Videography FAQ's

To protect your investment, we recommend that you create additional copies of your wedding video and put them away for safe keeping.  We highly suggest you also purchase the high definition files for additional copies and storage.

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Your full length password protected video will remain online during the video review process as we prepare your final DVD.  Your highlight video will remain online for up to three months.

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If you’d like to add additional time with your video team, you can add time for $150 /hour per videographer.  Your wedding videographer will carry an authorization form the day of the wedding and our office will contact you for final payment when you return from your honeymoon.

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A High Definition (HD) digital file is the highest quality video of of your wedding film. This QuickTime digital file is “rendered” or produced at the same quality that the camera recorded.

A benefit to receiving your wedding video as a digital file is the option to create additional copies for safekeeping or gift giving. Because these files are not copy protected, you are free to use as you’d like. The HD digital file can also be streamed to your viewing device such as AppleTV or Roku, as well as stored on your computer or tablet.

Raw footage is every second of footage shot on your wedding day. Each couple’s wedding length varies, but most will average between 4-6 hours of raw footage. While your final edited version contains all the big moments of your wedding day, your raw footage will include everything – additional angles, more candid moments, and longer segments of time that were condensed in the edit. As this is raw footage, please keep in mind there may be floor shots, the ceiling, zooms and shakes as the videographer is framing the shot.

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There are very strict copyright laws that are heavily enforced regarding putting copyrighted music online and in videos available to view online. Therefore we have purchased music that is allowed without that worry. Rest assured, however, the song you originally picked will appear in your final wedding video.

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It’s really up to the client, as to when we will begin shooting for the day. There are several important moments prior to the ceremony that most couples want included in their video. This includes prepping hair & makeup with the bridesmaids Mom zipping the bride into the wedding gown, dad’s face when he sees you for the first time and recorded messages between the bride & groom. Ideally, schedule about an hour to capture this footage.
At a minimum, your videographer should start shooting at your ceremony site about 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Many officiants actually require the videographer and his equipment to be completely set up prior to guests being seated.

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We cannot begin editing until we know what songs will provide the soundtrack to your video.
Couples who have submitted song selections prior to their wedding will see the first draft of their wedding film within 12 weeks of the wedding. For couples who need more time selecting these songs, you will be un-rushed and can expect to see a first draft within 12 weeks after submitting.

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Mike Staff Productions videography packages include unlimited locations. Go nuts. We’ll be there to capture it all.

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The good news is that our cameras require very little light, and when more is needed, we’ll use subtle on-camera lights to get the job done. Good lighting is essential to create a romantic mood and overall vibe on your video. In most situations we are able to control the lighting, however ceremony sites can be more challenging. Churches for example, often forbid videographers from using additional lights; and lighting outdoor ceremony sites are unpredictable due to weather.

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The audio recording of your wedding day is super important and we come prepared. We will bring wireless mics and ambient mics to record your ceremony. The Groom will be asked to wear a cordless mic during the ceremony, which will be removed immediately afterward. Other mics are placed throughout the ceremony site to record all the readings and music played during your ceremony. Throughout the reception we will plug into the DJ’s sound system, so all announcements, toasts, special dances and other events will be crystal clear. Of course, we can only guarantee good quality from this line feed when the DJ is also from Mike Staff Productions.

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We’re often asked why your finished video could be only about an hour long, when the videographers shot over 8 hours worth of footage. This is a good question, and the answer lies in the editing room. In film production it’s often said that the magic happens while editing. The same is true with your video. For example, we may shoot for 45 seconds of your maid of honor putting on your necklace, but only show 8 seconds on your finished video. This footage, combined with a great musical soundtrack and you and your bridesmaids voices all edited together creates a beautifully finished scene in your wedding video … while if we just showed the entire 45 seconds, the impact would be significantly diminished.

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Personal messages can be a great way for the parents & the bridal party to share some special thoughts with you. For best results tell people in advanced that this is important to you and ask them to participate. Sure, being spontaneous can be a good thing, but asking people to give some thought to what they might want to say in advance will produce the very best footage. Another unique thing about video is that you and your spouse can give messages to each other before the ceremony. You can do this by speaking directly to the camera or simply reading letters to one another and having your videographer capture the moment. Either way, this can be pretty emotional footage that you will love watching over and over.

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Thanks for asking. It is customary to invite your videographer to dinner. After a busy day of shooting, they will truly appreciate having dinner. If you have a “vendor table”, it is common to seat your DJ, Photographer and Videographer at the same table. It’s a good idea for your service providers to be close and available in the event that they are needed to shoot a spontaneous event.

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Final payment is due wiFinal payment is due within 14 days prior to the wedding (or event).thin 14 days prior to the wedding (or event).

