We get asked a lot of questions, so we figured we would answer the ones we get asked the most to help you out!
How soon should I hire my videographer?
Depending on the month that you are getting married in, you should typically hire your videographer about 10-18 months before your wedding date. If you aren’t having a long engagement, your date might still be available. The earlier you can reserve your date, the better chance you’ll be sure to have us be there!
How many videographers will be present at my wedding?
Our base package includes 1 cinematographer, and typically an assistant to help load gear (depends on the wedding). Our upgrades include 2 cinematographers.
How long will it take to receive my finished wedding film?
Depending on the time of the year it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to receive your wedding film. We have delivered films within a couple of months, and at certain times it has taken up to 8 months. It differs every year.
Does Redeemed Productions carry insurance, and are you licensed as a business?
Yes! Simply put, we are covered. Always ask your vendors if they carry insurance, and if they are licensed to be doing work in the state. You would be surprised at how many people go buy a camera and call themselves “professionals.”
Can we meet and talk about my ideas for my wedding film?
Absolutely! We want to meet with you and get to know you! It helps us, and even makes our job easier when we can sit down and get to know our couples and really listen to how they envision their big day! It’s our job to tell the story, so the more we can learn about you, the better!
Do you have recommendations for other great wedding professionals?
Of course we do! We have filmed hundreds of weddings now, and have had the privilege to get to know several wedding professionals. We only recommend the vendors we can trust.
How much can I expect to invest in my wedding film?
Cinematography Collections begin at $3950, locally.
Photography Collections begin at $3450, locally.
How long have you been filming weddings? And how many do you do per year?
The 2017 season is our 11th wedding season. We have shot well over 500 weddings at this point. We can’t believe how fast the time has flown by, and how many amazing couples we have had the honor of working with over the years!
How would you describe your style — more documentary, cinematic or a mix of both?
Our editing and shooting style is more of a cinematic type of story telling. We don’t necessarily always edit in chronological order. We listen and look for key moments or elements that happened on your big day to emphasize in your film. This could include moments such as the officiants message during the ceremony or speeches at the reception.
What input do you want from us, and what do you prefer to have final say on?
Because what we do is extremely artistic and unique, we prefer not to be put into a box when it comes to the creativity of your wedding film. In our consultations we will do our best to figure out exactly what you want for your wedding film. We ask for the creative freedom to shoot and edit the film how we see necessary. Nothing makes our job harder than you giving us a list of 100 things that “must be filmed.” We do want to know anything out of the ordinary that you want to make sure is on film (a grandma, a special piece of decor, etc)
Do we get to choose the music?
The vast majority of wedding videographers illegally use music that is not licensed to be put into their films. We have access to a music licensing company that we can use to purchase licenses on songs. We try to find songs similar to your favorite bands or songs. If there is a song your really want, we can see if it is something that we can license.
How does your pricing work?
We have a base option that begins at $3950 for 1 shooter for 5 hours, and work up to $6950 for 2 shooters for 8 hours of time. We have different edits that come within these upgrades. Everything is customizable, but we have some starting options to get you going for your wedding film!
What does your camera and equipment look like?
We shoot strictly Canon. Our main cameras that we use are our Canon C100s. These cameras are from Canon’s Cinema line. They look incredible in low and bright light. So no matter how dark your venue may look to the eye, our cameras are able to make it seem light and show every detail. We use Canon L-Series Lenses and Zeiss prime lenses as well. We also bring lights to help in darker situations that we sometimes leave up the entire reception. To capture your audio during your ceremony, we have a lapel microphone for the minister, as well as the groom. These microphones pick up the bride’s audio for vows. We also work with your DJ or AV company to plug into their board to record anything that goes through speakers. During the reception we plug in audio recording devices to the in house sound system, or your DJs board to get great audio of your speeches and toasts. We also put a lapel mic on the speech givers in most situations.
What if I don’t like certain parts of my film?
This is always a sticky subject. At the end of the day we want you to be happy. But if we don’t have a policy in place, sometimes things can get out of hand with moms, mother-in-law, and family watching the film and wanting changes. After we deliver your film, we give you 1 week to proof the film and give us a green light before we send you a final export, as well as post on social media. If you have any basic changes (add a shot of grandma, remove a shot of your brother’s ex girlfriend, etc.) we make one round of changes at no charge, at up to 1 hour of editing time. Any extensive edits (audio changes, timeline changes, etc.) are billed at an hourly rate set at the time of the changes. You are hiring us to be the professionals, and we take that very seriously. We know you are trusting our judgement to make the best film possible, with all of the context we have. We have seen all of the footage, we have listened to all of the speeches, and are going to put together the most flattering video possible.
What else should I know about wedding videography?
