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.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into the business?
It’s very personal actually. About 3 years ago, my daughter Sarah got married and as I had not met any of my new son in laws family during the reception I heard so many wonderful well wishes and stories from everyone I wished I could have captured it all on video for my daughter and her new husband to cherish.
My favorite part of capturing memories for couples is all the wonderful, sad and often times very funny stories they each share about the new couple. I have to admit I usually laugh and even tear up hearing all the love from families and friend for the newlyweds.
If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?
We only have one service, capturing spoken and video images of the couple’s family as memories they will watch again and again throughout the years.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?
Boy, this is a tough one. I would think I would pass on to others the biggest challenge in the wedding industry is convincing new couples, the need to capture everything they can about their wedding. We all know budgets are a major challenge nowadays, but this is a once in a lifetime event and you have to convince anyway you can to the couple to “think outside the budget”.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
My hobbies are pretty simple, I have been married over 35 years and have two wonderful grown children that I love to spend time with. I also love to be creative in video production, creating new ways to tell a story.
Any great stories from working with a client?
There are so many great stories we could share. One very sad one was we captured video during on couples wedding reception and had a great turn out. After the couple received their DVD a few days later the bride called me. She was in tears, I thought it was because she overwhelmed with the video. She told me that was not the reason, evidently her great grandmother had come late to the reception and she did not even know she was there and we captured her love on video for the couple. She then told me her great grandmother had passed away and when she saw her on the video it brought a flood of tears. This is why we are in business, capturing memories.
We are very unique in the video service we offer. Most wedding videos are the day of and the ceremony. Couples often forget that the real celebration of their special day is during the reception where only once in their lives will they have everyone they love in one room. Capturing the images and spoken words from family and friends are memories worth a million bucks!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Be creative!! Make everything about your wedding reflect you and your new spouse. And I know this may seem a bit different way to think about your wedding, but, remember it’s about YOU not your guests. Don’t stress over what kind of entertainment you can or can’t afford for them. Trust me, your wedding and reception are all they really want. So spend every bit you can on capturing and making your day unique and everlasting.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
CAPTURE EVERTHING! Your big day will fly by so quickly and be so eventful you will not remember hardly anything. I had one bride tell me all she remembers about the ceremony and reception is saying I DO and the first dance. All the memories you’re creating capture them, via photographs and video. Don’t stress over your budget, get everything you can, this is a once in a lifetime event.
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