Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer

The cookie cutter wedding album. We’ve all seen it. The pictures look almost exactly the same as ones we’ve seen before. The couple’s personality is nowhere to be seen. It’s just the same old same old. A lot of photography and videography companies tout some decently low prices. They can do a full day for half the price of the person that you’ve admired their work. The problem is the adage that we’ve all become used to. You get what you paid for. Today we compare Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer for your wedding.

Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer

Benefits of going with a Chain

The benefits are there. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t necessarily be in business. The biggest thing they have going for them is their price. They tend to be cheaper, because they’ve figured out how to cut costs in ways that allow them to be a low price. For the couples that are looking to check the box and ensure they get the photos and videos, they can go with these chains. They will get the job done and do it efficiently. We live in a world that values efficiency and effectiveness, so there’s nothing wrong with that.

They also have packages that go from the cheapest budget to the smallest budget. They can give you so much more for the same price as the individual. They have an army of photographers and videographers ready to work for whatever price they can get. That means you can get more if you have a little more to spend on your wedding.

Finally, they tend to make few mistakes, as they tend to vet the people. The last thing that anyone wants to do is give a refund. The chains know this upfront and try to vet their people as best they can before sending them out. This can mean that you are getting people that will follow the rules and not stray out of line. No chance of them ruining your wedding day in that case.

Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer
His speech was not about photography, but he was photogenic.

Benefits of going with the Individual

The individual photographer does not always have a large company backing them up. They don’t have quotas to meet and they do this for the love of it. They have the freedom to do things that may be risky, but have a much larger reward. Even more than that, they have the time to get to know you. They won’t send you a form to fill out or a survey to take. They will meet with you at a coffee shop or brewery and they will get to know you for who you are. They will make your story be more personable.

They don’t tend to have as many clients, or if they do, they don’t have other obligations to meet with those clients. The good individual photographer and videographer will give you the time you deserve. The time that you pay for. It’s important to find a photographer or videographer that gives you that time. There’s nothing worse than a rush job, especially not when it comes to your story.

Finally, without a big chain backing them up, the individual has to be held personal responsible for any of the mistakes made during your big day. They don’t want to mess it up, because they lose your trust and your referral. The individual is going to work as hard as they can to ensure that you are incredibly happy when they send you your photos and videos. This comes with a price, yes, but you only have one wedding day.

Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer - Cats
Which do you choose? It’s tough.

Choosing

You need to do what is best for you as a couple. Don’t put yourselves into bankruptcy, because the photographer you want also caters to millionaires. Find ones that are in your area. Ones that understand you and ones that want to help you. They will be competitively priced to stay afloat, but most photographers and videographers will work with you and your budget.

Your story is your story. Meet with a few photographers and videographers, whether they be the chains or the individuals. One might come to be the apparent victor when you hear from them and learn what they can do. If one worked for one person, doesn’t always mean that they will work for you and your unique story. Keep that in mind and shop around a little bit. It’s your big day and you deserve the best.

2211 Photography and Videography

Now, we are the individual in this story. There are only two of us and we want to tell your story in the best way possible. We strive to fit with most stories and couples. The work we put in will make your story as memorable as it can be. We have a passion for storytelling through our lenses and we want to tell your story. From the moment that you contact us to the first time you see your photos and videos, you will know that your story is in good hands.

Here’s the individual

Ending

So, you can go with the company that will best suit your story. You can go with the chain that will do everything you want for a good price point. You can even book 2211 for your photography and videography needs. Regardless of whom you choose, just ensure you get someone that will tell your story the best. Here’s Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer.

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Come on and Vogue. Let your body move to the music. Madonna said it and posed for it. Now we are here looking for ways to pose. Not all of us are models, in fact very few of us are. But that does not mean that posing has to be weird or awkward for us. Photography is happening all around us. For the most part, we know to smile and look at the camera, but what do you do when you’re taking your engagement and wedding photos? Do you look at the camera? Do you try to pose? Here’s The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing.

Come on and Vogue

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Loving Poses

Wedding and engagements are all about the love you share with your significant other. The story of your love and who you are as a couple. Therefore, there are going to be a lot of loving-style poses. Getting close to one another. Kissing is going to happen a lot. There’s going to be lots of coming together and holding each other tight. For a lot of couples, these will not be anything new, but doing them in front of someone else can be a little intimidating. PDA is not a lot of couple’s style. But the pictures are meant to show your love, so don’t be afraid to get a little closer. No one is going to judge you, and if they do, send them our way. We’ll talk to them for you.

The poses to get ready for in the loving category are as follows.

  1. Kissing – That’s just normal in these shoots and on this day.
  2. Hugging – Another typical pose, so make sure you put on your deodorant.
  3. Holding hands – A pretty typical symbol for love that most people can do easily.
  4. Dipping – We’ve all seen it but a few don’t know how to do it. Practice at home, for sure.

The big thing you need to remember is if any of these things don’t seem like your style, be sure to let your photographer know. A good photographer wants to make you comfortable, not feeling awkward.