The truth is you only get 1 chance to do it right. If you are dealing with someone that is willing to film all day long, with multiple operators, give you all of the raw footage, dvds, etc., etc. for $1000, you might want to take a step back and see what is missing. Most of the time they are showing you a 2-3 minute highlight reel with the best of their best shots, and it will rarely include audio from the ceremony or reception. Your wedding video is one of the only items you get to take away with you from your wedding day. You can’t go back and get more footage, or better audio once it happens. Are you going to really trust your uncle to do that for you?
How far in advance should we book Redeemed Productions?
We recommend anywhere from 9-15 months before the wedding. Depending on the year, we may be completely out of space over a year out from the day. Be sure to contact us and reserve the day with a deposit.
Do you deliver every image you shoot?
We deliver all of the edited images. We take the time to go through all of your images and delete any ones that don’t meet Redeemed Productions’ standards
What type of equipment do you use?
We use Canon 5D Mark iii’s and Canon L-Series Lenses. Our crew brings flash and extra lighting to ensure the proper look.
Have you shot at my venue before?
We have shot hundreds of weddings, so chances are we have. But if we haven’t, we’d be glad to show you images from similar venues, and even do a complimentary walk through with you! You can always click the magnifying glass on our menu bar and type in your venue name to see if we have blogged any recent weddings at your venue.
Do you offer partial day coverage?
The least amount of coverage we will do on a wedding day is for 5 hours. If you have an unusual circumstance, let us know about it and we will see what we can do. Some couples will have a destination wedding and want reception photos locally, so we will make an exception for that. We do our best to take care of you, so never feel like you can’t ask us!
Do you offer Boudoir Photos?
Yes we do! Our photographers will do boudoir sessions in a private location. All images are private to you, the bride. Each session comes with a leather bound album with the edited images. We’ve never had a groom that was upset that his bride did a session for him! Contact us to see samples of our boudoir photos.
Can I see a full event from start to finish?
Click here to see a link to some of our recent galleries. We recommend that you never hire a photographer until you’ve seen a full gallery from a wedding, engagement, and bridal session.
Can I give you a list of shots?
Of course! We love having an idea of what you like. We do ask that you realize that some images may be out of the realm of possibility. We do our best to capture the images in the way you want! Ideally, you don’t send us a list of 200 shots, with specific details of everything you want from the wedding. We know to capture all of the details, the getting ready, ceremony, and reception. But if you have specific groupings of people you want pictures with that are out of the ordinary, it helps us to know who you want beforehand. We love Pinterest, and we hate Pinterest. Sometimes brides want us to recreate 45 photos from Pinterest, so that gets a little taxing. We have a specific style that we convey on our site, and hope you can trust us to make the best call when it comes to your wedding photos.
How do we view the photos?
After every session (engagement, bridals, boudoir, and wedding) we have the option (depending on the time of the year) for a photo premiere where you can come to our studio to view your photos. If that doesn’t work, we can send you a link to view the images. We walk through the photos with you and narrow them down so you can choose from your favorites for your engagement book, wedding album, canvases, and prints if you’d like!
Do you offer ordering sessions?
Absolutely! We have photography labs that we use that are unavailable to the public so we can get you the best prices on the best quality prints. There is nothing worse than you taking our photos and getting them printed on low quality materials, so we do our best to give you the best prices out there! All photos that you print through us we go in a second time to do final touch ups to make sure nothing is out of place in the picture (blemishes, a hair out of place, etc.).
What does it cost to book you, and what do I get?
Our base package starts at $3450 and includes 1 Photographer for 5 hours, digital images with print release, and a print credit. We have upgrades from there that include engagement albums, a wedding album, more coverage, multiple photographers, and more. A deposit reserves your day.
How many weddings do you take a day? Will I know my photographer?
Our company is a team of professionals, so we are able to take multiple weddings per day. Unlike a boutique studio, we can guarantee a professional photographer will be at your wedding. All of our shooters have been trained to lead shoot, or second shoot with us. Our lead shooters have been with us at least 2 years, and have shot several hundred weddings between them. We pair you with a photographer that fits your style, and personality. You will get to meet them beforehand, and they do all of your sessions. So you will definitely feel comfortable with them before they are with you on the wedding day!
Is it okay for me to have other photographers at the event?
This is always an interesting one for us. “My uncle came and brought his new Canon 1Dx, can he shoot?” It is your wedding, if you are paying us to be there, we don’t see why you’d want them to be taking pictures too. We do require that any other people taking photos show respect for us and that we are the main focus of the events. As for people and their phones, we ask that you have an “unplugged” ceremony. This is simply a wedding with no cell phone pics, or ipads, or any electronics. Typically the minister will announce at the beginning of the wedding that the couple has asked the guests don’t take pictures or videos during the ceremony as they have hired professionals. This makes our job much easier!
How long after the wedding will I get my proofs?
Depending on the time of the year we typically take anywhere from 2-8 weeks to get your images to you.