How long have you been doing this?
How do you arrive at your costs per package?
I try to keep in mind how expensive weddings are, the services I render, and what other videographers charge for the product that they produce. I've researched most of southwestern PA to make sure prices are fair and have spoken to other videographers as well to set them. I generally fall in the middle. The prices aren't simply for the product that you receive, but also for the large amount of time/hours put into post production to make your video as good as it can be. Also built into those prices is some cost for traveling, the fact that I'm contracted all day to be at your event, and materials cost for DVD's, cases, ink, and other materials.
Do you offer high definition/BluRay?
What's the difference between BluRay and DVD?
Although all video is shot in 1080i, Hi-Def Resolution, the clarity of a finished DVD may still not seem as clear as you expect. This is due to the capabilities of a DVD. For a true, clear resolution and full use of the shot video, BluRay is your best bet.
Do you have to be paid all at once?
No. A minimum $250 security deposit holds the date, with balance being due two weeks before the wedding date. You can pay that balance over a period of time (payments) or all at once.
Do we need to know which package we would like at the time that we book your services?
No, you do not need to make this decision right away. I would, however, like the decision to be made as soon as possible, and no later than three months prior to the date so that I can make proper arrangements for various aspects of different packages, such as hiring a second videographer.
Can we change our mind and switch the package?
This can be discussed, but generally, yes.
Do you film any wedding day prep such as the bride and groom getting ready?
Yes, this is part of the Platinum Package (Wedding Story Video), but could be added onto the Gold or Silver package for a fee.
If hiring a second videographer, do you trust them and are they qualified?
Yes, I have a select few number of people that I've worked with in the past and are more than qualified to help in such projects.
Would you be able to visit the church/reception hall prior to the event and is there a charge for this?
Yes, I can do this one time and have it covered under the contracted package, if absolutely necessary. If the event location is further than 25 miles, there will be a standard .56 cents per mile charge added to the overall cost.
Do you provide a consultation to discuss our event details?
Yes, and if possible, this is preferred so that there are no mix ups or miscommunications. One consultation is included in the price of each package.
What if someone else wants your services on the same date?
This is a first come-first served basis. As long as the deposit is received, the date is yours. However, if you do not pay the balance of the services by the set date, you will be called once to follow up and then the date will reopen if not discussed prior.
Do you charge extra money to travel further for weddings?
I do not typically add an extra charge for mileage, so long as it's within reason. If the trip is over 55 miles (generally an hour), a charge of .56 cents per mile will be added.
How far do you travel for weddings?
This depends. I generally do not travel so far that I need to get a hotel room (I have a family at home), but if need be, this may be able to be worked out at an extra cost.
Do you have issues working with other vendors such as photographers?
I've heard of vendors having issues before, but I've never had an issue working with any vendor that I've worked with. This is part of why I ask the names of the Photographer and DJ ahead of time as part of the contract agreement. This way I can introduce myself and work with them to ensure we all are getting what we need without causing issues. I have a list of vendors under the "Wedding Vendors" tab. If I've added them to that list, its because I've either worked with them and trust them to get the job done properly, or I know others who have and feel the same way.
When do you arrive at the church/reception?
I arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony at the church and/or reception, if possible.
How is audio recorded?
I use two sources to ensure a good audio quality. I have a wireless mic, usually fitted on the groom and a professional quality uni-directional shotgun microphone. *Note: I cannot control ambient noises such as A/C's, humming lights, traffic/outdoor noises (in an outdoor event). I can work to reduce some of them, but generally they cannot be removed entirely.
What do you wear to film?
Generally a standard shirt and tie or collared shirt of some sort. I try to dress professionally, however, there is a lot of moving around and up and downs, so comfort in being able to do my job is important.
How long do you film at the reception.
This depends on various factors such as the time it starts, the duration of the reception, what package you've chosen, and if I have enough footage to give you a good product. Typically I stay until around 9-9:30 PM, unless otherwise discussed or I need more footage. At the very least I stay for all main parts (first dances, cake cutting, etc).
What's your philosophy about recording weddings?
This is straightforward. If I've done everything right, you'll never know I was there. I shouldn't have to communicate with you during your day, and very minimally after (unless you/I need to). I have a standard goal to give you the most professional, well put together product as I possibly can.
How long will it take to get our product?
Editing, as mentioned, is a process. It takes time to comb through and put together hours of video. You should expect your product in about six weeks, unless otherwise discussed. *Note: currently I'm enrolled in a Masters of Education program, so products may take a little longer to complete. If this becomes evident, I will let you know as soon as possible.
Do you have more work I can see?
I have a demo reel with some examples that I can send you or you can go to my YouTube page to see all uploaded projects. These projects are representative of the Wedding Highlight Videos.