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.
See more of the interview and another video after the jump…
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
I think one of the most important things you should look for in your videographer is a personal connection. This person is going to be following you around all day taking video of you (sometimes at very personal moments). So they should be as comfortable as a person could be with a stranger.
Also, different videographers have different styles. Make sure their style matches what you want your wedding video to look like. Or at least trust they can accomplish what it is you want.
You want them to not only capture the planned moments but to get the REAL un-seen moments and the REAL emotions behind the scenes.
What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
There is something special about every moment of that day, but I think my favorite is right after the ceremony when the “I do-s” have been said and the marriage is now “official” (as long as the papers have been signed, right?!). This is when every single person is smiling and the congratulations are being said. This is the first moment when the bride and the groom actually know and feel they are tied forever.
How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
Videography is one of those things that is consistently changing and evolving, though subtly. Right now I feel there is a definite need for HD. EVERYTHING is high definition now. If its not, it looks bad. Also, online viewing is a must. It has to be offered. Nowadays there is more versatility with video. Personally, I use DSLRs because I love how I fast I can move and how I can get to places I wouldn’t be able to with a huge camera. There are more options, more complex styles, and just more TO videos these days with effects and color boosts and things. You can make videos look better than it did in real life without making it look fake.
Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
Do what you know. And if you don’t know, PRACTICE! You can’t expect to make a lot of money right off the bat. Get your foot in the door first and do as many projects as you can. Business will always be slow at first but as long as you keep at it you’ll be fine. Also, networking, networking, networking.
If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
There is this one moment at a wedding I filmed this last April where the bride was putting the ring on the groom. Or, trying to at least. For whatever reason the ring was slightly too small and she had to push and pull and squeeze it on his finger. This lasted a good 30 seconds or so. She overplayed the whole thing too which made it even more humorous and capped it off with a “that sucker is NOT coming off” punchline.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Weddings are one of, if not THE most important day of a couples life. There is a huge pressure to make sure, as a videographer, that this day is captured and presented perfectly. You can’t make the stars of the video look bad at all. They want this day filmed so they can remember it forever and look back on it. It has to put all the best moments and emotions together to show what the day was like. If they don’t like looking back on it, you didn’t do your job right. And I think that burden is crucial.
Thanks Tyler! To see more about True Northwest Productions, check out their WeddingVideoLove profile or head straight to their website.