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover for videography services.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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Each of our videography packages includes a specific number of copies of your final wedding DVD.  You are free to make additional copies if you need or we can do so for a small fee.

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Each of our wedding videography packages includes a standard DVD or flash drive of your wedding.  If you would like to upgrade to Blu Ray, we also offer that option.

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We are happy to provide additional digital or DVD copies for a small fee.

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Yes.  Wedding Videography services are taxable in Michigan and Illinois.

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While gratuity is not mandatory, as in all service industry’s tipping your wedding videographer is certainly appreciated for a job well-done.  Many clients have asked delicately, “What would be an appropriate amount to tip the  Videographer?”  We have observed most clients decide on a gratuity between 5-15% or around $100+.

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It is customary to provide a meal for your wedding services team (videographer, photographer, DJ, wedding coordinator, etc.)

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Yes, the package hours are continuous; and your videographer will be ready to capture any wedding day footage during your dinner that will be valuable to your produced film.

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As each video team can only service one couple per day, our coverage times are continuous.

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We always have backup videographers and equipment on call and ready to go for every wedding, whether we have one event that day or when we are fully booked.

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Guest interviews and messages of love and wishes for the newly married couple can be a very special part of your finished film.  If you’d like video messages from your wedding day, your videographer can approach your bridal party and parents and politely request messages for your wedding video.

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Streaming live video events online is a highly specialized service that Mike Staff Productions does not offer at this time.

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Of course not.  We do not use lights at the church and only non-intrusive camera-mounted lights at the reception.  Light is needed to produce beautiful images.  Without it your video will lack depth and detail.  Our videographers are trained only use it when needed and will be sensitive to you and your guests.

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Yes, for an additional fee we can provide a screen and projector at your reception to display a slideshow or pre-produced video.  Please consult with our office for more details.

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To get the best audio during your wedding ceremony, the videographer will ask the groom to wear a small lapel microphone.  In addition, the videographer will also place a secondary microphone in the ceremony area, such as on a podium used by a reader.  And as an extra audio source, the camera will also record the ambient sound from the ceremony venue.

During the reception, the videographer will capture ambient audio.  Whenever possible, the videographer will also request a line feed from your wedding DJ.

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Your important dances, such as your first dance as husband and wife and the dances with your parents, will be captured for your video in their entirety.  We recommend 45-60 minutes of recording time to capture open dance floor footage to be used for your wedding reception dance montages.

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The length of time to record video messages is dependent upon the cooperation of your wedding guests.  While we focus on video messages from your immediate family and bridal party, we can also request messages from anyone you’d like.  Be sure to discuss video messages with your wedding videographer during your video planning discussion.

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Each video has a unique running time, but in general your final video will be the length of your ceremony PLUS 40 minutes.

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We’d love your feedback – our editors will provide you with the opportunity to watch the edited video and we welcome your suggestions for edits.

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Many clients prefer to have the videographer film the excitement of wedding preparation with the bridal party.  This can be a great way to capture the fun leading up to the ceremony.

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Your videographer will need a minimum of thirty minutes prior to the ceremony to mic the groom and ceremony locations as well as film pre-ceremony details before getting into position for the ceremony.  Many churches have rules that dictate placement of cameras and location of wedding videographers that must be adhered to.

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Of course.  When you receive the initial presentation of your completed wedding video, you will have one week to review it and let us know if any changes are required.  Once you are satisfied, we will quickly prepare your final wedding video.

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Should you need to add additional time to your videography service on your wedding day, you can do so for $150 per hour, per videographer.

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We offer several options for the length of coverage to meet each couple’s unique needs.  The most popular selection is 8 hours of continuous coverage.

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For brides and grooms interested in receiving the raw footage from their wedding day, we offer this for a small fee to cover the additional production time and materials required.

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Your final edited wedding video is the result of the creative efforts of both the cinematographer and editing team.  Because each team member works closely with others, you can be sure the same consistency is applied across all the videos we produce.  To make sure that your own unique needs are understood, you should speak with the videographer that will film your wedding prior to your wedding day.

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We have experience filming weddings from many different cultures, so the chances are very good that we do have experience in working with your culture.  If not, we are eager to serve, and are open to filming any new or special circumstance.

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We call it “Stylized Photojournalism”.  While we document the events of the day as they occur, your videographer will provide minimal direction throughout the day to help you look natural and at your very best.

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Absolutely!  We’re happy to include whatever music you’d like in your finished video. Music can be very personal so we encourage your suggestions.  But if you are having a hard time picking, we would be happy to pick them out for you.

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The editing process is dependent upon some choices you will need to make about your wedding video – short or long format editing, music to be used with your montages and overall style and vibe.  Once you have submitted your information, Mike Staff Productions guarantees you will have your wedding video within 12 weeks.

