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Steady State Studios
4.9
from 97 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacie H.
Verified review

Jason with Steady State Studios provided exactly what I wanted out of my wedding videography! I knew I wanted the ceremony recorded but a $3000+ video package was not in the budget. I discovered Steady State only about two months before my wedding and emailed and talked with Jason on the phone. We were able to create a package that worked perfectly for our needs. Jason was great with the guests and captured all the important moments. Once the video is created he allows you to make changes, however, we didn't see any necessary. We received an edited full length recording and a shorter "highlights" film.

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Kat T.
Verified review

We hired Richard to film the memorial for my 26 year old brother who was killed by a driver who fell asleep. Needless to say, the sudden loss struck my family so hard and we were frantic to get a service together while in so much pain. Richard was so professional when he showed up and instantly put our family at ease. He took care of everything and worked with family and friends when we could no longer help organize and plan. When we received the video of the service, we were amazed at how he didn't just film everything and put it on a dvd, he edited it into a beautiful story of my brother's life. I would recommend Richard to anyone looking for a videographer who puts pride in his work and delivers a story vs. just another video. Kat T. Vancouver, Washington

Vertica Productions LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jon G.
Verified review

Ian is a passionate professional artist. Vertica is a one stop shop production company, but specifically as a boom operator and video editor, he has been a joy to work with. Ian has extraordinary work ethic, he's creative, he'll goes the extra mile and he's punctual. He is also a talented producer and director with a very clear vision in both commercial and narrative film. I look forward to working with him again and keeping track of his work going onward.

Driftwood Stories
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah F.
Verified review

Driftwood Stories filmed our wedding earlier this year and I am so thankful they did! The end result was better than we ever could have imagined!! Adrienne was great about getting just the right shot without being intrusive or interrupting intimate moments. She also had creative ideas that really helped to portray our individual personalities. Wendy is a professional when it comes to flying the drone and the aerial views really helped capture the beatuy of the island where we got married. Together they make a fantastic team that is fun to work with and made us feel relaxed even in front of the camera. It was so nice knowing that the task of capturing our special day was in good hands. I, without a doubt, would recommend Driftwood Stories to anyone and everyone!

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Johnny Buell
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristie W.
Verified review

Johnny was terrific. He filmed my brother's memorial service. I told him what we wanted over the phone and without any further direction from me, gave us exactly what we asked for. He was unobtrusive and respectful and worked very independently. We were busy with the service and people, and he was able to figure out how to get whatever he needed and handed us the finished product at the end of the service. I would definitely recommend him.

Silverman Studios Inc.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brian W.
Verified review

We are so pleased with the service that Jeff and his staff gave us at Paramount Real Estate Services. Silverman Studios made every attempt to understand our goals and deliver them in the best light for our business. We appreciated their integrity, their artistic advice and their finished product in a timely manner. We highly recommend Silverman Studios.

DAVID ANDREW FILM
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mahesh H.
Verified review

David is a friendly person to hire, he did a great job in giving us a quality video of our marriage event. He cares and understands client’s needs and thoughts. I would love to hire David again. He gives his best.

August Gilges
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Beth H.
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August was phenomenal to work with! His level of detail and artistic eye for marketing our listing were exceptional. We have gotten wonderful feedback from both clients and peers, and will definitely use him for future projects. Great work!

Groundswell Storytelling
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Julia S.
Verified review

We are a small startup and we needed to make a corporate video in LESS THAN ONE WEEK due to a potential funding opportunity. With little experience on what to do and what to expect, we went on Thumbtack. John was one of a few video photographers who responded to our requests and interviewed with us. John immediately stood out from everyone else when he came in with a list of questions about our business. Based on our answers he provided us a specific plan how he envisioned making this video, an outline of the script and a quote with details on how much each specific item cost (such as equipment, filming, post production, music, voice over, etc.) so we could choose within the budget. The demonstrated experience and professionalism were impressive and definitely put us at ease that John could produce a great video within our limited time frame and limited budget. And the actual experience working with him proved that we have made the right choice. He showed genuine interests and enthusiasm in our business that he made the whole team comfortable in front of the camera. He was creative in how he presented our technology and strength. And he was diligent in postproduction so we were able to make changes/revisions within our CRAZY time frame. We’d definitely recommend John to anyone looking for a great video photographer, and we’d love to work with him again in the future.

Forest Song Films
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ravi P.
Verified review

Very prompt and responsive. The videographers are professional. We are very happy with the video output. They gave us a very good deal as well. We would strongly recommend Forest Song Films for videography ! Cheers! Ravi.

Bedrock Film Works
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Jeff L.
Verified review

Jim did a fantastic job walking into an ongoing project, pulling together all the pieces and making Jeff Lowe's Metanoia into an award winning documentary film! Jim was our director, editor, scriptwriter, cameraman, interviewer, and and more. He did what it took to get the job done and did it well! We couldn't be more pleased. .

Barton Robison Videography
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Tina N.
    Verified review

    Barton has worked on several projects for us. All of them focused around helping us promote our business and tell a story to our clients. Barton is extremely professional, creative and very fun to work with. I recommend him for any type of film project.

    • 27 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Jared W.
    Verified review

    Eric video recorded me using a state of the art HD camera and high quality tripod, of me doing gymnastic diving. I was doing acrobatic diving from various platforms up to 25 feet, (7.5 meter) high and a 1 and 3 meter Springboard at the THPRD Olympic pool. Eric was very professional in choosing various camera angles, including difficult views and positions, to obtain excellent HDTV type footage. Good fluid camera motion with close-ups, great distant shots and an eye for detail. Eric is very easy, accommodating and fun to work with. I'd recommend Eric Newland to anyone needing high quality, affordable and excellent cinematography work done for any event or just personal performance work.

    MadMasker Studios
    4.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Joe G.
    Verified review

    Jared is a pro-active communicator, smooth videographer, and all-around pro. I've hired him to film my performance art, as well as my Rock Band. He always knocks it out of the park -- would highly recommend!

    Zangs Films
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Danya A.
    Verified review

    It was wonderful working with octave. Very fluid and flexible. He understood what I wanted and did he best to achieve it. I would recommend them for sure. Thank you Octave and Chloe it was a pleasure.

    Lost Summit Films
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    Andrew C.
    Verified review

    Brandon Katcher is an incredible videographer - he's got a great eye for filming and editing. He always follows the brief and is great to work with. He also provides wonderful creative suggestions. He filmed my wedding and all my company videos.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Our work stands out from others who do what we do because of our passion, dedication, and planning. We believe in doing large amounts of two things: research and practice. Not only that, but we also truly love what we do and love the fact that we have the opportunity to do it for a living. For us, this is a dream come true, so in every piece of work, we pour our heart out.

    • 9 years in business
    About

    We offer freelance video editing, color correction and grading, compositing, lighting, production assistance and videography.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    Portland wedding videographer creating real, authentic, and natural wedding films.

    About

    We do an independent video production that focuses on corporate and non-corporate entities toward promotional and educational videos.

    About

    Okay, then. What happens next? Where will it go? How will it end? Finding my way there is an obsession. A filmmaker based in the NW. An actor’s director. Real people or pros. Doc or narrative. Comedy, drama or dramatic comedy. Pulling heart strings is a specialty. 9 Tellys in 2015. So are the true joys of collaboration, playing the piano and marathon swimming.

    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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