February 27, 2015 at 1:45PM


How much to charge for small events?

Hey guys, so I was recently asked about my cost to film some events at a venue. So far they've asked me to do a 2 hour long event that will be pretty simple and straight forward. This could possibly be an on going thing, so I want to give a fair price. With that said I don't want to under sell myself and I don't really need too because I have a steady income already. I've been in the field for about 5 years off and on, but as of 2014 I've really been promoting myself as a hire out for an extra income. I shoot with GH3's and Canon L series lenses (all my own gear) and mostly do weddings but I'm recently doing other things as well.

No editing is involved in these events. They just need a one man shooter to cover the event that will be edited by someone else as a recap video/highlight. I do weddings mostly and have packages for that, but this is more corporate meetings which I have never done. What would some of you do? Hourly rates? Thanks in advance!


Depending on the client, if it's a two hour event then I would charge a flat $300 for the event, and specify that you will hand over raw camera files. ( NOT corrected processed files )

You may want to charge more if it's a large company that can afford to pay a higher rate.

If they squawk at this price, then you have to figure out if this job is worth it to you. I have said no to lots of potential clients because they are too cheap, and I have better things to do with my time.

February 27, 2015 at 2:58PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

This really depends on your local market. Of course it won't be the same in New York city vs London vs somewhere in midwest or in Mexico or in Thailand.

It also depends on the type of event. A small music band won't have the same budget as a wedding couple or a Fortune 500 company hosting a 2 hours event!

Check out your local craigslist or small ads, ask a few questions to other videographers. See their portfolio and think about what you deliver.

March 1, 2015 at 4:38PM

Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer

Thanks guys. I really appreciate the input. I was already thinking in the ballpark of $250-$300. I'll also check around my area to see what others might be doing. Thanks agian for the solid advise.

March 1, 2015 at 9:49PM

Brandon Blackburn
Videographer / Editor

The lowest I would go is $300 - but of course, as mentioned, it depends on your location.

June 4, 2015 at 8:25PM, Edited June 4, 8:25PM


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