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Should we video our wedding? Oddly enough, being a photography and video studio, I get asked that a lot. Should we get video? My answer is always an emphatic…YES!! Of course! It will be extraordinary!
Seriously tough, that is a question to pose to yourself well before your wedding day. We have seen the trend in the past few years of clients looking for video just months before their ceremony. It is one of the last items on the list. Sadly so. It is actually hard to believe. Don’t get me wrong, I love photography. that is my passion, and where I thrive best. Photography captures an essence of the wedding like no other media. With the camera in the right hands. But that is for another article. Video tells a story that needs to be told, in a way that cannot be described by photographs.
There is a product that I am currently working on, that does integrate a little video into the photographs. You photogs know what I am talking about, it’s called ‘Fusion’. Been around for a bit, and a bit different. But it breaks away from an actual video. It is more of a watered down version, a highlight of the day. A little video here a few photos there, throw in a little music, and it’s your own music video. Nice. It is going to be a great product, and I hope to treat you to more of it later, but for now, let’s stick to video.
When my little girl grows up, and meets the man of her dreams, (and I have approved of him), I want to be able to remember that day. She will want to remember that day. Even after it has long passed. It will be a complete blur for the lovely Bride. Just think of all the things she will plan for, all the time, and decisions. That beautiful dress, the train flowing behind her as she walks the aisle. The flower petals tossed in the air, the vows spoken, the unity candle lit, Mom wiping away her tears. I want to see that! Don’t you? Those vows will be spoken, and will be in your hearts, but it will be such beautiful thing to view every anniversary, and to share the highlights with friends and family on the web. It was a party! A celebration of your union together. A very special thing. Do not let the memory fade. Be able to relive it.
I have people that hire me as their photographer, and many add my video crew to cover their wedding. I know the economy is bad, and we do try to accommodate. But this has still not fulfilled some clients dream to have their Uncle or best friend video the wedding for them! What a lot of pressure to put on a loved one. Do they really have the experience? Do they know what to look for, and where to be? We shoot so many weddings yearly, that we understand all the pitfalls to look for. My team knows what to look for, and when to be in the right place. Does Your friend really have the best equipment? We do. You will hear your vows, and the joy in your voice when you speak them. You will see the happiness on your husband’s face when he is dancing with you. You do want to remember that……don’t you?
There are so many items on that to do list. If video is not near the top, think of a few things you can do without, or cut back on. But video, why would you ever consider cutting video back. That is your memory in motion, living forever. You will watch it again, and again, and again……..
As a side note, I just posted this article, and also posted it to my FaceBook.com/EricLittlePhotography page. A mother of a bride that we had filmed and photographed in 2007 commented on the post just minutes later. I had to amend the article and add her comments. I love what I do, and I am glad it shows. here is what she said;
Eric did the photography and videography for our daughter’s wedding back in November 2007. He is amazing and we have gorgeous albums and DVD of that beautiful day. Our daughter and son-in-law loved working with him . . . said he took a lot of the stress out of the day and helped them relax. He was flexible and accommodating and we were more than satisfied. I say if you can afford it, have a professional do it – you won’t be sorry! Every once in a while I pull out my parents’ album and watch the DVD. It was a beautiful day and Eric captured it all perfectly! We’re so glad we chose him . . . and you will be too!