Frequently Asked Questions
How do we reserve our date?
Reach out and let me know you're interested! My available dates are first come, first served (and do fill up quickly). If I'm free, I'll send over a contract and an invoice with included payment options. To officially secure your date, a $300 deposit is required and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before your event.
What type of camera/s do you shoot with?
My main camera is the Canon EOS C100 Mark II. Fully charged it will last several hours in extensive use. It’s also incredibly easy to change a battery out quickly without needing to pull it off a tripod first, so I never miss a shot!
Canon also has unbeatable color science. From the warm colors, to the accurate skin tones, this camera is exceptional!
Another cool feature is the ability to record the same footage, to two different media cards, at the same time. That way, if one card should fail, there is always a back up.
Are you insured?
Jackie Perkovic Wedding Films, LLC is insured by Hiscox Inc. for both property and general liability.
Can we choose our own music?
Music is something that most videographers feel strongly is best left to us. Each wedding has a unique feel, style, and flow. We want to find the perfect song to bring out all these special notes.
There is also the issue of copyright. In order for a video to be uploaded on social media, without getting flagged by Content-ID systems, a new license must be purchased for every song in each individual project.
Note: Mainstream music is insanely expensive to license and videographers can get sued if they use it unlawfully. Therefore, most videographers license their music from some of the best unknown artists.
How far do you travel?
As far as possible, but there may be travel fees involved.
For example: If an event is more than an hour away (drivetime), travel fees are determined by mileage: 50 cents a mile to and from, minus 60 miles for in-town travel plus any lodging needs.
If an event is over 4 hours of drivetime away, airline tickets may be necessary and travel fees will go up (flight, car rental, hotel stay, etc.)
How long do you keep the raw footage and/or copies of the final product?
Years and years! They are basically saved as long as is possible.
Does the raw footage have sound?
Yes. Audio is recorded in-camera or with a Røde shotgun microphone attached to the camera.
For the absolute best quality, external audio is recorded for the ceremony through lavalier microphones, with pocket recorders (Tascam DR-10L and Zoom H1), provided to the officiant, groom, and yes, the bride. Additional audio is also recorded of the reception toasts, usually directly through the DJ's soundboard, so that wireless handheld mics can be used for amplification without additional microphones in the way.
When raw footage is purchased, the external audio of the ceremony and toasts is included, but separately (unedited and not synced to the video footage).
If Bridal Prep began at noon, would we need to have our “Main” events concluded by 8?
Most clients, who can't fit their timeline into that 6 or 8 hour time window, usually just pay for an extra hour or so of overtime. If for some reason the event ends earlier (than the coverage hours the package offered), then that's just the way it goes.
Do we need to feed you? If so, does that count as our paid time?
Technically, no (it's not specified in my contract). However, even though I eat a good breakfast before and bring snacks to get me through the day, by the time dinner rolls around, my energy level starts getting pretty low. Working efficiently and pleasantly on an empty stomach isn't easy. A meal at the reception would be greatly appreciated! Even if it's just a vendor meal! But again, not required.
As for the second question...yes. The package hours are uninterrupted; and I'll be ready to capture any wedding day footage during dinner that will be valuable to your produced film. If I am offered a meal, I only ask that I please eat around the same time as the wedding party eats. This will ensure that I'm ready to go as soon as it’s time for toasts or anything else that's important.
Are we able to sign up for the Basic package, then potentially change to another package if we decide to later on?
Yes, of course! I’ve had a quite a few sign up for the Basic package and then decide to upgrade and/or add on services later.
What is your turnaround time?
You will receive your finished product 4-6 months after the wedding day. This ensures enough time for creativity and care.
As a one person business, I put a lot of hours and effort into every editing project (transferring/backing up/organizing files, sorting through all the footage, mixing sound, color correcting, licensing music, etc.) and a lot of my time is also spent on face-to-face meetings, consultations, pre-calls, marketing, researching/learning, filming/second shooting, etc. I want to make sure that you receive a high quality film that you can treasure for years and years to come!
Do you film events other than weddings?
Yes, but very rarely and usually only available by special request.
Here's a Quinceañera I filmed last year:
In the event that there was an emergency on your end and you were unable to attend, what is your protocol?
I have filmed well over 100 weddings in my career since 2014 and I have never missed a single one, but in the rare event that there is an actual emergency on my end, my protocol is to issue an entirely full refund. I would also do my best to find and recommend fellow videographer professionals, who are available, to take my place.