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Did you get ANY sleep last night 😉
Seriously, thanks for answering my request. You’ve addressed my main question and opened up free dialog for everyone.
It’s inconceivable to me that the Wedding & Event Videographers Association (WEVA) hasn’t put together anything for its members. I mean, I would think that the combination of dues and their talent pool would have resulted in the best ever, nationally televised, Wedding Video promotion. The answer is probably that we are a solitary bunch of artists (as the VM Profile feature states).
Jack’s comment, regarding his conversation about value pricing is also very relevant…It’s becoming reality! I perceive that people on Craigslist are trying (perhaps succeeding) to take advantage of the “starving artists”. The result may very well drag the entire industry to a new paradigm. Is it “Bottom-feeding” to accept these contracts? No, you gotta do what you gotta do to survive. In addition, technological advances have opened the floodgates of aspiring videographers. That said, it makes resources like these forums, Videomaker magazine, WEVA and others so much more important for people who are serious and dedicated.
As I mentioned in my PM to Earl, I’d love to create an advertisement that exemplifies the value of a professional wedding video. I was thinking of a montage of poorly shot videos (I don’t know where I’d acquire them) interspersed with shots of well-done, not choreographed, wedding videos. Again, I don’t know where I’d get these shots, other than my personal collection. I’m certain we, as a collective whole, could come up with these types of clips. They would have to be accompanied by release forms from the videographers and their subjects though. This is just one idea.
Earl’s ideas of a promotional video and a formal group, devoted to the promotion of wedding videographers, are great ones. WEVA fills a particular niche but it doesn’t do enough to change the perception of the 90% of brides to invest in documenting the most important day of their lives. Perhaps we also need to figure out a way to appeal to grooms as well…