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James Bonato Video

Germantown , MD
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12108 Pikeview Terrace
Germantown, MD 20874 US

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301-428-3426

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The absolute highest quality work at the most affordable rates. Over 25 years of wedding videography experience and a reputation as one of the best in the business. We offer High... Read more
The absolute highest quality work at the most affordable rates. Over 25 years of wedding videography experience and a reputation as one of the best in the business. We offer High Definition packages starting at $1,000. Blending artistic values with flexibility to your budget is what we do best. Read less
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INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Storytelling
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, Edited Video, High Definition Video, 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?
Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
I am a home-based business
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
Yes
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
I offer a highlight reel as well as the standard regular version DVD. I also offer a love story and picture montage.
Describe any special editing services you offer:
I am not a cookie cutter operation. I can customize your video to your specifications.
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
Yes, I have whatever lighting equipment there is to fit any situation the location dictates.
How many videographers do you work with?
2
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
yes
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
yes
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
no
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
camera, microphones, tripod and lighting equipment.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
yes
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No breaks. No meal required
Do you charge overtime?
yes
Do you give access to your raw footage?
only if requested
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
yes, unless client specifies it not be shared.
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
They have input on changes or if specified to be involved before hand.
How long does it take for the client to get the final video?
2 weeks
Do you require a minimum number of hours to book?
no

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Negean
Wedding:
7/27/2014
5.0/5.0
James is absolutely fantastic to work with! Not only is he very professional but the quality of his work is above and beyond any other videographer. Having a video of your wedding day is a must and I would HIGHLY recommend James as your videographer. I promise you will not be disappointed!
James is absolutely fantastic to work with! Not only is he very professional but the quality of his work is above and Read more...
James is absolutely fantastic to work with! Not only is he very professional but the quality of his work is above and beyond any other videographer. Having a video of your wedding day is a must and I would HIGHLY recommend James as your videographer. I promise you will not be disappointed! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
James did an amazing job with our wedding. He captured all of our special moments. He was kind and respectful and made everyone feel very comfortable. The DVDs he made for us are incredible. Every time we show it to someone they always compliment it and say how great it was. We are so happy we had James there on our wedding day.
James did an amazing job with our wedding. He captured all of our special moments. He was kind and respectful and made Read more...
James did an amazing job with our wedding. He captured all of our special moments. He was kind and respectful and made everyone feel very comfortable. The DVDs he made for us are incredible. Every time we show it to someone they always compliment it and say how great it was. We are so happy we had James there on our wedding day. Read less
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Emmy
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired James to capture our special day on video and were overall very pleased with his work. From the beginning he was very responsive and professional, and answered any questions we had. We received the final video very quickly, less than two weeks after our wedding which was pretty impressive. After watching our video and re-living our day we were in tears! The highlight video is a must, I recommend it to everyone, it really summarizes the day and tells your story in 15 minutes which is ideal for sharing with others. The special editing and music definitely adds to the highlight video, we shared it with our friends and family and everyone loved it! Videography is often overlooked and I'm glad we weren't one of those couples and were able to capture our wedding on video. James' work is great and we will cherish it for years to come!
We hired James to capture our special day on video and were overall very pleased with his work. From the beginning he was Read more...
We hired James to capture our special day on video and were overall very pleased with his work. From the beginning he was very responsive and professional, and answered any questions we had. We received the final video very quickly, less than two weeks after our wedding which was pretty impressive. After watching our video and re-living our day we were in tears! The highlight video is a must, I recommend it to everyone, it really summarizes the day and tells your story in 15 minutes which is ideal for sharing with others. The special editing and music definitely adds to the highlight video, we shared it with our friends and family and everyone loved it! Videography is often overlooked and I'm glad we weren't one of those couples and were able to capture our wedding on video. James' work is great and we will cherish it for years to come! Read less
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Cat
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are very pleased with the services that we received from James Bonato on our wedding day. His prices were very reasonable. He is a joy to work with thanks to his friendly demeanor and professionalism. And he provided great work, both on our full-length wedding DVDs (It was a whole day affair!) and our highlight DVD, I highly recommend getting since it's a steal and a good video to share with family and friends.

James is very flexible. Because we had a Catholic wedding mass and a dinner reception, there was a bit of gap. James typically offers 61/2 hours of continuous service; however, he agreed to do four hours in the morning for us and four hours in the evening, with no additional charge. Of course, the distance between the two sites may factor into his decision, so be sure to check with him. But the fact that he is very accommodating and understanding helped to reduce the stress of wedding planning for us, which was much needed.

James was always very good about being in contact and responding to any questions that we might have. He has great attention to detail and is very respectful. For instance, he reached out to our priest in advance to find out if there were any "off-limits" places inside the church where shooting or standing wouldn't be allowed. He was very cheerful when he came on the morning of our wedding to capture us getting ready. Being positive is so important in this line of work, and we're glad James knew how to put everyone at ease and was never intrusive or demanding.

