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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do You Need a Videographer?

Jason Melendez, Guest Author

Some couples just don’t like the idea of a wedding video and want nothing more that a good photography package to preserve their memories. But before skipping over video altogether, take a few moments to consider what you’ll be getting with a good videographer, and how the possibilities offered by the latest technical gear and editing equipment stack up to your friend’s camcorder or to photography along.

WEDvideoCouples often feel as though their wedding day went by in a blur. After months of planning and effort, the big day comes in a rush, and everything happens so fast and with such emotion that before they know it, the day is over.

A good wedding video is like a time machine that can take you back to your wedding day any time you like. You can experience all the sounds, action, subtle details ad endearing documentary that will be available to your children, and so on. Imagine being able to watch your grandparents’ wedding or their grandparents’.

Do the words “wedding video” invoke thoughts of a cheesy soundtrack, amateurish screen wipes and complete, unbroken coverage of the chicken dance? Today, digital video and editing technology make it easier and more affordable than ever to create wedding videos as engaging and sophisticated as quality television documentaries, complete with voice-over interviews, flashbacks, professional scene cuts, special effects and more. The style you choose is up to you, but you have more choice for capturing the sights, sounds, and action of your special day more than ever before.

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Videography vs. Photography

Ask a photographer and he’ll probably tell you that photography is more important. Ask a videographer and he’ll stress the importance of both. The real question is, how important is videography to you? Remember that while you can’t put your wedding video in a frame above the mantle or pull it out of your wallet to show a friend, a photograph can’t capture the sound of your voices exchanging vows or the sounds and activity of your reception party.

Larry’s NOTE: With smart phones and iPads, you can more easily show video to your friends now more than ever before.

When it comes to wedding videos, there’s something about the live action capture of such a special moment that can take you back like nothing else. Consider how popular movies are today as a way of telling a story. Videography is quickly becoming less of an optional side-kick to photography and more of an equal partner in preserving the memory of your day.

Larry’s Note: A very special “Thank you” to Sarah & Carl Anderson of Princess Bride Cinematic Videography for his contribution and excellent work on the video below. Visit his Website: www.PrincessBrideVideo.com. Arizona (Greater Phoenix Area & Tucson) and Minnesota (Twin Cities Area). – 5 Stars from Larry James!

To watch a video which highlights all the main events from Tasha and Brian’s destination wedding at Sassi in Scottsdale, click here!

BONUS Articles: Will You “Remember” Your Wedding?
Let There Be Light! – A Videographer’s View!
Why Do I Need a Wedding Video?

Photo Credit: (Couple watching video) – Pittman Productions, Chicago.

Copyright 2014 Jason Melendez. Jason Melendez is co-author of the book, “e-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time and Money with Today’s Best Online Resources.”

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Why Do I Need a Wedding Video?

Filed under: Videography,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Wedding Officiant… check! Dress… check! Flowers… check! Photos… check! Video… Hmmm…

So often brides and grooms-to-be overlook the importance of having a wedding videographer capture the moments of their wedding. But why? Is it because we are haunted by the stereotypical idea of a wedding video shot by Uncle Bob? Or is it because we don’t consider it a priority?

VideographerWedding couples usually say that photos suffice in capturing the memories of the day and that video is unnecessary. Photos are great but video allows you to relive your wedding day as often as you like, anytime you like. A wedding video is like a “time machine.” It is inevitable that your wedding day will move in high speed and become a be a blur for you and your parents.

Picture the bride getting ready. How could she possibly see all of the other things going on around her? Her groom with his groomsmen before the ceremony or the many people waiting for her to make her big entrance. Only with the help of video can this be made possible. Imagine the excitement of sitting down together as a couple and seeing the parts you missed.

A wedding video is a very simple solution for making sure all the memories remain after the gifts have been opened and the flowers long wilted away. I never want a bride and groom to have regrets, so I always approach the topic and present my thoughts on why it is important to have a video to seize the day.

A professional wedding video should tell the story of your wedding day. Using creative camera work, a keen attention to detail, and artistic editing using music, the right blend of effects and transitions, the professional wedding videographer will produce a video you will watch often and be proud to show others.

