I’ve been fortunate over the last several years to grow my wedding videography business. I’ve been blessed to work with amazing couples and film great ceremonies.
Shooting a wedding isn’t an easy job; you spend an average of 10 to 14 hours on your feet, carrying 20+ pounds of gear, crouching/jumping/climbing/doing whatever it takes to get the shot. After you return home and assess the various blisters, bruises and cuts you somehow managed to acquire during the day you spend a few hours backing up your memory cards while my kids run around and tell me, “Daddy we missed you.” Along comes the editing; the sneak peeks, the assessing, the viewing, the perfecting. The videos are loaded, the backups are (again) made and the final videos are sent out. Is it easy? No way. But do I love it? YES.
There’s just something magical about weddings, as cliché as that may sound. It doesn’t matter if there was drama in the morning when the hairdresser poked you with a bobby pin nor does it matter if your flowers were burnt orange instead of sienna orange – what matters is that on a wedding day, two families comes together to celebrate the union of two people who are very much in love. As I listen to not only the reception speeches but the chatter going on throughout the wedding day, it’s amazing to even try to wrap your mind around how happy everyone is (even if the temporary dramatic moments may lead you to believe otherwise).
Because I enjoy filming weddings so much I often have a difficult time saying ‘no’ to new inquiries – even if I know that taking on yet another one will far surpass my ideal workload for the year. It’s understandable that summer and fall are the two busy seasons and it’s not out of the ordinary to work 80 hours a week during this time. During the “off-season” I spend my time teaching, blogging, marketing, networking, catching up on a heck of a lot of paper work and shooting the occasional winter wedding; still easily a standard 40 hour week.
After several years of going non-stop with work weeks averaging 60 hours it’s time that I have to keep my health, my family and my sanity in mind and be firm in my decision to decline a wedding when a season is already at maximum workload. (Keeping a reasonable workload ensures that all of our clients are receiving top-quality products and our complete and undivided attention.) I wish there were more hours in the day because I would fill them with more and more weddings; I enjoy my job so very much and wish I could shoot every wedding that comes to me Unfortunately there just isn’t time for that.
To remind all the inquiring folks out there; I accept a maximum of 15 weddings in a year; I currently have 10 confirmed weddings for the 2015 year leaving only 5 remaining that are up for grabs to the first available couples sign a contract and send a deposit. Dates are always on a first-come, first-serve basis.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOOKING YOUR 2015 WEDDING
- I typically book 12-18 months in advance although I’m happy to hear from you regardless of when your wedding is.
- I am able to meet with you to discuss your wedding in more detail but can only formally secure your date with a contract and deposit.
- My wedding cinematography prices are located on this website.
- If I am unable to film your wedding I have a list of great wedding videographers that can handle your special day.