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The average is a couple thousand depending on quality. If you’re just doing your first, Hank’s right, charge nothing. They’ll get a great deal and you’ll then have something to show people who challenge your credibility when you hand them a bill later.
Depending on your knowledge, I have a friend who videotapes the couple preparing for the wedding (dressing rooms within reason), the wedding and reception. He has a multiple camera setup. There’s editing to do and he uses two (2) VCRs to edit the tape. When he is finished, (titling the wedding, etc), he charges $300 just for one wedding.
Check out other videographers websites. You can compare your work to theirs and then see what they charge. It can vary by area and some are better bargains than others (like me 😀 ) for the quality. I agree with doing a few free first. Get a potfolio then you can justify charging. Plus if you screw up your first one (not saying you will) you dont have to give a refund. lol
I’m in yorktown VA, prices from Richmond to newport VA are 1,300.00 to 3,500.00. Most guys will shoot the video and hand the couple the raw video unedited and say bye for 2,500.00 with no titles , graphics or music. i think that sucks for the couples that paid for their memories to be saved. My opinion of them is they need to be horse whipped, i will put still pic, titles, graphics, music. a couple paid 2,500.00 for raw video and they had no idea what to do with it. it look like a drunk taped it and there were zooms in and out all the time, not good. heck their old grand mother could have shot that and paid nothing. always give a client a little extra so they will tell others about you. include the first tape with the cost anything after is 20.00 ea. I charge 50.00 per hour for shooting and 100.00 for editing for other projects. do what the market sees they can handle. 8)
I agree that giving raw footage is crap. I will NOT give anyone raw footage! That’s my image their getting! I don’t want my name on something like that.
Another bit of advice:
I have come to the realization that I have been priced wasy too low. Granted, the market I live in is on the low end of the scale but here’s what I discovered: People will mentally classify your quality as the same as those priced in your range. If you’re too cheap they will say “what’s the catch?”. If you’re good, price your services accordingly. Those who can afford a good videographer can afford the best and those who cant will not hire you anyway.