When you meet with a wedding videographer, any wedding videographer, you should always ask great questions. If you read articles from places such as The Knot or Wedding Wire, they have great questions that you should be asking people like me.
Well, today, I want to provide you the questions that The Knot says you should be asking and I answer them for you.
How long have you been filming weddings? How many do you do per year?
I started filming weddings in 1999 and I’ve been doing broadcasting since 1993, working in both radio and television and also Hollywood for a short while too. I no longer work full-time in the business, I have a great full-time job at Roanoke College, so I take on no more than 15 weddings a year.
Are there any other pros in the area you love to work with?
Yes, I actually have a list of vendors that I love working with here in the area and you can find that list here. In fact, I’ve worked with most planted vendors in the area and there is only one wedding planner I won’t work with and thats my ex-wife.
How would you describe your style—documentary, cinematic or a mix of both?
I would have to say I do a mix of both. Cinematic style or feature films are somewhat new, so I learned doing traditional or doc style edits. I offer both a video (which is a doc style wedding edit) as well as the newer feature film style wedding films.
What input do you want from us, and what do you prefer to have final say on?
When you book with me you get access to the client portal which has a questionnaire that I ask most couples to fill out, it helps provide me some info on your style, music likes and dislikes, how you fell in love and the like.
I also provide you with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, so depending on what you purchase, you can change the music selection, remove certain clips that you may not like. I offer this FREE one time and I charge for additional edits beyond that.
How does your pricing work?
I’m pretty unique in the sense that offer both an a la carte menu for those looking for something specific, like a ceremony, maybe a ceremony and reception highlights, a feature film or any combination of the three.
I also packages that combine the a la carte menu items and add in various options that can make your film worth while. Plus, my packages are discounted so it’s cheaper to buy a package than to combine it together.
Have you ever worked with my photographer? Do you know him or her?
It depends on who the wedding photographer is, but I’ve worked with many in the area including Pat Cori, Anna Bowser, Kemper Mills, Nicole Colwell, Kimberly Clark and many other high end wedding photographers in the area.
In either case, I always try to get your wedding photographers information so I can reach out to them before the wedding to introduce myself and see if I can connect with them and get an idea of what they plan on doing at the ceremony so we can coordinate with each other.
Have you shot at my ceremony or reception venue before?
With roughly 500 weddings under my belt, I’m pretty sure that I’ve filmed at your venue before, at least the major popular ones. A few of them include Sundara, Wisteria Ridge, Silver Hearth Lodge, The Hotel Roanoke, The Patrick Henry, Diamond V Farms, St. Andrews Catholic Church, Boxtree (Braeloch), The Woodland Place, The Kyle House, The Inn at Virginia Tech, St Johns Episcopal Church, Benard’s Landing, Center in the Square as well as many, many others all across SWVA.
I also shoot destination weddings in the United States and have filmed in Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington DC and other states as well.
Will you be shooting any other weddings the same weekend? Will you be the one shooting on the day of?
I may film another wedding on a given weekend but I will not film another wedding on the same day. For example, you may book me for a Saturday wedding then I may have a Sunday evening wedding.
What does your camera and equipment look like?
I’m mostly a Panasonic shop here and I use brand new cameras, all DSLR or equivalent. Everything I have is capable of filming in 4K although that’s an optional upgrade. I have a complete list of all my gear found on kit.com.
A few examples of my cameras include the Panasonic GH5, a couple of Panasonic G85’s, a Panasonic G7 along with a couple of action cameras, a DJI Osmo 4K with gimbals and a DJI Spark round out the majority of my cameras.
Will there be a second shooter, a stationary camera or any other backup cameras on hand for our wedding?
It depends. I will always be the main shooter in all my films, but if needed, I will have an assistant which can also be a second shooter. Normally thats an option unless you purchase my luxury package in which it provides you the second shooter as part of the package price.
I always have multiple cameras running at the ceremony, I’ve never filmed a wedding with less than two cameras. The most I’ve used in a wedding is six for the ceremony, three being the average.