(Closed) To hire a videographer or not?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think that clause covers videographers, so if you really want one I’d look for one!

Post # 4
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

First I would ask them to see a. if they have other video styles – or straight raw video or something different. b. if you can hire an outside videographer.  I bet they don’t like working with other vendors if they do the work themselves since both people will be competing for the shot during the day and it can be difficult to work with strangers.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would think that doesn’t cover videographers. At least I think you’d be able to state the case that the contract doesn’t indicate the videographer. Also thats some intense language! What if your grandma wants to take a pic! LOL!

Post # 6
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

Hey SummerBride, 

You really have two dilemmas here. 1. Should you have a pro videog and 2. How do you navigate the problem of telling your phtog. you don’t want her studio’s services.

First off, I would deff check out the millions of posts about brides who regret choosing video. Read them, take them and really digest the opinions and stories the other Bees have shared. Just remember, you cannot have a “do over”. When it comes to preserving your memories… when in doubt, DO. 

Secondly, after making your decision (assuming you want to pursue hiring a pro videog), contact the phtog studio. Let them know that you are still interested in getting a videog, but would like to keep looking at other studios work. Ask them if they have worked with any one else in the past that they enjoy working with. Also, you may find a vendor right here on the Bee! 

I should mention that I am a pro videog. So i am a bit bias, but I’m planning my wedding too!! I run into brides all the time who are faced with a similar dilemma.

Good Luck!

Post # 7
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I dont think videographer counts as photographer. My contract with my photographer says that he is the official photographer and no other photographers will be hired. When I had to fill out my vendor contact info, it asked for the contact info for my videographer, so I think you are ok. And YES, get a videographer. I was in the same position where I didnt even budget for a videographer b/c my photogrpaher was out of my budget and I thought that photos trump video so I spent it all on my photographer (almost 6k.. eeeks!) Then as I was scrolling through my FI’s friends blog (he is also a professional photographer), I saw he linked a wedding trailer for that particular wedding. I watched it and was instantly in tears! It was a style of videography I had never seen and I had to have him do our wedding. As it turned out, that same videographer is also one of my FI’s good friend, but was booked on the date we had set. I looked around at other videographers and couldnt find any that were nearly as good as he was. SO…..we decided to change our date to fit our videographer’s availability. Called hotel and other vendors to see if it could work, and it did. Now I have my dream photographer and videographer. 😉

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2005

Don’t let this frustrate you and don’t let you photographer bully you into accepting their video if it’s not what you want.  If they offer each service separately, you should be able to book whoever you want for video.  Recheck your contract to make sure it’s not somewhere in there.  It was nice of you to ask if they have a preference, but if they can’t or are unwilling to help you locate someone else, try asking friends, family or your other vendors if they can recommend someone.  My sister found her video guy through her DJ.  It was someone they work with all the time and really love their work.  My sister was happy with them and she was glad they had suggested them.  Just because your photographer offers the service doesn’t mean you have to settle for what you don’t want.  Good luck with your search.

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