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If you are getting married this year and are considering a Wedding Video, here are a just a few tips for a better video (and photos).
- If you are having the videographer and photographer come to your room for some pre-ceremony footage, you can save some time if you have the items for detail shots ready to go. This includes your dress, shoes, rings, jewelry, and any other items you would like photographed or included in your video. As for the video itself, if you have music playing in the room, have it turned down or off. We like to add music to your pre-ceremony footage, but we also like to include the natural room sounds (conversations, laughter, etc…), so if there is music playing in the background, this will compete with the added music, and having two songs playing at the same time does not make for good audio.
- Have an “unplugged” wedding ceremony. Ask your guests to put away their phones, cameras, and IPads. Shots can be compromised with guests unintentionally getting in the way of or blocking a camera while taking a picture for themselves. We’ve experienced processional and recessional shots unintentionally ruined because some guests have positioned themselves in the aisle to get a picture or video for themselves using their phones/cameras/ IPads and have inadvertanly blocked some of our shots. This can also end up disrupting the flow of the ceremony. You can have your officiant make an announcement before the ceremony for all your guests to put away their phones, cameras, etc…., and that there are photographers and videographers there to get the best photos and video possible for the couple. This also lets your guests enjoy the ceremony and enjoy being in the moment.
- When having your Toasts at your reception, whenever possible, position the “toaster” next to or behind you at your table. This is so we can include everyone in the shot. If the “toaster” is standing away from you, such as on the dance floor away from you or at their own table, then we aren’t able to capture reaction shots of you during the toast and are only able to capture the “toaster”. Having everyone in the shot is the most ideal way of shooting your toasts.
- Do your best to not pay attention to the videographer and/or photographer’s presence while we are shooting. It’s a little harder than it sounds, but since our goal is to video/photograph candid moments as they happen, it makes for better shots if you aren’t always aware of the cameras, and it will also make you a little less self conscious. If you pretend we are not there, then the shots will look more natural. Of course this doesn’t apply when doing posed photographs with the photographer, or if the videographer asks for a particular shot.
These are just a few tips to help your videographer and photographer get the best possible shots they can on this, your wedding day. We want you to be able to look back and enjoy your video and photographs and remember this day in the best possible way.
It’s been awhile since our last blog, but thanks to all our Brides and Grooms for choosing us to document their Wedding Day, and for keeping us so busy. We met couples from all over the world….Australia, Scotland, England, Canada, Ukraine, France, and at least a dozen or so of our own states. This year we saw an increase in Weddings stepping out of the norm. There were themed weddings: 1920’s, Pittsburgh Steelers, Old Vegas, Costumed, Elvis, Chinese, and Scottish. Along with the normal wedding venues, we also filmed weddings at The Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, on the top of the High Roller, Mt Charleston, Nelson, and Red Rock Canyon. We even had a helicopter pick up the Bride and Groom at the end of the reception, instead of using the typical limo ride. So when planning your wedding day, don’t be afraid to be different. Surprise people, throw in those little touches that show personality and distinguishes your wedding day from the rest.
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The photo above with their initials and wedding date was their dance floor made especially for their reception.
Observations for 2014:
Looking back at all the weddings we did this past year, we noticed a few trends and thought we would chime in concerning some of these.
DJ’s: We’ve had couples hire friends or less expensive DJ’s before, but there seemed to be an increase this year. A DJ can make or break your reception. They are the Master of Ceremonies for your reception. A successful DJ is entertaining, can read the crowd (knowing what to play when), is interactive with the guests, works well with the vendors, particularly with the photographer and the videographer, and creates a fun party atmosphere. The “less successful” ones have almost no interaction with the crowd, think their only job is to play music, whether people are dancing to it or not, offers almost no communication with the photographer/videographer, which can sometimes lead to possible missed shots of events, and doesn’t have a basic timeline of the reception, which unfortunately lends itself to a disorganized, somewhat boring reception. We have found that usually the “less successful” ones happen to be friends of the couple, or haven’t done many weddings, if any at all, or just don’t really care. Check reviews, ask other couples you know, and spend a little bit more money on your DJ if need be. This is your wedding reception. You want it fun, memorable, and for it to be the best it can be.
Officiant: We’ve seen an uptick in “friends of the family” this year performing ceremonies for the bride and groom. Most do a good job, even though this is not their specialty, but please, please, please….make sure they invite the guests to sit down after the bride has made it to the altar. Having your guests stand throughout the ceremony… and no they will not sit down unless prompted to… makes it difficult for the secondary video camera to get a decent shot of the ceremony depending on the layout of the venue. Also, you certainly don’t want your guests to have to stand up for 20 minutes or so, especially on those warm days.
