Why You Need Videography on Your Wedding Day

Groom holding Bride's Dress

We all know the old wedding videos. A camera with a mic tethered to it. The videographer would go table by table asking people to say something nice to the couple. The video would look jerky, the sayings would all be the same, and the people were almost unrecognizable. A lot of times it was just your uncle who had the camera. Because of these events, a lot of people have shunned videography from their weddings in either attempts to save money or because they don’t see the benefit. Well, we’re here to tell you why you need videography on your wedding day.

Why You Need Videography on Your Wedding Day

The talk of the town

              When was the last time that a friend sent you a video they thought was great? For a lot of us, it was very recently. Nowadays, video has become an incredibly accessible medium, much easier than the days of the VCR. Because of this, the video of your wedding is a must. People pass around YouTube clips and TikToks faster than a VCR could rewind a tape. And each of us can hold that technology in our pocket. Once again, another downside to the VCR. No portability. If you want people to see your wedding, see how beautiful it is, you not only want videography, but you need it. If you still need convincing, here’s an article of people praising why you need videography for your wedding day.

Dominique and Anthony let us know that the video was their favorite part of their wedding day.

All the platforms for videos

              Video ha become more a part of the internet than we could have ever imagined even just 10 years ago. Everyone has a Facebook page with video capability. YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, TikTok, even Snapchat. Almost 5 billion YouTube videos are watched daily. You don’t want to be left in the dust when it comes to your wedding day. People will be able to see your video on one of the many platforms you have on your phone. You can make your enemies jealous. Make you friends inspired for their own wedding days. Even make total strangers realize just what they need to put on the perfect wedding day. Your video can do all of that.

My big fat Greek wedding and why you need videography on your wedding day.
Watch this to see why you need videography on your wedding day.

Movies

              The Oscars are coming up soon. We wrote this article before the nominations, but it will be posted afterwards, so we’re guessing that some really good movies made the cut. Or at least we’re hoping. For those reading in the future, the Golden Globes of 2020 missed the mark with not nominating any women led movies for best pictures (but we digress). We know that movies surround us and are a large part of our culture. Everyone has multiple streaming apps that each have thousands of movies and TV shows on them. If you want to openly go against the culture we live in today, a video is not necessary. We as a culture just understand this medium, so to skip it is to skip out on your friends and family being able to openly enjoy your love for more than just your wedding day.

Memories

Let’s not forget about you in this article, as well. Very few people have a perfect memory. We’ve seen videos of the World Memory Championships and have been absolutely astounded. We know we can’t do that, but you still want to remember one of the best days of your life. All the emotions of the day. Every event that happened that will make you laugh, cry, and experience it all over again. Video does this for us. The events held in pristine beauty, remembered better than your mind has the ability to remember. You need not worry all day of your wedding about ensuring you remember everything. There are way too many things going on. Let the video do the remembering for you. Have the day to live in the present while the video allows future you to live in the past.

Overall

              Ferris Bueller said it best. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Don’t miss anything on your wedding day. Live in the present. Celebrate your love. And let us capture it for you. We love to tell stories and your story is exactly the one we want to tell. Book us now, or risk forgetting your own story on the honeymoon.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota

Winter is in full swing now and it will be until at least April. With winter being such a big part of this harsh state that we live in, we wanted to come up with ways you can make it better. We know all the lists of great winter activities. In fact, Davis likes the Winter Olympics more than the summer ones, but that’s because he came from basically Canada (Fargo). So, in spite of a snowball fights between the groom side and the bride side, or having Parson Brown the snowman marrying you later, we’ve devised this list. Here’s 7 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota.

Cold = No Sweat

One of the worst things that can happen to a person on their wedding day is pit stains. With all the layers we wear and the 100+ degree days of July and August, these faux pas can be almost impossible to avoid. Instead of buying more deodorant than a criminal about to take a lie detector test, do your wedding in the middle of winter. The cold of winter in Minnesota has very few upsides, but not sweating is definitely one of them.

