+ What areas do you serve?
I call both Arizona and Kentucky my home, but I do enjoy jumping on planes and taking road trips to film weddings in unique locations.
+ What are your travel fees?
There are no travel fees for weddings in central or southern Arizona (Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson) or northern Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati). There is a flat fee of $350 for destinations such as Flagstaff, Sedona, and Bowling Green. For everywhere else, please contact me for a quote.
My destination wedding bucket-list includes: Hawaii, Big Sur (I had my honeymoon there!), Zion National Park, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands,
Chicago, Yosemite, New York, Alaska (Denali National Park), Montana (Glacier National Park), and Fiji. I'm basically a sucker for national parks & beaches.
+ Do your packages charge by the hour?
No, all my clients receive me and my team for the day (~10 hours) - packages solely depend on which films are included. If you have an extended celebration and need coverage for multiple days (Indian/Hindu wedding, rehearsal dinner coverage, etc.) that is available as well. Please contact me for detailed pricing information.
+ Do you offer drone coverage?
I do! To see some of my aerial cinematography and how I weave it into a film watch Jenny + Tommy's Highlight Film here. My drone coverage comes in two parts: Sense-of-place landscapes and planned, cinematic maneuvers. The former will include shots of the surrounding area and your venue, and doesn't require any special timeline considerations. All couples who elect drone coverage receive this at a minimum. For cinematic maneuvers, a 20 minute section in your timeline needs to be dedicated for their capture. This ensures that I choreograph the most compelling footage (the breathtaking aerial shot of you and your husband/wife won’t look so great when there's a distracting photographer/guest standing in the frame) and that the drone is operated safely, without rush. It's also important I mention that I am a FAA licensed pilot certified to fly and operate UAS (unmanned aircraft systems). Wedding videographers who fly without this training do so illegally, and risk getting your wedding on the evening news when they crash into one of your guests. Do your diligence and make sure you have a certified drone operator if you want your wedding captured from the sky!
+ What is the Highlight Film?
+ What are the Signature and Documentary Films?
My Signature Film is very similar to the Highlight Film, but with much more content. It tells your story in a cinematic fashion, includes the most important events of the day, and has a run-time of about 15 minutes. Click here to see one of my Signature Films. In contrast, the Documentary Film shows the events of your wedding in their entirety, and does so with less emphasis on a cinematic editing style (events are in chronological order). Documentary Films have a run time of about one hour, but will vary depending on the length of the ceremony, the number of reception speeches, etc. I find that these films complement each other nicely, and clients who elect both have viewing options. The Signature Film is designed for the most engaging viewing experience, while the Documentary Film is great for reliving every moment of your day’s main events.
+ What are your Engagement Films?
My Engagement Films are personal narratives that capture the story and essence of your relationship. They're better (in my completely unbiased opinion) than simple engagement photos, and I've also shot them for use as Save the Dates & wedding invitations. My approach to these really makes for an awesome experience: Is there a special location that you and your fiancé love to visit? We'll film your interviews there. Do you two have a favorite activity together? We'll film you doing it. Have an off-the-wall concept for a film that you've always wanted to create? We'll make it happen. This approach allows me to craft an Engagement Film that offers a very personal and organic documentation of your relationship. As with my wedding film clients, I conduct an in-depth consultation to learn about you and your partner. This ensures I highlight the subtle details that you value most. Engagement Films can be commissioned independently or as part of a wedding film package. Simply contact me and we’ll get started on one for you.
+ What are the Ceremony and Reception Films?
The Ceremony and Reception Films are just that - films of those specific events. Some couples may only want a Highlight Film, but still want to watch their ceremony from start to finish. Other couples may only want their reception speeches in addition to a Highlight Film. Offering these standalone Ceremony and Reception Films grants me greater flexibility in meeting your needs and staying within your budget. Please note that the Documentary Film already includes this content.
+ What are Same Day Edits?
Our Same Day Edits are an awesome experience for you and your guests. During the reception, we set up a projector to play a 5-10min. highlight film of the preparations and ceremony. We accomplish this by having an additional team member working on a mobile editing station throughout the day. Perhaps the best part is, as everyone's watching, we film their reactions.
+ When can I expect to receive my final package?
It usually takes around three months before I have a final package ready to deliver.
+ Can I pick the music for my Highlight Film?
Unfortunately, no. All songs are protected by copyright and sync licenses from the major music publishers (which hold the rights to your favorite songs) are quite expensive. Luckily, I have a couple great resources that I license music from for use in my films. I choose all music very carefully to ensure it compliments the tone, feel, and pace of your film's visuals.
+ Can I purchase additional DVD’s, Blu-ray’s, and/or USBs at later dates?
Of course! I’ll keep your films on our media server for at least 12 months after your wedding.
+ What is 4k?
Click here to learn all about my 4k wedding films.
+ What is an Online Blu-ray?
An Online Blu-ray is an interactive menu (just like a normal DVD/Blu-ray menu) that is easily accessed by visiting a simple URL link. This allows you to watch your films anywhere, anytime, right from within your internet browser. You'll also be able to download your films to your computer, laptop, or cell phone from the menu. Online Blu-rays are a very convenient way to share your films with family and friends without having to upload large files our send DVDs/Blu-rays in the mail.
+ Which films do you post online?
We automatically post your Highlight Film online so you can share it with friends & family. Due to their size and length, we do not post Signature or Documentary Films online unless you elect to receive an Online Blu-ray.
+ What if we don't want our films posted online?
I rely on being able to showcase my work to promote what I do as a filmmaker, but understand that some couples may have a need for anonymity and privacy. In such cases I offer a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) for a small fee.
+ Are you going to direct us in any way?
With my style, about 95% of the day is collected organically. I'll only direct you a handful of times, and certainly not during intimate moments. For example, I may ask that you stand near a window when getting ready for the best light (your photogrpaher is likely to do this as well). Similar to having time devoted on your timeline to take photos, I ask that a small block be added to your timeline where I can collect more cinematic shots. During this time I'll have you hold hands and walk somewhere, hug & kiss, and if you added drone coverage we'll do a cool fly-over. It's very similar to taking photos, but with natural movements and less posing. Obtaining these cinematic shots increases the quality of your film dramatically and allows me to add a level of intamacy by eleminating distracting elements in the frame (a photographer, guest, etc.).
+ Can I purchase the raw footage?
Unfortunately, no. Raw footage to me is to what a first draft is to an author; a work in progress unfit for presentation. For every hour of filming I spend about five hours editing to ensure all films become exceptional, finished products. Footage is also collected in a LOG profile, which requires color grading to look pleasing to the eye. If you’re in the market for a basic videographer and "simple" video coverage, I'm not the best fit for you.
+ Who shouldn't hire you?
If you're a stick in the mud or allergic to good humor, don't hire me. I like working for happy people.