FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG ARE THE "EDITED" CEREMONY AND TOASTS?
They are the same duration of your ceremony and toasts. For the ceremony and reception toasts, when I say "edited" it doesn't mean I cut anything out (unless asked!). You will want to hear the toasts in full, and you may want to see that ceremony reading or reception blessing from a loved one. Who am I to cut that out? However, this is not just raw footage. The "editing" means it's still carefully cut between all 3 cameras for the best shot/angle and also to keep it visually moving. Also, the audio is finely tuned to remove unwanted noise and enhance what was recorded. Finally, the footage is color-corrected for a beautiful visual look.
WHO WILL BE SHOOTING AND EDITING MY WEDDING?
It's all me. I typically shoot solo and all the final videos are edited by me. This is important, especially with a wedding, that the person who is editing your video and telling your story was also the person who shot it - who was there on your big day and was seeing in a closeup how you both interact to discover who you are and what makes your relationship unique.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes! I love shooting all over Michigan, or even more remote destination weddings. Typically, if your wedding is more than 1 hour outside of the Detroit area, I have to charge for mileage at the current IRS rate ($.58.5/mile). If your wedding is more than 200 miles away, there will be a charge of $300/night for hotel stay. So, for example, a Traverse City or Petoskey wedding would approximately be an additional $600 for travel. For destination weddings outside of the Midwest, please inquire for your rate.
HOW WELL DO YOU WORK WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Very well. Maybe I'm old school, or just a realist, but I think most couples book their photographer before their videographer. So I always give priority to the photographer, and do my absolute best not to be in their way. I rarely stage any shots or impede on the photographer's plan. And, because I work solo, I can remain unobtrusive. Truthfully, most of my referrals come from other photographers who enjoy working with me for those reasons.
CAN WE PURCHASE THE RAW FOOTAGE?
Yes. But perhaps the question should be, "Is it worth it to purchase the raw footage?" And for the most part, the answer is No. Typically, throughout the day I don't shoot continuous uninterrupted video, like a reality show. I'm more focused on getting a variety of nice shots from various angles that will work well in the final edited video. But those video clips may only last 5-10 seconds. Further, I often shoot at high frame rates (slow-mo), as I feel slow motion really enhances a moment - making something romantic more romantic, something funny more funny, etc. But slow motion footage often is recorded without audio, so it would just be silent video. Lastly, "raw" footage also means the footage has not been color-corrected, so the footage will have a grey-ish/de-saturated look. The only time I feel raw footage is worth it is if you, or somebody you know, has video editing knowledge. Otherwise, selling you the raw footage is like your baker selling you the ingredients for your wedding cake but not baking it.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes, I am insured by Full Frame Photography Insurance with $2,000,000 General Liability coverage.
WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS AND YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE TO FILM MY WEDDING?
In my 20+ years of shooting weddings, I've never missed a wedding. So it would have to be a near-death emergency. That said, I would find a replacement videographer to film your day. If you determine this is not a workable solution, you will receive a full refund.
DO WE NEED TO MEET BEFORE THE WEDDING?
No, but it's entirely up to you. Sometimes it's nice to meet before the big day to get a feel for each other, but honestly, most of the time I don't meet the bride and groom until the day of the wedding. It's really up to you and whatever makes you most comfortable.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
You can pay via Venmo, Paypal, Check or Cash.