Ted Striker Sweating
This won’t be you, because you followed these 7 Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota.

The layers will help to keep you warm and you can use them to add more nuance to your outfits. Those hand warmers that fancy people wear can be a great accessory (I’m being told they are called muffs). Go ahead and add layers, because if you need a cool down you simply will have to crack a window in the reception hall or church. Sweating has ruined weddings. From the hair being messed up, to the groom looking like he went to the dance floor before the ceremony, to the endless pit stains. Winter weddings will relieve that part of your worries.

Fur Muff
Now you know what a muff is. You’re welcome.

Cheaper

Hannah and I are having our wedding in the middle of December and the savings we got on the venue alone made it worth it. A lot of venues need something to fill their spots in the winter months. Because of that, they have drastically lowered their prices. A lot of couples have a location in mind right when the engagement ring slide onto the finger. Those locations can be packed from April to November, but they tend to have availability in the winter. This is a secret that we discovered and are telling you now. The price tags of venues can cause such a sticker shock that Las Vegas chapels start to sound enticing. Instead, have the wedding of your dreams with the price of your dreams, as well.

Snow!

You’ve seen it on your Facebook and Instagram feeds after a friend of yours gets married. The greenery and trees that surround couples on their big days. The green can be such a beautiful backdrop for photos and video, but has also been done before. The snow can add for a whole new backdrop. Snow falling is even prettier, but it’s hard to plan the weather in the way you want it. A lot of weddings have black as a primary color. Snow is a beautiful contrast to that and can really make any darker color you have pop even harder. Plus you don’t have to worry about your wedding being outdoors or indoors. Snow is really a negative a lot of times in Minnesota, but here’s at least one positive outside of snow days.

Snowy Day
Now that just looks like a wedding day to us!

Unique

Hinted at in the last paragraph, but hitting it harder here. A lot of weddings have looked the same from 1945 to 2020. Not a lot of variety and the pictures and videos tend to show that. There are billions of people on this earth, each with their own personality. When two individual personalities come together, they make their own personalities as a couple. For all these weddings to look the same shows that people don’t try to make things fit their personalities. They simply just do what everyone else does. While winter may not exactly show off your personality, we know your warmer than that, it will be a way to show off where you come from. Minnesota people are caring, a little passive aggressive, and can really make it through anything once they have a few winters under their belts.

Family Holidays

Families get together over the holidays. Sometimes a family member can’t make it and it’s hard to not have them there. Your cousin that you haven’t seen for a while has to miss their fourth Christmas in a row, because they are going to their SO’s Christmas. With a wedding happening around a holiday, all of this can be avoided. Your family members want to be around you to celebrate your love. Now they have a reason to not only come to your wedding, but also not miss your family’s holiday plans. It’s a win-win.

7 Reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota banquet hall
If you’re lucky, they place may already be decorated! Another win!

Break it Up

Friends are family members that we get to choose. We love to have them around and we want them all to be at our wedding. You also want to be able to celebrate your friends’ weddings and with planning and limited space available at certain venues, it can be almost impossible to not schedule your day on your friend’s day. By planning a winter wedding, you ensure that no one will have the excuse of missing your wedding for a different wedding. And you’ll be able to make all of your friends’ weddings that didn’t read this article and stuck with a summer/fall wedding. Also, you get a break between your wedding and the next one of your friends, so you get to be the newly weds for longer in your friend group.

Minnesota

That’s one beautiful state right there.

