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Chad Whelan

Chester , CT
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Chester, CT US 06412 (map)

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203-823-0940

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Specializing in short form, high impact, cinematic vignettes. Package rates can be found on my website under the "investment" tab. There are plenty of videos to watch in the "theater"... Read more
Specializing in short form, high impact, cinematic vignettes. Package rates can be found on my website under the "investment" tab. There are plenty of videos to watch in the "theater" along with tons of reviews in the "free speech" section of my website. Love & Happiness Chad Read less
Videography

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Traditional
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
High Definition and Blu-Ray
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
Yes, but with the low light capabilities of the cameras used, normally no more than an on camera light is needed.
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
Yes, Hi I'm Chad! It's just myself and my wife Samantha.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes of course
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
One per day
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I have back up equipment for everything
Do you charge overtime?
yes
Do you give access to your raw footage?
yes
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
I encourage the couple to be involved as much as they want to be. I always give an edited preview copy 1st so if you want to make any changes at all you can before the final copies are made.

REVIEWS

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Beth
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding video was extremely important to us, even more so than pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I put a lot of research into choosing our photographer, but I knew lots of people would capture photographs that day. A quality video that would allow us to relive that day for years to come, however, was invaluable. To be able to continuously rewind those fantastic, fleeting moments was all I wanted. Those spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime moments I daydreamed about for so long would come and go so quickly, but a video would preserve those moments for always. And not only would it allow us to relive the moments we loved … we’d actually be able to see those moments from our guests’ perspective, and we could experience some of the moments we missed by virtue of being the bride and groom.

I spent hours researching and watching the work products of many skilled videographers. And Chad was the one I kept going back to. His video montages online were moving and beautiful. He has an eye for detail, and he strives for perfection. The fact that he also happened to be very reasonably priced was an extra bonus.

From the very start, Chad demonstrated great character. He was always so easy to work with and reliable. However, the true test of his character resulted from a disappointment I experienced. He worked with me until I was happy, never losing patience or making me feel like I was too picky. Even just based on that experience alone, I would recommend Chad Whelan. That was priceless, and I am sincerely grateful. I have never understood why more couples don’t consider videographers to be a necessity among the many vendors they hire for their wedding day. But Chad and his wife make a great professional team, and I would recommend them to any bride and groom looking for that ultimate keepsake.
Our wedding video was extremely important to us, even more so than pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I put a lot of research Read more...
Our wedding video was extremely important to us, even more so than pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I put a lot of research into choosing our photographer, but I knew lots of people would capture photographs that day. A quality video that would allow us to relive that day for years to come, however, was invaluable. To be able to continuously rewind those fantastic, fleeting moments was all I wanted. Those spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime moments I daydreamed about for so long would come and go so quickly, but a video would preserve those moments for always. And not only would it allow us to relive the moments we loved … we’d actually be able to see those moments from our guests’ perspective, and we could experience some of the moments we missed by virtue of being the bride and groom.

I spent hours researching and watching the work products of many skilled videographers. And Chad was the one I kept going back to. His video montages online were moving and beautiful. He has an eye for detail, and he strives for perfection. The fact that he also happened to be very reasonably priced was an extra bonus.

From the very start, Chad demonstrated great character. He was always so easy to work with and reliable. However, the true test of his character resulted from a disappointment I experienced. He worked with me until I was happy, never losing patience or making me feel like I was too picky. Even just based on that experience alone, I would recommend Chad Whelan. That was priceless, and I am sincerely grateful. I have never understood why more couples don’t consider videographers to be a necessity among the many vendors they hire for their wedding day. But Chad and his wife make a great professional team, and I would recommend them to any bride and groom looking for that ultimate keepsake. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
5/26/2013
4.9/5.0
Chad was excellent. We haven't seen the finished product yet, but he had a "teaser" ready by the day after the wedding, and it is SO CUTE. Chad was on time, professional, and easy to work with. Would definitely recommend.
Chad was excellent. We haven't seen the finished product yet, but he had a "teaser" ready by the day after the wedding, Read more...
Chad was excellent. We haven't seen the finished product yet, but he had a "teaser" ready by the day after the wedding, and it is SO CUTE. Chad was on time, professional, and easy to work with. Would definitely recommend. Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
11/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Chad was very responsive and so easy to work with. I think one of the main things you could ask for out of a videographer is that you didn't even know he was there and that allowed people to be themselves. Chad was very quick to respond to calls/emails and was a pleasure to work with.

