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Wedding Videography!

Okay. I know – wedding videography is usually an after thought, or 2nd thought, or never thought. But really – come on – it’s important. Why? Because.

Even if you don’t hire a professional wedding videographer – you should do it for the speeches and toasts. Sure, recording the ceremony is OBVIOUS. Duh. But what’s not so obvious is recording all of the speeches and toasts.

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I know – my photos do in fact ‘capture’ that part of the evening – but not in the same what that video captures it. Plus. Let’s talk about this part. We won’t have everyone forever. Sometimes, depending on who’s speaking – those people won’t be with us very long, or anymore, or whatever. You know what I mean. Say a grand parent gets up and says some amazing words. Or a parent. Or ANYONE. VIDEO IT.

Even if it’s just phone video. Even if it’s just voice recorded. (although – phone video is SO EASY) – have SOMEONE VIDEO THE SPEECHES. You’ll miss them if you don’t.

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Oh – and hire a professional wedding videographer cause they make cool stuff and you’ll wish you did. Trust me. You’ll wish you did.

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

 

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FIVE Reasons Why Your Wedding Will Be THE BEST EVER

We don’t really give compliments around here unless we mean it. There is a disease among wedding photographers that forces them to literally vomit these words in all of their wedding recap posts:

  • This wedding was amazing
  • This couple was amazing and so in love
  • How amazing is her dress, these flowers, this blah blah blah
  • This was the most beautiful blah blah blah
  • I can’t believe blah blah blah
  • This couple was so in Love blah blah blah

Since I have fulfilled my quota of using the words “vomit”, and “disease”, we can now talk about the 5 Reasons why your wedding will be the best f*cken amazing piece of awesome anyone has ever seen.

We will start at the top because your attention span is short and you’re probably reading this at work.

1. You and your partner decided to get married because YOU WANTED TO. Not because other people said, “Hey, it’s been 9 years, maybe you should get married.” Not because it made sense tax-wise. Not because one of you got knocked up. You sat down for a second and really asked each other – do I want to get married to this person? It’s a separate question from ‘Why do I want to marry this person’. And you decided YES motherf*cker I wanna marry YOU.

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2.  Sure you had a hard time picking and choosing things but in the end you at least figured out what you DO NOT WANT – and you said to the haters – “Shut up! This is OUR Wedding, Not Yours”… I’m kidding – of course I’m kidding… sure there are a lot of choices and you still have some to decide on – but you really worked hard to not include things in your wedding that wouldn’t make you happy. Because doing the opposite of that means that you are putting things in your wedding that will make you sad.

DON’T DO THINGS AT YOUR WEDDING THAT WILL MAKE YOU SAD.

3. You hired an amazingly talented wedding photographer that will make sure you look ridiculous awesome and epic in your photos. Nothing else needs to be said.

4. After months and months of planning – you’ve resigned yourself to that fact that what really matters is that the two of you get married, you’re surrounded by the people closest to you, and although it will be one of the best days of your life – there are so many more ahead for the both of you together.

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5. Cake. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.  CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE. CAKE.

 

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Why You Need a Wedding Videographer

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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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Six Reasons to Have a First Look (Or Not!)

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*Edited to be 43% less offensive.

A ‘First Look’ is generally when the two people getting  married see each other before their ceremony. It’s usually a semi-staged event, where your Asian photographer (me!) says hey person 1, stand here and look that direction  - and then I’ll tell person 2, hey, walk over there and say hi.

Well. Basically something like that.

Should you have a first look before your wedding? Should you wait and not see each other until your wedding ceremony? Yes.

No.

Yes. And no.

I used to push for the first look – because that’s what photographers do. We want that specific time set aside for us, so we’re guaranteed our space to make literal amazing. I used to push for it. Now? Not as much. What I do require is a 30 minute block of time for the couples portrait session. That can take place before or after the ceremony – as long as it definitely happens. No matter what. No matter how late the schedule gets. No matter what. Here are the things to consider when you’re deciding whether or not to have a first look before your wedding ceremony.

