Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are your packages/pricing info?

A: We price our packages about the same as a reputable/experienced photographer. We do this because our couples normally budget the same for both photo and video as they see them as equally important. Our prices are competitive with other videographers who share the same high level of experience and quality. We have more experience than the vast majority of wedding videographers in Southern California so we don't miss a thing. The owner of All Because He Asked hasn't missed a single wedding in 14 years of doing this. That's over 450 weddings! There's no one that cares more about making sure everything is "just right" than we do. We don't farm our weddings out to a random group of people who will show up at your wedding having never met you. We meet you guys in person ahead of time and go over everything so that on your wedding day we're like another friend in the room and you guys can enjoy your day stress-free knowing that if you miss something, don't worry. We've got you covered. Contact us for detailed info on all our Pricing and Package options.

Q: Do you book more than one Wedding per day?

A: No. Your wedding is the single most important event to us and we will not spread ourselves thin or be distracted by another event. There is no other place we'd rather be than at your Wedding and it deserves 100% of our focus. We shot 46 weddings in 2014. That's plenty. Again it's quality over quantity.

Q: Do you guys do PHOTOGRAPHY as well, or just video?

A: Yes!! We now offer photography to go along with our videography packages. The owner of All Because He Asked (Jamie) runs the videography side of things and his wife (Danielle) runs the photography side. So it's a fun husband/wife team that makes everything fun and easy on your wedding day! You can see TONS of examples of their work at their WEBSITE.

Q: How do you work with other photographers?

A: We LOVE photographers! No really, we do! I find it weird when I hear stories about photographers and videographers not getting along because honestly, we have a great time with almost every single photographer we shoot with. They are an essential staple of every wedding and we feed off their energy and creativity all day long. Honestly, we're easy going, happy people and we've found that 99.9% of photographers are great people too. So it works out. Plus, we're experienced which makes a huge difference. Ask any photographer what their biggest fear is with a Videographer and it's probably an "inexperienced" one. Or one who doesn't seem to own a zoom lens. ;) Being an inexperienced videographer means they'll be all over the place and often get in the way or take up a ton of time trying to get the video shots they need, slowing everything down. Not us. We're fast. As in super ninja fast. In the end, I think they love working with us because we're nice happy people, we appreciate and respect THEIR work, we're fast, and once we get talking with them they can tell that we're there so that each couple gets not only a killer video, but also great photos.

Q: Can you stream our Wedding LIVE online?

A: YES! It's awesome! All Because He Asked is widely consider to be the Top Live Streaming Wedding Videography company on the West Coast. There isn't a single company based in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or anywhere in Southern California with as much experience live streaming weddings. We also stream in NYC and Destination Weddings everywhere. What a great way to shorten your guest list or reach those people that can't make your Wedding from out of town. With over 10 years of live streaming experience, we've risen to the top by our unrivaled experience and reliability, our attention to detail, our use of News Broadcasting technology (not just a single hotspot), and our ability to make every wedding look and sound amazing live. While many companies new to live streaming will likely do okay at most venues, why take a chance on something as important as your Wedding, especially if you care about your Guest's Viewing Experience online. Check out our NEW Live Stream Packages. For more info on great addition, contact us today and ask us about this incredible opportunity!

Q: Do you guys offer any Live Stream ONLY Packages?

A: YES! Due to the onset of Covid-19, we've now developed a package that's centered around only live streaming your ceremony. We have 10 years of Live Stream Experience and have filmed over 450 Weddings. You won't get that kind of experience anywhere else. Your guests deserve a live stream that's engaging and of the highest quality possible. With multicamera full HD live streams and drone intros and even the ability to integrate remote VIP guest speakers, we can help you create an unforgettable live stream experience for your guests watching remotely. Also, we're not reliant upon one wifi connection, or one hotspot as most companies new to live streaming will be. We use some of the best live stream technology including Network Bonding to COMBINE up to four network connections to stream reliably from almost anywhere in the world. Check out our new Live Stream package HERE.

Q: What is your style?

A: Almost an impossible question to answer. Our style is: Unique. Natural. Non-invasive. Sentimental. Fun. Real. That's our style...and we're proud of it! What do I mean by "real"? Simple: When you're done watching one of our videos you should know exactly what the wedding was like. Sounds simple... but to capture that beautifully, in detail, without being invasive and without choreographing our couples to do things for the camera is a challenge we embrace every weekend. There are so many truly fantastic videographers out there. We're just a company that loves what we do and likes to do things a little differently than others. I think you can tell by watching any one of our videos that music plays a huge part in the emotional through-line of our videos. It is the pulse that drives our videos. The power of music is often forgotten by other videographers as they depend solely on the visual. But that's why it's fun being a bit different. Honestly, I think at the end of the day, being able to describe our style is far less important to our couples than the sheer fact that when they watch our videos it reaches them in a way that other videographers do not and that to me is what's most important.

