We had Kyle out to shoot at our wedding last month, and I cannot say enough how awesome it was to work with him! He was so likable and made everyone comfortable as well (which is the secret to great photos!) My husband and I (as well as our family and friends) LOVED the video he made for us! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer/videographer! Kelsey & Lewis; Sacred Stone; Fayetteville, Tennessee
Q: Do you do any other work besides weddings?
A: Yes! From a video standpoint, I've done work for everyone from government contractors in Huntsville such as Kord Technologies to business development groups such as the Morgan County Economic Development Association in Decatur. I have also done promotional videos for many local businesses in our area. From a photography standpoint, I have helped clients with their personal branding and social media images as well as creating content for local businesses. When not doing all that I also dabble in real estate photography and travel photography.
Q: On my wedding day, how intrusive are you?
A: Not intrusive at all. Now, I will be honest, things will probably be a little weird at first (why an engagement session is great to do before your wedding, so you get use to having a camera on you at all times) but after a couple hours, everyone gets use to the photo and video team doing their thing.
Q: How do you run the ceremony? Is there a lot of walking around and getting on stage?
A: No! My team and I will do everything in our power to not be noticeable during the ceremony. We do not walk around, go down front, or stay down front near the stage after the processional. For video - immediately following the processional, we will do quick camera checks for framing as best possible and then after that, we are pretty much stationary at manned cameras until you guys exit. For photo - we always stay at the very back centered in the aisle. No member of any imaging team should be walking around during the ceremony and coming up the aisle to the front. It's very distracting and super unprofessional.
Q: Is it really only two weeks to see my wedding images?
A: Yes! Modern technology is a great thing along with using the latest and greatest computers and methods, I am able to have your images ready for you to come see two weeks after our shoot 99% of the time. Of course our schedules have to line up and it may be 3 or 4 weeks post-shoot before we get together.
Q: How many images will I get from my wedding?
A: My goal is to deliver 600-800 finished images per wedding. Depending on the amount of coverage you have selected combined with the events you have scheduled at the wedding, it is not uncommon to shoot 2000-3000 images during the day. I cull them down and only edit the best ones from the day, and those are the ones you will have to select from for your wall art and your album.
Q: Can you tell me about the album design process?
A: This is the most exciting part! You will get to choose the images to put in your album! After your wedding, I will provide you with detailed instructions on what to look for in terms of images for the album Of course, it's your book you choose whatever you want. But, I will provide some best practices to get the ball rolling. After I design the album, you'll have a chance to submit one round of changes before we go to print.
Q: Why is the video only like 3-8 minutes long when you're there all day?
A: Consider - when Hollywood makes a movie, they film all over the place for 1 year and produce a 90 minute film. I've got less than a day to set everything up, scout the location, shoot all the footage, and get the audio to tell the story of the day. My goal is to recap the day in the most amazing way possible given whatever the conditions are that day. Based on all the work I've done in the past (over 20 years and hundreds of weddings), the defined time frames are how much impactful footage is created and captured during an 8-10 hour wedding day from a storytelling viewpoint.
Q: I hired a "natural light" photographer and they asked if the video team will bring lights.
A: I have found this to be a very common question in recent years. Yes, if we are doing the video, we always bring lights for the reception. Without video lights, many times photographers have nightmares at receptions because due to low light, their cameras will not be able to focus. Our video lights are used during key moments only ( first dances, cake cutting, and speeches). We find photographers love us for this.
Q: Can you do both photo and video at my wedding?
A: Yes. In 2016 due to client demand, I began offering both services for those who want to simplify their wedding planning by having a single point of contact and have consistency in the final products. If this is something you want me to do please let me know as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly!
Q: How long do family photos take?
A: I run things pretty different than most people on the photo side for this. On average, family photos take me 15 minutes tops. I rely heavily on a dedicated family member from each side to wrangle the family immediately after the ceremony. I cover out to great grandparents for the formal family session. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins etc are usually not included as part of this session. This lowers the stress for everyone on the day because I've seen these sessions take 45 minutes or more. It gets you in to the reception quicker for mingling and eating.
Q: When does your team take a break?
A: We normally try to get in line and grab a bite to eat and drink between the first dances and the cake cutting. There are usually 30-45 minutes where you are meeting and greeting your guests and we take that opportunity to rest for a minute and eat. For plated and buffet dinners, it is a welcome courtesy if there is a small table reserved for the imaging team in a corner near the reception area (preferably the main room) so we can be ready at a moments notice should something occur that needs covering. It also provides us a place to stage our gear, charge batteries, and transfer/backup footage to our computers etc.
Q: My exit isn't until 10:30PM but you're leaving at 9:00. What should I do?
A: This happens a lot and there are 2 things I do.
(1) 80% of the time, we will stage a fake exit where I coordinate with the DJ/Band and photographer to make the announcement and do it at 9:00PM. This is advantageous for many reasons such as the majority of your guests are still there so it looks better in photos and the video and also if you have alcohol, hopefully folks are still cognizant as to what is happening. Plus we will be done with coverage and you can go back to partying with all the guests without having cameras all around! We find that folks actually enjoy that.
(2) 20% of the time, I simply don't cover it. In terms of telling the story of the day, it is one of the least important parts of the day in terms of footage I need. Sure it's great to have, but not necessary for the film.
Q: What should I cut in my budget so I can get the best imaging coverage possible?
A: I know it's hard when planning your day to figure everything out. I have had many discussions with couples and their parents on budgets and planning. In the end, they have realized that the photos and videos (no matter who you get to do them!) will be all that's left from the wedding day. I have personally had clients cut down on flowers, entertainment, food, and personalized decor (napkins, candy etc) in order to increase their photo and video budget. All these items are important of course to making your day - your day, but making small changes in multiple categories vs. axing something altogether can often free up enough money to get you where you want to be on the photo and video side.
Q: Do you have any tips or advice for me?
A: Yes! Relax and don't stress out on the big day. Know upfront that there will be hiccups no matter how much planning is involved. The three most common things that I have witnessed are (1) The schedule runs late. (2) Items are broken or missing. (3) Heavy rain at outdoor ceremonies. In 20 years and nearly 1000 weddings now, I've never seen one where everything went as planned. The brides who have the best day are the ones who have prepared for this and roll with whatever happens while enjoying the company of family and friends. In the end, you're marrying the love of your life and starting a new future together. That's the most important thing!
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