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What is a videographer and what do they do?

A videographer professionally films weddings and other events and edits the footage to create film keepsakes or marketing materials for their clients. Wedding videographers record all the key elements of your wedding day, ceremony and reception, and then edit the hours of film during post-production to make a wedding video, social media highlight reels, and any other film features you choose. Wedding videography captures, in live action, your vows, the cake-cutting, the first dance, reception toasts, the decor, the guests and all the details of your day. Many wedding videographers also interview guests (based on an interview list provided by the couple) and incorporate the recorded responses into the wedding video. Event videography typically costs less than wedding videography, as events are shorter with less detail. The national average cost for event videography is $500-$760, while the national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. A videographer usually does not need to be licensed, but it is important to confirm they have insurance and good standing in the business community, as well as good client reviews. A great majority of the work happens during post-production. The pros watch and blend together the hours of footage they took (sometimes from multiple cameras) to capture the story of your wedding day or event.

How do you choose a wedding videographer?

A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

What should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

How much is videography for a wedding?

Wedding videography is one thing many couples regret not paying for. It may seem like just another expense during wedding planning, but it’s really special to have a moving memory of your big day. The national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. Pricing can vary depending on wedding length, special film features, the amount of editing required, and how many videographers are needed to cover the event. Many videographers offer packages that provide different levels of service. A very simple wedding documentary could be $600 or more, while a full-scale cinematic experience involving multiple videographers could be $2,500 or more. Here’s an example of average package pricing:

  • Package 1: $1,400
    • Footage during and after the ceremony, including highlights requested by the couple.
    • Two cameras with audio equipment.
    • DVD including a 3- or 4-minute edit to a song of the couple’s choice and a 45- to 50-minute raw edit covering the entire event.
    • Recordings of guests’ good wishes to the couple.
  • Package 2: $1,800
    • Includes everything from Package 1, plus an additional videographer (2 total) and aerial videography.  

When do you pay your wedding videographer and wedding photographer?

Most wedding videographers and photographers require a set deposit when you hire them. Wedding season is a busy time and a deposit secures that vendor’s services for your wedding date. It also protects the vendor if the couple changes their mind at the last minute, and they can’t find a new booking and lose work for the day. The deposit may be anywhere from 20 percent to  50 percent of the agreed-upon total price. Always get a written confirmation that your deposit has been received.

The remainder of the wedding videography and photography bill may be due in the week before to your wedding or on the day of the wedding. Other vendors may require a second payment immediately before the wedding and a third and final payment after the wedding video or photos are delivered. Each vendor has their own policies, so before hiring be sure to read, understand and agree to payment protocols. There is no requirement for tipping wedding videographers or photographers, but if you do want to tip them, the end of the reception is the appropriate time. 

