Questions & Answers

Here is a list of possible questions you might have.

If there is something you want to know that’s not covered here, feel free to get in touch.

PLANNING

Videography doesn’t require as much planning as photography, as it’s really just a case of you telling me what needs filming and completing a booking form, which can be done over the phone or via email. But if you want to meet up, have a video call or phone me, then I’d be more than happy to do so.

COVERAGE

I will try to capture as much as possible. As well as people, I also try to capture everything else that happens or makes your day special, such as shots of the venues, room decorations, cards, flowers, cars, magicians, caricaturists, etc.

Yes, you will have plenty of opportunities to tell me what needs filming. The booking form does ask some questions about the day, but a few weeks before the wedding, we’ll go through an informal questionnaire to find out more about the wedding, like whether you are having readings during the service, or if you are having any musicians, when your speeches might be (before or after the meal) or if there is anything else I need to be aware of.

Depending on what you are having, different techniques or equipment may be needed. For example, if you’re having a music group playing whilst your photographs are being taken, then I would need to make time to film this and leave a sound recorder to capture the audio.

Although I am prepared for most things, it’s always better to in advance, so that I can plan my day’s filming accordingly.

You may have already read that I pride myself on being unobtrusive. I don’t want to be that videographer who upsets people, and I strongly believe that this results in a more natural coverage your the wedding. 

I try to work from a distance where I can, and I never hold onto a shot if I suspect someone has spotted me filming them.

I do not set any shots up. But sometimes a scene may need a slight tweak. For example, I might make a polite suggestion to minimise a very shadowy scene, or I might ask for something to be moved if it is obscuring my view (occasionally during services or speeches where I am unable to move).

Or, if I feel that a photographer has not provided me with enough footage for your romantic sequence (if you are having one), then I might request that we take a short walk somewhere picturesque to get some nice shots – totally natural and certainly not setup.

Always remember that I am trying to provide you with the best video I can.

At present, there is just me with and assistant. This may be a deciding factor for you, but I have filmed hundreds of weddings and a second operator wasn’t necessary. I work very fast and capture more than enough footage. 

The obvious difference is the ability of filming two locations at the same time. Home visits (preps) are the only area where this may be an issue. But providing I can get enough footage at the home visit and get to the marriage venue in time to start capturing the arrivals, then this works is alright.

However, I do use two cameras for services and speeches which does give you that second angle and backup.

There are actually some disadvantages of a having multiple operators. It would cost around £300–400 to employ a second operator, which would make the package price a lot more expensive. And I don’t think it would add that much value. 

It can also be more obtrusive having more than one operator, and it would certainly take longer to edit as there would be twice as much footage, which means you would have to wait longer for the finished video.

As mentioned above, we can arrange for a second operator to work alongside me and use their footage in the video. But, I’m afraid there aren’t many videographers or photographer who would accept a job where they are not the sole professional.

 

However, if the other videographer is there for any other reason than to provide you with a wedding video, then this may be acceptable. This should be discussed beforehand as it is a requirement of the T&C’s. 

I use Super 35mm digital cine cameras and all the equipment you would expect from a professional. Such as tripods, lighting, microphones, radio mics and sound recorders to capture clear sound and dialogue in any environment.

Marriage services, speeches, line-ups, background music, are all difficult things to record without professional equipment. 

Recording clear audio is often what separates a professional from an amateur. Poor audio can spoil a video, whereas high quality sound can improve it. 

Using additional microphones is not obtrusive, you won’t know they are there, but they will provide the video with improved sound.

Yes, I use two cameras for the service and speeches, which gives you a second angle, but also a backup. The second camera becomes a backup throughout the rest of the day.

I also use two on-camera microphones and have backup audio recorders in case there are any problems with radio mics.

It is true that an unfamiliar photographer may be a little weary of a professional videographer, but after working with me for a short time, they soon find that I am no threat and we get along well.

I’ve always had a good relationship with photographers and try not to get in their way. I respect what they do and acknowledge that their coverage can have an influence on the video.

A videographers job is to capture everything that takes place. So, if you chose a photographer who has documentary, reportage style, then there won’t be as much action taking place as one that has some fun with the couple and arranging lots of groups.

I don’t copy their shots (and always work from different angles), but I do like to film the activity that happens whilst the groups are being arrange.

Your guests will usually start arriving about 30 minutes before the service. So, I try to meet the celebrant/vicar, get setup and do some establishing shots before the first your guests start to arrive.

If you’ve opted for this to be filmed, I only need around 30–40 minutes at the Home Visit, but also I need to arrive at the marriage venue no later than 30 minutes before the service time. We also need to add the travel time. So, it’s usually 1 hour 30 minute — 2 hours before the service time.

As a general observation, if the home visit is close to the marriage venue, unfortunately there often isn’t enough time to get shots of the Bride and Bridesmaids in their wedding dresses before it’s time for me to get to the marriage venue.

But, if you’ve arranged for your photographer to take some photos of you and your Bridesmaids in your dresses, then you’re probably planning on getting ready earlier, which would give me time to get those shots.

But if you’re not planning on putting your dresses until the cars to arrive, then I would have more than likely had to leave by then.

