- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
Hey Bees! Need your help again. We’re looking for an insured videographer for our wedding that is reasonably priced ($1500-3000 MAX). Trouble is, it seems like everyone with a video camera thinks they are a professional videographer. Even the bad ones seem to be either totally expensive (I’m sorry, but $7,000 for a cheesy wedding music video or effect-happy wedding “movie trailer” is outrageous) or totally amateur.
I feel like I’ve watched so many videos, and found only one videographer that I like (still waiting to hear if they are available on our date–or if they are within budget). Fiance thinks they’ll be too expensive. We wanted to find some back up options. So, if you know of a great videographer, please let us know!
That said, here’s what we’re looking for:
– 3-5 minute highlight reel of the day.
– a documentary style edit of ceremony and key reception moments (grand entrance, cake cutting, toasts, first dance, and father/daughter and mother/son dances). That’s it. We don’t need a full reception edit.
– all raw footage captured on the day
– a videographer with an artistic or creative eye. Knows angles and how to use different types of lighting well.
– a videographer who understands the importance of coverage. I’ve seen a lot of videos that held on really bad angles because they clearly didn’t have a good angle to cut away to.
– a videographer who understands the importance of audio. It seems like many do a terrible job on sound–and bad sound design is SO distracting in any video, let alone a wedding video. Most places I’ve seen either make a music video or they do a poor job with the mic, so speeches are staticky. We want quality sound in our video.
– We also LOVE the trend of highlight reels where the audio of the speeches or vows is played over the getting ready and other silent details. That seems to capture the emotion of the day better than background music alone, IMO. Makes it feel more like a film.
Here’s what we DON’T want:
– cheesy effects (no star wipes, “Blair Witch” shaky-cam, morphs, or zooms). Ladies, a truly good videographer needs none of those things. Simple cuts and fades are all that they need to tell the story.
– a movie trailer or a corny movie poster cover. This isn’t a movie, it’s our wedding. We want it to be romantic and classic. Most of the movie trailer versions we saw seemed very cheesy.
– a music video. Many videographers seem to love this, because it makes the sound editing job easier since they can simply lay down a single audio track and not have to be as concerned about the mix. It makes the video more about the song than the moments being captured. It feels emotionally detached (and often, the songs they use are corny). As I said above, we prefer the trend of highlight reels where the audio of the speeches or vows is played over the getting ready. Feels more about the wedding than the song. Also, seems to capture the emotion of the day better, IMO.
Plus, using copyrighted music can be a BIG problem. We want to be able to share our wedding video with friends online, so we don’t want a videographer who violates copyright laws…because we’d be the ones who get in trouble for sharing the video publicly.
– same day edit. We don’t have a place to show the video at our venue, so we don’t want to pay extra for the same day edit.
I realize that’s a tall order, but does anyone have any suggestions?