We always knew we wanted a videographer, but more than wanting one, it was a matter of whether we were going to be able to afford one. Finally, in August, we decided to go for it.
It’s normal for photographers around our area to offer complimentary videography, so we were naturally planning to hire our photographer, Alberto Alcorta, for videography. With this in mind I attended the bridal expo Alcorta’s studio hosts every year.
Sadly, Alberto informed me that he no longer does videography. He says he wants to fully focus on his photography and trying to coordinate a cameraman while trying to do his own things didn’t allow him to give his all. I completely understood, but I was a bit stressed about not having a videographer option. Fortunately for me, I was at a bridal expo.
Two videographers were showing at the expo. One had a super sweet, interview-style (like Mrs. Lioness’ video), that seemed of great quality; sadly, it was ridiculously out of my price range, so I turned away faster than you can say, “expensive.”
The second videographer was a real treat, and a great example of how “no matter how good you are, if I don’t like you, I won’t hire you.”
He was showing a very fun, wedding trailer. The quality looked great and although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the editing, I could see big potential. He offered 3 packages with 1, 2 or 3 shooters.
After looking at his prices, I decided to be honest and tell him I could stretch our budget a little bit to afford his 1 shooter package, so I wanted to hear about it. He then proceeded to (unknowingly, I’m sure) sabotage himself. He started telling me how that option “wouldn’t give us a video they’d feel happy with,” and how “they lose a lot of key moments when using just one camera.” He went on to explain how he dislikes the monotony of it and how the content is so simple he can edit it in just one afternoon.
Then why do you offer that package?
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I know he was trying to sell me his more expensive packages, but he did it in the worst way possible. I’m not going to lie, hive—I was mad at his attitude and I wasn’t going to stretch our budget for someone who’s not promising an (at least) good job, let alone stellar. If you don’t trust yourself, I’m not going to trust you.
So, we were back to having no videographer, and since most videographers in town work alongside photographers, I started to get worried we were not going to find one.
Did you struggle finding a certain vendor? Did any vendor talk you out of hiring him/her? How?