Weddings 2017-05-05T01:18:57+00:00

One guy, one camera.

Wedding videos that don’t suck.

by Graham King

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Weddings shot by myself with one camera
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Most weddings shot in one year (2012)
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Years in business

Featured Work

Every video on my website was shot by me alone with one camera.

Packages & Pricing

Special offer for 2017 weddings:

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off Friday and Sunday weddings

The Documentary Package

The Documentary Package is my most popular package. You get me, Graham King, as your videographer for 8 hours. You get an extremely high quality video and audio recording of the entire day. And you get the Documentary Edit. To learn more about the Documentary Edit, and for samples, check out the Q&A section below.

Documentary Package

$2,495
  • Graham as your videographer
  • 8 hours coverage
  • Full HD Recording & Delivery
  • Digital Delivery
  • Documentary Edit

The Highlight Package

The Highlight Package is the same as the Documentary Package except for one key difference. In addition to the Documentary Edit, you also receive a carefully crafted Highlight Reel.

A Highlight Reel is a 3-4 minute, music video style edit of your wedding. My goal is to make each one fun and unique. You won’t find any 8 second long shots of the dress or a slow pan of someone’s plate. My Highlight Reels are fast paced and fun. These are truly weddings videos that don’t suck.

Highlight Package

$3,995
  • Graham as your videographer
  • 8 hours coverage
  • Full HD Recording & Delivery
  • Digital Delivery
  • Documentary Edit
  • Highlight Reel

The Extended Highlight Package

With the Extended Highlight Package, you get to pick two songs instead of one so it’s 6-8 minutes long. One perk is having a different vibe for each half of the video. And with the extra length of the edit, I can include more of the vows, speeches, and the best parts of the day.

Extended Highlight Package

$4,995
  • Graham as your videographer
  • 8 hours coverage
  • Full HD Recording & Delivery
  • Digital Delivery
  • Documentary Edit
  • Extended Highlight Reel

Other Stuff

  •  4K Recording and Delivery: $1,000

  • Additional shooting time: $300 per hour

  • Break time (to make the coverage nonconsecutive): $75 per hour

  • Travel: $1 per mile roundtrip plus tolls & parking ($100 for San Francisco weddings)

  • Three copies on Blu-ray or DVD: $300 plus sales tax on the entire package

  • Credit card & online payments: +3%

Questions & Answers

Questions About Packages

The Documentary Edit is a copy of everything I shot at your wedding. I put it together in such a way that it is a polished, finished product – no shots of my feet or the ceiling – just high quality video and audio blended seamlessly from beginning to end.

If you’ve read my reviews, when people refer to the “raw” or “unedited” video, they are referring to the Documentary Edit. It is what I have delivered to over 500 couples. I get messages from them all the time about how they laughed, cried, and relived the day as they watched their Documentary Edit.

It’s typically 2-3 hours long. Here are a couple short samples:

Documentary Edit Sample 1
Documentary Edit Sample 2

A Highlight Reel is a fully edited music video of your wedding. With each and every Highlight Reel, I take a fresh approach and strive to make every one of them fun and unique. The Highlight Reel is usually 3-4 minutes long. My portfolio contains examples of Highlight Reels.
An Extended Highlight reel uses two songs instead of one. It is typically 6-8 minutes long.
By default, my packages include recording and delivery in full HD at a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

4K video (also known as UHD) has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, four times more pixels than full HD. When viewed on a 4K TV, the result is stunningly detailed images that were previously only reserved for Hollywood.

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By default, my packages include my minimum which is 8 consecutive hours of coverage time. For many weddings, this is enough for me to start with bridal preparations, shoot the entire ceremony, the entire reception schedule, and  some dancing near the end of the night.
You can extend the coverage time as much as you like, at any point in time, even on the wedding day. There are two ways to do this.

1. You can add additional hours of coverage at the Shooting Time rate, listed above. I’ve shot as many as 14 hours on a wedding day so there’s nothing I can’t handle.

2. You can also add hours of break time at the Break Time rate, also listed above. Breaks are useful when there is some time during the wedding day that you don’t need or want video coverage. Because the break time rate is much lower than the overtime rate, you can save a lot of money by adding break time. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to split the coverage time. For example, I could shoot for 3 hours in the morning, take a 2 hour break, and shoot for 5 hours in the evening. This way, you are only charged for 2 hours of break and I can shoot a lot more of the wedding day without you incurring the cost of additional coverage time.

The coverage time is consecutive by default but this can be changed. You can make the hours nonconsecutive by adding break time to the videography schedule.

Breaks are useful when there is some time during the wedding day that you don’t need video coverage. Because the break time rate is much lower than the overtime rate, you can save a lot of money by adding break time. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to split the coverage time. For example, I could shoot for 3 hours in the morning, take a 2 hour break, and shoot for 5 hours in the evening. This way, you are only charged for 2 hours of break and I can shoot a lot more of the wedding day without you incurring the cost of additional shooting time.

Yes, you can book me with the Documentary Package now and at any time in the future, even after the wedding, you can upgrade to another package. I’ve even had clients come to me a year after the wedding wanting to upgrade to a Highlight Package for their first anniversary. You would just pay the difference in package price.
I have an 8 hour minimum for Fri-Sun weddings. If you are planning a Mon-Thur wedding, I may be willing to shoot less than 8 hours on a case by case basis.

Questions About Booking

Dates are booked on a first come, first serve basis. If I have a meeting scheduled with you or we are currently communicating, then your position in line is held. If I don’t have a meeting scheduled with you, and we have not spoken in at least a day, then your position in line is automatically given up to the next inquiry.
There are potentially three things that would add to the cost of your videography package.

Each package includes my minimum of 8 consecutive hours. If you need additional time, that would add to the package price.

