For most people, this is their first (and hopefully only) Wedding.
So looking around for a Videographer, what’s good and bad, is something you may not know much about.
Firstly, I’d like to point out a few important things to consider when looking for someone to film your wedding…
These were hugely important to me when I got married. I didn’t want to feel like I was being filmed all day, and I definitely didn’t want to do any awkward poses or cheesy things for the camera!
So I film all weddings with that in mind; natural, as it happens, unposed & being as far away from people as I can so that they don’t feel uncomfortable.
- How many weddings have they shot?
- Can they prove it by showing you footage?
- Do their films look wobbly, our of focus, or have strange colours?
Being able to cope in a variety of situations which could occur at what is essentially a “Live Event” is hugely important.
Experience is the only way that you can learn from past mistakes & issues that can crop up during a wedding. It can’t be re-done.
In 2018 I will shoot my 150th wedding, and wether it’s guests popping up in front of me during the first kiss, Vicars telling me I can only shoot from a certain place, or a dance off starting when it’s least expected, I consider myself experienced enough to predict what could happen next and be prepared for anything!
I like my footage to look smooth, sharp, colourful & wobble free.
Again, experience has helped me to craft a smooth and professional look, rather than a shakey handheld video that anyone can do.
- Does their camera shoot to one memory card or 2?
- Do they have a backup system at home to store your footage?
- Do they carry backup kit in case a camera fails during your wedding?
Memory cards fail regularly, meaning your footage could be lost if it’s only on one card. Our main camera always records footage to 2 cards simultaneously, so if one does fail, we still have it on the other. It’s a huge security blanket which most Videographers don’t think about until the worst happens and they lose footage that can’t be recreated.
On top of that, we are SO careful with footage after the event. We always create 3 backups of each wedding. One is also stored in a separate building in case of fire or theft.
If you book with me, you will notice I always have 2 cameras with me, just in case my main one fails, I have another strapped to me so that I don’t miss a moment!
Are you insured?
YES! OF COURSE! Professionals have full Public Liability insurance, because we know that some venues won’t even let us on their premises without it.
Will you turn up?
Well, obviously this can never be guaranteed. Sickness, traffic or accidents on the way, or even worse could happen.
BUT it would take a lot for me not to get to your Wedding.
I recently purchased a brand new car with 4WD because I’m so paranoid about ever missing a wedding due to breakdown or weather issues!
I also have a great network of fellow Videographers around the country who I can ask at a moments notice to get someone to film your wedding should I not be able to get there.
What do you wear?
Simply, black shirt, trousers & shoes.
I have tried wearing a suit a few times, but whilst trying to be a secret filming Ninja they either end up getting ripped or filthy or both.
I know most couples won’t really mind what we wear as the more comfortable we are the better we can do our job, but I won’t wear jeans, shorts or a T-Shirt to a day you have put so much effort into!
Will you interfere much in our day?
In a word, no.
My aim is for you to forget I’m even there. As long as I know where to be and the time to be there for the start of your day, you can just let me carry on and ignore me.
My Photographer is worried about working with you…
I’ve worked alongside 100’s of Photographers now, and I always let them run the day as they would if I wasn’t there.
I don’t require any extra time, I’ll get my shots while they do their usual thing.
They love this way of working and I get so many recommendations from Photographers, there’s no need to worry.
I also don’t want to be in your Wedding Photos so we’ll work together to both get the shots we need.
How many Videographers will film my Wedding?
I pretty much always work on my own unless it’s a huge wedding of 200+ guests or we need Bride & Groom prep covered in 2 separate locations.
If you have 2 Photographers already and then add in 2 Videographers, that’s 4 cameras following you around all day, which is hardly discrete and comfortable and completely against my ethos.
So how do you film discretely then?
Zoom lenses are my main secret weapon! It means I can stand far away, hide in a bush or around a corner, and film you & your guests without them even realising.
The natural footage that comes from this style is the basis of all of my work.
Obviously during some parts I simply can’t disappear when I need to get an important shot, but where I can, I’ll blend in as much as possible.
What about Audio, will you be recording everything everyone says?
During your Ceremony & Speeches, I need to capture clean clear audio.
I’ll pop a little Mic on the Groom for the ceremony that will pick up your vows & rind exchange nicely.
For the speeches, usually a Mic on the table will do the job, but sometimes I may have to Mic up each person speaking depending on the room acoustics.
The cameras also capture ambient sound throughout the day but this only tends to be used for things like cheering/applause etc.
Do you need to be fed?
I’d never say no to a free meal, and we usually eat when you do, but it’s not something I require in my contract either.
I’ve been treated as a guest on the table plan before with a 4 course meal & wine, I’ve had a bar tab to spend on a meal of my choice quite a few times, and many venues offer “Supplier Meals” which are an inexpensive option compared to a full 3 course meal. It’s best to ask your venue what they usually do.
Most Weddings will see me on my feet for 10-12hrs and a soggy sandwich in the car doesn’t usually go down too well. So if no food is available I will have to escape to get something from a shop/restaurant/take away during your sit down meal. I don’t like leaving the venue just in case I miss anything but I’ll need some energy to get me to the First dance!
What areas do you cover?
I’m based just outside of Birmingham in Halesowen, West Midlands which puts me in easy reach of the Midlands, but I love new venues so travelling further afield is also welcomed!
I’m yet to film a Wedding abroad so if you would like me to film yours I’d love to hear from you.
How long does it take to edit my film?
I put 40-50hours into each wedding film. The editing process is by far the most time consuming part and I’m not going to let a film go until I’m happy that it “works” and is as good as it should be.
Weddings are also quite seasonal, so we film lots in the summer and less in the winter. Filming 2-3 a week in peak season creates a backlog of edits, so usually 6-8weeks is the timescale I give.
The industry standard is 16-24weeks but I only take on a certain number of bookings so that I don’t build up a huge queue of edits.
How do we book?
Firstly, let me know the package you prefer & any questions you may have.
If you are happy & wish to proceed, I’ll get a contract over to you detailing the package & payment options.
£100 will secure your date, with the remainder to be paid 2 weeks before your wedding.
You are free to pay in small parts until this time if it makes things easier to spread the cost too.
Do we need a meet-up beforehand?
For my side of things, no. It’s not something I need to do and not something I build into my prices either.
It’s a great idea to meet up with your Photographer as they’ll be doing a lot of communicating with you and your guests throughout your day.
But with me, I won’t be posing you or your guests, I won’t actually be doing much talking at all as I don’t want to be on your film audio!
Don’t worry though, we’ll discuss lots beforehand to make sure we know what to expect from each other and how things will go.
I’m friendly, and won’t make anyone feel uncomfortable on the day.
Anything else you wish to know? Email me!