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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 131 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Joe Chung Photography
5.0
from 106 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joshua G.
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We have had the pleasure of dealing with Joe for numerous personal as well as business photo shoots. Every personal shoot we have done has been roughly an hour and the professional shoots have varied based on requirement (event coverage). The locations are always based on our personal preference to which he has been more than happy to accommodate to. If we don’t know what we want, he’s been great about suggesting locations to obtain the best scenery and overall feel to suit our needs. Having dealt with around 5 or 6 previous photographers, I have to say that Joe is the only one that I would recommend. He was highly professional, courteous, offered extremely quick turnaround, and an end product that I have always been extremely happy with. I have to say we were impressed when he pulled out his iPad and opened a reference book to help us with different poses. He explained to us what the concept was behind each pose and which ones were more popular or common and which ones were less seen. He excels at capturing the emotion of the shoot rather than just the image itself. It becomes apparent what I mean when you see portraits that feel forced and bland, like no one wanted to be there. We always have fun during our shoots and I believe it really reflects in the end result. All summed up, I’d definitely recommend Joe Chung Photography if you ever photography services. He really goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction with all of the pictures he provides. He is professional, courteous, and offers a high quality product that I have always been satisfied with. If you need photography, you need a great photographer, and that’s exactly what he is.

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J. Concepts Productions
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Romeo E.
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Jami is professional, reliable, creative and very good at what she does! She shot both the video and photos at our corporate event, conducting video testimonials and delivering a professionally edited promotional video. I highly recommend her for any corporate events.

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Trittonproductions.com
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Khalid A.
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Jordan is a great photographer he put me at ease with his very down-to-earth attitude. I highly recommend him specially with Outdoor photo-shoot where he has a Keen Eye for amazing natural light photos.

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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
Amy V.
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Creative Deviants was in charge of all of the cameras, photography, and lighting for my music video shoot, and we were able to shoot four different sets all in one day because of their hard work. The day was smooth and fun, and the post process is so much easier thanks to everything CD was able to achieve!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karin F.
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Steve is a consumate professional, really easy to work with, and I felt like I received great value from his services above and beyond what I had hoped for. He arrived on time and we were able to begin immediately after make-up and hair were finished. I felt comfortable talking to him and requesting special things as well as relied on him for his directional expertise. When we wrapped, I knew I had enough film for my video, and even more than I had anticipated. I will be using Steve again in the future. I highly recommend his services! Karin

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Attis Photography
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stefana D.
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JOB: Videography of Large Live Multi-Artist Concert Event (incl Pre-Show / Concert / Post-Show). As a first time client of Chris O/Attis Videography Services, I couldn't have been more pleased from introductory contact to receiving the completed raw video footage (Attis creative editing to follow). An entertainment professional and concert event producer myself, all the essential qualities I know that identify 'top notch, top quality' professionalism and services, Chris O/Attis possesses - excellent customer service, continuous communication and follow-thru throughout the entire process (pre-event prod/planning/prep to event completion), very caring / conscientious / courteous / ez personality to work with, very thorough and anticipatory attention to detail w/ every aspect of the event (left nothing to question), always punctual (or even slightly ahead). In my business, the options of video / tech svcs are many and 'promise or talk a good talk'. Chris O/Attis is the real deal, 'walks the walk & the talk'! I will use Chris O/Attis services again and highly recommend Attis to anyone needing top quality professional videography svcs ~ S. Dadas, Founder / Owner / Artist / Producer SD ENTERTAINMENT

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FD Productions
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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Shaun was fantastic! Arrived early and shot all day! He was thorough in his pre-filming questions and stayed until the very end! I would highly recommend him for any type of video shoot!

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Marabate Studios
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eavonka E.
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What an extraordinary pleasure it was to watch our 20 minute highlight video from Marabate Studios! I knew it would be super important to have a video because everyone had told me how fast it goes and how it's so hard to remember anything. That said, it was even better than I had imagined. In fact, it made my new husband cry! I am forever grateful that we made this decision, and I highly recommend you do the same.

