BG Photography and Videography is made up of the duo Cathie and Al. Together they provide photo and video, which is a pretty great package for their brides. Thanks for the interview guys!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Al and I are down-to-earth, energetic wedding professionals! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. We want to help it go smoothly and help you smile! It’s important to hire a team that you are comfortable with- you want to be able to laugh and have fun– this helps you feel more at ease and helps your pictures come out better. You also want to trust your most important day to actual professionals to ensure quality.
Our mission is to provide you with quality service at an affordable price. We don’t believe your wedding needs to cost more than your house! lol- and we don’t think you need to compromise on quality and professionalism either. We believe that your wedding should be everything you want it to be. and BG Productions strives to help make all your dreams possible- we go above and beyond to help achieve this goal.
Our approach is a photojournalist style. But that being said- don’t worry, we still make sure we get all the posed formal pictures. However we love to capture all the funky shots. Iam usually on the floor at some point and on a chair if allowed by the venue! Al can be seen with his video camera high over head on the dance floor and often using his glide cam for all those really smooth shots!
We also believe in being green and socially conscious. We will take a stand for what we believe in and live our lives working towards helping the environment and trying to make this world a better place. We strive to make BG Productions as green a company as possible.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I have been doing photography for years- and still do a lot of personal photos using film. Al has a degree in digital filming and when we got married it was only natural to combine our love for our arts. Having just gone through the process of getting married ourselves we realized that we had an eye for all the details important to capturing someones big day. We also wanted to take a different approach than many others we had met and actually build our business based on building relationships and friendships with our clients.
3. What is the best moment you have captured on video?
I would have to say in general the joy and passion in a moment when
the bride and groom see each other for the first time and emotions
that people have for one another.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
We haven’t had too many- thankfully!! I do get uncomfortable when it is clear that the Mother-of-the Bride is taking total control and making the day more about her than her daughter.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Feeding vendors! Oh you have touched on a touchy subject there! lol!! I don’t eat meat or chicken and get really excited when their is a seafood option (and the couple actually feeds us the same meal!). I do really love it when there is a mashed potato bar!
6. You must get some great footage, have you ever created a spoof reel?
I have created outtake reels when people are at their best. A lot of
times people say and do the funniest things and it’s always great to
catch those moments on video, because the replay value is awesome!
7. Why should a bride consider videography?
Many brides that don’t have a video regret not having certain moments
captured in full. Like photography video gives another perspective of
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to do a destination wedding!
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I don’t really have anyone. I like low maintenance, down to earth people. So I’m not sure I am fit for a “celebrity wedding”- lol!!!
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Always keep learning! And don’t just think because you have a digital SLR and a love for weddings that you are ready to shoot someone’s biggest day! Take your time, be an apprentice and really learn the business! Customer service is EVERYTHING! We truly love our clients and if we don’t feel we are a good match, we will politely turn them down. It is very important to hire vendors that you are comfortable with- and this goes for us business owners as well. We have become such great friends with several past clients. And every year we host a client appreciation party at our house.