Photographer: We understand photographers can be very expensive. There are also some talented photographers that are budget friendly. As videographers, we try to keep our prices budget friendly. Again, we have seen an increase in “friends” doing the photography at some weddings. Ask any photographer, weddings are one of the most difficult types of photography there is. Besides not having any experience at doing weddings, many of these friends have no experience at posing groups of people, let alone the Bride and Groom, fumble with their equipment, miss (or almost miss) special moments, get into and ruin some of our shots, and miss opportunities for some great shots(sunsets,locations) because of bad planning in the limited time they have to take photos, especially post ceremony. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars for a good photographer if it isn’t in your budget. We have some in town ranging from $900-$1500.00 that do very nice work. But if anything, hire one (friend or professional) who has had experience shooting weddings. Some of the brides we spoke to after their wedding day admitted being disappointed in their photos and realized they shouldn’t have had a “friend” shoot their wedding. This is a one time shot….no do overs.
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- What if it rains on our outdoor ceremony? This is Las Vegas…chances are pretty slim. Most of the wedding we do are outdoor weddings. We have never had one rained out. Some close calls…but we have never been rained out.
- I want our vows to be perfect. Write your own. Don’t rely on the officiant to say how you feel about each other…speak your own words to each other. How perfect is that.
- I’m really shy…I don’t like to be in front of large groups of people. These are your family and friends. Once you get up there, you won’t even notice 95% of them. Just concentrate on the task at hand. Look into each other’s eyes, speak your vows slowly and clearly, make sure his ring is sized to never come off, and follow all the officiants instructions. Everything else will be a blur. That’s why you are having your wedding videotaped…remember.
- What if I’m running late? Your Wedding can’t start without you. Just don’t be too late. There is a large group of people who can’t wait to see how beautiful you look.
- I Hate Having My Photo Taken. Too late now. Get ready to have hundreds of photos taken of the two of you….and you will cherish everyone of them….and you’ll look beautiful.
- I don’t know how to dance…I’m a little worried about our first dance. You and just about every other Bride and Groom. Unless you’ve taken lessons, you’re in the same boat as almost everyone else. Pick a slow song, stand close to one another, rock back and forth, look into each others eyes, and you’ll be fine.
- What if things don’t go perfectly? Perfectly? Wedding? Not gonna happen. A lot of ingredients go into your Wedding Day. Wedding professionals, guests, weather, traffic, transportation, venues, accommodations, and all those little miscellaneous items that took you hours and hours of work and planning. No wedding day goes perfectly. Instead of stressing out, remember, if anything does go wrong, one day you’ll just end up laughing about it. You’ve done all the hard work, your wedding day is here, so now just relax and enjoy this special moment in your life. There may/will be bumps, but don’t let them ruin your day. By the end of the day, you will have been married, danced, partied, and had a great time….honest.
- If you’ve hired the best professional vendors you could find: Planner, Venue, Florist, Officiant, Photographer, DJ, Videographer, Hair & Make-up, Caterer, Bakery, etc…, let them do the jobs you hired them to do so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. No matter what happens, your wedding day will always be a day you will never forget.
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From time to time we are asked by couples during our consultations if we could recommend a photographer for their wedding day. There are a lot of very good photographers here in Las Vegas, in fact we have probably only worked with a small percentage of them. So all we can do is to recommend some of the photographers we have worked with. There are some we have worked with multiple times, and some just once. So how do we decide which ones to recommend? Most of them do great work. Also their pricing can vary greatly from photographer to photographer. Then there is the subject of their style of photography. So with different budgets and the varied tastes of each couple, we’ve decided to recommend on the merits of personality, professionalism, how they treat other vendors, and how they interact with guests, bridal party, family members, and the wedding couple. This is someone you will be spending most of your wedding day with, aside from the videographer, which is why we have chosen the above criteria. We aren’t able to list every photographer we have worked with, so we have listed those we feel are the standouts….the one’s we were impressed with by their work ethic, creativity, and overall personalities. It’s up to you to find the style you like, and the one’s who would fit into your budget, but we hope this may help narrowing down your choices easier.
In no particular order:
Bentley & Wilson – http://www.wilson702.com
Fabio and Adri Photography – http://www.Fabioandadri.com
The Emerics – http://www.emericphotography.com
JD Photography – http://www.jdphotou.com
Glitterlens-Michael Hewitt – http://www.glitterlens.com
Ron Miller Photography – http://www.ronmphoto.com
Mike L Photography – http://www.mikelphotos.com
Tyler Freear Photography – http://www.tylerfreear.com
Joey Allen Photography – http://www.joeyallenphoto.com
With so many talented photographers in town, this is by no means a complete list. These are just some of the photographers we have worked with personally and that we feel have stood out over the years. We are meeting new photographers all the time so we’re sure this list will continue to grow. If you have any questions or comments concerning any of those listed, drop us an email or leave a comment.
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