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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.

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. 

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.  
Reviews for Mission Bay videographers
Tuan P.
I couldn’t be more impress with the professionalism and friendliness of our videographers. Thank you so much for helping us.
Gemini PhotographyGemini Photography
Hasan A.
Will is our favorite videographer. He really cares about the quality of his videos. We will work with Will again sometime in the future for sure !
Will Clark Videos LLCWill Clark Videos LLC
Tiffany C.
Bettina comes highly recommend if you're looking for a videographer. She's punctual and the quality of her work is amazing. I would work with Bettina again if I needed a videographer. I love the video she made for our elopement and I probably watch it once a week because it's so beautiful ❤ She listens for feedback and is invested in her craft of videography!
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Tia T.
Chauncy is great to work with and very responsive. He does just what he says he is going to do and explains everything in detail. We will definitely be keeping him for future videographing our church service.
Chauncy Smith PhotographyChauncy Smith Photography
Samara A.
I can’t explain to people how happy I am with Will’s work!! He’s literally one of a kind person & videographer! He really cares for your project as if it’s his own! Highly highly recommended I can’t say it enough🚀
Will Clark Videos LLCWill Clark Videos LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Louie was very knowledgeble and experienced and an ease to work with. He did a remote shoot for us as my company is located in NYC and we needed videographer to film a Doctor in San Diego. I was confident from the beginning that he would handle the shoot with professionalism and he absolutely delivered!
Films You Feel & Magic Music Productions LLCFilms You Feel & Magic Music Productions LLC
Alauna C.
I placed an ad for a videographer and Fernando responded amazingly quickly! The event was the next day, but he was on time for set up, had professional equipment, captured great footage and put together a highlight real the same day! Additionally, he was reasonable in pricing. I'm very grateful to find someone trustworthy so quickly on here.
SouthBay FilmsSouthBay Films
Michelle L.
Working with Chauncy Smith Photography was INCREDIBLE. His personality, professionalism, work ethic, and talent embodies what the best photographers/videographers should have. Most of all, he pays meticulous attention to detail which I feel like is a "lost art". I am a project manager for a COVID testing company and we needed an instructional video to be made on a very short time notice. I reached out to several professionals and Thumbtack and he was the first to answer. The prices were reasonable but the reason why I decided to work with him was because he was the only one that took an interest in my project by asking relevant questions before he gave me a quote. It really set him apart from other videographers who just threw me a quote without inquiring further about this project. Even though I could have hired someone who had more "experience" up on his portfolio, my gut feeling told me to go with Chauncy Smith Photography and I'm so glad I did! A few days before the shooting was scheduled, he came by to scope out the lighting and props to make sure everything would be okay (TALK ABOUT DEDICATION). On the shooting day, he was responsive, came on time and very friendly. I could tell he truly loved his craft from the way he explained elements of videography and lighting. The lighting in our office where the video was filmed was very difficult to work with but he brought huge bags of equipment and lighting and meticulously set them up. He's definitely a perfectionist as he did not rush the process or gloss over imperfections and inconveniences. He really took the effort to work around every obstacle we had to create a perfect finished product. After filming, a rough draft was ready in only a couple days and he was very responsive to feedback and changes and finished everything in a timely manner. I absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a videographer/photographer. He provided the value of a director, cinematographer, camera crew, lighting crew and video editor all in one for a fraction of the price of a full production crew. You'd be hard pressed to find a better videographer on Thumbtack.
Chauncy Smith PhotographyChauncy Smith Photography
Edie G.
Fernando videotaped me speaking at a conference in San Diego. He was prompt, easy to work with, and he did a quality job. I made lots of specific requests and he listened and responded to each of my requests. I am impressed with his level of professionalism. The conference promoter was concerned about me bringing in my own videographer, but they were quite pleased with the fact that he has all of his own equipment and it did not interfere with the conference lavaliere. I would highly recommend him. Fast turn around as well.
SouthBay FilmsSouthBay Films
Kim G.
I had a wonderful experience with Jon Statman. He is a true professional and a very talented videographer! I was at ease knowing that he was handling the video and photography for my companies National Conference. He knew exactly how to capture the important moments and interview/video the correct people and gave me everything I asked for. He has a very artistic eye and knows how to bring to life your event and vision. I will defiantly utilize his services in the future! Well worth it, and I had a perfect expereince from beginning to end! Thank you Jon! Excellent Work! EIA Thanks You for capturing the excitement of our national conference!
Leading Edge MediaLeading Edge Media
Megan D.
Working with Chauncy was an awesome experience beginning to end. I am a brand photogrpaher and hired him to capture some BTS footage on my shoot with my client. The videos were exactly what I was looking for and the sound quality was perfect. He was easy to work with and very good at communicating on the job to make sure I got what I needed from the footage. I have worked with other videographers who I feel didn’t listen well to what I wanted. But I’m really happy with the work he did! I also appreciated his sincere passion he brought to the job. He gave 100% from beginning to the end of the shoot.
Chauncy Smith PhotographyChauncy Smith Photography
Tamara K.
Hands down Nestor was the best videographer we could have ever asked for to capture every moment of our son's wedding day! Due to COVID, two of the most important people in my son's life growing up couldn't attend the wedding, they were his grandparents, my parents. When Nestor was asked if he could film the whole night because Grandma didn't want to miss out on anything, he replied "yes"! I was immediately sold. Nestor didn't just set up, record and walk away from his camera. He really got in there in the midst of everything and everyone (especially on the dance floor) and captured every moment. I actually felt sorry for Nestor because he really took it to heart and went above and beyond my expectations when I asked him not to miss anything. Nestor is very accommodating, professional, friendly, takes his job very seriously, he's punctual, reasonable, and very very responsive from the first day we talked. He checked in periodically days leading up to the wedding, and days after to make sure we were satisfied with the end result. And yes indeed, we are very happy with the end result. The quality and clarity of the video is everything I had hoped for. Nestor Ruscel Photography and Videography will be considered for all of our future events. Myself, husband, son, and family can't thank him enough. His name actually kept popping up in conversation of what a great job he did. I strongly recommend Nestor to everyone that's in need of a Photographer or a Videographer. He is great, and I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. We have found a friend for life. Thank you, Nestor! Tamara Kline and Family
Nestor Ruscel Photography, Videography, LivestreamNestor Ruscel Photography, Videography, Livestream
Katie V.
My husband and I were on the fence about hiring a videographer. Not that we didn't want one but merely because of cost. It wasn't until two weeks before our wedding did we start to look around for last minute options. I wasn't expecting much considering our wedding had been planned for months. So we took a shot on Thumbtack. Luckily we found Will. He was very responsive as soon as I reached out. We started with a phone conversation about what we were envisioning. During that call my husband and I got a good feeling about Will. Soon after we knew we wanted to work with him and reached back out. Thankfully he was available. The Saturday before the wedding we met with Will to show him our venue. It was great that he got to see the layout of our venue and it was nice to meet him in person. He was very personable. We even chatting for a bit longer about sports. On the day of he was great what can I say. He was at the places he needed to be at the right times and the video he made tells it all. After my husband and I got back from our honeymoon we met with Will to get the video footage and talked about the wedding over a beer. When we saw the video for the first time my husband and I both cried. We literally watched it over and over again. It was exactly what we wanted and he captured our day so beautifully. Will is an artist and did a wonderful job. He is definitely worth it! Thanks Will!
Will Clark Videos LLCWill Clark Videos LLC
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