Photography and Cinematography

Combined Wedding Package

Scarlet Creek Weddings has partnered with us to offer a combined photo/video package featuring a team which has worked together for several years.

 

To see the Scarlet Creek Weddings portfolio, click here.

This is an exclusive package Scarlet Creek offers in combination with our studio.

Full Service Photo/Video Package ($7500)

Photo

Pre-Wedding Consultation
Personal attention and assistance throughout both your wedding planning and wedding day journeys
Up to 9 hours coverage with one lead photographer

Up to 6 hours coverage with a second photographer

All of your high resolution, non-watermarked images on USB flash drive in a custom keepsake box

A 16x20 Fine Art Canvas Gallery Wrap

No limits on the number of images taken

An online gallery plus free mobile app for easy photo sharing

Unlimited personal use rights to print and publish your photos

Post-wedding consultation to help with showcasing your favorite images

Archival storage of your photographs up to five years

State Sales Tax and up to 150 miles round trip travel

Video

All day coverage with one cinematographer

Second cinematographer for eight hours
Full Ceremony Edit

Full Reception Edit (Entrances, Special Dances, Toasts, Cake, Dancing Highlights)

6-10 minute Wedding Story Film

60 second teaser trailer for Instagram

Online Digital Delivery and Viewing

Video Album

Frequently Asked Questions - Cinematography

Every wedding is different, and every wedding has aspects which make it unique. While certain details are important in telling the story to one couple's wedding, those details may not be as important or necessary in telling the story of another couple. While not necessary, we highly recommend scheduling a phone or in-person meeting about your videography before your wedding day, so that we can better understand and fulfill your expectations.

Why Combine Photography and Cinematography?

Photographers and Cinematographers often have to work together toward a common goal: documenting your day completely, professionally, artistically, and cooperatively. When you have two companies who are not familiar with their working styles, sometimes it can create technically challenging situations. Having two studios who have worked together for years brings you the benefit of well-honed cooperative working styles and skill sets. It also means you're only having to contract, pay, communicate, and plan with one vendor company.

What is the Wedding Story Film?

The Wedding Story Film is a truncated version of your day, much smaller in file size and much more easily shared with friends and family. It includes highlights of the "extra time" things happening during your day, in addition to highlights of your other included videos (ceremony, reception).

 

It is not common to include cocktail hour footage or footage of your post-ceremony portraits being taken, only because it really isn't that important in relation to your ceremony and reception, and we are trying to keep your highlight film tight. Sometimes the couples' portraits and/or wedding party portrait process might be filmed. Rarely do we record the process of taking family photos. But, we might be taking video in these and other times just to see if any specific moments or emotions can be captured which might be an important part of telling your wedding day highlight story. Just don't expect a video of the same exact picture your photographers are taking, and don't assume everything we shoot is going to be in your Wedding Story film. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a highlight film, which it is intended to be.

 

All of that said, if you would like for any of those moments outside of the ceremony and reception to very specifically be included in your Wedding Story Film, please let us know before the wedding so that we may be prepared to make a specific effort to film during those activities.

What is Included in the Ceremony Edit?

Strictly speaking, a wedding ceremony is defined as the Processional to the Recessional. Based on the logistics of many wedding days, sometimes that is the first thing we can shoot when we get on site, depending on the timing of wedding party arrival. Logistics may make it impractical to cover much of the pre-ceremony activities, such as you getting out of your transportation or waiting in the wings. Therefore, it is important to let us know if there are important moments which will occur outside of the Processional and Recessional. For example, if you have a relative singing a song during the pre-ceremony music, let us know. If your receiving line is important to have video coverage of, let us know in advance.