Minnesota is a beautiful place. The parks and lakes just in Minneapolis are gorgeous on their own and they pale in comparison to the lakes in the north along with all its animals and nature. We are as big a part of Minnesota as it is of us. We love to tell out of towners just which little town we came from and just how far that little town is away from a slightly larger town that they may have heard of? No? Well, that’s okay. Minnesota is known for its winters and we are a part of those winters too. To completely skip a 6 month period (Yes, winters last that long here) we would be skipping a part of ourselves. So go ahead, plan that winter wedding. And when someone asks you why you planned a winter wedding, you send them to this article on 7 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota

Your 2019 Review

Everyone likes to end the year with a year in review type post or list. YouTube always does it poorly. Every single music website lists their favorite albums and songs. But we’re going to do it a little differently. We want you to know that your year should be celebrated, not just Billie Eilish’s (Bad Guy is alright, I guess). Everything you do that gets you off the couch and helping those around you should be celebrated! We think you did a great job this year and there are tons to look forward to in 2020. Let’s look at your 2019 review.

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We liked our 2019 review, let’s look at yours.

Your New Stories

Cohabitation has been on the rise recently and this has been making some people in our industry angry and scared. This all according to Pew Research. The world has a way of changing. The old people tnd to get mad at the young people for doing things differently. In 2019, we want to acknowledge you all and your resiliency. We want you to remember that even though people say that industries are being killed by young people, who cares? It’s what make you you that matters. Whether you’re living with a partner, alone, or somewhere not on this needlessly binary scale, we support you! This is one of the big stories for us in your 2019 review.

Having fun at the urban engagment session
Your 2019 review is looking good.

Your Inspiration for Stories

The world can be a hard place sometimes. The news outlets keep mentioning everything that is happening on a 24-hour news cycle. That can be just so exhausting. Both Hannah and Davis came into 2019 with a dead-end job that was going nowhere. We both took this year to seize what we knew and start 2211, and while we’re still not done with our jobs, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We can worry about the things we can’t control all day, and there were a ton in 2019, but the things that will make a difference are those we can. In 2020, we’re excited to see you grab life by the horns a little bit more and make it a better year than 2019. Your 2019 review can’t go anywhere without looking to 2020.

Davis and Hannah your 2019 review
We think you’re great.

Closing Thoughts on your 2019 review

We started 2211 in 2019 and are just getting off the ground, We did our first engagement shoot three months ago. Our first wedding was in May. We went from doing nothing to having something. The future is exciting and we know that we can change people’s lives by simply telling their stories. What stories are you hoping to tell in 2020? We would love to help you tell the story of the love you have, the days you have toiled on various projects, or just something that happened to you that you want the world to know about. Hit us up and let’s make your story the headline in 2020.

NE Minneapolis Stories

We both met here in NE Minneapolis. Davis lived by Good Carma Coffee (good coffee and even better people) and Hannah by Holy Land (Mediterranean food to die for). We both love this area and want to tell its story. Central Avenue, the NE turkeys, so many breweries, and some perfect spots for pictures and videos. Let’s walk through NE Minneapolis stories and culture and find out what it has to offer.

Today

According to Meet Minneapolis, “Northeast’s neighborhood can be divided into two main sections: the Arts district and the Riverfront district.” Both riverfront and arts do a great job of describing what you can encounter when you dive into NE Minneapolis and what is has to offer. The Mississippi and all its majestic glory or the arts of many different cultures circling the streets and people of this beautiful neighborhood. These all contribute to the NE Minneapolis Stories that we know and love.

Afton and Caleb NE Minneapolis Stories
Afton and Caleb had us tell their NE Minneapolis Story.

The Landmarks

Most people when they think about NE Minneapolis first jump to the vibrant brewery scene. Indeed, Bauhaus, Fair State, and Insight to name a few. Each of these places has their own stories that fill the taproom and their beer each time we go to get a drink or visit with friends. The Lowry Bridge over the river is sandwiched between a tiki bar known as Psycho Suzi’s and a Ferris Wheel owned by Betty Danger’s. The Stone Arch Bridge (I’m sensing a bridge theme) connects NE Minneapolis to the heart of Minneapolis and is one of the more beautiful spots not just in Minneapolis, but in the midwest. So many parks positioned perfectly between the urban landscape creating gorgeous photo and video spots for any story.