But, if you only want a few shots of you and your Bridesmaids in casual clothes or dressing gowns, then this certainly makes things a lot easier.

So, I always suggest that if your photographer is going to the house, then it’s possible for the video to be there as well. And it’s always nice to get those shots of the Bride and Bridesmaids in their dresses at home because then I can concentrate on the Groom and Groomsmen and the arrivals before the Bride arrives.

But if your Home Visit is a bit further away then this usually works okay.

The vantage point a videographer during a service is usually governed by the vicar, registrar or celebrant (or positioning of furniture and musicians). Some really strict vicars and ministers go as far as refusing a camera during the service, while others have been knows to only allow an unmanned camera or just the sound to be captured.

But these are rare situation and won’t spoil your video as I’m there for the most of the day, but you need to check this out beforehand.

The best place to be is at the front and to one side, but this isn’t always allowed. If I have to work from the back of the aisle, this can actually produce good results, especially when the couple turn to face each other to say their vows and exchange rings.

Another requirement of a videographer is that they do not move around, which is perfectly understandable. But even with years of experience, sometime you cannot predict what might happen during a service. I do try to find out what might happen beforehand, for example, I would request that readers stand where I can see their them, but if they stand in front of the me with their backs to the camera and block my view, then not being able to move can be a problem.

So, for this reason, I always use two cameras in case the main one is obscured. This also give you a backup.

These obviously introduce elements that are not found indoors, such as harsh shadows, bad weather and unwanted sounds like traffic noise (unlikely), aeroplanes, but mostly from the wind.

These elements may influence where I would chose to stand, but this is the same for all videographers. If I do not have a choice of where to stand, then my cameras are able to cope in difficult lighting.

I don’t usually get the Bride or Groom to wear radio mics, but if it’s a particularly windy day, then these are advisable as backups to my other mics.

Filming ceremonies often involves standing outside the range of a typical microphone. So, we have to employ the use of radio mics and separate sound recorders.

I am not a videographer who imposes upon the couple to wear lapel mics. Instead, I will place low-level floor standing mics as close as I can get them. In civil ceremonies, I’ll often hide these under the table cloth! In Churches, it’s not so easy, but I always manage to get them close enough for good sound.

I have said that I try to keep a low profile, but I may make the odd suggestion to give you a better video. One example would be if there isn’t enough light for the speeches.

Although a room lit by candles looks beautifully romantic, it is difficult for video cameras to record high quality images in dark conditions.

People will of course see the effect of this lovely room as the enter and have their meal, but when it’s time for the speeches, it would be beneficial to raise the lights a little – just for the speeches. If this is not possible, then I would accept your decision. I merely make a suggestion like these to give you a better video.

Depending on the layout of the room, I will often work from the back or to one side. The only way to capture good sound from this distance is to use radio microphones and separate sound recorders. I don’t get people to wear lapel mics here because I prefer the sound that comes from a mic that’s a little further away such as table standing radio mics.

The layout of the room may dictate whether I use table or floor standing mics, but I will also capture the general room sounds and loud applause with the camera-mounted mics.

I’m not a big fan of people using the microphones that are installed in the venue or from the DJ. I think this can cause more problems than they solve. Many people are not used to them so they don’t always hold them correctly.

If someone decides that they don’t want to use the mic and puts it down (people with loud voices who are used to public speaking or those struggling to hold the mic whilst reading from cards) then the camera would struggle to hear what’s being said above the other people in the room.

So, when these installed systems are used, I would always try to get one of my mics near them in case anything goes wrong.

I do have license to record live sound, but recording live or recorded music in certain venues, such as Churches, may require release forms to be signed. Your vicar, minister or venue should may you one for me to sign.

I offer this as an extra because they’re not always easy to do. But it is possible to record brief messages from your family and friends. Rather than intruding on people throughout the day, I like to dedicate a section of the video solely for this, usually during or after the meal. Grouping the messages together is more emotional for the married couple.

Your guests are more likely to come up and say something if they are invited by someone familiar, so I usually enrol your bestman or an usher.

Please note that this is not always possible to achieve this because sometimes there isn’t enough time or a suitable location.

Many people give a written message at the end of the video during the end sequence. A message to thank someone for their contribution to the wedding finishes the videos off very nicely.

But if you want me to film you giving a message to camera before I leave, then yes, that’s possible.

This is typically included in the package if it is done at a reasonable time (8—9pm would be great). I will also stay and cover a few more songs if enough people join in the dancing immediately afterwards. Please see Price Guide for more details.

I don’t really offer a full evenings coverage, but if something significant is happening, such as fireworks, depending on the time of your wedding, further coverage may be arranged. Please see Price Guide for more details.

I consider myself a guest at your wedding, and always dress appropriately. Although I usually wear a dark shirt and tie to be less noticeable.

No, this is not necessary.

POST-PRODUCTION (EDITING)

Music will only be applied to parts of the video that need it. When there is nothing of any interest being heard, such as people walking, having their photos take or generally milling around, then music helps these sections become more enjoyable to watch.

