Weddings in Motion by JT

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What is the main reason a couple should hire Weddings in Motion (or any highly-professional videographer)?

Most importantly, our team captures all of the unanticipated moments. The moments you cannot even imagine right now! Many couples forget to prioritize video or really think much about it before the wedding. And then we have our clients after they experience the biggest day of their lives and say, “THANK GOODNESS WE HAD A VIDEOGRAPHER THERE!” There is incredible power in a wedding film to fully document a once-in-a-lifetime event in a super comprehensive yet entertaining way!

What are some tips for couples trying to decide which style of videography would suit their day?

The most important tip is to watch A TON of work. Weddings in Motion have a small portion of our most varied videos at Hiring a cinematographer definitely takes more time invested in the selection process than a photographer because you actually have to watch in real time. This link will ultimately allow you to find what style you like naturally. You may not know the “name” of the style but that’s ok. Just the fact that you’ve gravitated towards certain links over others will define the style that you like. And letting us know what YOU want is very important!

From there, make sure BOTH of you set up a time to meet or chat with us. Don’t just email and request a price list. This is probably the mistake I would say most couples make when booking a cinematographer. You see, a pricing sheet won’t tell you how the studio goes about FILMING your wedding day. It just shows you numbers and the end result. But it’s important to find out if their style requires them to be very directorial, bring lighting, record audio well, etc. We shoot various styles, but it’s up to YOU to find your style.

I already have a photographer, why do I need a videographer?

The medium of video has an enormous amount of power to create an emotional reaction. Photos just cannot do that by themselves. Think about it. When you watch a good film in the theater – or even a cool Superbowl ad – you laugh, you cry, you are MOVED. The medium of video combines the elements of music, sound, and movement in order to accurately document this once-in-a-lifetime day.

Hiring a cinematographer may seem like an extraordinary or “luxury” expense, but in the end, it will actually extend your entire wedding investment by DECADES by preserving these memories in this super effective format. Having great photographs and a great film go hand-in-hand but each does not “replace” the other. They serve two completely different purposes. Also, if you can’t afford a photographer for the entire day, the ceremony and photo session alone for them is fine. We can capture from our 4K footage any stills of any segment you’d like to add to your photo album or video slideshow.

How much should a couple budget for a videographer?

Although the perception is slowly changing, think about this: wedding cinematography requires about three times the amount of equipment (audio, stabilization, more lenses since we can only shoot horizontal not vertical, more expensive software and expensive computers that can handle it) and about 5x the amount of editing time. To think about it another way, if you share photos that you take on your phone on Instagram, do you ever edit little videos to post? Probably not because it’s very time-consuming. So while so many couples think that a cinematographer should be less expensive than their photographer, to get a great film they should budget equally for each.

Can I use my favorite song for the video? How does music licensing work?

With Weddings in Motion, yes you can! Many wedding cinema companies are afraid about licensing red tape, but we take care of that for you. We have connections in all mediums in Ontario and Canada that let you use any music you choose. On our contract, we ask you to choose five fast and five slow songs for ALL our edits (more are welcome, and help our editing team choose the perfect music for your perfect wedding segments).

What’s the average time span of the finished product?

We can edit any duration from a Highlight Reel (2-6 minutes) to Full-Length Edit. From there, it varies widely based on the cinematographer’s style. They may offer a documentary (non-storytelling) edit or a modern-contemporary (cinematic, stylish, very-polished) edit. Either way it is all YOUR choice to make it as perfect as possible, along with a “7-Day Fine-Tuning Guarantee” of a revision. Remember, don’t be shy to ask us what you are considering to see where we can inform and educate you on what works best for you.

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