Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. The importance and value of having a professional videographer should not be overlooked. A quality video is a worthwhile long-term investment. It is a documentation of you and the day. There is no other product that shows the sights and sound of you, your moment(s), and behind the scenes. The videographer has to be a good storyteller and their work has to reflect that. When you compare videographers, look at more than just the initial price. The sound should be clearly recorded and the video should be crisp, sharp, and colorful. There should be no excuses for sloppy camerawork or editing. Make sure your videographer belongs to a professional association like the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA) to continually improve their craft. Ultimately, the price has more to do with talent than with technology alone.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. When it comes to events, a contemporary trend is toward shorter videos of 30 to 40 minutes rather than the typical 1 to 2 hours.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. "Do they have samples clips or a demo reel? If so, do they have to be watched at the videographer's studio or can they be viewed online?"
"What kind and how many cameras do they own? What format are they? What do they record on?"
"Are they able to provide a second camera man/woman?"
"Do they belong to a professional association like the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA)?"
"What are their service fees? Do they have package deals?"
"What is their availability?"
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. That it is not just a job, it is my career. I am doing something that I love doing and it is worth getting up for. It involves my passions.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. "Can I view samples of your work? Is your work recent?"
Of course you can! You can view my demo reels by visiting the Portfolio page and other video samples by visiting the KLP YouTube channel. All the event videos are music video highlight reels of actual full length features that my clients have received while all the other videos (i.e. business videos) are actual videos in their entirety that my clients have received. (A music video can be added to any wedding and event package.) For full wedding and event video viewings, please contact me for an in-office appointment. All my work was taken in the last three years.
"How far in advance do I need to book you?"
Ideally, 6 months before the scheduled day and time, one month at the latest.
"What is your work style?"
When it comes to events, I prefer to be in the background and shoot the candid natural moments that unfold. As guests of the couple become comfortable, I may get in closer for some unique angles or moments.
When it comes to businesses, I prefer to be in a designated location where there are no interrupt for either myself or the business.
"How much is the initial retainer? When are the initial retainer and balance due?"
For events, the initial retainer (or deposit) is half of the total price and is due at the time of signing my video agreement (or contract). The remaining balance of the total package price is due two (2) weeks before the event.
For businesses, the initial retainer (or deposit) is half of the total price and is due at the time of signing my video agreement (or contract). The remaining balance of the total package price is due two (2) weeks before the scheduled day and time of the shoot.
"What forms of payment do you accept?"
The forms of payment that I accept are cash, check, and PayPal*.
(*KLP is PayPal verified. So if you are paying through PayPal, there will be an additional fee of 2.9% plus 30¢ per transaction to cover Paypal's fee.)
"What information do you need from me before the scheduled day and time?"
For events, I will provide a questionnaire for you to fill out that will give me all the information that I need.
For businesses, I will provide a form for you to fill out that will give me all the information that I need.
"What time will you arrive and how long will you shoot?"
This is entirely dependent upon our agreement. You will find that I like to arrive well in advance of my actual start time to place equipment, do final checks of the location, and complete any last minute preparations.
"What exactly is my final product? How long will it be?"
For events, it is generally either a DVD or Blu-Ray* unless the client also asks for a music video, which is a digital file for uploading to the Internet (i.e. .mp4 or .mov). The total running time of the video is dependent upon the activity during the shoot and is therefore unpredictable and a certain length cannot be guaranteed (i.e. the less activity, the less video captured).
For businesses, it is generally a digital file for uploading to the Internet (i.e. .mp4 or .mov) unless the client specifically asks for a DVD or Blu-Ray*. The total running time of the video is dependent upon how prepared the business is for their video and therefore, a certain length can be guaranteed only if it falls within a reasonable length of time.
(*Everything is shot in HD. However, when it comes to quality and price, Blu-Ray is a higher quality and more expensive while DVD is a standard quality and less expensive.)
"Who exactly will be shooting my video? Do you use subcontractors?"
I will be shooting your video. In fact, I personally will be creating the video from beginning to end. I only use subcontractors when a second cameraman is needed for a two camcorder shoot or if I am unavailable.
"How far do you travel? Are there traveling expenses?"
I will go wherever you will have me and traveling expenses will depend. Events or businesses outside the city limits of Wilmington, NC will have travel expenses associated with them. The expenses will depend on the distance and time requirements as well as lodging costs if needed. Events or businesses inside the city limits of Wilmington, NC have no travel expenses associated with them.
"How long does it take to get back our video?"
Please allow approximately five (5) to seven (7) months for the finished product's delivery. If the product is completed sooner or later than this approximate time, notification will be sent as soon as possible.
"Do you offer photography and slideshows, too?"
No, I do not. I offer solely videography. I am a specialist that has his full focus on your video and nothing else. However, I can certainly recommend one of my photographer associates.
"Do you offer special discounts for military, police, firemen, EMTs, and other first responders? Do you offer a discount for having an event on Friday?"
I do not offer a discount for events on Friday. However, I do offer a discount for anyone in the military, police, fire department, EMTs, and other first responders, which is 25% off all packages AND enhancements once proof of service (i.e. a military, police, fire department, EMT, and other first responder ID card) is provided.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After graduating from college, I was planning to become a teacher. However, I was going into it for the wrong reasons. It was something I thought I could do, not what I wanted to do. Long story short, I left the Masters program for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, stuck with it, and became certified in TV and Radio. However, as time went by, I leaned more towards TV. Ultimately, because of the economy and the lack of hiring jobs within my field, I decided to start my own one-man video production, post production, and event videography operation. Furthermore, looking back on my life, videography was a part of it in one shape or form. I was meant to do this line of work all along.