Q: Do you do "SDE's" (Same Day Edits)?

A: A Same Day Edit is a very impressive way to show your guests at your Reception a glimpse of what went on earlier that day. While we "technically" can do same day edits, we don't because we specialize in something else that I sincerely believe is WAAAAAAY better. I firmly believe that not only is our "SDE alternative" way more entertaining, but it's a much better option in the long run too. I'm referring of course to our Signature Couples Video and there's nothing like it. You're probably thinking that by a "Couples Video" we mean it's gonna be some sort of sappy "love story" video of you two. Not at all. It's shown at your party right? People wanna have a good time! So why not show a video that's not only equally impressive, but is FAR more entertaining and leaves you with an additional video that is totally different from your Wedding video (unlike an SDE). Check out our Signature Couples Video page for samples.

Q: What is a "Signature Couple's Video"?

A: Your reception is a PARTY, right? So why not give your guests a video that tells your story in a way that's fun and entertaining and leaves them laughing and cheering for more. Our Signature Couples Video is our secret weapon at weddings. Couples often tell us that it's the best part of their entire Reception. When's the last time you heard them say that about a typical slideshow, or a sappy "love story" video? Our Signature Videos are designed to FUEL your party. Not slow it down. Check out our new Couples Video page for more info on this! Coming soon, a collection of live guest reactions we've filmed just to prove to you that we aren't exaggerating here. :)

Q: How many videos do we end up with?

A: For our full coverage, all day wedding videography packages the answer is two. Each couple gets a "Full Length Video" and a "Highlight Video". You can see several examples or our Highlight Videos on our Sample Videos Page. Most of them are 7 to 9 minutes on average and cover the best of everything from your big day from getting ready to all the craziness on the dance floor. They are driven by the pulse of the music that is chosen by us, from a list of songs you guys provide us after the wedding. After all, you gotta love the music in your own video right? And the second video is the Full Length Video which are edited with as much precision as our Highlight Videos. Our pricing page goes into this in more detail and we'll gladly go into more depth on this if/when we meet up in person. For our new live stream only packages, you start with one Full Video but you can upgrade to add a Highlight Video if you'd like. See the Live Stream FAQs on the Live Stream Page

for more.

Q: Do you travel outside of Southern California?

A: Yes! Everyone loves to travel, right? Since 2007 we've shot Weddings in Hawaii, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Seattle, Cabo, Napa, New York, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and St. John in the Virgin Islands. Some truly amazing weddings. It just so happens that Southern California is already a destination wedding so most of our weddings stretch from San Diego to Santa Barbara and everywhere in between. Let us know where your Wedding is and we'll make it happen. We have just one must have an awesome wedding. You take care of that and we'll make sure your video reflects that awesomeness. Oh, and if it's a destination wedding and you have lots of guests that can't make it, ask us about our live streaming options.

Q: What is your turnaround time?

A: When it comes to how fast you get your video back, we make sure we stay in step with our competitors. Our turnaround times vary depending on the time of year. May-November months are generally much busier but we'll make sure that each individual couple gets their video when they need it. We never rush a wedding as they all mean far too much to us, but we also give our couples the freedom to let us know when they'd love to have it so that everyone is happy.

Q: GENERAL TIPS - Photographers, First Look vs. No First Look, etc.

A: After doing this for over 8 years, we've seen a lot of weddings. So what tips do I have after all these years? Well, without making this FAQ page too long I'll just touch on a few:

PHOTOGRAPHERS --- While we now offer photography (my wife) as part of our packages, don't hesitate to go with whatever photographer you love the most. Trust me, we'll get along great no matter what. 99% of the photographers we work with are actually really great people. In fact, in 11 years of doing this we've only met one single photographer that we'd really rather never see again so I guess that percentage is more like 99.9%. Some are faster than others. Some more outgoing. Some more quiet. But when it comes down to it, they're often really nice people who share a love for capturing a great wedding. We get along with all of them for 4 main reasons...we're fast, we're non-invasive, we share a mutual respect for what they're doing, and finally, we're experienced. Our couples often budget as much or more for video as they do for photo because they know the tremendous value of having a great, detailed and well edited wedding video. Because we are more candid in our approach, we work in close proximity to the photographers to capture everything that unfolds "naturally" so working together as a team on equal levels with mutual respect is the best and only way to leave every couple with BOTH great photos AND a great video. --

