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And Action! Choosing Your Wedding Videographer

January 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’re nearly there… just Friday to go and then it’s the weekend.  Thank goodness.  Maybe it’s the weight of all those resolutions on our shoulders – or perhaps the weight of that rock sparkling on your finger – but why does the first week back at work after Christmas always feel like such a marathon (especially when there is wed-min and dress shopping to be done)?!

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Speaking of wedmin, our regular guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides knows just how to handle all of that - and, handily, is here to offer her expert advice to you too.  After a little Christmas break she is back at her best with her two cents on choosing a wedding videographer.  Get ready for your close up. 

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And action…

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Rachel says:  It may sound a little sad coming from a single girl but I’ve become totally obsessed with wedding videos.

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Holly & Toan from hdmoments.com on Vimeo

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At one time the suggestion of a wedding videographer sent shivers down my spine as thoughts of shaky home video productions sprung to mind but having recently taken the time to explore the wonderful world of wedding videos I can now honestly say most productions give me shivers of a different kind.

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Dispelling thoughts of cringe-a-minute amateur footage, professional videographers produce seamless, high quality and personal productions which reflect the individuality of a couple as well as the true beauty and emotion of their wedding (reader warning: such productions should be watched only when armed with a box of tissues).

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The Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up 2012 by the amazing Steven at Forever Film 

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Granted a good videographer comes at a price but also provides a stunning solution to the common complaint of brides and grooms that the day passes too quickly and they miss out on important elements as they can’t be in two places at once.

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While photographers are amazing at capturing wedding day magic as a timeless set of stills (and I wouldn’t swap that for the World!), videographers can go beyond static images. They capture the essence of a wedding day through both visual and audio footage to give couples, as well as their friends and family, the opportunity to look at their wedding from a different perspective and relive the special day time and time again.

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Research, research and a little bit more research is the best way to find a videographer that is right for you and your wedding. Get online and watch lots of show reels/example videos on lots of different videographers’ websites to get an idea of the talent that’s out there and what they can offer.  Ask yourself:

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What style is the wedding video shot in?

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Generally wedding videos are shot in one of two styles; cinematic and documentary. Cinematic is more posed and edited for dramatic effect and mood whilst documentary is a fly-on-the- wall style, simply capturing the day as it unfolds. While some professionals will stick to just one style others will use a combination of the two.

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Tiffany & TJ – From New York to Ireland from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo

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How good is the quality?

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Watching example videos will give you an idea of the quality a videographer’s work and the equipment they use. Those who use high quality equipment should be less intrusive on the day and will produce a polished final product with clear picture, good lighting, complementary colour and crisp sound.

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How much of the day is captured?

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Most couples request a videographer’s services all day to document the wedding in full, focusing on the main events as well as those all important little touches. Alternatively some couples may be looking for a videographer to capture just specific parts of the day in full such as the vows and the speeches.

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Anjali & Ben – Loch Ness Wedding from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo

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How well has the production been edited?

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Experienced wedding videographers will use a variety of professional techniques when editing in order to deliver a final production that flows like a feature film. Watching examples of their work will give you an idea of their capabilities. Look at how well one scene moves to another, are sound bites from the day included or is the footage just set to music? Is the music complementary or overbearing/distracting? Are any special effects?

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How do they work on the wedding day?

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Ask what equipment they will be using on the day and if/how it will interfere with the wedding. Most professionals use small unobtrusive, high-tech digital cameras that are lightweight, mobile and don’t require extra lighting meaning minimal disruptions to the proceedings. You might also want to enquire how many cameras will be used – while one is not generally enough to capture all the action, more than three might look like a Hollywood film set.

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Amy & Tim – Highlights from Forever Film on Vimeo

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What do you get for your money?

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Just like photographers, videographers offer a variety of packages to suit different budgets. Look at what’s included in each package such as how many copies of the film you will receive and in what format. Most include an edited feature film showing the best parts of the day – as an added bonus some will also include the ceremony and speeches in full. Further extras can include a wedding trailer showing a snapshot of the big day and/or an engagement shoot where a couple are interviewed prior to the wedding about their relationship and what they love about each other which is then edited into the main wedding production.

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Michelle + Leo from hdmoments.com on Vimeo

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That’s a wrap!

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  – Videos © 2013 as credited

Rachel is a regular guest blogger for Brides Up North,  HD Moments, Deneemotion & Forever Film are all Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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Poetry In Motion, Supplier Showcase: Deneemotion

April 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding videos – you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em right?  Wrong.  Brides Up North can guarantee that there will be a whole lot of love in the air for this Featured Supplier’s work. 

