Today’s wedding videographer interview is with Michael Baker of Wedding Wishing Well, based in Cincinnati, Ohio! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

We are Wedding Wishing Well, we go into your wedding reception where all the celebrating and love is shared setup beautiful backdrop, lights, camera and sound equipment and have your family and friends come over and share stories, love and well wishes to you on video. Then we take that video and package it in a motion graphic/special effects video.

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Meet a Wedding Videographer in Detroit, MI: Sculpted Films (1)

Meet a Wedding Videographer in Detroit, MI

Today’s videographer interview Brittany and Alex of Sculpted Films, based in Detroit, Michigan! Enjoy:

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

Me (Brittany) and my fiancé (Alex) both went to different liberal arts colleges, Alex studied sculpture (hence the name), animation, and film editing, and I studied creative writing. For two years we lived in New York City primarily working jobs unrelated to our studies – I waited tables and was an urban farmer for an upscale restaurant on the East River while Alex worked at a frame shop in Brooklyn and performed freelance video work on the side. Our schedules were so opposite that we rarely got to see each other and we always talked about how great it would be if we were able to work together and we often spoke of one day owning our own business – an idea that seemed like something far in our future.

Then in December of 2013 we had friends visiting and these friends happen to make up the Michigan indie folk band, Less is More. They were telling us about the 3 ½ month long U.S. tour they were planning on embarking on in the fall of 2014 to promote their first album to which we of course said, “Wow, I wish we could do something like that,” to which they replied (probably jokingly,) “You should come with us!” The more we thought about it the less is seemed like a joke and it started to make a lot of sense – I would get to use my creative writing education for their PR and website copywriting, etc, and Alex would film our journey and make music videos, video blogs, and eventually a documentary of the tour. It seemed like the perfect launching pad into the next phase of our life even though we have no idea exactly what that phase was going to entail. On the road was where we realized how two creative minds are better than one while filming and editing and the prospect of working together as a videography team started to sound not so crazy.

Our chance to work together and work for ourselves came to us much earlier in life than we expected. On January 1, 2015 we officially became an LLC and we filmed our first wedding ten days later. We’ve hit the ground running working on filming more weddings, styled shoots, and promoting our business like crazy and though we are busier than we’ve ever been, it’s different when you are busy working for yourself and every hour that you put in is directly furthering your business and furthering the possibility of us continuing to do what we love.

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Get to Know a Wedding Videographer: Just Happy Together (1)

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Today’s videographer interview is with Justina and Evaldo of Just Happy Together based in London, England! Enjoy:

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

We are Justina and Evaldo, videographers at Just Happy Together and also partners in life. Before we started filming weddings, we were both filmmakers of different genres. Justina was keeping herself busy with documentaries, while Evaldo was doing animations. Our previous filmmaking experiences taught us invaluable lessons that we can now apply to wedding videography. Justina is amazing at capturing the most important moments completely unnoticed, while Evaldo is a genius at composing the perfect frame. Both of us decided to go into wedding videography because we wanted to be independent film artists and have the ability to work on the weddings that really inspire us.

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Today’s videographer interview is with Anthony of ARAND Video Services based in Pittsburg, CA! Enjoy:

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

The vision of ARAND Video Services started when Anthony made a family video for a family reunion in 1996.  The family loved the video so much they then asked him to create a video for all future projects such as Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays and retirement celebrations.

Anthony met his wife Olivia in 1999 and an instant romance turned into a blissful marriage in 2002.  Once they combined their talents, Anthony soon discovered his wife, Olivia, was also very talented in creativity with her own style and talents using mutli software products to  further enhance photos, that added a unique custom design to fit the client’s needs. Anthony and his wife created classic heirlooms, and as a result, family members shared this couple’s talents with their friends and family members who started soliciting the couple to produce their family video projects.

As the couple embarked on a major career change in 2008, through prayer and direction they  officially founded ARAND Video Services. They are Christians and discovered they were both blessed with a vision, so their mission focus was to help customers create a professional video without having the concern of being charged for every added expense or any hidden cost. They then create a logo “It’s not totally about us — It’s about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He is in control of our walk in how we treat our customers.  They then discovered their  company’s name was given to them to help remind others that the Lord will return to rebuild His new Temple. “After Resurrection A New Destiny” will be in place!  ~ Revelations 21:1-8 ~  They stand by their strong beliefs to treat their customers the way the Lord expects fairness in every business deal, and they work hard to bless their clients with fond memories of how they can help them accomplish their vision.

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Get to Know a Wedding Videographer: Phoenix Moirai (1)

Today’s videographer interview is with Bryan Caron of Phoenix Moirai based in Temecula, CA! Enjoy:

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

Phoenix Moirai was started in order to bring all of my passions under one roof. I am a writer at heart, a filmmaker/videographer by mind and a graphic designer by trade, but I love working in all of these mediums equally. Because of that, and because they all work relatively well in tandem together, it was a easy to create a company that would allow people to bring all of their creative needs under one roof. Instead of hiring a graphic designer from one company, a videographer from another, and a writer/marketer from yet another, clients can no have everything done in one place and save money.

But what initially started me on the road to developing this company was the idea of doing wedding videography. If it wasn’t for the idea of being able to showcase someone’s love in all of its glory, and cover more than just the wedding in the process, I’m not sure Phoenix Moirai would have come to fruition.

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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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