Frequently Asked Questions

Are you always filming as a photographer-videographer team, or can we book only video services?


As a creative production team led by Mikhail Nilov, we offer a wedding videography and photography services. While we often work together as a photographer-videographer duo, we understand that each client has unique preferences and budget considerations. Therefore, we are flexible in accommodating different requests. In some cases, clients choose to book both photo and video services from us, while others opt for solely video coverage. The composition of our team varies based on the specific requirements of each wedding, including the number of photographers and videographers. The cost of the package can also vary, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss the details of your wedding. This way, we can tailor a package that meets your specific needs and aligns with your budget.

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How do you deliver videos and photos to newlyweds?


We create personalized online pages for customers, featuring an online gallery and download links for photos and videos. We also deliver photos and videos on a memory card in a jewelry box. Additionally, clients who order photo services receive 50 printed photos as a special gift.

What will be the final deliverables of our collaboration?


By choosing our video services, you will receive a teaser, clip, feature film, documentary, all footage, a personalized web page with a gallery, and a jewelry box with a USB drive. If you also order photography, you will receive 700-1500 edited photos.


What is the duration of your coverage on a wedding day?


The flexibility of our services allows you to customize your experience based on the package you choose. Whether you prefer more or fewer hours than what is included in our standard package, we can accommodate your needs. Our pricing is based on an hourly rate, ensuring transparency and tailored solutions. Most popular packages include 8-10 hours of coverage. 

For those seeking an unforgettable experience without the constraints of time, we offer the Unlimited Package. With this exclusive option, you have the freedom to capture every precious moment. From the enchanting rehearsal dinner and the magical wedding day to the captivating love story, our team will be there to document it all. Additionally, we provide an extra shooting day dedicated to artistic sessions, allowing for truly exceptional and breathtaking shots.

We strive to surpass your expectations and deliver a wedding film that reflects your unique story. Let us create a package that perfectly aligns with your vision and ensures every cherished memory is beautifully preserved for a lifetime.


What is the typical duration for capturing a Love Story or Engagement session?


Engagement shoots typically about 2 hours and involve interviews. We are flexible and can accommodate full-day shoots, visiting diverse locations. Our aim is to create an amazing clip that will impress your guests, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience.


Do you capture photos during engagement sessions? Where can I view examples of your photography?


We offer engagement photography sessions to capture this special milestone in your journey beautifully. These sessions provide an opportunity for us to artistically document the love and excitement leading up to your wedding day.
We believe these images will give you a glimpse of the magic we can create together.


David & Cassie


Sarah and Kevin


Eva and Alvin


Who is the epitome of your ideal client?


We are deeply passionate about working with couples who have a captivating story to share. Our perfect clients are those who infuse their unique personalities into their wedding, allowing us to capture not only the beautiful moments but also the essence of who they are and the emotions they experience on their special day. We firmly believe that love knows no boundaries, and we take immense pride in serving couples from diverse cultures and embracing all the wonderful trends that reflect the ever-evolving nature of love.


Do you capture moments in destinations beyond borders?


Absolutely, we embark on incredible journeys to capture weddings across the globe. If you are planning a destination wedding in another country, we kindly request that you cover the additional travel expenses associated with our trip. However, we have a specially curated intercontinental package that encompasses all conceivable costs, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for you. With this comprehensive package, you can rest assured that every aspect of our travel and services is already accounted for.


How many talented videographers and photographers will be there to capture the magic of your special day?


Our basic packages are designed to cater to a variety of wedding sizes and requirements, offering the flexibility to meet your specific needs. For intimate weddings with up to 60 guests, one videographer or photographer is typically sufficient to capture the essence of your special day. However, for larger weddings, we highly recommend considering the addition of an extra videographer or photographer from our team. This allows us to comprehensively document your wedding day, ensuring that all events and guests are captured from multiple angles, providing a more complete and immersive experience. Our goal is to create a visual narrative that truly encapsulates the depth and beauty of your wedding celebration.


Why cinematography? 


