An image of Ray Roman on the right side, and a sequence from wedding video as a GIF of the bride's back and her wedding dress train.

Ray Roman – how to attract high-end clients as a wedding videographer

Building an exceptional videography business in the luxury wedding industry is a tall order. From delivering a flawless client experience to fostering strategic relationships, staying relevant and on top of trends — everything impacts your chances of success.

"One common mistake beginner wedding filmmakers make is focusing solely on their craft and neglecting their brand. It's important to strike a balance between honing your skills, building your brand, and fostering relationships with clients and vendors." — Ray Roman

Ray Roman is a filmmaking industry expert, educator, and Pixieset ambassador who has created an exceptional videography business for high-end clients. In this interview, Ray shares tips on how to persevere in this demanding niche and why being a leader comes with significant pressure.

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As the popularity of short form vertical videos rises, how does it affect filmmaking in general?

Vertical videos are changing the game for wedding filmmakers. With most people using smartphones and having shorter attention spans, adapting to this format can help filmmakers better engage their audience. Vertical videos are ideal for sharing on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, making it easier to reach a wider audience and grow their brand. Embracing vertical videos isn't just about following a trend; it's about leveraging a powerful tool to enhance storytelling and connect with viewers in a more meaningful way.

Share 3 tips for those who want to build a successful career in the luxury videography market.

Success in the luxury wedding market is indeed challenging but attainable with the right approach. Here are three key tips for wedding filmmakers looking to thrive in this exclusive segment:

  1. Elevate your craft: Set yourself apart by delivering exceptional quality in every aspect of your work. Invest in top-tier equipment, refine your editing skills, and consistently produce stunning visuals that speak to the luxury aesthetic. Strive for perfection in every detail, from composition to storytelling, to create a portfolio that reflects your commitment to excellence.
  2. Build a strong brand: Develop a distinct brand identity that resonates with luxury clientele. This goes beyond just a logo and color scheme; it's about cultivating a reputation for unparalleled service, creativity, and professionalism. Your brand should evoke a sense of luxury and exclusivity, attracting high-end clients who value quality and sophistication.
  3. Forge strategic partnerships: Collaborate with luxury wedding vendors and venues to establish yourself within the luxury wedding industry. Network with wedding planners, florists, and other professionals who cater to high-end clientele. Building these relationships can lead to valuable referrals and opportunities to showcase your work to a discerning audience.
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What's your take on branding and its importance for a filmmaker?

A strong brand can set you apart from the competition and attract high-end clients who value these qualities. In this market, perception is key, and a well-crafted brand can make clients believe you are the best choice for their luxury wedding.

Which Pixieset tools do you currently use, and how do they impact the experience you offer?

I use Pixieset primarily for my company's website and it has been instrumental in enhancing the client experience. The platform offers a sleek, high-end look that aligns with my brand image, providing a professional showcase for my work. The intuitive building tools make it easy to customize the site to my liking, ensuring that it meets my specific needs and reflects my unique style.

What are some business lessons you learned the hard way?

  • Avoid overcommitting: In the early stages, I made the mistake of taking on too many projects, which led to a backlog of work. This not only affected the quality of my deliverables but also put a strain on my business. It's crucial to find a balance and manage your workload effectively to ensure timely delivery without compromising on quality.
  • Continuous learning and evolution: It's easy to fall into the trap of complacency, especially when things are going well. However, I've learned that stagnation is the enemy of progress. To stay competitive and deliver exceptional work, it's important to constantly evolve and improve your craft. Whether it's learning new techniques, experimenting with different styles, or staying updated with industry trends, there's always room for growth in wedding filmmaking.

What are you learning these days, which skills do you improve?

Lately, I've been all about upping my game in wedding filmmaking. I've shifted gears to get more competitive, aiming to outdo myself with each wedding I film. I'm constantly exploring new ways to play with lighting, composition and angles, pushing myself to create films that stand out. It's a personal challenge to keep getting better and better and I'm loving every minute of it.

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What are some common mistakes that many beginner filmmakers make?

One common mistake beginner wedding filmmakers make is focusing solely on their craft and neglecting their brand. It's important to strike a balance between honing your skills, building your brand, and fostering relationships with clients and vendors. Additionally, taking on too many projects can lead to creative burnout and impact the quality and timeliness of your work, potentially damaging your reputation.

You’re a known leader in the filmmaking industry. Does that come with a dose of pressure and responsibility? How do you deal with it?

Being a leader in the wedding filmmaking industry comes with significant pressure. There's always an expectation to deliver exceptional work, even in challenging situations like bad weather or other behind the scenes issues. Additionally, there's the pressure of maintaining my position as a top wedding filmmaker, with others in the industry constantly watching. I embrace the challenge at every wedding, using it as motivation to continually improve and innovate.

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Where do you think the wedding filmmaking industry is heading in the next years?

The wedding filmmaking industry is evolving rapidly, driven by the shift towards digital and social media. With people spending more time on their devices and less time watching traditional TV, there's a growing demand for wedding content that can be easily shared on social platforms. As a result, content creators are playing a more significant role in the industry, offering services tailored to the needs of social media-savvy couples.

In the coming years, we can expect to see wedding filmmakers under increased pressure to deliver quick-turnaround content that can be shared online.

Building a name for yourself within the luxury weddings industry, is no easy task. Ray Roman’s experience shows that only through hard work, perseverance and continuous learning, new professionals can enter this demanding niche. If you want to learn from the best in the industry, improve your craft, reach your potential, and build a profitable videography business, sign up for Ray Roman’s workshop this June, in Florida.

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