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The Vision Field
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim G.
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I searched for a while to find videographers I could feel comfortable with. I knew as soon as I spoke with Erica and Laura on the phone that they were the ones. I could tell from their enthusiasm and how much they were able to listen that they would make me feel at ease the day of my wedding. Everyone loved them and commented on their positive energy and also how they were so courteous and polite. My favorite shots in our video were some great closeups they took during the ceremony. The video was edited very nicely and in a fun way and included guest interviews which added a nice personal touch. We must have watched it 20 times in the week we got it and relived each moment together. They got it to us faster than expected and we were both very happy. My husband and I were not sure if we even wanted video at first, but now feel this was one of the most important decisions we made. I would definitely recommend The Vision Field.

Lennox Photography
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Milah R.
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I truly enjoyed working with Daniel. He is a very talented photographer with a excellent style of capturing. I needed him to shoot some photos of me for my blog and the images turned out better than ever. He was very time efficient and to be honest my whole experience with working with him was fun and professional.

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Black Kro Productions
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josh S.
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Joe is a pleasure and very talented. He was great at taking direction from a distance and delivered high quality and well-shot footage in a really quick timeframe. HIGHLY recommend!

  • 28 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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I'm an assistant editor for a magazine that circulates on a national level. I oftentimes have to seek out freelance photographers for our monthly publication, but Doug exceeded our expectations by far. I called him early in the morning after a different photographer had backed out on the day of the shoot, and he was able to get to the same scheduled shoot early that same day. Before I even saw the photos (which came that day and absolutely blew us away), I received an email from the subject of the photo shoot who said Doug helped inspire new display ideas in her store and was an absolute pleasure to work with. We are more than happy with our experience.

JMaverick Studios
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dan D.
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Our market research company has worked with JMaverick Studios on nearly a dozen projects, including various types of shoots and editing projects. We greatly value their flexible, hands-on approach to projects and their high-quality work — both in terms of the footage captured and then the post-production and editing. They’re quick, nimble, and thoughtful about their (and our) work. JMaverick Studios’ approach feels highly collaborative and they feel highly invested in our work. They’ve been a strong partner and asset to our projects.

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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
Brittany K.
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David has been wonderful! Totally accommodating with our budget and situation. Cannot wait to see how the video turns out!

Kevin E. Wood
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lawrence A.
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Kevin has produced several short videos for our company, both studio-based and live-event. He handles everything from on-location shoots through final delivery of edited material. We definitely plan to use him again in the future.

Leiqiu Film Studio
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ronald J.
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It was a great experience to work with Rachel and her crew. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and very hardworking! If anyone is looking for a video production team, I highly recommend them.

  • 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!!!!

Central Station Media LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Renee C.
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I was in need of scheduling a crew to assist in a corporate video for a very large, worldwide company. The request was made on a very tight schedule, and Central Station Media performed to the company's expectations and beyond. Throughout the course of the day of filming, Upinder and his team were able to meet the requirements of the project, while simultaneously assisting those being filmed to remain confident, calm and passionate about their dialogue. All those involved continuously commented on the professionalism, ease and efficiency of the entire experience. We look forward to working with this group again for any future projects we may have.

Matt Oliveira
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Ray H.
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Matt is one of the best directors in the indie space. He is absolutely meticulous with his editing, has a great vision for projects from beginning to completion, and is exceptionally creative in finding ways to make a video come to life and fill in the blanks. His eye for lighting is without a doubt one of the best I've seen in the industry. He's professional and great to work with. From working together I gained a trust not only in his abilities but his character to come through for me every time. I love working with Matt and hope he will continue to take on my projects. If you hire him you won't regret it.

99visuals
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Halley W.
Verified review

Franco did an outstanding job helping me create my portfolio with top notch photo & video content, professionalism was also a big factor included that I noted and was comfortable the whole time. Looking forward to our next shoot!

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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