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Hey BSBers! In previous budget posts I told you I was going to forgo videography because I could not find a way to make it fit into my budget.

The lowest price I saw for semi-decent wedding videography was $1000. Everything I saw beneath that price point was terrible. And by terrible, I don’t mean simply homemade looking. Even homemade videos are charming and can be really nice. I’m referring to “videographers” whose samples looked as if they were made by a real amateur—an amateur with one or two tricks up his sleeve trying to pass them off as the work of a professional. The search was disheartening and I was prepared to live with the decision to nix videography all together.

However, after being nudged to reconsider by BSB reader, Alyssa, I thought I’d give it a second look. I spoke with a friend who suggested I look on Craigslist and give a chance to a film student with a little experience. I liked the idea and got to work searching.

I came across many ads for videography and I was scared. Between the high and low costs, who could I really trust? As a budget bride, there’s no room for error when it comes to spending money. There was one ad for a $40 video that grabbed my attention. The ad itself was nicely presented, but the price point had me seriously skeptical. Not one to leave a stone unturned, I reached out anyway.

Enter Chris, owner and creator of The Creative Impulses. Chris promptly replied to my inquiry. We spoke shortly thereafter and almost instantly, I felt like I knew him. Chris is a college student with an interest in creative films.  And like most college students, he was free lancing videography jobs here and there to get through school. He sent me some sample videos and it was apparent to me he undervalued his talent and I told him. It wasn’t any question that $40 was too low for a wedding video (or any video for that matter), so he came up with a different amount thinking it was a large sum of money.  I told him it was also too low and I doubled it. His humility was so endearing, it made me want to pay him even more money.  Now, I’m not in the business of giving away money, but I do believe that people who work deserve to be paid accordingly—students or not.

Chris hadn’t filmed a wedding before, but from what I’d seen, I was confident in his ability he could pull off what I wanted. AND HE DID!

Check it out:

Chris captured so many sweet moments of the day and I’m SO glad I rethought my decision. His video is much better than the work of the videographer I was trying to break my neck to afford. He was always professional and the video was cut in less than two weeks, which is unheard of in the wedding world. Plus he gave me the raw footage so I can catch up on everything I missed.  The value of his work is immeasurable and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to work with him.

I think our meeting was a good thing for both us. The most obvious reason is that I didn't have to break my neck and Sherrod and I can now relive moments of our wedding over and over. The other is that I was able to help a young man with a bright future in film begin to understand his worth and enabled him the opportunity to show himself and others a small inkling into the depth of his creativity.  It was an experience I would happily pay a little more for over and over again. In the future, I expect big things from The Creative Impulses. Job well done Chris!

BSB, what do you think about wedding videography? How did you find your videographer?

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About Bianca

I’m Bianca, a Washingtonian transplant from Chicago’s Southside. During the day, I work for the people; after hours, I moonlight as an artist and avid DIYer. On May 10, 2014, I’ll wed my love of 4 years in Atlanta, GA and add a few letters to my list of achievements…M – R – S.

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  • Alanna

    He did an excellent job. Your wedding was beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Maurice

    Congrats family!!

  • Rachael

    When I first started my planning process, I also looked on Craigslist for a student or an inexperienced videographer. Unfortunately, no luck. After reading your blog last week, I decided to give it another shot, and a I found a student who was willing to do everything I asked for under what I was willing to pay him!

    • Whoot-whoot, that’s fantastic!

  • Monique

    Amazing video… your wedding was lovely!

  • Tiffani

    Wow, this video bought me to tears. He did a really really really fabulous job! I may look into finding a student too after this. Like you, i want to find a videographer but I was a little skeptical about finding an aspiring videographer or student, but after viewing this, i feel more confident.

    • Thanks Tiffani! I wish you luck in your search. There are a couple of things I want you to know. The first is that you likely won’t find someone advertising themselves as a film student or aspiring videographer. And that’s okay because that’s not the important part. The most important thing is for you to effectively screen potential candidates. Do your best to see as much evidence as possible that the candidate is capable of giving you what you want AND be open to the idea that it may not be as perfect as the film from Susie Mae’s wedding. For me, I talked to Chris, reviewed his work, and made sure we had a contract that included protections for the both of us. In the process, I got to know him better and learned more about him. I felt good about him and what I’d seen of his work. I was still a bit nervous but in the end, I took a calculated risk and received far more than I ever imagined. Whether the person you find is a student or a self-taught film aspirant (which most students are), treat the process just as you would for any other vendor.

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