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Photos and Videos
22 photos and 39 videos
Wedding and Event Videography
I had to do a short congratulatory video for a friend who is collecting a major award at the Cannes Festival. I come from the ad industry so I'm used to working with filmmakers, photographers etc; I found Ilja to be totally professional, easy to work with (even when I switched the brief) and affordable. He also has a good eye for lighting and performance. Would I use him again? Absolutely.Apr 23, 2017Verified
Wedding and Event Videography
Did a great photo/videography job for a largish birthday party. Very professional and reliable.Dec 7, 2016Verified
Wedding and Event Photography
I hired Ilja as a photographer for my sons 6th birthday. He was fantastic. Super nice and did a great job. Would highly recommend working with Ilja.Mar 14, 2016Verified
We had Ilja for a group photo and couple of headshots. He was very easy to work with, super professional, and mostly importantly the photos turned out really good!Nov 11, 2016
A while back a friend recommended Ilja's video service to me. I needed to produce a couple of product videos, but didn't know where to start. Ilja offered an reasonable price and I was really impressed with his professionalism and his efforts to make this project a success. He had great suggestions on how to get the script just right. He also found the perfect voice-over talent to narrate the videos. He came to my shop to look at possible filming locations and advised on how to best tackle the production workflow. Ilja also kept the editing process transparent and allowed me to give feedback periodically where I thought necessary. I have since hired Ilja to shoot photos during a private event that I hosted and could not be happier with the outcome. Bravo, Ilja! Will definitely hire again! JohnSep 30, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?ISDesigns produces customized video projects that are designed to meet your specific needs. While for a lot of projects I can apply an umbrella price, many projects are unique, require different types of equipment and a different approach to develop a strategy. The typical question "How much does a 1-2 minute video cost?" will give you a quote range that's not helpful. "How much does a car cost? Or a house?" Don't compare the numbers, look at the building blocks and the content. Often I can adjust my initial quote, once we've discussed the project in more detail.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Every customer has a unique set of desires and goals for their project, may it be video, photos or motion graphics. This is what makes my job so fascinating and fun. I usually collect as much information as I can about the customer's project, so that I can give an accurate customized quote. If the customer agrees with the above, we exchange contact information so that I can setup a customer account which later helps with communication, agreements and invoices. We then proceed to develop a strategy for production and post production before the hands-on work begins.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm a professionally trained videographer, editor and filmmaker. I studied video and multimedia at Berkeley, CA. Every professional in the field has to stay on top of things. Especially in the fast paced digital media world, where new equipment and software is being introduced almost on a daily basis. One cannot rest. You take a break, you fall behind. Attending seminars and networking events to collaborate and learn the latest trends is an important factor in my business.