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The Multi-Media Market Wedding Videography and Photography

  • How long have you been filming Weddings?
    I've been filming weddings since 2006. My background is in Graphic Design and Event Photography. I've been self employed since 1998. Up til 2024 I've been the Wedding Videographer at over 400 weddings for some fantastic couples all over the Midlands.
  • What makes you different to other Wedding Videographers and Photographers?
    That's a great question. But the answer isn't a simple "I'm just the best Wedding Videographer there is!" There are lots of Wedding Videographers and Photographers in the UK. All providing a fantastic service. Over twenty five years background as a self-employed Graphic Designer, Corporate Film Producer and Photographer has given me a fantastic, self-driven work ethic. The ability to listen to a clients needs, yet deliver premium quality Wedding Videos and Photos at an affordable price. Right from start I'm easily contactable and endeavour to do what I say I will do. I don't understand suppliers who are slow at replying to enquiries from paying clients. In the wedding industry your reputation is everything. It's what pays the bills after all. On the day of your Wedding I’m devoted to making sure I get those vitally important shots but in a way that doesn't offend. I don't direct anyone on the day unless absolutely necessary for video. Being unobtrusive is a major part of my work ethic. Yet I'm quite happy to interact with you and your guests. My Wedding Photography of course demands that at times I need to step-up and organise big groups of people. Also the ability to interact and pose couples in a professional way is extremely important in getting great portraits. Putting thought into where I position cameras. Do I need to move slightly for a better angle? Am I blocking peoples view of the speeches? Is the sound recording as good as it can be given the circumstances? Thinking about natural lighting and how that might change? Do I need to use my own lighting to bring clarity to a location? What is the best camera or lens to use at given points throughout the day. The cameras use dual recording technology incase of any failure of the SD or Compact Flash drives used to record in camera. This applies to both my video and photographic cameras. For big group shots I would shoot at 35mm or as wide as 24mm. For smaller groups I would shoot at over 70mm. And for couples and portraits I would shoot at over 85mm or even 200mm to give the background a softer look. I understand lighting principles such as Short light (which thins the face). Broad light (great for a more masculine look). Split lighting for a dramatic assertive look. Rembrandt lighting for drama and mood. I could go on as there are lots of different lighting techniques. But it's quite a challenge to quickly produce certain types of lighting on a time limit which is often the case at weddings. I edit all the photos and video footage myself on a modern professional edit suite. RAID drives store all the footage which gives a mirrored backup of all the files. This ensures that my style stays consistent throughout a project. During the video editing I colour correct footage and balance audio levels to industry standards. And employ a bit of creative wizardry to make the montages entertaining and emotive. Again when it comes to photography I use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit or enhance an image. Colour and white balance, crop and correct perspective are important to me as I like to style my images in a certain way. I have filmed over 400 weddings to date and the experience gained since 2006 really shows in the way I work. And also how I deal with people. Having worked with many many photographers over the years I've seen all kinds of poses and how different photographers deal with different situations and locations. I'm not afraid of shooting in full sun or semi shade as there are techniques to how to get a couple to pose in these scenarios. I've produced Wedding Videos for very wealthy people as well as normal folk getting hitched. Creative filming and photography is a passion - not a job when you enjoy what you do for a living. So, to sum up I provide value for money, premium quality wedding videos and photography. With a professional yet friendly and reliable customer service right from the word go.
  • How do we Book you to be our Wedding Photographer or Videographer?
    Booking me is simple. Once you confirm the booking via email, text or phone call I will email you a booking form as a word document or pdf file. This also contains my terms and conditions regarding the booking. Once you have completed the booking form it needs to be returned to me. Many couples do this by printing it out, signing it and photographing it on a smart phone. Then they email it back to me. A 50% booking fee is payable to confirm the booking. You will receive a receipt for this payment. Online banking or cheque payments are my preferred methods of receiving funds. Approximately 28 days before your wedding day the balance will be due. Again you will receive a receipt of payment. I will then call you around four days before the wedding so we can go over some details and timings about your fabulous wedding day.
  • How long will my Wedding Video be?
    Your Wedding Video duration will depend on how long the Ceremony and the Speeches last. Some ceremonies can last an hour and speeches could be 10 minutes or an hour and a half! But on average a Silver package is usually about one hour twenty minutes and the whole day gold package around one too two hours in time. The musical montages range between four and seven minutes in length.
  • Do you travel outside of the West Midlands?
    Yes - I've travelled as far as Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Shrewsbury and Leeds to film Wedding Videography. Please note though that I may have to charge mileage or even for overnight accommodation if your venue is a long way from my home in Dudley.
  • When will I receive my finished Wedding Video or Photos?
    I try to complete the Wedding Video Editing within four weeks of receiving your music choices. Some people take a long time to choose their music but it's rare this happens. After the wedding day I will send you an email requesting your music choices for the various musical montages from your day. You can choose any type of music as you will be watching it in the privacy of your own home. However I don't take any legal responsibiliy if you post a montage on social media that uses copyrighted tracks. You may fall foul of the law. And for Photography again I aim to have your image gallery ready for you within four weeks.
  • Do you just offer the packages listed on your website?
    Well - the packages can be altered. You could for instance book the Silver package but also bolt on the Brides morning preparations. Or add the evening party montage. I try to cater for all types of weddings and sometimes the day is a little different but I can quote for a bespoke wedding video or photography package.
  • Do you film and photograph same sex weddings?
    Yes - I've been the Wedding Videographer for many same sex weddings over the years. I can't see why this is a problem for some people.
  • Do you cover asian weddings?
    Yes - I've filmed many types of weddings over the years as a Wedding Videographer. I've filmed Hindu, Sihk, Muslim, Chinese and Egyptian Weddings as well as traditional English weddings. I once filmed a cross cultural wedding at Blenheim Palace.
  • Do you film/photograph and edit Weddings yourself or do you send out freelancers?
    I never send out freelancers unless I'm unable to attend due to ill health. If you book me you will get me! I also video edit the Wedding Videography footage and photos myself using the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Do you require food on the day?
    Of course it's not obligatory to provide food for your suppliers but if I'm there for the whole day I do tend to ask the couple to provide a meal and a drink for myself during the wedding breakfast. You wouldn't want me feinting into your guest's laps during the speeches!
  • What's your Wedding Photography service like?
    I've always been involved in Photography. But this has been mostly for Conferences and Events for corporate industries. Having filmed over 400 weddings since 2006 I've worked with many wonderful wedding photographers. So I've decided to finally offer a Wedding Photography service to the business. With the support of a few local photographers I've known for several years they have helped me to go down this route and expand into this creative media. I'm confident in my ability with cameras to produce great looking wedding photos. And during post production editing I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to professional levels to make great looking images even better. Wedding Photography is very similar to videography. Except you have to deal with people more and be ready for the next great shot. More thought I feel has to go into the lighting of a subject and I've been studying many famous photographers and portrait artists to hone my skills with light. My style is photo-journalistic but also covering group album shots as well as romantic couple photos and portraits. A mixture of full colour and black and white imagery would be supplied. I create photos that are memorable and cherished for a lifetime.
  • How secure are the videos and photos? Are they backed up anywhere?
    Working files are stored on a RAID drive which mirrors data across two separate drives. This allows for an onsite backup of all files on that drive if it should get corrupt or fail. Also I use an ongoing cloud backup service called Backblaze which automatically backs up all files to the cloud in the background. There is no limit on how much data I can backup on Backblaze. So you can see that I take the work I create extremely seriously.
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