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Hailey
Featured June 2022 British Columbia

Photographer only or photographer & Videographer ?

Hailey, on January 25, 2022 at 20:07 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 15
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Hi all I need some opinions!

my photographer also does videography and isn't charging an arm and a leg for both services. ($1400 for 8 hours including video and photos) and $1100 for 6 hours photos/video $1100 photo for 8 hours or just $800 for 6 hours of photos.

$1400 doesn't seem like a ton of money however I feel like the extra money spent here could go to other items like flowers, food, etc (as were doing food ourselves and it's in our backyard.


I have an idea of having a family member/friend record little clips on our GOPRO throughout the day as I love editing videos and making them myself (took film all through my younger days LOL). Does this sound like a good idea?

My issue is I just can't see spending more money when I could easily edit the video myself along with the money could go somewhere else or even onto my house payment..

I just got quoted on flowers for my bouquet and the extra money would easily cover that and some more costs..

Thankful for any thoughts and advice! Smiley smile



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Latest activity by Carmel, on January 31, 2022 at 06:02
  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    Awesome!!! That sounds like a great choice!!
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  • Hailey
    Featured June 2022 British Columbia
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    As of right now we did the 8 hour package we have until may to decide if we don't want 8 hours but we figured that way it's all covered and we don't Have to worry about missing something! The photographers can focus on getting lots of footage which will be nice. Thank you for your input as it helped decide the package for sure!!


    He also gives us the raw B clip footage ontop of the wedding video too!
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  • Hailey
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    We ended up getting the sliver video package so 8 hours plus an additional 1 hour and he Includes all the B roll clips on a USB for the videos ontop of a wedding video.
    Super happy we decided to go this route.
    He even had different video styles we chose home movie with a bit of modern twist to it! My fiance and I both decided it's once in a life time and that way the entire night will be covered and we don't have to worry about anything!
    My photographer even suggested making time to Have our two dogs in photos even with one being a tad skiddish towards people which was a great feeling 馃檪 Thanks for your input it meant a lot!
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  • Sharlene
    Expert August 2019 Alberta
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    My husband wanted a videographer. I didn't. We ended up getting both and videographer and as well as a photographer. In the end I was glad that we did go with both. The video captured things that photos couldn't. There is something about live vs. still.
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  • Tunisha
    Featured October 2021 Ontario
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    It all depends on if you want videos or not and wheee to place your money. We did not get a videographer, because it mad no sense to pay the money they were asking for a 4 minutes video. Couldn鈥檛 understand it.
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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    I wouldn't compromise on the time if you want photos and video of getting ready and ... Whatever is 8 hours later haha... And no way around that. That's where looking at the timeline is important. Our photographers helped so much with that. We thought we needed them for 12 hours and they said no way - we can get all of that in 11 馃槄. You're getting such a good deal on top of photo and video being two of the more worth it costs as you actually get to keep the product forever. You can definitely ask to not have it edited (just the highlight reel is not what we wanted either) but most professionals will not release unedited versions without an additional cost as it could look bad on their business. I saw most charged extra for the raw footage. Worth an ask though - can't hurt! Sounds like this guy is super reasonable. Oy I know! It adds up so fast and covid certainly doesn't help. Covid cut our costs in half so we did splurge on a couple extra things 馃槄 Definitely don't spend more than you can afford but just my two cents!
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  • Hank
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    That would depend on your timeline. I manage to squeeze in getting ready, a whole separate family ceremony, two bridal sessions, the ceremony and reception within an eight hour window. If you don't have as many events as I did, it's all contained in one space (your home), and you're not stretching the timeline too far so the ceremony/reception is happening waaaaay later than when you finish getting ready, six hours should be enough.

    In my experience, you don't need the photographer there the whole time you're getting ready, nor do they need to be there for the whole reception.

    But even if you're forced to take the eight hour package, ask about reducing the cost for no editing. Like any video project, editing is where the bulk of the work lies.

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  • Vinod
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    That's still not bad for the 8 hours and engagement included.

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  • Hailey
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    He's one of the more budget friendly thats for sure, my friend was going to charge me 300 for 2 hours however I spoke to my coworker (this photographer) and he gave me these prices. His normal prices are a higher normally but still under $2000.
    I'm not sure if 6 hours would work for the time frame if I did the video package I feel like I would have to do the next one which is 8 hours, video/photography for $1400 which includes an extra hour so 9 hours plus 150 photo from both photographers..

    I guess I'm just stressing on the costs, I still have food, bouquets, get chairs which is around $220... the fact there's like 130 days!lol And the covid stuff too 馃槄 it's all adding up slowly
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  • Hailey
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    Thanks for your input! Helps a bit with my decision... if I did the video from him it would be the package for 8 hours which would be $1400 for over 200 photos plus an additional hour so 9 hours and video too...


    He mentioned if I want clips of us getting ready 6 hours might not be enough
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  • Hailey
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    If we did the video would have to do the package for 8 hours which also includes an hour engagement so you could make it an additional hour so 9 hours for $1400 and you get 150 phorot from both photographers too. (regularly priced $1700 but he's my coworker so I get a bit of a deal)



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  • Vinod
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    The quotes are amazing prices for what your getting of photos/video. I paid $1300 for photos and $1000 for video to get you an idea. Your deal is worth what the services are covering. You feel you want the photos only and put the other cost towards the flowers, its all you to make the call. I would still say the quote is an amazing price to go with for the combo and 6 hours if that does fit your full days worth of schedule.

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  • Carmel
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    Omg this price is amazing. I paid triple that just for photo and more than that to live stream! And both were mid-line costs from my various quotes. Nothing beats the quality of a professional video (edited or not). If you want to be able to actually hear the ceremony, just a GoPro won't guarantee that. It'll likely pick up any noise that's closer (including wind if you're outside). For that price (if I read correctly and it's only $300 extra), I think it's worth taking that stress off your hands.
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  • Rere
    Frequent user September 2022 Ontario
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    This reminds me of myself, I decorate events but really don't want to decorate on my wedding day. However the cost for decor, when I know I can do it myself has me wondering lol. You are getting a great price for photos and video, however if editing is something you enjoy doing, I agree with Hank. See if they will lower the cost if you do your own editing.
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Ask him if he's willing to just give you the footage without editing for a slightly lower cost. If you're happy with the way they shoot their footage, $300 is quite a steal. Go pro footage is fine for sports but looks terrible as a wedding video, especially if you're capturing audio.

    And because you're having the wedding in your backyard, you can probably make do with the 6 hour package. $1100 for both video and photo that you're happy with is a solid price. Then you can use the remaining $300 for your flowers and other things.

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