About Monarch Productions
What is special about Monarch Productions?
My name is Paul Hare. I have been shooting and editing wedding videos for many years. After shooting videos for other companies, I finally started my own videography company in 2006 and started doing wedding videos on a regular basis. I never went to school for videography. In fact, I went to school for Math Education. So what could I possibly know about wedding videos? It is a strong belief of mine that if you are good at something, you don't need to go to school for it. I think that it is very rare that an average person could go to school to study sports, singing, or acting and suddenly come out being a world-class athlete, or an award-winning singer or actor. They have to be born with it. I have taken golf lessons, piano lessons, and even singing lessons. Even so, you wouldn't want to be within 250 feet of me when at the driving range because there is a chance you might get hit, even if you aren't standing in the direction I am attempting to hit the ball. And if you ever were to hear me playing the piano or singing, you might want to do yourself a favor and cover your ears. You will be better off - I assure you!
I think that videography is an art and is something that someone cannot be "taught." I do videography because I have a passion for it. I enjoy it. When you hire me to do your wedding video, I don't look at it as a way to make a living. I look at it as a way to share my passion for creating amazing videos and to help you remember your special day the way it was meant to be remembered! The attitude of many videographers is that if a customer doesn’t go for the most expensive wedding video, then the quality of the video will be sub-par. I don’t believe in that. Every wedding video, whether it be the most basic package or the most elaborate, comes fully edited, with a multi-camera set-up, and extreme attention to detail.
When you hire me to do your video, I will be the one at your wedding. Your wedding will be shot in the exact same way that you see on the sampler video. There are no surprises. What you see is what you get. If you like the sampler video, you will like your wedding video - Plain and simple! It is disturbingly common that other companies hire other people to cover dates that are double booked. As a matter of fact, I have worked regularly as a videographer and editor for numerous wedding video companies in the area. Some of these companies have so many weddings booked that you won’t know who will be the videographer at your wedding until the last minute! It is a common occurrence that these companies are scrambling all over the place to find ANYONE to send to shoot your wedding, because they made a scheduling error and over-booked! One time I was called on a Friday evening by a competitor asking if I could cover a wedding for him the very next day! I had never even met the guy before, and he trusted me to shoot a wedding video for his client who was counting on him. With Monarch, that will never happen.
A story had been in the news somewhat recently regarding a wedding company that left town and disappeared, keeping their clients' money and delivering nothing at all in return, and they pretty much got away with it! Monarch Productions is grounded in Western New York. I mentioned before that I went to school for Math Education. I am in my 14th year of teaching Math locally, currently in my 12th year at Amherst Central High School. I co-produce the morning announcements, which airs as a TV News Broadcast throughout the school. On days that I have off from teaching and am not shooting wedding videos, you might also catch me on WGRZ-TV on "Most Buffalo" at 4 pm and Channel 2 News First at Five, as well as local radio stations WLVL 1340 AM, WUFO 1080 AM, and WXRL 1300 AM. To make a long story short - I am not going anywhere, so you don't need to worry!
I do wedding videography and photography because I LOVE shooting and editing weddings. I look at every wedding as an opportunity to be creative and deliver something that you will cherish for a lifetime. I don't do it to make a living, charging astronomical prices for video services because I need to put food on the table. I already have a full time job. I do this on the side because I love it - It is fun!! I would be honored to be able to work with you and help you remember your special day!
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I appreciate it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see samples of your work?
Yes, we can schedule an appointment to meet, or you can contact us and request a sample. Wedding Trailer samples can be found under the "Videography" link above, or on our facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WNYWedding.
Do you provide a written contract?
Yes, a written contract is required to hold the date of your event, and will be signed by both parties.
How much notice is required for booking?
There is no minimum notice time, but note that booking is based on availability.
How much of a deposit is due?
A $500 Deposit is due to hold the date of your wedding / event.
When is the balance due?
The remaining balance can be paid at any time, but is due the day of your wedding / event.
Can I obtain duplicates of my video at a later time?
Yes, additional copies are available. We try to keep a permanent master copy of all weddings on file.
How many cameras will be used?
We will use 4 or 5 cameras for the ceremony (depending on the setup), and 1 - 2 cameras for other portions of the day, such as the reception.
How do you dress at the ceremony / reception?
Our videographers will be in professional attire (shirt, tie, etc...), with exceptions made for extreme weather, either too hot or too cold!