 

Additionally, unless instructed otherwise, we do not usually record the departure of the couple from the church unless it's a specific staged event. In other words, if your guests are waiting outside to shower you with bubbles or rice or sugar pellets or paintball guns or slightly under-cooked pasta, then we'll capture that. If it's just you leaving the church and everyone is still inside, it's redundant "leaving" after filming you leaving the altar, and you leaving down the aisle. For other wishes, be sure to communicate thoroughly with us about your vision for how your ceremony footage should end.

What is included in the Reception Edit?

You will receive a linear storytelling of your reception, and highlights of the dancing (which can become redundant quickly). This will include all of the important moments and optional activities sometimes included in receptions such as bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting, special guest appearances, and moments like that. Ours is a very documentary style video approach. We encourage you to see samples on Scarlet Creek's web site (see link near the top of this page) so that you may know what to expect in terms of our video style.

What is NOT Typically included in my video?

While many of the hundreds of weddings whose stories we have told incorporate many of the same elements which couples have expressed over time as important, sometimes a couple might feel other parts of the wedding day are also important. We have various reasons for not typically capturing certain things in video, especially when they're already being documented in photographs, because it's either redundant or isn't usually considered a relevant part of the story happening before or between the ceremony and reception. Remember, that the term "movies" is short for "moving pictures". We tend to capture things happening in motion, not re-creating your still photographs with several seconds of video. Here is a list of things we don't normally include in a wedding video unless you ask us to in advance:

 

  • Ceremony and reception details. Getting a "trucking" or "panning" shot of your table flowers might be fine for some videos, but they're redundant to the photos you're already getting of those same flowers. Getting Ready video coverage normally includes clips of the wedding details, as well as various things being done with those details. A motion picture video of cannoli sitting on a plate isn't all that visually dynamic. We're happy to do it if you ask us, but we need to know this in advance. This includes food, desserts, table favors, table settings, and environmental details such as a wide video shot of an empty room or the exterior of a building.
  • Communion by members of the congregation. In Catholic nuptial masses, the entire congregation usually takes communion. They sometimes also do this in Rite of Marriage ceremonies which might be typically shorter than a full mass. Some other denominations take part in the Holy Eucharist during which the congregation might take communion in addition to the couple. Because the couple and their wedding party know they are "on" as it were, they are very aware things are being filmed and know they might be filmed taking communion. The guests are not part of the wedding party and for some people communion is a very private experience. Some Catholic churches have even told us not to film communion. Therefore, we do not normally photograph or film non-wedding party congregants taking communion.
  • Receiving line. There are multiple reasons we don't typically film this. First, it is loud and no one can really tell what is being said anyway. Second, it is frequently crowded and we would be getting very much in the way, which is something we strive never to do to you or your guests. Third, it is not actually part of the ceremony, which ended at the Recessional. If video coverage of your receiving line is desired, this is definitely something we need to know ahead of time.
  • People eating. Cocktail hour is usually a room full of people all talking among themselves as they put food and drink into their mouths. This is not normally flattering, and people often dislike being filmed eating. There are cultural exceptions to this. For some cultures, one person feeding another is a sign of affection and is a definite "moment" to capture in video footage. Or, a tiny human shoving a cupcake into their mouths is cute and adorable, and is a definite "moment" to capture in video footage. Grandma navigating bacon-covered scallops and dentures? Not so much.
  • Photo sessions. It might be part of your day, but in a story-telling sense, capturing video of your photos being taken isn't all that interesting. On a few occasions we have been asked to film this, and we are happy to do so if notified ahead of time that you want us to. It's decent footage to potentially add to a highlight reel if you want it, but there's really no other place to put it. Unless there is a very memorable moment associated with the process of having your photograph taken, it's not likely going to be used and should not be expected.
  • DJ introductions. The family and wedding party introduction into the reception is certainly documented. We do try and get at least the audio of all DJ introductions, but actually filming that sequence of events is often awkward. The reason for that is, in most cases these announcements are happening above some other activity. For example, the DJ might be clearing the dance floor for a parent dance. Between that video of people leaving the dance floor, there is often a rather sizable gap of time between the announcement itself, and the parent and child making it out to the dance floor. The same is true with speeches and toasts. Again, we will happily film all of that dead time for you, but we need to know in advance that you want the DJ's announcement included.
  • Raw footage. You would not ask a sculptor for the marble or clay cut away and discarded from the material they used which was not formed into the statue. There would be no reason to ask the same from your cinematographer. There is certainly a cutting room floor in the digital world, and the things we cut are moments when people do not look or feel their best. They are the moments when people are adjusting clothing or pulling an unattractive expression. They are the moments of repetition in dance when you've already done the same dance move for the last 30 seconds. They are the moments which don't tell the story of your wedding day. We don't include these for a reason.