It also raises the emotion of special sequences like the Bride arriving, the couple exiting the ceremony, confetti or the romantic sequence (if they’re having one). It also  as well as over the opening and closing sequences.

No, if something of importance needs to be heard, it will be incorporated into the soundtrack. This would be achieved by either having a break in between the music tracks or by lowering the volume of the music so that becomes background music.

Where the natural sound is important, that would of course be all that is heard.

I will supply you with a list to help you, but feel free to compose your own list. The more choices I have, the more options it will give me in the editing.

If you have a particular favourite that you want over a certain part of the video, I will do my best to accommodate this, but it will depend on the footage – I may find that it works better in another part of the video. But you will have the option for a revision if you don’t like what I’ve done.

Occasionally, I may need a filler somewhere, so I may add something that I think is suitable. But this is typically an instrumental piece. I may also add a track if I think it is really appropriate and hope you will enjoy. If you don’t like it then you do have the option for a revision.

No, these only feature the natural sound.

If you have a soloist or musician performing during the signing of the register, they will be shown visually, but their music will often be carry over the signing as background music.

I have licenses to use recorded music on the videos, but this is limited to physical media (USB, DVD or BluRay). Unfortunately, copyrighted music is not allowed to be used on online platforms. For this reason, I will produce a shorter, highlights version for you to share online, which uses copyright-free music.

No, I’m afraid not. You will make an informed decision to book me and trust me to provide you with a video that I’m confident you will like. If, however, there are changes that you would like, you will have the opportunity of requesting revisions.

The more footage I record, the longer a video will be. As a rule, I like to get the videos to be no less than 60 minutes for a small wedding and approximately 120—150 minutes for a larger wedding.

If you are having a small civil ceremony with just a few friends and family, then your video wont be too long. But if you are having a large congregation with a full mass and hour long speeches, then this is obviously going to be much longer.

Delivery

Editing a video takes time, particularly when there is hours of footage to get through. Depending on the size of the wedding, this can take up to a couple of weeks. As weddings are seasonal, there can sometime be a backlog towards the end of the season. But, this is the same for all videographers who offer their clients full-length videos with a lot of content.

Generally, videos are ready for collection around 2—8 weeks.

Putting together a creatively edited video like this can be time-consuming. Getting the scenes to look their best and work with the music in a way that no only tells a story but also extracts the most emotion is not something that can be rushed.

There’s also the effects, colour grading, sound, titles, opening and closing sequences, highlights versions and presentation that needs to be done.

It may take a little bit longer, but a professionally edited program like this will keep you entertainment for many years to come. Please be assured that I will be working as hard as possible to the video ready.

You have a choice of format (USB, DVD or BluRay) for your initial copy. If you chose DVD or BluRay for your initial copy or any additional copies, your video will have chapters and menus for easy navigation.

All versions will be supplied in a personalised presentation case, but if you chose USB then you will also have the option of a wooden presentation box.

You will get one initial copy of the video on your choice of media (USB, DVD or BluRay) as part of your package, but additional copies can be ordered separately. See Price Guide for prices.

Once the video is complete, copies can be ordered and delivered in just a few days. It will only depend on stock or if a personalised cover needs producing or if a wooden presentation box needs ordering. 

I will endeavour to provide you with a video that I am sure you will be happy with using the information you have supplied. Should a revision be required, the customer is entitled to one written list of instructions free of charge within 14 days of receipt of the video providing such revisions are not the beyond the scope of the project, eg. request for music that was not in the original brief. Further revisions may incur a fee unless they are my fault, eg. spelling mistakes.

I keep the video and all associated files on computer for 30 days after completion of the editing. During this time, you have the opportunity for any revisions or copies to be made (14 days for free revisions). After this time all material will be moved into storage.

Copies are still available after this time, but any further alterations will be chargeable.

No, I’m afraid not. I film in such a way that is only meant for use in the editing. Much of that footage will not look the way in was intended if viewed outside the context of a finished program.

Leaving the camera running in between shots is a technique that is done for several reasons, and seeing this material will not benefit you in any way. I can assure you that all usable footage is included in the edited video.

However, I do keep all the original footage and high quality copies of the master edit, so if you damage your copy, I will be able to replace it in the future.

Also, if I become ill and cannot complete the editing, I will be happy to pass on the footage for it to be edited by someone else (this has never happened). Please see T&C’s for details.

PAYMENT

All questions relating to costs are covered in the Price Guide.

Information on payment and booking procedure can be found in my Price Guide. 

VAT is not added.

Travel costs are taken into account when giving a quotation. Parking fees are included unless they are likely to a significant amount. Please let me know if this is a possibility.

Parking at certain locations, such as roadside Churches (where time spent finding spaces could impact coverage), may require reservations to be made, which might incur fees.

No, everything should be covered in the booking form.

I quote a wedding based on the information I have been given and this gives me a good idea of when filming is likely to end. Weddings don’t always run to schedule, so I personally couldn’t justify charging any extra. I merely request that a first dance is done at a reasonable time, but if it isn’t then I won’t charge extra “if I decide to stay longer.”

If further coverage is required, such as fireworks, then this will have been discussed beforehand. But I won’t charge any more than what has already been quoted.

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