NE Minneapolis Arts District
One of NE Minneapolis many Arts Districts signs

The culture

Hipsters. Hipsters everywhere. That’s the outsider’s view of NE Minneapolis, and to an extent, they aren’t wrong. The hipsters and their IPA, thrift shops, and bicycle lanes are thriving in NE Minneapolis, but there’s more. Artist’s studios line almost every major street, bringing stories through different media to those who walk through this neighborhood. A market, fair, or expo is happening every weekend, that culminate into the event of the summer, Art-A-Whirl. It’s hard to stay in NE Minneapolis for longer than an hour and not fall in love with all the cultures surrounding you. EspeciallMiy with the food. Central Avenue alone spans the world in the way of restaurants and food. And each has its own story.

Art A whirl
One of the best NE Minneapolis Stories.

What’s your NE Minneapolis Story?

With all of the culture, food, art, and people, it’s hard to find something that bores you here in this part of Minneapolis. Hannah and Davis recently did an engagement session for Afton and Caleb starting in NE Minneapolis and ending in Downtown, walking the whole way. The mixture of urban and nature create such fundamentally different backdrops for any story being told. Each building and Street has its own history. And the nature is vibrant and thriving. And the people are friendly and loving. All the things anyone would need in a living space, photo shoot, or whatever brings you outside. Let us help capture your story in the beautiful neighborhood of NE Minneapolis.

Mental Health and Weddings

A wedding can be an incredibly stressful time in a couple’s life. Tensions tend to run high, even if you are trying to keep it small and casual. Family drama, vendor troubles, even the weather can make the whole thing way more stressful than it ever need be. Check out our tips on mental health and weddings.

Our Mental Health

We both have struggled with mental health throughout our lives. Everything we speak about today is from our own experiences and from people that we have talked with. We want to help make your wedding special and it’s hard to do that when the stresses overtake the joy you feel for your partner and your family coming together to celebrate. These may not work for you, but they certainly have helped us. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone, no matter how much it feels that way.

Planning, Planning, Planning

Every day something new comes up. The colors. The food. How many people are your going to invite. Why aren’t you inviting this person? Oh no, a friend of yours has the same colors and you’re really not a friend of theirs anyway, it’s just through Instagram. These little things can really add up and by the end of all the planning you can feel lost. Don’t forget to take time off for yourself. Reading a book, walking on a path you find familiar, shopping (Davis likes this one a little too much). These things can all help you to slow down and refresh your brain and your anxiety. Take it from Donna and Tom. Treat Yo Self.

Mental Health? Treat Yo Self!

Post Wedding Blues

You’ve waited for this day for so long and before you know it, the day is done. Everyone is going home. The cousins that were in your house are gone and now it’s just the two of you. Going back to work as if nothing ever happened. The world has a way of continuing to be the same when you change. Madame B’s Boutique has a great article on the post-wedding depressions she went through. Take care of yourself and plan for stuff to do after your wedding to continue and self-care, even outside of having a honeymoon. Mental health and weddings expands past that one day.

The Center of Attention

Some people just really do not want to be the center of attention. Davis doesn’t fully understand this, but Hannah does. Stage fright can hit and make the day even worse. All the people you have to “entertain.” Having to be in front of people. The cameras pointed at you. It can all be too much for some. The important thing to remember is that while your family might be there and you may have had to pay a lot of money for them to be there, this whole event is for you. The people there want to celebrate you, and if they don’t, who cares about them anyway? You are too important and cool for them anyway. Do you see what you’re wearing? Schnazzy as heck!

Guy in a spotlight
You’ll look better than this guy, that’s for sure.

How We Can Help with Mental Health and Weddings

As talked about earlier, we both have struggles with mental health, especially when it comes to big events. Through those struggles, we have learned and want to help you with everything our experiences have taught us. Our photography and videography will help you to remember the day so you can sit back and not worry about two less things. Our attitudes are chill. We have heard way too many horror stories of photographers that we’re grumpy, mean, or downright rude. In order to help you through your day, you need someone on your side, who has your back. We’ll gladly be that and tell your story at the same time. Take care of your mental health and your wedding will be so much more special.

