Get to Know a Wedding Videographer: Perk & Pearl

Today’s wedding videographer interview is with husband and wife team David and Briana of Perk & Pearl, based in Los Angeles, CA! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

We’re David and Briana, a husband and wife filmmaking team. Our first real video project was a documentary we shot in Ethiopia, but our own wedding in 2012 sparked our interest in wedding videography. Our global travels and documentary experience most definitely influence our wedding films, and our goal with each wedding is to capture the story of the day in an unobtrusive manner.

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Today’s wedding videographer interview is with the smashing Valerie from Valerie Barnes Film, based in New York. Make sure to check out a few of her videos below!

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

I started my business in 2000. I wanted to create films that were inspiring, evocative and honest in the way they represented a couples’ wedding story. Films that took the viewer on a journey filled with poignant imagery accompanied by a soundtrack of music that made this journey feel timeless. I also wanted to connect with my couples on a personal level — learn who they were, what they liked, and how this influenced the look and feel of their wedding day. In this way, when I arrived to film, I knew what to look for when making shot choices. I could only realize these ideas by creating my own business.

Prior to 2000, I was a filmmaker freelancing for other wedding companies and was not impressed by their work, the intention of their work, nor their manner of relating to couples. These companies were wedding factories with the philosophy of “book as many weddings as possible and hire many shooters, no matter the talent level, to cover these events”. Creating a film that told the couple’s personal story and respected the integrity of storytelling was of no interest. The end result was a cookie cutter product that looked cheesy and sounded cheesy. In other words, “a wedding video”.

Love at Stonemill Gardens from Valerie Barnes Film on Vimeo.

What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?

Do research. If you want a certain aesthetic, you need to look for the filmmaker whose films match your style.

Meet the filmmaker. This is so you can establish a comfort level beforehand, view their portfolio and confirm that they will be filming your wedding. Your filmmaker will be with you for at least 8 hours so you had better like them. You also don’t want to be greeted on your wedding day by a stranger.

Ask questions. Learn how they work on the wedding day and how they work with you after the wedding day.

Understand the package you ordered. What is included and what is an additional cost.

Book at least 9 months in advance. Your wedding film is priceless because it will be in your family archive for generations. Make it a top priority.

Budget appropriately. If you want a quality film, then set aside a budget for having a quality film created.

What is your favorite part of the day to capture?

When the bride and groom get dressed on the day. I love the anticipation that fills the air and the nervous excitement felt by all. I also love this part of the day because this the moment I record a short conversation with them that I include in their film. I love listening to their stories.

How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?

There has been a shift in the way wedding films are now perceived and a shift in the talent level of filmmakers. In the past, few filmmakers wanted to document weddings — they preferred working in production houses or making independent or commercial films. They did not hold wedding films in high regard, rather connected them to “cheesy” churned out products with low production quality.

With the introduction of the 24fps camera, these filmmakers began crossing over into the market. Then, Canon and Nikon ignited the industry with the DSLR cameras which were affordable, recorded in High Definition, and came with the option of using various cinematic lenses that could capture stunning imagery with incredible depths of field. All of this opened the floodgates. There are many more filmmakers shooting weddings. Creating cinematic wedding films can now be realized.

Today, we identified as cinematographers or filmmakers. Yesterday, we were videographers.

The soundtrack has also been given new life. There are more sites available to purchase licensed music and filmmakers are seizing this opportunity to score their films with non-traditional music.

A Vineyard Wedding from Valerie Barnes Film on Vimeo.

Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?

Be passionate about filmmaking. Filmmakers that work with me are passionate about filmmaking. They bring the same enthusiasm and desire of creating a stunning piece of work no matter if it is a wedding film or another project..

Learn from someone who’s work you respect. Intern with them. Filming a wedding is not easy. It requires a lot of energy and alertness because many unpredictable situations will present themselves and you must adjust on the spot. It’s definitely not a walk in the park.

Know your value and your talent. A wedding filmmaker wears many hats — director, cinematographer, producer, stylist, audio and lighting person, editor, music researcher – honor your worth and translate this into the amount charged for your service. When filmmakers underestimate their value and underprice themselves, then clients or other wedding professionals don’t respect the industry’s value.

If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?

You know, I have friends who keep suggesting that I do one, but I have no interest! I love to laugh but I’d prefer to laugh at other’s bloopers, lol.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Convincing couples and wedding professionals that a wedding film should be considered a top priority rather than a last minute addition. The magic of sound combined with moving imagery is an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your family and friends and will carry over for generations. Put it at the top of your list and dedicate a healthy budget to it.

Educating couples and other professionals about what is involved with making a film. They just don’t know the time involved and talent needed in order to create a quality film. When I’ve explained to my couples the many hats I wear on the wedding day and then during the editing process, they respond “I never thought of it like that.”

 Thanks Valerie! For more about Valerie Barnes Film, check out her WeddingVideoLove profile, or head straight to her website. You can also follow Valerie on her blog, Facebook or Pinterest!

Any questions or comments for Valerie? Leave them below!

Today’s wedding videographer interview is with Mark Wikkerink Cinema | Stills (also on our photographer directory as well!) Take it away, Mark:

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

I started out in wedding photography in 2008, after assisting and working with other various wedding photographers.  Over the years I have been developing my talents, and I have fallen in love with wedding cinematography as well! After having rebranded my business in 2011, we now offer both photography and videography (or Cinema | Stills as I call it!) and have been working hard on new ways to combine the two media into something both creative and professional!

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Today’s videographer interview is with Tyler of True Northwest Productions, a Seattle-based wedding videography company!

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

True Northwest Productions started as a side project between me (Tyler) who was in another videography company, PENGUIN Interactive, and Sam who did mostly photography and video just as a hobby. I mostly worked with Native American tribes in PENGUIN and I came to a point where I needed to branch out and do other video projects that I wasn’t able to do in my old company. Sam was an old friend and an ideal candidate for a partner in starting a new video company where we could focus on doing what we love and go about doing it however we want. This was about two years ago. We are still a young company but are super excited for what the future holds.

Sam and Jess Wedding Video from True Northwest on Vimeo.

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Today’s wedding videographer interview is with documentary filmmaker, Wirkin Films from Missouri!

Get to know a Wedding Videographer: Wirken Films WeddingVideoLove

1. Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

I’ve been a wedding videographer for 7 years, most recently shooting exclusively as Wirken Films. My wife and I were looking for a partner to help share the cost of running a studio, as well as like minded photographers who would share our goal of becoming more documentary based. The artists and friends at Wirken Photography were a perfect match, and so Wirken Films was born. Together we focus on a documentary approach to weddings, and are exploring a multimedia approach as well.

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Our First ever Videographer Interview in the history of Wedding Lovely! We are so excited to welcome Visualities Videography today. Thank you for guiding us through the ins and outs of capturing the magic of Wedding Videos! Nothing is more precious than watching some funny and memorable moments in Weddings.  Agreed?

1.Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

Visualities Videography started in 2010 after I followed my dream. But I think I did it backwards! I knew I wanted a job where I could combine my creativity, my background in TV news and my love for weddings {{and seriously, who doesn’t love weddings?!}}.

One day, I turned to my husband and shouted excitedly, “Visualities…Visual Realities!!

He said, “Huh?” And that’s when I said, “That’s my name! I’m going to start my own business!” Then I just needed the equipment, logo, name ownership, legal backing, website, editing software, etc. But it was that moment – when my business name popped into my head — that I knew Visualities Videography was the perfect gig for me. And, as they say, the rest is history…!

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