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Crystal Lake Videographers

Browse these videographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Crystal Lake.

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle B.
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Emil from Visual Etiquette was amazing! He was very willing to work with me within my budget and adjust his packages to fit my needs. He is a very talented photographer with a real creative mind. Emil was on time (early actually) for each shoot/event. He was willing to work around our schedules for photo sessions. We had our proofs within a month (probably would have been quicker, but he had a vacation scheduled right after the wedding). Within a 2 - 3 months we had our digital copies of the photos. I highly recommend Emil to any person with photography/videography needs. Tell him I sent ya! :) Danielle

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The Maestro Media
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erika N.
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Isaiah was outstanding to work with - high quality professional and very easy going. We (the University of Vermont) hired Isaiah because we were in need of a videographer in Chicago and had no recommendations. We really lucked out and we will now use Isaiah whenever we film in Chicago. Thank you Isaiah for being so wonderful and easy to work with!!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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Harry was FANTASTIC!!! Not only did he give us a quality product, but he took our preferences into account and was great with communication and getting back to us. He helped us make decisions on what we wanted, too. He truly cares, and you can tell that from how it is to work with him! He was punctual and professional, showing up in a suit, and did I mention great value for his prices?! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding videographer! :-)

DOVTOGRAPHIE
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Mike C.
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Very nice guy, very good photographer.

KMc Video Productions
4.5
from 37 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Will G.
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Great videographer. Arrived earlier, prepped me well, was super congenial but unobtrusive through the event, and turned around quality work.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lesly K.
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I can't say enough lovely things about All Corporate Video and Photo. Mike Kozuchowski was so fantastic to work with- I was looking for a last minute photographer for an event I was throwing only a few days before the event. Mike was nothing but professional, easy to work with and went above and beyond what was asked of him. I will definitely work with him again in the future, when another project comes up and I highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a photographer and or a videographer. Thanks Mike!

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Homesick Blues Productions
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Benjamin H.
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Ed was fantastic... I cannot recommend him enough - from the professionalism, to the creativity, time management, flexibility, and dedication to the project - he was flawless throughout the entire process. We had a lot of specifications and without hesitation he created solutions when presented with constraints. Ed delivered the final product a week ahead of schedule and exceeded expectations at every opportunity. Without a doubt, Ed will be my first call for all future projects. Ed is truly in a league of his own. A class act, incredible videographer, and brilliant team member - Ed is a master in his craft and Homesick Blues Productions is by far the best decision you can make for your film project.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joyce H.
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Garrett is absolutely wonderful to work with! One of my main concerns as a bride was to find a trustworthy and reliable vendor and he met every one of my concerns! Garrett offered creative ideas and was open to my ideas and incorporating them into the video. He is very reasonably priced and really impressed me with his ideas, sincerity and reliability. I haven't seen the finished product yet, but I'm sure Garrett will do an amazing job. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a wedding videographer!!!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey C.
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Ryan and his crew were amazing! I hired Ryan as my wedding videographer and he was such a pleasure to work with. Very responsive, respectful and arrived on time to each location I asked him to be at. I would 100% recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a wedding videographer!

Got Video
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy L.
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We used Jeff to film video footage and create videos for our corporate event. He did a fantastic job, and we were very pleased. I highly recommend him as a talented professional videographer who is easy to work with.

The Monticello Group
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Phil G.
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My wife and I had the pleasure of having Stuart as our videographer for our wedding. The video could not have turned out better. He captures every great moment and it really makes you feel like you are there living it all over again. The quality and functionality are both fantastic as well. We can't thank Stuart enough for giving us something that will help us relive our special day forever!

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Dave Flores Productions
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Katherine F.
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David has been just fabulous. He made himself available short notice for a shoot on a Saturday, which was great. He is great at communication, too - always gets back to you very quickly and when we requested small changes to the finished product he obliged promptly. I would recommend David to anyone looking for a talented and responsive videographer.

  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jack F.
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Loved our wedding video! Looked amazing:))) Bobby was super funny and laid back. Very happy we went with him as our videographer!

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Chris Beauchesne
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Luiza G.
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BOOK THEM RIGHT NOW!!!!! :) :) IT WILL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU MADE FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY!!!! We are absolutely in love with our wedding video!!! It truly left us speechless. It not only captured the events of our very special day, but told a visual story. The quality of their work will take your breath away, you can tell they genuinely put their heart and soul into each film. We were in awe upon receiving the video, everyone we showed teared up and said they had never seen such an amazing/unique wedding video!!!! Our cinematographer Chris was so professional, cooperative, and more than willing to take input. He is a true artist. He truly captured our wedding night and all of the most precious moments. He was completely non-invasive yet somehow captured everything. He was very kind and an amazing asset to the whole night. We can honestly say, going with him was one of the best decisions we made. We can't possibly begin to express how much we appreciate this. We will now forever be able to relive the memories of our wedding through this video. One other thing, our previous videographer canceled on us the week before the wedding. Chris was able to help us last minute and we are beyond thrilled and lucky that the previous guy canceled on us. The work Chris did is beyond unique and cannot stress how much we love his work. The video is our absolute favorite thing we received from all of the vendors!!! Nothing compared. Thank you sooo much for capturing our fairytale and for allowing us to relive the best day of our lives. I will cherish my video forever & can't wait to show my children someday!!! I attached a few photos with them in the background. We never even knew they were there!! Even after the wedding people told me how impressed they had been with them and the footage captured was amazing since they never even noticed them. Thank you again for our gorgeous wedding video!

VTP Productions
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
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Mario Sanders of VIP Production, was hired to video tap about an one hour of video of a birthday party with the purpose of developing a 2 minute ad for me. Mario works is good and I am looking forward to seeing the finish product.

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Will Fedanzo Videography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily L.
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Will was our wedding videographer. He is talented at his craft, easy to talk to, and willing to create a product that encompasses his artistic style as well as his client's wishes. We love our video and enjoy sharing it with friends and family!

Sam Fox Films
4.3
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
William D.
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This specific project was quite intense. It involves all day shooting and running around from a larger event to an exterior interview room. Sam, from White Fox Cinema, did a tremendous job. He was punctual to start the day and came extremely prepared. We've done a series of these videos and I could tell he watched our previous work in order to understand the type of shots we were looking for. Finding a freelance videographer to fill in on an already established production is not easy, like hiring a new employee, but we feel very lucky to have come across White Fox Cinema. We recommend White Fox for any job and we'll be doing business with him in the future.

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea K.
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Steve did an amazing job at our wedding May 2015! From the very start to the end of the process he was professional, punctual, and genuine. We honestly could not have asked for a better experience. It is hard to put something so special, like your wedding, in the hands of someone else to capture but I highly recommend Steve! We have a video that we can now cherish for a lifetime and recap on the most important day of our lives! Thank you again Steve for going above and beyond!!!! Chelsea and Jeremy

Carisma Films
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Anne K.
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We had an amazing time working with Carisma, and so did everyone in our wedding! She listened to our vision and exceeded our expectations. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a videographer!

Mitch and Rachel Visuals
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney T.
Verified review

Ben and I are so appreciative to Rachel for her hard work on and during our wedding. She provided us with a video of our special day and it’s truly something we will cherish forever! It included all parts of our wedding day and we are so thankful for it! We couldn’t have asked for something more special from that day. Having a videographer at your wedding is something you won’t regret!

  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly I.
Verified review

Working with the team here was easy, professional and polished. I received exactly what was promised and was very happy with the videographer on site and his professionalism. Great vendor!

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.  

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. 

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