Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Do I like their STORYTELLING and STYLE?
Just like your wedding photographer, every videographer has his own style of storytelling, color grading, quality of equipment, etc. You almost always get what you pay for. We take pride in our personable and creative storytelling along with our top of the line quality of visuals and equipment. We recommend that you take a look at our work (and any other videographer that you may be considering) and talk with us so that we can create the wedding film that perfectly captures your personalities and tells your story.
Am I UNDERESTIMATING the HOURS in My Package?
In the past, I have had many inquiries for wedding coverage for between 5-6 hours, as they are thinking that it will save them a lot of money to not have us there as long while also EXPECTING us to capture everything that we do in our top package with 12 hours of coverage. To each their own in what they'd like in their wedding film but 5-6 hours might not even cover the first dances depending on the time of the ceremony, the dinner, and the speeches.
As a disclaimer and to put it into perspective of what you might miss out with 8 hours of Coverage (again this depends on the scheduled time and duration of ceremony, the dinner, the grand march, the dances, speeches, etc.), you will miss the detail shots of the Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready in the morning, the detail shots of the Groom and the Groomsmen getting ready in the morning, the letter readings (optional), the speciality details shots of the dress, jewelry, and rings, and possibly even more. We've filmed weddings where the ceremony was at 1 PM and the first dance didn't start until 8:30 PM. That would be over 8 hours. When the real events of the day start, the camera starts rolling and there isn't much (if any) down time for us videographers to go back and capture key, small moments that happened or could have been captured in the morning (most importantly, the detail shots). Usually everything on a wedding day takes a lot more time than you think. Each person will be different when it comes to what they want captured during their wedding day, but it is very important for them to have realistic expectations of what we will be capable of capturing.
What's Up With The Price of Wedding Videography?
With wedding videography being so new, a lot of people don't know enough about it. When they hear the term "wedding videographer", they instantly picture the guy in the back of the church with an old video camera on a tripod filming just the ceremony. And the end result is an unedited, long video with terrible audio, lots of zoom-ins and zoom-outs, and pans side to side. Yeah... that was wedding videography back in the 80's, 90's and even 2000's.
Watch any one of our films and you'll see that wedding videography is an entire Hollywood production with multiple cameras, multiple angles, stabilizers, lapel mics, shotgun mics, drones, monopods, different lenses, etc. Several of the top filmmakers, who started out their careers by making wedding films, laughed and said that they would never film another wedding again for any amount of money because, "Wedding videography is the hardest kind of film production out there. It's a long day of non-stop filming and you have to be the scene planner, the filmer, the director, the editor, the color grader, the storyteller, the audio guy, the producer, and you only have one chance at nailing the shot. There isn't a second first kiss and the bride isn't going to walk down the aisle twice." After the wedding, typically we have 7-8 hours of footage to cut to take out the best clips. Then we have to edit it, color grade it, clean up the audio, and make it into a breathtaking story. Most photographers that I've worked weddings with have told me that they do not envy us videographers, because we do three times as much work as them (mostly due to our editing process). Our typical editing and production process takes anywhere from 40-60 additional hours on top of the 8-12 hours of filming.
So... right now in your budgeting, it might seem like $2,500 is a lot BUT... it's going to be the best money you've ever spent. I am currently going through the wedding planning process as I am getting married in 2021 and understand the difficulties of budgeting our wedding (why is decorating over $3,000?? And it's to RENT not even BUY!), but the one place that we are not going cheap is with our photographer and videographer. If you have any further questions for us, please let us know! We are so willing to work with you and help you figure out a specific payment plan to make sure that you have a professional wedding videographer capturing your most important day!