Our Family

We like to work with couples. We find ourselves at home as we get to know you and your unique story. Through that, we have been able to learn, grow, and challenge our own views with each new couple that we meet. Their stories fill us with any and all emotions that one can be filled with. But we never really tell too much about ourselves, because it isn’t our story that is being told in that moment. So, here is our moment to shine. Here is our family and our story.

Davis and Hannah. Our Family.
Davis got Hannah to dance at this wedding.

Hannah and Davis

We both met at this mystical and wonderful place known as Wells Fargo, where we both worked as the ethereal temporary worker. Needless to say, we weren’t the biggest fans of what we did (Document custody for mortgage companies gets pretty boring after more than 1 hour of work) so we connected and talked and eventually we went out. First to a brewery, Fair State in the house, and then to a now defunct Italian restaurant in Edina. And now we have a life together, that includes two cats, an apartment, and a joy for telling stories.

Our Family (Cats)
Click the picture to see Hannah’s photos of our kitties on her website.

Our Family (Cats)

Davis moved in with Hannah in June of 2018. 5 days later, 2 little black cats moved in and have terrorized us ever since. Especially because Hannah went on a 5 day camping trip that next weekend, so Davis had to take care of kittens when he had really only had a dog. They survived, no thanks to Davis, and have become some pretty big boys in the process. We went with adopting them from a shelter. We knew that black cats had a stigma that forced them to be one of the under-adopted cats, so we gave it a shot. Fats Domino and Sully appreciated it, we’re sure.

NE MPLS Wedding Venue
This was a beautiful set up for a wedding

Our Family (Passions)

The thing that drew Hannah and Davis together were there passions. Davis had been interested in movies and videos since he was in Middle school, creating some of the most horrible YouTube videos you could ever see. He took that into a Broadcast Journalism degree, because NDSU doesn’t have a film degree, and is now making movies with his friends outside of the movies he makes for our couples. Hannah’s passions started with fashion. She loved to see all the fashion photography that was coming out. She also takes bi-yearly trips to the north and wanted a way to preserve the beautiful lands that memory couldn’t do. She took up photography and the rest is history.

First Dance
No words needed for this story

Your Story

Every good story needs perspective. Hannah and Davis have lived some pretty perspective filled lives that allow them to get into anyone’s shoes and show what makes a story tick. Years of creating, reading, and enjoying stories have led us to you. We will tell your story as if you were the director. You’ll be the actor, obviously, but we’ll take care of the rest. Be prepared to cry at your own story like Davis cries at most movies.

About Our Videography

Movies are selling out theaters weekly. We are fascinated with a story up on the big screen. Videography is an extension of that media and your chance for your story to be up on that screen, or at least worthy of it. Davis is our videographer and he has an eye for movies and telling a story in a cinematic way. Here is about our videography.

Davis, Our videography guy

Why do videography?

The weddings we have shot have been ones that were at first hesitant to take on videography. They weren’t sure if it was going to be worth it. They have since changed their mind with one bride telling us how the video was their favorite part of the wedding. We are subject to movies and TV every day. It’s only natural that this is the way we like our stories to be told. Therefore, videography is our best chance at that.

Silhouetter urban engagement session

Engagement Trailer

Every good story has a trailer beforehand. We recently created a wedding trailer for a couple. We created an action movie trailer that not only showed the date of their wedding, but showed off who they were as people. The trailer is a great way to get people hyped. Get them ready for the event, and show off your personality and story. Through our videography, we are always looking for unique ways to tell your story and this is one of those ways.

Videography in action

Unique videos

Every weekend, hundreds, or thousands even, of people are getting married. Most of those videos are going to look pretty similar. We don’t like those cookie cutter formulas that are easy to pull off, with all their shortcuts. We get to know you and your story, by sitting down with you, talking with you, and finding your unique story. We customize the experience to how it is going to work for you. Then, you’ll feel your story is worthy of selling out movie theaters.

