How Did Wild Light Films Start?🎬 GENERAL
Before getting into wedding videography, I was actually in a nationally touring band called Go Radio (Click here to watch me smash some drums). In 2013 our singer decided that he no longer wanted to tour and was ready to start a family and settle down. So after 7 years of touring and grinding, the band called it quits. We honestly didn’t see it coming so it threw us all for a loop. At the time Go Radio had about 8 months of touring left so that’s when I had to figure out what was next for me.
Shortly after, I was talking with a friend about the situation and he mentioned that he was wanting to expand his wedding photography business and looking for a 2nd shooter. He asked If weddings were something that I’d be interested to me and honestly, it did. If you know me, you know I love being surrounded by genuinely happy, loving and exciting people and for me, weddings are exactly that! After shooting my first wedding, I was hooked!
Fast forward a year and that’s when I made my transition into videography. I started Wild Light Films in 2015 because I found that I had a knack for making wedding videos a little differently by using my personal style and fashion-forward editing techniques! Up until this point, it’s just been me and because of that I’ve only able to do so many weddings a year. In 2018 that all changed. I met an amazing videographer from San Diego name Leo who loved to film weddings but hated editing them — this is how the the team started.
My team is a very small group of hand-picked videographers that I’ve trained to not only film in the same style as me but are also bad ass people who are just fun to be around (which is super important!).
How many weddings do you take on each year?💍 GENERAL
We only take on about 24 weddings a year. We do this so that we can give every wedding our absolute all.
My editing is a very detailed and meticulous process so I try not to overload or rush it ☺
Do you offer photography?📸 GENERAL
We only specialize in videography but can recommend some bad ass photographers who are amazing to work with!
What about drone footage?🚁 GENERAL
Drone footage is a world of its own, and with that has come a ton of regulations, laws, tests and additional insurance requirements. Along with that, it also takes us away from the wedding and that’s where the real moments are happening.
I recommend finding a local drone videographer who knows the in’s and out’s of the area and is able to capture those exact shots that you want.
How big is the Wild Light team?👨🏽🤝👨🏻 GENERAL
My team is actually just a small group of 5 select videographers including myself.
We’re based out of:
- North Florida (Steve)
- Los Angeles (Charles)
- Phoenix (Ben)
- Georgia (Robbie & Scott).
Can we meet our videographer before the wedding?🤳🏻 General
We would love to meet you and have a chat via Skype/FaceTime. It’s always really nice to put names to faces to connect with you on a more personal level, plus it makes the wedding day that much more relaxed!
What's your creative process and who picks the music?🎹 GENERAL
I always want my films to reflect my couples taste in music and style so I ask them to send me 8-10 of songs that they love and think would be fun for the video. Of course if you want me to find a song, I totally can! I’ll send some songs that I feel match your wedding and you tell me which one you love the most. Music is super important to the video because it sets the tone and mood, so picking the one that fits you might take some time but will totally be worth it.
What is your turn around time?⏳ GENERAL
I strive to have a QUICK turn around so you’re not having to wait 6 – 8 months enjoy your videos. Most wedding films are completed within 4-5 Months of your wedding date. We also shoot with real super 8 film which has to be mailed off, processed and digitized which takes about a month and a half.
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Do you offer a longer music video?🎥 FILM & VIDEOS
I think what you’re looking for is my Featurette. This is a 15 – 20 minute film that incorporates the best clips from the day (including the vows from your ceremony and highlights of the toasts), presented in a fun, stylish highlight fashion.
Does the Featurette have the full ceremony and toasts?🎤 FILM & VIDEOS
The Featurette include the highlight moments from your ceremony, vows and toasts. I always try to use as much of the vows as possible but it doesn’t always contain the entirety of the toasts. All of my collections do included a raw footage video of your ceremony and toasts which are from start to finish.
What is The Home Movie like?📹 FILM & VIDEOS
IT’S KINDA LIKE THOSE HOME VIDEOS PEOPLE WOULD MAKE IN THE 1990’S BUT DONE IN MORE STYLISH, MODERN WAY. I GO THROUGH ALL OF THE FOOTAGE AND PUT TOGETHER A “CAMCORDER STYLE” VIDEO OVER MUSIC (THAT YOU CAN CHOOSE). IT INCLUDES YOUR CEREMONY, TOASTS, BOUQUET TOSS, GARTER FLINGING, CAKE SMASHING AND ALL THE FUN MOMENTS AND DANCE MOVES YOUR PEEPS HAVE TO OFFER. THESE VIDEOS CAN RUN BETWEEN 30 – 90 MINUTES SO MAKE SOME POPCORN, GATHER ON THE COUCH AND GET COMFY!
What is Super 8?🎞 FILM & VIDEOS
Taken from Wikipedia, “Super 8 film is a motion picture film format released in 1965 as an improvement over the older Double or Regular 8 mm home movie format.”. So basically Super 8 is a type of camera from the late 60’s – 70’s that shoots on real 8mm film that is not only unique looking but also super fucking cool!
Can we have all of the raw video files?📂 FILM & VIDEOS
Sure! I do charge a small fee and ask that you don’t try and make your own instagram/facebook edits 😊
If you’re just looking for a longer video that shows the entire day, I do offer The Home Movie. It’s where I go through all of the footage from the day, mildly color correct, and lightly edit it to a long playlist of enjoyable music (that you can pick). This video lets you see the entire day as a long edit and is much more enjoyable than a folder full of unedited video files.
Do you travel? Are there any fees?💳 Travel
We don’t need much but we do need the basics: travel, food, and shelter.
There is no additional charge for weddings within 2 hours of any of our videographers.
Weddings driving distance but not close enough for a same day drive (3-5 hours), there is a $150 weekend travel fee and we would need a hotel for 2 nights.
When flying is involved there is a $150 weekend travel fee and we’d just need the basics: flight, car and hotel for 3 nights, we’ll cover everything else!
Why 3 Nights? Anytime we fly we give ourselves a “buffer” day so that if we run into any issues with delays we still have plenty of time to get there before the wedding.
For the hotel, some couples will get a block of rooms for guest/family and will just add an extra room for us but if you would rather not have to worry about booking, we can search the average price of hotels within 15 – 20 minutes of your wedding location, confirm with you and add that amount into the final pricing.
We do prefer to book our own flight and rental car but will let you know all travel costs before booking.
Where are you based?✈️ Travel
We love to travel and do for about 90% of our weddings. Our Videographers are based out of:
- North Florida (Steve)
- Los Angeles (Charles)
- Phoenix (Ben)
- Georgia (Robbie & Scott)
- Oakland (Mark)
How much is your deposit?💰 BOOKING & CONTACT
We require a $1500 deposit to secure your date and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding date. We can also work with you on payment schedules to make things a little easier as well.
We're ready to book, what do we do?🏼🏽 BOOKING & CONTACT
If you’re ready to get the ball rolling just hit us up ! We can go over any details and once we get you set up with exactly what you want, I’ll send over a digital contract for you to look over and sign. Once the deposit is paid, the date is yours. Easy, Peasy