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Lake Forest Wedding Cinematographers

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Desert Rose Photography
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 362 hires on Thumbtack
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Rachelle Y.
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Will Hartman was amazing! Will and his wife, Michelle, designed my wedding photo booth template and it was beautiful. Will arrived early, set up everything and was wonderful during his entire time at my wedding. I couldn't have hired a better professional. The photo booth I had was the LED inflatable backdrop and it turned out great in pictures. The props were also fantastic. I feel like they really go above and beyond to do the best job and I am so grateful they did my wedding. Thanks so much for the wonderful job and for the scrapbook. It really was a lot of fun for everyone there and the moments you captured were priceless. I highly recommend hiring Desert Rose Photography for your wedding or other special event. They were perfect at my wedding!

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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark F.
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Brad is top notch. My wife and I hired him this past Saturday for our wedding. He was on time stayed a little extra and exceeded our expectations. He is a real artist. He is so instinctively quick and able to capture moments. He also has a strong crew. We opted for photos and video with Brad. We had children in our wedding party whom Brad photographed vivid and candidly. If anyone is in the market for a wedding photographer hire Brad on our recommendation, he could not have done a better job. Pure EXCELLENCE! Irene and Mark

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  • 6 years in business
  • 276 hires on Thumbtack
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Ashley D.
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Ivan was a great choice for a photographer for my wedding event!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 301 hires on Thumbtack
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Rosadra W.
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I absolutely recommend using Dj Charlie as your Wedding MC/DJ. For Ceremony, Reception Lighting and special effects. He is so easy to work with and does a great job at getting people up and dancing at the reception. I think the Dj is so important to a Wedding and Charlie added so much to our special day. He was such a First Class Professional guy. When we first met Dj Charlie he was professional and organized which inmediately made me interested in using him as our Dj, he was exactly what we asked for at our Wedding. So when it came time to start the planning process of our Wedding we contacted him many times and he was able to respond promptly. From Begining to end He was so amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better MC/DJ, so professional and yet seemed like a part of our family. Dj Charlie was fantastic. He was able to bring friends and family of all ages to the dancefloor He actually meets with you as a couple in advance to find out all about you and then ensures that everything in your Wedding on your Wedding day is just the way you want it. At the end of the night my guests were saying how great our dj was. We have referred all of our other friends to him who will be getting married in the near future. We can't say enough great things about our experience with Charlie Dj and Lighting. I highly recommend Dj Charlie to Anyone and Everyone looking for a GREAT MC and GREAT DJ. Thank You DJ Charlie!!! You are the best!!

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Nona_Photography
4.9
from 119 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 246 hires on Thumbtack
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Sofa A.
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Nona, thanks a lot for helping us to find the great locations and positions, and to feel comfortable in front of the camera when shooting our wedding photos! You are the best!

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Joe Chung Photography
5.0
from 115 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 203 hires on Thumbtack
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Alexander C.
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We hired Joe as our Wedding Photographer this past may. We didn't start looking for a photographer til about 3 weeks before the event. But Joe did an amazing job for being given such short notice. He and his assistants were very professional. From what we'very seen from the proofing gallery, all of the pictures are beautiful.

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Danielle Penn Photography
5.0
from 83 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
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Andrea C.
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Danielle was our wedding photographer for our April 10th wedding. She was amazing! She was very easy to work with and very personalable. Very easy to get along with personality. I felt very comfortable around her and she was really good at directing us for different positions for pictures. You could tell she loves what she does. Her passion really comes out in her work. She also loved my picture ideas that I suggested as well. She really captured the moment for us. Can't wait to see all the pictures! I would be excited to use her again for a future!!

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Sheryl Bale Photography
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica J.
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Sheryl was the photographer at our wedding, and I cannot say enough about the amazing job she did. Everything from her communication to her professionalism was outstanding. She made everyone at the wedding feel comfortable and at ease. I was so impressed with the little things she did like making sure my dad has his boutonniere on before the ceremony and capturing the moments that I would never have thought of. Above all if you want a photographer to be creative and use her artistic skills to create breathtaking results, then Sheryl is the one!

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SuStudios Photography
5.0
from 69 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah B.
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I loved Susan's work. She did both our engagement and wedding. She has such a great eye and caught alot of special moments. Prior to each session she set with my husband and I to discuss our vision and what types of shots we wanted to have. During the shoot she patientlysnapped both candid and planned photographs for hours to ensure she provided us with the most beautiful memories. I also really love the edited work she provided us. My wedding was Susans first wedding, she was very professional and did an amazing job! I am so grateful we choose her.