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FAQ's

Telling your wedding story is a collaborative process between you and your personal graphic designer. Your designer has created this first draft of your wedding album based upon your answers to the short design survey you completed before your wedding.

Because we are telling your wedding story, we want your input in the album design. You may choose to add or remove images, change the layout, request image enhancements and more. Your designer will work closely with you to create the album of your dreams.

Your wedding album can be accessed in the link sent to you by your graphic designer.

To navigate through your wedding album presentation, simply click the arrows in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

The first image that you see will be a suggested cover for your wedding album. For covers that include leathers, the second set of images will include your graphic designers suggestion of color palette, leathers and fabrics that will compliment your wedding images.

It is important to note that the first side of the interior of your wedding album will be a blank page that is not counted in the sides included with your wedding package. This blank page is required for the structural integrity of your wedding album.

Throughout your wedding album, your graphic designer will leave notes in the upper right corner of your wedding album to help you reference sides in your communication as you design your wedding album.

While reviewing your initial presentation, you may have ideas for changes. Wherever you see something you’d like to change, click right on the page, on top of the place you want to make changes. A comment box will appear for you to give us your input. Once you have added your note, click the check box beneath your comment. To view your added comments, you can click on the number that has been placed on the image or page. Changed your mind? No problem, simply click the trash can to remove the comment.

Some changes that you might consider include swapping with a different image, adding effects like black and white or color washes, rearranging album sides, changing the background, deleting sides, or anything you’d like.

To swap an image with a different one, please reference the image number that you would like as the replacement. You can find the image numbers beneath the photo in your online gallery. It is important to note that replacing a horizontal with vertical, or vertical with horizontal, will require additional changes to the side you are editing.

Our wedding albums feature lay flat slides. This means that an image that crosses the crease will still be seen in its entirety without image disappearing into the crease.

The final side in your album is also required to be left blank. Again, this provides stability to your wedding album.

Your graphic designer may present additional sides to your wedding album to show you options for the design. You are under no obligation to purchase these additional sides. You may choose to combine, remove or purchase additional sides as presented.

When you have completed your comments, please click submit comments in the lower right toolbar to submit requests to your graphic designer. Once we have received your comments, we will be in touch with any questions we may have and to let you know when your next version will be available to view.

Once you are satisfied with the design of your wedding album, you can select approve album in the lower right toolbar. This will let your graphic designer know you are ready to print your wedding album. Prior to sending your album to the printer, your graphic designer will retouch the final images and send it to your for one last look and final approval.

Our graphic design team is here to help you with your wedding album process. If you need assistance at anytime, please let us know. You can reach our team by emailing your graphic designer or calling 248-434-5575.

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We are happy to present your online gallery of wedding images. You may choose to share this link with your family and friends.

To view your wedding gallery, simply click on the gallery link in the email from your graphic designer.

Once you are in the wedding gallery window in your browser, click the View Gallery Now in the upper right corner.

Your wedding images have been sorted into individual collections for key time periods throughout the day. Clicking into an individual collection will expand the images into full view. In the lower left section of your screen, you can choose to view the collection in collage, highlight or thumbnail views. You may also choose to view the images as a slide show.

Clicking on an individual image will allow you to view the image in more detail. This larger view will also show the image number in the lower left of the image screen. You may also view the image as a black and white, add it to your favorites folder or place it in your shopping cart for product ordering.

To favorite an image, click on the circled star beneath an individual image. Your favorites will then be stored in a folder that can be accessed from the star image at the top of any screen in your online gallery. This is a convenient way to select images that you might consider for use in your wedding album or print ordering.

To add an image to your shopping cart, simply select the add to cart image at the lower right of an individual image. Your shopping cart can be accessed in the upper right corner of any screen in your online gallery. From your shopping cart you can choose the size of print, fine art image or photo product you’d like.

It is possible that you might like an image zoomed in or cropped differently than it appears in your online gallery as a print. To adjust the cropping of your image, you can click on the magnifying glass beneath the images in your shopping cart. By dragging the blue button handles over the images, you can zoom into the image prior to printing and be assured that the image will print as it appears on your screen by selecting update crop in the lower right of your image viewing window. You will have the opportunity to enter your gallery credit promo code prior to your order being placed by entering it in the space beneath your photo order. Your gallery credit code will be the brides last name grooms last name in all uppercase letters, without a space.

To complete your shopping cart order, select begin checkout.

After entering your shipping address and credit card information, you will have the option to add a note to your graphic designer. All images receive basic retouching prior to printing. Basic retouching includes.

Minor blemish removal
Minor stray hair removal
Minor wrinkle softening
Softening and lightening under the eyes
Teeth whitening
Skin softening
Cropping

If you would like additional enhancements to your images, please reference the image number and instructions prior to placing your order in the Add a note field.

