How much coverage do we need?
Video is usually among the last considerations in planning a wedding, yet it's often the one keepsake couples cherish most afterward. Pictures are wonderful, but nothing can bring back memories quite like video can.
Before the ceremony, there are so many moments worth capturing - first encounters with loved ones, gift exchanges, putting on your dress, etc. During these moments, the most raw expressions of individual personalities and cherished relationships are revealed. Pre-ceremony coverage also allows me to take more establishing shots of the location and detail shots of important objects like rings, flowers, etc.
At your reception, I recommend capturing at least the major events. Introductions, first dances, toasts, the cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss and guests cutting loose on the dance floor are all worth capturing and preserving for the years ahead.
Most often, couples hire me for between six and eight hours. If your budget is limited, I suggest having me start earlier rather than stay later. RATES
What, exactly, do we get?
After your wedding day, I’ll send your footage on a USB hard drive. I don’t do any editing, so it’s totally up to you what you’d like to do with it - either watch it in its original form, edit it yourself, or hire someone else to edit it later on. The length of your footage will depend on several factors, including the number of hours you hire me for, the length of your ceremony, and how much action is taking place throughout the day (which varies quite a bit from wedding to wedding).
My philosophy is less-is-more. I don't shoot just to shoot. If there's nothing going on, I'll stay busy capturing short clips - detail shots of the location, important objects, or interactions among guests. If there's non-stop memorable action throughout the day, I'll be right on top it, capturing as many great moments as I possibly can.
On a typical four hour shoot, you'll wind up with 1-2 hours of footage. On a typical six hour shoot, I would estimate at least 2 hours of footage. On an eight hour shoot, I would estimate 2-3 hours. Again, these are just estimates. No matter what, I'll capture the key moments of your day and many wonderful moments you almost certainly wouldn't remember if they weren't on film.
What's the difference between raw footage and an edited video?
Just as a photographer might take 1000 shots at a wedding and edit them down to a 100-image album, an edited wedding video will use only a small portion of the raw footage. On a typical eight-hour day, I'll shoot 2-3 hours of footage. Normally, this would be edited down to a 20-30 minute video.
Any videographer, no matter how good, will have times when their shot isn't great. There are times when shots might need to be corrected later on to achieve better color balance, exposure, contrast, and so on. At times, a camera may be left running accidentally. Once in a while, a guest or photographer may unintentionally stand directly in front of a stationary camera. All sorts of things can happen, which is why I shoot with multiple cameras to ensure I've always got a usable shot at the most important moments (ceremony, first dances, toasts, etc.).
My biggest selling point is that I'm a well-seasoned videographer with a keen eye for capturing great moments. By offering my shooting services without editing, I am able to provide top-quality footage for couples who want to edit their own videos or hire a professional editor when they can later afford to do so.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with three Sony HDR-AX2000 High Definition cameras. For sound, I have four Sennheiser EW-112 professional wireless microphones. My lighting is all on-camera and used only when necessary.
In what format do we receive our footage?
Within two weeks of your event, your footage will be delivered on an external USB hard drive. I include the original AVCHD format as well as an MP4 format. AVCHD requires a fast computer processor for smooth playback whereas MP4 will play back smoothly on almost any computer.
How does payment work?
One-half of total balance required to reserve any date. The remaining balance is due four weeks prior to the event date. Due to the time-sensitive nature of booking any date, if the event is cancelled at any time, the reservation fee is nonrefundable. If the event is cancelled less than four weeks before event date, the deposit and final payment are nonrefundable. Under certain circumstances, payments may be applied toward future services.
How much do you charge for travel?
I don't charge travel reimbursement for any job within one hour from Raleigh, NC. Beyond that, travel compensation is based on gas, lodging and distance. The amount will also vary depending on the day of the week and length of coverage. I'm happy to provide a quote based on the specifics of your event.