Working Together - What You Can Expect

Here’s a brief list of some of the questions I’m asked most often by clients. If you find that I’ve overlooked a topic, or would like to inquire about something that didn’t make the list, please don’t hesitate to send me an email through the contact page.


General Office Information (Location, hours, etc.)

Continuity Image + Motion is located in southern metro Denver, Colorado, near the Tech Center. I serve clients all over Colorado, and am available to travel for work throughout North America. Destination weddings are awesome!

My normal hours of operation are from 9am until 6pm, Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

I can make myself available weekends and evenings, if need be– particularly to shoot video, or photography.

You can reach me via email through the contact page, or at hello@continuityimage.com

My phone number is 720.436.4487

In addition to wedding cinematography and non-commercial photography, I also run a commercial creative studio at Site07 Creative. We offer commercial video production, motion-graphics, branding, commercial photography, and web design.

What is your background / experience?

I’ve been working in visual media since 2001.

I started out as a freelance graphic artist and Flash animator, eventually becoming very active in web-design, branding and motion-graphics; a career I still pursue at my commercial studio, Site07 Creative.

I’ve worked as a junior designer, senior designer, associate art director, and spent 6 years serving as creative director at a national ad agency that was recently purchased by Triton Media.

My clients have included both individuals and corporations, and I’m comfortable working on projects of all scales. I’ve collaborated with families, couples, small businesses, and large, multi-national concerns. My roster has included brands such as HBO, Clear Channel, Dish Network, V-Moda, The Soiled Dove, and The Denver Post, as well as musicians like The Sex Pistols, and 5-time Grammy-winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with video and photography, and have been shooting professionally for 4 years now.

I started Continuity Image + Motion, because I genuinely love working with people to tell their stories one-on-one.


I've already hired a photographer-- why is a videographer a good idea?

As a stills shooter myself, I have massive respect for great photography, and I honestly think the investment in professsional wedding photos is worth every penny.

That said, there’s things that still images just can’t capture.

That flutter in your voice as you exchange vows.
The amazing changes in your facial expressions when you see each other for the first time.
The words of kindness and encouragement from your loved-ones during toasts and speeches. (And the laughter!)
The flower girl’s hilariously obstinate refusal to hold anyone’s hand.
Your grandma’s blistering moves on the dance floor in all their glory.

The list goes on and on.

Video is also a fantastic way to share the day with guests who couldn’t make it — posting a Highlight film online, and distributing it among friends and family is a great way to include those who were absent, and to re-live the joy with those who were there.

It also allows your guests to simply enjoy the day. Put the cell-phones away. Leave the camcorder at home, and just have fun.


What are your rates for creating wedding films?

I have several different price packages for wedding films, representing a broad range of services and receivables, starting at $2,750.
My most popular package is currently priced at $3,800.

Services range between multi-camera coverage of the wedding ceremony only, to multi-day coverage, complete with aerial cinematography, time-lapse footage, and additional shooting prior to, and after the event.

We can keep things fairly simple, or get a little extravagant. It’s really up to you, and your situation.

I adore working with creative couples who want to push the artistic envelope a little, and try something different, but I’ll never pressure anyone to go beyond their comfort zone, or try to shoe-horn couples into a more expensive package than they truly require. As a self-employed person, I am entirely sympathetic to the realities of budgeting constraints, and have made a genuine effort to develop pricing that’s reasonable and fair, for both myself and my clients.

In an effort to be as transparent and detailed as possible, my price packages cover a fair amount of information, so I generally like to send them out as PDFs, so that couples can explore them at their convenience and make a decision amongst themselves about whether I would be a good fit.

If you’d like me to send you a copy, please just fill out the form on this page, or visit the contact section of the site.

If you’d like to see a fairly thorough overview, click the “what’s included” tab this question.

Lastly, if you’re a particularly creative, or visually-oriented person, and would like to talk about a wedding film that’s a little more ambitious and artistic than most, with a deeper backstory, you are EXACTLY what I would define as a dream client. I would absolutely LOVE to talk with you about how we can make something really special and unique.

What's included in your wedding film packages?