What is Online Digital Delivery and Viewing? Don't I Get a DVD?

You will be sent a link to an online web site with your video, containing a menu structure for selecting different parts of your wedding day footage. You will also be able to download the digital movie files directly from this site. This web address is easily shared with friends and family just by sharing the link. As for a DVD, in this increasingly digital world, DVDs are making their way out. DVD inclusion as an add-on is even being phased out for any wedding taking place after May 1, 2020. DVD quality level has not kept up with the digital technology improvements the industry has used moving forward. The quality of our video is diminished on a DVD, especially when played on standard definition television sets.

Can I Choose My Wedding Video Music?

We have invested in several royalty-free music files which provide the music we need to use with highlights. We are happy to help you select from our library, but we are unwilling to use copyrighted songs. Using copyrighted music for this purpose would cost a significant amount of money, a fee which would have to be passed on to you. Using copyrighted music without permission is a violation of International Copyright Law and is not something we will engage in. If you have seen other wedding videos using copyrighted music, it's very likely it was done illegally. We are simply not willing to take that risk. Part of our annual expense budget is to build a library of music which has been specifically purchased for our legal use in our videos. If you think no one will notice, think again. These videos are online and there are algorithms out there searching for illegal use of the music (as there should be). If you think no one will enforce the law, think again. Wedding videographers have been sued. It does happen. We're not going to be one of them. Additionally, I know some professional composers personally and when I see their music being used illegally it makes me upset. I'm also a published composer and would be livid if I found someone using my music illegally. And you can bet I would go after them.

Do You Offer Drone Coverage? Are You Licensed?

Yes and yes, but those are not the only considerations. We are required by law to follow FAA regulations in terms of where drones may or may not be used, and we must comply with venue rules regarding use of drones during any portion of the wedding day. Weather is also a prominent factor. Please communicate with us about your wishes for drone coverage and we will be happy to discuss the options with you.

How Long Until I Get My Video?

The standard turnaround time for wedding video delivery is six months. The editing process is extensive and time consuming. We know you are eager to get your video, especially since you received your photographs within 6-8 weeks (or faster). However, please be patient so that we can take the time to make sure your video is the best it can be.

Combine photo and video into one package and save. Scarlet Creek Weddings has partnered with us to provide an excellent deal with a photo/video team that has worked together for years. Our combined photography and cinematography packages start at $4700.

 

To see the Scarlet Creek Weddings portfolio, click here

Package One - $4700

Photo:
Up to 7 hours coverage with one photographer

 

Personal attention and assistance throughout both your wedding planning and wedding day journeys

 

All of your high resolution,
non-watermarked images
on USB flash drive
in a custom keepsake box

 

A 16x20 Fine Art
Canvas Gallery Wrap

 

No limits on the
number of images taken

 

An online gallery plus free
mobile app for easy photo sharing

 

Unlimited personal use rights
to print and publish your photos

 

Post-wedding consultation to help
you showcase your favorite images

 

Archival storage of your
photographs up to five years

 

State Sales Tax included

 

150 miles round trip travel
(Ask about destination weddings)

 

Video:

7 hours of coverage

 

Ceremony edit: processional, vows, rings, kiss, and recessional

 

