Why Hire A Professional Wedding Videographer?

According to statistics, the majority of couples regret not hiring a wedding videographer.  Think about it.  You invest so much into your wedding day … to assume that photography can capture everything is an unfortunate mistake.  Also, simply handing off the duty to a friend or relative will give you mediocre results.  Invest in a professional, classy wedding video that you will want to watch repeatedly for years to come.

How Do I Reserve A Date?

Please contact us and we’ll let you know if we have your date available.  Once we have a booking fee of $300 and a signed contract, your date is secure.  The remaining balance is due one week prior to your wedding day.

What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?

We accept check, cash, and credit.  A 3% fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

Do You Charge Sales Tax?

Yes, we have to charge sales tax as is required by the state of California since, just like photography, you are receiving a physical product combined with a service.

What Is Your Turn-Around Time?

Most of the work of wedding videography is in the editing process.  Good editing takes a lot of time and effort. Please allow approximately 8-10 weeks for the completion of your wedding video.  It also depends on when we receive images from your photographer to include them in the final product.  Without these photos we cannot complete your wedding video.

How Long Is The Final Wedding Video?

Most wedding ceremonies are about 30-40 minutes.  The edited reception is usually 45-60 minutes.  We also include other short clips in the “Special Features” menu.  Therefore, the total time of most wedding videos are around 1.5-2 hours.

Can We Receive Raw Footage Of Our Wedding Video?

We do not release raw footage for many reasons.  Having said that, you’re not missing anything by not receiving raw footage.  Although the video is edited, it’s not like we throw away important parts in the process. We make the video interesting to watch and other parts that we don’t include in the reception are included in the “Special Features” menu.

Do You Give Any Discounts?

We understand that weddings are expensive.  However, as previously stated, a lot of work goes into producing an enjoyable wedding video.  While other wedding vendors may complete their work in a few hours or a day, wedding videography editing can easily take an entire week to complete.  We simply cannot offer the same quality product by offering discounts or putting less work in.

How Do We Schedule Our Hours of Coverage?

We recommend starting with the last event of the evening and working backwards to see how many  hours are needed.  The hours of coverage are consecutive.  We also ask for a timeline a week prior to your wedding day.

Why Invest In A “Cinematic HD” Wedding Package?

The difference in quality is pretty incredible.  Your wedding video will have a look closer to film than video because we use DSLR cameras like the Canon 5d Mk II that have large sensors and take film lenses.  We also use production equipment like “steadicams” and mini dolly sliders, which give the final video a nice touch.  More work is also done in the editing process and we create custom Blu-ray disc menus using images from your wedding photographer.  Some of our wedding packages include a video highlights montage which can be instantly shared with family and friends via social media sites like Facebook.

Are There Any Wedding Venues That Restrict Wedding Videography?

Yes, there are some wedding venues that place too many restrictions on videography.  Please find out any such restrictions from your wedding venue and let us know as soon as possible.  Although it is rare, some venues (like the Santa Barbara Mission) restrict the use of tripods and have poor designated filming areas for videographers that make it almost impossible to produce a quality video.  We will refuse any wedding booking that has a venue with such rigid restrictions.  This is only because we take pride in our work and care about your end product.

Why Is Sufficient Lighting Essential?

All cameras need light to capture images.  Photography cameras use flashes, but video needs continual lighting for a good quality image.  Having said that, we do not provide on-camera lighting for wedding ceremonies, because it is distracting for your guests.  We do use our on-camera lights for receptions.  If your ceremony is in a dark room or outside at sunset, please hire a lighting company to provide enough light for videography.


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