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Old January 3rd, 2017, 05:25 AM   #91
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Re: Do My Wedding Packages Make Sense?

The debate will continue as long as people do things different ways, so as long as we are all happy with the way we carry out our business it's all pretty irrelevant anyway and just another way to occupy the quiet Post holiday hours :-)

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Old January 5th, 2017, 11:26 PM   #92
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Re: Do My Wedding Packages Make Sense?

Wow! What a thread! A lot of good stuff in here.

I've been doing wedding videos since 1996 and it's good to read all the different ideas and differences between locations and cultures.

I agree on the 2nd shooter difficulties. A reliable and capable 2nd shooter helps SO much when you have several pieces of gear. Problem is it's difficult to find one that is both reliable and capable.

I usually use 3 (or 4) cameras for solo shoot weddings and it works alright but I sometimes find it hard to transition from ceremony to reception etc when I need to be shooting and also packing the extra gear away not needed for reception. I usually only use 1-3 cameras for reception.
Plus mics, audio recorders etc.
And as mentioned you just cannot be multiple locations at the same time.

Try as I might, I have yet in all these years been able to train someone who can handle a wedding on their own without me there.

It's an ongoing growing lesson in this wedding business and I am thankful for these boards to communicate with others and learn better and other ways of doing things.

This year I have brought in a couple new things to change things up.

My main wedding package sheet has 4 complete packages with all the details. But I have come up another sheet that just has the economy services for those budget brides that don't need a full ceremony and reception. I'll see how this goes. It's all calculated on time and resources needed so as long as I stick with that it should be worth it.

I also have an A7Sii which will allow some possibilites I didn't have before so I'm curious how well that will work out. Previously I've been using ENG cameras and POV cameras.
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