FIRST LOOK vs. NO FIRST LOOK --- This is a total personal choice. There is no right or wrong. There are advantages to both. Most photographers will recommend a first look because then you'll get more photos since you two will be together longer. Makes sense, right? Plus that first look is a private moment not witnessed by over a hundred people. My wife (our in-house photographer) is a big fan of doing a first look. As for me, I'm a bit old fashioned and when I got married I didn't see my wife before she walked down the aisle. I didn't think anything of it until the moment it happened and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. The music changes, everyone stands, the doors opened and I was like "Holy Crap!" There she was looking unbelievable and it took my breath away. Because we shoot video, seeing the split second reaction of a groom in that moment is something that photos can't always capture. Unless of course the groom breaks down for several minutes. But sometimes guys aren't that sensitive. But trust me, there's always a reaction and it's so awesome to catch on video. You can sort of recreate that with a first look but it's just not quite the same. And I feel like you CAN still get tons of photos together, it's just all about planning accordingly. The number one cause of stress at a wedding is schedule. Well, that and family...but I won't go there. :) But if you have a well scheduled event with ample daylight hours to shoot your family and "romantic" photos, you'll be all good. When you have a photographer and coordinator that can keep you on time, then it's amazing how much you can accomplish and how enjoyable the whole day can be. There's really not RIGHT or WRONG choice with having a first look vs. not having a first look. It's entirely a personal choice. So much happens on your wedding day but don't worry. The best thing about having a great videographer there is that no matter what you miss, we'll be there to capture it all because trust me, when it's all over you'll probably say "that went by so fast!".

Q: What's with your name, All Because He Asked?

A: It's actually based on my own personal story. When I first started doing this back in 2007, I had no idea it would become my full time job and passion. The year I started shooting weddings on the side is also the year I married to my beautiful wife, Danielle. During that engagement, as you know, things can sometimes get a little crazy. At one point my wife's first choice of bridesmaid dresses went out of stock and her 2nd choice came in with the wrong cut or something like that. I remember it being very stressful and upsetting to her at the time. With all the drama surrounding one little issue and with so many other things to think about for this one little day in September, I remember at one point thinking: "wow, all this craziness because I asked her a single question...will you marry me?" It's amazing how many things that one tiny little question puts into action. Venues, food, guests, "the list", dress, tux, bridal party, flowers, lighting, photographer, videographer, makeup, hair, gifts, rings, wedding dates, DJs, music...the list goes on and on. So when I started my company I decided to name it "All Because He Asked". It's the name of my personal story of my own wedding engagement. It was a temporary name but it ended up sticking when my first few brides said they loved the name. They probably thought it was a sweet little name trying to be catchy...little did they know it really means "All This Shit Because I Asked Her One Little Question." HA! Luckily my wife thought better of it and promptly renamed it All Because He Asked. And here we are years later and my wife now won't let me change it even if I wanted to. And I do whatever she tells me to. ;)

One final note on Wedding Jamie H.

You may have noticed the little tagline on our home page. "If you could see your parent's Wedding pictures or a beautiful Video of their Wedding, which would you choose?" Slightly cheesy? Yes. But at the same time it remains a very important concept. About 20 years ago I was floored to find out my parents have a Wedding Video. It was AWESOME to see them on video moving around at that age and interacting with friends and family and ended up being one of the things that fueled my interest in Wedding Videos. The other thing that fuels me is the huge personal reward from knowing I've helped create a video that will be cherished for a lifetime. Great pictures are timeless and irreplaceable, but I'd like to see a picture replay those unforgettable vows, that hilarious toast, the way he/she held you close and danced your first dance, or that priceless footage of the maid-of-honor passing out hugging a trash can just as midnight approaches (I've shot that before...good stuff). The videos you see on our site were most likely shot a while ago and since then we have only got better. Its my goal to give you the very best video possible at the most competitive price. You can see the picture of me and my wife and our son (taken late we have 3 kids!) on the ABOUT page, and that family is why I push myself to make every single wedding video the best one we've ever done. One day you all might have kids and when you do, what you do for a living will take on a whole new meaning. I treat each and every video as if it were my own because for me it's way more than a business, it's personal.