Getting Started In Wedding Videography

filmmaker920's picture
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Hello,

I have a few questions for those of you who film weddings professionally. I'm currently looking at entering the business. I've done a few weddings for family so far and have been leanring quickly, but I was wondering what it takes to start a wedding video business professionally. Like, what is involved with taxes, incorporating, etc. And do I have to mess with taxes right away or wait until later? I don't really know much about that yet. I've been wanting to get into this field though as a job. I'm 18, so not sure how the age would work into everything. Any responses would be appreciated.


filmmaker920's picture
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Thanks alot for the advice. I'll have to study up more on this. I've been studying videography and making films, including to feature films, since 1999, so I've got a pretty good hang of things. For cameras I currently only own a Panasonic PV-DV701, which isn't that great, with access to 3 other camcorders similar to mine and also just recently possible access to an XL2 which my friend just bought. I'd probably just rent some better cams if the client wants them to be used. Anyways, thanks for the advice.

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Yeah, I agree. It's a constant learning process. Even looking at the last film I did, there's alot I could have done better. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do for school yet. I may be attending a 14 month video production course through our homeschool organization next year. Beyond that, I'm not really sure, as I can't really afford attending college. I may possibly look into distance learning and home college courses. I'll just have to see what the future brings. Thanks!

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Check out a grant! Uncle Sam would love to pay for your education!

Videoman's picture
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Man..... Why is it that wisdom only comes with age???

Why is it at the grommet stage of our life we think we know everything and when we get older .. like compusolver (sorry Hank - I'm 20 years behind you) we realise we new sweet nothing

Study study study

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Just imagine how much you wont know when you're dead!

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Endeavor... always optimistic...

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svhs Wrote:

Endeavor... always optimistic...
:D

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What's a mile ???

Keep going Hank, I love to see an old guy living in memories ha ha ha

Man, I wish I had your knowledge maybe I can catch up in 20 years.

When I'm dead I'd be the biggest know it all...... oh I forgot I was that when I was 20 years younger.

i digress.

You can never know too much and every day you learn something new.

Educate yourself first, for with education comes knowledge and wealth

filmmaker920's picture
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Thanks for all the comments guys. Yes, I know the learning experience at college is deffinently worth it. The two colleges I was considering were the Pensecola Christian college, which is $5000 a year, and the Bob Jones University, another Christian college. Pensecola offers a broadcast productions course or something and BJU offers a full film course. Other than that, I will not be thinking about attending any non-Christian colleges or anything. But I have been looking at those two and considering applying. I'll be looking alot more into that stuff over the next year. And I certainly agree that wisdom comes with age. But, that doesn't mean that I'm some stupid teenage know-it-all like Videoman has suggested. I've been studying film for the past 5 years already. Still there's a ton more to learn though. I personally know plenty of people around my age that are better than me at this craft. Anyways, thanks for the comments.

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Hang on a minute.

I am not suggesting you are a know it all uneducated teenager at allI

Sorry if I gave you that impression.

This was a reflection of my own past, and I think you will find most people my age say " I wish I paid more attention in class" or " you know.... my parents were right."

You see I was a know it all and my wisdom finally came with age.

In actual fact, at times I wish I was a teenager growing up with all this technology and the ability to understand it so much easier that we Dinosaurs, then I see the pressure and expectations placed on the youth of today and wonder how they sorvive.

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You've been studying film for 5 years now
Great stuff. Is this through an education program like at school??

I have no education on this subject at all. Everything is trial and error.
Lots of trials snd many errors. I think my work is ready for DVD production and low and behold when I watch it on a produced DVD - mistakes- even after watching it on the computer.
I now burn on a RW first double check, and the duplicate the RW if it is ok.

I do sit there and study DVD's. Check out fades and cuts, different camera angles.

I watch one DVD movie called "Bullet proof Monk" Oh man it was a disgustling edit. It chopped and changed - didn't flow very well at all.

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Hey, sorry for not responding sooner. I've been busy with school and work on a new website. I've actually been homeschooled since 2nd grade and have been studying film on my own through the internet, magazines such as Videomaker, books, and bonus features on DVDs. DVDs are some great resources, especially the LOTR extended DVDs. There's plenty of trial and error stuff as well. The first feature length film I did was an amazing experience, but technically, horibbly done. There are so many things that I could improve on now. But even now I'm nowhere near the professional level and I know of plenty of people in my age range who are much better than me at this craft. Thanks again for the repsonses. I'll have to look in to the tax requirements and stuff this year and try for the wedding expo again next year once I get all that figured out.

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I have a couple links that I think could be helpful to this conversation. It sounds like the original commenter is well on his/her way. Forming an LLC seems like the way to go, and depending on your State, (I formed mine in Indiana instead of Illinois) because it was only 50 dollars as opposed to 500 dollars. There's a short article about forming an LLC that a wedding video company wrote here.

 

Also, I wanted to include some good tips about starting out from stratch. A lot of people don't have 2000 dollar cameras or camcorders just laying around ready to be used. In fact, does anybody? Here is a post that would be very helpful to anyone really just starting and looking to get started as a wedding videographer from next to nothing.

 

Cheers and best of luck to all.


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Ideally, you'll want better photography equipment; but that's something which will come with time as projects become available and your finances improve.

 

What you can do for now is on the job training.

Volunteer for any and every photography project, even if just a friend's wedding.  

 

See every moment as a learning experience and don't be afraid to go out on a limb and experiment with various techniques.  

 

Study videos done by other wedding videographers for ideas and pointers.   Take an internship with a local photographer or videographer for first hand experience. 

 

If this is the right direction, things will naturally fall into place for you. 

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