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Wedding Videography is something literally EVERYONE wants. I want it! Strangers want it! YOU WANT IT.

Most people stick wedding videography waaaaaay too far down on their list of wants and needs. I’m not going to say it’s a must – because we all know that other than actually getting married, wedding photos are the only must (ha!) and unlike the flowers, the chairs, or beef brisket – your wedding video won’t be forgotten. In the same way your photos will capture the day and guests – your wedding video saves even more of your day – but more importantly, it will help you relive your wedding day in ways that photos, no matter how brilliant, can’t.

Speeches, toasts, special moments that must literally be watched – these are the real reasons why you want to hire a wedding videographer.

A wedding day is full, and I mean FULL of love. From a father seeing their child entering a new phase of life to a grandmother literally doing everything they can to be present… Because who knows about the future?

I’m saying hire a videographer because you will never be sorry you hired a videographer for your wedding. You will never say I wish I didn’t have video of my best friends and family with me on my wedding day.

You’ll never say “Oh just looking at the photos and barely remembering what my mother said during her toasts is totally enough.”

You will never say “I’m glad we don’t have any video of how happy we were that day, who wants to remember that?

Put wedding videography on the table. Make it a higher priority than pretty chairs, more important than your name in lights on the dance floor (everyone knows your names!) and definitely more important than putting 10 mason jars on every table filled will fake green moss.

 

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We Love Iowa Weddings | by LeahAndMark

We’ve been in Iowa for the last two weekends for a pair of amazing weddings! What’s also kind of crazy is that both couples you see here – don’t actually live in Iowa. Lisa & Luke (Lisa has the flower wreath) live in New York, and Anne & Dominic live in San Francisco. I cannot express how grateful, appreciative, and all out honored I was that they took a chance and flew us out to Iowa for their weddings.

Of course – these two couples don’t know each other and it was all by fortunate circumstance that their weddings were right after one another. In fact – you might recognize Anne & Dominic from their engagement session that I photographed earlier this year in San Francisco! [See Here] – I KNOW – they flew me out to San Francisco for their engagement session and then Iowa for their wedding. Didn’t I say I couldn’t express how appreciative and honored I am?! Anne & Dominic’s engagement session was also the very first time I started experimenting with my simultaneous video + photo super camera rig.

Which led to The Robot setup that I currently use with… 3 cameras.

Of course – none of the gear matters if you don’t make great photos – and if people fly you thousands of miles back and forth across the country then you really don’t have any options other than to make amazing photos. No pressure though.

Hey! It’s Monday! I’ll be in Raleigh, N.C. tonight, Austin on Wednesday, and then back in Atlanta for a wedding (an Atlanta wedding?! I know – it’s rare these days!) We have a lot of editing and finishing up to do this week but if you have any questions – just let me know.

 

Chicago Wedding Flashmob | Jessica & Jeff

This is Jessica and Jeff – I briefly met them for a second when I was up in New York for the APracticalWedding.com YAY New York Event. Actually – that ‘moment’ essentially boiled down to me trying to hustle them into our photobooth that night. There were a lot of other great photographers there – ones that were actually supposed to be shooting the event – but for some reason they contacted me a few weeks later and asked if I would be their wedding photographer.

Even after having photographed so many weddings – it’s still a pretty awesome honor that anyone would choose us to be with them for their wedding day. It’s not something we take lightly – and you can’t help but get caught up in the amazing energy that’s everywhere around you. +Mishaun & I flew up to Chicago to be there with Jessica & Jeff – and when we heard there was going to be a flashmob, there was honestly a little cynical part of me that was like… great… 8 people getting up and dancing…

Yeah. Totally. Wrong.

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Paralee + Aaron | Colorado Wedding by LeahAndMark

– Posted by Mark

This August will be the three year anniversary of our photography business. That almost literally means that I picked up my first dslr camera three years ago and started taking photographs. Over the past few months I’ve been on a furious pace of shooting and editing and lining up shoots and booking gigs and traveling – and it’s about to get busier as we hit the fall season.

