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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.

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. 

Reviews for North Center videographers
Andrew M.
Amazing videographer and very easy to work with on this!
Alex SennettAlex Sennett
Will G.
Great videographer. Arrived earlier, prepped me well, was super congenial but unobtrusive through the event, and turned around quality work.
KMc Video and Photo ProductionsKMc Video and Photo Productions
Thumbtack Customer
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!
Faithful Dog Digital- ChicagoFaithful Dog Digital- Chicago
Thumbtack Customer
Ned Is a pro. This was our first time working together and he will be my go-to videographer from now on. He prepared well for the assignment and delivered a high quality product.
Chicago Videographer Ned MillerChicago Videographer Ned Miller
Maureen S.
Derek was our videographer for our wedding and did such an awesome job Friday / Saturday. We cannot wait to see the final video and short clip he ends up making!
Derek MammenDerek Mammen
Iana S.
Professional and responsive throughout the whole process. The edited video was edited with very good taste. I would highly recommend working with them... I was hesitant to hire a videographer at first but Rich impressed me with his work and it’s highly valued. Thank you!!!!!!!
Chicago VisualChicago Visual
Thumbtack Customer
Teddy was GREAT! He was very professional before, during, and after our big event. His communication was fast and clear. He's an all around nice guy and it was a pleasure to have him video our wedding. If I needed a videographer in the future, I would totally use (and recommend) him!
Teddy Waffles Video ProductionTeddy Waffles Video Production
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot recommend this videographer. I hired Mario to film a simple Doctor interview and some b-roll - on his own (I would not be there.) The interview footage he filmed was not lit well, and apparently he increased the camera gain to compensate, resulting in video "noise," whereas the b-roll footage, under pretty much the same lighting conditions, was lit well and has no video noise. Additionally, he did not follow specific instructions that I sent him, and, even though I emailed info to him twice, he wanted me to email the info again, because, he said he "does not have the time to wade through 100's of emails to find mine." Upon many back and forth emails, where he said he could add a de-noise filter to the interview footage, resulting in some improvement, he finally decided it would take too much of his time to fix this problem, and then told me to do it myself. Mario is the 11th videographer I have hired in the past six months to film Dr. interviews around the county for my client, and the other 10 videographers were highly professional, and their footage is excellent. I cannot say the same for Mario.
VTP ProductionsVTP Productions
Ricky N.
We were in need of a videographer literally last minute, and took a chance reaching out to Beige Cashmere at 11pm on 12/29. We did not expect much due to it being late hours but was very surprise to hear back from Kawser minutes after posting the request. I think I did surprise him a bit:) after explaining that we needed the services at 11am next day. Kawser did not hesitate reaching out to his team, and was able to call us back shortly confirming the booking. Lorenzo, the videographer during the services, was also great to work with. He arrived on-time and accommodated us with our multiple requests. We don't have the final edit as of yet, but no doubt it will be just as good based on my interactions with Kawser and Lorenzo. It was a pleasure working with this team, and we really appreciate them for accommodating us in such a very short notice!!!
Beige Cashmere ChicagoBeige Cashmere Chicago
Lindsey R.
Choosing Zach as our videographer was one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process. He was present but not intrusive and managed to mix in with the crowd seamlessly while getting some amazing shots. I’ve been blown away by the stills he’s already sent our way. We definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a quality wedding video at an amazing value. We can’t wait to see more :) thanks Zach!
FourFour Pictures, LLC.FourFour Pictures, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Isaiah was fantastic to work with. This is the smoothest, most stress free event we have ever done. Isaiah showed up early everyday with a smile on his face and ready to work. The event we put on requires a videographer for 8 hours per day, 3 days straight and it's not the most exciting content. Isaiah never once complained and genuinely cared about the quality of the video we were producing. He even troubleshooted a few issues we had with other equipment that wasn't even his! We will definitely be using Isaiah again when we return to the Chicago area.
The Maestro MediaThe Maestro Media
Yankhoba B.
Jesper is definitely who you looking for, if you want quality, professionalism, serious work, creativity, humbleness, clean, and all that you need to find of someone who you want to trust for your work, more than a videographer, he is more than a producer, easy going, within my 15years experience in this business I never enjoy working with someone and had it smooth and the video is clean match more than my expectations, respect the time, contract fulfilled... very talented as well as his team, I highly recommend you guys to book him. And I’m looking forward to keep working with him. 💯
Thumbtack Customer
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.
Sam Fox FilmsSam Fox Films
Thumbtack Customer
Wow, I could not have asked for a better partner on my project than Isaiah! From the start, he was extremely professional, sincere and attentive. My project wasn't a huge one but he still gave it as much attention as if it were a 4-figure one and that is beyond appreciated. Technically, Isaiah created a work of art. I had a previous video created for me by another videographer/editor on Thumbtack and didn't have the best experience, technically. But Isaiah brought his A-game. Technically, creatively and professionally. He edited speedily and well, tweaked lighting and made all the clips flow nicely. He was a delight to work with, and I cannot recommend him more highly on every level. I'm definitely calling him as my looming next projects arise, and have already sent his name along to colleagues in the advertising field as a guy they want to entrust their work to. Thank you Isaiah!!
The Maestro MediaThe Maestro Media
Thumbtack Customer
I wish I could write a better review of Michael's service but he hasn't lived up to the contract that we signed. We agreed that he would tape 5 panel discussions at my event over the course of two days and then deliver edited videos of the panels. The first day, his videographer was more than an hour late and he missed the first panel. The second day, there was an apparently a misunderstanding about the time of the first panel and again he missed it. I had to scramble to find someone to fill in for that one. I will say that he did try to make it up by doing some extra work, and reducing his fee, but in the end, he never delivered the 5 edited videos, just raw footage of 3 of them, which is useless to me at any price. I have emailed and called him and he has never responded to my requests about fulfilling his contract. So I have to say that I was disappointed by his service, his timeliness, and his lack of response to my messages. I cannot in good conscience recommend him.
Whitney B.
Within this review I want to explain why Nazar Babak is getting a five star rating!!! -Responsiveness- Nazar relied to me the same day and was the most humble in response! -True Artist- Nazar was the only Videographer that reached out to me personally to see my dream for capturing my event! THE ONLY ONE!!! Everyone else just shot out quotes. He had the best rating on the website I went through, and yet was the most humble, professional, visionary I had come in contact with! -Considerate & Patient- Nazar is NOT frantic for a client or money! He talked with me about my dream for the night and really listened.He even texted me to see how everything was going with preparation of my event. He spoke with me on numerous occasions so he could truly capture what was important to me! Super cool guy! -Quote/Ease of payment- Nazar worked with my budget to the point that I cried, because I was out of work at the time. He never pushed to be paid, and took a lot of pressure off of me!!! True professional!!! He is more concerned with your happiness and true creativity than money!!! Nazar sent out an invoice, but because I had difficulty on my end paying it, he let me send the payment via Zelle. This really impressed me that he is down to earth and flexible. -Value/Work quality- Nazar arrived on time even though there was a severe rain storm. I left my phone at home by accident due to rushing. He stayed calm, talk to my sister to find out where to park, and got to work! Still with a very friendly and chilled character. I felt like he was family. He truly has vision and he is highly creative! He told me "Lets talk again because I want to catch the moments you truly want!" He stayed the whole night even though he could have left earlier for the price he gave me, and gave us quality work the whole time!!! I referred him to all at my gathering and I will be only using him for any event going forward, even if I have to fly him to where I am!!!! That's why he gets five stars!!! Excellent work Nazar!!!!! Whitney Bell
Nazar Babak Media LLCNazar Babak Media LLC
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