1. The Time of Your Ceremony

If your ceremony is at sunset then your portrait session will probably be taking place in the f*cken pitch black dark. That’s a situation when we should’ve had a first look because we need more light than NONE. Of course – if your ceremony is a little bit earlier and then the timing of your portrait session is sunset – that’s PERFECT. See? In that situation we didn’t need the first look. AND now the portrait session is taking place a much better time than at 3pm in the midday sun. Think you can’t have a slightly earlier ceremony time? WHY NOT? It’s your wedding.

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2. Do you want to enter your reception earlier?

The timeline goes like this:

5:00 – 5:30 Ceremony

5:30 – 6:00 Family Formals

6:00 – 6:30 Portrait session

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If you don’t have the first look – you’re saving 30 minutes of time before you enter your reception. To be honest though – some photographers are SLOW. I’ve heard of other photographers taking an hour+ to complete the family formals and then you STILL have to do your portrait session. That’s a nightmare and that photographer should be fired. Who takes two hours to complete family formals and the portrait session? Anyway… if you happen to have a slow photographer, then YES – you will want to have a first look because otherwise it’ll take 2+ hours before you ever enter your reception. But if you have a generally great photographer – they’ll knock the family formals out and then take care of you during your portrait session and you won’t feel like anytime has passed anyway – and as long as you have a real cocktail hour (you know – with DRINKS and hors d’oeuvres) everyone should be fine.

Of course – you’ll also need to take into consideration any travel time if your ceremony is taking place somewhere other than next door/at your reception venue.

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3. Do you even want ‘First Look’ Photos?

The thing with the ‘first look’ is that without it – you can’t make those photos. If we try to make them after your ceremony, after you’ve seen each other already… well… now we’re just REALLY faking it. It won’t be genuine and also it would just be kind of weird. So yeah – that’s definitely something you should consider. Do you even want those ‘first look’ photos? I think this is actually the NUMBER ONE question you should ask yourself when making the decision to have a first look or not. Sure we try to go into the portrait session right after this, but if you don’t even want the first look photos then the portrait session can definitely take place after the ceremony.

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4. It’s tradition to not see each other until the ceremony.

I won’t argue this fact. It is tradition to not see each other until the ceremony. However – I will say that nearly half of our couples DO have a first look, so this tradition is kept up only about half the time among the couples that we photograph. So there. How about that. It’s not good or bad or against tradition – but it’s definitely a perfectly great option that you shouldn’t feel bad about choosing.

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5. Where might your first look actually take place?

This is a tricky one. Because you could have an amazing location in mind and your photographer might not know how to handle it. There’s a chance your photographer makes average photos in amazing places. On the flip side – your photographer might know how to make amazing photos out of lousy spaces. On the side-side, it’s not your job to do your photographer’s job. Of course – a little help is always appreciated. If you know that the only place we can do the first look is a broom closet – maybe…. maybe we shouldn’t do the first look. Of course – if you don’t care that it’s in a broom closet – then by all means, have at it.

But HEY. This is YOUR WEDDING DAY. Why not give the first look the time and space it deserves because you got dressed up and you look f*cken amazing. Why would you stick yourself in a broom closet for a first look? If you have to take an extra 15 minutes to go over to that amazing spot where the sun hits everything just right – then DO IT.

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6. Aw screw it. HAVE A FIRST LOOK DAMMIT.

Seriously. HAVE A FIRST LOOK. I don’t know anyone who’s ever been like - aw man, look at all of these extra photos we have of us being ridiculously happy and in love. 

If you’re paying me a trillion dollars to photograph your wedding then I recommend you get your money’s worth – and demand that we do the first look. It’s okay – you don’t have to feel bad about it. I’ll be fine. Really. So if you want the first look just let me know and we’ll turn on the faucet that sprays amazing and beautiful everywhere while you guys meet up and bask in your love (you know – along with having an Asian guy yelling you to kiss/hold hands/be in love, etc.)

DO IT. Have a first look.

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