Fun Poses

Every now and then, you get to see poses that couples do that really blow up the social media feeds. The couple s just having fun, either with their wedding party or by themselves. You see the people laughing, maybe the groomsmen are doing something funny, or the bridesmaids have put on a funny face. Whatever the makeup of your wedding party, it’s important to make sure you have fun. The day is long and can be stressful, but the party isn’t just there to stand with you at the altar. They can help you have fun, even when posing.

Smiling is the most common pose that you will see in anyone’s album. The faces of those that celebrated their day showing off their teeth in big grinning faces. These are common, but for good reason. Smiles are what we do when we feel happy. They day is supposed to be happy. So the smile just fits. Show it off in whatever way you can, whether it be while laughing, or even just talking with your party. Let the smile come through in the pictures.

The Wedding Photographer's Guide to Posing - Fun
Now here’s a fun pose

Be Yourself

The most fun that we have had in photographing couple is when they come with some ideas for poses. They can do things that we have never even thought of. They really let their personality’s show in what they do. It is our job to let your personality show in the pictures, but from we can’t know everything about you, only you and possibly your therapist can do that. So don’t be afraid to let your personality show. Give the photographer some of your favorite poses that you’ve seen. Even go off script a little bit and do what you can.

We got to take some awesome engagement photos with Afton and Caleb. One of the things that we did with them was let the personality show. They came up with a few ideas of pretending to be on the cover of a rap album. They gave us some awesome photos with that. After, we came across the Viking ship in front of US Bank stadium. Naturally, we had to take photos as if they were Vikings. We had a blast and letting them just be themselves is what gave us some of the best photos. One thing we can give to you for this Wedding photographer’s guide to posing is to be yourself.

Photographer’s Responsibility

When you get a good photographer, they will come with poses ready to go. They will give you what you need to make your photos look spectacular. Not only that, but they will make you not feel awkward. They will put you at a sense of ease. The photographer needs to get good photos, they need to make you look good. If they are making you feel awkward and putting you out of your place, they are not doing it right. With that being said, sometimes a pose can feel a little weird. Not natural. But if you’ve got a good photographer, you can trust them. They know that the pose will look great, even if in the moment, it feels a little weird.

Wedding Photographer's Guide to Posing
Here’s our photographer giving some poses

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

You don’t have to be Madonna or a runway model to know how to pose. Really all that you need is a good photographer and the realization that the posing will only last for about a day. Don’t skimp on the photographers and don’t let your pictures be awkward. Instead, get someone you know you can trust. Check out our work. We’d love to tell your story and we have a lot of posing ideas for you.

Davis’s Side Projects

Davis’s Side Projects

A bookshelf filled with VHS tapes of movies. Movies like Space Jam, Cinderella, and The Pagemaster. This bookshelf is where Davis’s love of movies started. From there, her bought DVDs in college. So many, that he couldn’t bring them all with him when he moved to Minneapolis. The movies were Davis’s escape. They gave him the chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Get to know their story. And now, he’s using that to push himself further every day. Today, we talk about Davis’s Side Projects.

Short Movies

Davis made his first short movie in middle school. You can find it on YouTube if you look hard enough. (Please don’t look hard enough.) From there, he explored more what we could do with a camera. NDSU only had a Broadcast Journalism major in the ways of film, but Davis went for it. From there, he made tons of sketches and short movies with the creative people around him.

Here’s a trailer we created for Afton and Caleb

The most recent film he made was about Distractions. Something that is unfortunately very near and dear to Davis’s heart. He got to film this with a fellow producer and an outstanding actor. Utilizing his knowledge gained from movies, Davis was able to make something that he is quite proud of. It’s not completely done yet, but it’s really coming together.

He’s used this knowledge and skill to assist in the wedding videos that we have created. His directorial role in the movies worked perfectly with his videographer role for 2211. He knows how to get the shots he needs to tell a story. Take control of a situation and get things done. Plus, he’s pretty personable, unlike some directors. We don’t actually know any, but we assume a few of them are prima donnas.

Comedy

Davis really got his start in the entertaining world doing comedy. And even more than that, doing improv. It was the only thing he could get done in Fargo. The improv skills he developed allowed him to venture into sketch comedy, where he founded two different sketch groups. They have entertained the great people of NE Minneapolis through Strike Theater for quite some time. If you don’t know them, you should really check them out. They put on some awesome shows. Check them out here.

Here’s some of Davis’ humor in a video he made last Thanksgiving

Davis’s comedic skills have helped with his timing, another skill that he has been able to bring to 2211. The editing of a video is all about timing. Where to put the first kiss and the reveal. How to ensure everything looks good together. These are the things that make a good highlight video. Davis was able to take his comedic skills and translate them to the editing room, thus helping tell your story even better.