Art has been an integral part of my life from a young age, captivating my passion and fueling my creative spirit. However, it was a pivotal moment during my own wedding that transformed my perspective on videography. Faced with the challenge of finding a videographer who truly resonated with our vision, my partner and I embarked on a journey to redefine wedding cinematography by incorporating techniques typically reserved for cinema. We became pioneers, capturing weddings in the mesmerizing anamorphic cinema format. 

This groundbreaking experience ignited a profound love for our craft, infusing every project with a sense of wonder and delight. We take immense joy in crafting breathtaking videos and capturing the essence of the most cherished moments for our clients. Our goal is to create timeless visual narratives that evoke emotions, stir memories, and become treasured keepsakes that will be cherished for generations to come.


What is your approach to weddings?


At our core, we approach each wedding with a deep sense of reverence and personalized attention. We understand that a wedding is more than just a family gathering; it is a sacred milestone in the journey of two individuals deeply in love. We hold immense respect for the union of souls and find joy in witnessing the birth of a new family.

To truly understand and honor the vision of our couples, we take the time to listen and learn their unique desires. We meticulously follow their wishes, ensuring that every aspect of our work reflects their authentic selves. We believe that weddings are joyous celebrations, and we strive to preserve this spirit throughout the entire experience.

Drawing inspiration from our passion for editorial composition, genuine moments, and the interplay of natural light, we create imagery that is both breathtaking and true to you. We curate specific moments of the day, such as capturing intricate wedding details, preserving heartfelt exchanges of written vows, and assisting in finding the perfect locations for official portraits. The rest of the day, we step back and allow the organic flow of your celebration to unfold.

Beyond delivering the finest photographs and videos, our utmost priority is to genuinely immerse ourselves in your wedding day, actively participating and contributing to its beauty. We believe in forging lasting connections with our clients, as each wedding holds a special place in our hearts and our customers become cherished friends.

Love knows no boundaries – it transcends religion, style, and nationality. We take great pride and happiness in crafting timeless memories regardless of these factors. It is our privilege to be part of your extraordinary day, capturing the essence of your love story for eternity.

How far in advance do you typically book your services?


Capturing the essence of your wedding day is a precious and cherished endeavor, often underestimated in the early stages of planning. However, we firmly believe that preserving these precious memories is of utmost importance. If our portfolio resonates with you and you envision us documenting your special day, we encourage you to reach out to us in advance.

Our calendar tends to fill up quickly, often booked over a year in advance. Thus, we recommend securing your desired date by contacting us as soon as possible. We understand that wedding plans can vary, whether you are organizing a celebration in a month or in two years. Regardless of the timeframe, we are dedicated to accommodating your needs and capturing your wedding day with utmost care and artistry. You can trust us to be there, ensuring every magical moment is immortalized through our lenses.

Don't hesitate to reach out and reserve your date. We look forward to being a part of your special day and capturing the beautiful moments that will become cherished memories for a lifetime.


Can we request edits to the movie if we wish to make changes?


Absolutely! Your satisfaction is our top priority. Once the processing is complete, you can provide us with specific instructions on any desired changes. We will diligently work to implement those changes as quickly as possible, ensuring that your vision is realized. As a gesture of our commitment to excellence, we offer one round of complimentary revisions to the video. Our aim is to deliver a final product that exceeds your expectations and captures the essence of your special day.


Have you had the opportunity to capture the essence of South Asian or Indian weddings through your filming?


Absolutely! We have been fortunate to immerse ourselves in the vibrant world of Indian, Jewish, and Asian weddings, gaining invaluable experience and knowledge along the way. Our team deeply appreciates and respects the rich traditions of diverse cultures, allowing us to skillfully navigate and document the unique moments and customs that make each celebration truly exceptional.


Is it possible to book fewer hours than what is currently included in your packages?


Certainly! At our studio, we understand that every couple has unique requirements and preferences for their special day. We are here to assist you in selecting the most suitable package of services that aligns perfectly with your needs and desires. Whether you wish to adjust the number of shooting hours, remove certain services, or add additional ones, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized experience that captures the essence of your wedding exactly the way you envision it.


How and when can I make a payment for your services?