Reviews for Hollywood Hills videographers
Cortlon C.
Amazing dude and even better videographer!
Jason Ho | Dream Nineteen FilmsJason Ho | Dream Nineteen Films
Donna M.
We had teams attending Women's Marches across the country. ROF Industries was used in LA. Their photographer, Aaron and videographer, Anna were highly professional and easy to work with. It was a pleasure.
ROF Industries Inc.ROF Industries Inc.
Milin I.
Joe was fantastic to work with. He arrived early to setup and was thoroughly prepared to shoot our session. I'll definitely use him again when we need a videographer in the LA area.
Black Kro ProductionsBlack Kro Productions
Ally H.
Tim and his crew are one of the most professional, knowledgeable team I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His level of work ethic, quality, attention to detail and creative thinking are impeccable. He will certainly be a long term videographer for our company.
Tim BanksTim Banks
Matthew K.
Merve did an amazing job with my project! She has a great eye for detail and adhered to, as well as enhanced, the vision of the project. She helped me create a beautiful end product. I highly recommend using her as both a videographer and editor.
Merve Tekin - 7 Hills ProductionsMerve Tekin - 7 Hills Productions
Brian s.
Samuel is outstanding!! I have dealt with others on this site but nothing compares to his worth ethic he goes above and beyond for his client he is a must go to videographer , photographer and engineer!! If you go with Samuel expect peace of mind while he works and makes sure your needs come to life
Samuel CreagerSamuel Creager
Cyndi R.
Blake was fantastic! He was punctual to our event, interacted well with the guests but was stealth and unobtrusive as he captured the moments. His final work product was so creative and fun. I am very happy we found him on Thumbtack to video our daughter's Bat Mitzvah! I can highly recommend him as a videographer!
Blake Russ ProductionsBlake Russ Productions
Jasmine W.
Wow, is all I can say about my experience with Swannworks Films! I’d give more stars if I could! The quality of the work will exceed your expectations! I can’t see myself working with any other videographer for my future projects, because Keiada just gets it! I highly recommend you seek Swannworks, you won’t be disappointed!
Swannworks FilmsSwannworks Films
Cris W.
The organisation I work for recently held a conference in LA. Films You can Feel came on board as our videographer. Professionalism, transparency, reliability and prompt service are hallmarks of this company. He worked seamlessly with our event onsite staff, as well as the venue's staff. The rest of the team are singing his praises, and we would all recommend him to anyone else in a heartbeat, and we look forward to working with him in the future should the need arise.
Films You Feel & Magic Music Productions LLCFilms You Feel & Magic Music Productions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My organization needed a videographer for a special event we were holding the next day. Tough it was on such a short notice, Supernova gave us the best rates from the several groups that contacted me through Thumbtack. The guys at Supernova did a fantastic job and are truly a group of professionals. Thank you, Supernova, OIC appreciates all you did for us on that event. We highly recommend Supernova and look forward to working with them on further events.
Brenda F.
My family used Mark as a videographer for my grandmother’s funeral in March. Mark was attentive, thoughtful, worked independently and arrived 30 minutes before his start time to ensure he was ready to start. He accepted feedback and was willing to make any accommodations requested. I needed him to come back for a couple of hours the day after the rosary and he had no issues with the small window of time we needed to wrap up the video. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Marabate StudiosMarabate Studios
Kirby V.
Eric filmed and edited a 2-minute event highlights video, plus a longer program video for my company's fundraising dinner & awards ceremony. The video turned out GREAT-- he captured so many fun moments and edited them together in a high-energy way that really made people watching it wish they had been there :) He was also very professional, responsive and easy to work with, and finished the videos quickly. We have worked with several different video directors and videographers over the years, and Eric is really top notch. Looking forward to working with him again!
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Matthew N.
On the single most important day of my Life to date, Jordan captured the moments that we, my fiance and I, will treasure for the rest of our days. Not only was the occasion a 30th birthday party, but also the proposal! That's right - I popped the question and she said yes. Jordan captured it all. If you are searching for a photographer and videographer that is responsive, honest, and produces quality, please reach out to Jordan. By the way; he shoots with Sony. Therefore, you can only expect the best quality photos and video, with crisp audio. Looking forward future opportunities, Jordan. Thank you!
Jordan Wright PhotographyJordan Wright Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service and very professional. I get a phone call from my boss saying that he needed a videographer to follow around a celebrity and it needed to be done in 2 hours. Our company, is located in Florida. This event took play in downtown Los Angeles. I find Chris Cairns from Corpfilms and thankful that he was the right pick. Let's just say that Chris more than exceeded our expectations. Chris arrived early, shot the event, is making edits and the rest is history. We highly recommend Chris and will more than be using his talents in the future. Thank you Chris and thank you Thumbtack.
Thumbtack Customer
ROF Industries headed up by Nicole Pittman-Staab and Chris Staab are videographers/photographers who created a wonderful presentation of an aerobatic jet flight I participated in over Southern California. They were able to set up numerous cameras, recorded the event from visually interesting angles, provided editing, musical scoring and conducted interviews with the participants in a documentary style video. The quality of the work was outstanding, ahead of schedule, and the crew at ROF are self motivated. They were always checking up on things and asking questions to make the product the best it could be for me. Everything went perfectly and better than I imagined. I'm very proud of their work and they made me feel and look like a star. They are very easy to work with, friendly and just plain nice! I am planning another doozy of a project for them next year and I wouldn't consider anyone else but them to pull it off.
ROF Industries Inc.ROF Industries Inc.
Pamela H.
I cannot say enough about Jami! We hired her to take video of the highlights for my daughters wedding on 2/28/20. So basically, ceremony, first dance, cake cutting etc. We received the finished product and was so much beyond our expectations as not only did it include every highlight but the video is 46 minutes long capturing so many memories! The editing is impeccable and am so impressed with the music that flows so perfectly with each different section. Jami also included the raw footage of ceremony, toasts, first dance, father daughter and mother and son dance. After exceeding our wedding budget, we debated whether to hire a videographer. After watching the video, several times, I am so thankful we made the decision to move forward with it and Jami was the perfect fit. She was punctual, professional and stayed for 8 hours. She was such a pleasure and will recommend her to friends. Thank you Jami for providing such a treasured gift for the newlyweds that they will cherish for ever.
J. Concepts ProductionsJ. Concepts Productions
Mansour k.
I worked with Derek on a car video project. I am a nonprofessional and was looking for a videographer only but what I got was so much more. Derek discussed the project with me, helped to find the studio, light, and equipment rentals plus assistant. Even with some challenges in the studio we finished on time and took all the high-resolution footage we needed for the ad. We have been on a budget and overrun is the biggest risk on a project likes this. This was my first time working with Derek and I will gladly hire him again. I looked for a video guy and what I got was a full-fledged filmmaker with experience in everything like equipment, editing, videography, organization, and more. This set of his experience helped in the overall execution of this project. Before I hired Derek I already committed to a film editor but Derek selfless gave his input and advice. This industry comes with a range of people and Derek turned out to be professional knowledgeable, trustworthy, on time and delivers high-quality work within the given budget. Derek is one of the reasons this project was successful. thanks again, Mansour once the project has been published I will add some pictures and links .
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