Why do you need to meet with us before we book?
Talking through expectations in-person or over a video call is a great way to make sure we are a good fit for your event. Your videographer will be with you all day and it is important that we gel. We work directly with each of our couples to gain a better understanding of their relationship so we can tell their wedding story authentically and artfully.
How would you describe your style?
Believe it or not, that’s a really challenging question to answer. I would like to believe we have our own way of doing things. We really focus people being able to be themselves and capturing the day as cinematically as possible. For, us that means framing, lighting, camera movement and lens choice.
The balance is to let the situation happen naturally, where it doesn’t feel staged. For example, you’re going to put on your dress – it’s going to happen anyway, but we’ll work with the photographer to suggest an area that would work great for lighting.
After the wedding day the editor is responsible for reviewing all the footage and music to retell your story. Each wedding video is unique because each couple has different defining characteristics of their relationship that show through at the wedding.
Who picks the music?
The short answer is, we do but with your input. Your pre-wedding questionnaire includes questions about favorite genres, artist, and songs, and we use these recommendations as a starting point when researching legally licensed music for your film. Music licensing and copyright issues have become very strict so we are very careful to select music that fits the film perfectly and is legally licensed. What this means for your film is that we most likely will not be able to use the specific songs or artist you request.
How early do you start?
We recommend starting at least an hour and a half before the bride gets dressed. In addition to the ceremony, the “getting ready” can be one of the most emotional parts of the wedding day because of the personal interactions with your closest family and friends.
How late do you stay?
We recommend staying late enough to capture 30 – 45 minutes of party dancing. Our goal is to film enough dancing to give a feel for the party. Even our longest wedding films only include a minute or two of party dancing.
Is raw footage included in our package?
The raw footage is offered as an add-on called “unused raw footage”. This means we will take all the footage not used in your film, the ceremony or speeches, and lightly edit it to make it more watchable. We lightly edit it to remove any of our camera mistakes. (Shh, don’t tell anyone.) And we apologize in advance if there is any embarrassing footage! Our job is not to censor the footage, only clean up any really bad camera work! Please reference your contract for the price of the unused raw footage.
Do you use a drone?
We have a drone, but we currently do not use it for weddings. We think drone footage is pretty sweet, but our style focuses more on people than places. If we have the choice of capturing an epic church exterior or a special moment between you and a grandparent, we go for people first.
What are your packages?
We offer three packages. Each includes a different film length. The Highlight Film is 4-5 minutes, the Feature Film is 8-15 minutes and the Wedding Documentary is 20-22 minutes.
Do we meet with you again before the wedding?
Around six to eight weeks before your wedding we’ll send out a questionnaire, using Google Docs, that covers a lot of the information relevant for videography. Most importantly we’ll talk through the schedule, locations, and start and end times. (Hint, having a gmail address makes this much easier.)
What kind of cameras do you use?
We don’t focus a lot on the specific types of cameras, because our style focuses more on storytelling than technology. But having great cameras is definitely a bonus!
We use high-definition Canon cameras, and depending on the venue we’ll decide if cinema, video or DSLR’s will work best. Our cameras are amazing in low light, such as receptions, which means we don’t need a lot of extra gear to light up the reception and kill the ambiance.
How do you handle lighting?
The only time we light during the wedding day is for the speeches and formal dances. Everything else is just all natural light.
What do you need from us on the wedding day?
Relax and have fun. This is easier said than done, but the more you can focus on having fun with your friends and family, the more authentic your wedding film will turn out.
Do we have to do a first look?
Nope, it’s totally up to you. Depending on the schedule, seeing each other before the ceremony is great, but isn’t mandatory. Most couples choose to have a first look if their ceremony and reception are at the same venue.
Do we have to talk on camera during the getting ready?
No, you don’t have to talk on camera, but natural audio is really powerful. Capturing you candidly talking with friends and family, or telling us about the significance of a special detail of your day can really enhance your film. Some couples have been adamant that they don’t want to say anything and that’s no problem. Your wedding should be fun and the last thing you need is for the videographer to be pushy about something they feel is important, but unfortunately makes the couple feel totally awkward.
Do we have to exchange/read cards?
It’s your day and you don’t have to do anything. A lot of our films include it, but not everyone does it. It’s completely up to you.
How do you get your shots without being “in the way”?
The key is finding a balance between capturing what you’re expecting us to capture and not be “in the way.” We’re part of the event, but we don’t want to be an obvious part of the event. People expect there to be photographers and videographers and cameras, but we don’t want to make a scene with it. We try to be low profile with how we do things, but we have to strike a fine balance with that.
Do we need to provide a meal for you?
We do require a vendor meal in our contracts, each venue is different on what they consider a “vendor meal”. Sometimes it is a guest meal; sometimes it is completely different.
We definitely recommend you talk with the venue and find out what the vendor meal is. We’re going to be with you starting early in the day, skipping lunch and the last thing our couples want is for the venue to give us cold cut sandwiches, apple and potato chips.
How will the audio be handled?
During the ceremony we will ask the groom to wear two small microphones to capture the vows. Why two? One is a backup. We’ll also place mics at other locations to capture the officiant, musicians and reading. During the reception we’ll work with your DJ to connect directly to his sound system to capture the speeches.
When the wedding video is complete, what will we receive?
We are currently delivering the completed wedding video files by digital download as high definition mp4 files. The digital files allows you to easily watch, share and save your wedding video.
Are we involved in the editing process?
Your involvement is essential for helping us customize your film. There are two opportunities to add specialized requests.
- A couple weeks after the wedding you will be invited via Google Docs to share special moments or people you want included in the film as well as not-so-special moments you want us to omit. Before we begin to edit the film we’ll send a reminder email for your edit requests. There is no charge for special request provided before editing starts.
- After editing is complete we’ll send you an online version to watch while we complete the rest of your wedding package. While edit requests at the point are rare, we encourage you to chat with us about anything you want changed. An hourly edit fee will apply for custom edit requests once the film is online.
How long does it take to receive the video?
Each contract is going to have a four-month target completion date. Earlier in the season, April and May, it’s going to be much quicker. If your wedding is later in the year, it’s probably going to be closer to four months.