FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!
Who is on the Oleta Lane Films team?
I’m the team! My name is Kendall, and I love weddings. And yes, I run around A LOT.
How long will it be before I see my film?
Depending on the time of year and how busy it gets, you can expect to see your highlight film within 3-4 weeks from your wedding date. Your lightly edited raw footage (45-90 minutes) you can expect within 2-3 months from your wedding date.
Wait, you're based out of Sydney, Australia,
but you are still shooting weddings in the Seattle area?
Short Answer: Yes!
Wedding seasons are at opposite times of the year, which means it's no big deal for me to film weddings in the PNW throughout the summer months (June-September)! Plus, it gives me more opportunities to see my friends and family in the US!
But your travel fees are probably insane, right?
Nope! I'm offering one inclusive package for all of my US clients now that basically puts me at your wedding all day! I get there when you do and I leave when the party is over!
So we just pay for your hotel expenses?
Nope! I've got family and friends in the Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles area.
It’s a weird name – what’s that about?
Oleta Lane is named after my two grandmothers – Oleta (pronounced Oh-lee-ta) and Elaine. They both had beautiful, long-lasting marriages and have always been huge inspirations to me.
You’d like them.
Why are you only offering one package to your PNW clients now?
I offered hourly packages in 2017, 2018, and 2019, but ultimately if I'm not there all day with you, I'm not going to be able to give you a comprehensive video of the best day ever and that bums me out. I also totally realize my new package isn't for everyone. Can't win 'em all!
What’s your gear like?
I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I record audio with a Zoom H4N, a Rode Video Mic, and Sennheiser EW 112P Wireless Lavalier System. I use a Zhiyun Crane Plus, a monopod, and my rock-solid hands for stabilizing.
How long have you been shooting video?
Like actually my whole life. I was the kid who brought her dad’s video camera to school to film my classmates at recess and then edit it all to the Pocahontas soundtrack. But seriously, I started filming weddings in 2017 and never looked back. While I still consider my film business to be beginning, I have shot 20 weddings since 2017, so this is no longer my first rodeo.
Can you do drone footage?
I do not have a drone because I am a one-person team. Meaning, 100% of my time is spent focusing on whatever is happening around the couple getting married. Drone footage is spectacular, but my #1 concern is capturing those little things that happen when no one is looking.
How do you choose the music for the highlight video?
What a lot of my clients don't realize initially, is that all music used HAS to be licensed, period. There's no way around that, unfortunately. So while I would love to be able to use your favorite song or the song you walked down the aisle to, popular songs are very, very expensive to license.
I take choosing the music very seriously; it takes me anywhere from 1-4 hours of sitting and listening to different songs over and over to make a decision (and even then sometimes longer!). I choose the music for your video based off of the vibe of your day. I take into account the music you played, and any comments you may have made in passing regarding music.
It's honestly one of the hardest parts of this job -- nailing the music.
What’s the craziest thing that's happened to you at a wedding?
While I was recording a private vow exchange between the bride and the groom, a golf ball literally flew 2 feet away from my head and landed in the bushes next to us. The bride and groom didn't see it happen, but I SURE DID. Also a bridesmaid almost set my hair on fire once.
What do you do when you’re not filming and editing?
My husband and I just moved internationally from Seattle, WA to Sydney, NSW so I now
spend a lot of my time checking my shoes for spiders, swimming, cooking with ingredients like capsicum and coriander, and discovering what Netflix Australia has to offer.
Do you only film weddings?
Heck no! I do it all; weddings are just the most popular item. I can do packages for promotional videos, events, engagements, memorials, births; you name it.
I'm interested in the Hello Baby! package, but I live in the US; can we make it work?
Unfortunately, probably not. Even with booking a last minute plane ticket, if you went into labor prior to 39 weeks, I likely wouldn't make it to you in time. I would LOVE it if this could work somehow, but chances are it wouldn't. As of right now, Hello Baby! packages are only available to Australian clientele within the greater Sydney area.
Do you have any recommended vendors?
Oh yeah. I know some amazing photographers, some excellent DJ's, talented bakers, fantastic florists, miracle makeup artists, and I've been to several prime venues.
I can definitely hook you up.
Do you do photography as well?