(Closed) Videographer Advice

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7 posts

@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 # 5
7 posts

@Texacali:Starting price for a GOOD video, about 1250.  Check around and ask about specials for last minute deals, as well.

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