Below are some questions that we get frequently. Hopefully our answers are helpful for you, and always feel free to contact us with additional questions if yours wasn't answered :)
Q. Why get a wedding video when we already have photos?
A. We get this question a lot. The short answer is, we believe video is a better format for reliving memories.
We think photography is an amazing form of art and we couldn't imagine our lives without it. At the same time though, videos are able to capture moments and emotions in ways that photos simply can't do. We love the thought and intention that goes into grabbing one frame of a big moment (the kiss, the dance, etc), but we find moving videos of these things much more engaging and fulfilling to watch. If there is ever a day in your life that you want to be able to relive accurately and in an exciting way, we think it should be your wedding day. To us, there is something very special about watching your wedding video and being reminded of the vows you made on that day.
q. Why do wedding videos cost so much?
A. Because they are lots of work! One thing we feel strongly about is that we never want to take advantage of couples and charge them a "wedding premium", simply because couples tend to spend large sums on weddings. The problem is, many couples don't realize how much work it takes to produce a beautiful wedding film.
The fact is, on an average wedding day we will have 2 videographers present for up to 12 hours, and then spend another 15-25 hours of editing to deliver an amazing finished product. Add in things like emails and consultation meetings before the wedding, cost of deliverables, cost of song licensing... It all adds up! This means you're having a professional videographer spend 40+ hours on your wedding!
ONE LAST NOTE: I don't want to give you the same "Investment" speech you'll hear all over wedding vendors' websites... But the problem is, they're right! Your wedding video is something you will enjoy time and time again, literally for years to come. You don't want to invest in a mediocre product. After all, you get what you pay for ;)
Q. Do you give discounts?
A. See answers above. Since our price is purely a factor of the time spent on your wedding, we don't give discounts. We have a pricing structure that makes it easy to build packages to fit your budget and needs, but we don't discount quoted prices, since it doesn't require any less of our time.
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the East Bay.
Q. What areas will you shoot weddings at?
A. Literally anywhere in the world! While we primarily shoot weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of Northern California, we have shot weddings internationally and LOVE traveling.
Q. Do you charge for travel?
A. We charge for travel if the event is more than 1 hour away from Pleasanton, CA. If more than 2.5 hours away, we will charge for lodging.
Q. What is the booking process like?
A. After you inquire through our site, we'll respond to you with our availability and answer any questions you have off the bat. If you're still interested in moving forward, we'll have you fill out a longer Wedding Inquiry form, which will tell us more about the wedding and the couple. Based on that, we'll put a contract together and send it over to you. Once we get the signed contract and retainer fee, you're good to go! We'll schedule a meeting or Skype/FaceTime meeting to get to know you and talk about your big day. Then we'll make you guys an awesome wedding video :)
Q. Who will shoot our wedding?
A. For almost all weddings we shoot, we (Shawn + Pati) are the 2 videographers present. If one of us is unavailable or the wedding requires a 3rd shooter, we have a pool of experienced and talented wedding videographers who will shoot with us.
Q. For Same Day edits, who supplies the projector and screen?
A. Ideally the couple will ask the venue to provide this. We can supply this for an additional fee.