(Closed) Videographer with almost no wedding experience?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
589 posts
Busy bee

What other option do you really have if you don’t want to pay the $3000-$5000 price? If you like his work then give him  the opportunity to get even better! This type of work only gets better with time and hands on practice! He has impressed you so far so I say let him! 


Post # 3
7344 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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tay.g:  Only you can decide if you’ll be ok with getting whatever you get for the $1200. 

I’m a wedding photographer, and was in a similar situation. Being a wedding photog the photos are of the utmost importanace to me and I spent a lot on an amazing photographer. Generally the thing about video is that a great videographer is going to cost just as much as a great photographer. The guy I LOVED (and had been following for years) was way out of my budget so I just scrapped video totally. My reason is that I have a very specific video style I like (cinamatography, as opposed to traditional cheesy wedding videos). To me, it was not worth spending ANY money on a videographer I wasn’t 100% happy with because I knew it wouldn’t be a good end product and a waste of money.

Randomly while at a meeting with some fellow photographers a friend suggested a guy I already knew, who had done a couple of elopements and the promo videos for some pretty big companies in our area. His style was exactly what I wanted. While I knew that he wasn’t super experienced in weddings, I knew style wise he’d deliver exactly what I wanted. He gave me a killer price since we were his first “big” wedding….and I was 100% confident in his ability to deliver a product I’d love. I was completely aware that because he didn’t have a ton of wedding experience there might be things he would miss, and so I went in with realistic expectations. He blew it out of the water!! All I can say is 4 years later, he’s now the most booked and saught after wedding videographer in my area. 

My point being, when it came to video I was totally ok taking that chance because it was an add-on for me and our wedding photographer was top notch. If you like this guys style, I’d personally take the chance. Video is the one thing I look back and think “I love our video, I can’t believe we almost didn’t have it”.

Post # 4
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am also a wedding photographer and I wouldn’t go with a budding videographer. There is too much opportunity for him to get in the way and cause the photographer to miss important shots. Wedding cinematography is super fast paced and specialized – just because someone is great at promo videos and ads doesn’t mean he can jump into weddings. 

Post # 5
124 posts
Blushing bee

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tay.g:  We are doing the same thing with a guy who has done two weddings. his videos are amazing and hes bringing 3 people plus a drone for 12+ hours of filming for $1300. I trusted my gut on it, i think he will do perfect.

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

What city are you looking in? 

It seems like a large difference between 1K vs 3-5K. 

I am located in Atlanta and found a handful of videographers that have experience, plus in the 1500-2500 range, I’m wondering if you could find the same price level in your city?  Photography — you can do things to edit the shot in terms of lighting etc, and they take hundreds upon thousands of photos for your big day, so it’s more likely they will take some good shots.

Whereas videography, there is so much going on that will be hard to edit later — in terms of lighting, sound, stability (not too shaky) etc.. I don’t know if I’d risk it.

Post # 7
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Don’t do it.  I had a videographer who did other events like club stuff but few weddings, came as a team with my photographer and since he was so great I was like ok awesome.  Decent price too. RUiNED my wedding video.  Barely caught my vows on film, missed all the readings and RING EXCHANgE.

and yes I did talk to this girl ahead of time about everything I wanted included.  My full coverage wedding video was 3.5 min long.  Raw video she gave me but was sooooo crappy I cant even use any of it.

normally I am all for supporting budding artists, but I would not use a new videographer unless it was free. Seriously.

eta: this girl “filmed” for 12 hours and the only usable footage is 3 min worth.  Even the vows were shakey and weird.  If you do go for it, I would set up a video camera With a tripod on the side to capture the ceremony.  I was going to set mine up just in case but thought, oh I need to relax a bit! Big mistake! Lol can you tell I’m mad? it would have been better if I got no videographer because the disappointment after getting excited to watch your ceremony and it turning out like mine is hard to swallow.  Also a waste of 1500$. She was good at promos etc. turns out she’s good at editing, not shooting. Bla

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Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would also consider that filming advertisements and promos are completely different from events, since there you can re-do shots at different angles, making shooting with one videographer ok. But once something happens at the wedding it’s over, so if the cameraman is by himself and chooses that moment to change positions or zoom in/out he could completely miss things (or just shoot everything from the same angle, which would result in a boring video). I personally wouldn’t hire a videographer who works alone, and I would be hesitant to hire anyone without event experience.


Post # 9
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Totally agree with what she said above ! It’s a one time shot for many of the small things Since it’s a live event. If you’re hiring a first timer, definitely make sure they have a second or even third videographer… At that rate, you might as well just hire someone experienced.

You are going to keep this forever, show all of your friends, family and future children and watch it a million times. Don’t you think it will be worth it in the long run? The flowers probably cost the same and they will be dead in a week. Prioritize and then you’ll see the value!

Post # 11
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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tay.g:  My first daughter had two amature videographers volunteer, and the final product was an edited combination of both. It actually turned out quite nice. My second daughter married a professional videographer, and he got a couple of his friends to shoot their wedding. End result was also very good.

I would follow your instincts and go with the videographer you are comfortable with. Even if that person had previously covered only one prior wedding, it sounds like he still had some formal training. 

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