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I was hoping to get opinions on something, and this is open to other brides and wedding vendors. I'm wondering if anyone has ever had both a wedding photographer and videographer at your wedding... or if you are a photographer / videographer if you ever worked at a wedding where you worked along side a videographer / photographer.
I would like to have both so that we have a nice video, but also some pictures of our wedding to frame, put in an album and share with family & friends, but I didn't know if wedding photographers are typically willing to work with videographers (vice versa) or if its against their contracts, or even if it creates confusion.
What's the best way to handle this? I know that every photographer and videographer may be different, but I just don't like to approach a situation without knowing a thing or two first, so anyone who experienced this or has an opinion, please share.
Jessica -- I'm actually surprised at your question because every wedding I've worked in the past five years has had both a photographer AND a videographer. Usually, if there is only one, it is because of cost, not because they would conflict.
Professionals know how to work together. Cutting the cake is a good example. It's a relatively small space, so I usually talk with the photographer in advance. It's never been a problem for me. I actually like to have the photographer hovering around the newly weds, taking their pictures. It makes for great video. I usually shoot extreme close-ups of the cake before the guests arrive at the venue. My high-end camera lens can get close-ups of the actual cake being cut. I've had photographer ask for a "re-do" if he didn't get the shot he wanted.
Talk with the people you want to hire about their recommendations. The professionals have done lots of weddings. They know the experts they prefer to work with, who will smoothly work with them.
Thank you for replying. I ask this because I had a photographer that was suggested to me by my best friend, and I absolutely love her work, but while talking with her she explained that she could be the only professional with a camera at my wedding, which is in her contracts, and she told me that this was standard with all professional photographers. I told her I had no plans of getting a second photographer but I was considering having both a photographer and videographer at my wedding, and she said that rule also applies there and that normally people have one or the other.
But I didn't think this sounded right because I went to a wedding a couple years ago for a friend from college and she had both a photographer and videographer, but when I asked her about it she wasn't sure how to respond because the photographer and videographer at her wedding were both from the same company, so I have been checking into this and I can't seem to find a company that offers both services that either I want to spend for this, or with a portfolio I really like.
It's putting me in an awkward situation since the photographer that I was put in touch with is a good friend of my best friend, but hopefully my friend will understand if I don't end up using her over this contract of hers.
So my question is whether or not this really is standard in most or all wedding photographers contracts as she told me? I just don't want to put my time into searching around for another photographer to keep running into the same problem.
Maybe I will just have to rebudget my wedding and spend almost double what I could have paid hiring a photographer / videographer separately by using this company I found, but I would rather have the option to choose who I want.
I suppose maybe I should just talk to my friend about this and tell her my situation, but before I did I just wanted to be sure that what she told me is or is not true with contacts saying that they can be the only person with a camera at your wedding, photographer or videographer. It just doesn't sound right.
Jessica - I understand what your problem is now, and to answer your question based on what I know, what this photographer is telling you is not right... well, not completely.
Yes, many wedding photographers will have a clause in their contracts stating that you cannot hire another photographer since they want the exclusive rights to your wedding and the photos, but when it comes to having a photographer and a videographer, this should NOT be an issue to your friend unless she is prepared to offer you both photography and videography services at your wedding.
Otherwise I would not see how she would see a videographer as competition or a threat, or someone who she could not work with at your wedding... photographers and videographers work together quite often at weddings and as long as you let them know about the other after you decide on who you are hiring, the photographer and videographer can work together to be sure that they are not showing up in each others shots, etc... during your wedding, and I have never personally seen an issue with this or heard of a photographer who does not allow a couple to also use a videographer.
I would suggest talking to your friend about this since you seem to be worried about offending her by not using her friend for your wedding photography, and explain your situation to her and your wishes to have both a photographer and videographer at your wedding but that this isn't something that your friend is accustomed to in her business, and because of this you have to consider another photographer, and I'm sure she will understand, and possibly even have a talk with her friend about it.
You would not be wasting your time with contacting other wedding photographers, just be sure to let them know that you are also hiring a videographer for your wedding and ask them if they are okay with this and if their contract allows it, and you should not have a problem finding someone who allows this since this is the first time I have heard of a photographer refusing to work with a videographer... maybe it does happen, but it's not something I have heard of before.
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Congratulations on your engagement! At my studio Dana Marie Photography we always welcome the opportunity to work with videographers. In fact we recommend two videography companies, 17 Video Productions and Key Video. They are both wonderful and fun to work with. If you are still looking for a photographer give me a call or shoot me an email. I would love to work with you. This is the link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraPhotographyStudio?ref=ts. We post our latest work on there. Thank you somuch!