- Q: As a videographer, how do you go about shooting weddings?Our videographers shoot Philadelphia area weddings and events in a documentary style creating a final product that you, your friends, and family will enjoy watching for years to come. Documentary style of shooting involves capturing the event as it unfolds in a unobtrusive manner. Our goal is to capture the real emotions of the day without getting in the way. We don’t interview guests or do a lot of staged shots. Our videos don’t contain a lot of “cheesy” digital effects. We are trying to tell your story, not show off what our editing system can do.
The wedding video is one thing you purchase for your wedding that actually gets more valuable as time goes on. Long after the food has been eaten and the dress put away your wedding video will still be a fresh reminder of the day. Imagine the joy you will have when you show the video to your kids in 10 years or to your grand kids in 30 years. While your still photographs will capture single snap shots of the day your wedding film will bring you right back to the moment. After all, a wedding is a live event and just like a football game it can sometimes be more exciting to watch on TV than looking at photos.
- Q: What is included in my documentary feature film?Your documentary feature film includes all the major moments of your wedding day provided in full for you to have for years to come. It includes the full ceremony using the live sound from the day from the first brides maid to process down the aisle to the last couple to recess out of the ceremony. We place wireless microphones on everyone that speaks (groom, officiant, soloists, etc) to ensure high quality audio for the ceremony. We will cut between the available cameras to show you all different prospectives. The more videographers you have on location the more angles we have for the ceremony.
The feature film also includes your introductions, first dance, toasts, and other special dances all in full. We get an audio feed from your DJ or band to capture quality audio along with placing mircophones on all speakers. Other portions of the day that we are present for (depending on package level) such as getting ready, photo session, cocktail hr, etc are presented in a montage format set to music that you are able to choose and provide us. The run time of your documentary feature film varies depending on how long the ceremony is, how long the toasts and reception formalities are, and how long you have us on location for your wedding. Typically a video with a church ceremony will run around 90 minutes and a wedding with a shorter ceremony at the reception site will run around 60 minutes
- Q: What kind of cameras do your videographers use?We shoot weddings and events several different types of cameras including the Canon C100 Mark II, Panasonic AG-AC160, OSMO Pro Gimbal Camera, and drones if you elect to add the drone add-on. They are professional High Definition cameras capable of shooting up to 1080P HD video. They are rated for low light making them excellent to handle weddings.
- Q:Why do I need more then one videographer? Having multiple videographers adds a great deal of value. We like to think of this as adding a 3rd dimension to the video. With a single videographer we are in the back for a wedding ceremony or event and even though we get great coverage of those on the alter or stage, it’s not possible to get many close-ups of your family and friends. During the reception the additional videographers allow for more angles during your dances, toasts, and other key moments.
- Q: Will your videographers work well with other vendors like photographers, DJ’s, planners, etc?It’s our job to coordinate with all of your vendors. We like to talk to photographers, DJ’s, and planners ahead of time to eliminate any surprises on the big day. It is our philosophy that videography is just as important to our clients as photography so when we reach out to photographers we ask that they work with us as a team throughout the day to ensure we both get the shots we need. If you are still in the planning stages for your event or wedding let us know. We have worked with many excellent professionals in the tri-state area over the years and would be happy to recommend them to you.
- Q: How will your team be dressed at our wedding?We dress in business casual attire, wearing black polo or button down shirts and black slacks. For reasons of safety and mobility we don’t wear ties or jackets.
- Q: What about the sound, I’ve watched some wedding and event videos and the audio was so low you could hardly hear the people talking. Do your videographers just use the camera microphone?Our videographers don’t rely on the camera microphone. We use Sennheiser wireless microphones to capture most of the audio and we also have small portable recorders that we can place for even more ambient sound. We prefer to place a wireless clip-on microphone on the groom and officiant to capture most of the audio at the ceremony. We use the same microphone to capture the best man’s speech at the reception if we are not able to get a feed directly from the DJ or band.
- Q: How long before I get my edited video?Editing your video is a very time consuming process, and of course we want to take the time to ensure your final product is as good as we can possible make it.
We edit jobs in the order they were shot and we will be able to give you a good turnaround estimate when your big day gets closer. For wedding clients wishing to view something quickly, we recommend purchasing our 18 or 24 karat package that include a short 2 minute movie style trailer online within 2 weeks of your event.
We are in constant communication with our clients during the editing process to keep them informed of our progress.
- Q: Where will my video be shared, I’m concerned about my privacy?Your trailer and highlight films will be posted both on our blog and our Facebook page to allow you to share with your family and friends. We understand that some clients may not want this and we offer privacy options at a nominal fee that will ensure your video is not shared outside of our editing staff.
- Q: What if I want more copies of the edited video, how long will you keep a copy of my event?The files on your USB drive are not copy protected and can be copied as you see fit. If you’d like to purchase any additional copies from us we always recommend purchasing at the time of the event. We will have your event video available for additional copies for at least one year after the wedding.
- Q: Is your company insured?Valley Creek Productions has liability insurance through CNA Insurance, workmans comp insurance through Hartford and Drone liability insurance through Lords of London. If your event venue requires vendors to be insured let us know and we can provide proof of insurance to them.
- Q: How do I find out about pricing?All of our wedding videography package prices are listed on our site. Please contact us for a more detailed list.
- Q: How can I check to see if you are available for my wedding? Please contact us and we can confirm availability.
- Q: I want to schedule a consultation. When can you meet? Please contact us and we will find a time that works for you. Justin does all consultations at his home office located in Coatesville, PA.
- Q: What is required to book the date and lock in my videographer? To book the date all you need to do is go through and sign off on the contract to protect both parties and then you need to provide 1/3 of the balance due as a non-refundable retainer to lock the date in. We can take both the contract and the check at your consultation, or you can mail it to the address on the contract.
- Q: How early should I book my videographer?When you first contact us we will be able to let you know if your date is available. We would recommend booking at least six months in advance. During peak wedding periods we would recommend booking even earlier. It is not uncommon for prospective clients to meet with us and book more than a year in advance.