Desrochers' Video Productions
Amazing work! Mr. Desrocher is very professional and provide great quality of work.
I am SO excited to tell you how wonderful Bill is to work with. We have not received our final wedding video yet...however, he did do a wonderful video montage for the reception and I can't say enough good about it. I absolutely LOVED it and everyone who saw it was mesmerized. He did a WONDERFUL job. He is very easy to deal with and is very personable. For us, and I believe this is his routine, he came to the wedding rehearsal and took photographs (he is also an accomplished photographer) and debuted the video montage for the wedding party at the rehearsal dinner. He was EVERYwhere on the actual wedding day, and stayed the ENTIRE time. As I said, we have not received the final wedding video yet, but I am SUPER confident it will be spectacular, just as the video montage was. I would HIGHLY recommend Bill, and I would also HIGHLY recommend a wedding video. The wedding day flies by so quickly....it is wonderful to have a living memory in a video!
The relationship between a photographer and videographer is SO important. Why? Because most are competing for the bride and groom's time on the wedding day and that time is very limited. Bill and I have a work relationship that compliments one another; instead of competing, we work off one another's artistic style. If I'm posing, he's shooting. When he's posing or setting up a documentary, I shoot. It's a work relationship that really flows and the results are fantastic. Desrochers' is highly recommended by D. Bryant Photography.
(Bill videotaping a recent wedding at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church located in historic Annapolis, Maryland)
Your professional wedding video and your photographs are "lifetime investments" that will forever preserve your wedding day for you and future generations to enjoy, therefore it is very important that you carfully shop around to choose a videographer and photographer whose work you both love and whose prices are workable withen your wedding budget. Most impotantly, be sure to meet any and all videographers you are considering where they work to see their office/studios and watch some recent wedding video DVD's that were delivered to their clients.
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Visit the WEVA International website at www.weva.com. The Wedding and Event Videographers Association International, (WEVA) is the largest nonprofit trade association representing professional wedding and event videographers. Based throughout the US and around the globe, WEVA International members are dedicated video producers who specialize in the art of documenting and preserving important social and corporate events and presentations. When talking to WEVA members, ask them if they subscribe to industry publications and if they ever attend industry expos, conventions or seminars. The videographer who does one or more of these is more likely to be up-to-date on cutting edge videography techniques and equipment breakthroughs. The WEVA website is also a great place to learn more about professional wedding videography including locating members in your area.
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Ask any videographer you are considering hiring; "Are you a full time professional wedding videographer?" If they only do videos part time because they have other unrelated, "day jobs", it is likely they are either amateurs or incapable of producing high quality video products because of their other "career responsibilities". It is also possible they are not true professional videographers themselves but only salespersons that contract out their wedding video business as supplemental income only. After your wedding is over, I spend an additional average 40+ studio post-production hours meticulously editing each and every one of my wedding videos to create an elegant, highly emotional and very entertaining wedding video DVD you and your loved ones will enjoy for generations to come. This would not be possible if I was also working full time in a different career. Also, after you meet with a videographer whose sample full-length wedding video DVD’s you love, be sure to get a guarantee in writing, that whoever videotaped and produced the videos you watched is also the one who will show up at your wedding! Some companies will show you some very impressive demo-tapes to excite your interest into signing a contract but on your wedding day, they send a contracted "camera operator" to shoot your wedding who may or may not have experience or know what they are doing. If the videogrpaher or company sales representative tells you something like, "I’ll be sending one of my associates or available videographers to shoot your wedding", be very cautious because the end product can be a huge disappointment.
Hire a Wedding Video Specialist. Be sure to ask any professional videographers you are considering hiring if they specialize exclusively in wedding videography. Not every professional videographer can successfully videotape a wedding ceremony and reception unless of course they are talented wedding video specialists with years of experience. Unlike a Hollywood movie and many other special events as well, in wedding videography, there is no room for error and especially no “second takes”. A wedding is an ever-changing and often fast-paced event that requires a very alert experienced videographer who not only has the “eye of an artist” but is also a confident technician who thru years of videotaping many different weddings, understands and anticipates the important sequence of events. It often requires years of exclusive wedding videotaping experience before even talented/trained videographers are able to produce beautiful award-winning wedding video DVD productions. Therefore, it is very important that your videographer is also an experienced wedding video specialist, not someone who videotapes “everything under the sun”, with weddings being only a small part of their total business. If you visit a videography website and have difficulty locating the wedding video products because they are lost in all of the other “stuff”, it might be wise to continue shopping elsewhere. When surfing the web, ideally look for wedding video sites that obviously specialize exclusively in wedding videography.
