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The Emotional Challenges of Videotaping a Wedding

Weddings are a time to celebrate the new life that is beginning between two individuals in a trusting, committed relationship. However, certain life situations may create a more bittersweet environment for the couple and their guests. Having a videographer who can tactfully deal with these difficult situations is a valuable resource.

 

The realities of life are not put on hold in the weeks and months leading up to a wedding. Life has all sorts of comings and goings, and the passing of a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, can create a very unique atmosphere. The wedding should still be celebrated, but the bride and groom with a recently deceased relative may want to commemorate that loved one’s memory.

 

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A bride with her grandpa in a wheelchair

Video footage can provide a very special way to document both a marriage and the friends and family who attend the ceremony, but also those who couldn’t make it. For one woman, videotaping a dance with her dying father provided a special memento on the day of her wedding, as this video post from NBC’s Today show describes.

 

These difficult situations require video professionals who are not simply knowledgeable of their equipment; they must also be able to sympathize and anticipate a client’s emotional wants. No family will simply want to gloss over a recent loss when all of the relatives will be congregating to celebrate an important family event. There are many healing ways that a video record can be used to memorialize a recent passing in a tactful way.

 

In my own experiences, I worked with one in recent years that was about to go through a loss in the family. The groom’s father had been ill, and the guests, many of which were close friends and family, knew that this would likely be one of the last times they’d see him. We worked very hard to ensure that we not only got all the footage of the wedding, but that we captured plenty of video with the father, who had gotten out of the hospital just to be at the wedding. That video became a treasured keepsake for many reasons.

 

Each wedding is going to have some very special emotional triggers. Some couples may have a first dance or a dance with their mother or father that might be special for reasons outside of the occasion. Whatever the special nature to the event may be, Keon Films will provide a tasteful way to incorporate it into our video footage. We serve Boston, MA, and the surrounding suburbs.

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What NOT To Do At A Wedding

1. Do Not wear white! The only person that should be wearing white is the bride. Unless the Bride says so in the invitation do not try to out shine her by wearing white as well. It’s just not respectful.

2.Don’t wear tight or skimpy, ill fitting clothes. When you are getting dressed for the wedding you should be conscious of how you look in the mirror. If you have to keep adjusting clothing or pulling your shirt down then don’t wear it. You’re not there to scream LOOK AT ME. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, just make sure your best is appropriate.

3.Please do not stand in the aisle while the Bride and her Dad are walking in. Chances are they have hired professionals to capture this moment, spent a lot of money too. If you stand in the aisle with your smart phone or tablet you are just blocking the shot. Not only of the people hired but of the groom waiting to see his bride for the first time. Stay in your front of your seat and wait until she gets closer, then take your shot.

4.Don’t stand behind the photographer during the formal photo session trying to get your own shot. Some photogs don’t mind, the problem comes in when you keep telling the group to look at you so you can get your own shot. The photographer only has a limited amount of time, let him or her get their job done. Then take photos.

5.Don’t post pics of the Bride to social media before she says so. You have no reason to post your own pics before the bride has had a chance to see them, unless they tell you in advance. Some couples now have Instagram feeds set up, they want you to post. That is the only time it should be ok. All Brides want to look their best, the most flattering poses, so she should be the one picking those out. So ask before you post!

6.Don’t mention the exes. You think this would be a no brainer but Ive heard so many people talk about the ones that came before. It is especially NOT ok to mention them and compare them in your speeches. So leave the exes where they belong, in the past.

7.Stop talking during the toasts. When it comes time to listen to the speeches or watch the first dance, show a little respect for the couple and stop talking. You should be quietly listening to what is being said of the Bride and Groom, paying attention to what is going on you are there to celebrate with the Bride and Groom.

8.Don’t get DRUNK at the reception!. Come on people, this is not the time or the place to be drunk. Just because they have an oped bar doesn’t mean you need to over indulge. I’ve seen people get sick, fall down, jump up on tables, make a fool of themselves, start fights and have to been led out of the reception because they have been too drunk. It’s embarrassing to everyone, especially the ones throwing the wedding. Have a drink or two but keep yourself sober.
*This also goes for the B&G, everyone is buying you drinks, be careful, don’t get drunk, you will regret it later!

9.The wedding is NOT a Daycare. Just because your kids were invited to the celebration doesn’t mean that you can ignore what they are doing. Letting them run around during the first dance or the speeches is a no-no. Same with letting them get under foot while the meal is being served. They don’t have to sit and be still the whole time but they should be under control. Let them dance when everyone else is eating or dancing, they are of course allowed to have fun.

10. You can have fun. Just remember you are there to celebrate the wedding of two people and the joining of two families. Be respectful.

Some idea are from the Huffington Post, All of them I have been witness too. If you are in the Boston area and looking for a wedding videographer or want to talk about these wedding rules, contact me.