Logo Design

This last side project of Davis’s has been a recent addition. He’s always been interested in logos of companies and minimalistic artwork. Have you ever seen the minimalist movie posters? They can be pretty awesome. Here’s a link to some. Then Davis got Adobe Illustrator and tried his hand out at logo and letter designs. He’s even designing the Save the Dates and Invitations for our wedding. His hope is to bring this skill to the clients of 2211 Media. Help bring their video, photos, and design elements of their wedding under one easy to plan and work with company.

Davis's Side Projects of Logo Design
Davis’s Side Project turned into this business.

Ending of Davis’s Side Projects

So, that bookshelf of VHS tapes might be completely obsolete now, but the skills and lessons learned from them have carried on. Want to have your story told in a cinematic and movie way? Book 2211 Media for your photography and videography. Davis will be there, along with Hannah. And our side projects will teach us everything we need to tell your story.

Hannah’s Side Projects

Hannah’s Side Projects

The beauty of nature is all around us, especially in the great city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. It’s hard to recognize it sometimes, especially while in the city. The nature gets swallowed by the urban landscapes that we have become accustomed to. But, with much resilience and fortitude, nature has found a way to work, even in the city. Part of that is due to great city planning, part due to the fact that nature can’t be beat. All of it though, can make for some awesome photographs. Today we talk about Hannah’s side projects, and one of them, is nature photography.

Nature Photography

Hannah has been surrounding herself with nature for quite some time now. She goes on bi-annual camping trips with her sister to the northern parts of Minnesota. She takes photos of the trees in the fall, stating that the color changes of Autumn are what really get her excited about the season. She is constantly trying to find new ways to show the snow in our area. There’s a lot of it, so you’ve got to make it worth it.

Hannah's Side Projects, autumn colors.
Look at all those colors in the trees. Hannah’s Side Projects look nice.

Hannah is taking a trip to the boundary waters this coming year in hopes to take some pictures of this beautiful landscape. We don’t mean to get political, but some politicians want to run a pipe through this area. Hannah wants them to not do that. She wants to ensure that these areas are not only remembered in their pristine nature, but she wants to raise awareness through her photography of what the world and people are doing to nature. These topics are very important to her.

Portrait Photography

Hannah’s next side project is in portrait photography. It’s easy to flip a phone into portrait mode and let it blur the background, but even better than that is actual portrait photography. She has taken many pictures of Davis, too much in his opinion. She has even photographed a project that took yearbook style photos from the 80s. The project was fun and Hannah was able to make the pictures look good thanks to her skill with the camera and the lens.

Hannah's Side Project for 80s style photos
Hannah’s Side Project of doing these 80s yearbook photos was so fun!

This skill has been the most helpful with marriage and wedding photography. You can see the passion she has for people in her pictures. Her art has helped her to tell a couple’s story even better than they explained it to her. And she doesn’t forget to add a little nature into each shot she takes, ensuring that everything is capture on this couple’s day. Her next skill has less to do with people and nature and more to do with house pets.

Hannah’s favorite Side Project: Cat Photography

If you have met Hannah in person, you know that she is absolutely in love with cats, especially her cats. Fats and Sully, the two little black cats that adorn her personal Instagram page. She’s even snuck a few pictures of them into our Instagram feed. These two cats look great. These photos help to remind us of how cute they are, especially when they decide to wake us up at 4 am for absolutely no reason.

Fats, the cat with a big tummy
This is Fats. He’s not great at being a cat, but he’s cute.

Now, we don’t know if you love cats, or if you want cats anywhere near your wedding, but if you did, Hannah would be your go-to photographer. Cats are her passion and taking pictures of them fuels her passion. She knows how to take great pictures of cats, ones that you will cherish for a long time. Let Hannah take pictures of your cats. It’s all she really wants, anyway. This is one of Hannah’s Side Projects that she very much enjoys.

The Pumpkin Picture

Davis is the author of this piece, if you couldn’t tell. He wants you to know about one picture of Hannah’s that really shows her skills, even with things as arbitrary as a pumpkin on a ledge in a bathroom at a brewery. Yep, you heard that right. The picture in question is below. I just want to leave it at that. Let the picture speak for itself.

Ending of Hannah’s Side Projects

So, if you’re in love with nature, people not only excite you, but you like looking at them, and your so infatuated with cats that you can’t stand it, look no farther than Hannah’s Instagram feed. Follow her here. And follow us here. Look for more photographs, weddings, and inspiration for yourself as you decide what you need a photo shoot for. It can be literally anything, but remember that a cat is fun to take pictures of. And we can take your photos, too!

The Cinematic Wedding Look

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The Cinematic Wedding Look

Movies are everywhere in our culture. At the writing of this, everyone is a buzz about the Oscars. You would think that our pick would be for Marriage Story, but Davis’ favorite movie so far is Parasite, but there’s almost no romantic story lines in that movie. Cinematic looks are everything. Each movie you see, or at least good movies, look like they should be up on that big screen. Not many people tell you this, but your video can look that way too. You want a video that looks like it should be up on the big screen. You want a cinematic wedding video. 

