Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why Hire a Professional Wedding Videographer?

I am a professional wedding videographer and let me start by saying that I made the same mistake that many brides make, I had friends and family film my wedding. I thought that since most of my friends are good with cameras and are very artsy and talented, that I would just leave the filming up to them, then create my masterpiece in post production myself. We had 4 people filming and although they all did a very nice job, they also all pretty much made the same mistakes

This is what happened 8 years ago. All of them filmed the "interesting bits" of my 15 minute ceremony. Which means the "non-interesting" bits that I would love to have documented...are not. We had an outdoor wedding and so the camera's did not pick up our vows over the wind, even though we spoke into a microphone. What we needed of course was a tiny wireless mic that goes to the camera. I thankfully have my dad's toast on camera, but not Jeff's because it was impromptu and no one wanted to miss any of it by fumbling for the video camera.

So I did edit it nicely but I have a mish-mosh of a wedding video and when I watch, I always wish for a little bit more.

This is what a professional videographer will do, that your friend's and/or family won't do:

1. A professional videographer will not cry as you walk down the aisle, he/she will focus, zoom, iris and, perhaps re-white balance when you get to the end of the aisle if the other camera has a good shot and that videographer has his/her hands off the camera so that his footage is definitely usable during editing rather than the few seconds of re-white footage.
2. Leave the cameras running for the whole ceremony (not just the "interesting bits").
3. Switch between 2 cameras so that you get two different views of the ceremony and so that you don't have to watch the "moves" of each camera as the videographer readjusts the shot.
4. Use a good heavy tripod that keeps the camera from wiggling.
5. Hook you up quickly and discreetly with a tiny wireless mic so even if the church or outdoor sound system messes up (which it often does) you still have the vows recorded nicely on camera.
6. Film the stuff that you don't see while you are busy with your the flower girl finding a ladybug in her flower basket or the bridesmaids rubbing their sore feet from wearing their super cute heels on the soft grass during long photo shoots, and the sun glinting on the veil....oh the list goes on.
7. The food (no one else will film the food but you will want to remember it!!).
8. Use a camera light during toasts and dancing so that you can see what is going on.
9. Be there to steadily film everyone dancing to "Low" and "Superman" and perhaps even doing the Gator chomp.
10. Be there to steadily film "shots all around."
11. Get the last dance, and/or the car peeling away from the curb to get to that honeymoon!!
9. Brighten up footage during post production
10. Edit out the "junk footage" and maybe a drunk toast here and there at the bride's request.
11. Put together a wedding video that was filmed like a fly on the wall, and views like you are in the middle of all the action.

As a wedding videographer, what I always hear when I tell people my profession is, "Oh, I wish I knew about you when I got married. The one thing I regret is not having a professional wedding video."

I myself did not want a wedding video because I did not want a weird dude who films weddings and porn, running around my beautiful ceremony, sticking his camera in everyone's face and asking them to talk. It doesn't have to be like that. Just make sure you meet your videographer ahead of time, or at least talk to them on the phone. Tell them what you are envisioning their roll to be in your wedding, and perhaps even ask what they wear, so that you don't have to worry about someone showing up in a white T-shirt.

OK so I may be biased, but now, after being married almost 8 years, watching my wedding video is my favorite way to reminisce. When I want to look back at my wedding, I do have my photos there which I look at every few months or so and they are amazing (and professional). But I have to say that the biggest treat is my mish-mosh of a wedding video. My biggest regret is that I didn't hire a professional to film it.

I will dig out my video and post it in a few days so you can see what I am talking about. But for now, here is a very short highlight that I threw example of a video filmed and edited by, yes, a professional. Check it out: (look for the "little extras" that Uncle Joe would probably not film.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Wedding Day Giveaway Package We Are A Part of & The Video We Made For Solutions

So now that the Solutions Bridal Expo is over there are a couple of things I wanted to share. First, Platinum Digital Video is a part of a wedding day giveaway package giveaway along with some other fine Gainesville (and local) wedding vendors:


Masterpiece Weddings
Solutions Entertainment
The Opera House
TJM Photography
The Event Divas 352-214-9214 (no website)
Posh Pastry
Crevasse’s Florist
Kitchen and Spice
The Hilton
Ocala Traditions
Candies limos
Sweetwater Branch Inn

Emily Pope and Minh Stewart are the winners of the package, check out how excited Emily was!!

Another little something we added to the Bridal expo is a video that we put together for Solutions to show at their booth. Check it out:

Solutions from Platinum Digital Video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Social Media Soiree

When I left the house tonight I said goodbye to my husband who was holding our screaming 6-month-old as he was trying to put some dinner together for our hungry 4-yr-old and 6-yr-old. I hurried off feeling a bit guilty...but excited to be free on a weekday evening (and not because I was going to the gym). I was off to my social media class. OK, so I think I do OK with the social media stuff, especially since my sister and her husband work for social media websites and her husband teaches social media at his University. Anyway, I enjoy this little blog and I use Facebook all the time. But I had some questions bout Twitter and such, and needed some blog advice, so I was excited to go and learn from one the best, Melissa of MasterPiece Weddings.

The class was held at Cafe C. First I munched on the delicious finger sandwiches, olives and some yummy brownies with an m&m on top which instead of having the m&m letters on it, was garnished with the Celebrations Catering logo...pretty cute! Melissa was a wealth of knowledge, answered all of my questions with ease and gave a very thorough presentation. I actually took her class because I have always been impressed with her social network prowess and her interesting blog. I saw some familiar faces in the class there: Stewart of Powers Photography, Kristin of Footstone Photography (both of whom I had just seen on Sunday at the Solutions Bridal Expo.) They were just the folks I recognized. I hope to get to know more and discover the blogs, many of which were started tonight.

So I am going to try and keep this blog updated more and tweet a little more :) So watch out social media I come!

Photos: Leah (Celebrations Catering and Cafe C owner) and I taking pictures of each other, and a candid shot of Melissa giving Kristin some one-on-one blog tutoring.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Solutions Bridal Gainesville Wedding Expo

So I am getting ready for the Solutions Bridal Gainesville Wedding expo. I have my sign ready but trying to decide how to display it. Anyway, here is the hip poster advertising the Bridal Show. See you then!! ;)

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