Why should we have our wedding recorded?

A wedding is a (hopefully) once off event in your life but the day goes so fast it's hard to see everything that takes place and harder to take it all in. Getting the day videoed allows you to watch those fleeting moments you may have missed or just want to relive. In the future you might like to share the memories of such a perfect day with friends and relatives who weren't there (perhaps even future descendants) and a wedding film is a great way to do it.  Wedding films can record character, personality and emotion in a way that still photos do not. Suppose somebody said to you "I am holding two boxes. One contains your great-grandparents' wedding photos, and the other contains their wedding film. You can open only one. Which do you choose?" What choice would you make?

Will you be annoying me and my guests?

Believe it or not, it is possible to have a professional videographer unobtrusive enough so that guests do not realize a videographer is present. I do not set up shots and do not ask people to pose or take direction. Nobody at the wedding will be asked to do anything for the camera that they do not want to do. Shots of people are mostly gathered from distance capturing people in their natural state. Guest interviews (should you choose to have them) are sought voluntarily. Nobody is pressurised or made feel they have to take part. Guests are there to enjoy the day and I won't interfere with that.

There was a time video cameras were huge ungainly things requiring huge amounts of lighting and space on the day of weddings. Videographers in the past (and even a few remain today) who try to fake moments and emotions, offering direction and set up shots. This put people off from getting their day recorded which has been a source of regret for many couples. However with the advent of smaller and better equipment designed to work in low light things have changed. Its now possible to record a wedding with little or no interference on the day. 

Why can the length of the finished DVD vary so much?

There are a number of reasons but it's usually down to the length of the speeches and the time it takes for wellwishers to exit the church. I normally leave in all of both but we can cut down if required. I aim to have the finished length of the final product around 90 minutes long.

Do you use lights?

Never in the church and only for a few minutes at the reception depending on how dark it gets. Occasionally I would use a small on-board diffused LED camera light for the first dance and the cake cutting but apart from that I won't be attracting any moths. There are also rare occasions that I need to use the onboard light during speeches but generally hotels bring up the in-house lighting for speeches negating the need for additional lighting.

How long until my film is ready?

If you choose the Raw footage package and have provided a suitable harddrive I can transfer all the footage over to you on the day of the wedding if you want. For the edited version the wait is normally about two months (assuming you have provided me with a list of any required music) but during the busy summer months you may need to allow up to three months. It can be done quick or it can be done right: Which would you prefer!

I can get the same package much cheaper elsewhere- why should I hire you?

Like everything in this world you get what you pay for. There are videographers out there who will do a wedding cheaply but don't be surprised when they turn up on the day in jeans and a tee-shirt with a cheap handycam, no backup equipment, no dedicated audio equipment and a generally bad attitude.

I take huge pride in my work and want to produce a product that you will love. I use the latest high definition broadcast quality cameras, digital audio recorders and state of the art editing equipment to deliver a DVD that you will watch again and again. I don't take short cuts on the day and treat evey wedding as unique. I try to be as discrete as possible to catch everybody at their most natural and generally try and blend in with the crowd, always wearing proper wedding attire.

I offer a very competitive packages to suit all budgets and can tailor packages to suit all needs. I am only happy with the finished product when you are happy with the finished product.

Are you a videographer or a cinematographer and what's the difference?

Im a videographer.

It's become something of a buzzword- Cinematographer.

To cut it down to a basic differetiation; A cinematographer uses DSLR cameras. A videographer uses a dedicated videocamera or camcorder.

You may have seen clips on Facebook and Youtube of absolutely stunning weddings complete with drone footage, steadicam shots etc. In most cases they are American weddings often shot on budgets in the tens of thousands of dollars, in fantastic weather, on a sandy beach, with a crew of camera operators and additional shooting on days seperate from the actual wedding.  These short films or highlight videos tend to show very little of the actual event (about 10-15 minutes at most) and are edited Hollywood-style, with a speech or separate recording acting as narration for a flashy story. 

I consider myself a videographer even though I use multiple cameras for ceremony and speeches and endeavour to capture artistic and asthetically pleasing footage throughout the day. I use dedicated video equipment and offer comprehensive coverage of the all the days events (normally about 90 minutes in lenght) with an additional highlights package set to music at the end (4-5 minutes) 

Alot of wedding video production companes in Ireland are claiming to be cinematographers i.e. to make your finished product look something akin to a big budget film you might see in the cinema. In reality, in Ireland today, most are not.

A videographer records all the main events of the day in full and is just as focused on all the qualities that make compelling video.  The qualities that make a great videographer have little to do with equipment. When shopping for video professionals, don’t let cinematography weigh heavily on your decision. More than anything else, cinematography is simply a marketing term.