Tips and Tricks for Shooting Wedding Videos like a Professional

Hiring professionals is an option

Wedding Videos

Some people think that hiring wedding videographers and photographers is the way to get professionally-made videos and photos. In reality, it’s easy to duplicate their techniques without having to duplicate their technology. Sometimes, most videographers work with basic camcorders or DSLRs but still end up with the most amazing shots and videos. It is important to note that if you really want to do the videos all by yourself, you have to spend a little money on buying camera equipment and the best movie editing software that money can buy. Although, if you opt for this road, you’re better off hiring a professional if you think you’re going to be using thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment rarely.

However, it is still not a guarantee that you’ll have a professional-looking video even if you have all the professional-grade equipment.

Tips and tricks for DIY wedding videography

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1.)           Equipment – Equipment is important. One does not simply make use of an ordinary camcorder and start recording videos from scratch. If you fancy DIY wedding videography, you have to spend money on buying a better camera, like an HD camera. The reason why I suggested an HD camera is that even if you’re not planning to release an HD quality video, the important thing here is that the raw shots are of high quality. Apart from the camera, you’d need to purchase reflectors, monopods and tripods, battery packs, and a microphone. These are just the basic accessories that would make every shot look awesome.

2.)           Be prepared – It’s always a good idea to scout the location prior to the wedding date, like a week or so. This is to orient yourself with the possible angling and positions that you can make use of your set-up. You can also plan ahead on where and how to get the best wedding shots, like the dance of the bride and groom. Some videographers also use this opportunity to look for places where they can elevate themselves, like a column or a balcony or even a tree.

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3.)           Capturing the essence 2 worlds – The wedding ceremony and reception are two separate worlds that the videographer must try to capture. It’s important that you try to make a flawless transition between these two worlds by capturing the essence; the solemnity of the ceremony and the joyous celebration of the reception. When you capture the essence, you capture the entire theme of the world and it’s the magic that would add to the professional touch of your videos.

4.)           Go for candid – Some of the best shots are often those that are candid or unplanned. Wedding photographers try their hardest to get the best wedding shot, like 1 out of every 100 photos would turn out awesome. The same thing can be applied for wedding videographers. Sometimes, you just have to turn on your camera when your instinct tells you.

Wedding videography can be challenging, but it will provide you with rewards for your efforts

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Tips for Newlyweds – Moving from Small Town to Big City

I have been a wedding organizer for too long to the point that I may have become a marriage counselor too. Just kidding. A couple of years ago, I had a couple who were born in a small town in Kitchener, Ontario and they were kind of talking to me about their plans for the wedding. Not long after, they spilled some details about their plans after the wedding, and they asked me how to move to another city because the groom-to-be is to be relocated to a bigger company and they will be given their own house. Few months after that, there was another couple that asked me the same question.

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So, how does one make the transition from small town living to big city lifestyle?

I know their feelings of hesitation and slight fear because I was born and raised in a small town and moved to a big city after I got married. It was a very rocky transition and I regret moving on impulse. We didn’t even hire a moving company to help us with the move because we thought our good Samaritan of a cousin was suffice to help us transport the furniture pieces.

If you’re going to be moving to a new town, or more importantly a big city, you need to hire a moving company. it doesn’t matter if it’s a family owned company or a corporate one you can check the reviews about it on G+ or Yelp for example search for Kitchener movers and see the rating. You need professionals to help you lug around huge  furniture pieces and someone who know their way around the city you live in. my advice is to look for a moving company from the place where you’re going to move because they will already have an idea on where you live and how to go about with the moving.

 

Pack light. Try to minimize what you can bring to your new home as much as possible. This will not only help you save money but also time and energy. Moving companies don’t have big trucks, so they may take two or three trips or you may end up with more than one truck. Either way, it’s going to cost a lot of money.

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Most newlyweds don’t understand the concept of moving to a new city. When you move to a new place, you get a new life. Everything from there on out will be like you’re back to ZERO, in a way. There will be some transitions that need to be done, like getting used to the public transport system or identifying the nearby grocery stores. But even then, this can be stressful. The first few weeks will be tiring and stressful because of the adjustment and you and your partner need to be ready for this. It’s not easy to move in to a new place and be acquainted with the new environment. Think of how a new kid feels in a different school. Things are awkward and things are difficult, but these are temporary. If you and your partner learn to ride it out, everything will be OK for you.