Thanks Chad!

McKenzie and Jeff
Chad was very responsive and so easy to work with. I think one of the main things you could ask for out of a videographer Read more...
Chad was very responsive and so easy to work with. I think one of the main things you could ask for out of a videographer is that you didn't even know he was there and that allowed people to be themselves. Chad was very quick to respond to calls/emails and was a pleasure to work with.

Thanks Chad!

McKenzie and Jeff Read less
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July23 Bride
Wedding:
7/23/2011
1.0/5.0
I was more than pleased to find Chad's basic package (which was since changed slightly and increased in price). I felt it was a good deal, and was really going to get me exactly what I wanted - video of the more important elements of the day. The day was going to be filmed by Samantha, however Chad made it seems as though that was just as good. Not only did it take about a month longer than promised to recieve my video, but we were HIGHLY disappointed with the results. The microphones went in and out during the ceremony - which Chad blamed on the fact that my husband preferred to wear his mic on the inside of his jacket. If that was the case, the entire ceremony would have been muffled, or at least muffled at points where he was moving - which was not the case. Also, the entire ceremony was our backsides. I understand one camera does not provide flexibility to move around, however there was ample space in the front of the chuppah off to the sides. Another thing that REALLY upset us was that my husband's thank you speech did not started from the beginning. When I mentioned this to Chad, he blamed this on the band, saying that Samantha did not get enough warning. When my husband took a mic and stood on the center of empty dance floor, that should have been the cue. The first cut of the video had a very long loop of replayed footage. I felt that was something that should have been caught. I'm very disappointed with the video and furthermore with Chad's lack of concern during our emails after seeing the first cut of the video. If I had known that this would be the lack of quality for the money I spent, I would have chosen to spend more money for better quality. I would NOT recommend this vendor
I was more than pleased to find Chad's basic package (which was since changed slightly and increased in price). I felt it Read more...
I was more than pleased to find Chad's basic package (which was since changed slightly and increased in price). I felt it was a good deal, and was really going to get me exactly what I wanted - video of the more important elements of the day. The day was going to be filmed by Samantha, however Chad made it seems as though that was just as good. Not only did it take about a month longer than promised to recieve my video, but we were HIGHLY disappointed with the results. The microphones went in and out during the ceremony - which Chad blamed on the fact that my husband preferred to wear his mic on the inside of his jacket. If that was the case, the entire ceremony would have been muffled, or at least muffled at points where he was moving - which was not the case. Also, the entire ceremony was our backsides. I understand one camera does not provide flexibility to move around, however there was ample space in the front of the chuppah off to the sides. Another thing that REALLY upset us was that my husband's thank you speech did not started from the beginning. When I mentioned this to Chad, he blamed this on the band, saying that Samantha did not get enough warning. When my husband took a mic and stood on the center of empty dance floor, that should have been the cue. The first cut of the video had a very long loop of replayed footage. I felt that was something that should have been caught. I'm very disappointed with the video and furthermore with Chad's lack of concern during our emails after seeing the first cut of the video. If I had known that this would be the lack of quality for the money I spent, I would have chosen to spend more money for better quality. I would NOT recommend this vendor Read less
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Chad Whelan responded with the following comments:

The audio issues mentioned during the ceremony were 100% out of our control. We provide a mic that the groom wears that picks up audio along with an additional ambient microphone in the room. These 2 mics are for our video only and have nothing to do with the amplified sound that a guest hears through the speakers during the ceremony. The mic that was cutting in and out was not ours, it was from the sound system during the ceremony. That is beyond our control and nothing we can do about that. The groom did not want to wear the small mic on the outside of his jacket either that we use. He was told the sound could be muffled wearing it inside the jacket and we did not recommend it. He was okay with that, his decision. To me, as an editor the sound is a bit muffled from that mic. To a bride it may appear okay. Either way this is not the root of the audio problem, it was the other mics mentioned above that were out of our control.

When you have only 1 camera, which our basic package does, you choose the safest angle that guarantees you a good overall view which is normally at the back of the aisle facing the front. This was a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah and there was not a lot of room for her to shoot at all in the front. The angle would have been a risky shot for 1 camera and she was not going to take that chance. With 2 cameras it would have been a different story but when you have only 1 you simply do not take chances of being blocked.

The opening to the speech was missed and we do take full responsibility for that. The speech was pretty impromptu and we were not given a lot of warning, still that is no excuse and we do apologize for missing the opening remarks which was determined to be no more than 2 sentences. The remainder of the speech was captured as was every other speech during the evening.