At anytime, you can return to the full collections screen by clicking on albums in the upper center of the browser or clicking on your names in the left of the toolbar above your images.

Your wedding gallery will remain online for one year following your wedding. You will receive a flash drive with all the images from your online gallery when you have completed the design process of your photography services.

Our graphic design team is committed to helping you with your wedding photography images. If you need assistance at anytime, please let us know. You can reach our team by emailing your graphic designer or calling 248-434-5575.

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Your wedding images will receive color correction and exposure balancing so that they are print ready. All of the images which go into your album, other products or that are ordered as prints through Mike Staff Productions will receive basic retouching, which includes:
– Minor blemish removal
– Minor stray hair removal
– Minor wrinkle softening
– Softening and lightening under the eyes
– Teeth whitening
– Skin softening
– Cropping

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Our album manufacturer does not print with metallic inks. So silver or gold will appear as greys or yellows.

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During the design process, your graphic designer will create spreads to tell your wedding story. As each side relates to it’s opposing side, it is recommended that you remove the entire spread or it will disrupt the sequence of your design. Removing one page will cause similar elements to be separated. If you dislike one particular page, you should remove the entire spread or create a new page so the remaining sequence can be maintained.

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Gallery credits are good for the purchase of any of our products available through your online gallery. Gallery credits do not apply to album products. You may use your gallery credits to purchase prints, fine art gallery images, ornaments, phone cases, cards and many more image products.

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Yes, we can include images you send us to include in your wedding album design. There are just a few limitations:
For copyright reasons, you must have permission from the image’s creator to use the image. Images must meet the album manufacturer’s standards for image resolution so that they print correctly. This will vary depending on how large you want the image to be the album. We do not retouch or provide any Photoshop work to these images. We recommend sending us the largest resolution file(s) you have access to as well as how large in the design you’d like it to be. We can let you know if that meets the manufacturer’s standards.

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Images are mailed once the final album design is approved for the printer. This is so all the images that are enhanced or retouched for the album, can be included for you. If you need images for thank you cards,please just let us know the image number and we can send the high res file for you. If you have not purchased a wedding album, your wedding images will be available by flash drive upon request once you have reviewed your online gallery.

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A lustre finish has a slightly textured matte finish which helps hide fingerprints. Most portraits and wedding photos are printed on a lustre finish. A metallic finish is high gloss and is printed on metallic paper. The metallic paper gives colors deeper color saturation, makes light colors brighter and has a metallic sheen to the whole print. It’s intended for artistic images as opposed to the traditional family portrait types of poses.

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Our wedding albums feature lay flat slides. This means that an image that crosses the crease will still be seen in its entirety without image disappearing into the crease.

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An album side is like a page in a book. If you were to hold up one page of a book, you would be holding two sides, the front and back side. The same concept applies to your wedding album. For this reason, sides must be thought of as two sides at a time and can not be created individually

Two sides of an album equate a spread. Some designs will be appear on one side at a time, while other designs will span across the spread. Because the albums we create are flush mounted, the pages open flat so the crease is barely visible.

Your album will feature a single side as both the first and last page. After the first side,each layout is actually two sides.If you elect to add or remove sides from your album, you must do it two at a time.

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We’ve seen this on occasion over the years and, “Yes”, of course it’s ok.  In order to serve you (and them) well, we will want to touch base with this person ahead of time to discuss some details about this role.

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This is a delicate situation.  While we can’t remove someone from the photo later, we can photograph one including family only and a second image with everyone’s significant other.  We highly recommend that you communicate your wishes to your family prior to your wedding day.

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With over 25 years of local wedding experience, there are very few reception venues in the area that our wedding DJs have not worked at.

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To protect your investment, we recommend that you create additional copies of your wedding video and put them away for safe keeping.  We highly suggest you also purchase the high definition files for additional copies and storage.

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Your full length password protected video will remain online during the video review process as we prepare your final DVD.  Your highlight video will remain online for up to three months.

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Chances are pretty good that we already have it.  If you have it, feel free to share it with us.  If you don’t have it, we’ll do everything we can to track it down for you.

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This depends on how many guests you have in attendance, but it could average 30 – 40 minutes.

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If you’d like to add additional time with your video team, you can add time for $150 /hour per videographer.  Your wedding videographer will carry an authorization form the day of the wedding and our office will contact you for final payment when you return from your honeymoon.

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A High Definition (HD) digital file is the highest quality video of of your wedding film. This QuickTime digital file is “rendered” or produced at the same quality that the camera recorded.

A benefit to receiving your wedding video as a digital file is the option to create additional copies for safekeeping or gift giving. Because these files are not copy protected, you are free to use as you’d like. The HD digital file can also be streamed to your viewing device such as AppleTV or Roku, as well as stored on your computer or tablet.

