In this digital age of smartphones with high resolution 4K 12 Megapixel cameras, it’s easy for the value of videography as a whole to be lost. While many videographers go to very expensive schools for media arts only to step out into the world of their desired field only to find that their skills and profession aren’t valued as skills at all. That the thousands of dollars of schooling, camera equipment and general talent with composing shots, editing, etc are seen as simple tasks that could be obtained with the client’s ipad for cheaper or even free. But keep in mind you get what you pay for also. For a lack of better words it’s pretty frustrating when the services you provided are highly sought after but the only thing getting in the way is that fact that the price that you value yourself and your service is seen as ripping clients off. In the few years of experience I’ve had with both photography and videography it’s very difficult to get clients to understand that this is a profession, and just like any profession, that professional needs to make a living wage to support themself and their family, by providing premium professional products that you want, love and will cherish for years to come.
Wedding videography can be, and most likely will be very expensive, it’s a luxury it’s not something you NEED, but it’s something you want. When choosing a videographer you want the best quality you can get for the budget you have, because again you will get what you pay for. Some well known videographers will charge in between $1500-$3000 or more for their video production and give you subpar work. Some videographer will charge $800 and give you exactly what you need. It’s good to weigh out your options and see what works best for you on your special day. Seeing portfolios and reading reviews are more important than the videographers popularity. You’re not only paying for a great service, but for memories that will last forever. Seeing and hearing your vows, walking down the aisle to see the love of you life and the moment of realization that you are about to spend the rest of your life with them, seeing grandma drop her walker to jam to Gangam Style with the best of ‘em. That is what you’re paying for. Those precious moments are hard to portray in photos, even in memories. We as videographers know, because we have to capture them at the moment they happen, and we only get one shot. That’s where the professional training, gear, and experience come in.
One of the hardest part of being a wedding videographer is lack of communication between us and the photographer, if there is one. There is an unwritten rule that photographers and videographers need to work together as artist to not ruin the others hard work. There is nothing worse than one of us being in the others product granted we probably look awesome but we’re not a guest. If you plan on hiring a photographer AND a videographer make sure they can play nice with each, because in the end it’s your product that could potentially be ruined, the product you have to pay for at the end of the day.