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Brides Up North talks to the man capturing the magic, Denis of Deneemotion Wedding Videography.

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How did Deneemotion Wedding Videography begin?

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It all started with filming and producing couple of documentaries that had nothing to do with the wedding industry. However, one fine morning I was asked to assist my college friend with filming a small wedding in my home country. Unbeknownst to me, it appeared to be a huge wedding and I was the only operator there!

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Luckily, I used my creative eye and the newlyweds were happy with the outcome. Obviously, I got hooked, did another one and realized there is so much potential, but not much innovation yet. So I began filming here and there and 7 years later I am a full-time wedding videographer doing 30 weddings a year and am totally happy about all this.

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What sort of technology do you use and what sort of finished products do you produce for the couple?

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We try to stick to the latest technologies and sometimes I wish there were no new cameras on the market. We use Full High Definition DSLRs with multiple lenses.  This approach gives a cinematic touch to the films. The picture is sharp and rich in colours. We produce Blu-rays as a standard, but we still provide clients with DVDs if they wish. We also have our own designer Romain who creates beautiful covers and labels for the finished product.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

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I would say my favourite part is making clients happy. This is an unique opportunity to fully use your potential and be creative . It is so magical capturing couple’s day! Another thing that makes us happy is an opportunity to travel around the UK and visit all these ancient castles and beautiful venues. Thus, each film is unique and different.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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We usually meet couples beforehand, so on their special day they know us and feel comfortable. We ask for their preferences and ideas and try not to be in their guests’ way throughout the day. It is important to capture guests having a good time.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to be filmed?

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The ability to use different lenses enables us to film from a distance, so we are not in their face and they hardly notice us. When we get a nice shot (and this is one of the advantages of using DSLR), we usually show it to a bride so that she feels happy and more relaxed. They also have an opportunity to review preliminary copy and make amendments to the final version of their film.

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Why does a couple need a video as well as photographs?

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Hiring a professional photographer and a videographer is an investment in your future that helps a couple to recapture all important moments and emotions. Photos and videos are there not only for them, but also for their kids and future generations.

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If you were videographer at the Royal Wedding, what advice would you have for the couple?  What would be your "must have" frames?

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I would definitely have informal shots with them and also some backstage and getting ready. So my advice would be to allocate some time for fun!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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We had lots of stylish weddings, but my fave was the wedding of Dylan & Rebecca. It was a DIY wedding, so everything was made according to their taste (which matched mine). I loved the simplicity and creativity yet elegancy of their accessories and stationery.

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Any funny stories to share?

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Well, since we film with DSLRs, we had one wedding where the bride approached us after the ceremony and asked why we were taking photos and not filming. Luckily, she wasn’t worrying much and when I showed her footage, she was amazed at the quality and told everyone during the evening reception about this new magical “camera”!

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What sets Deneemotion Wedding Videography apart from other wedding videographers?

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We are trying to approach each wedding with creativity and have this contemporary and cinematic touch to our films. It is not a routine for us so far, so we don’t get bored filming and editing. We are still expanding our portfolio, so it is essential to make sure we work hard and treat each client equally. Oh, and we don’t use those annoying slow-motion or black & white effects. It is 21st century for goodness sake – time for new, more interesting shots!

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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Two charming, relaxed professionals making the most of the job they love.

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What areas do you cover?

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We offer our services nationwide and do destination weddings. In fact we have two weddings abroad this summer!

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What is included in your "package"?

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There are three packages available and all of them include first dance and cake cutting, so we won’t disappear before these essential moments happen. Our most popular Gold Motion package includes a highlights clip (our favourite bit) and Platinum Motion – bridal and groom preparations.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Investment in your film starts at £1050 (7hrs attendance, 2 operators). We will be increasing prices in June 2011.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We will gladly offer your readers £150 off all packages.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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There are plenty of ways:

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Our website: Deneemotion Wedding Videography

Our email (info@deneemotion.com)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/deneemotion)

Facebook Fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deneemotion-Contemporary-Wedding-Videography/185826913364).

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Our best work can be found here: www.vimeo.com/deneemotion/videos

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Bollywood Romance, A Real Wedding – Marjorie & Goher

February 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Denis from Deneemotion Wedding HD Videography got in touch to share this gorgeous Real Wedding footage.  With photographs by Mat Quaeck of Substance Photography, this beautiful Real Wedding is full of vibrant colour and sparkling touches.  Feel the joy!
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Marj and Goher

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Marj and Goher

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Brides – contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding photographs today!

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