Why Does My Videographer Cost an Arm and a Leg?

I’m going to be completely honest. I’m the type to go to a Texas state fair and check all available food booths for the cheapest batch of fried Oreo’s to purchase. What can I say? I don’t want to get ripped off; I work hard for my money. If I make an investment on something, I want to know why it costs the amount it does, especially if it’s more than I budgeted for. This is why I can see where couples can feel alarmed whenever they hear the cost of video and photography (or any service) for their wedding day. I feel like I’m very transparent with my business, so I’d like to share a bit of behind-the-scenes on how videographers come up with their quotes. I cannot speak for all videographers, but I can at least speak for my own and maybe this will give you some insight for other business as well!

Every season is not wedding season. According to the Knot, in Texas, fall is the most popular time to tie the knot and winter is the least (pretty sure it’s because of the weather, but that’s my guess). That being said, I have to prepare financially for those slow seasons. The amount videographers charge is spread throughout the year as an average income. If I don’t save enough for those slow months, I’m in trouble.

Before I can pay myself, this list needs to be taken care of first:

  • Camera, drone, mics and other equipment like lighting, stabilizers, and batteries.
  • Assistance, Insurance, and Contracts **Do not use a videographer who doesn’t have insurance or a contract! Big No-No!**
  • Advertising and Website – so you can find me!
  • Adobe software and song licenses – gotta have Ed Sheeran!
  • Travel expenses – gas, hotels, etc
  • Education – continuous
  • Desktop/Laptop
  • USB flash drives/subscription to Dropbox
  • Taxes and other random day-to-day costs

Once equipment is paid for, that’s not the end either. They need to be upgraded every 5-6 years because we all know just like our phones and computers, times are always changing and you gotta keep up! So as I figure out how much I need to charge my client, I have to make sure all these expenses are in the equation as well. I wish the list wasn’t so long, but I want to make sure my business stays trustworthy and I give my absolute best.

Time is very valuable and since I have my own business, I can work twice a week right? No way. If I worked that little a week, I would have some angry clients wondering where their video was. The hours are longer now (at least 75 hours/week) than when I actually worked for another company, but the benefit is I can plan out months in advance the days I want off to go on vacation or holiday. As much as I would love to provide $500 videos for my clients, I simply can’t afford the time to take care of the things listed above. I would have to work double to keep my business running and worse than that, spend less time with my husband and 10 month-old.

$500 videography is possible, but there are some risks. Of course everyone knows you risk your video quality, but there are other precautions to keep in mind like insurance and contracts. You want to make sure if a drone is flown into your venue or a guest trips over camera equipment, there’s insurance to pay for damages. It doesn’t matter if your videographer costs $100 or $10,000, they need to have insurance and a contract. You want to be sure they do show up on your wedding day and you will receive a video after everything is over with. I’ve heard horror stories of vendors not showing up or running off with couple’s money; it’s the worst and it breaks my heart every time. So when searching for a videographer (and this goes for all) here are some tips on what to ask:

  • For examples – highlights, teasers, drone footage, etc.
  • How music is chosen – do they choose or do you and do they have a license to those songs?
  • What their insurance covers as well as a contract.
  • What all video you are actually given – do you receive your whole ceremony, dances etc?
  • To meet in person (at least a phone call) – make sure they are a legit person and that you mesh well with them.
  • If the owner will be filming your wedding – it can sometimes be conflicting if you like the owner, but they send someone else to your wedding.
  • About any hidden fees or expenses.

I hope this relieved a sense of curiosity some may have when they receive a quote from me or any other wedding professional! Preparation, expenses, time and personal earnings are everything a wedding professional or any small business needs to put into consideration when setting up their prices. With that being said, I absolutely love what I do! It’s a lot of work, but you are all worth it! Everyone has a story; not just the fame and fortune on television. You are my inspiration and it’s why I love doing what I do.

