Wedding videography FAQ

What is your approach of making a wedding film?

At our core, we believe that every love story is unique and deserves to be captured in a way that feels authentic to you. That's why we take a personal approach to creating your wedding video. We get to know each of our couples, listening to their story and learning about their vision for the wedding day. This allows us to create a film that is a true reflection of your love, capturing the details, emotions, and moments that make your relationship so special. Our goal is to create a wedding film that not only tells the story of your wedding day but also captures the essence of who you are as a couple.

how would you describe your style?

We consider our filming and editing style to be a seamless fusion of artistry, reminiscent of a narrative film infused with romance and a touch of nostalgic charm. When crafting your wedding film, our objective is to artfully weave together enduring components: the heartfelt words of your loved ones, thoughtfully composed scenes, a dash of romantic allure and a sprinkle of lighthearted humor. The outcome is a visual symphony that captures your wedding day in a uniquely intimate manner.


We are based in Reno, Nevada, with the breathtaking Lake Tahoe is practically our playground. Although we call Reno home, we're always eager to venture beyond to capture weddings in diverse destinations. Some of our cherished favorites include Truckee, Minden, Graeagle, Nevada City, and Placerville. However, we're also open to more adventurous locations like Napa Valley, the tropical beauty of Hawaii, or the enchanting allure of Mexico. Our passion for creating captivating memories knows no bounds, and we're excited to explore new horizons to make your wedding unforgettable.

WHo is behind amber Shore Pictures?

We are Kris and Ruta Swanson - a dedicated husband and wife duo committed to the art of storytelling. For us, family and relationships hold immense value, and weddings epitomize the ultimate celebration of these connections. This is why weddings occupy a profoundly special place in our hearts, and we feel truly honored to be entrusted with the task. To us, the essence of a wedding extends beyond the event itself; it embodies the culmination of love, commitment, and shared joy. It's this profound sentiment that fuels our dedication to curate imagery that touches hearts.

Our collaborative approach is integral to our philosophy. We believe that every wedding is a unique narrative, and through open communication and shared visions, we endeavor to beautifully preserve every precious detail. This ensures that couples not only experience the joy of their special day but also have the privilege to relive these cherished moments.

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How do you work together?

Our philosophy revolves around encapsulating the essence of love, joy, and the intricate bonds that define relationships. Our collaborative approach is the cornerstone of this philosophy, where we operate in seamless tandem, complementing each other's strengths and seamlessly stepping in as needed. Together, we gather the essential ingredients that compose a love story truly unique to each couple. With open lines of communication and shared visions, we engage closely in making a timeline. Through meticulous planning, we position ourselves to capture the moments that define the day. This ensures that our couples are fully immersed in the experience, savoring every moment of their special day without even realizing that every detail is being artistically captured.

how important is sound recording for video?

This may be easily overlooked, but in a wedding video, sound quality is paramount. Clear audio, captured through reliable microphones, is as crucial as the visuals! It's essential to record important moments like vows and speeches accurately and cleanly so you can enjoy watching your wedding video. We achieve the best possible sound by using professional mics and sound recorders, and getting multiple sources just to be sure. We mic the groom and plug in to the DJ's system so we know we have a clean source.

Why do people choose to have a second videographer or video assistant?

In our wedding videography team, the role of the video assistant or second shooter is vital to ensuring comprehensive coverage and capturing every precious moment of your special day. We work in tandem to enhance the overall quality and depth of your wedding video.

The video assistant's presence makes the setup and execution of tasks, such as equipment arrangement and technical aspects, smoother and more efficient. Often times setting up for ceremony and speeches has to be very fast. Their job is to ensure that things are not overlooked. With this collaborative effort, your wedding video becomes a true reflection of your unique story, capturing every nuance and emotion.

Here are some of the benefits when you opt for a second videographer:

1. Expanded Coverage: The second shooter brings an additional perspective to your event, allowing us to simultaneously capture different angles, reactions, and candid moments. This ensures that no significant moment goes unnoticed.

2. Multiple Angles: With a second shooter, we can capture the ceremony, reception, and various events from multiple angles. This adds dynamism to your video and enhances the storytelling aspect, creating a more engaging final product.