Raw footage is every second of footage shot on your wedding day. Each couple’s wedding length varies, but most will average between 4-6 hours of raw footage. While your final edited version contains all the big moments of your wedding day, your raw footage will include everything – additional angles, more candid moments, and longer segments of time that were condensed in the edit. As this is raw footage, please keep in mind there may be floor shots, the ceiling, zooms and shakes as the videographer is framing the shot.

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There are very strict copyright laws that are heavily enforced regarding putting copyrighted music online and in videos available to view online. Therefore we have purchased music that is allowed without that worry. Rest assured, however, the song you originally picked will appear in your final wedding video.

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It’s really up to the client, as to when we will begin shooting for the day. There are several important moments prior to the ceremony that most couples want included in their video. This includes prepping hair & makeup with the bridesmaids Mom zipping the bride into the wedding gown, dad’s face when he sees you for the first time and recorded messages between the bride & groom. Ideally, schedule about an hour to capture this footage.
At a minimum, your videographer should start shooting at your ceremony site about 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Many officiants actually require the videographer and his equipment to be completely set up prior to guests being seated.

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We cannot begin editing until we know what songs will provide the soundtrack to your video.
Couples who have submitted song selections prior to their wedding will see the first draft of their wedding film within 12 weeks of the wedding. For couples who need more time selecting these songs, you will be un-rushed and can expect to see a first draft within 12 weeks after submitting.

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Mike Staff Productions videography packages include unlimited locations. Go nuts. We’ll be there to capture it all.

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The good news is that our cameras require very little light, and when more is needed, we’ll use subtle on-camera lights to get the job done. Good lighting is essential to create a romantic mood and overall vibe on your video. In most situations we are able to control the lighting, however ceremony sites can be more challenging. Churches for example, often forbid videographers from using additional lights; and lighting outdoor ceremony sites are unpredictable due to weather.

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The audio recording of your wedding day is super important and we come prepared. We will bring wireless mics and ambient mics to record your ceremony. The Groom will be asked to wear a cordless mic during the ceremony, which will be removed immediately afterward. Other mics are placed throughout the ceremony site to record all the readings and music played during your ceremony. Throughout the reception we will plug into the DJ’s sound system, so all announcements, toasts, special dances and other events will be crystal clear. Of course, we can only guarantee good quality from this line feed when the DJ is also from Mike Staff Productions.

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We’re often asked why your finished video could be only about an hour long, when the videographers shot over 8 hours worth of footage. This is a good question, and the answer lies in the editing room. In film production it’s often said that the magic happens while editing. The same is true with your video. For example, we may shoot for 45 seconds of your maid of honor putting on your necklace, but only show 8 seconds on your finished video. This footage, combined with a great musical soundtrack and you and your bridesmaids voices all edited together creates a beautifully finished scene in your wedding video … while if we just showed the entire 45 seconds, the impact would be significantly diminished.

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Personal messages can be a great way for the parents & the bridal party to share some special thoughts with you. For best results tell people in advanced that this is important to you and ask them to participate. Sure, being spontaneous can be a good thing, but asking people to give some thought to what they might want to say in advance will produce the very best footage. Another unique thing about video is that you and your spouse can give messages to each other before the ceremony. You can do this by speaking directly to the camera or simply reading letters to one another and having your videographer capture the moment. Either way, this can be pretty emotional footage that you will love watching over and over.

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Thanks for asking. It is customary to invite your videographer to dinner. After a busy day of shooting, they will truly appreciate having dinner. If you have a “vendor table”, it is common to seat your DJ, Photographer and Videographer at the same table. It’s a good idea for your service providers to be close and available in the event that they are needed to shoot a spontaneous event.

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Thank you for thinking about your DJ, and “YES”, it is customary to invite your DJ to dinner. It might be a good idea to ask the contact at your venue if they have discounted rates for vendors. We are happy to eat at our DJ station or you can seat us at a vendor table or with other guests.

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Thankfully, it’s pretty hard to stump us on a song. If your music is commercially available on iTunes or Amazon we will get it and have it ready for your party.

Often, we will get asked to play some pretty specific, culturally diverse music. If you need some special cultural music, we ask that you please provide the files for us in advance …. this way we’ll know that we have the exact songs you need. While we are not experts in all the various cultural music ever made, we are experts and planning, preparing and executing successful wedding receptions. Please be specific with us in the planning process and we will be prepared to make you happy at your reception.