– Sarah🌻

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Chelsea & Drew Chasak | The Brooks at Weatherford, Texas

On November 16th, 2018, Drew and Chelsea were wed in holy matrimony inside a little country chapel at The Brooks Venue in Weatherford, Texas.

Chelsea is a first-grade teacher while Drew works sales at Sellmark. The couple met through mutual friends during their time in College Station. As time went by and the couple grew closer Drew decided it was time to pop THE question. During Easter Sunday just after the Easter Egg Hunt Drew procured an Easter egg with something other than chocolate. To Chelsea’s surprise inside of the little egg, laid a ring. Before God and all her loved ones he proposed.

The ceremony was absolute perfection. Each detail carefully made and placed to be tied all together to create a matrimonial masterpiece. The bridesmaids were enveloped by smooth emerald fabric whilst the groomsmen sported fitted ash colored suits and a pop of green from their ties. The bride in all her glory wore an off the shoulder lace wedding dress. The intricate laced design trailed her arm in ivy like fashion, her onyx colored hair pinned back in an elegant updo, ringlets softly framing her face. Her veil flowed behind her like a narrow heavenly stream. She was in every way beautiful. The groom looked so handsome in his grey suit and emerald tie. His hair combed neatly to the side, no doubt exuding a dapper presence.

The reception was as lively as it was gorgeous. The whole room glowed with love and adoration for the new couple. The guests glided across the room to the music, laughter roaring from every corner. The night was an absolute treat for anyone who had a camera for sure. Skys the Limit Production would like to thank you for choosing us! We are truly honored to have been able to have captured your very special day through video. We wish you both nothing, but love and happiness.

Vendors
Day of Coordinator: Courtney Ingram Shelton
Officiant: Scott Oldenburgh
Photography: Chelsea Hafner Photography
Dress: Town & Country Bridal
HMU: Kiss and Makeup DFW
Florist: Always & Forever Wedding and Event Venue
DJ: Complete weddings + events
Baker: Texas Star Bakery Texas Star Bakery
Catering: Sunday Dinner Catering Services
Photobooth: Haulin’ Nostalgia Photobooth

Christmas Mini 2018

Another successful year at the Bozeman’s Christmas Tree Farm! The air was cool and crisp. The Lumberton skies overcast like a smooth grey sheet stretching over the earth; making the vibrant green of the trees stand out. There’s nothing like a photo shoot on a Winter’s day to get you into the Christmas spirit. It’s the perfect gift for family and friends. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats from Kittie’s Kookies. Personalized ornaments are on the way from Down Our Crafting Hole! Skys the Limit Production would like to thank you all for letting us be a part of your holidays.

From our family to yours – Merry Christmas!

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This year’s Christmas mini:

 

Special thanks to our blogger for taking care of Skys the Limit Production’s blog page this year, Katie M.M.

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Savannah & Justin | Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas

During a warm, sunny day on July 14th of 2018, Savannah and Justin were wed at the lovely Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas.Β Skys the Limit Production provided photos for the couple throughout the day.

The couple met through the Groom’s mother, who happened to work alongside Savannah at Sam Houston State University. Seeing a potential match for her son, she asked Savannah to dog-sit while she was out of town for the holidays, thus giving ample opportunity for Justin and Savannah to meet. After famously hitting it off, Savannah and Justin’s relationship grew.

The following year, Justin’s sister, Lauren, gifted them with plane tickets for Christmas. The tickets were for them to come visit her and her family who was currently residing in Paris, France. In July the next year, the couple traveled to France, reaching Bastille Bay. That evening at Mel’s (Lauren’s friend) apartment they enjoyed dinner and awaited the fireworks. The apartment looked out into the city, the Eiffel Tower in plain sight, and the ancient City of Love itself made for a very romantic setting. After Mel’s careful urging, the couple were led upstairs to the secondary terrace on the rooftop to better see the fireworks. Just as quickly as she ushered them, Mel was gone saying she had forgotten something in the oven. The two were alone, the Eiffel Tower lit up purple and gold, the setting sun creating a perfect backdrop. The couple talked for a few moments until Savannah sensed a change. Before she knew it, in this beautiful city, on a rooftop terrace in the evening, with he Eiffel Tower looming over them, Justin proposed. Having said yes, the couple came down and announced their future plans over champagne and fireworks.