3. Detail Shots: While the primary videographer focuses on capturing the central elements, the second shooter often concentrates on detail shots. These shots encompass décor, close-ups of intricate details, and candid shots of guests, all of which contribute to a comprehensive representation of your wedding.

4. Seamless Transitions: Having two videographers means smoother transitions between shots and events. This results in a more polished and cohesive final edit.

5. Relaxed Moments: The second shooter can capture candid moments that occur in parallel with main events. This includes interactions between guests, behind-the-scenes moments, and candid reactions that might not be visible to the primary videographer.

6. Reduced Rush: With a second shooter, there's less need to rush between different locations or events. This means capturing moments more thoroughly and with greater attention to detail.

7. Backup and Support: Beyond expanding coverage, the second shooter acts as a backup, ensuring that no critical moment is missed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Having a second shooter allows us to deliver a richer and more immersive wedding video. The collaboration between the primary videographer and the second shooter guarantees that your video captures the essence of your special day from every angle, telling a complete story that you can cherish for years to come.

How far in advance should I book wedding videography?

Wedding wedding videography should be booked around 6 to 12 months prior your wedding day. This timeframe allows you to find a videographer who's work you admire and who is still available for your wedding day. However, keep in mind that videographers can be in high demand, especially during peak wedding seasons and on sought-after dates. If you have a specific videographer in mind, you might want to start your search even earlier, especially if your wedding date falls within a popular wedding season. We only book 20 weddings a year, so dates go pretty fast!

If you're planning a destination wedding, it's advisable to secure your videography services even earlier, as they may need to make travel arrangements.

Ultimately, the timing depends on your preferences, the availability of videographers you like, and the overall planning timeline for your wedding. Starting your search and booking process sooner rather than later will give you more options and help you avoid disappointment if your preferred professionals get booked by other couples.

Do you offer drone footage?

In short - yes, we do offer drone footage and it is included in most of our packages!

If Lake Tahoe is where you're tying the knot, we believe that adding aerial footage to amplify the day's magic is a must! The majestic landscapes and tranquil waters will unfold from a new perspective, infusing your wedding film with an extra layer of wonder. We're FAA licensed and insured which means that we can fly where most people can't. We're eager to craft a wedding film that captures the essence of your Lake Tahoe celebration in an unforgettable way.

Can I request specific shots or moments to be captured?

Absolutely! We encourage our couples to share all the details of the day (even the ones that are meant to be a surprise!), so we can anticipate and capture them in a creative way. Those moments hold significance to your celebration and we want to make sure they are a part of the story. Whether it's a first look, a sentimental dance, or any cherished detail, we'll work closely with you to ensure those moments are beautifully captured in your wedding film. We're passionate about making your video truly reflective of your unique story!

Do you travel for weddings?

While most of our wedding clients choose to tie the knot in the stunning Lake Tahoe, we are thrilled to offer our services throughout Reno -Tahoe area and Northern California. We have shot weddings in Graeagle, Truckee, Nevada City, Sacramento, San Louis Obispo, and many other places. If you have another destination in mind - we are all ears! We are dedicated to capturing the beauty and magic of your special day, wherever it may be, and bringing your vision to life.

How many hours of coverage should we have?

The time you will need to capture your wedding day varies widely, but as a general rule, 8 hours is a standard time required to capture a full story. To discover the exact time needed we will need to hop on a call or zoom and dive into details.

we are not actors. Will we look awkward in our wedding video?

You will look great! We believe that wedding videography should feel natural, elegant, romantic and effortless. Candid moments have a lot of these qualities and that 's why so many people love them! To achieve this look we will guide you, prompt you and direct you; we'll make you feel comfortable and at ease. We promise you'll have a blast, and at the end of it all, you'll have a film that you are proud of!

we heard about hybrid wedding coverage. What is it?

Hybrid wedding coverage is an innovative approach that encapsulates both photography and videography in one comprehensive package. With hybrid coverage, you'll have the privilege of hiring a wedding photographer who possesses skills to capture both photos and video throughout your special day. This means that you can enjoy the beauty of both visual mediums without the need for 2 teams to capture it, making it a cost-effective and seamless solution. It does have it's own pitfalls, but if you'd like to hear more about it, please CLICK HERE.



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