With video, you can see so many details and moments that may have been missed in real time – body language, facial expressions and the moment guests arrive, to name a few.

wedVideoTop 5 Reasons a Bride Needs a Video! – by Carl Anderson of Princess Bride Cinematic Videography

1. To relive, in both visual and professional sound, her vows of love to her groom, (and his to her)!

2. To remember how beautiful she looked on the day (in full HD quality)

3. To hear her once-in-a-lifetime speeches and toasts

4. To share her love story with her future children

5. To have the best gift she can give to herself and her husband on every anniversary: the gift of her wedding day on Video.

Besides this, video has come a long way in the past 25 years since Princess Bride Cinematic Videography first started: with Blu-ray technology and HD cameras, we can provide her with her wedding memories on a format that will make her look and sound as good 25 years from now as the day itself. Video is the best long-term Investment a Bride can make for her wedding day! A true video is a memoir that will last for future generations.

Tell Uncle Bob to leave his handy cam at home and come and enjoy the wedding. Give him another job if you want him involved in your wedding. Couples who have their family members or friends videotape the day, have been disappointed because they have run out of batteries, missed very important moments, taken shaky or bad footage and basically produced a video that they are not proud to show.

Larry’s Note: A very special “Thank you” to Sarah & Carl Anderson of Princess Bride Cinematic Videography for his contribution to this article and excellent work on the video below. Visit his Website: www.PrincessBrideVideo.com. Arizona (Greater Phoenix Area & Tucson) and Minnesota (Twin Cities Area). – 5 Stars from Larry James!

To watch a video which highlights all the main events from Tasha and Brian’s destination wedding at Sassi in Scottsdale, click here!

BONUS Articles: Will You “Remember” Your Wedding?
Let There Be Light! – A Videographer’s View!

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Photo Credit: (Couple watching video) – Pittman Productions, Chicago.

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Will You “Remember” Your Wedding?

Filed under: Guest Authors,Videography,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:00 am

After your wedding, will you be able to fill in all the details if you ask yourself this question? What was my wedding really like? Chances are you’ll remember all the running around, busy planning, and crazily hectic schedules. If you ask your best friend the same question, he or she will probably tell you more than you knew about your own wedding!

lightscameraactionLet’s face it: weddings are often a chaotic circus and most brides and grooms survive it in a state of daze. They barely get to interact with their guests and miss out on a lot of the precious moments. More often than not it goes by too fast to be able to capture timeless memories in one’s mind. Thankfully videography can change all that!

It may seem like just another useless expense at the time, but wedding videos are truly worth every penny in retrospect. Not only does a skilled professional videographer capture the big moments of the special day, he also manages to capture the subtle yet significant personal touches that really make a wedding a cherished occasion. The wedding video is the only wedding expense that’s not a one day splurge. The video can be shared with close family and friends who were unable to make it to the wedding itself.

videographyMost importantly, they can be enjoyed over a cup of hot chocolate while taking a trip down memory lane. Imagine the thrill you would get if you had the chance to sit down and watch your grandparents wedding on TV. Weddings have become increasingly expensive affairs and more and more couples are seeking to tighten their budgets by cutting down on the so-called frills and sticking to the basics.

There is however no bigger mistake than eliminating the idea of hiring a professional wedding videographer or equally bad, asking a friend or cousin to do it for you on a HandyCam! Gone are the days of cheesey video with tacky effects. A skilled camera operator and editor can now weave your wedding video into a timeless movie capturing the true essence of your day.

So while you’re weighing up all the expenses for your big day, remember that it could be just one special day or a memory that lasts forever. The choice is yours to make, although I would personally recommend wedding videography as one of the best investments not only for your wedding, but for all of your marriage.

Larry’s Note: Yes, photos are fabulous, but video with sound captures moments that photos cannot – like your best man’s speech, your first dance, and your maid of honor’s toast. It’s well worth budgeting videography in your wedding.

NOTE: A special “Thank you” to Sharon at Encore Media for her assistance in preparing this article. Encore Media is a video production business in New South Wales consisting of a team of media professionals dedicated to creating world class visually stunning stories of your event. All members of their team have minimum 6 years experience in a variety of positions within the wedding, commercial and TV industries. They take pride on their constant desire to push the envelope and create some truly spectacular videos that capture the story, personality and emotions of your day. Their office is in Killara, NSW. Phone: +61 2 9498 6951.

If you need referrals to professional videographers in the Greater Phoenix area, call Larry James: 480-998-9411.