The Cinematic Wedding Look 

Film has a very specific look to it. We could get into the logistics of it, but really that’s our job to understand how it works. It is your job to enjoy it and want to see it. The film look is something that can be hard to attain. Without going with a professional videographer for your wedding, it can be almost impossible. It’s even hard to get on an iPhone camera. There have been movies shot with iPhone cameras and we’ve all seen the commercials about how this picture was shot on an iPhone. The fact of the matter is that isn’t that easy. A lot of work needs to go into the film look. 

The film look is important for your story. When people sit down to see a movie, they see that film look and know they are in for a story. They know the next however many minutes will be filled with a story that they hope to be interested in. We as a society are used to the film look representing this. It has become something we look forward to. In order for your story to be told to it’s fullest, you will want that cinematic look, as well. Any wedding has the ability to have a cinematic wedding look. It’s all about the deliberateness of the shots. And to get that, you need to hire the right videographer

The Cinematic Wedding Look
A still from our Cinematic wedding look for A and A.

Wedding Videos 

There are a ton of different types of wedding videos. We are talking about the cinematic wedding videos earlier, but there are many more. A documentary wedding video will tell the story similarly to a documentary. Taking note of each event as they happen and letting the viewer relive them as they happened. Not a ton of funny business happening here, but that’s what couples want from time to time. They are even stylized videos designed to look like specific genres. Anything from a black and white movie to a new age action film. A skilled videographer can do it all. But how can you tell your videographer exactly what you’re looking for? 

It is important to come into the conversation with your videographer knowing your story. If you’re not sure of it, look at this past post of ours. Once you have that down, a skilled videographer will be able to find a style with you that fits your story. You don’t want a dark and moody video if your story is all about happiness. Similarly, you don’t want to be shown smiling the whole time when the look you are going for is moodier and more romantic. There are tons of things to think about. An expert videographer can help you with whatever you need. 

How to Tell Your Videographer What You Want 

Videographer for the cinematic wedding look
Here’s our videographer. He likes to have too much fun, sometimes.

If you’re going for the cinematic look, it is important to let your videographer know that. They will go into the wedding and the day with the knowledge of what to look for. A lot of videographers don’t have experience creating the film look. They don’t know what goes into it, they just look for ways to shoot the event as it happens. That’s documentary filmmaking like we talked about earlier. It is a viable option, but maybe not what you’re looking for in your story.  

Come with a few favorite movies that you think are similar to your story. If you have a very romantic love, come with movies like Moonstruck or The Notebook. If your love is founded on laughter, don’t be afraid to compare it to When Harry Met Sally. We’ve even seen stories of couples that are closer to Fast and Furious than anything else. By giving the videographer ideas of the types of movies and TV shows that you like, you will give them something to replicate with your day. We’ve got a friend requesting a The Office style wedding video. We are really excited for her to get married and try it out. 

Ending Thoughts 

See yourself on the big screen. Know that you deserve it. Find a videographer that does exactly that for you. One that will tell your story well and make you a video worthy of it. This video will be around for a while and one that you will show to those around you. The last thing you want to do it show them something that doesn’t represent you both as a couple. We at 2211 specialize in telling your story. Get your videographer now. Book the photographer too for special pricing

Planning Basics and How They Can Help Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is months, maybe even years away. You’ve got tons of time in the world. Right now, you can put your feet up, make it through a few seasons of The Office before they take it off of Netflix and just relax. You keep relaxing until a week beforehand, when you realize there are so many things that have to be done. Everything falls on your shoulders and you are rushing and not sleeping until three days after your wedding. You didn’t get to enjoy any of it. You were too busy thinking about all the planning that you didn’t do in between Michael Scott jokes. Let’s makes this not be you. Here are the Planning Basics and How They Can Help Your Wedding Day

Planning Basics and How They Can Help Your Wedding Day 

Mission 

It is really easy to get sucked into the planning of a wedding. There are so many minute details that take your attention and each one seems pressing at the time. Not only that, but you have your family and friends telling you what to do. One of your bridesmaids doesn’t like the color you chose. A parent is telling you that your table decorations look gaudy. All this “feedback” gets in the way of actually planning your wedding. That’s where having a mission for your wedding comes in handy. Now, 2211, are you talking about a mission statement? Like a business? Yes, we are! It may seem weird, but one unifying sentence will help you to ensure you are always going the right way. What is most important to you on the wedding day? That’s where you’ll keep your sights while everyone is giving you “feedback” on the outside. 

Planning Basics and How They Can Help Your Wedding Day
Afton and Caleb used the planning basics to take this sick shot

Now, to find your mission, you need to know your story. A lot of times, the mission is simply to celebrate your love with your friends and family. Knowing this, helps make the small things even smaller. The table decoration aren’t as important, as long as everyone has fun at the dance, so you’ll work on the mix for the dance instead of the table decorations. Sometimes the look is more important to a couple, so those table decorations are necessary to think about. Finding your couple story and what you want to do on your wedding day in a nice easy sentence or paragraph will help you to declutter the world around you and focus on what is important to you. 

