Purple Thistle

Hello! My name is Amanda. I would consider it a privilege to step into your world and capture one of the most important days of your life. My training as a documentary cameraperson and as a birth doula informs my wedding film work. From the world of documentary making, I know that a cameraperson cannot disappear – there is no becoming a ‘fly on the wall.’ Instead, filming people is about relationships. It’s about feeling comfortable and even joyful with my being there with my camera, you in all your beauty, exactly as you are. From birth work I have learned how to be a calm and steady presence, and how to hold space for people as they go through incredible life transitions. A wedding day is another moment of transition, and your choice of who to be there with you is so important. I have been filming weddings for 18 years, and I love what I do.

*New York City: I will be in town and available for weddings Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th.*

Packages

Short Day Package

This package is designed to capture the ceremony and reception. If time allows I will capture a bit of the getting ready and pre-ceremony details. 

What’s Included:

  • At least two phone conversations before the day
  • 6 Hours of Coverage
  • Multiple 4K Cameras / Professional Audio Equipment
  • 9-12 min Highlight Film / 20-25 min Extended Highlight Film (+200) / 40-60 min Documentary Film (+ $300)
  • Licensed Royalty Free Music
  • All Raw Footage

$2,200

Full Day Package

This wedding package focuses on capturing the ceremony and reception with most of the getting ready and pre-ceremony details.

What’s Included:

  • At least two phone conversations before the day
  • 8 Hours of Coverage
  • Multiple 4K Cameras / Professional Audio Equipment
  • 9-12 min Highlight Film / 20-25 min Extended Highlight Film (+200) / 40-60 min Documentary Film (+ $300)
  • Licensed Royalty Free Music
  • All Raw Footage

$2,400

Extended Day Package

This package captures your full getting ready and pre-ceremony details as well as the ceremony and reception.

What’s Included:

  • At least two phone conversations before the day
  • 10 Hours of Coverage
  • Multiple 4K Cameras / Professional Audio Equipment
  • 9-12 min Highlight Film / 20-25 min Extended Highlight Film (+200) / 40-60 min Documentary Film (+ $300)
  • Licensed Royalty Free Music
  • All Raw Footage

$2,600

Raw Footage + Ceremony Package

What’s Included:

This package is for those who for any number of reasons (maybe you are a video editor!) only want the day captured and the raw material. A full edit of the ceremony is also included!

  • At least two phone conversations before the day
  • 8 Hours of Coverage
  • Multiple 4K Cameras / Professional Audio Equipment
  • All Raw Footage
  • Full Ceremony Edit

$1,800

Add ons

  • Full Ceremony Edit $300
  • Drone footage $250
  • Second cameraperson (6 hours of coverage) $600
  • Travel expenses if the wedding is over a 90 minute drive from Saunderstown, Rhode Island. U.S.A.

FAQ

What is a Highlight Film? A Highlight Film depicts your day in a 9-12 minute piece. Using significant audio elements (vows, officiant, speeches) as a backbone, I weave together the most emotive imagery and sound in roughly chronological order. I carefully chose 3-4 songs for Highlight Films, and also include any special candid audio moments, to enhance the feeling of being there.

What is an Extended Highlight Film? An Extended Highlight Film is a happy medium between a shorter Highlight Film and a Documentary Film. It allows for more breathing room, and is selective of moments from the formal elements (ceremony, speeches, dances), instead of presenting those elements in full as they are in a Documentary Film.

What is a Documentary Film? A Documentary Film is as much an edited piece as a Highlight Film. It depends less on music, although I do use a few songs during scene transitions, and feels more like a series of naturally observed scenes. In the Documentary Film, the ceremony, speeches and dances are edited in their complete forms. If after watching you would prefer to edit those parts down, we can certainly do that.

What if I want something different? Please ask! Let’s customize a package that is right for you.

How far are you willing to travel? I maintain a flexible schedule and love to travel (I am converting a short school bus to do so more!). I am open to filming wherever you have in mind.

Do you have insurance? Yes. I am happy to provide proof of insurance.

Do you have a drone? I do have a drone. If drone footage is something you’re excited about having in your film, please let me know.

Why hire a videographer? It’s going to go by really quickly. Videography provides two important gifts: sound and motion. Vows, speeches, little conversations, the tumble of the ocean, the way your dress fluttered in the breeze, how you walked slowly or ran down the aisle, the dance your fiancé surprised you with, how your friends danced during the reception…And it’s not only a chance to capture you, but all of your guests at a moment in time.

Process

We start out with a phone conversation to get to know each other. If we seem like a good match, we discuss packages and add ons, and sooner after review and sign an agreement, after which a deposit is due. We have at least one more phone conversation before the day. On your wedding day, I show up early. During the more intimate, less formal parts of the day (getting ready and late night dancing), I help you stay comfortable by using one handheld camera. During the formal parts (ceremony, dances, speeches) I throw up three cameras and multiple audio recorders. Then I say goodnight, take a break and listen to some songs. I send you a playlist and you tell me your music preferences. I then begin to pull together your film. You can expect your film within 10-12 weeks, if not sooner. If there is anything you happen to want changed, I am happy to make a round of edits.
Wedding films are love stories! I want you to remember exactly how it felt.

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