There is a small travel fee for all weddings outside of Oakland. Please refer to the pricing information above.

California law requires me to collect sales tax on the full package price if I give you any physical product such as a Blu-ray, DVD, or even your own hard drive. However, you can avoid the sales tax burden if you choose the Digital Download delivery option. This is the default option with every package and it has many other benefits over disc based delivery.

Your wedding date is reserved upon receipt of the signed contract and the deposit.
The deposit is half of the total package price
The balance is due on the day of the wedding. It is recommended (but not required) that you pay the balance off two weeks before the wedding so you don’t have to worry about distributing payments on the wedding day.
I prefer cash and check. I also accept credit cards with an additional 3% fee. That fee also applies to PayPal and other payment processing services.
I prefer stay within 2 hours driving time from Oakland.
I never book more than one wedding per day.
Absolutely! Please contact me to arrange a meeting

Questions About Preparing for the Wedding Day

Before the wedding day, I’ll need a copy of your timeline so I can make a recommendation on the best schedule for videography. You’ll need to send me your DJ’s email address as well so I can confirm audio connectivity. I’ll also ask you to reconfirm the name and address of each location that I need to travel to on the wedding day. It’s also helpful if you can fill me in on any surprises, performances, and other things that may not be listed on the timeline.
Good sound is critical for good video. If I am able to plug into an audio output, the sound quality can be dramatically improved. This requires the cooperation of whoever is doing audio on the wedding day. This can include your DJ, band, venue, and/or church. All you need to ask is, “can you provide an audio output for the videographer?”

Questions About the Wedding Day

I, Graham, shoot every wedding.
I take a documentary style approach. I don’t tend to direct things; I tend to simply capture them as they happen. I’ve had more than a few clients tell me that they forgot I was there or that they didn’t even see me throughout the day. I don’t feel bad; that’s actually a good thing for a wedding videographer. There could be some deviation from this style of shooting, for example, if you wanted to me to ask your guests to say something for the video.
This is a situation I hope to never encounter but of course the possibility is there. In this situation I would immediately reach out to my network of professional video colleagues. If none of them is available, I would start going through the highest rated videographers until I find someone. As long as I am not incapacitated, my top priority would be making sure you are not left high and dry.
My primary camera is the Canon C300 Mark II and my backup camera is the Sony a7S.

My lenses include the Canon 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2, 135mm f/2.0, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II, 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, 24-105mm f/4.0 IS, and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.

By default, my packages include HD capture and delivery at 1920×1080 resolution. With the introduction of the C300 Mark II, I now offer 4K capture and delivery at 4096 x 2160 resolution.

I always shoot at 23.976 frames per second which produces the most filmic look.

I shoot almost everything handheld. I love it and it allows me to get a lot of shots and a lot of variety in a short amount of time. I typically shoot the ceremony and first dance on a monopod and speeches on a tripod.
My onboard mic is the Rode NTG-3. I always have two Sennheiser wireless lavaliere systems with Countryman B3 microphones, a Sennheiser wireless handheld system, and a Sennheiser wireless plug-in transmitter system. I also carry the Marantz PMD-661 portable recorder for recording additional sources.
No. Feedback would be impossible in this case as my mics are just for the video and are not amplified. As far as interference goes, my mics can operate on 1,680 different frequencies. Whenever I get to a new location, I scan for available frequencies and only use those.
With the Canon C300 Mark II and prime lenses, this camera can see better in low light than the human eye. For those times when it’s nearly pitch black (e.g. outdoor reception after sunset with no lights overhead) I use a small on-camera LED light. I sometimes use a light to help a severely backlit subject.
To me, the relationship between videographer and photographer is one of collaboration, not competition. We’re both there to do a great job for our client. When I first meet a photographer, I usually introduce myself, shake their hand, and try to stay out of their way. Photographers usually love my unobtrusive style. And I’ve had a few tell me I was the best videographer they’ve ever worked with. That always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
No problem, you can opt out if you want.
Yes, I do need fuel to perform so please plan a meal for me if one is being served to your guests. The timeline should designate a time for the videographer and photographers to eat and the caterer should be informed. This is typically not necessary if you’re having a buffet dinner.

Questions About Delivery

Turnaround time is typically 2 months for the Documentary Edit. Turnaround time for Highlight and Extended Highlight Reel is is 6 months from the date of the wedding or the date music is decided on, whichever is later.
Digital Download is a way of sending the video to you via the Internet. I email you a link and you just follow the instructions to start the download. The Digital Download gives you the full resolution HD or 4K video so you’re not sacrificing anything.

The video format I use is the widely compatible H.264 and the files are both Mac and Windows compatible. Please keep in mind that the file size of a Documentary Edit could be 30GB or more for HD and 250GB or more for 4K. That means it could take many hours or even days to fully download over fast broadband internet.

The Digital Download also has these advantages over disc formats like Blu-ray and DVD:

If you have the hardware, software, and knowhow, you can burn your own Blu-rays and DVDs.

Anyone can potentially edit the video in the future without having to rip the compressed video off the discs.

If you want to make a fire/theft proof backup copy of your video, simply copy the files onto another hard drive and store it at a different physical location.

Yes, you can. But please keep in mind, I would be required to collect sales tax on the entire package price.
Yes, you can. But please keep in mind that you would have to pay sales tax on the entire package price in addition to the fee for the discs.
Yes, any disc I give you is not copy protected and can be copied if you have the hardware, software, and knowhow.
I keep my clients’ footage indefinitely. I can say that I still have every wedding I’ve ever shot. I do this because I want to, not because I have to. I can’t guarantee that I’ll always have a copy of your footage. Once the video has been delivered to you, it is your responsibility to create backups.

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graham@finalframe.com

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