Hi! Thanks for your interest in my wedding video services! Here is the big (and probably redundant) FAQ explaining how this whole process typically goes.
how does this work?
Good question! First, you and I will talk about your wedding day and what you want to prioritize in your video either via email, over the phone, or in person. Then, once we both agree on the details and sign a contract, a deposit in the amount of 1/3 of your total cost will be due. Two weeks out from your wedding date, I will ask for your day-of timeline and we’ll set arrival/ departure times for me. I’ll get in touch with your coordinator/ planner (if you have one) and we’ll do the thing! Your wedding day! After that, you’ll hear from me within a few weeks with my editing timeline and we’ll talk songs. Then, before you know it, you’ll receive your editing video within 6-8 weeks after your wedding! At that time, your final payment of 2/3 the total cost will be due. And that’s it!
How do you pick the music for the video?
There is no good answer to this because it's mostly an intuitive process for me! First, I ask for your input- genre, specific songs, sounds like ___, etc. Then, taking that into consideration + understanding the vibe and emotion and meaning of the day overall, I fall into a DEEP Spotify hole. Eventually I resurface with a bunch of options for you (amount depending on video length). I send them all in an email and ask if you hate/ love any of them, making sure you approve before getting into the edit!
I rarely have issues with the music's legal use, but if I do, I will cover any extraneous costs. The other conflict with copyright is music use on Facebook. I always post the video on Facebook for easy sharing, but sometimes the video is partially muted or flagged because we don’t have the rights to the music (single-use licenses cost hundreds of dollars, and I want to save you a buck!) The good news is Vimeo does not mute or flag videos for music use, so your video will live there happily ever after!
does the content differ between video lengths?
For the most part, no. The important stuff will always be included (first looks, vows, "you may now kiss your bride", first dance, cake cutting, etc.) But of course I am able to include more content in longer videos! They're all generally are separated into thirds, regardless of length. 1/3 is spent on everything before the ceremony- preparation, getting dressed, first look, detail shots, etc. 1/3 is spent on the ceremony. And the last third is spent on the reception. (Assuming I am scheduled to be there for the whole day!)
I almost always include audio of the vows during the ceremony, but that tends to be the only day-of audio that I use. I can use audio from any other moment if you request it! The longer the video is, the more time I can dedicate to whatever you want me to prioritize! For example- your maid of honor's speech, a specific reading from the ceremony, or any other moment that meant a lot to you. The more input you give me, the more challenging and fun it is on my end!
What do you need from me before the wedding?
Honestly, very little. I will have very little influence on your wedding day because you shouldn't have to worry about me! I know you're drowning in prep/ day-of details already. In your contract, you will give me all of your contact info, the addresses of all day-of locations (prep, ceremony, and reception sites), and what time I should get there/ leave. That's pretty much all I need! I will request a timeline 2 weeks out form your wedding if you don't provide one before then. I follow the photographers/ planner's schedule and collect video behind-the-scenes style. You'll barely even notice I'm there (:
what else is included with the edited video?
You're going to get a 16 GB USB drive that includes:
A full video of your ceremony with clean audio (collected from a small lapel mic on the groom or officiant). This is usually one, unedited shot from my second camera on a tripod.
Full video of your first look (if you have one)
Full, unedited videos of the speeches during the reception.
Any other clips that you request! (I'll usually toss in some dancing clips, your first dance, cake cutting, and any cute/ funny moments form the day)
should I pay for a second shooter?
I will be completely honest with you- I have done 20+ videos without a second shooter and I got everything I needed. It feels like my second nature to know when and where I need to be to get the shot! I will admit that it is nice to have a second shooter during the ceremony or during the getting-ready part of the day if the guys are at a different, far away location. However, it’s still possible to do it on my own! If you are getting married anywhere but ITP Atlanta, I wouldn’t recommend a second shooter, as you will have to pay for their travel, as well. Let’s talk about it, if you’re still not sure (:
How do you pronounce your last name?
like putting a W sound in front of "art"
If I didn't answer your question, please let me know below! Or call me at 404-432-5525.