Post # 1
I feel like I have been searching forever for a videog. Okay, that’s not true. I did some research, got frustrated and then gave up. Now I’m back at it and I am just as frustrated.
I was hoping to budget $1500 for video of the ceremony and reception, with very basic editing. It seems that videogs in my area go for more like $2k+. I just can’t fathom spending that much on video, but I’m getting desperate.
I’ve been chatting with one guy who has packages in my range. I spoke to him on the phone last night and he seems kinda… smarmy? I just didn’t like him.
But then I think, well he will be behind the video camera the whole time so maybe I should just go with him? His videos are pretty good, especially for the price I’m willing to pay. Everyone else I’ve found around the $1500 range just doesn’t impress me. Should I just give in and up my budget? (ugh..) FWIW, He has really good reviews and his clients seem happy with their videos. His personality just rubbed me the wrong way. How important is this?
Post # 3
Hm. I don’t know that sounds high for Albany imo.
Are you looking for a videographer or a cinematographer? I think that changes the pricing significantly?
My rule of thumb with all vendors were that not only did they have to have good reviews but my husband and I had to be comfortable with them. If your spidey senses are going off I would pass.
Post # 4
@Gerbera: agree whole heartedly with the spidey sense comment.
@TinyTina: Have you asked your photographer for suggestions? My only word of advice/caution that my photog mentioned to us was that you might want to be wary of videogrpahers who do a lot of directing, because it can sometimes interfer with the photographer. Since photo was more important than video to us, we were lucky to find someone who allowed our photographer to take the lead throughout the day.
Post # 5
@Gerbera: I’m finding out that having a wedding in Albany is more expensive than I originally thought… Or that my tastes are more expensive than I originally thought. 😉
@rachaelrobin: Our photog recommended a great one to us. Then, I got in touch with them and found out their packages *start* at $2200. Eep! Hmm good point on “directing”. Our photogs are awesome and we want them to deff be in charge, so to speak. We kind of want videography as an added bonus to all the awesome photos we’ll be getting.
Post # 6
Definitley go with your gut feeling on this. These people are with you all day long and if he’s giving you the creeps now, just imagine how you’ll feel all day at your wedding. They don’t just hide behind the camera all day. They have to interact with you in some way. I definitley wouldn’t invite creepy to be with me all day.
I live in Upstate New York too and the average price for a good video is $2200, so the videographer recommended by your photographer is good. When I was helping my sister look last year, we couldn’t find anyone at $1500 or less who wasn’t smarmy or just plain bad at making videos. There was one for $900 that was recommended to her and he turned out to be a broker of sorts. He booked the couples and gave the jobs out to others, so you couldn’t meet with or watch a video made by the person who would be at your wedding. Eventually, she found a wonderful couple who made her a beautiful video and they charged her about $2000. It took us a while to find them and she was happy that she never settled for any of the others she looked into.
Don’t let the process get to you. I know it’s hard, but when you feel overwhelmed, walk away from it for a day or two and jump back in. Once you find the one you like, you’ll be glad for all the time you put into it. It was a long and difficult process for my sister, but once she met with the people she hired, she felt like it was worth it to have found them. You’ll find your perfect videographer too.
Have you looked at any videographers with prices higher than $1500? If your photographer recommends the $2200 people, it must mean that they like working with them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find someone they’ve never met before that wouldn’t be just as good and respectful of working with your photographers.
Post # 7
I wanted to bump this and say that after MONTHS of searching I finally found someone in my budget of $1500!! This was an incredibly frustrating process for me, but I just want to tell the brides to hang in there and try not to give up. It can be done if you look hard enough and are patient. Oh and although this is not how I found my videog, try craig’s list! There were some really talented and affordable videogs that we *almost* booked with, if we hadn’t found this one we would have deff gone with a vendor advertising on craig’s list. Good luck!
Post # 8
@TinyTina: I’m so glad to hear that you didn’t give up and finally found someone in your budget you’re happy with. Congrats to you!
Post # 9
Another thing to think about is how your videographer and photographer will work together. Generally, I think that videographers know that your photog is the first line of documentation. However, for them to do some shots, they will pipe in and give direction. If he is “swarmy” now, it might be testy-like on the day.
We had both and our videographer was polite to us, but a bit agressive (like just jumping in or asking the photographer to move out of the shot) so just keep that in mind!