Never base a wedding video contract decision solely on a mailed sales promotion package including special effects enhanced demo-tapes commercially produced to impress & hopefully persuade you to purchase their products. Instead if possible, meet with several videographers in person to actually see their work places and watch some of their recently produced & delivered wedding video DVD’s. If you are pressured in any way to “leave a deposit to reserve the date”, I highly recommend you walk away and find another videographer, especially if you are the first couple to inquire about the wedding date. Any competent/honest professional videographer will politely extend the courtesy of temporarily reserving your wedding date for at least one week until you have had an opportunity to discuss it with other family members and/or decision makers before making a final decision to hire them. I never ask for any commitments or deposits at our initial consultation but instead after showing you recent samples of my work, give you a comprehensive folder of videography information to take along to share & discuss with other family members. If you then decide to employ me as your professional wedding videographer, I will send you a personalized wedding videography contract for your review and approval. If you choose to accept the contract, your wedding date will be officially booked only after I receive your signed contract and deposit.
Referrals from happy family members, friends or even co-workers who love their wedding videos are also a good source, especially if you have seen and also love their completed DVD’s. Also be sure to ask about their wedding day working experience with their professional videographer. Some videographers will even offer special discounts and/or other sales incentives for referred clients. If you have already hired your photographer, he/she might know some talented videographers they also enjoy working with.
Why it is important to meet with prospective videographers:
This is an excellent opportunity to meet them in person to ask direct questions, view samples of their work, and see their studios/workspaces where important professional association membership certificates and videography awards should also be on display. Anyone can conveniently mail you flashy sales literature & clever special effects enhanced demo-tapes and/or pay someone to design a website, but true professionals will also be willing to take the time to invite you and/or other family members or friends to their studios to give you the special opportunity to meet them where they work. Even if they work out of their home office as I do, it should also include a completely separate video office/production room dedicated exclusively to professional videography. Be sure to also ask to see their separate edit suite when you meet with them.
It is never a good idea to simply book a videographer sight-on-seen based on literature, a demo-tape or a phone conversation and hope for the best. Meeting prospective videographers in person will also help you decide if you genuinely trust and feel comfortable working with them. After all, your videographer & other professional wedding vendors will be working closely with you and your other wedding day guests during most of your wedding day. I sincerely believe it is very important that you trust them to be not only highly professional & unobtrusive but also genuinely pleasant and personable to everyone in attendance. You are truly taking a big risk if you don’t know who is going to show up. Some larger video companies today even hire inexperienced “camera operators” to shoot your wedding because they usually work for low wages and it is much more profitable for the “company owner”. Even very creative post-production editing cannot fix poor quality camera work although some companies try by delivering a bunch of special effects gimmicks minus the missing quality video coverage including clearly focused & well composed steady video footage and clean audio.
Lastly and most important, when meeting with prospective videographers, insist on seeing only copies of fully edited real wedding video DVD’s, (not demo-tapes), that were videotaped & produced by the videographer who will also be working with you! If you are told someone else produced the DVD’s, request that only the responsible videographer(s) also be the one(s) who show up at your wedding. Be very cautious if you are told something like, “I will be sending one of my associates or other available videographers, (you haven’t met), to shoot your wedding”. The end result can be disastrous. Because I take great pride in both videotaping and editing each and every one of my unique “wedding video masterpieces, I never sub-contract my work out or send someone else you’ve never met to shoot your wedding.
In conclusion, I always advise couples to be just as selective or even more so with their professional videographer as they are with their photographer because as most couples I’ve had the honor of videotaping their weddings during the past 10 years has told me, you and your loved ones will most likely enjoy & watch your wedding day DVD video much more often than you will look at the pictures and over time it will become even more valuable to you. And of course as with photography, it is also a very good idea to visit with several professional videographers before making a final selection.
Please email email@example.com or call me at 410-757-0582 if you would be interested in learning more about my award-winning wedding video products or would like to arrange an informal meeting to watch some of my recent wedding DVDs in a comfortable home theater setting. I will also be happy to give you a comprehensive package of information and a recent wedding DVD sample to take along to share with other family members and friends.