Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some commonly asked questions about my wedding video & photo service.
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Yes, you can add a dedicated photographer to any video package, see my packages & pricing for more info on adding photography services.
Your Video Packages also Include a Photobook & Still Image Gallery, Do I Still Need to Hire a Photographer?
My packages do offer options for still images taken from the video. Whether this service is a replacement for a photographer is really up to your taste and the level of coverage you are looking to get from still images. While I am super excited to offer this service I in no way suggest that I am required to be the only photographer, so if you do also hire a photographer, my still images will be a bonus!
I consider my self a videographer that also takes photos, meaning I am videographer first. How I obtain still images is typically from the video so you can’t really get the photos if I don’t also make the video.
For the toasts I have a special wireless mic that I place on the head table. Having a mic that is in closer proximity to whomever is speaking is generally enough to get a nice clean signal. However I can also run a feed from the DJ’s mixing board, this would be the signal from the mic that the person is holding. While it is possible to do this, it doesn’t always work, so I don’t usually count on it, but it is nice to have if it will work. For audio in general, I like to have a variety of sources to choose from, so all the cameras has it’s own microphone in addition to any wireless systems I am running. Redundancy is a good way to ensure a good quality signal as some venues can have not so great acoustics.
For the vows I have a wireless lapel mic on the groom. This will pick up the vows from both the bride and the groom and is generally very clear. Depending on the venue (i.e. if it is outdoors) I will also use a separate wireless lapel mic for the officiate, I will also sometimes run a wireless mic to the platform for readings if possible. Which mics I run vary from place to place, but there is always a lapel mic on the groom. For audio in general, I like to have a variety of sources to choose from, so each of the 3 cameras has it’s own microphone in addition to any wireless systems I am running. Redundancy is a good way to ensure a good quality signal as some venues can have not so great acoustics.
I typically will just use whatever song the bride & groom danced to in their first dance, however I will sometimes use other music that was in the wedding. If the bride & groom request a specific song I can certainly accommodate any requests.
If you booked a package with 1 videographer, myself, David Ruszkowski will be working at your wedding. Only in extreme cases where I am unable to attend will I get a replacement. I named my business “Buffalo Street Media” because I live on Buffalo Street and if it was called “David Ruszkowski Video”, no one would be able to spell that. I am an independent small company consisting of me and my wife. Sometimes I will bring an assistant to part of a 1 videographer wedding (at no charge) just because I feel like I am going to need extra help, maybe a large venue, difficult setup or something like that, but most of the time it is just me. If you booked a package with more than one videographer, I will still be there as the main person, but I have a couple assistants I work with.
I typically have highlight videos ready 20-30 weeks after the event. The entire video (Flash drive, DVDs, On Demand Site, mp4 files, raw footage) is ready approximately 10-12 months after the wedding. This is an approximate time, it will sometimes vary greatly based on the season and how busy I am at the time. Photobook & still images come after all the videos have been made. The plan is to have everything in your hands before your first anniversary. I endeavor to do the possible job in putting everything together, this process does take a considerable amount of time, I work very hard to pay attention to every detail and create something that will stand the test of time.
I would say that my style of filming is both cinematic & documentary. The highlight video certainly is more cinematic, while the rest of the video leans a little more to the documentary side or somewhere in between. It kind of depends on the event.
The final payment is due on or before the event date. Customers can make payments at anytime by visiting our payments page. So if you want to pay a little bit every month leading up to the wedding day you can do so on our website. Each time a payment is made I will send a payment receipt (text or email) and then email an updated invoice reflecting the payment and the new amount.
I retain copies of all the edited files (everything necessary to make new DVDs). DVDs can sometimes quit working or get damaged, etc. I will replace any DVDs as needed. I also will keep the on-demand site and the highlight video link available indefinitely. I don’t retain copies of raw footage after a certain point (about 1 month after the final product is delivered) so if you need changes made that involve editing the actual video, this should be requested right away. So in short I do provide support after the product is delivered, I try to do this as quickly as possible after I get your request.