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How To Choose?  **Please Feel Free to Copy This Information to a Word Document and Save it for your Wedding Checklist.



  1. A wedding is a one-time job, do they have known repeat off-season customers?  Unfortunately it's just too easy for wedding vendors to produce sub-par work and walk away from it and although we at DDM make it a policy to embrace our fellow vendors & competition, it is important to be careful.

    • *See our list on the Notable Customers link to the left.
    • About 2/3 of people calling themselves 'wedding videographers/photographers' have been in business for 2 years or less and many appearing at Bridal Events are appearing for the first time.  Most of these companies will be out of business within the first year and the rest within 3 years.  DDM has 17 years experience in this business and we feel that our off-season repeat business at huge local events such as The Nutcracker www.scbt.org & www.cabrillostage.com speaks for itself.

  2. Do they have a lady to shoot the bridal preparations?  This is not a total necessity but it sure is nice for the bride and the bridesmaids. 
  3. Do they use low light cameras to 1-2 lux?
  4. Audio is critical! Do they have up to 8 microphones available?  You must have a lav mic or 2 for the vows, but what about the music?  The toasts?  Every source of audio needs to have a microphone close by in order to capture quality audio and we place microphones everywhere.  We also have a few trade secrets that we won't talk about here.
  5. No single camera packages, so no worries about missed shots or god forbid a camera issue?  We use 2-3 cameras to capture every angle.
  6. What is the format? Do they show a series of stills followed with shaky single camera coverage?  Videograpy is an art form but it is also technical.  Often videographers are too concerned with their own artistic expression using odd tilted angles and overusing effects that don't necessarily add to the story of your wedding day. We recommend at least 2 cameras and a full ‘movie’ style delivery showing the whole day condensed. We ALSO provide a stills montage and occasional stills within the video (see main wedding page for an example of a typical format and more information on wedding video styles.)
  7. Packages: Is it a photographer’s or a DJ's single camera afterthought?

    • This is a great way for photographers and Dj's to make extra money, but it's your money and for around the same price you should get something very special that you can be proud to show your family and friends.  Get multi-cam for the same $ and provide your family with an heirloom that will continue giving forever.  10 or even 20 years from now you will truly understand what we are talking about.

  8. Do they use camera stabilizers?
  9. Do they have wind muffs available for their microphones?  It is impossible to stop all wind noise on a microphone but a fuzzy wind muff like you see on TV productions can sure minimize it.
  10. Rain Jackets? If it rains can they stay and shoot?   **We want you happy!
  11. Experience.  Every year we see new wedding videographers at the Bridal Expos and Wedding Fairs, and every year we notice that most or all of them don't return.  Everybody thinks they're a photographer or a videographer these days but there is a HUGE difference between holding a camera or two and having the experience to know what difficulties may arise during a shoot.  *How long have they been in business?  We started right out of high school and continued all the way through college and here we are serving the community 17 years later!  We still care very much about every wedding and every shot.  We still love this work and integrity is not just a catch phrase around here.  You either have it or you don't.

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