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 460 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let There Be Light! – A Videographer’s View!

Filed under: Videography — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Roger Resler, Guest Author

After starting a business as a wedding videographer – and despite the fact that I’m often a slow learner – it didn’t take long to figure out that while there are a number of things that are important to me (because they play a role in getting good footage), oddly enough, those same things are often not that big of a deal to everyone else. Go figure!

Once that reality sunk in, the question of how I was going to get good footage despite not having ideal conditions in which to do so presented itself.

Most of us like to watch Hollywood movies. And because of that, as well as television, we’ve become conditioned to a certain standard. Couples will forgive an amateur video production up to certain point because they are the subject matter and they obviously have an interest that goes beyond production quality. Still, as a professional, I want to do the best job I can possibly do. I want to hand the couple a set of Blurays and DVDs that will be “watchable” and in which production quality is the best it can be without having to charge Hollywood production rates.

videofilmstripAnd yet, what I’ve found over the years shooting weddings is that there are several converging factors, some of which are beyond my control, that work against that goal. I’ve also come to understand that Mr. Murphy and his law (which says that if anything bad can happen it will) are both still alive and well.

For example, mother nature is typically not very concerned about a videographer’s agenda. Not too long ago she decided to blow one of my tri-pods over – with camera attached of course. Every now and then she drops rain on us (I know that’s hard to believe in Phoenix, but it’s true!) and for some odd reason my cameras, just like my cat, are not too fond of getting wet. And of course who doesn’t love shooting an outdoor wedding in Phoenix’s balmy August weather? (My camera batteries, that’s who!)

But at least there’s usually sufficient light when shooting outdoors – at least while the sun is up. Moving inside for the reception, however, is nearly always another story. Low lighting at the reception is probably my number one complaint. We do, of course, bring along video lights, but seriously, who wants to stare into a blinding video light when the rest of the room is basically bathed in darkness? And who wants to watch virtually everyone grimace on the DVD when the camera light hits their eyes? Not exactly a recipe for a wedding video masterpiece!

While it’s true that our cameras operate fairly well in low light conditions, everything has it’s limit. The simple rule is that cameras need at least some light to function, and what constantly works against us is that the human eye requires quite a bit less. Many times we’ve dealt with hotels that want to “set the mood” and consequently lower the lights to a ridiculously dark level.

When that happens I will try to find out who’s in charge of the lights and ask them to please raise the level just a bit and only during important events as it will really make a big difference on the DVDs and Blurays. But this yields mixed results. On more than one occasion a staff member will raise the lights only to have another lower them again a couple minutes later. It must be an established rule that reception halls must be poorly lit in order to set a mood. Keep in mind, I’m not asking for the room to be lit up like Christmas. Just a reasonable level above pitch black would be nice!

Another problem is that there is never any warning. There’s no foghorns announcing the impending darkness. It just happens like a surprise solar eclipse. And, again proving Murphy’s vitality, it always happens while we’re filming so I can’t just leave the camera unattended while I search for whoever turned the lights down in order to beg them to reconsider.

Instead, we often simply have to deal with it. Sometimes, that leaves us little alternative but to turn on a mood-killing camera light. At other times we can compensate reasonably well. In all cases the footage won’t look as good as it would have with just little more room light.

As a couple in love and planning your wedding, I realize you probably have a thousand things on your to-do list and videography concerns are likely somewhere around 962, but if you’re planning a wedding and hiring a videographer (which you should, by the way, but that’s another article!) maybe you could remember this videographer’s whining when you talk to the wedding planner or site coordinator and politely request that they not dim the lights to their lowest level during the key moments at the reception that you want captured. If you remember to ask and the eclipse comes anyway, just remember to smile pretty at the big, bright, blinding light! You’ll be glad you did when you get your DVDs!

RogerReslerCopyright © 2011 – Roger Resler. Reprinted with permission. Roger Resler owns and operates Arizona Wedding Video, serving the Phoenix metro area and all of Arizona. Roger has been involved in audio and video production since the 1980’s. He has maintained a private production studio since 1988. Arizona Wedding Video was started in Phoenix in 2004 by Roger Resler. Ask Roger about “Video Invitations,” a creative and fun way to enhance your written invitations. Visit Roger’s Website or call 602-618-2033.

Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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