How does it work?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It could help for a client to look at the videos a videographer has made in the past and ask them questions about their process,
the time invested, and things of that nature.
Knowing what went into a project that's already finished will help you better
estimate a project you would like to work on. This will also give you a good sense about what to expect when you get started.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?
Currently I charge $50 per hour for filming, editing, and all other work. There could be other fees involved, such as if a video requires additional
props, actors, models, etc.
If a project is large and is estimated to take longer than a week, I like to get 50% of the estimated costs up front,
then 25% when I deliver the first draft, and the next 25% when the final product is delivered.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The biggest thing is portfolio. If you like the work a videographer has done, then chances are, you will like the work they do for you.
If you are hesitant, it might not hurt to contact previous clients for whom they've made videos, and ask how it went.
When hiring a videographer, it helps when a client gives as many details as they can about a project, up front, so that the
videographer can accurately assess what the job requires, what equipment they will need, and how long it could take. The more
information the videographer has, the better he/she can give an estimate for the project.
Some clients aren't sure what they
want or what the videographer can provide. In such cases, I would definitely encourage the client to ask lots of questions and
start looking around at other people's videos. If a client is uncertain, sometimes it can help to just point to a video they
like and ask the videographer, "Can we do something like that?"