frequently asked questions
WHAT IF I'M CAMERA SHY? +
if you're a little camera shy, you've come to the right studio... i guarantee that it will be okay + (going out on a limb here) extremely awesome. during portraits i will never 'pose' you. instead i'll suggest some prompts/games for you to do together as a couple that are designed to get you out of your 'oh no what do i do with my hands??' headspace + into a world of genuine reaction + emotion.
WHAT ALL GOES INTO A LAUREL WEDDING FILM? +
filming your wedding day is just the beginning! after the wedding, i go through the footage + get a vibe for the day. then i explore music + send a few top song contenders your way. i have been known to spend hours searching for just the right song. music is key to your film's mood and is worth the extra effort! once we have that perfect song, editing begins. Then re-cuts, minor adjustments, coloring grading + final touches. i'm not done until your film gives me feels.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK? +
if i have a date open, it's yours! typically couples book a few months to a year or more out. please note that i take on a small number of weddings each season. this allows me to provide each one of my couples with my full attention.
HOW LONG SHOULD WE BOOK YOU FOR? +
wedding collections include 10 hours of coverage. for some this is perfect; others may want a little more. ideally i arrive ~1.5 hours before formal wear goes on + stay ‘til an hour into nighttime grooving (or longer!). this will allow me to capture the full essence of your day.
WHAT'S THE "DOC FILM"? +
there will be so many incredible moments from your wedding, and while they won't all fit in the highlight film, i still want you to have them! enter... the 'doc film.' watch examples here.
WHAT ARE THE CEREMONY + TOASTS FILMS? +
a second, stationary camera documents your ceremony + toasts in their entirety from one camera angle. in the editing studio, i polish audio levels + color correct. your ceremony + toasts are delivered on your USB drive in full HD. to capture quality sound during the ceremony, i will often ask the officiant to wear a small lav mic. i also like to mic the groom (or one of the brides/grooms)- this is not only for vow coverage, but also to capture your giddy/priceless reactions together right after the ceremony - it's fun audio to receive after your wedding =)
WE LOVE THE WEDDING FILMS BUT WOULD ALSO LIKE THE REST OF THE FOOTAGE. IS THAT POSSIBLE? +
all RAW footage, delivered to you on a flash drive, is available as an add-on. please note that since the RAW footage comes straight from the camera, there will be shaky, out of focus + over/underexposed shots. the clips are filmed at 60 fps.
WHAT'S YOUR FILM TURNAROUND TIME? +
i strive to give each couple the absolute best wedding film possible + this takes some time in the editing studio… especially during busier seasons. all films are completed within 12 weeks of your wedding date.
WHAT’S YOUR DEPOSIT? +
a $900 retainer is due to book. if your wedding plans change, this deposit is refundable if i'm able to book another wedding on your date. wedding collections start at $3500.
WHAT'S YOUR PAYMENT TIMELINE? +
$900 of payment is due to book. of the remaining amount, half is due two weeks before your wedding + the rest is due upon receiving the link to your highlight film. some couples would rather keep things simple + ask to pay in full upon booking - this works too! for info on how to make payments, see here.
WE'RE READY TO BOOK! WHAT’S NEXT? +
send me a message. let me know your date, wedding location + if you’re interested in any add-ons. don’t worry - this doesn’t lock you in! if i’m available your date, we'll coordinate a meet-up (in-person or virtual). i find this is the best way to know if my studio is a good fit for you. once i receive your signed contract + deposit, the date is yours.
CAN WE MEET YOU? +
i’d love to grab coffee + chat! if you're busy/long distance, we can also schedule a video call.
My wedding rocked. you rocked. HOW CAN I RAVE ABOUT YOU?? +
thanks for asking! good reviews are so very much appreciated + and are supremely important to my lil' business. click here for links to the most helpful posting spots.