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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 131 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wilgen P.
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Brad went above and beyond . He found ways to take pictures and film. Directed us well. And make posing for photos easy. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos . Thank you brad.

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J. Concepts Productions
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vivek R.
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I hired Jami to film a surprise proposal--she didn't just sit back and film the event--she helped produce it. Jami got there early to help set up and stage everything, and took both video and photos. She sent us a beautifully edited video the very next day. I would recommend Jami for any event, and especially, for a surprise proposal!

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ROF Industries Inc.
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie N.
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Nicole and Chris were an absolute pleasure to work with. We used them to gain b-roll footage for marketing purposes and also to create a conference video. We had them film during our 3 day conference. They made sure to cover all of the material we asked for and then some. They were friendly, approached our attendees politely, we're on time and we're looking forward to an awesome end product. I would highly recommend them and definitely use them again!

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Creative Deviants L.A.
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eric R.
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I have worked with Rand on several theatrical, film, and commercial projects and he is a professional of the highest order. It's always a pleasure working with such an amazing talent. He always brings the best out of me.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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FD Productions
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eric T.
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Shaun is very professional in his film making. He takes the time to learn what the customer is looking for and then works with the ideas to make a great product. He goes the extra mile with his production work.

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Marabate Studios
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacy K.
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Mark is amazing! He was our wedding videographer and we could not have been more pleased. He is extremely professional and responsiveness, and so great to work with. The wedding video came out perfect. We provided zero direction and he captured all the details and took us right back to all the incredible feelings of the day. Mark is a true professional and incredibly talented. We will certainly use him for any video services we will need in the future and would highly recommend him.

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The Vision Field
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff V.
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I had to hire someone else due to my last minute film clearance. But I would’ve hired Erica and company in a heartbeat. Thanks!

La Boheme Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kelsey B.
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Daniella was AMAZING. She was professional and flexible. Spent a lot of time with us prior to event to discuss needs and wants and to get familiar with each other. All of my friends and family raved about how sweet and friendly she was. Daniella made herself almost invisible while filming and truly captured the moments within the events. I am so blessed to have met her and have her film our big day! Satisfied is an understatement. Thank you again Daniella!

CorpFilms
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Emiko C.
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I've had the pleasure of working with CorpFilms on numerous ocassions over the past two years and I can say 100% that I go to them for all of my video production and content marketing needs over everyone else. CorpFilms is always professional, diligent, and gives me a stellar quality final product and they have always made me feel comfortable and that my visions were understood and respected. I've sent CorpFilms at least a dozen referrals over the past 10 months (literally), and I can absolutely say that the folks I referred have come away with wonderful productions as well. CorpFilms is affordable (I've checked out a LOT of production companies) and works quickly -they have consistently come in on or under budget and on or ahead of schedule on every single production for which I've hired them.

  • 28 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Ken O.
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Hired Doug as photographer to create more than 100 profiles of out key alumni that now hang at the campus and others given to the individual alumni. Doug can get the job done without much direction. He now offers photography and video services He has so much talent and cooperation that makes him a responsive problem solver and skilled artist.

JMaverick Studios
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey F.
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It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jeremy! He was extremely accommodating and flexible when it came to filming locations and times. He was extremely professional and also knew the right questions to help the subjects of our film express themselves. He did everything from filming and helping us with the script to editing the finished product, which we are extremely pleased with! Will definitely be working with him again!

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DH Media Productions, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Furniture Traditions T.
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We are a furniture manufacturer and wanted to highlight some product in detail. DH came in and were very professional and easy to work with. We are looking forward to using their services again in the future.

Enlightened Pictures Inc.
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Edward E.
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Easy to work with Daniel, Videos and JPGS were crystal clear and exceeded my expectations. Copies provided the following day in all of the formats requested. Will definitely use his services again.

Kevin E. Wood
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Aaron M.
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SHOULD : Always be working in film and television COULD : Not say enough good things about his talents and work ethic. He is AMAZING! WOOD: Kevin Wood , Thank you for your help with my vision. You brought it into fruition. I look forward to working with you again Aaron Warr Director

Chris Hutchinson
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jules G.
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Working with Chris was similar to a dream come true. Everything that I envisioned for my music video happened. Chris is very attentive, and focused on making sure the client gets the result needed. He is trusting, responsible and very talented. Not only did he direct, and film every shot, he also edited my video. I am so happy about the result! Thank you Chris, I am glad we got to work together and am looking forward to many more.

Leiqiu Film Studio
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Fiona C.
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Great job. The music video we worked on is amazing. Plus all of them graduated from film school in California. Surprisingly professional.

Central Station Media LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Charlz W.
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I commissioned Hollywood Green Screen Studio to host and to film my green screen production. Once I met Upi the owner and discovered his enormous television and film production as well as green screen filming experience, I instantly knew that his experience trumped that of the Director of Photography that I had on staff. So, I replaced my DP with Upi and that move significantly impacted the positive outcome of my production. I found Upi and his staff to be genuine professionals and really nice people whom I tremendously enjoyed working with. I would not hesitate to refer or recommend Hollywood Green Screen Studio to anyone and as a film producer I am happy to give them five stars.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Beth J.
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We hired them to document my husband's flight in a P51 Mustang fighter plane, which was in town on the Wings of Freedom tour. It was an unusual assignment, but the professional team at Plus Ultra totally "got" what we wanted and came prepared with two amazing cameras to film the takeoff and landing, conduct interviews with pilots, and shoot footage inside the air museum. They even thought to bring a "Go Pro" to mount inside the plane to capture my husband's experience during the flight. The whole team was extremely positive, professional and self-sufficient throughout the day, and their enthusiasm for the project truly added to the fun for us. I would hire this company again in a heartbeat for any video project that I may need done. I highly recommend this awesome group!!!!

Tiro Rose Films
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Mac L.
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I can't recommend Tiro enough. He is friendly and professional. I’ve had him film multiple events for me and every video came out looking beautiful every time.

Dominique Brown
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Essence F.
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Dominique recently filmed my prom and he did a really good job. He was really professional and made me look 10 times better on camera!

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.

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. 

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.  
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