What I love most about his shooting style is that his videos are devoid of any cheesiness. He never told us to do things that were totally uncharacteristic or awkward for the sake of videography. I watched many video samples while searching for a videographer and I kept finding these companies/people who would charge so much more than James and make videos that were over-the-top with fake emotions, making me giggle. James is the best!
My husband and I are very pleased with the services that we received from James Bonato on our wedding day. His prices were Read more...
My husband and I are very pleased with the services that we received from James Bonato on our wedding day. His prices were very reasonable. He is a joy to work with thanks to his friendly demeanor and professionalism. And he provided great work, both on our full-length wedding DVDs (It was a whole day affair!) and our highlight DVD, I highly recommend getting since it's a steal and a good video to share with family and friends.

James is very flexible. Because we had a Catholic wedding mass and a dinner reception, there was a bit of gap. James typically offers 61/2 hours of continuous service; however, he agreed to do four hours in the morning for us and four hours in the evening, with no additional charge. Of course, the distance between the two sites may factor into his decision, so be sure to check with him. But the fact that he is very accommodating and understanding helped to reduce the stress of wedding planning for us, which was much needed.

James was always very good about being in contact and responding to any questions that we might have. He has great attention to detail and is very respectful. For instance, he reached out to our priest in advance to find out if there were any "off-limits" places inside the church where shooting or standing wouldn't be allowed. He was very cheerful when he came on the morning of our wedding to capture us getting ready. Being positive is so important in this line of work, and we're glad James knew how to put everyone at ease and was never intrusive or demanding.

What I love most about his shooting style is that his videos are devoid of any cheesiness. He never told us to do things that were totally uncharacteristic or awkward for the sake of videography. I watched many video samples while searching for a videographer and I kept finding these companies/people who would charge so much more than James and make videos that were over-the-top with fake emotions, making me giggle. James is the best! Read less
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Lvnlife
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We are so glad that we were able to book with James for my daughter's wedding in April. It was rather short notice because my daughter did not have the money in her budget for videography. I knew the day would pass so quickly and she would forget so many special things from that day; my husband and I gave her the videography services to her as a gift.

James was so professional and the video is just magnificent. The Highlight Clip is so much fun to watch. I still cannot watch it without tearing up a little. We are all are so grateful that we have the video. It was a wonderful day and James captured all of the special moments that we now can watch over and over again.
We are so glad that we were able to book with James for my daughter's wedding in April. It was rather short notice because Read more...
We are so glad that we were able to book with James for my daughter's wedding in April. It was rather short notice because my daughter did not have the money in her budget for videography. I knew the day would pass so quickly and she would forget so many special things from that day; my husband and I gave her the videography services to her as a gift.

James was so professional and the video is just magnificent. The Highlight Clip is so much fun to watch. I still cannot watch it without tearing up a little. We are all are so grateful that we have the video. It was a wonderful day and James captured all of the special moments that we now can watch over and over again. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
James is a professional in every sense of the word. His video of my daughter's wedding is simply magic! He captured all of the special moments, the fun moments, and the time before the wedding. It was a pleasure working with James. We received the finished product two weeks after the wedding! He is very creative and works very hard to make a one of a kind video full of memories.
James is a professional in every sense of the word. His video of my daughter's wedding is simply magic! He captured all of Read more...
James is a professional in every sense of the word. His video of my daughter's wedding is simply magic! He captured all of the special moments, the fun moments, and the time before the wedding. It was a pleasure working with James. We received the finished product two weeks after the wedding! He is very creative and works very hard to make a one of a kind video full of memories. Read less
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Sid
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Oh my gosh! After seeing our wedding video, I couldn't wait to review James Bonato's work. We LOVE the videos he made for us and we spent the weekend reliving our wedding from start to finish! At first, we didn't plan on having videography for our wedding - thinking we had to control costs in some manner. But I have to say, changing our minds on that may have been the single best decision we made during our wedding planning. From a cost analysis perspective, I believe good videography provides the best value for the dollar. Given the blur that inevitably is the wedding experience for the couple getting married, the videos allow for re-experiencing the wedding in a more relaxed way, and, seeing what everyone else was up to! Other benefits include being able to share the day with friends and family who couldn't be present, as well as, providing a permanent, wonderful, visual remembrance of such an important day - something to be enjoyed for years to come.

James Bonato provided top rate customer service and professionalism from the first moment of contact through to the finished product - a rare find these days! But even more important is the quality of his work. He clearly loves what he does! He recorded our entire ceremony and then added all of the important moments from our reception - artfully editing them to keep the entire video engaging. We also had him make a "Highlights" video which was much shorter and captured the most important highlights from the ceremony and reception. It is truly terrific! He obviously spent a lot of time thoughtfully putting it together. The transitions between scenes are so much fun that when we first saw it, we were on the edge of our seats - thrilled from one moment to the next. I can't say enough how happy I am that we did this! James Bonato came highly recommended to us and we are so grateful we took their advice and chose him to work with us!
Oh my gosh! After seeing our wedding video, I couldn't wait to review James Bonato's work. We LOVE the videos he made for Read more...
Oh my gosh! After seeing our wedding video, I couldn't wait to review James Bonato's work. We LOVE the videos he made for us and we spent the weekend reliving our wedding from start to finish! At first, we didn't plan on having videography for our wedding - thinking we had to control costs in some manner. But I have to say, changing our minds on that may have been the single best decision we made during our wedding planning. From a cost analysis perspective, I believe good videography provides the best value for the dollar. Given the blur that inevitably is the wedding experience for the couple getting married, the videos allow for re-experiencing the wedding in a more relaxed way, and, seeing what everyone else was up to! Other benefits include being able to share the day with friends and family who couldn't be present, as well as, providing a permanent, wonderful, visual remembrance of such an important day - something to be enjoyed for years to come.