I strive to maintain the same level of exceptional quality in all of my wedding cinema packages, however I do offer a broad range of services and receivables to give couples a fairly wide variety of options, in terms of price and content.

Detailed proposals and pricing are available by request, delivered as PDF files, for you to consider at your convenience. If you’d like to receive a copy of my proposals, please send me an email using the form on this page, or visiting the contact section of the site.

Otherwise, here is a basic overview of my Wedding Cinema services.

In my BASIC package, I offer the following:

  • 4-5 hours of location shooting, on the day-of-event.
  • Multi-camera, High-Definition coverage of the ceremony only, with 3-4 camera positions and a single camera operator.
  • Basic editing and color-correction of ceremony only, with simple titles, and a brief 10-20 second introduction. (Approx. 20 hours of labor)
  • 4 DVDs or Blu Ray discs with the final edit, and 1 compressed .mp4 file for sharing online with friends and relatives.*Option to add a second camera operator for an additional fee.

In my STANDARD package, I offer the following:

  • 8 hours of location shooting, on the day-of-event.
  • Multi-camera, High-Definition coverage of the ceremony with 3-4 camera positions and a single camera operator.
  • Single camera coverage of bride and groom preparation
  • Single camera coverage of wedding reception
  • Editing, Color-Correction, Color-Grading and Post-Production (Approx. 30 hours of labor)
  • Delivery of (1) Final Ceremony Edit & (1) “Highlight Film”
  • Basic Motion-Graphics and Title Design
  • 4 DVDs or Blu Ray discs with ceremony edit and highlight film, 2 compressed .mp4 files of ceremony, and highlight film for online sharing.*Option to add a second camera operator for an additional fee.*Option to add extended environmental background footage for an additional fee.*Option to add timelapse footage for an additional fee.*Option to add aerial cinematography for an additional fee.

In my GOLD package, I offer the following:

  • 8 hours of location shooting, on the day-of-event.
  • 4 hours of supplemental background photography 1-day after event.
  • Multi-camera, High-Definition coverage of the ceremony with 3-4 camera positions and two camera operators.
  • Dual camera coverage of bride and groom preparation
  • Dual camera coverage of wedding reception
  • Timelapse Photography
  • Aerial Cinematography
  • Editing, Color-Correction, Color-Grading and Post-Production (40-50 hours of labor)
  • Delivery of (1) Final Ceremony Edit & (1) “Highlight Film”
  • Basic Motion-Graphics and Title Design
  • 4 DVDs or Blu Ray discs with ceremony edit and highlight film, 2 compressed .mp4 files of ceremony, and highlight film for online sharing.*Option to add a third camera operator for an additional fee.*Option to add a second day of background footage for an additional fee.

In my PLATINUM package, I offer the following:

  • 10 hours of location shooting, on the day-of-event.
  • 8 hours of supplemental background photography 2 days prior/after day of event
  • Multi-camera, High-Definition coverage of the ceremony with 3-4 camera positions and two camera operators.
  • Dual camera coverage of bride and groom preparation
  • Dual camera coverage of wedding reception
  • Timelapse Photography
  • Aerial Cinematography
  • Editing, Color-Correction, Color-Grading and Post-Production (50-60 hours of labor)
  • Delivery of (1) Final Ceremony Edit  (1) Extended “Highlight Film”
  • Broadcast-Quality Motion-Graphics and Title Design
  • 8 DVDs or Blu Ray discs with ceremony edit, speeches and highlight film, 2 compressed .mp4 files of ceremony, and highlight film for online sharing.
  • Raw Footage and Final Uncompressed HD Master .MOV file, backed up on External Hard Drive*Option to add a third camera operator for an additional fee.*Option to add a third day of background footage for an additional fee.


For couples with highly-specialized weddings, singular logistical concerns, or more elaborate artistic ambitions, please contact me so that I may schedule a creative call with you, and prepare a custom-tailored quote to fit your needs exactly.

What is "a "Higlight Film"?

Unfortunately, the industry hasn’t really adopted standard terminology for these things, but here’s what I’m referring to when I mention a wedding “highlight film”.

