Let's tackle the big question first...
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT THAN OTHER VIDEOGRAPHERS?
The quality of our work, in our humble opinion, far surpasses the majority of videographers out there. We're constantly investing in new equipment and learning new techniques to keep our work above and beyond what most people expect from a wedding video. We're two people, not a big company (Alex and Ryan). This means you know who will be taking care of you before, during, and after the wedding. We edit everything ourselves, no outsourcing. This means quality control and consistency in our work. Many companies have several lead shooters and they simply pick one for your wedding based on their availability., which means the cool videos you see on their websites were likely not shot by the person who will be shooting your wedding. Not the case with us.
We're also extremely easy to work with...We respond very quickly to all emails (we even talk to you like a real person rather than sending an automated response!) and let you blow up Alex's personal phone with texts any time. Alex is laid back while shooting and a ninja when it comes to being unobtrusive on the big day. Oh right, and you get your finished product within 2 weeks (crazy, we know).
DO I HAVE TO FEED YOU?
Nope, but I sure hope you will! It's okay though, I always carry peanut butter in my bag just in case.
WHY ARE THERE SO FEW NEW YORK VIDEOS ON YOUR MAIN PAGE?
Alexander and Ryan trained together in Los Angeles before heading east. While we have tons of experience, our company is brand new to the NY area which is why we don't have many local videos posted yet. For more history, check out our about us section!
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE "REAL TIME" EDIT?
We have 2 goals... to give you an amazing artsy highlight video that can sum up the whole day in 4 minutes, and to also give you the ability to re-live all the important parts of the day from start to finish without music or flashy/distracting shots. The first is achieved with the highlight video, the second with the multi-cam "real time". The real time edit is a straight-forward account of the main events of the day, no music added. Each event is edited between multiple cameras and played out in its entirety. The real time edit includes the entire ceremony and (if applicable): Grand Entrance, First Dance, Speeches, Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dances, Cake Cutting, and Bouquet/Garter Toss.
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS?
We are total team players. It's not "us" vs. "them", it should be both of us working together to give you great photos and video. We do everything we can to help the photographers get their shots without compromising ours. We will often contact them ahead of the wedding to introduce ourselves and work out a game plan for the day-of.
I'VE HEARD OF VIDEOGRAPHERS THAT TAKE MONTHS TO DELIVER, ARE YOU THE SAME?
That's just downright silly. Highlight videos are done within 2 days after the wedding, and the final discs are ready in 2 to 3 weeks. This is our full time job, we edit 10 hours a day on weekdays to make sure you get what you pay for in a timely manner.
WHY DON'T YOU OFFER DVDs?
DVDs cannot play high def. We shoot in high def. WE REFUSE TO DESTROY OUR WORK SO YOU CAN WATCH IT ON YOUR OBSOLETE MACHINES!!! Okay jk, we'll do it if you realllllly want me to, but DVDs are as obsolete as VHS. Even bluray is about to become obsolete, all movies and tv will switch over to streaming only (like downloading from the iTunes store) in the near future. Lucky for you we give you the HD file in a format compatible to be streamed to your fancy Apple TVs.
I'M KIND OF A HUGE BRIDEZILLA... WILL YOU STILL WORK WITH ME?
...but in all seriousness, no. In order to make GOOD videos, we have to enjoy what we're doing. Plus if you're crazy and stressed out on the day of your wedding, we guarantee you it will show through in your video and that's not something we can fix in editing.
DO YOU NEGOTIATE ON PRICES?
We believe our prices accurately represent the quality of work you'll be receiving, which is rare in this industry. If skeptical, we strongly encourage you to check out our competitors' pricing compared to their quality of work and you'll see what we mean. For this, and all the reasons listed above in "what makes you different", our answer is no we typically don't negotiate. We do, however, offer lower pricing for winter weddings (Dec 1st - Mar 1st).
I'M LIKE CRAZY INTERESTED IN BOOKING YOU, WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
Shoot us an email to shutterandsoundNY@gmail.com with both your names, your date, location, and anything else you want us to know. We'll respond within a few hours to answer any question you have. If we like each other (we will), we sign some stuff and you're all set!