James Bonato provided top rate customer service and professionalism from the first moment of contact through to the finished product - a rare find these days! But even more important is the quality of his work. He clearly loves what he does! He recorded our entire ceremony and then added all of the important moments from our reception - artfully editing them to keep the entire video engaging. We also had him make a "Highlights" video which was much shorter and captured the most important highlights from the ceremony and reception. It is truly terrific! He obviously spent a lot of time thoughtfully putting it together. The transitions between scenes are so much fun that when we first saw it, we were on the edge of our seats - thrilled from one moment to the next. I can't say enough how happy I am that we did this! James Bonato came highly recommended to us and we are so grateful we took their advice and chose him to work with us! Read less
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Peggy
Wedding:
4/11/2014
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to describe how happy we were with James! He is extremely professional, always available to discuss ideas for the video both before and after the event, and HIGHLY motivated to capture the BEST possible footage for the video! James has a natural ability to put perfectly fitting music to video footage! He is meticulous with editing video to ensure that the client will be 100% happy, and no doubt you will be! James CLEARLY loves what he does and it absolutely shows in his work! If you are looking for a videorapher look no further than James, he is your man!
There are not enough words to describe how happy we were with James! He is extremely professional, always available to Read more...
There are not enough words to describe how happy we were with James! He is extremely professional, always available to discuss ideas for the video both before and after the event, and HIGHLY motivated to capture the BEST possible footage for the video! James has a natural ability to put perfectly fitting music to video footage! He is meticulous with editing video to ensure that the client will be 100% happy, and no doubt you will be! James CLEARLY loves what he does and it absolutely shows in his work! If you are looking for a videorapher look no further than James, he is your man! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
James created a beautiful long video and highlight film that captured all of the special moments from our wedding day! He was very flexible and gave us the short and long films on both DVD and USB since we'd prefer digital to experience the optimal quality of the video as well as to archive for the future. He also was responsive and flexible to re-edit the films for us to make sure the final versions were exactly what we wanted! As a result, he delivered 2 films that we will be able to cherish for many years to come. The highlight film in particular is a fantastic way to relive the major moments of the day over and over again as well as to share with family and friends. Our friends and family have been raving about it - those who could not attend the celebration in person have said it made them feel as though they were there with us! That was our hope and James really delivered!
James created a beautiful long video and highlight film that captured all of the special moments from our wedding day! He Read more...
James created a beautiful long video and highlight film that captured all of the special moments from our wedding day! He was very flexible and gave us the short and long films on both DVD and USB since we'd prefer digital to experience the optimal quality of the video as well as to archive for the future. He also was responsive and flexible to re-edit the films for us to make sure the final versions were exactly what we wanted! As a result, he delivered 2 films that we will be able to cherish for many years to come. The highlight film in particular is a fantastic way to relive the major moments of the day over and over again as well as to share with family and friends. Our friends and family have been raving about it - those who could not attend the celebration in person have said it made them feel as though they were there with us! That was our hope and James really delivered! Read less
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Osasu
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired James to cover our wedding at the Renaissance Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore in March 2014. We ordered a full wedding video and the highlight clip (I highly recommend ordering the highlight clip). From the first day I spoke with James, my mind was at ease. James was professional, understanding and flexible. His ultimate goal is to keep the bride and groom happy. On the wedding day, he provided excellent service and even checked on us to make sure we didn't need anything. We received the wedding video and highlight clip within a couple of weeks of the wedding...we were blown away by the quality and creativity of the videos. He caught all the special moments we shared with our family and friends during the wedding. I highly recommend James Bonato Video.
We hired James to cover our wedding at the Renaissance Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore in March 2014. We ordered a full Read more...
We hired James to cover our wedding at the Renaissance Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore in March 2014. We ordered a full wedding video and the highlight clip (I highly recommend ordering the highlight clip). From the first day I spoke with James, my mind was at ease. James was professional, understanding and flexible. His ultimate goal is to keep the bride and groom happy. On the wedding day, he provided excellent service and even checked on us to make sure we didn't need anything. We received the wedding video and highlight clip within a couple of weeks of the wedding...we were blown away by the quality and creativity of the videos. He caught all the special moments we shared with our family and friends during the wedding. I highly recommend James Bonato Video. Read less
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