Frequently Asked Questions for Videography
What primary style do you identify with?
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, DVD of Raw Footage, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Invitation DVD, Montage - Childhood / Dating, Montage - Music Dubbed Over, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What formats can the final video be in?
Do you have liability insurance?
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
We are a home-based business.
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
Depending on the package, I offer multiple types of videography coverage, ranging from raw footage to tightly edited to highlight videos. It is all based on the client's personal preference.
Describe any special editing services you offer:
Unless otherwise requested, and depending on the ceremony length, I edit all of the captured footage into roughly an hour to and hour and a half video. All the unedited raw footage can be ordered separately if desired.
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
Yes. I own a professional on camera light that is used if necessary.
How many videographers do you work with?
I am the principal videographer, but I sometimes bring an assistant to operate the second camera during the ceremony and assist me throughout the day.
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
Yes. I encourage a meeting between myself and potential clients if possible. This gives me a chance to get a good idea of how to shoot the wedding and how I can fulfill any certain needs or requests of the clients.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. I personally shoot and edit every wedding I book, unless otherwise indicated to the client upon the signing of the contract.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I never personally shoot two weddings in one day. However, I sometimes book two weddings in one weekend.
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
Yes. I have a network of videographers and assistants that could fill in should I become unavailable. However, as indicated before, becoming unavailable for any reason is VERY unlikely.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring two high definition digital camcorders, 2 tripods and a case of accessories.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I usually take a short break while everyone is eating dinner. I found that filming guests during dinner is sometimes obnoxious, so I find another room close-by to eat my dinner in order to allow the guests to eat in peace. Other than that, I do not take breaks during the day.
Do you charge overtime?
Yes. The contract will indicate how many hours I will be covering the event. An additional $50/hour will be assessed for anything beyond that.
Do you give access to your raw footage?
Of course. Raw footage is always a great thing to have. My Diamond Package includes all of the unedited raw footage on DVD. If you book any other package, you may add-on the raw footage for an additional $100.
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
Yes. All of my work is copyrighted. However, if a client specifically requests that I do not use their footage for promotional purposes, I will accomodate.
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
I usually take editing input in our meeting before the event. Some brides have "mapped out" how they want their video to flow. Others have given me a few ideas verbally about how they want their video edited. The video is yours, so it should be constructed however you want. As far as editing with the client present, this is very difficult because I spend at least 20 cumulative hours editing each wedding.
How long does it take for the client to get the final video?
Usually within 8-12 weeks after the wedding.
Do you require a minimum number of hours to book?
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