We get asked a lot of questions, so we figured we would answer the ones we get asked the most to help you out!
How soon should I hire my videographer?
Depending on the month that you are getting married in, you should typically hire your videographer about 10-18 months before your wedding date. If you aren’t having a long engagement, your date might still be available. The earlier you can reserve your date, the better chance you’ll be sure to have us be there!
How long will it take to receive my finished wedding film?
Depending on the time of the year it can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months to receive your wedding film. In 2018, we averaged around 3-5 weeks.
Does Ajax Media carry insurance, and are you licensed as a business?
Yes! Simply put, we are covered. Always ask your vendors if they carry insurance, and if they are licensed to be doing work in the state. You would be surprised at how many people go buy a camera and call themselves “professionals.”
Can we meet and talk about my ideas for my wedding film?
Absolutely! We want to meet with you and get to know you! It helps us, and even makes our job easier when we can sit down and get to know our couples and really listen to how they envision their big day! It’s our job to tell the story, so the more we can learn about you, the better!
How long have you been filming weddings? And how many do you do per year?
We've been filming for the Hollywood studious for over a decade, and got into weddings in 2018. Since we still do work for Disney, FOX, CBS, and the like, we limit ourselves to 20 weddings per year.
How would you describe your style — more documentary, cinematic or a mix of both?
Our editing and shooting style is more of a cinematic type of story telling. We don’t necessarily always edit in chronological order. We listen and look for key moments or elements that happened on your big day to emphasize your story in your film. This could include moments such as the officiants message during the ceremony or speeches at the reception.
What input do you want from us, and what do you prefer to have final say on?
Because what we do is extremely artistic and unique, we prefer not to be put into a box when it comes to the creativity of your wedding film. In our consultations we will do our best to figure out exactly what you want for your wedding film. We ask for the creative freedom to shoot and edit the film how we see necessary. Nothing makes our job harder than you giving us a list of 100 things that “must be filmed.” We do want to know anything out of the ordinary that you want to make sure is on film (a grandma, a special piece of decor, etc)
Do we get to choose the music?
The vast majority of wedding videographers illegally use music that is not licensed to be put into their films. We have access to a music licensing company that we can use to purchase licenses on songs. We try to find songs similar to your style as a couple.
What does your camera and equipment look like?
We shoot strictly Canon for video. Our main cameras that we use are our Canon C100s mark ii’s and 5D Mark IV. We use Canon L-Series Lenses. We also bring lights to help in darker situations that we sometimes leave up the entire reception. To capture your audio during your ceremony, we have a lapel microphone for the minister, as well as the groom. These microphones pick up the bride’s audio for vows. We also work with your DJ or AV company to plug into their board to record anything that goes through speakers. During the reception we plug in audio recording devices to the in-house sound system, or your DJs board to get great audio of your speeches and toasts. We also put a lapel mic on the speech givers in most situations.
What if I don’t like certain parts of my film?
This is always a sticky subject. At the end of the day we want you to be happy. But if we don’t have a policy in place, sometimes things can get out of hand with moms, mother-in-law, and family watching the film and wanting changes. After we deliver your film, we give you 1 week to proof the film and give us a green light before we send you a final export, as well as post on social media. If you have any basic changes (add a shot of grandma, remove a shot of your brother’s ex girlfriend, etc.) we make one round of changes at no charge, at up to 1 hour of editing time. Any extensive edits (audio changes, timeline changes, etc.) are billed at an hourly rate set at the time of the changes. You are hiring us to be the professionals, and we take that very seriously. We know you are trusting our judgement to make the best film possible, with all of the context we have. We have seen all of the footage, we have listened to all of the speeches, and are going to put together the most flattering video possible.
What else should I know about wedding videography?
The truth is you only get 1 chance to do it right. If you are dealing with someone that is willing to film all day long, with multiple operators, give you all of the raw footage, DVDs, etc., etc. for $1000-$2,000, you might want to take a step back and see what is missing. Most of the time they are showing you a 2-3 minute highlight reel with the best of their best shots, and it will rarely include audio from the ceremony or reception. Your wedding video is one of the only items you get to take away with you from your wedding day. You can’t go back and get more footage, or better audio once it happens. Are you going to really trust your uncle to do that for you?