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We are seeing more and more couples having their ceremony at the same location as their reception. Which leads to the question “Can our DJ provide ceremony music?” The answer is “YES”, and we are happy to do it. For a small fee the DJ will arrive extra early and set up a second set of equipment, along with a microphone for the officiant. We have a substantial amount of experience providing ceremony music & sound; so we can help plan and prepare with you in advance and make suggestions, if needed. Then, on the day of your wedding we will communicate and coordinate with the wedding officiant to make sure the ceremony goes exactly the way you are expecting.

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Balances are due 30 days prior to your event. You can log onto mikestaffweddings.com and pay your balance online with a credit card or you can mail a check into our office.

We also get asked “Is it appropriate to give a tip?” The answer is Yes. Gratuity is always gladly accepted for a job well done. On average our customers tip around $100 per service.

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It is customary to invite your photographer to dinner. After a busy day of shooting, they will truly appreciate having dinner. If you have a “vendor table”, it is common to seat your DJ, Photographer and Videographer at the same table. It’s a good idea for your service providers to be close and available in the event that they are needed to shoot a spontaneous event.

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Our #1 goal is to make you happy and to exceed your expectations. We’ve learned an important step in the process is to help you understand what is realistic and achievable for your specific wedding. Keep in mind, that some of the most re-pinned wedding shots on Pinterest were captured in a controlled setting, with professional models with the SOLE purpose of the entire day to getting those specific shots. The purpose of your wedding day is much different. Some of the most common roadblocks to re-creating a specific Pinterest shot are this: weather, access to some locations, lighting, time constraints and other environmental limitations.
Please be aware of how neither you, nor your Photographer has ANY control over these factors.Pinterest is an excellent resource to share your style, preferences, poses, cool ideas and more with your photographer. While trying to recreate some of your favorite Pinterest shots can be fun, we suggest you tell your photographer what it is you like so much about the specific shots. This way, unexpected challenges can allow you to create something you like even better. Setting realistic expectations with your photographer prior to your wedding day will help you rest assured that you’ll get beautiful wedding photography.

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Capturing family photos is an important part of the day. Making a list of family photos and prioritizing it is a great way to make sure you get all the shots that are important to you. Talk with your parents and each other about who you want photographed. Also, please discuss with your photographer any unique family dynamics that they should be aware of.

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You will work with a dedicated member of our full time in-house design staff after your wedding.  With our highly trained, service-minded team, you can expect your wedding photos and the first draft of your wedding album on your one month anniversary.

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Your wedding photo proofs will be available in your secure online gallery by your one month anniversary.  You may choose to share your link and password with family and friends.

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With over 25 years of wedding experience, most likely we have shot at your location.

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You will receive all the digital proofs from your online gallery on a flash drive at the completion of your design process.

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Great question.  Fortunately, in over 25 years of doing business, Mike Staff Productions photographers have never missed an event. Better yet, we have a system in place to assure that we never will. In the event of an emergency that prohibits your pre-selected photographer from making your wedding, an experienced MSP Certified Photographer will be on call and ready to go: gear loaded, a full tank of gas, and cell phone on so they can be on their way immediately upon receiving our call.  This allows you the peace of mind in knowing that an experienced, professional, MSP Certified Photographer will be there for you.

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You may add additional time to your wedding photography service for $150 per hour, per photographer.

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We do not offer this service because we think it’s important for our photographers to focus on shooting during your wedding day and not be distracted by having to set up equipment and edit images for viewing.

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While one of our packages includes an engagement session, you may add an engagement session, afterglow or trash the dress session to any wedding package.  Please refer to “Package Description” on your contract to determine if you have a scheduled engagement session.

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You will receive a password protected link to your wedding proofs one month after your wedding day.  You can share this password and link with friends and family if you choose.

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We have packages that include one and two photographer coverage of your wedding day.  Please refer to the “Package Description” on your contract to determine how many photographers you chose.

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Yes.  A personal copyright release allows you to display and re-print your wedding images from the printer of your choice.  At Mike Staff Productions, we believe that when you pay for wedding photography, you should get your personal copyrights without additional fees.

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Custom audio production is not a service provided by our individual wedding DJs.  However, if you would like a custom wedding audio creation, Mike Staff Productions can provide that service when discussed in advance.

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This issue certainly comes up from time to time, and we will work with you and your family members on a plan that you feel will be appropriate for your wedding reception.  In our experience, it is best to confront these issues in advance, and make sure that everyone is “on the same page” with similar expectations.  It is very uncomfortable for a DJ (or anyone) to be stuck between a bride or groom and their mom, both giving different instructions.

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Of course.  Before your wedding day, your DJ will work with you to create a custom music plan specifically for your reception.  We will want to know your must-play, try-to-plays and do-not-play lists.

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If a song or genre of music isn’t getting people on the dance floor, we’ll quickly change “gears” and move on to another song or style of music.  Our goal is to keep your party going all night.

