Guide In Choosing Our Wedding Photographer and Videographer

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Wedding preparations can become quite overwhelming. We started January this year, sourcing suppliers for the photography and videography services.

We intended to book these two major suppliers early.  If you really want a particular P/V or any supplier, book as soon as possible. These suppliers are in demand as they are the best and won’t let you down.

There are lots of amazing and talented wedding photographers/videographers in the Philippines, below we listed our guides in choosing our photographer and videographer.

Portfolio
We depend on everything online and a portfolio is the first thing we look for. This is a great advantage for wedding suppliers who appears on the first page of Google search engine, a website, blog, directory list, Facebook fan page, Vimeo account is good enough to check their works. If their website was opening slowly or not loading, we skip it and will look for their contact page to check their social media accounts.

The first step we did in choosing our wedding P/V was going down to their personal style. Creativity, naturalness, quality of the photos/videos, minimalist, candid, formal, romantic is what we admire and look for. Especially, the consistency in quality, capturing and eye for details, experience, and ability. Every P/V has their own style, and you need to know if it goes with what you desire.

Recommendations
We loved reading comments and recommendations from previous brides/grooms. This is a big plus for us, as we imagined whether they were a great person to have.

You can ask your friends for a referral, join W@W group on Facebook or forums like Female Network. We already have our P/V before I joined W@W group. It would be nice to have a support group like this to get feedbacks and recommendations from previous brides who recently got married, brides are very happy to share their photographer and photos and other lists of suppliers.

Communication and Availability
We were surprised to get a response quickly. We understand they might be in an event or busy but fast reply to our email makes us more likely to shortlist them.

While enquiring about their services, you can sense if you have that camaraderie with them or if you would like to work with them.  Make sure you feel comfortable with their rates and packages. You should feel a sense of joy and excitement.

Before emailing, make sure you listed your wedding date and location. If in case they are unavailable on your date, ask them for recommendations, they may know someone with a similar style.

Budget
Ever since we got engaged, planning our wedding has been a financial challenge, especially since we were both OFW. We don't want to splurge. On the other hand, we think, it’s a special day the one moment in our life when we’ll be surrounded by all of our dearest family and friends. So why not splurge? But we also think: we don’t have a huge income.

My fiancé and I are saving for a house and lot, we are building our emergency fund, so extravagance isn’t necessary.

We understand hiring the best photographer and videographer will be very expensive, and will eat big chunk from our budget. With this in mind, however, we wanted to have the best photographer and videographer according to our style, preference, and needs, that will fit within our budget, the one we can afford realistically.

If you really like their style of work, tell them upfront if they can work within your budget, they can help you customize and quote accordingly. Some give freebies and discounts.

Shortlist and discuss with your fiance
Lastly, we narrowed down our list. We contacted below suppliers and we shortlisted 3, from there, we give time to choose, we listed the pros and cons. We compare each other packages and pricing, payment terms, responsiveness and "that this is it feeling".

Bottomline, list down your potential photographer/videographer, go through their portfolios, check their personal style, story telling, personality and client's feedback.

Tips, if you really want to hire them, do not confirm verbally. Get a proper contract, place your deposit and check with them directly if you have other questions and concerns about the contract, terms, and conditions. Ask as much as you can think of. Can I customize a package based on my needs? Do you include engagement photos in your packages? How long after the wedding will I get the photos/videos?

Above all listen to your instincts and after you booked them, befriend, follow their portfolio, look forward and trust them.

Below are the list of photographers and videographers we contacted from January to February 2016.

