(Closed) Videographer worth it?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Videographer Yes or no? Good price yes or no?
    Yes a videographer is worth it : (9 votes)
    47 %
    No they aren't really worth hiring : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Yes it's a good price : (5 votes)
    26 %
    No it's not a good price : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Other (always have to have a "other" option) : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think a videographer is worth it, but $275 seems awfully sketchy to me. An average, GOOD videographer starts around $900. I’m all for students (which may be what this will be), but don’t expect too much. If he claims he’s a total professiona, and has been doing this for years? I’d run…far away. 

    I was going to have a videographer who was a student whose work I had seen and approved of. He was only going to charge $300, however the 3 months in between emails and awful communication worried me that he may not even show up for the wedding..so I fired him.

    If it’s in your budget, spend some more on a good videographer. You won’t regret it! 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Edit: In that youtube video, he gives his email address- its Virginia Tech, so it sounds he’s a college student.  I think you should ask for more examples of his work.  If he doesn’t have any, it might be because he’s building his portfolio, so don’t automatically assume its a scam.  The two wedding clips on his youtube page are much better than $275.  Search for his name and see what you find.  If you’re on the fence about having any video (and it sounds like you are), I think $275 is worth the risk.  However, if your heart is set on video, move onto a pro that has an established portfolio.

    Post # 6
    Member
    11752 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    yeah I’d ask him for some recommendations from clients.  The youtube video is quite decent, so I’m kind of thinking it’s not his.  Not for $275.  We’re getting pretty much all of what you listed for over $5k.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    You know the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probabaly is”? I have paid very close attention to that phrase during wedding planning, and so far it has proved to be right every time. Go with your gut on this one, girl. 

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @kris325:  If none of the facts are adding up and it seems like this great deal that just can’t be real, it probably isn’t. It sounds like your best bet is to keep looking honey. Even asking for previous client referrals isn’t very trustworthy because they can just have friends say they worked with them on a professional level. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Honestly if i could have a do-over for my wedding i would have hired a videographer. In hind sight it would have been such a smart investment. My dad set up a tripod for our ceremony, but missed everyone’s speached except for ours at the reception. Nothing really takes you back to the day quite like a movie… oh well hind sight is always 20/20

    Post # 12
    Member
    153 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t think that I will have a videographer. In the budget, that’s the easiest thing for me to slash – I dont’ think I would miss it that much. However, if I found someone that good for $275 – heck yes!

    Post # 13
    Member
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d seriously question how he could possibly afford the video equipment he’d need to take footage like that for such a small fee. Is he offering some sort of contract in writing? If it’s in writing, I’d be less afraid of losing $300. But the attorney fees alone to get the money back from him might not be worth it in the end.

    Anyway, I agree with the bees here that most halfway decent videographers start in the $1000 ballpark. I’m very glad we went with one and it was 20% of our entire budget. But it definitely captures moments that can’t be captured through photographs alone.

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