Davis in a yearbook picture

Contact Us!

Not sure if you want videography? Concerned about price? Contact us for some options that will help to alleviate a lot of the stress that is surrounding the videography experience. We’ll even take your guests’ videos and edit them into one cohesive video for you. We have every option you could want in your video.

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About Our Photography

The art of capturing the still image. It is the photographer’s job to tell a story through this image with perspective, content, and emotion. That’s what Hannah does for us. The camera is a third eye for her. One that captures your story or any story, for that matter. Here is about our photography.

Who is Hannah?

Hannah hails from Detroit, MI, but has made NE Minneapolis her home. Hannah always loved fashion photography and found an interest in capturing moments from that. She later got into photography to capture the beauty of nature on her regular camping trips up north. The Tettegouche State Park area, Split Rock Lighthouse, and nature itself are what interested her. The translation from nature wedding photography was natural. Either way, a story is told and that story is necessary for the photographer.

Dip Kiss

Our Wedding Photography

There is one day that you will talk about for the rest of your life, and that is your wedding day. Hannah’s pictures will tell more than a thousand words and be the best visual assistant when explaining to everyone just how special your wedding day was. The story of our love and those around us to celebrate it. Hannah’s ability to capture these stories and moments will make your day come to life in a whole new way. You will truly be the celebrity that you deserve to be on your wedding day with her photography.

Having fun at the urban engagment session

Our Engagement Sessions

The preamble to the wedding. The roller coaster notches it way up the incline until it reaches the peak, or the wedding day. Eager couples sometimes miss engagement sessions, because it doesn’t seem as important as the wedding day. The engagement photo shoot is not only necessary for capturing your story, but helps to show your guests what makes your wedding story so special. It is the first thing that people will see when they start to think about your wedding. The pictures will be on the Save the Dates, the Invitations, and all over your social media. You want them to look as good as Hannah can make them.

Hannah Drinking a beer

Personable Attitude

Hannah is more than just a photographer, she is a person that wants to know and tell your story. She will sit down with you and discover what makes you tick. Hannah takes the time to get to know you and your story. How can a story be told without first knowing what it is? The couples we have worked with so far have loved the amount of time that Hannah has put in to get to know them and make them feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than a photographer that is going to take photos without regards to your story.

Get in Contact with Us!

Hannah cannot wait to get to know you and tell your story. If you get to us before the end of 2019, you will get our 2019 pricing, because the price is going up in the New Year. Not only will you get a photographer, but also you will get a storyteller who will tell your story. The wedding day goes by fast, so make sure you capture it as best you can, with our photography.

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Urban Engagement Session

Silhouetter urban engagement session

We had the pleasure of shooting an engagement session right in the heart of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Bridge Area is a must-see and now we know as a must shoot for any urban engagement session that wants to feature Minneapolis. The bridge, the falls, the parks on either side and some great restaurants. Let’s talk about everything we learned on this gorgeous shoot.

Urabn engagement session on Stone Arch Bridge
Look at that dip. The first time they had done that.

The bridge area

The bridge itself is often populated with people. We were unsure how the crowds would be, but we had seen a lot of people taking pictures on the bridge before and most crowds would let people be. We were lucky enough to have a rainy day that subsided right before we started taking the pictures. The overcast skies acted like a soft box and made for some perfect lighting.

The cement and rails created some great lines that created solid horizons and visuals pointing straight to the couple. The falls allowed for variation in the background from the cement and urban environment. The walk through the bridge was nothing to sneeze at, either. We got a good workout during this session.

Mill City Museum, Guthrie, and Gold Medal Park

Silhouetter urban engagement session
Even their silhouettes showcase their love

The Mill City Museum is inside of some ruins of an old mill that burnt some time ago. The partially destroyed building creates a unique look on the Minneapolis skyline and perfect for this urban engagement session. We took some of our favorite photos outside of the building. The stone walls looked both castle-like and urban, allowing for us to create an amazing backdrop for the couple as they joked around and got more into the session.