Examples: 

We want to ensure our friends and family have a good time celebrating our love. 

To quickly run through a ceremony and save tons of time for dancing. 

To have an Instagram influencer-worthy wedding that people put up on Pinterest as a great wedding look. 

Wedding Planning Basics 

Next comes the basics of a wedding. Hannah and I are currently in the process of getting married and we have dealt with couples during the planning phases of their big days. We know what goes into the planning. Here are a few basics that need to be checked off your list. These will seem relatively simple, but we’re writing these, because we’ve seen them be forgotten until the last day. 

Location 

Relatively simple and usually the first thing that couples look for. Ensure you find a location that fits into your mission. You don’t want to be all about the dancing and not book a venue that has no dance floor space. That will put a damper on things pretty quickly. 

Wedding Planning Basics and location
Location is key when it comes to planning

Colors and Clothing 

Especially those going for a look that stands out. You want to get colors that represent you as a couple, but that will also look good when people are inundated with it at your wedding. Neon green might be funny in the moment, but looking at it all day may give people some headaches if they aren’t prepared for it. 

Decorations 

This is one we see get left until the last second, or given to a parent. Decorations can make or break a wedding. Even if the look isn’t your thing, it is much better to dance or celebrate love in a room filled with pictures of the couple, rather than a blank room. 

Guest List and Invitations 

We could go through the basics here. Send your Save the Dates out to only people on your guest list and 6 to 8 months ahead of time. Stuff like that, but every wedding website has those facts. Instead, this is where your mission will come in real handy. Everyone has an opinion on who should or should not be at your wedding. Look back to your mission statement when making the list and ensure the people that come are those you want there. Your influencer friends for the look. Your most beloved family if they are there for celebration. 

The day 

Planning a day can be much harder for couples, because it is much more abstract. You can taste the food and see the tablecloths, but it’s impossible to imagine exactly how a day will go, but it’s important. This will not only ensure that you don’t forget anything you want to do on your special day, but will let your vendors know exactly what to do. They want to help your wedding be a success just as much as you want it to be. 

Project Management 

Uh oh, 2211 is back on the business train. Now we’re talking project management. A lot of people think that project management is meant for software companies that need to roll out their next feature. It definitely is for that, but it can also be something that will help you plan for your big day. There are tons of free software out there. Apps as simple as a To Do List that you can share with those that need to know all the way to Kanban boards. You may not know what these things are, but if you look into them, you will see that they help you organize your to do list into categories, such as to do, done, and awaiting on responses from others. 

Project management has been tried and true in business. Most companies would shrivel and die if it weren’t for their project managers. Because of this, there are tons of helpful resources online to help project managers. Look into these for yourself, especially if the planning gives you anxiety. These will help you to ensure nothing gets swept under the rug in the hustle and bustle of the next few months. Also you will be able to see all your to do items in one easy chart, which will help you to stick to you mission.  

What Happens if You Don’t Plan? 

We talked about it in the first paragraph, but that mostly dealt with the burdens of procrastination. Most people have fallen into the procrastination hole, heck, even we have. You set off with all the right intentions, but then it all just falls to the side in favor of work, life, and every little thing in between. The best way to combat procrastination is not only to plan, but to give yourself deadlines. You know that most things will be due about a month before the wedding, but why not get a few things done earlier to make that month before the wedding deadline a little easier. Otherwise, you will feel the stress bare down on you. The last thing a couple needs on their wedding day is more stress. 

We are photography and videpography experts, but a lot of times, we’ve been left out of the planning. As a result, there are shots that the couple wants that don’t get taken, because neither side planned together. We have constructed a list of things to think about when it comes to photography and videography. Planning with your vendors will ensure you don’t miss a picture of your family that made it all the way. Ensure that your videos and phots fit into the mission that you created for yourself. Don’t forget to plan and don’t forget to include your vendors in the planning. Especially not the photographer and videographer, but we are biased. 

Ending Thoughts 

So, planning basics and how they can help your wedding day is just your starting point. Get out there and talk with couples that have recently gotten married. Talk with people you know and trust who are project managers in their jobs. Or book us and we will talk with you about all the planning you need to ensure your wedding day is as stress free as it can be. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t forget about the things you need. Instead follow the planning basics and how they can help your wedding day. 

Everyone has a Wedding Story

Stories surround us each and every single day. The stories on the news can be disheartening and informative. The stories your friends tell you can help you to become closer and understand each other better. Even billboards are telling us stories as we pass by them quickly on the highway. Everywhere there is a story. On top of that, everyone has a story. Everyone has something that makes them unique. We at 2211 not only believe this, but we live this. What is your story? How do you find your story? We’ll help. Everyone has a Wedding Story. 

Everyone has a Wedding Story 

How to Find Your Wedding Story 

Think of the last time something happened to you that was story worthy. If this comes easy or hard to you, generally whatever you think of, during the event, you were not thinking that a story was going to come from this. You were looking to go into the next step. Thinking about what you’re going to eat for lunch. The story though, is always happening, regardless of whether you are being an active participant in it or not. And you can find what your story it by attempting to take a look at yourself from the outside in.

