Today’s wedding videographer interview is with Tyler of Glassed Up Studios, based in Williamsport, PA! Enjoy:
Tell us about your company, how did you get started?
My name is Tyler Beaver and I own Glassed Up Studios. I got my start in the wedding industry basically by accident on June 1, 2013. I had been making videos of random things since 2006 and then graduated from Penn State University with a degree focused on television production in 2012. I then began a web series based around hunting a few years prior that gathered quite a local following over the last 5 years. So, my work had been seen and people knew I did video for quite a while. It just so happens that my cousin, Ashley, was getting married on June 1, 2013 and since I was with her and her husband the night they basically started talking, I was in the wedding. She asked if I could find a way to film their wedding for them and be in the bridal party. I told them I could have my brother film certain parts that I wasn’t able to and, since it was my first wedding, would do it as their gift for free. Long story short, after I made their highlight for them, I booked my very first actual client weeks later and the rest is history. After just two solo years I added another videographer/business partner to the mix in Dave Wakefield and we are starting to book weddings a year or two in advance! It’s unbelievable how fast it has taken off.
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What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
The number one thing that couples should look for is quality. Quality is the most important thing when it comes to wedding videos. So many people shortcut quality for price just to fit it in their budget or save money and, as with most things, get what they pay for. Two other things that are important are style of work and the reviews or personality of your videographer. No wedding day or couple is the same and neither are wedding videos. Find a style and look that suits your tastes. You’re paying for it after all! And lastly, make sure you like and get along with your videographer. It definitely makes the day less stressful and more fun. We pride ourselves with leaving each wedding with new friends!
What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
It is definitely a tie between before the ceremony and the reception. I absolutely love capturing the hours leading up to the ceremony with everyone preparing for the day. It is some of the most special moments between the bride, groom, family and the bridal party. However, I also enjoy the reception just as much. The dances, cake cutting, speeches, the partying, and all the moments in between make the day so special and put the “cherry on top” of a great day. Don’t get me wrong I like filming the ceremony and getting “the kiss,” but those two moments above are by far my favorites.
How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
Wedding videography has completely changed from what it first began as. It went from a single camera recording the day as one long video to cinematic highlights and multiple camera angles creating, more or less, films of wedding days. We just invested in a “drone” to capture aerial footage and it is a game changer! It is remarkable to see the technology and styles evolve allowing us to create amazing memories for our clients.
Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
Start with the necessities. Don’t spend a ton of money on what you think you need. You’d be surprised how much you can do with a little if you have the right gear. Just get started and get out there with some basic gear and study the industry trends and styles to stay up to date and competitive.
If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
Sometimes I get some pretty wild dance moves or alcohol induced lack of coordination, but the number one thing that I laugh at all the time is what the bride and groom say during their first dance. The conversations they have are sometimes hilarious until they remember the groom is mic’d!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Filming a wedding is a long day with a lot of details and you only get one chance to do it right. It is easy sometimes to get overwhelmed, but staying organized and planning things out really helps keep things in the right direction. Having good communication and organization has allowed us to accumulate many happy brides!
Any advice for couples?
Do not pass on a wedding videographer and book as early as possible. We have so many brides that tell us they are so glad they not only chose us, but a videographer in general. Some that we know personally that decided against a videographer or waited too long to book the one they wanted wish they would have had one at their wedding day and/or booked sooner instead of deciding for months. A picture may be worth 1,000 words… but in a video, you can actually hear them.
Thanks Tyler! For more information about Glassed Up Studios, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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