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Lighting affects every wedding

A key part in making your wedding perfect is considering every small aspect. Remember, your entire wedding will be in photographs and videos; focusing on colors and illumination is crucial. Unfortunately, most people don’t focus on lighting, which is actually one of the most important characteristics of any wedding. With the right lighting, you can transform any venue into your ideal setting.

 

To enhance the mood for all of your guests, think about adding up-lighting or dim lanterns… depending on your theme. Whatever you decide to go with, you have to consider how it will look digitally. You light up a video differently from the way you light up a room, so it’s best to ask a professional for help. For example, the right lighting will complement the aesthetics during the reception, but if you go too heavy with the lighting on the dance floor, it may interfere with your reception photos and videos.

 

I recently worked with a same-sex couple in New Hampshire. I was pleased to take part in such a fun and beautiful ceremony. At Searles Castle in Windham, the couple went with a gorgeous pink and turquoise color scheme, along with swan décor, courtesy of Seacoast Events. Serving individuals throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine, Seacoast Events “does not offer off the shelf events. Each event is created and customized to match the needs and desires of that particular client.” No event is the same and Seacoast Events understands this. Below are some photos from the wedding:

 

The lighting at this wedding added the perfect mood and ambiance to the photos. One of the brides has a love for swans, and they wanted to incorporate a few as décor, to capture the perfect sentiment during their reception.

Exterior lighting transformed the venue into a fairytale-like wonderland. Swans coupled with the castle helped set the mood for the evening. This is an example of ideal illumination according to a theme.

 

Minimal lighting on the dance floor affords clear photos of an amazing time, undisturbed by the event’s décor and lighting features.

For one of the dances, the reception had a pinkish illumination. With just the right amount of lighting, the videos and photos of this important moment were stunning and captivating.

Please contact me if you have any questions about event lighting or wedding videography.

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7 Tips for Pulling off a Perfect Beach Wedding

Destination Wedding VideographerGrowing up, every little girl (and sometimes little boy) dreams of the perfect wedding day. This is the one day when your life changes forever, for the better. We have all envisioned, at one point or another, a fairytale wedding with an extravagant wedding gown, venue, and the like. However, as we age we begin to understand what the perfect, fairytale wedding day truly means to us. For many of us, we couldn’t imagine a more magical moment than marrying the love of our life on a beautiful, sandy beach.

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand is an experience unlike any other. A break from tradition while sticking with traditional values is incredibly appealing to many modern couples. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the beach in comparison to a church or other indoor venue is a whole other animal. With that said, we have compiled 7 great tips to help you pull off the perfect beach wedding:

First, consider clothing

1.) Ditch the Cinderella gown – Forego the big gown for a simpler, lighter dress that isn’t going to be a burden. Consider the fact that moving around swiftly in the sand is a difficult task as it is. Adding weight to your person is going to make that task more difficult and you’ll hate yourself when it comes to picture time.

2.) The lighter the better – When we think of beaches, we immediately think of the heat. No one wants to be a sweaty mess on their wedding day. Grooms are included in this one, stray from black tuxedos and choose light colors that don’t attract sunlight such as beige, tan, or white. Brides, a light fabric will flow flawlessly and leave the sand where it belongs instead of collecting it as a souvenir.

3.) Brides: Do an updo – You’ll be SO glad you did. The last thing you want to worry about is all the time and money you spent on your hair being thrown to the wind, literally.

4.) Grooms: Keep it casual – You and your men don’t need to throw on your fanciest duds in this occasion. Keep it light and as casual as your lovely bride will let you. As long as you all look nice, clean and presentable, you should be a-ok.

Next, consider ceremony preparation

5.) Plan for the unplanned – Weather in any setting is unpredictable. With the quick pickup of winds and the crashing of waves, it’s best to keep a plan B in mind. Have a tent on standby ready for use under extreme circumstances.

6.) Keep everyone cool and comfortable – Ensure that there is a place to escape to the shade if need be. It may also be a good idea to hand out personal fans (motorized or paper), and keep a refreshment stand nearby with lemonade and water.
7.) Lose the shoes – Tara Guerard of Soiree by Tara Guerard suggested to the Huffington Post that a shoe station would be a wonderful addition to any beach wedding. A shoe check will allow guests to change into casual flip-flops and avoid sauntering around with a shoe full of sand all day.

Lastly, have fun. This is your special day, and no matter what, being with your friends and family at the beach is going to be phenomenal – but incorporate these great tips into your destination wedding’s seaside ceremony and the rest is sure to be a breeze – literally!

Read more ideas like these from the Huffington Post.

