Cheap Wedding Videographers Near Me
Those are words that tend to be popular among couples getting married, cheap wedding videographers near their area of the United States.
But why cheap and what does that mean in the first place?
Cheap to one person could mean something completely different to another. Well, today, I’m going to help address why couples are searching for cheap wedding videography in the first place, how they should go about finding the right wedding film professional and provide some common misconceptions in being cheap vs. being affordable in the process.
Searching for Cheap Videographers Gets You Cheap Results
I want you to think about this for just a moment, why are you looking for something cheap when you’re spending so much money on your wedding to begin with?
Well, skipping out on various wedding vendors normally comes down to two major reasons, it’s either not affordable to the couple or it’s something the don’t think about to begin with.
For those that believe that a wedding video or film is out of reach with because it’s too expensive, it’s not if you think about it. Many companies offering monthly payment plans, more affordable services like just the ceremony only or a money saving package, not to mention you’re making an investment in capturing and reliving your wedding day memories in the process.
When you hire someone cheap, you’re going to get cheap results.
I remember back in 2015 I had a bride that met with me and they decided to hire someone cheaper than me, they told me that they hired a “professional” for $400 rather than spending $1,400 with me.
Well, I was actually kind of taken back by them telling me I was too expensive, and others could do the same kind of work for much less.
So, I offered to do something about it, I offered to do the ceremony for them for free right next to the guy they hired. They agreed.
What you see on the left is a cheap video guy, with a Canon Rebel T4, a $20 tripod and no audio. Me, on the right was using a Professional HD DSLR, high end tripod and wireless mic. You can literally see and hear the difference in the example that I filmed. Well the couple liked my filming so much they actually send me a couple hundred bucks for my time, which I donated to charity.
It’s wasn’t about making money, It was about showing that when you hire someone cheap, you’re getting cheap results in the process.
Sure, you have a video, but in the example, you can’t hear it well, it’s hard on the eyes and the tripod isn’t level at all. It’s cheap and that’s because they didn’t invest in their wedding like they should have done.
So, How Can You Determine if They are Cheap or Not?
Well, there are a few things to look out for and price actually isn’t the only factor to consider when picking the right wedding video professional.
Quality of The Work
Perhaps the most important piece here is looking at what they do, the actual wedding video itself. Some people create amazing, cinematic style films that are thousands of dollars in price, others create pure garbage for just a few hundred dollars.
Look for video clips that are level, ones that are sharp in image, clips that are in sequence or make sense, good natural sound in the audio (like the bride and her friends getting ready in the background of the music), licensed music and something that has an overall great vibe to it.
Let me give you a couple examples below and you determine if they’re good or cheap.
Of the two videos, which is worth $5,000 and which is worth $500?
The one that cost $5,000 has a lot of video production put into it, the cost of the gear, the experience of the video person behind the camera and their talent.
The cheap videographer on the other hand treats wedding video much different, low production value and cheap equipment, you get a sense that it’s more of an afterthought than a main one.
Cost of the Gear
As a wedding filmmaker myself, I can tell you that gear cost money and great gear, well that costs a LOT of money!
For the ceremony, a good wedding videographer is going to have more than one professional grade camera, at least two if not three or more for various angles, they’ll have a couple of professional grade audio sources, tripods or monopods that are professional grade with fluid heads, good prograde camera lenses and perhaps lighting if needed.
I for example have two sets of camera gear, each set contains a GH5, a G9, G85, a GoPro, tons of lenses, 3 tripods, two wireless mics, a backup mic, audio recorder, LED lights, drone, gimbal, camera case and a variety of extras like filters, batteries, cables and the like too. In all, I have about $20,000 total in camera gear, not including the computer, etc. ($10k per set)
And that cost can also help translate into a better wedding video or film experience.
A cheap videographer will have just a few things, a low, perhaps a midgrade camera, tripod and perhaps a mic.
Cheap Doesn’t Equal Affordable
One of the most common mistakes couples make when searching for wedding vendors, especially wedding video pros is that cheap doesn’t equal affordable. What I mean by that is this, there are a wide range of prices and services that you can get when it comes to hiring a pro, but you don’t always have to spend a huge amount of cash in order to get someone that will do a great job.
In fact, I recommend that you search for someone that does wedding video on a part-time basis.
Well, as a part-time vendor, I don’t need to make as much money as someone that’s full-time. It’s not my livelihood, and that’s a secret that most vendors won’t tell you.
I can charge $1,500 and provide you value worth $3,000.
See the full-time videographer is going to NEED to have high rates so they can make money to live. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with that, I myself was a full-time wedding filmmaker for many years, so I get it.
But, running part-time, I can charge a bit less and still offer a great wedding film.
I’m not cheap by any means, but I’m far more affordable than someone charging far more than me. I will tell you that doesn’t mean I’m the very best of the best, think of me as like a Honda or Toyota of the wedding videographer, good, solid, experienced an reliable.
Sure, you could buy a Porsche for far more and get better quality, but you could also buy a cheap Hyundai and you’ll get less too.