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Only experience will teach a wedding DJ how to “rock a dance floor”.  Their job is to appeal to the masses by playing great wedding reception dance songs consisting of all styles of familiar party music. An experienced wedding DJ will understand that everyone is passionate about ‘”their style” of music and knows how to tap into that passion and present it in a manner that everyone on the dance floor can get excited about. Great wedding DJs will know how to correctly weave in and out of many different styles of music and, ultimately, keep the party going all night long.
Preparing carefully with the bride and groom, allows your wedding DJ to learn the music your friends and family like – and what to avoid.  Allowing your DJ to take requests, helps the DJ to play the songs your guests want to hear.

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YES.  In addition to playing music and coordinating the the evenings events, your wedding DJ will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the night; and will be well prepared to act as a professional spokesperson for the important events throughout your reception.
A skilled Master of Ceremonies is confident on the microphone and able to make important announcements and introductions in a classy, charismatic manner. Our wedding professionals will spend time preparing their announcements and have pride in their ability to pronounce everyone’s name correctly in the wedding party.  Additionally, a wedding professional clearly understands their boundaries and will never try to upstage the bride and groom by putting undue attention on themselves.

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Sure … if you really want to!   Our goal is to provide you with the music that you want to hear. Some couples are very music-oriented and will provide us with a long list of music to play at their wedding reception. Other couples simply tell us to play whatever it takes to keep the dance floor full.  Most couples are somewhere in between.  Either way, you can rest assured you will have an opportunity to discuss the music selection in great detail before your wedding day … and we will be sure to do it YOUR WAY. At Mike Staff Productions, you are the boss!

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Absolutely! Playing requests at the wedding reception is a very important part of our job. Should a guest make a request that is inconsistent with the couples instructions, or seems inappropriate for the occasion, we will work with that guest to find something to their satisfaction. Of course, the bride and groom will always have their requests played right away.

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Your DJ will play music continuously throughout your entire wedding reception.  Therefore there will not be any breaks in the music during your event.

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We have experience working with a variety of clients from very different cultures and backgrounds.  It’s one of the things that keep our job interesting.  We are happy to play all styles of music, however, for some cultures, we may ask that you help us understand precisely what you want with music and tradition.

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Our DJs are pros at audio engineering, music and announcements.  We are happy to help connect the slideshow or video to our speakers, so everyone will be able to hear the presentation. However, our wedding DJs do not provide projectors & screens.  The best person to help with these items is either your venue or a professional wedding videographer.

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Yes.  Uplighting at weddings is a great way to decorate and add that “WOW” factor to  any banquet room.  Ask to see samples of some of the wonderful Uplighting we have done.

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Yes, we provide truly elegant dance floor lighting which will complement your wedding reception perfectly and be inviting for guests to get on the dance floor.

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At Mike Staff Productions, we have a plan and a back-up plan. Our DJs would never go to a wedding without reliable back-up gear. Of course good equipment means nothing if your wedding DJ doesn’t also double as a great sound engineer and technical troubleshooter. That’s why your DJ has passed our comprehensive 45-point certification process. Which means if there’s a technical problem on your wedding day … that problem will be solved.

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No way!  We would never even think of charging extra.

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While gratuity is not mandatory, as in all service industry’s tipping your wedding dj certainly appreciated for a job well-done.  Many clients have asked delicately, “What would be an appropriate amount to tip the DJ?”  We have observed most clients decide on a gratuity between 8-15% or around $100+.

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Final payment is due wiFinal payment is due within 14 days prior to the wedding (or event).thin 14 days prior to the wedding (or event).

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Final payment for photography services is due within 30 days prior to the wedding (or event).

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover for videography services.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover for photography services.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover for dj services.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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If you have questions or need help along the wedding planning process, our office staff is eager to assist you at anytime during your engagement.  Your specific DJ will call you the Monday before your wedding to discuss the details of your reception; such as the timeline for the reception, important events, pronunciation of names, your song preferences, and much, much more.  It is best to have this conversation with your DJ very close to your wedding day, so the information covered is up-to-date and the details stay fresh in everyone’s mind during your wedding reception.

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Your wedding DJ can also provide the music for your cocktail hour, if it happens to be in a separate room from the rest of your reception.  As there is additional time, planning and setup required, there is a small fee to cover this extra service. If you need help with your cocktail music playlist, our DJs are always full of great suggestions that will fit with your wedding theme.

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Most couples will seat their wedding services team together, often with other guests. By keeping your wedding photographer in the room with you, they are present should a great photo opportunity come up such as an impromptu toast, a candid group gathering or other events.  Additionally, It is most beneficial to you to keep the photographer on as close of a schedule to the couple as possible.  When your photographer is on a similar dining schedule, you might be able to sneak out for sunset photos.