This is a 5 to 10 minute, professionally-produced short film, that distills the wedding day down to it’s most poignant moments.

In terms of visual quality, and artistic integrity, I create this film to rival feature-length cinema as closely as I can possibly get it, without charging feature-length rates.

More than a simple reel cut together from random clips, I work very hard to infuse the highlight film with a cohesive story line and narrative, and a genuine sense of emotional immediacy.

If done well, the highlight film shouldn’t feel like a run-of-the-mill montage. It should play like a love story.

As far as I’m capable, I strive to give viewers a clear sense of time, place, and an insightful, sympathetic impression of who the bride and groom are, both as a couple, and as individuals.

This isn’t always easy to pull off in 5 minutes, but that’s my goal with each and every project.

However brief, I try to give couples my most honest, heartfelt account of what they mean to each other, and how their love brought them together on this momentous day.

It may sound a little sappy, but capturing a couple’s love is something I take very seriously. It’s a responsibility and a trust I truly take to heart, and an opportunity I feel incredibly grateful for, each and every time.

What's The Difference Between Videography and Cinematography?

I think the industry gets a little precious about these labels sometimes, but there is a valid distinction to be made.

To me, they are both perfectly respectable crafts and professions, but I do think there’s a difference.

I would define videography as being generally more functional and utilitarian than artistic.
A videographer’s job is typically one of coverage and documentation, rather than acting as a visual story-teller, or dramatist.

For example, the cameraman/woman who tracks home-runs getting smacked out of Coors Field is a videographer. They’re capturing action, which isn’t easy, but it’s not particularly emotional, or cinematic.  The person operating the studio camera during nightly newscasts is a videographer. On the simpler side of things, a person you would hire to record a legal deposition, or your kid’s little league game is a videographer.

A videographer’s role is to get a clean, well-exposed, properly focused image, and follow the action with as little fuss as possible. To me, it’s a skill that is more about technical proficiency than anything else.

I’ve done both jobs for clients, and videography is definitely more about just getting the job done than making a creative statement.

Cinematography requires technical competence and practical know-how as well, but it also calls for an artist’s eye for composition, lighting, and movement, as well as a dramatist’s instincts. It’s not just about getting the subject in frame– it’s about creating a sense of emotion. It’s knowing how focal length and aperture, and framing is going to effect the emotional character of the shot. Whether the people on-screen will appear confident and heroic, or pensive and isolated. Whether the viewer should feel tension, or exhilaration, or warmth and safety.

A videographer captures events as they happen, without embellishment. A cinematographer imposes their artistic sensibility to establish a mood.

When I worked at an ad agency, and I wanted to get very simple, clear, basic coverage of an event, I would put out an ad to hire a camera-operator, or videographer.

If I needed to relate a narrative, or make a visual statement with light, shadow, and movement, I’d look for a cinematographer.

That’s my take on it.

Can We Use A Song From My Favorite Band In My Video?

The short answer is “maybe”, leaning towards “probably not”.

I know this answer may be discouraging when taken at face value, but there are legitimately very good reasons for it, and a few solutions that I genuinely feel are positive, and ultimately result in better films and videos.

I honestly don’t think this is a bad thing.

The explanation is a little wordy, but I think it’s worth reading, so please hang in there with me….

As video technology has grown more ubiquitous and sophisticated, so have the rules regarding the use of copyrighted material in video — particularly when it comes to video shared on the Internet.

The explosion of video content online has been absolutely staggering.

Along with millions of user-generated home videos made by amateurs, there are also millions of incredibly thoughtful, high-quality, professionally-produced films that are reaching audiences that would have been completely inaccessible just 10 years ago. It’s CRAZY.

Unfortunately, this media explosion has also been accompanied by a gigantic increase in content-theft and copyright violation.

As a former musician, a designer, photographer, and filmmaker, I have some fairly strong opinions about this subject, but I’ll spare you my soap-boxing, for everyone’s sake.

The long and short of it is that the music industry —  particularly publishing entities like ASCAP, EMI, and BMG — have become extremely aggressive about protecting their financial interests, and to a lesser degree, the financial interests of musicians.

