Video captures the sights and sounds of your wedding day like no other medium can do. Photography is a staple of every wedding day, but increasingly, video is being seen as equally (or more) important to document the wedding. How else can you capture the vows, the toasts, and the movement of the day? While photography will always have its place at the wedding, we believe that adding videography services to your wedding day will be a decision you will be glad you made.
Wedding videography is much more than just setting up a camera on a tripod and recording the day’s events. Our style of wedding video brings a cinematic quality that brings your film to life! We use equipment that is normally reserved only for cinematic films, such as cranes, helicopters, dollies, steadicams, wireless audio systems, timelapse, and much, much more. Please take a look at our sample videos above and below to get a sense of how our films are different from your average wedding video.
We believe in capturing the wedding day in the most unobtrusive way possible. We have filmed over scores of weddings and have participated in over 150 weddings total since 2007. The experience we’ve gained in the years we’ve provided wedding services has prepared us to provide you with what is sure to be a valuable addition to your family history for years to come.
From Aaron Yates:
I started my multimedia business in 2007 focusing entirely on wedding videography. I am passionate about filming weddings, and that passion shows through in our work, I believe. Too many brides tell me that they want video of their wedding day, but they just can’t afford it. I think that’s terrible, and I think video should be within the reach of every bride, and I’ve designed our pricing accordingly. Is video expensive? Absolutely. But what part of your wedding day is cheap, and which parts will you treasure forever? Who will even remember what you served for dinner, or how many bars were available, or what types of flowers were on the tables? But your wedding video… that will be remembered and treasured forever. I promise that you won’t remember everything that happens on your wedding day, but the video will remember, and you’ll cherish it. Just ask our clients!
Packages and Pricing
Below you will find our current wedding services catalog with pricing and package information. Please contact us if anything is unclear or if you have any further questions!
Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer (The Knot)
There is a great resource on The Knot about what to ask your potential videographers. We’ve gone ahead and written out responses to those questions so that you can learn a little bit more about what we do and how we do it. (http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-photography-videography/articles/12-questions-to-ask-your-wedding-videographer.aspx)
How long have you been filming weddings? And how many do you do per year?
Aaron Yates has been filming weddings since 2007. The number of weddings we film per year fluctuates based on demand and availability, but generally about 12-16 weddings per year. We limit ourselves to no more than 16 so that we can stay fresh and excited about each wedding, rather than becoming an assembly-line videographer. We want each wedding to be unique, fun, and have the personality of the client reflected in the work. If we take on too many, we lose that individuality and excitement.
Are there any other pros in the area you love to work with?
Yes, of course! We work very well with other wedding vendors. Viridian Design is one of our favorite wedding planners and florists. Love, Me Photography (Allison Jeffers); Rebecca McCoy; and Images by Mike Keith are some of our favorite photographers to work with. But we work with all kinds of professionals on a regular basis, and cooperation with other vendors is one of our highest priorities on your wedding day.
How would you describe your style — more documentary, cinematic or a mix of both?
We like to do a mix of both styles. While there are certain aspects of the day that lend themselves to a more documentary style, we take every opportunity to incorporate cinematic elements as well. By bringing multiple videographers and cameras, as we do with all of our packages, we are able to accomplish both at the same time. Be sure to check our samples (above) to get a sense of that style.
What input do you want from us, and what do you prefer to have final say on?
We want your input on everything. The schedule, the hours of coverage, the style of coverage, the level of “intrusion” you’re comfortable with, the pace of your video, the music used in your video… The game is changing in wedding videography for things like music selection, so we want to have a conversation about that. Also, everyone has their own vision in mind for their own wedding, and we want the video to complement that vision of yours. We do ask that we have final creative control of the deliverables, because we feel that our experience and style is the reason you’ve chosen us in the first place, and we want you to trust us with your final products.
How does your pricing work?
We have designed a number of packages that “fit” with the modern wedding day schedule. Hours of coverage and number of deliverables are the variables that most affect the cost. We also have add-ons that you can purchase in addition to what’s in your package… everything from renting audio/visual systems to slideshows to wedding interviews. We’ll go over all of those options with you during your consultation and help you get everything you want that’s within your budget. The reality of our style of videography means that it’s not cheap. We spend 40-60 hours editing your final film, and whereas others have a very assembly-line production, ours is always custom for each client. This style of videography is more costly than just hiring someone to point a camera at the wedding, and that’s not what we do.
Have you ever worked with my photographer? Do you know him or her?
If it’s a local photographer, then we almost certainly have worked together before. If we haven’t, we’ll take the time to introduce ourselves and discuss the plans before your wedding day. As we’ve said, working well with vendors is a high priority, and is also a mark of professionalism. We’ve never had issues with any other vendors before, and we take pride in the fact that we can work well with anyone who is also willing to extend us the same level of professionalism.
Have you shot my ceremony or reception venue before?
There are more wedding venues opening all the time in response to the latest trend of fewer church weddings. We have worked at scores of locations and have probably worked at your venue. If we haven’t, we’ll be excited to work somewhere new! If we have worked there before, we’ll know all the ins and outs of producing your wedding film at that location. We’d love to find out more about your venue and how you plan to use it for the wedding day festivities.
Will you be shooting any other weddings the weekend of my wedding? Will you be the one shooting on the day of?
Almost certainly not. Since we only accept a few weddings per year, we only shoot one wedding per weekend. We feel that we owe it to the bride and groom to be fresh, prepared, and ready serve you exclusively. We will definitely not be filming more than one wedding per weekend. Occasionally we have other services that are offered on the same weekend, such as an audio event or a rental event, but it will not affect the quality of your service.
What does your camera and equipment look like?
We’d love to show you! We use Canon cameras mainly. Many of them will look exactly like your photographer’s camera. Others are slightly different looking, but still do the same job. We’d be excited to tell you all about our unique extra equipment such as cranes, dollies, sliders, tripods, DJI Ronin, GoPros, timelapse cameras, wireless audio devices, and more. Please give us the opportunity to brag about our equipment 🙂
Will there be a second shooter, a stationary camera or any other backup cameras on hand for our wedding?
Yes. Our packages include multiple shooters and multiple cameras, and we always bring backup gear for everything. We’ve learned that redundancy is required for live non-repeatable events like weddings. Since we have had so much experience, we’ve had just about everything go wrong that can go wrong, and we’ve learned what it takes to make sure we roll with those punches and maintain quality no matter what happens.