Post # 1
We found a videographer who has not done many weddings (it is a side business) but he honestly does WONDERFUL work – I am very picky about this and he work does not look amiture in the least. However, being this is not his main business there are some downfalls.
He does not use microphones. I am really worried about this because i obviously want the ceremony captured. I did ask for a sample ceremony video and it is lovely you can hear everything except the vows are very quiet – it is still really nice though because you hear the officiant saying everything else via her mic.
He also takes 6 months to deliver the product this is actually not that big of a deal to me I am looking it as more of pick me up for when the depression of the wedding being over sets in ha.
How long did your video take to get to you? Is the microphone situation a huge deal? Does his AMAZING pricing outweigh these cons? I really do not think I will be able to beat his prices anywhere.
Post # 4
Let me give you my opinion as a wedding videographer. If your greatest concern is affordability , then I’ll say, go with him. If you want your wedding film to be “perfect”, I’ll advise you to hire a professional who will provide microphones to the groom and minister at the ceremony. Or, you can keep your current videographer and give him more money so that he can rent microphones for just the day. Renting shouldn’t be expensive (you can even go to the camera store by yourself and rent microphones for your videographer). In any case, I’ll say that it makes a HUGE difference for a wedding videographer to use wireless lavalier microphones at the ceremony and even at the reception.
I imagine that your videographer’s samples are amazing as far as image is concerned but not as great as it should be when it comes to the audio part. Remember this, the 1st thing that gives wedding videography an advantage over photography is its ability to capture sounds and voices. Without good audio, a wedding film becomes like a photo slideshow. So, do some research in your area and find a good camera store where you can rent microphones for your videographer (if you decide to work with him).
The only thing that annoys me about your videographer is the time he takes to deliver the finshed product. 6 months sounds to me a little bit too long, even for someone who does it as a side job. But I’m glad that this isn’t a problem to you.
Post # 5
@danielka: I agree. If you cant hear the vows then why get a video? It would be like watching a video on mute the whole time.