The replayed footage was an editing error and was corrected with the final copies. This is one reason why we give a preview copy 1st in case any couple would like changes to anything. All of this was promptly addressed in several emails to the bride. It is disheartening to see a negative review from someone who has a very nice video overall. Samantha does great work and the basic package we have allows couples to get a professional HD "documentary style" video at an affordable price.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Similar to other brides, we were not going to get a videographer to save money. I am SO happy that we decided to get a video and to have Chad Whelan be the videographer. It was worth EVERY penny! Chad was attentive, professional, thorough and utterly creative!! He captured every major and minute detail, as well as, the emotions and vibe of the day. He produced the video in the timeframe he had promised and made all changes we had requested. Chad incorporated the songs of our choice seamlessly!! I would HIGHLY recommend Chad Whelan!
Similar to other brides, we were not going to get a videographer to save money. I am SO happy that we decided to get a Read more...
Similar to other brides, we were not going to get a videographer to save money. I am SO happy that we decided to get a video and to have Chad Whelan be the videographer. It was worth EVERY penny! Chad was attentive, professional, thorough and utterly creative!! He captured every major and minute detail, as well as, the emotions and vibe of the day. He produced the video in the timeframe he had promised and made all changes we had requested. Chad incorporated the songs of our choice seamlessly!! I would HIGHLY recommend Chad Whelan! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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amanda
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Chad was wonderful. Very responsive to inquiries and professional throughout the process. We'd highly recommend him.
Chad was wonderful. Very responsive to inquiries and professional throughout the process. We'd highly recommend him.
Chad was wonderful. Very responsive to inquiries and professional throughout the process. We'd highly recommend him. Read less
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Anissa
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Chad is very professional, he showed up on time and captured every detail of our day, he did an outstanding job!! We have watched are video several times and the more we watch the more we love it. I would highly recommend him.
Chad is very professional, he showed up on time and captured every detail of our day, he did an outstanding job!! We have Read more...
Chad is very professional, he showed up on time and captured every detail of our day, he did an outstanding job!! We have watched are video several times and the more we watch the more we love it. I would highly recommend him. Read less
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summer09wedding
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
At first, we were not going to get a wedding videographer in our attempts to save some money, but we are SO glad that we did. After having Chad shoot our wedding and watching the video he put together for us, we've moved "wedding video" into the "must-have" category of wedding planning. Chad did such an excellent job. He was polite, accommodating and professional throughout the entire process, capturing all the important moments without "getting in the way" - and that's exactly what you want in a videographer. As for the video, everyone who has watched it so far has cried! We told Chad what songs we wanted in the background and he put everything together perfectly and seamlessly. Our songs are in the background of the "getting ready" phase, and then we've got live coverage of the ceremony and reception. He even made a short 4-minute version of the video for us to post on Facebook etc. He incorporated just the right amount of special effects, and captured all the key moments of our wedding at a really affordable price. Pictures are important, but with our wedding video, we are forever able to laugh and cry at things that photos just don't capture, like watching (and listening) to our first dance all over again, the funny entrance dances made by our bridal party, and listening to us say our vows. On top of all that, we are able to show the video to my family members in Scotland who could not attend our wedding, and we'll be able to show it to our kids one day.
At first, we were not going to get a wedding videographer in our attempts to save some money, but we are SO glad that we Read more...
At first, we were not going to get a wedding videographer in our attempts to save some money, but we are SO glad that we did. After having Chad shoot our wedding and watching the video he put together for us, we've moved "wedding video" into the "must-have" category of wedding planning. Chad did such an excellent job. He was polite, accommodating and professional throughout the entire process, capturing all the important moments without "getting in the way" - and that's exactly what you want in a videographer. As for the video, everyone who has watched it so far has cried! We told Chad what songs we wanted in the background and he put everything together perfectly and seamlessly. Our songs are in the background of the "getting ready" phase, and then we've got live coverage of the ceremony and reception. He even made a short 4-minute version of the video for us to post on Facebook etc. He incorporated just the right amount of special effects, and captured all the key moments of our wedding at a really affordable price. Pictures are important, but with our wedding video, we are forever able to laugh and cry at things that photos just don't capture, like watching (and listening) to our first dance all over again, the funny entrance dances made by our bridal party, and listening to us say our vows. On top of all that, we are able to show the video to my family members in Scotland who could not attend our wedding, and we'll be able to show it to our kids one day. Read less
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