Cheap Wedding Photography – Pros and Cons

There are no second chances

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Wedding preparations are always stressful for both bride and groom; if you’re planning to get married, then you might be feeling the stress already. Wedding preparations are stressful because you want everything to go as planned, from the ceremony to the reception to the photography. Take note, even the slightest slip like a delay in the arrival of the entourage’s gowns and suits can mean the success and failure of your wedding day. With that in mind, the same thing can also be said for getting beautiful wedding photographs. Since you only get married once, it’s always very important that you capture the best moment of your life perfectly, so you don’t want to hire mediocre photographers. It’s like asking a mediocre moving company to help you move across state and you’re unsure of the quality of their service. You’ll never get a second chance at another wedding.

Wedding photos are more important than you think

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Weddings are the grandest moments in our life; it’d be a terrible shame if we didn’t have anything to remember it by and I don’t mean the receipt of the hotel you rented for the honeymoon. I am talking about wedding photographs. There’s nothing more beautiful than reliving the best moment of your life over and over again. Deciding on whether to choose cheap wedding photography services or not is just as important as choosing where to hold the reception. I do admit that weddings are pricey, but allow me to help you by pointing out some pros and cons about cheap wedding photos.

The pros and advantages

-          Affordable wedding photographers are always a good idea if you want to save on your wedding expenses.

-          You can avail of different wedding photography packages from affordable wedding photographers. Why bother paying for more when you can get more by paying less?

-          If you’re not that much into how glamorous the pictures look, you can probably get more pictures if the photographer digital or disposable cameras to capture the moment.

The cons and disadvantages

-          One disadvantage of cheap wedding photography is you are risking quality. Take note, high end photographers will always have an edge when it comes to talent and they will not come cheap.

-          Cheap wedding photography may not be able to fully capture the glamour of the wedding. They may not have the equipment they need at times too. This applies to all services, like a moving company or interior designer. Cheap is never always good.

-          More pictures don’t mean more good pictures. Most of the time, you’ll find a lot of bad shots from the photographer like red irises, an extra person in the background and so on.

Final verdict

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Life will always give you second chances, but wedding photography will not. It will never hurt your wallet if you spent a little extra on getting the best wedding photographer for you, whether it’s in your price range or above it. It never hurts to spend more when you’re getting priceless pictures and no amount of money can ever substitute for the precious moments caught on camera.

3 Steps to Avoiding Wedding Planning Failures

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Like any event, weddings have the same chance of failing, just as much as they have at succeeding; which is probably the main reason why wedding planning can be stressful. Truth is, a wedding planner can avoid all the unwanted stress in planning a wedding if they do any of these three steps. I have been in the event planning industry for years, and I can safely say that these steps will not only help you avoid wedding failures, but also other events that you are planning; like corporate meetings, trade shows, etc.

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What are the three steps to avoiding wedding planning failures?

When you’re planning events, especially one that involves large crowds like weddings, you need to be able to do these three steps if you want to avoid any failures during the wedding planning phase.

 

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1.)    Plan ahead – You may think that this step is nonsense; after all, why would you plan ahead for planning? When you’re planning ahead, it’s like making a draft of what you want to plan for the wedding. For example, I need to plan for my sister’s wedding, which will take place in 4 months. That’s ample time, right? As early as the day I was asked to plan the wedding, I need to list down everything that I need to plan for. This will serve as a checklist on what I missed out on when it comes to the planning phase. The draft or sketch can contain the list of what to plan like CATERING, VENUE, GUESTLISTS, ENTERTAINMENT, DOCUMENTATION, etc. With a planning checklist on what to plan, I can avoid overlooking one detail over the other, and backtracking is a lot easier.

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2.)    Have backups – This does not refer to anything related to files or computers. When it comes to wedding planning, you need to have backups, even at the last possible minute. This step can be integrated into Step #1: PLAN AHEAD. For backups, you need to have a contingency plan in any case one detail is unavailable, like venues, wedding videographers and photographers, caterers, and even entertainers. For this, you can create a list of all possible and available resources that you can tap into. For instance, you can create a list of wedding photographers, so you will know who to contact when the main photographer is unavailable at the last moment.

