Frequently Asked Questions
I need a video. How much does it cost?
We need to know everything about your project in order to make sure we approach it in the most strategic way possible. We want your production to match your needs and wants – even if it means a smaller project with a lower budget.
Our team will work with you to figure out the best solution for your business at a reasonable price. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call to get started on a quote for your project.
I didn’t see a video like the one I’m thinking of. Can you still help me?
Of course! We have an extremely talented team who love nothing more thinking outside the box. The videos in our portfolio are just glimpses of what we’ve done in the past, not the boundaries of what we can do! We’re confident that we can fill your production needs, even if your concept is completely outside the box.
Do you deliver every image you shoot?
No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images.
Do you do destination weddings? What additional fees are associated with destination weddings?
We serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations.
Does your studio do headshots, individual portraits, family portraits, newborn shoots, commercial photography, or other types of photography?
Yes, we have experience in many fields of photography and videography.
My venue is very dark. How does your studio handle these situations?
We have shot in the darkest of dark venues and reception halls so no need to worry! If the situation allows, we will set up additional lighting to ensure we get focused pictures.
When’s the best time to book for a wedding?
We usually get about 150+ requests per year and only book 30ish. So we always recommend reaching out as soon as you’re thinking about booking.
For wedding videos do you record the audio for ceremonies and speeches?
Yes! We record the audio for the ceremony and the speeches. We usually have multiple backups too!
How do you ensure the highest quality audio?
For the ceremony we use two Lav Mic’s to capture the audio for both the Bride and Groom, as well the officiator. Don’t worry you won’t have any wires showing, it’s discreet. It also won’t interfere with any signals coming from your DJ. It’s all internally recorded. If you wish to not use a Lav mic we have other options as well. We record the toasts by plugging directly into the DJ’s soundboard.
Where are you based out of?
We’re based out of Rochester, New York but film globally. In the last three years, we have filmed 52+ countries. Travel is in our blood.
Have you shot at my venue before?
There is a good chance that we have. However, if we have not, we will get to the venue early on the day of and be sure to perform a thorough walk-through to scout out the best photo/video locations. We also do extensive online research prior to your big day!
Which photographer will be shooting my wedding?
Typically, the photographer you meet with will be the photographer for your engagement session and wedding. You may request to meet with a specific photographer; otherwise, we’ll make the decision based on personality, availability, language abilities, and your referral.
What if our ceremony is in a different language?
We approach these weddings with research, understanding the traditions and culture of the wedding. We also have talk-through meetings with our couples before the wedding to ensure we are aware of the major moments. Lastly, we always ensure that we stay alert, leaning on the instincts that we have developed for capturing the emotion and the stories at any given moment.
In our cinematography, if our editors do not understand the language spoken, we take a similar approach. First, we ensure that we have strong communication with you to understand the important moments from the day. We also find aspects in English to drive the story. This might be a heartfelt toast at the reception or personal messages that you give to each other, recorded during your wedding preparation.
So while different languages can present challenges, in the end, artistry, creativity, and storytelling are all universal concepts that our team will portray in your photography and cinematography.
What is a wedding highlight film?
When you see videography packages a lot of times you’ll see ‘Highlight Film’ somewhere in there and you’re probably thinking what is that? Highlight wedding films are a newer, slightly trendier form of wedding videos that have become more and more common. Highlight films are shorter, more emotional, and upbeat edits usually cut to music with sound design.
- Typically highlight wedding films are more budget-friendly.
- They’re perfect for quickly sharing on social media or with family/friends.
- A highlight wedding film will showcase all of the most stunning and upbeat moments of your day.
- Because of the lower cost, these won’t have as much coverage of the day.
- While being easy to share is awesome, these will be shorter videos usually 2-5 min long. So if you are looking for a longer film, definitely consider a documentary style wedding film.
- Although highlight films are fast-paced and fun, sometimes they can not include some of more intimate moments of your day.
Will my wedding highlight film include full speeches?
In a short answer, no. We use bits and pieces of the speeches to add more context and emotion to the highlight film. However, we do offer the chance for you to purchase all the Raw footage from your big day or the desired speeches.
How long should my online video be?
Some video placement requires a predetermined length. Like commercials and platforms including Tik Tok. When creating a video on sites like YouTube they can be a lot longer but it’s important to keep your audience in mind. Most videos on the web shouldn’t be longer than a few minutes. This is a general rule and we’d be happy to discuss your current need.
Can another person/company alter my commercial or personal footage?
Optimum Influence Media does not allow third parties to alter our finished projects, without prior authorization or licensing. We can make exceptions but this need to be discussed prior to any alterations.
How long will it take to produce my video?
Six to eight weeks is average for a corporate video. Social videos usually need to be turned around much quicker. We can move as quickly as you can. We find that usually, the most time-consuming part of making a commercial or video is the approval process on the client side.
How do you hire a good video production company?
Some companies bid multiple vendors for a project but most of our clients are single bid from referrals, repeat business, or good chemistry rather than cost. Video production is often high visibility within client organizations so it’s essential there is significant trust between the video production company and the client. Look for trust and results will follow.
How do I make my corporate video more interesting?
If you’ve seen one corporate video you’ve seen them all, wrong. We’re in the golden age of branded content with companies like Amazon, Skillshare, Visit Brazil, and creating compelling video content drives business and improves their brand image.
Can you produce my commercial, TV show, or film?
Yes. If you have the idea and budget we have a team of writers, producers, directors, editors, and technicians standing by to make your vision a reality.
What happens after I receive my video?
Each client is allotted two revisions included with each project. Anything after that is subject to an additional editing fee. If no revisions are requested within two weeks the project goes into our auto-approval faze.
What happens if I don’t notify OIM of my requested revisions within the two-week grace period?
If no revisions are requested within the two-week period after OIM delivers the project, any requested revisions after 14 days are subject to additional editing fees.
What does your complimentary engagement shoot include?
When our couples book a wedding photo package with us, we offer a complimentary one-hour engagement shoot. Please note that any desired location outside the Rochester, New York area will be subject to travel fees. This shoot must be booked at a minimum of three months prior to your desired wedding date.
What if my shoot location is outside your service area?
Although we love to travel, we do have an additional travel fee associated with each trip not in our service area.
What is the difference between commercial and personal licenses?
- A Commercial license is the standard licensing option for organizations and business entities. Licenses are purchased by the company and can be used by any single person within this organization.
- A Personal license is an option for private individuals who purchase a license with their own funds, and solely for their own use. Personal licenses are not to be purchased, refunded or in any way financed by companies.
What’s the turnaround time on Real Estate Production?
Real Estate Photography: All Images are edited and delivered within 24-48 hours.
Real Estate Video 12 to 48 hours, depending on the complexity of the project.
Real Estate Virtual Staging: We guarantee 24-48 hours but in most cases, all Real Estate Production is delivered in less than 24 hours.
How long do Real Estate shoots take?
Depending on the size, complexity, and lighting conditions of the house, it could take anywhere from 45minutes to 1.5 hours.