(Closed) Videographer help

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

tamaralachelle,

What is your budget for a videographer? There are many videographers in the area and budget helps to narrow it down. 🙂

Post # 5
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Newbee

If budget isn’t really an issue, I would highly recommend Thomas Hughes Video. I love their style but they were way out of my price range. My Fiance and I went back and forth for months and finally made up our mind just 2 days ago, and my wedding is October. In many cases you have to decide if photo or video is more important to you. Videos tend to be very expensive based on editing time, because they have to add music, slow motion, black and white transitions, cutting boring moments etc. If you want a very journalistic and simple approach it will quite a bit cheaper. Google them, and I guarantee you will love their work.  We went with a very good photographer and a decent videographer.  

Post # 6
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I will 2nd bride2bee08 on Thomas Hughes (www.thomashughesvideo.com). They make very nice work. Check out Cinematic Studios (www.cinematicstudios.com), Lumitone (www.lumitone.com), and Bliss Video Productions (www.blissvideoproductions.com).

Since your in-laws are asking you to gather data, you can also compare the work and prices of these to some out-of-state ones that are also popular such as Glenn Elliott (www.gmelliottvideo.com). My all-time favourite is Still-Motion (www.still-motion.ca) and they are also my videographer. 🙂

Don’t eliminate the out-of-state ones just yet if you like them. It was actually more economical for us to hire from out-of-state and pay all the incremental costs associated with travel and such than hiring local because of the high rates in the Bay Area.  

I hope this helps!

Post # 7
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am using http://sonomacountyvideo.com/

They have a lot of film experience, but I believe are just getting into the wedding market – this means their rates are more competitive than the other people listed in this post.  They are in Sonoma County, but I’m sure will travel. 

Post # 8
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It really depends on what you are looking for and what your budget is.

A couple things to help narrow the search is:

Format: Do you want film (super 8mm/16mm) or video? (film is a minimum of $3k)

Style: Documentary style (lots of realtime moments, voices, more natural feel) or Cinematic (dramatic, some slow motion, most of video set to music).

Budget : A company that really knows what they are doing are going to charge a minimum of $2500 for full day coverage. If this is out of your range, then you might want to consider hiring a company just to shoot the wedding and do the editing later on down the road.

Thomas Hughes Video is a great company that works with a variety of budgets. For film there are companies like Bliss* Productions and Justin Fone Productions, however Bliss* is one of the most expensive companies because of the product they produce (starting at $7500).

You can check out "Here Comes the Guide" for a great list of companies like Cinematic Studios, Savadelis Films, etc.

 Hope this helps! good luck!

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I highly recommend Studio MSV (http://www.studiomsv.com/).  They are located in the Bay Area and I booked them to do my wedding in Los Angeles, so I know they travel.  The owner, Andrew Hsu, is very talented, super creative, and down to earth.  He is also very helpful as a sounding board in all aspects of your wedding, and for the quality of work he does, his prices are very reasonable and well worth it.  

Post # 12
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008


Many videography companies have various videographers; they can often shoot more than one wedding per day. Don’t let this stop you from inquiring about their services on a particular day.

My videography company can shoot 3 weddings in one day. Check to make sure! 🙂

 

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