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Keconi Studio
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
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Rita P.
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This review is a long time overdue!! My husband and I hired Sean Te as our videographer for our wedding in April and he was great! When he sent us a link to the video trailer after the wedding, we viewed it and we knew the full length video was going to be beyond expectations. He turned our wedding into a movie! I could not ask for a better experoence. I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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David D.
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We needed an aerial drone photographer for a wedding we were filming and Joe came in and got great aerial shots of the wedding ceremony. He is professional and easy going. We hope to work with him again!

Crown Mobile Entertainment
4.6
from 51 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
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Great wedding DJ and photographer with photo booth!! Every one had a great time including the bride and groom!!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Jamie D.
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We decided to hire Steven Grossman to film our wedding at The Casino in San Clemente, CA on July 8, 2016 and we were so happy we did! We just wanted the raw footage without editing and it was very affordable. We had the hard drive within days of our wedding. Steve did an awesome job with capturing every little detail including all of our ceremony, the grand entrances, the speeches, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, tons of dancing, and more. The guests hardly knew he was there, but when they did, he was so kind and helpful. Even leading up to the wedding, Steve was very easy to communicate with, even though we never met before the wedding day! I would absolutely recommend Steve for anyone looking to get an unforgettable video of your big day! Thank you again!

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Hugh Foster Photography
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Golshid M.
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All of the pictures and his personality is amazing and i suggest him to anybody who wants to have great pictures .he is so patient and help us in every steps in my wedding day .although the weather was tooo hot but he did a very great job for us .

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Jess Young Photography
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanna P.
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Jessica exceed all expectations! She was our wedding photographer. Our wedding was a super casual, mid day beach wedding. She caught all the right moments and more. I will definitely be recommending her and requesting her service again!

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Mukaila: The Photographer
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Sharyn L.
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I think Mukaila is great and I haven't even met him in person yet! He's extremely kind, attentive, flexible, and has been very patient with all my questions and changes. I'm so glad we found him, and we're looking forward to having him shoot our wedding!!!

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Equinox Photo
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Zulema H.
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I you are thinking of using Equinox photo, you will not be disappointed. Tricia absolutely surpassed both me and my wife's expectations. We absolutely loved every photo she took...from our engagement session to our big wedding day. Tricia will absolutely make you feel comfortable in front of a camera. She is 100% professional, but also makes the photo shoot fun! We loved her contagious positive energy, and unique style. Every one of our pictures came out perfect--like bridal magazine perfect! I was so shocked at how she was able to capture every moment so beautifully. On the day of the wedding, Tricia and her husband, LJ, made the stress of the day simply go away with their delightful personalities. Having great wedding photos was one of the most important things that we wanted. My wife was very particular about how she wanted our photos to look, but Tricia surpassed even my wife's high standards :) From the moment we met with Tricia, we know that she would be someone that we could connect with and be open with. We didn't realize at the time how important that would be. There are thousands of photographers out there, but Tricia truly is one in a million. Thank you, Tricia, for everything!

Thanh Trinh | Photography
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Xenia L.
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He was very professional and he arrived at our wedding reception on time. He was not bothering guests to get together for photos, it’s like he wasn’t there and I enjoyed that because it was less stress for me. I would definitely hire him again.

L Wayne Hancock Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Moni B.
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Wayne is a very talented photographer and an amazing person. It was such an honor to have him to be part of our big day! All our families and friends were amazed by the wedding pictures, much more beautiful than we ever expected. We received all the GREAT quality wedding pictures just in 1-2 days right after our wedding. He even created a wonderful video clip that captured and condensed everything from our wedding day in a 1:30 minute video, and everyone just adores the video clip. He captured so many little details and unexpected moments. He was so calm, patient, and very friendly to everyone at the wedding. Wayne was with us before, during, and after the ceremony and stayed until after our first dance. He captured all the family and individual portraits. His personality, photography, and professional skills is much appreciated! We would highly recommend to have him as your photographer for your important occasions! He is a brilliant photographer and nicest man!

Socaldjservices
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Bill Z.
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Hi John I cannot recommend John and After Dark Entertainment enough. We had hired a DJ for our daughter's wedding at UCI and 2 weeks later he cancelled. We were then told John was the best and he is. He listened, played the right music, controlled the flow of the reception and all in attendance said it was the best wedding ever. I have DJ'd weddings myself and was very discriminating as I know this is no easy feat. The last thing you need is to worry about the music and flow, which in my opinion is what the guests really remember. With John, you leave it to him and just enjoy your event! John is a pro and I will always recommend him to my family, friends, and co-workers for future events. Bill Zangger

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  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Eric H.
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Scott and his crew did an amazing job for our wedding which was both audio and lighting heavy. Not only was he always quick to respond to my emails, but always willing to offer advice in helping me develop the look I was going for. Due to the nature of the venue, the set and strike needed to be done very quickly and they nailed it. Highly recommend!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want. Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June. Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

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