Our payment structure is straightforward and tailored to accommodate our clients' needs. Initially, a deposit of 20% of the total contract value is required to secure your booking. This deposit is non-refundable and confirms your date and services. The remaining balance is then due one week prior to the event, providing you with sufficient time to manage other preparations. You can fulfill payments through various methods, including debit or credit card, bank transfer, or cash, depending on your convenience. Our goal is to streamline the payment process, allowing you to concentrate on your upcoming special occasion.

How do you curate the music for the edit?


We carefully curate the music selection for your video to create a captivating and emotive experience. Our team takes the time to handpick the perfect tracks that complement the mood, style, and overall narrative of your film. We understand that music plays a vital role in setting the tone and enhancing storytelling, so we strive to find the right balance between your preferences and our creative expertise.

While we take the lead in choosing the music, we value your input and welcome your suggestions. If you have specific preferences or a particular song that holds special meaning for you, please let us know, and we will make every effort to incorporate it into your video.


Where can I find reviews of your services?


You can find heartfelt testimonials and reviews from our beloved newlyweds on our dedicated reviews page. Additionally, you can explore the wonderful experiences shared by our clients on the reputable review platform. We take great pride in the positive feedback we receive and invite you to discover the genuine stories and impressions of couples who have entrusted us with their special day.
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What is your style?

At the heart of our artistic vision lies a profound love for Fine Art. This affinity is beautifully reflected in our portfolio, where the interplay of natural light, soft yet vibrant colors, and delicate emotions creates a captivating visual narrative. With a perfect blend of journalistic authenticity and cinematic finesse, we strive to craft timeless pieces of art. Our aim is to ensure that your photos and videos remain cherished treasures that evoke the same joy and admiration even after decades have passed.


Full length film? Trailer Style? Short Movie? What’s the difference?


The difference is the duration of the video. The trailer is a video up to 60 seconds, which is ideal for social networks. You can post it to Instagram or Facebook. Mini clips are 3-6 minute long videos which highlight the important parts of the day. Mini clips don’t show everything, but they do capture the mood and atmosphere of the day very well. A big film is a film lasting up to 30 minutes, depending on the number of hours of video shooting. It is artistically assembled to include all the events of the wedding, including greetings and entertainment.


Hailey & Ian - Instagram Trailer

Hailey & Ian - Highlights

Hailey & Ian - Cinematic movie

Hailey & Ian - Documentary movie

I'm camera-shy, and I think I look bad on video.


Please don't worry. Your concerns are completely understandable, but rest assured that we have extensive experience working with clients who feel camera-shy. We believe that everyone is uniquely beautiful, and our goal is to capture your essence in the most flattering way possible. Throughout the entire process, we provide guidance and support, ensuring that you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. We will offer posing suggestions and explore different angles to showcase your best features. Our skilled photographers and videographers have the expertise to capture you at your best, ensuring that your photos and videos reflect your true beauty. Trust us to create stunning visuals that will make you feel proud and confident.



Could you please provide some details about the equipment you use?

At our disposal, we have a range of top-of-the-line equipment to ensure that we capture your special day in the highest quality possible. Our primary cameras include the Cinema camera RED as well as the Sony FX 3 and FX6 bodies. These cameras excel in delivering stunning 4K definition and are capable of achieving high frame rates of up to 120 FPS. Their exceptional low-light performance allows us to capture beautiful footage even in challenging lighting conditions, while providing ample dynamic range for post-production color grading.

In addition to our cameras, we utilize a variety of essential tools to enhance the visual quality of your video. This includes stabilization equipment to ensure smooth and steady shots, advanced audio gear to capture crystal-clear sound, and carefully selected lighting gear to create the perfect ambiance. We also employ state-of-the-art gimbals and utilize the top DJI drone for captivating aerial shots that add an extra dimension to your video.

For film photography enthusiasts, we are proud to use the Contax 645 and 35mm Contax cameras and Sony. These cameras are celebrated for their exceptional image quality and ability to capture the timeless beauty of film.

Rest assured that we are committed to using the best equipment available to deliver a flawless visual experience for your wedding video.


What is the timeframe for video and photo processing?

We understand that eagerly anticipating the final result of your video is a natural part of the wedding experience. Our standard timeframe for processing photos and videos is approximately 60 days, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and a high-quality outcome. However, we also offer an express processing service for those who wish to expedite the delivery of their final product. With our express processing option, you can expect to receive the completed video within a remarkable 9-day timeframe. This allows you to relive the magic of your special day even sooner.


