Every wedding photographer is on the spectrum of candid, docu-editorial style and polished, posed and stylized, with the majority naturally, myself included, emphasizing candid and editorial. Generally all photographers are going to try and capture a mix of frame sizes, your wide angle establishing shots, mediums, closeups and detailed shots. This is standard. Where you see a lot of of differences in our work is how we communicate and how we edit. Personally for the typical photo I like to lower the highlights (creates more detail in the clouds, more realistic and natural) and I brighten the shadows. Certain pictures may lend itself to exaggerating the shadows and highlights for more intimate shots.
How much time should we set aside for wedding day portraits?
It will depend on the size of your wedding party. I like to plan for at least an hour. Fifteen minutes each for family and bridal party and thirty minutes, couple time. Two minutes per group is a good guideline add an extra minute if there are little kids. Take into consideration location changes, and travel time and whether you are also having a wedding film being done. Some venues have late afternoon ceremony start times in which case you could also consider doing a first look, followed by wedding party portraits. This is something we can discuss in detail during the consultation.
Do I need a photographer who has shot at my venue before?
NO you do not, Ottawa and the surrounding area has a huge array of prime wedding venues, add to that new venues starting up and some closing, there is a high probability that the vendor you choose will not have shot at your venue before and that is not a bad thing. Nothing can cease creativity more than shooting at the same venue, getting comfortable, repeating shots, going through the motions, I’m not saying it happens but there is a wealth of creativity to be yearned, through curiosity. I generally do a site walkthrough a few weeks before the wedding date if I have not shot at your venue. (Same applies for Film)
How will you deliver the photos?
I provide my clients with high resolution professionally edited digital files on a USB flash drive. I also provide access to an online gallery, clients can download pictures in two options: low compressed with watermark for online and social viewing and hi def non watermarked for personal and printing. Your photos will be accessible via the online gallery for up to 12 months after your wedding date. The gallery provides a nicely organized and curated viewing experience with options to prioritize favorites, select as private, email, share and print directly from the gallery.
How long does it take to deliver photos?
We deliver a sneak peak generally a selection of some of our favorites 30 days after your wedding date, we deliver the final package 4 weeks later (60 days after your wedding date)
Do you travel?
Sure! Where are we going?
What is the purpose of having a wedding film if we are already getting wedding photos?
Wedding photos don’t replay the voices, the long pauses, the loud laughter from the crowd as the best man roasts the groom. Photos don’t pull at your heartstrings as the bridesmaid welcomes her new sister to the family. Your wedding day only happens once and you spend so much money on your venue, dress, decorations, food and so much more, why not include a film as a memento, something candid, real and truly beautiful.
My partner is awkward on camera, I’m not sure if he would be comfortable being filmed?
This is completely normal and the nice thing about it is you don’t have to look at the camera, we actually don’t want you to look at the camera, we’re the fly on the wall, from the start of the day until the end. Keep within your comfort zone not everyone is going to feel comfortable sharing their vows.
How much time do we need to set aside on our wedding day for recording?
Generally we like to have at least a minimum of 15 minutes of couple time designated for just filming, this doesn’t require the photographer to leave the couple, they can still hang around and take photos We like to collect a mix of wide, medium and close shots, with a few different actions and if possible a few different backgrounds. We like to finalize timing before the wedding day. (Timing may change and often does, but at least we have a plan)
Can we choose the music in our wedding film?
The short answer is no. You can provide genre, pacing, and lyrical recommendations for us, but the music needs to be copyright free, and most likely the songs your DJ will play won’t be able to be used in your film. Some songs have become public domain; for example the very popular “Pachebel Canon” by the German composer Joahnn Pachelbel(1653 -1706) is played a lot at ceremonies and we have incorporated this into one of our videos, however because it is so popular some people may prefer not to use it in their wedding film. Regardless we use a copyright free sound library subscription to provide a huge selection of music options allowing everyone of our clients wedding films to feel unique and fresh.
What is the picture quality of our wedding film?
Our standard film is delivered in 1080p full high definition 24fps. (1920x1080). We do provide the option to deliver the film in 4k, for example if you plan on showcasing your film on a large 4k or more, TV screen for a family screening and want the best quality. For that option please send a specific email request for pricing. However the majority of clients request the standard 1080 HD and it offers the best value.
Can we keep the Raw Footage?
Raw footage has its fair share of camera adjustments, cuts and focus pull fails. We cull and select the very best footage for the final wedding film and if you want more footage, we would, recommend our full wedding day documentary edit.
When and how will I receive my films?
We will send you your teaser film 48 hours after your wedding date. The final film will be delivered 12 weeks after your wedding date, we’ll include a downloadable link from your online gallery (same gallery you will receive your photos) and you will also receive a portable USB 3.0 flash drive) which will include your teaser, film, ceremony and speeches.
Do you shoot solo or with a team?
We shoot as a team. Generally we have one camera for bride and groom prep, and three camera people for the ceremony and reception. This is one of the benefits of hiring Purplegoatfilms, a lot of companies will include only one cameraperson in all their packages and will offer the additional camera person as an add on. We enjoy providing the peace of mind that multi coverage provides along with enhancing your story.
Do you capture aerial footage with a Drone?
Drone footage is weather and location dependent. But we do try to incorporate aerial footage into all of our wedding films.