Why I stopped doing wedding videography?

I didn’t know the challenges & amount of work involved in covering a wedding. I ended up loosing 40,000 on my first project.

For my first project I just charged Rs. 52,000. It included video shoot of various ceremonies spanning across 4 days & 2 weeks of editing. But it took another 1 month to wrap up the project because everyone from the bride’s family & the groom’s family wanted to provide their feedback.

I wish the customers understood the challenges faced by wedding videographers & didn’t haggle on bringing the price down.

  • An 8 hour shoot usually ends up being 12-14 hours
  • Capturing actual emotions is very important without any retakes
  • Many ceremonies (each religion has their own), some of which is very difficult to capture – Maang bharna, mangal sutra pehnana, phere
  • Difficult to manage crowd
  • Uneven lighting – you can’t adjust lighting according to you
  • You can’t follow any script, have to act on the spot
  • If the scenes are missed, editor can’t do anything. He has to smartly sequence so the flow looks right
  • Review the entire raw footage (of about 8-12 hrs), compress in about 1 hr by picking the right shots
  • Editor has to ensure proper lighting even if the raw footage has bad lighting

 

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