Sites like YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo have been under a massive amount of pressure to curtail the unauthorized use of copyrighted material on their sharing platforms, and the scrutiny has started to filter down to small production companies and individuals.

A few years ago, a wedding video created by Joe Simon — an independent filmmaker whose work I greatly enjoy — went viral.  Normally, this would be a windfall, but the video in question used a copyrighted song in the soundtrack — a song that Simon did not purchase the rights for.

He was sued by the record label, and he lost, ultimately having to fork over a 5-figure settlement.

So, even though it may seem unlikely, and even a little petty, for record companies and publishing concerns to crack down on independent artists and individuals, it’s is happening, and the consequences can be severe.

Social media, who has much deeper pockets than your average wedding videographer, has realized this, and has begun to implement fairly stringent counter-measures to discourage sharing of material that contains copyrighted music.

YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook are now using highly sophisticated, and greatly effective, software to analyze, tag and remove video content that contains soundtracks using copyrighted music. In some instances, they’ve even taken to banning users who post videos that use music that hasn’t been properly licensed and paid for.

In terms of the wedding industry, this means that using a copyrighted song in a wedding video has become a fairly risky proposition.

Not only can it get the video blocked from audiences — which means no sharing with friends and relatives — it can also get a user suspended from making future posts, or possibly even banned from using the platform altogether.

And worse-case scenario, it can wind up in a law-suit with incredibly stiff penalties that can easily devastate a small business, or individual. Likely, or not. Disproportionate, or not, it’s become a very real, and very scary possibility.

With than in mind, I’ve made it my policy not to use copyrighted music in my wedding videos, unless the recording artist, and/or their label has granted a Creative Commons license to independent filmmakers.

Instead, I strongly prefer to use legal, affordable, license-free music from sites like TheMusicBed.

In the past, licensing production music generally meant that the music stunk.

Thankfully, this IS NOT the case anymore!

I’m an extremely picky person, and a confessed music snob, and I wouldn’t kid you about this — the licensing libraries that are available now are legitimately good. Not just okay, or passable — they’re full of GOOD music.

There really are hundreds of genuinely first-rate songs out there, that can be purchased for $100-$300. And they sound fantastic; with beautiful melodies, solid arrangements, high-end production quality, and all the same emotional impact you would expect from a popular artist.

And since these music services are so affordable, I can bundle the licensing directly into my pricing, and don’t have to charge my clients an obscene amount of money to use amazing music in videos that can be safely, confidently, and legally shared anywhere, with anyone.

Yes, I do get occasionally bummed out that I’m not able to use my favorite song, and I know the same is true for many of my clients — but I genuinely think the risks aren’t worth it… especially when there are legal, ethical alternatives that are nearly, or just as good.

I would MUCH rather give my clients piece of mind;  knowing that they can share their videos wherever they want, on any platform they want, without any fear or worry.

Are you available for travel / destination weddings?


Sure am!

I’ve never quite outgrown the giddy excitement I felt as kid whenever I got to ride in an airplane, so I am absolutely receptive to the idea of travel.

If you’d like me to come visit you on your wedding day, I’m just a plane ticket away!



What's included in a portrait session, and what are your prices?

If you have specific needs that fall outside of these sessions, I’ll be more than happy to put together a custom proposal for you and your project, however,  I have organized a few portrait packages for your convenience.

  • 45 Minute Mini-Session | 30 proofs | 15 final, edited, print-ready images on disc | $300
    Mention Website For Special Rate!– $250
  • 1 Hour Session | 50 proofs | 25 final, edited, print-ready images on disc | $420
    Mention Website For Special Rate!– $350
  • 2 Hour Session | 75 proofs | 50 final, edited, print-ready images on disc | $600
    Mention Website For Special Rate!– $500

If you’d like to inquire about special group sessions, head-shots, or senior portraits, please drop me a line via the form on the right, or through my contact page. I’d be glad to respond to you with a detailed quote.

Do you offer physical prints from portrait sessions?

