We had to find a way to get your attention, right? More appropriately, this should be titled “when you SHOULD hire us”, but that would have been expected. You likely anticipate that this is a biased article. It isn’t. There are questions we will always be asked during the initial call and we’re very frank in answering them. Why not. We know you’ll call around before settling on anyone and it only takes a few calls before you know the routine, so we’ve done our best to break it. That said, here we go.
When do you not call a production company for crew? Wedding video, private party video, graduation video, birthday video, audition tape…essentially anything for personal use that conjures up the vision of a one man band armed only with a consumer-grade camcorder. These type of requests are expected to be budgeted low. Most people anticipate $100-$500. And in most cases there’s no reason to spend more. But if you have any expectations that you may want your video to be seen online or elsewhere as a professional representation of you or your business, then look beyond low budget. When it comes to hiring a videographer, you absolutely do get what you pay for.
And why don’t we shoot these type of events? Again, you get what you paid for. We’re a business that delivers a consistent visual quality by working only with the best, and that comes at a price. What price? One of the most common requests we’re asked is, “What is your hourly rate?” As is the case with most industries, there is a structure of pay that corresponds with someone’s level of expertise. Entry-level new employees are generally hourly rate, while professional level employees have a set day rate. We wouldn’t send a new employee out to cover an event for you. We wouldn’t be in business long if we did. Our production people have worked long and hard to get where they are. They’ve earned professional status and that comes with a price tag to match. So how much can you expect to pay for hiring a professional videographer? What should you look for when hiring a videographer? That’s another article, actually in progress at this very moment. Bookmark our site or follow us via twitter or facebook to get real-time updates of our posts. For questions regarding your professional production needs and questions, call or email us. We’re here to help.