Do you capture footage of our family and friends, or is it focused solely on us?


Absolutely! We believe in capturing the complete essence of your wedding day. While our trailers primarily highlight the couple, we make it a point to film your family, the joyous cocktail hour, and all the vibrant celebrations. Our Feature Films beautifully showcase a blend of all the memorable moments from your special day, capturing both the moments you anticipated and the hidden gems you may have missed. Rest assured, we strive to create a comprehensive and heartfelt portrayal of your wedding, ensuring that every cherished person and joyful interaction is documented for you to treasure.


Will aerial footage be included in our film?

We are delighted to inform you that our collection includes stunning aerial footage of your wedding venue or location. At our company, we prioritize safety and take a cautious approach when capturing aerial shots, especially when it comes to the intricate details of your special day. Rest assured that our team is well-versed in aviation practices, and we are currently in the process of obtaining our private pilot's licenses. With our expertise and dedication to delivering exceptional footage, we ensure that your film will be enriched with captivating aerial perspectives.



How long will our film be?

The duration of your film depends on various factors, such as the content captured and your specific preferences. We offer different options to cater to your needs. Our trailer is a captivating video up to 60 seconds, perfect for sharing on social media. Our mini clips are 3-6 minutes long, highlighting the key moments and atmosphere of your day. For a more comprehensive experience, our full-length film can be up to 30 minutes, capturing all the important events and emotions of your wedding. Rest assured, we'll create a film that perfectly reflects your unique celebration.


David & Jenny - Teaser.
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David & Jenny - Highlights.
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David & Jenny wedding movie.
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What is your recommended duration of coverage for our wedding?

The duration of coverage we recommend for your wedding solely depends on your final timeline and preferences. However, as a general guideline, we usually suggest starting approximately 1.5 hours before the bride is scheduled to get dressed. When it comes to the reception, there is no need for us to stay until the late hours solely for dancing and celebration footage, as we can capture those moments in between your reception events. Therefore, it is typically best for us to stay until your last main event, ensuring we capture all the important highlights of your special day.


How do you capture the vows, speeches, and audio throughout the day?

To ensure pristine and clear audio, we employ a variety of techniques. First, we discreetly mic up the groom and the officiant, allowing us to capture every heartfelt word of your vows. Additionally, we connect to the house audio system, ensuring that we capture all the important moments with exceptional clarity. During the reception, we collaborate with your DJ or band, seamlessly patching into their feed to capture the speeches and other audio moments, guaranteeing a comprehensive recording of the day's special moments.


Will we receive the raw footage?

Yes, we include the raw footage as part of our package. While the final edited film showcases the highlights and storytelling of your wedding day, we understand the value of having access to the unedited raw footage. It provides you with a complete record of all the moments captured, giving you peace of mind and the option to revisit any specific moments in their original form.



What if we love your trailers, but we prefer to keep our personal moments, such as cards or vows, private and not included online?

Rest assured, we completely understand the importance of privacy. Many couples have chosen to include heartfelt readings of their cards in their films while opting out of featuring that portion in their online trailers. We recognize that vows hold a special significance, and although they are challenging to exclude from a trailer, we ensure that the most intimate lines and inside jokes are preserved for your feature film. This way, you can cherish those precious moments in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Do you use on-camera lighting?

We sometimes set up off camera lighting on light stands if needed, but only for speeches. They are not noticeable, and we do NOT use on-camera lighting that will blind your guests!  We are not trying to kill the colors or ambiance you have created at your reception.


Will having two filmmakers make me feel uncomfortable, like a superstar surrounded by paparazzi?

Absolutely not! Our approach is focused on ensuring your comfort and creating an incredible experience for you, not just during our presence but throughout your entire wedding day. We understand the importance of capturing genuine and candid moments, which is why we strive to be unobtrusive and discreet. Using longer lenses whenever possible, we aim to be like a fly-on-the-wall, capturing the beautiful moments as they naturally unfold. Our goal is for you to enjoy every moment of your wedding day without feeling constantly aware of cameras around you. Rest assured, we are dedicated to capturing the essence of your special day in an authentic and unobtrusive manner.