Typically, I don’t. I’m happy to get in contact with a lab and have prints made and delivered for you, but I generally provide high-resolution digital files on a disc, and allow you to make your own decisions about printing.

My reasoning is this:

I don’t like the trend in modern photography where clients are aggressively “up-sold” and charged premium rates for prints. I don’t disparage photographers who do this, but I don’t find it’s a good model for me and my professional ethos.

I’m happy to recommend a printer, but I’m not comfortable with billing you per-print.

Unless we’ve agreed upon a contract for commercial photography, where the images will be reproduced in large quantities to market a product, and you’ll be earning a profit from my images, my attitude is that you’ve already paid me for my time and skill, and you should be free to make your own choices about print processing.

I bill you once, and provide you with the images on-disc, along with a non-commercial release, and you can make as many prints as you like, without incurring further billing.

That’s what seems fair to me.

That said, if you would like gallery-quality tangibles,  I do have relationships with printers who offer  large-size canvases and flat-bound photo albums that I feel good about recommending.  They’re exceptionally well-made, and I genuinely think they represent a good value. If you’re interested, just let me know!

Do you offer studio photography?

If needed, I have a great relationship with a rental studio but currently, I do not own a professional-level space of my own.

My commercial office can accommodate product photography fairly well, but it’s not great for portraits, so I prefer to rent when needed.

I generally like shoot in natural light outdoors,  but if the situation would benefit from shooting in a controlled environment, I can definitely arrange for that, for a very reasonable additional fee.


“Editorial” is one of those terms that means different things to different photographers, but here’s my take on it, and why I use the term to describe my style of portrait shooting.

It’s just one guy’s wholly subjective opinion, but I am not a big fan of “traditional” portrait photography. Seeing otherwise very interesting people posed predictably with their fist tucked under their chin, while leaning on a rustic fencepost just makes me kind of sad, frankly.

To my eye, there’s nothing particularly flattering about those kinds of poses, nor are they especially natural-looking, so I try and avoid them for the most part.

I would much rather photograph you in an environment, and/or engaged in an activity, that shows something of your personality and uniqueness as a human being.

To me, that’s what an “editorial portrait” means — you are still engaged with the photographer, and looking to-camera, but it’s done in a way that reveals something of who you are, what you enjoy, and what your personality is like.

I like to think of my definition of editorial as a mix between candid, journalistic, and fashion photography — a hint of heightened reality. Stylized enough to be unique and memorable, but still relatively natural and organic.

Not quite high-concept, but not flatly traditional either.


“Lifestyle Photography” is another industry term whose definition varies, depending on who you ask.

To me, Lifestyle very much connotes “candid” or “journalistic” photography.

To me, Lifestyle means that we’re capturing you in a real, spontaneous moment. (Even if it’s staged.)

You are not looking to camera, and the viewer gets the impression that they’re seeing you in a genuine, unscripted moment of you living your life.

This could mean you’re snowboarding, or chairing a board meeting, or taking a handful of balloons to the car for your child’s birthday.

It’s an ostensibly unguarded moment, preserved artistically.


What are your rates for wedding stills photography?

Currently, I offer four client packages for wedding photography, offering a fairly wide variety of services and receivables.  These quotes are quite detailed, and contain a decent amount of information, so I typically send these out as PDFs, for you to consider at your convenience. If you would like me to send you a copy, just drop me a note using the form to the right, or visit my contact page.

In all of my packages I offer the following:

  • Free initial client consultation
  • Travel to and from the wedding venue (Up to 60 miles)
  • On-line ordering gallery for making selections
  • Two professional photographers (myself, and another professional I trust implicitly) on the day of the event
  • DVD(s) or USB drive containing the final images, along with a limited print release

In many packages, I also offer a few different options for high-quality, flat-bound photo albums, which are very nicely put together. Really lovely.

My wedding photography packages begin at $2,600

I see you work with a partner. Can I save money by hiring you as a solo shooter?

Yes– but I strongly advise against it.

All of my current wedding packages make allowances for a second photographer on the day of the event.

My reason being, weddings are incredibly fast-paced, high-energy events. They’re challenging to cover with two photographers on a good day.

