Q: Once I hire you, what happens? A: We will meet up if possible, hopefully for coffee because coffee is the best...or have a phone call or video call about what you can expect next and how to move forward with booking and securing your elopement.
Q: What do you need from me? A: Once I am booked to film your elopement, I will go over what I need from you. I have a consultation sheet that I ask questions off of to gather the information I need to be best prepared to film your wedding. I’ll answer any questions you have and gladly listen to any ideas you want for your films. I require a non-refundable deposit fee(third of the total cost) to keep your date reserved, a signed contract, elopement details, and your song choices.
Q: What is in the final package? A: I include a USB drive with the long montage(8-15min) of the elopement, as well as the short montage(3-5min) that I upload to my Vimeo site for sharing. There will also be the speeches video(if any), and vow/ceremony audio on the flash drive if the location and weather works out for me to capture good audio on the day of.
Q: When can I expect the final project delivered? A: I have a project deadline of four months after I get everything from the bride and groom. If I get music choices, style input, etc, two months after elopement date, then I have the four months to finish the films from the date I get these things. If I have everything I need before the end of filming the wedding day, then I would be finished within four months after the elopement date.
Q: Do you use a drone? A: I do! However, a few things depend on if I am able to use it such as location permission from the venue, weather conditions (it can’t be too windy, cold, hot, or raining/snowing), and the time I'm able to fly. Since I am a solo filmmaker, it is hard to find time if things are not going according to the day’s criteria. I film location clips and try to get some of the event, but I am not able to film during the ceremony because I am busy filming on the ground.
Q: How does choosing music work? A: You can choose from a pre-selected, licensed, online music library. I built an online collection for clients to pick from so that we don't run into any copyright issues, and am open to your suggestions from websites that have buyable copyrights. I will need your song choices from you at some point before or shortly after your wedding. Usually there is no rush to get these. I am still able to edit your films even if I get the music after your elopement when there is less stress for you to choose. Keep in mind that if you do choose to have me record audio of your vows/interview, I can add that audio to overlay with the film. I believe this makes the video that much better and personal to the newlyweds.
Q: What are some tips you have for me? A: On your actual day, it saves a lot of time and hassle if you can have a lot of the details in one spot(rings, dress, shoes, hair accessories, garter, perfume, jewelry, etc.). It helps move things along so much easier if I am able to get the detail shots while the bride is getting ready. During the time-slotted photo session of the bride and groom, there are a few tips to be aware of to make things go more smoothly. If the photographer asks you to pose holding still, then do so. Otherwise, I always advise the couple to act/kiss/laugh/etc naturally. If you don’t, I describe these shots as looking statuesque. It makes the film much more interesting and artistic if there is movement. Video is a moving picture after all. Also, the film looks great if the couple does not look directly at the cameras right after kissing or posing. It looks much more natural if there is a second or two after to just be into each other rather than focusing on us immediately after a shot. Just stay in the moment with your newlywed partner. If you are wanting to have your vows/interview overlay your film, I request about 20 minutes or so in total to speak with both the bride and groom separately to record the clips in a quiet space. Doing it this way guarantees a better sounding film, which is super important in my post-production process.