Reception edit: Entrances, First Dance, Parents Dances, and Toasts

 

3-5 minute Highlight Film

 

Online Digital Delivery and Viewing

Package Two - $5900

Photo:
Up to 9 hours coverage with one photographer

 

Up to 5 hours coverage with a second photographer

 

Personal attention and assistance throughout both your wedding planning and wedding day journeys

 

All of your high resolution,
non-watermarked images
on USB flash drive
in a custom keepsake box

 

A 16x20 Fine Art
Canvas Gallery Wrap

 

No limits on the
number of images taken

 

An online gallery plus free
mobile app for easy photo sharing

 

Unlimited personal use rights
to print and publish your photos

 

Post-wedding consultation to help
you showcase your favorite images

 

Archival storage of your
photographs up to five years

 

State Sales Tax included

 

150 miles round trip travel
(Ask about destination weddings)

 

Video:

Up to 9 hours coverage with one cinematographer

 

Up to 5 hours coverage with a second cinematographer

 

Full Ceremony Edit

 

Reception edit: Entrances, First Dance, Parents Dances, and Toasts

 

3-5 minute Highlight Film

 

60 second teaser trailer for Instagram

 

Online Digital Delivery and Viewing

Package Three - $7500

Photo:
Up to 9 hours coverage with one photographer

 

Up to 6 hours coverage with a second photographer

 

An engagement session

 

A 30-page side 12x12 Sunrise Album

 

Personal attention and assistance throughout both your wedding planning and wedding day journeys

 

All of your high resolution,
non-watermarked images
on USB flash drive
in a custom keepsake box

 

A 16x20 Fine Art
Canvas Gallery Wrap

 

No limits on the
number of images taken

 

An online gallery plus free
mobile app for easy photo sharing

 

Unlimited personal use rights
to print and publish your photos

 

Post-wedding consultation to help
you showcase your favorite images

 

Archival storage of your
photographs up to five years

 

State Sales Tax included

 

200 miles round trip travel
(Ask about destination weddings)

 

Video:

9 hours of coverage with one cinematographer

 

6 hours coverage with a second cinematographer

 

Full Ceremony Edit

 

Full Reception edit: Entrances, First Dance, Parents Dances, Toasts, Cake, and Dancing

 

6-10 minute Wedding Story Film

 

60 second teaser trailer for Instagram

 

One Blu Ray or DVD

 

Video Album

Package Four - $11,000

Photo:
Up to 12 hours coverage with one photographer

 

Up to 8 hours coverage with a second photographer

 

An engagement session

 

A 30-page side 12x12 Premium Pacific Album

 

Custom Thank You Cards (up to 200)

 

72-Hour Rush Editing added at no additional charge

 

Personal attention and assistance throughout both your wedding planning and wedding day journeys

 

All of your high resolution,
non-watermarked images
on USB flash drive
in a custom keepsake box

 

A 20x24 Fine Art Canvas
Gallery Wrap with Float Frame

 

No limits on the
number of images taken

 

An online gallery plus free
mobile app for easy photo sharing

 

Unlimited personal use rights
to print and publish your photos

 

Post-wedding consultation to help
you showcase your favorite images

 

Archival storage of your
photographs up to five years

 

State Sales Tax included

 

250 miles round trip travel
(Ask about destination weddings)

 

Video:

12 hours of coverage with one cinematographer

 

8 hours coverage with a second cinematographer

 

One audio and lighting technician

 

Full Ceremony Edit

 

Full Reception Edit

 

6-10 minute Wedding Story Film

 

Guest Arrival Vignette

 

Cocktail Hour Vignette

 

Blooper Reel

 

60 second teaser trailer for Instagram

 

Online digital delivery and viewing

 

Files on a USB Flash Drive

 

One Blu Ray or DVD

 

Video Album

 

Two additional Wedding Film Playbook and DVDs for parent gifts

 

Raw footage

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