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Palatine Video Photographers

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Justin D.
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Visual Ettiquette's lead photographer, Emil, is an AMAZING photographer and choosing to work with him was one of the best decisions about our wedding!!! My wife and I hired Emil to shoot our photos for our recent wedding in Downtown Chicago. First off, Emil is hands down a great guy who talked with us over the phone before the wedding discussing all the details of our wedding day and offered up some great suggestions for where to shoot around the city. On the day of the wedding he promptly arrived on time, even with all of the crazy Chicago traffic that morning. His warm heart, charming personality, and artistic eye made shooting with him super fun and relaxed. Shooting with him was actually one of the highlights of our day when we went around Chicago getting photographed in the snow around Grant Park and the Planetarium. I can still remember Emil running around (yes actually running) in order to find all the artistic angles to take our photos. He even stood on frozen Lake Michigan to get us the best shots of what ended up looking like photos the wedding photos of our dreams. Oh yeah and for all this, he is 1/4 the price we were quoted by other artistic photographers. Emil gets my wife and I's highest recommendation!!! If you want top notch artistic wedding photography that is still affordable, Emil is your guy! I never knew my wife could be such a supermodel until Emil photographed her!

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Kimia Emami
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
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Claudia C.
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I couldn't have asked for a better photographer! Kimia is very professional yet she feels like a very good friend! She will always update you through email/text and I always get a reply from her right away! She took my pictures in downtown Chicago and she picked out beautiful locations to take the photos. I had so much fun with her and I would 100% recommend everyone to hire Kimia!! Not only does she focus on detail, she is also very knowledgable about photography and she knows how to get the perfect natural lighting/angle in every picture. She made me feel comfortable and it was easy to express myself! All the pictures turned out amazing and I have never been more satisfied in the results! Her pricing is also very reasonable compared to other photographers in the area who charge almost double! She is perfect for portraits, weddings, family photoshoots, senior portraits, headshots, etc...! Her work is absolutely amazing and I will definitely be working with her again in the future! Thank you Kimia for a wonderful experience!

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Velvet Oaks
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Nathan P.
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Joe and Gabriel from Velvet Oaks were wonderful. Joe was always quick to respond to questions and did a great job editing our video. Gabriel was on point the day of the wedding. We hardly noticed him and were very pleased with his professionalism. Highly recommend Velvet Oaks! Thank you guys!

  • 9 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Diana D.
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I needed a professional headshot photo in a short timeframe. Since I never had professional photos done before and had no idea how to find a good professional in order to help me out, I was initially relatively intimidated by the process. Looking up the websites from several photographers, most were only advertising wedding and recreational photography services. Robert put me at ease from the very beginning, showing me some sample headshots he took and explaining me the whole process as well as what I could expect. During all of my interactions with Robert, he has been very professional. Also, it is obvious that he is passionate by what he is doing. He overall did exceed my original expectations, delivering some excellent headshots in a very short timeframe!

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The Maestro Media
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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Phil S.
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The maestro helped us out with video editing for a promotional video. I appreciated the professional relationship, the helpful spirit, and the creativity. They did a great job turning the random footage that we submitted into something very coherent and usable. We were very happy with the experience.

  • 11 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
William G.
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Harry Kane is a pleasure to work with. He is very professional and his videography skills are top notch. I would highly recommend both his video and editing services. Thanks for the great work Harry!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate M.
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We hired Mike and Kimberly as photographers for our company event/picnic at the end of June and we were extremely impressed with their work. They were extremely polite and friendly and even with the extreme heat they never slowed down! Mike even went above and beyond and brought his video came and was able to do an aerial time lapse of our event which was awesome! I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a photographer or videographer for their next company event! We will be using them again for sure! Kate ADP

Mueller Production Services
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
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Phil and his team filmed thirteen separate video clips for me in a one-hour session and then edited each one with different graphics and text. It was an awesome project and I am very happy with the outcomes. These little promotional pieces will help me sell my new book!

Concept One Media, Inc.
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua K.
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Great quality video, very professional; thanks!

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Retiro Photography
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Lauren H.
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Mark and Phil photographed our wedding in July 2017. They were extremely fun and easy to work with. Their professional eye for lighting and detail allowed for unique and elegant photos. Retiro Photo captured our special day, and gave us memories we will always cherish. I would (and do) recommend them for anyone looking for modern, fresh photographers!

  • 19 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Brenno V.
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Lino has been an amazing person to work with. He was extremely professional and courteous to our needs. We could've not been luckier to have found Lino and his wonderful wife to be in charge of our surprise proposal photo-shoot.

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Markowski Photography
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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This was our first family photo session with our 6 month old. I also had Konrad take professional photos for me. I could not have asked for a better photographer! Konrad was easy to work with from our first call where he asked a lot of great questions, to working through location challenges the day of, to engaging our son so he could get great shots. He brought his assistant who was amazing at suggesting poses and giving guidance. We are so pleased with our images and look forward to having him as our photographer going forward.

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Homesick Blues Productions
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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Beth K.
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I would absolutely recommend Homesick Blues Productions to everyone. Ed was professional, thorough, and captured the spirit and purpose of our event perfectly. He does fantastic work, and the bonus is he is a genuinely nice guy! Despite a downpour during filming, he produced an amazing, high-quality video for us with a smile on his face and not a single complaint. Homesick Blues Productions is the way to go!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark E.
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Great aerial photos and video. Would use again. Highly recommend.

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3Eagles Imagery
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan F.
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I recently hired 3Eagles to shoot a property in Milwakee and they went above and beyond. I had my pictures and video in less than 24 hours. I was very impressed with their quality and proffesionalism.

The Monticello Group
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Vicki D.
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We found The Monticello Group through Thimbtack and hired Stuart to video tape our daughter' wedding the last weekend in September. Stuart was easy to work with through the pre-wedding planning and provided sample work for our decision making. On the day of the wedding, Stuart arrived promptly and ready to work from the time the girls were getting ready, through the dancing at the reception. He was not in the way of the photographers and kept such a low profile that we barely knew he was there during all the activities of the day. We are looking forward to seeing the final result in a few weeks. Thanks again Stuart!

Got Video
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 43 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.

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Dave Flores Productions
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike R.
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I had a difficult client that needed a training video for their small company. Dave was perfect in helping them refine their content, making them comfortable, then shooting a really great piece with no troubles at all. Excellent, we will hire him again.

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Ivan Glos
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yvonne K.
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Ivan and his team have great skills and are true professionals! They made us feel comfortable and were easy to work with. The videos and photos we received were of high quality and captured our special moments! We are very happy with the service and highly recommend them.

Rafael Fernanz
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tom B.
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Rafael brought technical expertise and artistic sensibility to his videography of song recital. He had all the equipment needed and when he met with me to see the venue and discuss the project he quickly saw that the product I desired really needed two camera men and a video shoot of a rehearsal and a performance. He sync'd the audio technician's track and added two menu pages. During the editing phase he was 100% receptive to my suggestions and he invested a lot of time to get things just the way I wanted. My voice teacher, a distinguished opera singer with an impressive international career, was much impressed with Rafael's work. I will not hesitate to hire him again and I highly recommend him to others.

Carisma Films
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mark N.
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Carisma made a Christmas Vacation video for my family and I. We had many hours of footage from the DSLR camera as well as Iphone 6. We described what kind of video we wanted to make and Carisma's work has exceeded our expectations!

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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