Marlon Capuyan Photography Basic Package Without Engagement Session (Php 50,000)
Basic Package (Php 65,000)
Premium Package (Php 80,000)
www.marloncapuyan.net
James Limsoc Photography Silhoutte (PHP 50,000)
Creative Package (PHP 70,000)
www.jameslimsoc.com
Gail Bitoon Foreverydayphoto Package One (PHP 85,000)
Package Two (PHP 100,000)
Package Three (PHP 110,000)
www.foreverydayphoto.com
Big Bliss Wedddings Wedding coverage: (PHP 40,000)
Engagement session: (PHP 17,000)
www.facebook.com/bigblissweddings
Ram Marcelo Intimate (PHP 25,000)
Momentous (PHP 45,000)
Grandeur (PHP 65,000)
www.rammarcelo.com
Blu Fish Photography Ryan Raquino (PHP 160,000)
Blufish Elite (PHP 120,000)
Platinum (PHP 100,000)
Premium (PHP 80,000)
Essential (PHP 60,000)
www.blufishphotos.com
CamZar Photography Be Complete (PHP 90,000)
Be Extravagant (PHP 65,000)
Be Astonished (PHP 50,000)
Be Creative (PHP 25,000)
www.camzarphoto.com
Fresh Minds Digital Photography Basic Package (Service Only) PHP 52,000
Classic Package (PHP 60,000)
Special Package (PHP 75,000)
Special Package 2 (PHP 85,000)
Superb Package (PHP 110,000)
www.freshmindsphotography.com
Mayad Studios Photo Package Wedding Day / Alvin (PHP 130,000)
Photo Package  Wedding Day / Jamie (PHP 110,000)
www.mayadstudios.com
A & A Photography and Video Photo Services Only 3 Photographers (PHP 20,000)
Photo Service + Prenup + Album 3 Photographers (PHP 35,000)
Photo Service + Prenup + Album + SDE 3 Photographers (PHP 40,000)
www.aaphoto.ph
Randolf Evan Wedding Coverage (PHP 50,000)
www.randolfevan.com
Myio Okamoto Engagement Session (PHP 15,000)
Wedding Coverage (PHP 50,000)
www.myiookamoto.com
C1 Chapter One Studios #C1Couple (PHP 30,000)
Premium #C1Couple (PHP 55,000)
Elite #C1Couple (PHP 75,000)
www.chapter1studios.com
Chestknots Studios Package A (PHP 68,800)
Package B (PHP 98,800)
Lite Rates (PHP 48,800)
www.chestknots.com
Enrico Nepomuceno Photography Tropical Package (PHP 88,000)
Sunrise Package (PHP 98,000)
Sand Castle Package (PHP 120,000)
Fire Dance Package (PHP 165,000)
www.enriconepomucenophotography.com
Wedding Campaign Coming Soon, Logo – Engagement (PHP 28,000)
Now Showing, Logo – Wedding (PHP 38,000)
Emmy’s, Logo – Wedding, Engagement (PGP 58,000)
Sundance, Logo – Engagement – Wedding (PHP 68,000)
Cannes, Logo, Engagement – Wedding (PHP 88,000)
www.weddingcampaign.com
Jay Mayuga Photography Elijah wedding package (PHP 35,000)
David wedding package (PHP 45,000)
Joseh wedding package (PHP 53,000)
www.jaymayuga.com
Extreme Details Photography Photo Service Only (PHP 30,000)
Photo & Video Budget Package (PHP 48,000)
Photo & Video with SDE (PHP 81,000)
www.extremedetails.ph
Pictratto Photography Package 1: (PHP 30,000)
Package 2: (PHP 45,000)
Package 3: (PHP 65,000)
www.pictratto.com
RS Studio Ojie Ramos Full Wedding Coverage (PHP 98,888)
Light Wedding Coverage (PHP 68,888)
Bob & Zab Photography Faith (PHP 35,000)
Hope (PHP 50,000)
Love (PHP 75,000)
www.bobandzab.tumblr.com
Manny & April Photography Service Only PHP 50,000
Package 2 PHP 65,000
Package 1 PHP 85,000
Engagement Session PHP 15,000
www.mannyandaprilphotography.com

Videographers

Bethena Aundrea Films Grand Video Package (PHP 55,000)
www.bethenaaundreafilms.com
Noel Samson Package C (PHP 35,000)
Out of town coverage fee:
*Luzon/Manila - P 5,000
www.noelsamson.net
Motiondiaries Premium (PHP 80,000)
www.motiondiaries.com
Ghe Consolacion Full Set (PHP 90,000)
www.gheconsolacion.com
ALT X VideosDirector's Cut (PHP 85,000)
www.altxvideos.com
Cinemaworks WeddingsCinema Highlights (PHP 90,000)
www.icinemaworks.com
Notion in Motion Life (PHP 100,000)
www.thenotioninmotion.com

I hope this helps in some way.

Happy preps!

xoxo,


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