Writing your story down is a simple tactic. We were all taught how to do this when growing up. We would make stories in kindergarten classes and present them. If you ever did show and tell, you had to tell the story of the thing you brought to class. We would write these things down to help us tell the story better. By writing down, or at least attempting to write down your story will help you immensely. This can be in the form of a journal. One of those journals that couples fill out with questions can be really helpful. They even have apps to record one second a day to help tell your story. Just write down what’s going on each day and eventually a story will come into fruition. As we said earlier, stories happen, regardless of whether you are actively participating or not. 

Everyone has a story and every wedding has one, too.
Even the location pertains to your story

Wedding Stories 

Love is the main theme when it comes to most weddings. The celebration of love between the couple as they kiss and walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. The whole day is filled with the story of this couple and who they choose to have around them. The venue, the table settings, even the DJ all play a part in that story. This is why figuring out your story is so important. It can make planning the wedding even easier. You can find vendors that will fit into your story. Even choosing the food becomes easier when you find your story. 

The hard part of wedding stories is that it is a combination of two personalities into one story. Each person has their own story. Along the timeline of their story, they find another person who also has their own story. Now they take those two stories and hold them together with the glue of love. As we find that story, we do it with another person by our side. We find what makes the two of us compatible. We find the word through our adventures together. The date at an Italian restaurant can be a story. The trip to Cancun is a story. Even the boring stuff can be a story. Take all of these things into effect when creating your story. 

Telling Others Your Story 

Next comes the hardest part of finding your story, telling it to others. Believe us when we say that telling people your own story can be hard. It can feel a combination of arrogant, embarrassing, and personal. How does one get past those feelings? It can be difficult, but each and every time you do it, it gets easier. The arrogance goes away once you start to entertain people. The embarrassment too. But that path to getting to entertaining can be hard. That’s where you can get other people to help. We are going to plug 2211 here. You knew it would happen.  

We are experts in storytelling, especially through a lens. Davis makes films in his free time. Hannah takes beautiful landscape photography in efforts to preserve nature. We tell stories all the time and ones that aren’t our own. We have a knack for telling a story and we know how to make it good and entertaining. We also love to help people find their story. We know that you want to tell your story and we want to tell it, so look at our packages and hit us up today. We are just waiting to tell your story. 

Ending Thoughts 

You have a story and it deserves to be told. You can figure it out. You can write it down, work with your partner to discover what it means, or simply just think about it more and more. In the end, your story is so uniquely you. You need to tell your story, especially on your wedding day. We at 2211 Media can help. So, if you are looking for your story to be told, check out our packages and tell your story the best way you can. 

What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                Your wedding has just happened. The guests are buzzing. Love is in the air. That magic feeling is all around you and your partner, the wedding party, and all the attendees. They can’t wait to bring this feeling out into the world. Let everyone enjoy it with them. They still have a few days or maybe even a few weeks off until they see those they want to talk with. They finally see them and they can’t remember that feeling anymore. Life has happened in between now and then and it’s gone from the memory. They remember the big parts, but they’ve forgotten about the small stuff, no matter how hard they tried to remember. Then they get their photos. The feelings are all back again, as if magically printed into the scenes on the glossy paper. What’s the best way to remember your wedding day? Photos. That’s the answer.

What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

What's the best way to remember your wedding? Photos.
This was in front of a crowd of people, but the right photographer will make you feel comfortable, no matter what.

Capture the Moment

                Wedding Days are hectic. The day is filled with people you haven’t seen in a long time and those that you see all the time. They are all mixed together into one space. They are all there to celebrate you and your love. But, they all have different ways of doing that. You’ve got a cousin that wants to show off their dance moves on the floor. You great aunt wants to tell you the story of her wedding and how this reminded her of that. Your pesky little brother just wants to pull pranks, but not on your watch. There is just way too much going on, and we haven’t even touched the ceremony, the food, and the speeches. So many speeches.

                With all of this craziness, it can be really easy to miss something. Even if you just go to the bathroom for a second, you could miss a great moment. That’s where the photographer comes in. They capture those moments, so you don’t have to be there for everything. We want to make your day be remembered. Forgetting can be the worst thing. We know that you can’t be everywhere at once. We also know that with the number of events happening, it’s darn near impossible to remember it all. That’s why the photos are the best way to remember the wedding. They capture the emotion as they are happening and you can enjoy it from the day you receive the photos to the end of eternity.

Why a Professional Photographer, Though?

                Lots of people know how to take a photo. Everyone has a fairly decent camera in their pocket. We’ve seen plenty of weddings go with the no photographer route, thinking their friends and family will get the right pictures for them. There’s nothing wrong with this thinking, but there is a lot that goes into the photography that many don’t realize. The framing and composition of the photo is one thing. Ensuring they capture the emotion is another. Go to Instagram and look at your most active non-photographer friend’s page. You get to see some great stuff. Now, look for a professional photographer’s page. It’s astounding the difference. The way the photos look is beyond what you would imagine, even if it is something you’ve seen time and time again.