The park beside the museum also allowed us to give some nature to this urban landscape. We took some of the artwork and made it the focal point of the pictures. The couple loved taking the photos and had some fun coming up with some new poses as we went. Backdrop of The Guthrie allowed us to take these stunning silhouette photos that are sure to set the couples pictures apart from the ones we’ve all seen on social media.

Lesson learned: Poses

Album pose urban engagement session
This couple loved to have some fun. That’s for sure.

Getting the couple to pose over and over again can sometimes feel a little repetitive and almost demanding. We had to find poses that not only showcased who they were, but showed the love they had for one another. We got this fun “album shot” that showcased their sense of humor. Not traditional, but definitely one of our favorites.

Overall: Urban Engagement Session

Having fun at the urban engagment session
This shoot was so much fun

We had a blast, learned a lot, and came up with some absolutely beautiful photos. We also were able to create a trailer for the couple. A “In a world” type trailer that will serve as an announcement of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, YouTube, and social media. Look for that in the coming weeks. Check out our options or book us.

DIY Wedding Photography and Videography

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

We love doing wedding photos and videos. It’s an honor to be chosen to tell your story, but sometimes you just need to tell it for yourself. Let us tell you just what goes into telling your story on your big day. Here is DIY wedding photography and videography.

DIY Photography

The things you need:
1. A camera, even the one on your phone.
2. That’s it!
It truly is that simple. You need to get that camera, and now it’s time to think of the shots you are going to be taking.

Lighting

Depending on whether you are doing outdoor or indoor photography, you’ll need to ensure you have the right lighting. The flash on the phone can create red eye and some weird shadows, so make sure that you get some extra lighting set up on the side. Even covering the flash on the iPhone with a semi-opaque screen can assist in making the flash less jarring.

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

Planning

Plan all the shots ahead of time. That way you can ensure you aren’t going to miss any of the important shots. You only have a certain amount of time, so, make sure you schedule your day out accordingly. The grandparents need a shot. The cousins. The dog of the groom. Some best friends. You need to get all of it.

Editing

Finally, once you’ve taken every last shot, you need to go back and edit them so they look nice. Most will be good if you paid attention to the lighting, but you may need to buff some up or darken some depending on what happened. You can get some editing software online for relatively cheap or even free.

Next Up, DIY Videography

All you need is an uncle and a camcorder

A camcorder and an uncle is all they say that you need and they aren’t necessarily wrong. Your uncle can set up his camcorder in the back of the venue and ensure that he has the microphone on. You’ll just get a wide shot of the venue, but that can be more than enough for some people.

Sound

If your uncle also has a microphone or recording device, be sure to talk with the DJ ahead of time and see if he can plug it in to ensure that none of the vows are missed. He can even place it on the lapel of the officiant if he has absolutely no other place to put it. You’ll have to ensure the sound is good, do some claps while it is recording.

Camera Movement

If you do want those close up shots, those cinematic moments, then it’s time to break that camera off the tripod and to let it be free. By doing this, your uncle can make sure to get every moment up and close and may not even need the microphone. He’ll just have to make sure that he doesn’t get in the way of any of the festivities. Nothing is worse than a camera in the way of cutting the cake.

Editing Again

A lot of the footage will likely be fine, but he will need to get to editing a little bit of the mess of footage that he has. He doesn’t want the shot where a cousin smack talked another cousin right by the microphone during a dance. Nor does he want the shots of the sweaty backed usher that was trying his hardest.

Seem like a lot?

DIY wedding photography and videography can seem like a lot and it definitely is a lot. 2211 can relieve the whole burden for you. We tell your story and we deal with everything above and more. Take comfort in knowing that your special day will not be forgot when you book with us. Send us a contact below! Follow the link if you want more information here.

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