Here is a list of the questions I’m asked a lot as a wedding videographer. If there is anything else that you need to ask or curious about, feel free to hit me up.
What is the typical length of your films?
Do you ever make longer films? (I don’t want to miss anything!)
What if my fiance doesn’t want videography?
Why hire a videographer? Isn't photography enough?
My little cousin has a video camera and I can pay him $200. Why shouldn’t I just do that?
How do we reserve our wedding date?
How long after the wedding will we get our wedding video?
Have you ever worked with X photographer or Y venue?
Do you travel?
What do you NOT include in your work and why?
What do you ensure you include and why?
Can we pick our music?
What happens after we inquire?
I find that 4-6 minutes is a sweet spot so far. It’s enough to tell the story and capture all of the best details, but not so long that it loses focus of your wedding day.
In addition to your 4-6 minute video, I also offer a longer documentary-style film (also known as the FOMO film) as a possible add-on. While not as creatively edited as your highlight video, these films are still edited and include more footage from your entire wedding day. These films are usually 45-60 minutes long and have been very popular with many of my couples.
Video is a great way to not only re-watch and relive your wedding day but to share it with both those who couldn't make it and your future children. Remind your fiance that once you make the decision not to film it, you’ll never be able to go back and change your mind. Video is the only possible way to relive one of the most important days of your life. You won’t regret it.
Still photos provide an excellent image of a moment in time, but wedding videos capture more. With video, you get movement and sound. Video reignites memories as you can see, hear, and feel the emotions of the day again.
Most hobbyists have difficulties working with poor and awkward lighting, capturing clean audio, editing, and being comfortable enough behind a camera to allow the two of you to feel like your true selves. Not to mention that your little cousin (or ever else in your family is behind the camera) should also get the chance to enjoy your wedding as a guest, too.
Get in touch! Once we chat and you decide to get your wedding day on the calendar, a $500 initial payment and signed contract are required. The remainder of your balance will be split into equal payments.
The typical turnaround time for your full wedding video is 12-16 weeks. Your “One-Minute Trailer” will be delivered within two weeks.
Even if I haven’t, I’ll be doing my work to get familiar with them. Before the wedding, I typically reach out to the photographer to coordinate a game plan, so that we can be on the same page all day. I’ll also chat with your DJ since we will be working together to capture great audio, the coordinator for details of the day, and the venue to check for any limitations that I need to know about. On the day of your wedding, I show up early to scout the property for perfect locations.
The majority of my weddings are in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area, but I can travel to weddings in most parts of Texas.
I leave out static details like the dress or stationary because those are for the photographer. Your film won’t be a slideshow of the same shots you received from your photographer.
I capture longer moments of emotion because I want the viewer to feel the emotion of the room and the day. I want you to watch your film and feel that your personalities and true selves are reflected in it, so my goal is to capture those in between moments and details that reflects your relationship.
While most couples trust me throughout the creative process (and I haven’t received a complaint about music choice yet,) your suggestions are always welcome. I will do my best to work with your ideas but keep in mind that to use music in a wedding video, it must be legally licensed (and most mainstream music is not available to license.) I typically pick music based on the vibe and emotion of the wedding day. This is usually the first thing I do when I start to edit your wedding video since it is the driving force behind your video. If you have a mood or genre in mind then we can discuss this before your wedding day.
We will set up a time to talk on the phone to get to know each other. My goal is not to sell to you, but rather to see if we are a good fit. I’m an Enneagram 7w8 (a realist), so I will be straightforward with you and tell you if we’re a good fit or not.
My mission is always this: to leave such an impression on each person I serve so that their legacy and our culture are impacted in a positive way forever.
see the experience →
“I am so glad I found Matthew. Not only is he the friendliest person ever, but he is also extremely talented. Multiple people cried while watching our 1-minute instagram teaser video. Matthew is hard-working and thoughtful, and he made us feel special during the entire process. He openly communicates and spends time getting to know you and your preferences, which is probably why all of his videos are so intimate and special. It really is true when people say the day is a blur and goes by way too quickly. Thanks to Matthew, we were able to relive our day over and over.”
"We were able to relive our day over and over.”
“We cannot believe how amazing our elopement video turned out! Matthew captured the day so beautifully and showed how magical it really was! He portrayed our story so beautifully. He took the time to call us and get to know us so he could capture everything we are about on film. Since we chose to elope, we didn’t plan too much, but Matthew was there to help us plan as well! He helped us sort out all the little details of the park as well. He really made our day special and better than we ever could have imagined.”
"He portrayed our story so beautifully."
“Working with Matthew was an awesome experience from start to finish. Even though he maintains a busy schedule, I still felt like we were his only clients. He was always available for calls, he checked in on us frequently via email, and he went above and beyond to help and calm our concerns. He was even able to live stream our wedding for all our remote family. Because of him, my 86 year old grandmother was able to watch me get married!”
"my 86 year old grandmother was able to watch me get married!"
Freebie? I got you, fam.
Insider Tips For Planning Your Intimate Wedding
Wanting to go intimate, but not sure where to start (or how to keep it that way?) This FREE downloadable pdf is jam-packed with my best tips from ‘behind-the-scenes.’ Inside is everything you need to know for keeping the focus on the two of you. Period. Regardless of what your Auntie says. Inside I share my exclusive tips on how to make sure your wedding stays intimate regardless of the guest count.