WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER’S FAQS
My most frequently asked questions of all time as a UK based Destination Wedding Videographer
Wedding Videography - Why should I have it?
Wedding videographers offer a unique service. While good documentary photographers are great at freezing emotions, nothing beats cinematic storytelling. Sound and motion are incredibly powerful and humans are hardwired to respond to them. It’s not cheap, so you really want to want it.. But if you're unsure, definitely get one.
Why is wedding videograp so expensive?
To be fair, I have never had a client asking the question quite like that - but it’s a question that comes in some way regularly. We all like a bargain and I get that. However, this is my sole occupation and I dedicate my life to it and most my couples tell me I’ve become quite good at it, so, as I see it I must earn a comfortable living. Often clients don’t understand how much work and expense goes into a wedding, both in kit, expenses, learning and editing time as well. If you think the average wedding film is 25 minutes long and I spend, just in editing, about 1h-1h30 for each minute of film, each film will be about 25-35 hours. Actually, that’s one of the reasons explaining the difference between the prices of the Highlights and the Feature Film packages.
Why don’t wedding videographer let clients choose the music for their film?
I know it seems counter intuitive. It’s your film, you should have a say in it. however, the music most of us like to listen to regularly cannot be fully licensed without spending thousands of pounds per track. I know there are colleagues cutting corners and using them anyway, but I don't do it - it’s not fair for the artists and definitely not worth the hassle. I use fully licensed music from independent producers available online at sensible prices, generally from musicians working hard to produce music content without the backing of a big record label. With copyright laws being evermore enforced across the internet, I don't want my couples running into copyright infringements nor I want to be part in one. For this reason, whilst I do welcome your music suggestions, I go to great lengths to choose the music appropriate to the film and the feel of your day that fully complies with the law and respects artists' hard work.
What can I expect from your wedding videography services?
Whilst I don’t have must do shots, you can expect the whole day to be covered, more or less, in some way of another. The bridal preparations, the ceremony and the speeches, along with cake cutting and first dance are very much essentials, but they may vary from film to film the way I arrange them and the length I use them for in the film.
What are your delivery times?
As a wedding videographer in London, it’s quite common to take 4 to 8 weeks to deliver a wedding. In your contract there is a delivery limit of 5 months for absolutely last case scenario situations and to allow me to adapt to the circumstances: a busier year or if I get ill or something. The thing to bear in mind is it’s my own interest to edit the film as soon as possible as it’s freshest on my mind.Editing is an incredibly time consuming task but I’ll keep you up to date and update you regularly. If you don’t hear from me because I’m in the hottest period of the season just email me and I’ll get back to you. I don’t take it personally if people chase me. After all, it’s their precious memories we’re talking about.
What equipment do you use for wedding videography?
These days I film with Panasonic GH5 cameras and an assortment of fast cinema lenses and record sound with a number of microphones, both on camera and off.
What’s your policy for post delivery changes?
Although change requests tend to be rare, I totally understand a wedding film is a personal document, so I’ll perform a few changes upon request and within reason. And in the end of the day, all I want if for you to be happy with your film for the years to come.
What’s included with my film?
Any of these packages can include full ceremony and speech films as add-ons. Please enquire for more detail!
Do we have to provide you with a meal?
It’s customary in the wedding industry for couples to provide a meal for wedding videographers and already have setups in place for this to happen. I normally get served at the same time you guys are eating (which is when I put my cameras down anyway). Couples generally provide us food because frequently it’s not practical (or even possible) to haul food with me all day. Also, most venues won’t serve food on request or, if they do, not in a timely manner. I’m with you around 11/12 hours on a wedding day and it’s not really reasonable to expect me to go on snacks for that long. Also, providing me a meal prevents to have to leave the venue during your wedding dinner to go and fetch a meal - which some times can only be obtained after a good trek.
Do all your films have voiceover?
Not all, but most of them do. Capturing location/live sound is incredibly important for my films. Although recording good quality sound in the field is difficult and hard work, I still think it’s totally worth. For me, human speech is the lifeblood of a film. Along with ambient sound along, human speech (wedding speeches, wedding vows, interviews, etc.) drive the film narrative forward.
Do you use the same music in all films?
Each film is different and the much is chosen for each film individually. This is not to say it can’t happen two films sharing one or two tracks of music score, but it’s normally a random occurrence. Music and image have to go together in harmony. The music is to films what spices and condiments are to a complex dish. There are hundreds of spices but there’s a reason why a certain kind of dishes calls for a certain set of spices. The same goes for music.
Do you publish all the films you shoot?
I publish a small selection of trailers from my best wedding films. The trailer is only 1-4 minutes long and crafted to generate curiosity about the films they're about. However, if you still would rather not have it published, please let me know and I'll keep you off-line.