FAQ, q+A, advice + tips
Your Yorkshire Wedding interviewed us as part of "Ask The Experts", and Bridebook also had a few questions for us. If you want to ask us anything that's not covered here, get in touch!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives
"Fly-on-the-wall, indie-style, DIY, friendly, down-to-earth."
What about your business are you most proud of?
"The feedback we get is always really nice. As well as being there on the day itself we also spend hours and hours on the edit and by the time you get to the end, you sort of feel a little bit in love with them both, so when they see the finished product and they tell you how happy they are, it really means a lot! Likewise, when you know someone was really nervous beforehand and a little camera-shy, to have them say they felt really at ease with us and happy with the results gives us a massive amount of satisfaction."
What are your top wedding planning tips for couples?
"Remember that the day will fly by in a blur; make sure you get a photographer and filmmakers that you trust and who's work you love. That way you'll be able to relive it all over and over again, and enjoy any little moments you missed on the day.
Don't make the price and your budget the primary consideration when you're browsing your options; find vendors you like first and make that the priority, otherwise it'll be money wasted. When you find someone who's work you like the look of, get in touch; tell them what you're looking for, ask questions, tell them if there's anything you're worried about, see if you get along.
The absolute number one piece of advice we'd give though, is remember that it's YOUR day, so have a wedding that reflects you as individuals!"
what is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
"It's too hard to pick a favourite! We always keep our eye out - and our camera ready - for the little moments that make a wedding unique to the couple though!"
Describe your typical process with a couple.
"We generally send a few emails back and forth to chat with the couple and find out what they're looking for and answer any questions they might have etc. Once we've worked out a price for the film that they want, we'll send over a booking form with extra info on (and questions about their favourite films etc) and get a deposit to reserve the date for them. Sometimes we'll pop over for a cup of tea to chat in person, or even film pre-wedding interviews (which can be really funny). Sometimes we'll come along to see the venue beforehand but that's usually not necessary. On the day we arrive with enough time to say hello again and meet your bridesmaids/groomsmen and the venue staff etc, and after that you'll probably barely notice us.
During the edit process, we'll put updates on our social media - including photos of the work in progress, then we'll upload a sneak preview of the highlights and then not long after that we'll upload the full film for you to share with friends and family. The USB/BluRay/DVDs will arrive shortly after, with all the extra films and bonus footage."
how and when can couples book you? how far in advance should they be booking?
"We've had bookings two years in advance and bookings two weeks before the wedding.
I think some people initially feel like a wedding film is a bit of an optional extra or a luxury, but then realise nearer the time that a film will be the best way to get a lasting memento of a day (that will fly by so fast) that they've spent so much time and money planning.
We recommend that you book as soon as you can but if you fall into the latter category, don't be afraid to ask for availability at the last minute."
what are the biggest challenges for videographers when it comes to capturing a couple's big day?
"One of the biggest challenges of filming a wedding is that there are no 'second takes' - you can't ask the bride to re-throw the bouquet if you're not happy with the shot! Luckily that's also one of our favourite things about weddings, bringing our cinematic eye to a documentary style of filming. It might sound a bit silly, but you get a bit of an adrenaline rush each time the perfect shot you've been anticipating comes together just right.
Another problem can be not wanting to intrude too much. We occasionally get quite camera-shy couples who worry that they're going to feel self-conscious, but they always tell us afterwards that they barely noticed us or forgot we were there. We also actually get a lot of compliments from photographers who say that they've enjoyed working alongside us as well."