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Top Trends in Wedding Videography

Technology has helped us to expand the ways in which we immortalize the special times in our lives. Weddings are one of those momentous occasions we want to revisit many times in the future. Wedding videography is a modern trend that captures those moments with beauty, creativity, and vivid imagery.

 

Brides and grooms are choosing a few very popular wedding videography trends as their way of capturing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Consulting with a wedding videographer, like me, can help couples decide which of these exciting video trends is best for their wedding.

 

Documentary Style

 

Wedding videography styles have come a very long way in recent years, and one new trend that is becoming popular with couples, is the documentary, indie style video. Indie filmmakers are getting into the world of wedding videography adding more style and substance to wedding videos. Instead of just capturing moments, this style of wedding video captures the couples’ story; helping viewers to feel as if they are a part of the entire process, from the engagement to the reception.

 

Movie-Trailer

 

Appealing to couples seeking a more fun and dramatic approach, wedding trailer videos offer a preview of the actual full-length wedding video. Complete with special effects, music, and sometimes, even voice-over artists. These videos are a unique way to entertain family and friends while they wait for the completed version. These wedding trailers are completed just a couple of weeks after the wedding and make a great teaser video to show off to wedding guests.

 

Classic Vintage

 

Black and white vintage style videos are a beautiful and classic way to capture the wedding day. With movies like the remake of The Great Gatsby coming out this summer, many couples are becoming enchanted by the romantic eras of the 1920’s, 40’s, and 60’s. Brides and grooms can have fun dressing in classic movie attire and film scenes decorated in the theme and decor of the decade.

 

Save the Date

 

Save the date videos are becoming popular because many couples find this to be a more interesting way to announce their wedding date than mailing out invitations. The sky’s the limit when it comes to just how creative engaged couples can be when creating these videos. Save the date videos can range from whimsical to formal in style, and also make a great keepsake for the couple and their loved ones.

 

Same Day Film

This is huge right now. It is a short 5-10 minute film created on the day of your wedding day to show to your guests during the reception on large screens in your reception room. It usually covers the bride getting ready, which no one sees, and the vows, photo session, first dance and maybe more depending on when you choose to display it live at your wedding. It’s a fantastic crowd pleaser!

 

 

Wedding videos allow couples to get creative and choose unique themes that will showcase their personalities and individual style. Whether they are the ‘indie documentary film’ type of couple or the ‘classic vintage 1940’s’ type of couple, wedding videographers can help carry their vision from the heart to the screen.

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An Unplugged Wedding

Guests are being asked to “Stay In The Moment”

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Image Courtesy Of: Wedding Wire

In today’s world of technology, everyone has a smart phone or a tablet that can take photos and video and instantly post it to any social media site. While some couples love the idea, and actually set up Instagram accounts and twitter feeds just for their wedding day, others are opting for just the opposite.

 

Couples are asking their guests to put away their phones and tablets. They don’t want them watching the ceremony or the cutting of the cake from behind a two inch screen but to be watching it, “in the moment.” Most weddings have professional photographers and videographers that are there to capture the wedding day. What we as professionals are now faced

Unplugged wedding

Image Courtesy Of: Hugh Miller Photography, Britain.

with is a small army of guests standing and holding their devices to capture their images. Guests now stand in the aisle with an iPad to get that photo of the bride walking in with her dad. However, what it is actually doing is blocking the groom from seeing his bride for the first time and blocking the professionals from capturing these key moments that they have been hired to do.

 

Therefore, couples are asking you to, “Be nice, turn off your device.” You just might see a note with your invitation or a sign as you walk into the ceremony asking everyone to please do this for them. To just sit and enjoy watching their wedding.

 

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Photo courtesy of Matt Tordoff Photography

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The How-To on Giving the Perfect Wedding Toast

 

Here’s a fact: toasts are ideal for wedding receptions and speeches are for corporate functions and congressional addresses.

 

I am sure many people can recall attending a wedding where the best man, maid of honor or parent of the couple stood up and literally gave a 30 or more minute speech. Soon the stomach begins to grumble, head becomes clouded and you find yourself frustrated from the long-windedness of the speaker.

 

If you’re going to be preparing a toast for an upcoming wedding, think of about this. A “toast” is a brief acknowledgement of the love shared between two people. At 3 to 5 minutes at best, your toast can include a story (maybe a funny one), a well wish for the couple and of course the, “Let’s raise our glasses!” line. Anything beyond can get obnoxious.

 

As much as the couple delights in the toast, they really don’t want the entertainment to be delayed. Plus, when you feel you have to fill a page with 300 or more words, you begin to remark on details that are not relevant to the day’s event, past or future. Words will then just become words.

 

In a recent Huffington Post article “The Difference between a Speech and a Toast”, the writer commented that the word toast begins with a “T” and not an “R” as in roast. Simply put, the toast is NOT the time to recall every unflattering thing the bride or groom has done. Make the toast memorable and beautiful, reflective of the couple as a unit.

