Holy cow are you ready for the snowpocalypse? I am not looking forward to it we still haven’t gotten rid of the snow from the last snow storm. This February has been one for the record. Today on the blog it is all about videography. I interviewed my friendor Reid Johnson from Best Made Videos. He is an amazing videographer and captures wedding days beautifully.
I hear a lot from brides saying that they don’t want to invest in videography and they feel pictures are enough. For me personally it was one of my biggest regrets when I got married, I would have loved to have seen Justin and my wedding day captured on film. There are many reasons why I feel video is so important one of them is you get a chance to see you and your spouse on the most important day and you get to review all the details and laughter and love. Also I read about a bride who lost her spouse and video from her wedding day was a way for her to hear her husbands voice and see him happy. How special is that. Anyway I could go on and on about this so I am going to go ahead and get to our interview.
1) How did you get your start in Videography?
I went to school for broadcast journalism at Gonzaga University. I shot news for about 6 years before transitioning to my own company in 2013. I became disillusioned with the broadcast news industry and wanted to find a way to have more personal and professional growth along with securing a more long-term job for myself moving forward.
This episode has some more info - https://youtu.be/2q-HHTXlIE4
2) If you are shooting video at a venue you have worked at before how do you make each story unique?
The biggest thing about our company is we really focus on the personalities of the couples. Even if we shoot at the same venue which we usually do a lot the couples own quirks and other unique personalities will make their video stand apart and be different than anybody else’s. This is also the feedback that we get from lots of our inquiries they appreciate feeling like the couples personalities are captured and represented in the video. We have our clients go through detailed shot lists as well as have giving them lots of say in the music that we use for their videos. All of this really helps us fine tune our videos to each and every client we work with. It is the utmost of importance for us to make sure that our couples feel as though our videos represent their day 100% authentically.
Here’s some text copied from our site -
TIRED OF BORING, CLICHED WEDDING VIDEOS? SO ARE WE!!!
Allow us to tell the story of one of the most important days of your life using your own words. No cheesy wedding videos here! We will capture all the sights and sounds of your special wedding day and use them to weave a narrative that is entirely your own. Let us give you a wedding video you can be proud of and cherish forever. Everything about our fantastic wedding couples is captured in their own unique wedding videos, making sure that no two wedding videos are ever the same!
3) What are some things a couple need to know when looking for a Videographer?
I think the biggest thing about hiring a videographer is experience and equipment. We own all of our own equipment there is never any doubt whether or not we will have what we need to capture their wedding day. Not to say that people cannot rent equipment as needed, it’s just something to keep in mind. Also the amount of experience that we have we have shot over 200 weddings is something that sets us apart. We simply have a lot more on the ground experience than your regular craigslist or smaller videography company. In my experience newer or less experienced companies also don’t take the necessary precautions in backing up a client’s footage following the wedding day. I spend an extraordinary amount of time and money on this, and it is something that I guarantee for our clients for years to come. That is also something to keep in mind and ask about when looking for a videographer. Most videographers take longer to deliver the wedding videos than the photographers, although we do not taking only about 1-2 weeks, therefore it is important to make sure that the footage is protected until it is delivered to the client.
The biggest thing that I always tell people is that besides your photos, your video is the only thing you are able to keep after your wedding. The venue, your DJ, food, decor, none of that you will be able to keep with you except for your photos and video. So I hear a lot of people wanting to cut their budget and find a cheaper photo or video person my advice would be to focus on cutting costs in other areas to ensure that you can have at least some sort of video and/or photo coverage of your day.
Even your hair and make up, as essential as it is to your wedding day will only be preserved through photos and video.
4) How are you different from other videographers?
I think the thing that sets us apart from other companies is like I mentioned above the fact that we have a very quick turnaround. Our contract talks about 1 to 4 weeks following the wedding day for delivery, we usually deliver around one and half to two weeks following the wedding day. Most of our couples enjoy watching their highlight wedding videos either on their honeymoon or shortly after they return home, which is a great experience!
I love learning about other vendors and what makes them unique and I want to thank Reid again for giving us this fantastic interview so we can learn more about what makes him an awesome videographer for your wedding. To learn more about his business please go to his website at www.bestmadevideos.com.
Cover photo by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography