No. Arlington National Cemetery does not have an official photographer or videographer for coving services for families. However, Arlington does have a staff photographer and videographer who takes pictures of visiting dignitaries, cemetery activities and some high profile service for archival reasons. Any company claiming to be the official videographer or photographer should be treated with skepticism.
We try to produced everything for you within 3 weeks of the invoice being paid. Additional request like photo books or photos of a headstone can take up to 45-100 additional days due to production and scheduling at Arlington.
Yes. Our close proximity to the cemetery and our use of 4-wheel drive vehicles afford us access in any weather conditions, be it snow, sleet or rain. If the cemetery is open, we’ll be there.
As soon as you feel comfortable doing so. We cover on average four services a day at Arlington, while we will make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings, we do operate on a first-come first-serve basis.
Yes. We are able to live stream services. Using multiple transmission paths across AT&T and Verizon’s data networks, we are able to deliver high quality HD video in real time to anyplace in the world.
At the time of booking, you will receive an unlisted link to share. Only those you share the link with will be able to view the service. There will be a continuing countdown as the service date gets closer. On the day of the service, you will start to see color bars about 30 minutes before the service start time. About 5 minutes before the service you will start to see live video from the cemetery.
As we are feeding video from one camera, the final version we produce and deliver later will have additional angles and better audio.
We charge an additional $75.00 for this service.
Each member of our professional team has over twenty years experience ranging from international TV news coverage to large corporate and government productions. Also, each member has over a decade of Arlington National Cemetery experience.
That depends, each service is unique. On average they break down to:
Dependent Service 1: 5 – 15 minutes
Standard Honors 2: 15 – 25 minutes
Full Honors 3: 20 – 45 minutes
Chapel Service: 30 – 75 minutes
Plus our added content: 9 minutes.
Yes. You can reserve either photography or video of a service or both.
No. Shipping to the first address is free. Additional addresses are billed at face value.
No deposit is required. Nor is payment on the day of the service. After we finish producing the photos or video for your service we will email or mail you an invoice. We accept checks and all major credit cards.
We are required to collect a Virginia state sales tax. (6% as of 2019)
Yes, thousands of times. Arlington Media’s sole purpose is to cover services at Arlington for families. It’s in our core DNA. We don’t do weddings, corporate work, or anything else on the side. Our amazing creative professionals use state-of-the-art, purpose-built gear allowing them to give extraordinary attention to details and incredible precision on every service, every time. Each piece of camera equipment, the computers and software we use, the way our production pipeline is designed, is all geared towards covering your service with the greatest level of care and respect.
How do you get usable audio with all the planes and helicopters flying over Arlington National Cemetery?
Arlington Cemetery is under the flight path for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. One of the busiest military helipads at the Pentagon is adjacent to the cemetery as well. Our use of sophisticated broadcast quality wireless microphones and digital recorders provide the best audio possible but can not eliminate the sound problem entirely.
No. Our basic photo service provides you with a non-copy-protected DVD-Rom disc or USB thumb-drive with ALL the full resolution photos included that you can use to make prints or photos books yourself. We also have packages that include different book options.
Yes. We provide you with a non-copy-protected DVD or Blu-ray dics that is professionally produced, menu driven, has a short musical montage opening and a video of the Changing Of The Guard at The Tombs Of The Unknown.
Yes. This is an option you can add. This is an excellent option for sharing with family and friends near and far.
Yes. You can reserve either video or photography of a service or both.
Yes. We can provide you an image the same day via email.
Yes. We use multiple ultra high definition 4K broadcast quality long-range Sony cameras (not GoPros). Our acquisition and editing practices meet or exceed the production requirements of broadcast companies like National Geographic, BBC HD and Discovery HD. We don’t use consumer or prosumer cameras because they do not meet these broadcast standards.