We get a lot of the same questions each time we talk with potential clients. Hopefully your question can be answered below. If not, go ahead and ask…we’d love to give you an answer.
Will you be directing people where to go and how to stand while filming?
Absolutely not. We are of the thought process that what makes an incredible wedding video is for us to capture the events of the day without you really even realizing that we are there. We don’t want to be a distraction. We definitely don’t want to bark orders to people to go this way or that way. (We’ll save that for our commercial videos) Our main objective in filming your wedding is that when all is said and done, you’ve got a film to sit down and watch with you family and recount the events as they happened naturally.
What do you guys wear when you are at our wedding?
Dark clothes. This is the thing that Trisha and I have debated about over the years. She thinks it makes us look a little too goth. I say it helps us to stay out of the spotlight. As mentioned above, we want to capture the day as it happens and not stick out like a sore thumb, so we choose to wear clothes that help us to blend in and focus on capturing your day. If you’ve got a different vision on what we should wear to your wedding, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do. 🙂
How do you use your cameras during the ceremony? Are you constantly moving and distracting the guests?
We choose to film the ceremony from two stationary cameras on tripods. This helps us to run it more like a production with steady shots and constant filming. All other aspects of the wedding day are edited down to the highlights and clips, but seeing as how the ceremony is the most important part of the day (in our opinion), when you get your finalized film you will be able to watch your ceremony from start to finish, from grandmother seatings to minister dismissal. Some videographers choose to walk around during the ceremony and capture a bunch of different angles and piece them all together for a highlight of the vows. That’s our approach for the rest of the day, just not the ceremony.
What kind of lights do you use?
Some videographers have “video” spotlights that they set up during the reception. The reason being that receptions tend to be very dark (research shows that it is more conducive to dancing guests). While I understand their reasoning for doing this (it is very hard to capture video in the dark), we choose to do the best with what we are given. We don’t set up a spotlight, we just let our camera do the work for us. Sometimes this means that your reception might look a little darker on film than you expected, so keep that in mind when you are planning your event. For the moments that are extremely dark, we have on-camera lights that we are able to turn on and off only if we must do so. Most people don’t like bright lights in their eyes, I’m assuming your guests will feel the same way.
What kind of microphones do you use?
I’m a huge fan of audio. I’ve seen my fair share of silent movies, but there is something exquisite about capturing both video and audio from the day. Our cameras are equipped with on camera shotgun microphones to help us capture all of the sounds from the day. They are very sensitive and can pick up a lot more than you might expect (so watch what you say :). During the ceremony and first look, we will also pin a lapel microphone discreetly to the groom so that those special moments, vows, and soft whispers are all captured as part of the day. Personally, it is my favorite part of what we do because it allows me to be able to capture the intimate parts of the wedding that might be easy to forget and help the bride and groom remember them for a lifetime.
What is your down-payment deposit requirement to reserve your date?
We require a $250 downpayment to save your date. This is non-refundable if you change your mind, but that payment is applied to the final balance when all is said and done. All of our weddings are booked on a first come first served basis. Therefore, the first to send in their downpayment is the first to reserve the date.
How long is the turnaround for us to receive our wedding film?
Our maximum turnaround for your wedding film to be delivered to you is four months. Four months!?? That may sound like a lengthy amount of time, but when you think about how it takes hollywood at least a year to put a blockbuster movie into the theaters with hundreds of people working on it, four months from your dedicated videographer should seem a lot shorter. If you are in need of a quicker turnaround, just ask and we can talk about building that into your package.