming you’d seen his work. We used a friend for our wedding and she did a really good job (raw footage only, no editing, but that was fine with us). But I knew she would because I’d seen other videos she’d done.

    There’s little doubt a pro would do a better job, and it comes down to how much you’re willing to pay and how important it is to you. We’re glad to have something, and I’m also glad I didn’t spend big bucks on a pro. But we also didn’t care too much if it didn’t work out. If a video is really, really important, I advise against using a friend or relative because of the awkwardness if they don’t do a good enough job.

    Post # 4
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My concern is that since he’s technically also a guest, it’s not going to be very fun for him if he’s spending the whole wedding behind a camera. It’s not like you only need footage from the ceremony; I assume you want fun, candid footage from the reception as well. This brings up another worry that is he going to be able to concentrate on doing a thorough, good job of shooting the event or is he going to be distracted by other family members and whatnot.

    As PP mentioned, if he does a less than optimal job, then it will be awkward. You can’t express that you don’t like any part of it and it can cause drama in your family if it doesn’t turn out well.

    Post # 5
    7673 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @lilbluebird:  Yeah my friend just did the ceremony, the reception speeches, and then maybe 10-15 minutes of candid footage during the reception, for about an hour altogether. (Which we were fine with). If you want a couple of hours worth it’s probably not a lot of fun for the guest.

    Post # 6
    1181 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d love it if somebody in the family could do this for us! I figure we’re probably not going to watch it that much anyways.

    Post # 7
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Family/Friends and business are a no for me. Just hire a pro or don’t have one at all.

    Post # 8
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It depends how important the turn out will be free means that if he gets sick or busts his camera or runs out of battery you will have nothing to show for it. There is no contract and you cannot complain. Also unless he does it professionally he may get in the way if your paid photographer ?

    Post # 9
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @starz88962:  I think you should do it. I was surprised that we apparently even need a wedding video. I always thought an amazing photographer would be enough. I think as long as you have seen his work it should be fine.

    Post # 11
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It depends on if you’ve seen their work and are happy with it.

    If you’re concerned about them having fun as a guest, just have them set up a tripod at the ceremony, press record as it starts and then sit down. Same for speeches. That way it doesn’t take away from them enjoying the moments and you also don’t get shaky video 🙂

    Post # 12
    18 posts
    • Wedding: December 1991

    If you want to keep this person as a family member, don’t let them do the video. Hire a professional.  As a guest he is not going to be paying attention to some of the key moments of your day.  He is not goint to know where to be to get those key shots, you walking up the aisle (the money shot), you won’t hear your vows (AT ALL), and does he know how ot edit a video?  Will he just shoot the wedding and give it to you un edited?  Let your family member be a family member and enjoy your day along with the rest of the family.

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