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3.)    Know where to fail – This is very important, as you need to know where you can possibly fail. This does not mean that you are expecting to fail at the wedding planning; you are just acknowledging the road bumps in the planning phase and you know EXACTLY what to avoid. According to Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” For example, if you have doubts about the flow of the program, you can make the necessary corrections the soonest time possible. You can avoid last minute changes and stress during the actual ceremony or event.

If you can do these three steps, you will not have any problem with future wedding planning events, or any event planning for that matter.

Plan your Wedding Right – Hire the Best Wedding Planner

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Weddings are considered as once-in-a-lifetime experiences for both man and woman, and no, getting married twice or thrice will never be as special as the first one. But weddings, grand as they may be, take a lot of work and they require careful and precise planning. This can be stressful for the bride, groom, and even the wedding planner. A good wedding planner can give you everything, but the best wedding planner can give you more than that. They make the wedding planning process a lot easier.

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How can you make sure that you’re hiring the best wedding planner in town?

In my years as a planner, I find that these qualities are found in the best wedding planner.

Empathy – Empathic wedding planners are just great and I know a couple of planners who are just that. They make it a point to know their clients and put themselves in their shoes so they will be able to figure out what their client really wants. The stress of planning a wedding can take its toll on a bride or groom, so a wedding planner needs to be able to understand what they’re going through so he or she will be able to alleviate said stress.

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Quality – No one can deny that a half-baked wedding is just terrible. Wedding planners that aim to be the best will deliver the best quality of service that their client deserves. Mediocrity is not something that a wedding planner should promise, but rather, excellence is the key to becoming the best and standing out from the rest.

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The extra mile – Hand in hand with quality is the ability to go the extra mile. Wedding planners know how things don’t always work out like they’re supposed to. The band cancels or the venue suddenly becomes unavailable. He or she aims to find the next best thing possible for their clients. I recall a certain wedding in Toronto where the reception hall that the bride wanted was not available. The next best thing that the wedding planner did was to book another venue that had the same features as the previous one and even managed to secure a 10% discount on the venue.

Personal connection – A wedding planner aims to become your best friend and strives to give you what you want, and not some businessman or businesswoman just trying to satisfy a client with mediocre quality. A wedding planner that takes the time to get to know the couple is more capable of giving the best wedding possible than the ones who don’t.

Wedding Gift Ideas – Appropriate and Inappropriate Ones

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I have seen my fair share of appropriate and inappropriate wedding gifts that sometimes come off as either hilarious or just plain wrong. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate a good laugh when it comes to giving or receiving gifts, but there are times when inappropriate gifts just don’t cut it. One of these times is a wedding.

Now, people may not realize this, but there are actually certain items that are considered appropriate for weddings and some of them aren’t. this is dependent on culture, need, and want. No, you are not exempted from receiving inappropriate wedding gifts if you’re registered on a gift registry.

I have divided the gifts according to the following categories.

First, we have the appropriate gifts and why they are perfect for weddings:

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1.)    Appliances – You don’t have to get them a TV, but I have seen couples receiving 50-inch TVs from their relatives. You can get them the basics like a stove or oven. This is because they might be moving into a new place together and helping them furnish their new place is just terrific. You can consider giving them a blender, toaster, coffee maker, or even a compact heater.

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2.)    Pillows – When it comes to giving them new furnishings, pillows should be a staple. You can opt between throw pillows or bed pillows, and they’re also very convenient.

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3.)    Ceramics and glass products – These gift items are in the plenty, like plates, glasses, and even decorative figurines.

What do these three categories have in common? They are ideal for furnishing the new place and they are something that the newlyweds may need or even want. These gift items are very useful, and I count aesthetics as functional too.

Now we have the inappropriate ones. What shouldn’t you give to the newlyweds?

1.)    Adult recreational sex toys – I am ashamed to admit it, but I recall a certain wedding where a couple got a BDSM kit (look it up yourself), or what seems to be a collection of BDSM items that were just collected and turned into a kit. This is just pretty much self-explanatory. I think that you should never give newlyweds something as awkward as this. This should be reserved for the stag parties.

2.)    Re-gifted items – Re-gifted items are items that were given as gifts but were unopened, so they are given again, hence the term re-gifted. It’s inappropriate because giving away a gift that was given to you is just plain wrong. It doesn’t matter if the re-gifted items belong to one of the categories under appropriate gifts.

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