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…!

Learn more about Visualities Videography after the jump…

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

First and foremost, I recommend couples read reviews of the videographer(s) they are considering.

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Then watch demos: Are they fun? Does the video match your style?

The next step would be to contact the videographer(s): Are they personable? Do they love what they do? What type of equipment do they use? How do they manage audio during the ceremony (i.e. do they use a wireless microphone?)?

3. What is your favorite part of the day to capture?

I have so many favorite parts to each wedding shoot. One of them is shooting the bride getting ready. Not only are there lots of great visuals with make-up products and hairsprays in gorgeous salons, but it’s absolutely awesome to witness the anticipation of each couple build up as their ceremony gets closer.

Another part of the day I absolutely l-o-v-e is when the couple is exiting their ceremony. Macy and Trevor had the bluest skies for their April wedding. The bubbles, bells, rice help set the tone for the one moment in your life where you feel total joy and happiness, without a worry in the world. And you get to share your elation with the  support and cheers of your closest family and friends. I truly feel so lucky to capture such a beautiful moment on film, allowing each couple to relive that special moment in the years to come.

And finally, what the heck is better than some good dancin’ at the reception?! Sometimes, people like Micheal just need their own clip debut:

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

Technology is always changing. I think some couples are expecting more special effects from their videographer(s). They’re also expecting to hear their vows clearly. Years ago, those clunky home videos wouldn’t have captured a word from where most video cameras are set up (thank goodness for wireless microphones!).

Most importantly, I think couples are starting to understand the importance of wedding videography. We [videographers] play an important role in helping you relive those fleeting moments that pass by so quickly on your wedding day, and we do it in a way that you’re able to feel those same butterflies — that same excitement — in the years to come each time you pop in that beautiful wedding DVD.

 

5. Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?

Get out while you can :-) HA! Just kidding.

Listen to what your customers want. Jessica wanted raw footage of a surprise dance she prepared with her attendants, so I made sure to include it on her wedding video [and who wouldn’t want this super cool routine on DVD?!]:

Set your prices competitively. And stand out from the crowd (i.e. don’t be a cookie-cutter videographer).

Finally, love what you do. If you don’t love the finished highlight reel, your couples won’t either. Put your heart into it. Care about what you’re doing, and your clients will take note.

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

Oh geesh! You might hear me cursing under my breath after tripping over a cord. I’ve actually made blooper reels for couples upon request…and sometimes I’ll cut out clips [without request] that I think are too funny to pass up.

Take Joe and Jessica’s video clip below [they’re not just smiling about the unity candle, as you’ll find out]:

Sometimes I think people forget they’re hooked up to a microphone during the ceremony. I should honestly start a BQB: a “Blooper Quote Board.”

On it would be:

“I’ve got to pee.” – Groom telling Mom as he’s walking her down the aisle

“I have sand in my teeth.” – Bride during song after sand ceremony

“Is your Dad sleeping?” – Bride during ceremony reading

“That was sloppy.” – Groom to his bride after she signed marriage certificate

7. What is the most challenging part of your job?

The “business” side of my job, particularly putting a price tag on something I love to do, is by far the hardest thing about being my own boss. I remember how hard it was to come up with a price criteria for video services because I didn’t understand how I could get paid for my “hobby.”

But at the end of the day, capturing memories on video is my job. It’s my lifestyle. And I couldn’t be happier.

 

Visualities Videography has so much more to show you in their stunning website, go check it out!