This is not an expression of laziness, or greed, I promise — it’s just physically *really* difficult to shoot a wedding as a single person. There are spacial and technical limitations you just simply cannot overcome by yourself.  The quality of the photography may not suffer too badly, but the quantity almost certainly will.

Of course, I want your wedding to be a success, and I probably won’t say “no”, if you ask, but I do issue a strong caveat when working alone:

WILL miss moments. It’s inevitable.

If you’d prefer to have me cover the wedding solo, I can accommodate that, but please understand that I can only be in one place at a time, and there will be things that escape me. It’s unavoidable.

I just like to be as transparent and forthcoming about that as possible.

I highly, highly recommend hiring a minimum of two photographers for anything but the smallest, most intimate wedding.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

If I had to pick a single word, it would be “varied”, or “diverse”.

I like to mix it up.

My favorite wedding couples are the ones who enjoy a variety of photographic styles — some candid shots, some posed, a few blatantly artistic shots, and even a few high-concept, or fashion-oriented photos.

Above all, I try to capture an honest, sincere, sensitive account of how the event felt in-person– what emotions were present, what kind of energy the couple had, and how their friends and families interacted with them on the big day.

I love capturing small, unguarded moments, and creating big, sweeping, dramatic moments as well. I get just as much satisfaction from a understated photo of a giggling flower girl as I do from a really bold, striking image of the bride and groom posed regally against an epic background.

I definitely have my own style, and tend to favor a cinematic look, but as much as I’m able, I try and take my cue from the couple — what do YOU want?

Do you prefer an organic, unforced, journalistic style with a lot of candid shots?

Would it make you happier to capture the day in moody black and white, with a series of artistic vignettes?

Or would you rather put an emphasis on fun and adventure?

I’ll take my guidance from you — if you’d like me to hang back, and capture spontaneous street-style photography, I’ll do that.
If you would rather go big and create a series of adventurous photos, I will gladly roll up my pant-legs, and hop in a creek to get an epic shot of you embracing next to a stream. In fact, I’d LOVE that.

Part of the reason I love photography is the opportunity to work with so many different sensibilities and personality types, so I’m open to just about anything. And I’ll contribute as many of my own thoughts and ideas as you like.

If there’s a style of photography that really speaks to you, don’t be shy about suggesting it. Let ‘er rip! 🙂

I absolutely love taking creative risks, and trying new things, so please don’t hesitate to run an idea by me.

Chances are, I’ll be ALL OVER IT.


Are you available for travel / destination weddings?


Sure am!

I’ve never quite outgrown the giddy excitement I felt as kid whenever I got to ride in an airplane, so I am absolutely receptive to the idea of travel.

If you’d like me to come visit you on your wedding day, I’m just a plane ticket away!



What kind of gear do you use?

My most honest answer is, “whatever works, and is right for the job”, however, here is a run-down of the most relevant equipment I use.

Canon 5D Mark III (x2)

Canon Cinema EOS C100
w/ dual-pixel auto-focus; great for steadicam, jib and gimbal work!

Canon 16-35mm II f/2.8
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.2Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS
Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8 – lens whacking
Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8 – lens whacking

Sennheiser EW100 G Wireless Mic
Rode NTG 2 Shotgun Mic
Rode Videomic Pro
Tascam DR-40

Aerial Cinematography:
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter
Futaba 8FG Radio Controller
DSLRPros FPV monitoring system
Zenmuse 3dHD 3-Axis Gimbal Stablizer
GoPro Hero 4 Black

DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Handheld Stablizer
Glidecam 4000 sled & vest

Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly w/ elektraDrive 2-axis motorization
Kessler Stealth Slider w/ Kessler Second Shooter 3-axis rig

Various tripods, monopods, etc.

Editing & Post-Production:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe After Effects CC
Cinema 4D
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Lightroom CC

Are you available for hire as a second shooter?

Yes, I am! I really enjoy collaborating with other photographers and cinematographers. I love meeting other shooters and talking shop. I’ve been told I’m fun to work with.

If you’re interested in teaming up, please send me a note through my contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

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