Today’s wedding videographer interview is with NST Pictures, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us about your company, how did you get started?
NST Pictures began as a Japanese wedding company almost 40 years ago. In 2012, we opened our US headquarters in New York City with a small, start-up feel and have been helping couples capture their big day ever since. We noticed that cinematography was extremely expensive compared to traditional camcorder-style videography and we wanted to change that. Every couple should be able to afford a beautiful wedding film—after all, it’s their family’s history. We offer wedding video packages that start at $1580. Our style is very classic with artistic touches so your film will be beautiful but won’t become cheesy as time passes and trends change.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
The most important thing to consider is the videographer’s style. Classic and clean, Super 8, shaky reality TV style shooting, vintage filters, slow fades between shots, added light leaks (when the screen gets little flashes of yellow or gold), slow motion, quick editing from shot to shot… the list goes on. Choose the videographer for their style since it will dictate what your wedding film looks like. You’ll be watching it for the rest of your life so make sure you love it!
What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
Definitely the morning when everyone is getting ready. Everyone is relaxed and it’s completely unscripted. The girls are primping, giggling and drinking mimosas. You never know when grandma is going to walk in with a priceless family heirloom for the main event or if there’s going to be a sweet mother-daughter moment. You can just feel the happiness in the air watching the bride with all of her favorite people all in one room. That doesn’t happen very often in life! Same goes for the guys getting ready, although it can be a little more silly!
How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
Wedding videography has changed so much—and definitely for the better! It used to be a self-taught “skill” in which anyone who could afford a camcorder could call him or herself a wedding videographer. That still exists, but there has been a major shift toward creating an artistic interpretation of a wedding day that people will actually want to watch. Many people in the field have an art school education and understand how the value of the video can be so much more with a thoughtful touch and a pulse to move the story along.
Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
Even though most weddings go as planned, always have a backup plan. A live event can be unpredictable and you only have one chance to capture what’s happening. Have a plan for every possible thing that could go wrong—being too ill to work, batteries dying, your car breaking down and other things that are out of your hands like the bride running an hour late. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to move on and get back to business.
If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
We’ve all seen the video of the dock that collapses under the bridal party, but you’ll never see any of our couples’ “funny” footage up on YouTube. What’s hilarious to some might still feel like a major bummer to the couple so we’ll respect our couples’ privacy by not sharing any less-than-perfect wedding moments here.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
It’s challenging to help couples understand the cost and value of a wedding video before the event. Both photos and video are going to be the most important items you have after the wedding because they are the only things that will keep the memory of the day alive. Their value will increase exponentially as the years pass and in different ways—photos can sit on your mantle and remind you every day and your video can let you hear your vows and see your young parents dancing together. Even if you feel video is less important to you than photos, it still takes just as much work on the day of the wedding and in the editing studio so the costs are fairly similar. Bottom line: you’re spending thousands of dollars on a 12-hour event. What is a little more money in the scheme of your budget to actually be able to feel like you’re there again?
Any advice for couples?
If you’re really torn about hiring a wedding videographer, sit down with your parents and fiancé and watch some home movies. If your parents have old Super 8, see if you can watch some of those. Ask yourself how you feel about watching your dad, at 18, getting ready for prom. How about the video of your mother in law bringing your newborn fiancé home from the hospital? Or seeing your grandma dancing in the kitchen with perfect health? How much are these moments worth to you and how much will they be worth in 10, 20 or 30 more years? This is how you, your children and your parents will feel about your wedding video so choose wisely!
Great work, thanks guys! For more information about NST Pictures, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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