Do You Travel?
Of course. I’m based in Coggeshall, Essex and although the majority of my work is all across the South East, I’ll happily travel to film your day, either around the UK or abroad. There may be very minor travel costs over a certain distance or if you require me to stay overnight, but we can talk these through in due course.
When Can We Meet You?
I always like to meet up at least once before your Wedding. Usually around a month before the day so we can sit down, say hello and run through your plan for the Wedding. From that, I can work out a shooting plan and arrange with you for when I’ll start filming and when things will be happening on the day. Some couples I work with like to meet up before they book, to chat and see if we’re a good fit. Some like to book straight away over email. Whatever feels best for you is fine with me. I will always arrange a meet up before the Wedding, but I’m always keen to meet before booking as it gives you a chance to suss me out!
How Do We Book?
It’s very simple. First, get in touch and we can chat to see if everything fits. Then, once you’ve decided upon your required package, I will invoice for a 20% deposit and send you information on the terms of booking. Once this is paid, the day is booked out for you. At this point, I’ll send over a Plan of Action sheet that you’ll need to fill out with all the info for your day – we’re talking names, address, timings, locations etc. This sheet helps me form a shooting plan for your Wedding and makes sure I don’t miss any of those moments that you’ve planned for your day. I don’t need this returned until around a month before your Wedding, and once it’s back we can sit down and run through everything together. After that, the balance is due one month before your day and I will send another invoice for this in due course.
How Long Will the USB Be?
I’m asked this a lot, and the simple answer is – each USB is totally different. The length of the films of the ceremony and speeches are as long as they run on the day. If the Father of the Bride gets emotional and recounts every year of the Bride’s life, then the speeches will be long. This is the same with the film of the service. Some Church services are over an hour, whilst a registry office service can be in and out in 15 minutes. The films of the service and speeches are shot as they happen and their length is really dependant on their length on the day.
What Happens Afterwards?
You will always be the first people to see any of the films. I will first deliver the highlights films to you, via an internet link. I will only ever send the link to you, so you can decide who sees it. This link allows you to share the film with friends and family, or put in an email or on Facebook etc. I aim to send this link out around 2 weeks after your wedding, or by the time you’re back from honeymoon. Then, a few weeks later a USB stick will arrive with all the films of the day for you to enjoy. The USB contains a personal menu, allowing you to skip between either the highlights film, or the speeches or the first dance, as and when you like.
Do You Require Food on the Day?
A hot meal would be greatly appreciated. I once got through a whole wedding on just Jelly Babies, but I was on a massive sugar crash come 10pm.
What Happens If you’re ill on the day?
I’ve never been sick on a Wedding day, and touch wood, it won’t happen. But I do have policies in place if it should ever happen. I have a team of film makers that I work with and can call upon to cover, should this happen, and of course there will be some reduction of the cost of the film.
“Phil was such a pleasure to work with from the moment we got in contact. On the day he was so good and professional we didn't even notice he was there, exactly what you want. For me his highlight video he produces is what puts him at the top of his profession. It captures all you could have wanted to and is edited in such a professional way, which many of my friends have commented on. A very professional, yet friendly and all round great videographer we were very lucky to find.”