                If you want to ensure that your photos don’t look like a shaky snapchat pic with a nasty looking filter, it’s important to go with a professional photographer. They have an obligation to getting you the best pictures. They want you to like what you see, because they want to tell your story. A photographer wants you to sing their praises to your newly engaged friends, as well. They also have the experience required to get those good-looking moments. Nothing against your friend’s Instagram page, but photography takes a ton of work that doesn’t cross the mind of a lot of influencer on social media.

These tow will remember their wedding day.
Hannah got this photo with a lens they don’t have for iPhones.

Why are Photographers so Expensive?

                We talked about it a little in the last section, with the experience and obligation, but let’s jump into it here. Photographers can be expensive. As you do your research, you will likely find the good ones can be up to $5000, while even smaller inexperienced photographers still cost over $1000. It can seem like too much. The parts of photography that don’t seem so flashy are the reasons for the prices. It is very hard to get a photo to look good right out of the camera. There is a ton of work that goes into each photo before you get to see it. The photographer has experience here, as well. Ensuring the photo looks as close to the human eye image we saw on the actual wedding day.

                We also need to pay for the parts that go into photography. The camera body and lenses. The flashes and extra batteries. They all incur a cost initially and maintaining them is not cheap, either. Keeping these things in mind, the price can seem a little less shocking. There are tons of stories of cheap photographers doing a poor job. You can’t redo the day, so sometimes it’s better to put up with the price, knowing that in a year or even fifty, you will thank yourself. You’ll know that the answer to “What’s the best way to remember your wedding day?” is Photos.

How to Save Money

                Even though we talked about price, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to still save money while getting quality. The first mistake a lot of couples make is to book the photographer for the whole day, when they really only need them for the ceremony and speeches. Work with your partner to find what is necessary for your photos before you look for booking. Sometimes a half day is more than enough for your wedding day and can be a huge cost saver.

                Booking together with videography is also an option, especially with 2211 Media. We have photography and videography services, both of which will help you remember your wedding day in all its emotional glory. Booking together can lower the cost of the photography and get you everything you need without sacrificing on the quality. Look to our Packages for some options that work well with your wedding day.

Photographer and her camera. That's a way to remember.
If we haven’t convinced you, take a look at how cute Hannah is. That should work.

So, What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                By now, you’ve got it. Don’t skimp on the photographer, because everyone holds onto their photos much longer than the initial year of their wedding. These photos will make it through each move the two of you go through. Make it through most events that happen in your life. And no matter what is happening in your life, you can look back on these photos and smile, remembering the magical feeling of your wedding day. So, Photographs is the answer to what’s the best way to remember your wedding.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

The worst or best part of any wedding is the dancing. You get to know just how drunk your uncle really is. You get to see who took some dance classes at some point in their lives and those who know how to step-touch really well. There is not a lot of thought put into the dances. Some people just simply tell their DJ to play the hits. We’re here to give you some guidance based on our experience. Here’s A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance
The wedding dance can be the best part of the night.

Dances with Instructions.

              The Cupid Shuffle. The Cha-Cha Slide. These songs tell us exactly what to do. Stomp Our feet. Cha Cha real smooth (Whatever that means). For those of us that are prone to poor dancing, these songs can be a lifesaver. Your cousin can show everyone just how good they are at instructions. Your aunt can add some flair by moving her hands and arms in a pattern while she follows the instructions with her feet. No one will have to look too embarrassing. On the other hand, however, those that like to impress won’t really have the chance with these songs. So if you have a family or group of friends that are good at dancing, it may be best to skip these songs.

Chicken Dance

              The chicken dance gets its own paragraph for this one. A long time ago, someone invented the accordion. Largely, this was thought to be a bad idea, with only polka people and Weird Al enjoying it. Then someone invented the Chicken Dance and we all finally understood why people were having such a good time while doing a polka. You get to link arms and fling people around. The part where you pretend to be a chicken is so much fun. Finally, the accordion had widespread appeal. There are even secret lyrics to this timeless song. Everyone has a different version of the lyrics, but mostly, the lyrics are about how bad ducks are. So if you don’t like those floating birds that eat the bread you throw for them in the water, opt to have the chicken dance in your wedding dance mix.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding
There’s even a Wiki How page on the Chicken Dance

Country Music

              We do not condone country music. We need to get that out there first. Though Hannah is from Wisconsin and Davis is from North Dakota, two of the most country music playing states in the union, we are not the biggest fans. We don’t want to make anyone feel bad, though, for liking it. And it’s because of that why you need to include a few country songs in your wedding day mix. The cousins from out of town who each have a pickup truck will thank you. The cousins from in town with the weirdly clean pickup trucks that have never hauled anything will also enjoy the songs. Also, all the dances for country songs work perfectly with step-touches like we talked about before. These songs can be a win-win and will be a welcome break back to the bar for those that would rather not.

