- What is your approach to photographing and filming a wedding day?
Our approach is purely candid storytelling, not stage direction. We’ll still interact with you of course, and have a laugh every now and then, but we don’t want to interrupt with the flow of your day. We want to capture the real expressions and moments that happened. When the time comes for you to finally view your photographs and film, we hope that you will not only remember exactly how you felt at those moments, but you will experience it again in a different way, this time its from our point of view as artists.
- What is a Pre-wedding film or a Same Day Edit? What exactly is the big deal about these that you are so excited about?
Yes, we are very much excited about our Pre-Wedding Film and Same Day Edit! Why? Because we feel that we can actually contribute to your wedding day and make it even better. Essentially, a Pre-Wedding Film is a short film that represents the couple. We do have different themes and ideas that you can choose from, but the purpose of having a Pre-Wedding Film is to tell YOUR story, and no two couples are alike. Our Same Day Edit is a short ‘highlights reel’ of your wedding day, edited right on the day and shown on your reception night. The ability to watch it with all your friends and family at the very best time, the day itself, is an incredibly powerful thing – this is where the tears and laughs flow. It brings us so much joy to see the pure emotion these films unlock, and we look forward to sharing this on your wedding too. Please contact us for more details about these options.
- How do you present yourselves on the wedding day?
We will come with smart casual attire. We have no company uniform because we feel that even though we come from one company, we are all different individuals with different personalities, but one vision. We are not a wedding factory; our photographs and films are never the same, so neither should our look. But we got cool pins though!
- I never really saw or heard you much on my wedding day. Did you guys do any work?
Well, we hope the finished product will answer that one! We will be mostly silent when we’re shooting, for two reasons. The first is that we don’t want our voice recorded in our shots. The second (and most important) is that we actually strive to be invisible so we can capture natural moments without prompting.
- OK, I get that you’re great storytellers. Nice. But what about the equipment? You haven’t mentioned that! Am I going to look good on my photo/video?
Well, you’re right, we don’t brag about equipment because ultimately we don’t rely on it to tell our stories – that’s more our natural sense of framing and observation. However, you’ll be pleased to know that Paper Cranes uses all the latest bells and whistles in photographic equipment, including steadicams, sliders, 35mm HDSLRs, L-series lenses as well as car mounting devices!
- Are you strict with the duration of the final video?
No, they are all only approximate durations. The duration that we put on our packages is the minimum that we will give you. If we edited your piece a little longer because the story requires it to be, then so be it. What matters the most is how well the story has been told in that span of time .
- You are more expensive in comparison to many other companies. Why?
It’s simply a different approach. We offer a boutique video production as opposed to a wedding video ‘factory’ that performs hundreds of weddings per year. We are pleased to serve a market that values a personal and unique wedding photography and films for their wedding – handcrafted from their own story, not formed by template. Therefore, it is important to value our work by taking into account the time, skills and effort that we put in to each of our projects. Our clients’ satisfaction with the finished product has proven that our service is simply worth everything that they have invested in us.
- What will I actually get, film-wise, once Paper Cranes has completed my wedding project?
You’ll receive a once in a lifetime experience that can be relived over and over again! All of our packages will contain both a Main Feature and a Short Film edit (except requested otherwise). The Main Feature edit will contain all of your formalities in full with some background music in certain parts of your film, e.g group photo-shoot. The Short Film edit is a short highlights music video of the entire day that you will watch hundreds of times again with your friends and family. There are also other types of films that you can upgrade, such as the Cinematic Trailer and the Same Day Edit. Please contact us for more details.
- Can I use my own music?
You can choose your own music to be used in your Blu-Ray or DVD. Paper Cranes is licensed by APRA/AMCOS Australia to use any commercial music in our non-streaming media. However, we kindly ask you to give us freedom in choosing the final music. The reason being that we don’t want a set of music to dictate the flow of the story that we want to tell. On the positive side, it will certainly make things easier when you give us a list of songs that you like and we’ll use it as our starting point of selections. As for Cinematic Trailer and Same Day Edit, we will choose a song that we feel is ‘the one’ and since this edit will be most likely be shared online, we will license it accordingly.
- Is my photographer/cinematographer going to be friendly to my guests and me?
There is only one way to find out!
- Do you accept pencil bookings?
So long as the pencil is worth a 30% deposit payment! Due to the nature of our business, this deposit is required to book the date – otherwise, the date is still single and searching for its soulmate…
- What makes you different from other Wedding companies?
Our work makes us different. We believe that it is the feeling that people get after viewing our work separates our selves from the rest of the crowd. We don’t just take pretty pictures and film great moments, there are a lot of thought process behind what we do and that translates to the end result, which we believe speaks for it selves. We also blog almost every single one of our work, not because we want to show off, but more for the reason that we believe our goal is to let these inspiring love stories help remind everyone, that family matters, marriage is a life-long commitment and love is beautiful.
- What are the arrangements to fly you overseas to do our wedding?
We always love telling stories from different parts of the world! However, we don’t have wings or time machines at our disposal, so there would naturally be extra charges involved regarding travel costs, accommodation and an out-of-town fee on top of our standard package prices. If you’re still with us, please get in touch to arrange a customised quote to fly us out to your side of the world.
- Do you require meals at the wedding day?
Yes, usually we are very occupied on the day so meals will be very much appreciated. Furthermore, most reception venues do have vendor meals option available that will be more than enough for our crew.
- How long do we have to wait until we get the finished photo/film?
We aim to a deliver all artwork within 3 months from the wedding day for both photo and film. We have been working hard to push our turn-around time down but please bear in mind that there may be delay as we are not offering a ‘cookie-cutter’ mass production, so the process is very time-consuming. Timely correspondence from our clients will also help to make the process smoother. It’s for all the right reasons though – we want to make sure that we’re delivering the best we can to our couples. Please rest assured it will be well worth the wait.
- Why do you call yourselves Paper Cranes?
We’ll let you know when you come in