We pay our bills, we provide quite well for the BabyRoX and by most measuring sticks we’ve built a pretty successful photography business in the span of under 3 years. We operate at a ridiculous pace of hard work and no sleep + coffee + Chinese food. The pace is so hard that we’ve actually taken on a studio manager to start handling more of the business coordinating and we’re finally focusing our photography into a few select areas. Yeah – us – the people who obnoxiously said that they don’t specialize or have a niche. Ha.

Eventually I’ll get to the point – and that’s the fact that I can’t get over how honored we are to be invited to people’s weddings. It really is a f*cken honor to be a wedding photographer and to be there spending the day with two people in love on such a meaningful day – surrounded by everyone in their lives that love them.

We have a ridiculous amount of fun doing our jobs – but we’ve always taken it very seriously because it’s hard not to want to work as hard as possible for our clients. And this isn’t just an excuse to throw in another ‘our clients are the best ever!’ statement – it’s that our clients are the best clients for us – and we’re the best photographersfor them. Maybe not everyday – but definitely on their wedding day.

Paralee and Aaron are very dear to us. More than just clients – they’re both old friends and Paralee was actually Intern 00 – back before we even had an internship. So when she and Aaron asked us to be their wedding photographers – it was one of the biggest compliments we could have ever received.

This is really scary for me. Having shot only a couple weddings, I know there are so many things that can go wrong on the photography side and I just don’t want to spend my wedding day worrying about the photography. Which I would if it were someone from around here.

Take your time and think about it. But honestly, I’ve never thought about having anyone but you photograph our wedding. 

I honestly haven’t photographed too many of my friends on their wedding day. Most of the time I’m flying across the country to meet our clients the day before their wedding – and then the next day I do my job and make a full bag of Awesome.

Of course one of the reasons we’ve been so successful in booking business completely through email is because we write like we talk, and we’re just good at connecting with people. (Of course Leah is much better at it – although I do think I’m way funnier.) So while the pressure to connect with literal strangers on their wedding day wasn’t there – it was definitely replaced by the pressure to bring the FULL AWESOME (direct quote from Paralee) for not only Paralee and Aaron – but also in front of all of our friends from Atlanta that flew up to Colorado for the wedding (including Alumni Interns Robby & Christy!)

Oh yeah – the wedding took place at about 12,000 feet. So the air was pretty thin – especially for us Atlantans that weren’t used to being up that high. Not only that – but I run around alot during weddings. This one was challenging because I didn’t reduce the amount of running around I did – I just accepted the fact that for a few hours, my chest would feel like it was going to explode/I was going to just fall over. But hey! I was on a mountain in Colorado! You think I could let something like being able to breathe stop me from getting all of my shots?

But mostly – you just always want to hit one out of the ballpark for the two people getting married – no matter if they’re close friends or if you only met them the day before their wedding (amazingly common for us.)

Of course – Paralee & Aaron made things pretty easy for us – and it’s always easy when two people are in love with each other like they are.

Paralee & Aaron. You. Are. Awesome.

 

 

 

 

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Patricia + Bryan | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

– Posted by Mark

This is Patricia & Bryan.

Their wedding took place in Evansville, Indiana. Indiana!

Now Patricia’s sister is Sharon – and Sharon was one of Leah’s many roommates in college. So we rented a minivan, loaded up the family (LeahAndMark + BabyRoX) and then we also brought along +Krista to 2nd shoot! I know – BIG ROAD TRIP! (Surprisingly – it was only about 7 hours to drive from Atlanta up to Evansville, Indiana – and BabyRoX was excellent! Of course, Krista & Leah took the opportunity to catch up on some long needed sleep (they’re both very busy moms!)

So hey! We all had a great time! BabyRoX was very happy to finally start working his first wedding with us and I’m sure Krista helped out a little bit too! ha.

Thank you very much Patricia & Bryan for having ALL OF US at your wedding! You. Are. Awesome.

(Check out this latest Wedding Home Movie! And check out the surprise at the 2:45 mark!)

