(Closed) Photography, Videography or both?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which vendor(s) do you plan to use to capture your Big Day?
    Photographer : (32 votes)
    44 %
    Videographer : (0 votes)
    Both : (40 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I only wanted photography. I would have liked to have our ceremony video taped but it was an extra expense that would have burst our budget plus I didn’t want those “things that can go wrong on your day” moments to be remembered on film. I’m paying only $600 for all day photography and I have 2 photographers! If you are on a tight budget I would suggest looking online at craigslist.org.

    Post # 5
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    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Both, there will be times in years to come you will want to show your kids something that happened during your wedding and you can’t because you didn’t have a video made.

     

    My own parents married almost 40 years ago and videos werent available to them so we don’t have that of their wedding. There were so many family members who were there who are now deceased and I really wish we had a video of them to enjoy. Ok we have photographs but that’s not the same. Videographers might be expensive, but capturing memories to enjoy in years to come is priceless. 

    Post # 6
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    3417 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    We are having my uncle and cousins do our photos which will save us money.  We plan to have a good friend do our video (he did film in California for a while).

    Post # 7
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    How much are photos or video worth it to YOU?  Only you can make that call.  With your wedding you will never have an opportunity to un-do a mistake you might make on hiring the right person to document it.  Not everyone places the same importance on tangible memories of their day, but if it’s important to you budget for it accordingly.  Lots of brides on here will advise you to look on Craigslist, hire a student, or rely on family to capture the moments.  A lot of the time this is simply better than nothing, and not much better.  

    Post # 8
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    Both! We lowered our photography budget a bit to make room for videography and I am SO glad we did. I love our wedding photos, but the video really hits home and makes me cry everytime I watch it. It’s also been a great way to share/relive the day with friends and family.

    Post # 9
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    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @continuumphotography:  I do not think craiglist is a poor option. We have found a guy who loves photography and it is his hobby. He shot only one wedding and we paid him 250 $ for the whole day. Pictures are not just overage they are AWESOME.They are better then many pro pictures. This was a product of an  2000 $ pro photorgrapher for 250$ !

    Post # 10
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    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Here is a samples os his beautiful work!!!!!

    Post # 11
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    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are having both and it’s costing us about $3,000. 

    ETA-It’s totally worth it to us. Both of my grandfathers had Alzheimer’s and one of his has it. I think it would be nice to have plenty of photos and videos for a memory jog. Plus, I’m a photographer so it goes without saying that I HAVE to have it lol. As for the videography, I want that too because I’ll be missing the FG’s entrance, one of which is our daughter. We are having a small wedding (22 people) so we could afford to splurge on several things. 

    Post # 12
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @Mrs.Happiness:  Having not seen them I obviously can’t speak in agreement or disagreement with the quality of your photos versus a seasoned professional.  However I’m glad you love them.  I will however say that I hear many regrets and horror stories about Craigslist photographers.  It is by far a much riskier proposition to go that route than it is to find someone who makes their living off of doing weddings.  You MIGHT get lucky.  Just depends on the sort of chance you are willing to take with your memories.

    Post # 13
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    9631 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    we are wanting to do both! I love watching my parents’ wedding video so place a high importance on getting a video of our wedding. we will be asking my aunt and uncle to do photography, so save a little there 🙂

    Post # 15
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    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @continuumphotography:  If you are on the tight budget you wont be paying a photographer 50% of your whole budget to have a professional.There is a reason you are on the budget. We were! And as for many brides money is an issue, it is not really about the choice it is about having memories at least shot with pro camera or done by a guest from his Iphone! 

    Yes I consider my self extremely lucky that my choice had exceeded my expectations ! However I did checked out photography of this guy and I loved what  he had done previously and did not go into having someone who does not have a portfolio at all!

     

    Post # 16
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @Mrs.Happiness:  Your budget is what your budget is.  We have been hired to photograph weddings before where our services were easily 50% of the budget or more.  We also consider ourselves one of the regretful, those who did not make photography a priority when we were getting married.  If we had it to do over again we would have made it work no matter what.  There are a lot of things you spend money on with weddings that even on tight budgets is ultimately not as important as you might think.  We’ve been there and done that.  Professional cameras also do not automatically equal great images.

    I’m really not trying to argue with you, and it’s definitely not my place to offer any opinion over your photos.  I’m merely saying that the advice to go on Craigslist as anything other than a last resort is to me like suggesting to someone who is broke to take their last $20 to the casino.  It’s a difference of opinion, but that’s okay too. Like I said I’m glad you love your photos, that’s what matters most.

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