I saw that you shoot wedding videos with anamorphic lenses. Can you explain what that is?

Certainly! Anamorphic lenses are special optical lenses used to create widescreen cinematic images. They give wedding videos a wider and visually appealing look, adding beautiful compression and blurring effects at the edges of the frame. This helps to create a more cinematic and captivating atmosphere in your wedding video. We gladly use anamorphic lenses to give your video a unique and outstanding visual style.



Anamorphic wedding video. 

What is your experience in wedding photography and videography?

We have been in the wedding industry for many years and have covered hundreds of weddings, capturing the unique moments and memories of each one. Our combined experience ensures that we can handle a variety of situations and deliver top-quality photos and videos.


What style do you specialize in?

Our work blends a fine art approach with a photojournalistic and commercial style, capturing authentic moments bathed in natural light. Our images are timeless, preserving your precious memories in a way that you will continue to love for decades.


Do you provide post-production editing for photos and videos?

Yes, all our packages include professional editing of your photos and videos. We make sure the final product has the polished look and feel you deserve


Do you provide a second photographer or videographer if needed?

Our standard package includes either one videographer or one photographer depending on your wedding and your needs. However, for more comprehensive coverage, especially for larger weddings, intricate wedding day schedules, large guest lists, and varied shooting locations, we may recommend adding a second or even a third specialist. The composition of the team is always discussed on an individual basis to best accommodate the specifics of your wedding.


Can we get a personalized package according to our needs?


Absolutely, we understand that every wedding is unique and we can customize our packages to fit your specific needs and preferences. Just let us know what you're looking for!


Can we give input on the style and shots we want?


Of course, your input is very welcome! We believe that your wedding photos and videos should reflect your personal style and tell your unique love story.


Do you offer post-production editing services for both photos and videos?

Absolutely! As part of our comprehensive packages, we provide professional editing for your precious photos and captivating videos. Our skilled team is dedicated to ensuring that the final product exudes a polished and refined look, perfectly capturing the essence and emotions of your special moments. We believe that you deserve nothing less than the highest quality, and our meticulous editing process aims to deliver just that.



Is it possible to receive physical copies of our wedding photos, such as a print-out or an album?

Absolutely! We understand the importance of having tangible memories from your special day. Printing options are available and can be tailored to your personalized package. Additionally, we offer the option of beautifully designed wedding albums as an add-on service, allowing you to showcase and relive your cherished moments in a stunning and tangible format.


Do you have a contingency plan in place to handle unforeseen emergencies?

Absolutely, we prioritize the seamless execution of your special day and understand the importance of being prepared for any unexpected circumstances. To ensure a smooth and worry-free experience, we maintain a comprehensive backup plan. This includes having backup equipment readily available, as well as a trusted network of skilled photographers and videographers who can be called upon in case of an emergency. Your peace of mind is our top priority, and we take every measure to ensure that your wedding memories are captured flawlessly, regardless of any unforeseen situations that may arise.


Do you only shoot in California, or can you also shoot in other states or countries?

Can you travel to my wedding in a different city, state or country? What would be the cost of your travel expenses?

Our headquarters are located in Orange County, California. While we frequently travel worldwide and shoot in different countries, we also happily and easily capture weddings wherever they may be. As for travel expenses, we do not charge any additional fees for travel within Southern California. For all other destinations, costs are calculated on an individual basis, taking into account round-trip airfare and two nights' accommodation. Travel is an integral part of our inspiration, and we particularly love capturing weddings in different countries and cities. We have extensive experience shooting in various locations, traditions, and cultures. Each project enriches our creativity and fuels our passion. Below, you can find videos from weddings we have filmed on different continents.


Mas d'Arnaud. France 

Hawaii, Kona. USA 

Bali. Indonesia. Tirtha Glasshouse

Washington, D.C. Wedding at Anderson House

Chateau de Villette, Paris. France

Sri Lanka

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

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Remember, our main goal is to help you capture your special day in the most beautiful and authentic way possible.

We are here to make your wedding photography and videography experience smooth, enjoyable, and memorable.