Slow Dances

              We get asked a lot, “How many slow dances songs should we have in our mix?” This question can be hard, because the math is getting more and more difficult for this question. You obviously want a few. That’s a given. You gotta have the one where you get everyone to leave who has been married less than 10 years and so on. That way we can all cheer for people who have been married the longest. But you also want slow dance songs for your single friends. It’s hard to talk to people while those heavy bass dance beats are going off, so the slow dance will help your single friends ask that person they’ve been talking to for a dance. You’ll definitely get invited to their wedding and that’s at least a free meal right there. So, in our opinion, the more slow dances, the better.

Overall

              Everyone will be telling you what songs to play. The important thing, too, is that you won’t always make everyone happy with each song. In the end, make sure you love the songs you’re going to play. Slow dances, rave music, country songs. Play them all if you like them. It’s all your decision, because it is your day. But if you want to remember the way your aunt moved her hands to the Chicken Dance. Or if you can’t stop laughing at your cousin who thought they could break dance, then book 2211 media to capture all of that for your memory.

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5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

Each wedding website has an explanation of problems that could happen. Here’s one. Here’s another. We won’t regale you with every problem that could happen, but we will answer this one question for you. What if my photographer and videographer get into a fight? On your big day, you don’t want to have to babysit two artists as they complain about one another getting into their shots. They both want you to sing their praises, but when they get in each other’s way, we lose that. Here’s our 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Personality Tests

Your photographer and videographer will likely have some big personalities. They are artists who have to constantly self-promote. Because of that, they may have personalities that are not compatible. Websites like e-Harmony and OKCupid have been utilizing personality tests to match people for years and they have yielded some major results. You may not have the algorithms they have, but you can make your own. Find out their likes and dislikes. Test them on their happiness and other emotions. Have them write an essay about their perfect day. Compare the two and see if you have a match and an avoidance of a nasty vendor fight on your wedding day.

Pro-Tip: If you run out of time and don’t have the ability to perform these tests, or you’re just looking for something easier, have them tell you their zodiac signs. We know that a Taurus will never get along with a Leo and so forth. This can be an easy way to get this done quickly and doesn’t include an essay.

Zodiac Signs
We won’t tell you which one is the best, but Pisces and Libra look pretty good.

Hire a Mediator

Mediators have been through some of the worst fights and have come out of it with so much experience. Experience that will help your vendors avoid a fight. They’ve really been through the worst of humanity, so getting in each other’s shots will be nothing for them. This, of course, will force you to need to schedule another vendor for your wedding day, but this one might be good. They will be able to help you along the way with more than just your photographer and videographer. Fights between the DJ and the caterer solved! No more bridesmaid squabbles. It almost feels like more weddings should have a mediator present. Or maybe that’s what the wedding planner is?

Marriage Story
They probably didn’t follow the 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Have them Meet Beforehand

You will always have a chance to meet with your photographer and videographer before your wedding. If you aren’t, then you have a whole other problem on your hands. Why not try to schedule them both for the same date? That way they both can meet, and you can get them to talk like some sort of matchmaker for vendors. The three of you, or possibly more, can chat over a drink and appetizers. Of course, you will need to coordinate schedules, and if they don’t work out, you will likely have to pick one and if the movie Sophie’s Choice taught us anything, it’s that choices can be hard, although this choice is much easier than hers.

Find Cordial People You Agree With

One of the most difficult parts of any wedding is finding people that are compatible with you. You want a photographer that will not only understand your family but take photos that highlight their personalities. You want a videographer with a cinematic eye, but who also gets your story. These are the things to look for and can be incredibly hard when it comes to booking a vendor. To get both of these things can be darn near impossible. But if you are able to secure these two people and they are incredibly compatible with you and your partner, then it is likely that they will be compatible with each other. Do this task and you won’t have to worry. Although you might have to worry about them falling in love or something while at your wedding. And there’s nothing worse than an unplanned engagement at your wedding.

Hire a company that has both

Most companies are comprised of people that barely know each other but have likely been able to work together to at least make it through the day. Some companies have problems, but that’s where HR comes in. Even easier than those companies are teams of people that come together to make something great. We’ve seen these models work with companies like Google and Apple. They took people that work well together and had them make something. We at 2211 Media have done the same thing. Hannah and Davis have gotten together, first in love, then secondly as a business. We have tested our relationship and know that our fights will not happen on your wedding day. We plan together to ensure we both get the best shots. Cordially, we talk with each other to know what’s going on. Heck, we even know what love feels like and can guarantee we capture it well. All without even an inkling of a fight.

Davis and Hannah of 2211 media
Look how cute we are together!

Conclusion

All in all, the wedding day is a stressful day for everyone, even the vendors. There’s a lot riding on this day and it’s important to do everything right, so you can look back on the day and smile. Look at your photographs that show your love. Watch the video and show it off to your friends. You want it all to be perfect and a fight is definitely going to get in the way. Follows these 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer and this will happen. We especially like tip #5.