Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wedding Professional Chats


Business Name: DVideography
Names: Dave and Sheryl Williams
Phone: 610-989-0158
Website Address: http://DVideography.com

How and why did you start the business?
A film and video hobbyist since my teens, I started shooting weddings and events professionally in 2001. In less than two years, it became our full time business.

How would you describe your style?
Our style balances the most unobtrusive coverage with the most creative angles, movement, and sound for a combination of cinematic visuals and authentic documentary storytelling. The most common feedback we receive is that our clients didn't even know we were there, yet we managed to capture the fun and emotion.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
What truly excites me the most is when I know we have just captured a special moment - something that my clients' children and grandchildren will hold dear. I also love the occasional opportunity I get to see the look on my clients' faces when they watch their movies for the first time.

What is the starting price for a wedding?
$3500

What exactly is HD videography?
HD is technically anything above the dimensions of a 1280x720 picture. What that really means is a clearer, wide screen image that looks better than standard definition recordings, especially on larger screens. Even if the end product is delivered on a regular DVD, because it was shot in HD, it still looks better. But the best way to experience HD is to take HD delivery, either on BluRay or as an HD movie file which can be played on computers or from low-cost HD players available in many stores.

What do the readers need to know about it?
The important thing to realize is that HD is quickly becoming the norm but not all HD is equal. Many consumer cameras are now HD but this does not mean that a consumer HD camera is the right tool for the job. Professional HD videography, just like anything else, should be viewed in its entirety. Ask to see recent work and ask for referrals. Any videographer worth his weight should show LOTS of video online.

Anything else we should know about you?
We all work as a team for our clients and I will bend over backwards for them. We have not advertised in many years because of our very loyal clients who come back to us time and again. Almost all of our clients are referred to us.

What is your Dream vacation?
Before my kids get too old, I'd love to spend time with them on an island. Maybe Hawaii? They love the water and an experience like that would be wonderful.

What is the greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
At a destination wedding we did in the Bahamas, I convinced a helicopter pilot that we didn't need him for the entire hour ($600) but only a few minutes to get the establishing shot of the hotel. He agreed to take me up for $250. The Same Day Edit the next night was a hit and my clients truly appreciated the arial shots that were the icing on the cake.

What can’t live without?
Rice Pudding

And your favorite quote?
It's better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

Where is your favorite place to shoot?
St. Thomas, USVI

Please share with us you favorite video clip or highlight reel.
Some of my favorites are some of the most intimate, like this trailer from a recent Cairnwood wedding:
http://www.dvideography.com/video/laura-and-john-at-cairnwood/

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

What a great entry! I love your work Dave and I loved that Cairnwood video! I'd love to read more of these Meredith!!~Rebecca Druckenmiller, QOH

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