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For a small additional fee, your wedding DJ can also provide the music for your wedding ceremony.   We do have mics for officiants to use during wedding ceremonies. Our DJs can also suggest excellent wedding ceremony music playlists for ceremonies of all types.

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Depending upon the rules regarding photographer movement at your ceremony venue, your wedding photographer will do her best to capture a photo of your groom’s face.   The desire to have images of both the bride and groom’s face will the bride is walking down the aisle will often lead couples into choosing a 2 photographer package.

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Your wedding photographer will work with you to establish a photo plan unique to you and your preferences.  Most couples opt for a stylized photojournalistic approach to their wedding photos.  Stylized wedding photography blends the storytelling elements of photojournalism with elements of traditional photography. Images often have an artistic nature, using blurred backgrounds, different levels of focus and a variety of angles. The stylized shooter will create the environment for your natural emotion and personalities to be reflected and provide coaching to look your best without creating over-posed photographs.
For special moments like your ceremony, special dances and toasts, the photographer will take a more photojournalistic approach and allow the events to unfold, while capturing them with an artistic eye.

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If your wedding photography package includes two photographers, you can choose to have your second shooter capture room details and the guests at your cocktail hour instead of attending your romantics session.
While it’s not always easy to do, if your wedding photography package includes one photographer, you will need to try to include time in your wedding day photography plan and timeline to make room to capture some of these images.

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Our past clients rave about how easy and thorough our process is, so an in-person meeting is not necessary.  Proper communication is essential to understanding your needs and expectations. Our photographers are highly skilled at asking questions in order to fully understand your wishes and exceed your expectation.
One month prior to your wedding, we will arrange a teleconference with you and your photographer to discuss your wedding photography plan and all of the important details of your wedding day.  Then, your photographer will check in with you again on the Tuesday before your wedding to go over any final details.

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Each family has unique needs that don’t fit to a “standard” list.  For that reason, your wedding photographer will work with you to create a customized list of the formal photos for your wedding day.  You might want to ask your parents if they have any images they would like captured as well.

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Of course!  Your wedding day is great opportunity to get professional photos of you, your family and your guests.

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Each of our videography packages includes a specific number of copies of your final wedding DVD.  You are free to make additional copies if you need or we can do so for a small fee.

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Each of our wedding videography packages includes a standard DVD or flash drive of your wedding.  If you would like to upgrade to Blu Ray, we also offer that option.

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We are happy to provide additional digital or DVD copies for a small fee.

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Yes.  Wedding Videography services are taxable in Michigan and Illinois.

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While gratuity is not mandatory, as in all service industry’s tipping your wedding videographer is certainly appreciated for a job well-done.  Many clients have asked delicately, “What would be an appropriate amount to tip the  Videographer?”  We have observed most clients decide on a gratuity between 5-15% or around $100+.

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It is customary to provide a meal for your wedding services team (videographer, photographer, DJ, wedding coordinator, etc.)

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Yes, the package hours are continuous; and your videographer will be ready to capture any wedding day footage during your dinner that will be valuable to your produced film.

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As each video team can only service one couple per day, our coverage times are continuous.

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We always have backup videographers and equipment on call and ready to go for every wedding, whether we have one event that day or when we are fully booked.

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Guest interviews and messages of love and wishes for the newly married couple can be a very special part of your finished film.  If you’d like video messages from your wedding day, your videographer can approach your bridal party and parents and politely request messages for your wedding video.

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Streaming live video events online is a highly specialized service that Mike Staff Productions does not offer at this time.

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Of course not.  We do not use lights at the church and only non-intrusive camera-mounted lights at the reception.  Light is needed to produce beautiful images.  Without it your video will lack depth and detail.  Our videographers are trained only use it when needed and will be sensitive to you and your guests.

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Yes, for an additional fee we can provide a screen and projector at your reception to display a slideshow or pre-produced video.  Please consult with our office for more details.

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To get the best audio during your wedding ceremony, the videographer will ask the groom to wear a small lapel microphone.  In addition, the videographer will also place a secondary microphone in the ceremony area, such as on a podium used by a reader.  And as an extra audio source, the camera will also record the ambient sound from the ceremony venue.

During the reception, the videographer will capture ambient audio.  Whenever possible, the videographer will also request a line feed from your wedding DJ.

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Your important dances, such as your first dance as husband and wife and the dances with your parents, will be captured for your video in their entirety.  We recommend 45-60 minutes of recording time to capture open dance floor footage to be used for your wedding reception dance montages.

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The length of time to record video messages is dependent upon the cooperation of your wedding guests.  While we focus on video messages from your immediate family and bridal party, we can also request messages from anyone you’d like.  Be sure to discuss video messages with your wedding videographer during your video planning discussion.

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