Post # 1
I live in LA and am getting married in Austin. One of my MOHs (who also lives in SoCal) is getting married to a really great filmmaker. He has his masters in film and was on that Spielberg show “On the Lot.” When we first got engaged, we asked him if he’d film the day for us and we’d find someone to edit it together in time for our hometown reception two weeks later.
Now I’m wondering if that was a mistake and we should have budgeted for a professional videographer. I know he’ll do a great job, but I’m just worried that he’ll end up getting distracted or he won’t get the best shots because he doesn’t know the venue (since he lives in CA with us). Plus, he won’t be able to enjoy the reception with Maid/Matron of Honor if he’s filming the whole time.
I don’t think he’ll be very offended if we decide to go with a pro instead, but I’m worried my Maid/Matron of Honor might find it rude (she’s a little more sensitive than he is). And we didn’t budget for a videographer and now I’m wondering if we can squeeze it in somewhere.
Anyone know how much to expect to pay for a videographer in Austin? And any thoughts on if I should stick with our friend or hire a pro?
Post # 3
@Texacali: Greetings from a Mom in Austin with a daughter in San Diego! I understand your fears about hurting the feeling of the Maid/Matron of Honor, but I honestly believe you will be better off hiring a professional for this wedding. I have many reasons. Now, please know that I am a videographer, but I am NOT trying to solicit your business! I DO want to give you some professional advice, though.
1. Your friend will be able to just attend as an honored guest and have fun.
2. Your friend may ‘put your video on his back burner’ since this is not a job he is being paid for and other paying jobs always take precedence.
3. Then, you feel weird asking him if it is ready and the relationship becomes strained.
4. And this is the worst one in my opinion: he is NOT an unbiased professional attending this wedding…he has preferences and friends so he may not be as objective about documenting the day. You want someone who:
A-Works FOR you. B-Obeys your requests for what should be filmed. C-Is being paid by you and therefore meets an agreed upon deadline. D-Is not a personal friend so lines of communication are kept professional and no feelings are involved. and Lastly: A Wedding Videographer does this full time — not on the side. A true Wedding Videographer does this because they LOVE the job and will be working hard to deliver to you an excellent product that you will treasure.
Obviously, I am biased, but we have seen so many weddings where a friend of the family or a family member was truly a professional in real life (like a mom who is a florist, caterer or photographer) who becomes so distracted on the wedding day they cannot even enjoy their role as a family member in the wedding! Don’t let this happen to you.
Post # 4
@gabgal50: Thanks! I agree with all of that, which is why I’m hesitating on using him. The problem is, we haven’t budgeted for a videographer at this point…
Do you know about what videographers in Austin run? What could we expect to pay for 6-8 hours of filming on a Friday evening?
Post # 5
@Texacali:Starting price for a GOOD video, about 1250. Check around and ask about specials for last minute deals, as well.