Finding the right videographer for your wedding day is about so much more than just the answer to "how much are your packages?"
Sure, finding an option that is affordable for you + your boo is an important piece of the puzzle, BUT it's far from the only piece. Your wedding is an important day in your life, and surrounding yourself with people that love and care about you is crucial. Finding a videographer, photographer, officiant, venue, and so on, that CARE about you + your person as people is vital to making your day the beautiful event it deserves to be!
So, I've come up with 10 excellent questions to ask your videographer (and others if you switch it up a bit!) to help you determine their value beyond money! And don't worry, you'll find our answers listed as well 😝
1. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO FILM WEDDINGS?
(because let's be real, if the reason is even close to "money," then they are not the right videographer for you, or anyone.)
We chose to start filming weddings after we got married ourselves and had a horrendous experience with our photographer. When it was all said and done, we pretty much only had our video to remember our day. With Tori's 20+ years of experience + her filmmaking degree, we decided to try our hand.
We quickly realized how incredibly valuable and rewarding this experience is, and was. We fell madly in love with our business. There's truly no better feeling that documenting such an incredible day, and giving that back to our clients to enjoy, forever. It's unbelievable that we get to do this. We are humbled, and so beyond grateful for every client that has, and will, trust us with their day.
We are so fortunate.
2. WHERE CAN I FIND REVIEWS FROM PAST CLIENTS?
Oh those are EVERYWHERE! You can find out reviews on:
****friendly reminder: we used to be called Till Death Wedding Films, so some of our reviews will still reflect that!
3. HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE TO RECEIVE THE FINISHED FILM?
For us, we believe that a good film is worth the wait. We work as quickly as we can, but we never want to push out a half-assed film just to hit a deadline. We respect that you are paying us a lot of money, and we want to make sure that your film is perfect. Because of that, we contract 6 months to complete your wedding film. I know that seems like forever BUT the quality of your film is of the utmost importance to us. We have yet to ever hit that 6 month mark, it's more of a "safety" number. But even if we do hit that mark, at least we know will have provided you with the absolute best film possible.
4. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS, AND HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU FILMED?
As of right now (February 2020), we are entering into our 4th wedding season, and our 3rd year of business.
We have currently completed 38 weddings and have 17 booked for 2020 (5 booked for 2021!!)
2017: 5 Weddings
2018: 12 Weddings
2019: 21 Weddings
2020: 17 Weddings (so far!)
2021: 5 Weddings (so far!)
5. WHAT OPTIONS FOR DELIVERY DO YOU OFFER?
We have a lot of options! Every wedding comes with free digital delivery + download. We can add-on different USB's (and customize them!) as well as customized video books!!
Don't know what a video book is? That's cool - contact me and I'll let you know more! :)
6. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EDITING STYLE?
We edit very "true-to-color." We're vibrant and maybe edging towards "dark + moody," but not anywhere that desaturated. We love color! ❤️
7. CAN WE MAKE ADDITIONS TO OUR CONTRACT AFTER SIGNING?
It depends, but in a lot of cases, yes.
We want this day to be special for you and we work really hard to make sure that it is!!
8. HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP RAW FOOTAGE BEFORE DELETING?
at least 365 days! (you'll get an email before we delete anything!)
9. HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THE FINAL PRODUCT BEFORE DELETING?
5 years. After that, it will stay up and available on YouTube + Vimeo as long as they let us. But you'll definitely want to download your final product and keep it safe + backed up!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF FILMING WEDDINGS?
(let's see what they're passionate about!)
For me (me being Chelsie) my favorite part is the reception! What can I say?? I love a good party!!
But I also really love the bride putting on her dress. It's such a transformative moment and it really gets the whole day started!
For Tori, It's the getting ready. The buzz and excitement in the room is almost palpable + she really feels like she can feed into that energy!