On the day of their wedding, Savannah and her bridesmaids bustled around getting ready whilst plucking fruits from the spread on the table. The air was warm and everything seemed to be abuzz, including the birds. The venue, being a winery, had it’s own beautiful, rustic feel. Vines lovingly encased around the building, cutting into the staircase leading to the Bride’s Party. While the Groom’s party was down taking pictures, the girls enjoyed the cool air and finished up the final touches on the Bride.

The ceremony was held outside, the crowd patiently waited, the warm breeze giving comfort from the heat. Justin stood at the alter, wearing a soft grey suit with a warm honey colored tie, his hair combed perfectly. His eyes were bright with anticipation as he saw the time for Savannah to walk down the aisle was near. Out from the swanky glass doors the Bride emerges. Huge wedding bells to her left rang out announcing her presence. The dress she wore swayed gently behind her as she walked, her hair curled and pinned in a some up, some down, style, truly embodying a princess. Her smile was more brilliant than the sun. They recited their vows proudly for their loved ones.

After, the ceremony commenced. Everyone was buzzing with laughter. The crowd quickly got into the mood to dance and from there it was off. The crowd danced merrily, singing along to songs being played around them. It was in every essence fun and lively. As the crowd gathered to see the couple off, sparklers were being lit. Justin and Savannah arrived in the doorway ready to go off into the night as Mr. & Mrs. The crowd created a sparkling path for the two, shouting loving words and wishes for the newlyweds.

Brianna & TJ | The Springs Event Venue in McKinney, Texas

β€œToday many people say marriages should be 50/50. We believe they should be 100/100.” Brianna and TJ met at a local bar in College Station. As life happened, the two grew closer, prompting TJ to ask Brianna’s father for her hand in marriage. He was determined to show her father how much he meant to her, brandishing the ring he carefully picked out. True to his word, the following day he proposed to Brianna.
On June 2nd of 2018, Brianna and TJ were wed at the Springs Event Venue in McKinney, Texas.

Whilst getting ready, TJ adorned his Bride-to-be with jewelry and (their inside joke) silly string. Once ready, Brianna did a first look with her father. They embraced, misty-eyed. Shortly after, Brianna wanted to steal a moment before they were wed with her groom showing him her dress. The Groom was very clearly smitten with his beautiful Bride before him.
The couple were wed under the vast sky and a crowd full of loved ones. They proudly recited their vows as the pastor gave a word of advice β€œyou need to give each other 100% everyday…Be committed to your marriage everyday and someday when you’re old and attending your grandchildren’s wedding, you will be the couple who wins the dance contest on who’s been married the longest.”

The reception was very lively. The couple entered, boasting each other on their arm as they made their way down the staircase, the guests twirled their towels as if they were at a game. It was a joyful pandemonium.
The cutting of the cake was a treat for all who watched; TJ chased Brianna with icing on his finger. The couple danced to “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd. Afterward, Brianna and her friends did the Aggie fight song and TJ jokingly threw up a Longhorn sign. As the dancing continued, the crowd danced with glow sticks making for a colorful end to a wonderful day.
As the couple got ready to head off into the night as Mr. & Mrs., the crowd blew a cloud of bubbles in their direction as they kissed once more for their loved ones before driving off together.

Skys the Limit Production would like to thank you for choosing us to be a part of this wonderful day! Congratulations! We wish you both nothing, but the best!

 

Vendors

Venue | THE SPRINGS Event Venues
Coordinator | Lasting Memories Weddings and Events
Photography | The Click
DJ | Creative Touch DJ & Events
Cake | Sweet Art Bakery
Rentals/Catering/Bar | Vizcarra Hospitality,LLC
Florist | Lilley Custom Florals
Security | David Murray