The right vows, rings, dresses and flowers, these are some of the keys wedding elements that make up a perfect day. There of course are many many more details for your average bride and groom to consider. Some things require much debate and research. Who to hire as your photographer and videographer? Check out this blog for advice finding your videographer! Will we have a planner? Who should we invite and when do we send those invites out?
This is why the words “wedding planning” sometimes bring with them some level fear and stress! But the most crucial element and one that shouldn’t bring much stress or need much debate I believe is the love the couple shares. Without that love all the other elements seem pretty silly don’t they?
Although every key wedding element of Matt and Lauren’s day was skillfully accounted for by Plum and Poppy resulting in a beautiful ceremony and reception. Their love for and appreciation of one another seemed to take center stage! From tears when they saw each other for the first time on the grand stairway of the Omni Hotel. To the kindness they showed one another in the small ways throughout the day. They clearly made one another the priority. So engaged couples when you’re working hard on your wedding lists and start to hit some stress buttons don’t forget to relax and remember the reason you’re doing this. Take some time to keep your relationship healthy, prioritize caring, kindness and love. Because these are the key wedding elements to your day!
Ceremony Venue Saints Francis and Claire Catholic Church
Reception Venue The Omni Severin Hotel
Planning Plum and Poppy
Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions
Cake Simply Perfection Cakes
Flowers McNamara Florist
Photography Traci & Troy
Band The Sly Band
Hair and Makeup Something Blue Stylists
There’s no shortage of new tools for the cinematographer these days with the onset of digital slr video cameras and all the accessories available. The advances in video equipment makes this a very exciting time to be a video maker. It is now possible for someone with cinematography experience and several thousand dollars to afford making video that can rival the look of 35mm film stock. While I’m not saying it’s cheap, I am saying you can get the essentials for a pretty affordable price as I have done and add-on accessories as you go. Because there’s a countless amount of gadgets you can get to optimize your slr you have to be selective and remember what is ultimately important in creating excellent video (its not gimmicks). The best wedding videographers state that they obtain around 80 percent of their shots from a stationary monopod or tripod and the rest from other camera accessories such as steadicams, sliders ect. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with these tools (moving shots compliment stationary shots.) But it is easy for some videographers to fill their productions with too many specialty “wow” shots forgetting that the trained and skillful eye of the cameraman can be more valuable.
In previous posts on this topic I’ve covered questions concerning experience, equipment, and services offered. These are important but also important is the personal connection you make with your pros. Of course you need to ask questions regarding the services they provide but try and avoid sounding suspicious or skeptical especially if this is someone you have a good feeling about. You don’t want your videographer or photographer to be offended by you before your day for obvious reasons! This being said please don’t choose your provider based mainly on their personal charm or lack thereof. Great charisma may sell a video but not get the work done right.
Last post I began explaining the way to go about looking for your wedding videographer and would like to add some more to that.
3. Equipment: Does your videographer have the equipment to do the job right? This is something you may be able to tell by watching some video or by simply asking. A professional wedding video should be shot with a professional camera. This means not one of those handy little point and shoot models you can find at any super store also no cameras without 3 chip technology. The 3 chip camera’s get much better contrast and color than do older 1 chip cameras. Now though the newest cameras have gone back to 1 chip cmos technology which is as good or better than the 3chip. Also a good thing to ask about is wether the video will include a wireless microphone placed either on the groom or the pastor. A good wireless microphone is crucial to picking up the ministers sermon and the bride and grooms wedding vows. Another thing you can ask about is what type of tripod will the videographer be placing his cameras on or will they be using a tripod at all? If not I would say that is a definite warning sign anyone attempting to shoot a wedding without a tripod is amature. Also all tripods are not created equal a cheap one will leave you with jerky out of level shots while a nice fluid head tripod or two when used correctly will leave you with nice steady pans and tilts which will make your video have more movie quality.