(Closed) videographer or photographer – if you had to choose

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: videographer or photographer
    videographer - $2500, 8 hours coverage, all raw footage, 4 minute edited mini-video to my song : (4 votes)
    6 %
    photographer - $1800, 6 hours, 200 proofs, DVD of all pictures : (66 votes)
    94 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    photog, def. If you HAVE to choose… you can do soooo much more with photographs! (even down to setting the photograpsh to your favorite song and making a slide show! It just takes some work and planning/initiative when you first get the pix back)

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Without a doubt, photographer.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Photography for sure. How many times after you initially watch the video will you watch the video again? Everyone loves photos. =)

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Photographer for sure. To b honest I never even considered a videographer.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Photography, hands down.  I’m not even having a videographer because I don’t think they’re really worth it…

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper

    Photographer, no question.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Videographer is not necessary really. I would much perfer to have some great pics!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Photographer.  Photographs are better for sharing.  Also, photos are not as big of a commitment to look at.  It takes a second to look at a picture, but much longer to watch a video.  Pictures also last longer, they are the things that are passed down to future generations, you can frame them…. there’s so many reasons why photography is the better choice.

    Post # 11
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    photographs!! You want to know how many times I have seen the video? 3 times

    1. me and my husband

    2. Me and my family

    3. Me and my inlaws

    and that’s IT!! and no one will go to your house and be like hey what do we do.. I know let’s watch the video of your wedding again!……….. BUT….. pictures are good to look at over and over again plus the video is boring its only people dancing LOL! If I have one regret is paying so much money for a video that has been sitting on a shelf since I got it.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I wish I could have gotten both, but I think photography is much more important.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee

    Photography will be referenced and enjoyed more often.  It’s easier to pull an album out, or email some photo’s, share them on social networks, or hang some images on a wall in your home which you will enjoy every single day, than sit and watch a video.  If you shop around, you may be able to find a budget video for raw footage only for under 1000.  Then down the road you can edit a highlight.

    For the photo, what does 200 proofs mean and then a DVD of ALL images?

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I agree with the photographer, 100%. Photos taken on friends point-and-shoots aren’t the same, especially if it’s a low-light situation. All of my friends’ photos of the reception came back blurry and/or dark. As Joy2011 pointed out, many brides collect their wedding photos into a slideshow set to music–might that work?

    If you really want video, I’d suggest buying a cheap video camera and having a friend record the ceremony (and maybe the speeches and first dance). My husband and I bought a video camera for cheap and had our brother-in-law record the ceremony since we were on a budget, and I thought that was a good compromise. It’s definitely not the same as having a videographer, but I’m still so happy I have the footage. And later on, if you have some extra cash laying around, you could have this raw, cheap footage cut by a pro into something more professional looking.

    Just wanted to comment on one more thing–I too was a candid only bride but  in the end agreed to a few posed shots on the big day. I’m so glad we did the ones we did–in some cases, they’re the only shot I have with a given person (in this case, my mom–she got sick and had to leave right after the ceremony). Certainly do what you want, but I’d suggest doing a few posed shots–one with parents, one with the bridal party, and one with your husband. It will take 5-10 minutes and you may be really happy you did them (or maybe you just won’t use them).

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