 

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Stephanie + Alastair | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

– Posted by Mark

This past weekend we had two weddings. I flew up to Virginia on Friday to be with Stephanie & Alastair on Saturday – and then after getting back to the hotel around 1am – at 4:30am Raven & I hopped onto a flight back to Atlanta where I photographed another wedding until late into the evening on that Sunday.

Hey – it’s wedding season! And ours just goes from February until December. SO. Get ready for a lot of wedding preview posts and a lot more traveling – because we’re criss-crossing the country (and of course I do have a few here in Atlanta as well.)

It’s been a long time since I photographed Stephanie & Al for their engagement session. After finding us on A Practical Wedding – they flew me up to Virginia and spent a looong afternoon with me. I landed late that morning and they drove me all over Charlottesville – and then dropped me back off that night. SO – it was really nice to finally get to be there for their wedding. Because in case you haven’t noticed – we really like our clients. They’re awesome. We screen them to make sure they’re awesome (… no we really do…) and wow. Stephanie & Alastair, your wedding was badass.

Thank you very much.

Stephanie & Alastair. You. Are. Awesome.

 

 

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Sarah + Dawn | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

– Posted by Mark

One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is simply the fact that I get to attend so many different types of weddings. Along with all of the traveling I do – the many variations of ‘wedding’ is one of the reasons I’m never bored – and why every wedding is both a challenge and honestly still very entertaining to me.

This year so far I’ve photographed engagement sessions in San Francisco, weddings in the Bahamas, Arizona and of course here in Atlanta – and even flying up to Chicago and down again for back to back weddings. Last year’s weddings included stops in New York, Maine, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, California, Alabama, and New Jersey.

This year we’re still headed to Connecticut, back to California, back to Arizona, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan (Three times!), Nebraska, Virginia,and Colorado. And that’s just what we have so far. There’s still so much year left and somehow, we’re still getting booked for 2012.

Even though I’m not likely to say this to your face, or act like I get choked up – weddings are one of the few things that hit me hard, and that do get me choked up. Because you know what? Weddings are badass. All that love and emotion flying around and filling the air – just makes me want to hide behind my camera rig. It’s powerful stuff and when I think about how many couples have decided that I should be there for them; that I should be the one to photograph such an important and meaningful celebration – well – that’s probably the main reason we work so hard while we’re photographing a wedding. I just can’t F*ck it up. Ever. And you know – that’s alright.

Sarah is the awesome artist behind The Small Object. Just like us – she and Dawn are regulars at the Indie Craft Experience and over the past few years we’ve been fortunate to know them both.

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Jill + Lee | Wedding (Photos & Video) by LeahAndMark

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– Posted by Mark

We’re moving this week (to a new place!… and we have way too much stuff to pack…) and we’re taking on a new batch of Interns – and of course we’re still shooting. Lots of and lots of sessions and a wedding this weekend. SO. Check out our latest wedding home movie from Jill & Lee’s wedding – and then take a look at their beautiful day – because it really was very beautiful.

Jill & Lee. You. Are. Awesome.

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Janelle + Tim | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

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– Posted by Mark

I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted – and of course I have excuses but come on – most excuses generally suck. So hey – no excuses here! But I think it’s time that I started blogging again. You know. The good stuff. The good shots. The best photoshoots, the weddings, the engagement sessions – and everything else that we’ve been working on that you haven’t been seeing. Because we’ve been working on a lot.

We have many new changes in the works, new people coming on board and just… life moving along at full speed (and faster). Last weekend I photographed Janelle & Tim’s wedding here in Atlanta, and then the next morning I flew up to Chicago for a wedding later that afternoon. If you’ve been following us on twitter, or facebook, or tumblr (should I list more?) – then you know we’ve been working on a new camera rig. Inventing stuff. Putting things together and making some wedding home movies. Because hey – we’ve always loved video and home movies – and if you know us – then you know that we like documenting life. This life. Our lives – all of it. (And we just get a kick out of watching it all on tv (well – the internets at least.)

So hey. Wedding Home Movies.

And hey. Janelle & Tim. You. Are. Awesome. (And Beautiful.)

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