 

For the couple, here is a piece of advice: choose those to toast your marriage wisely. Pick someone who’s close, knows the both of you and has shared in the love you’ve created.

 

For the person giving the toast: remember that this day is the most important for the happy couple. Raining on their parade is not advisable and not acceptable. Choose your words carefully, keep it brief, to the point and special.

 

In my experience as a videographer, those are the toasts that come off the best.  They are memorable and sharable in the future.

 

For a full list of toast tips and an easy to print version click below.

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Advertising and Marketing: Moving Into the Visual Age

 

Technology is causing us to think much more creatively about what works and what doesn’t work, especially when it comes to marketing and advertising our businesses effectively in the Boston, MA market where competition is fierce. There was a time, not so long ago, when a business could get away with avoiding social media, but that option is just about impossible now if they want to keep up with the rest of their colleagues in the industry. The consumer and potential customer wants to feel a more personal and direct connection to the business, its motto and its ideals.

 

Now, with video channels like YouTube and Vimeo becoming more popular by the minute, the desire for connection is increasingly becoming more visually driven. It is no longer sufficient to only provide written content on a site; consumers also want live, interactive, entertaining and informative videos.

 

Marketing and promotional videos can successfully serve many purposes for a company. Videos can be a unique tool used to introduce the company, its services and products to their main target audience. Videos can also help to promote new product lines to new and existing customers, and assist in creating an ongoing relationship that keeps customers informed and makes them feel special.

 

Professionally made videos can help to imprint a company’s brand in the mind of existing and potential customers; a logo, a song, even something as simple as a color scheme, replayed in the minds of viewers, can bring them back to that product or service when their needs arise. If a picture can paint a thousand words, as the old saying goes, a video can leave an even longer lasting impression on a viewer.

 

A few years ago at the beginning of YouTube’s popularity, there was a very successful video created by a small cosmetic company. This company had the video created from excerpts of a radio interview done locally by the owners.  Although the interview itself was great and introduced some customers to their products, once the video was released on YouTube with pictures of the actual product and customers using it on their skin, sales increased by 15% that season for this particular company. It was one thing to hear the story of the company, and to listen to its owners talk about the quality of their products, but what truly made the real impact on sales, was the effect that the video had on potential customers.

 

Small businesses and large corporations are taking note of the popularity of video advertising and marketing, and hiring companies who know how to showcase their unique brand in a way that is visually informative, entertaining, and memorable. Ultimately, customers are living in a visual age and companies will need to be more visually creative to capture their attention.

 

 

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The Flash Mob Phenomenon At Weddings

Sorry if you’re sick of flash mobs since they’ve been creeping up on the internet everywhere. Viral videos of groups of people breaking out into synchronized dancing are being shared more frequently, and one of the areas where it’s been done the most is at weddings.  Reception, proposal and wedding party flash mobs have been recorded, put online and shared at a high rate. No matter how you feel about a flash mob, they’re pretty fun, quirky and a great edition to your wedding day experience.

 

For wedding videos, they’re a great centerpiece and certainly a highlight of the night you’ll want to re-live. If you’re already on the fence about having a flash mob at your wedding, here’s some tips for an easy flash mob according to offbeatwedding.com.

 

  1. Share your dance moves online – A flask mob takes a dose of choreography and teaching. Otherwise, how would anyone know what to do?  If you’re the choreographer, record yourself demonstrating the moves along with the music.  You can share it with the other mob members in order for them to learn the moves and practice in time for the big moment. Through online video sharing and email, it’ll be easy to distribute the video to other members of the mob.
  2. Keep it easy – “Any time you’re asking a large group of people to participate in an activity, the simpler you can make it, the better.”  You never know how many people are going to practice, what shape they’re going to be in for the reception and if they’ll remember the dance when it comes down to getting out on the floor. The simpler you can make, the easier it will transfer over for the live performance. Also, from a video and filmmaking standpoint, the easier it is, the more in sync everyone will be and cooler it will look.
  3. No pressure – Some people will want to participate, and some won’t.  You never know where people’s head will be for a flash mob. Just let them know there’s no pressure to perform.  If someone doesn’t want to, it’s ok not to. Flash mobs just aren’t for everyone.
  4. Stay organized – Don’t forget to send reminders, but don’t harass people either. No one wants to go to a wedding where they feel like they have homework.  Just remember who’s in the flash mob, who wants to be in it, and who will have key roles. A friendly email reminder a week or two before the wedding with a link to the video is fine.

 

I’ll make sure I get the flash mob video on film. Together we can capture a special, fun and memorable moment on video.  We might be able to get it to go viral and share your wedding with more than the people you know in Boston.

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Spring Wedding Tips And Preparing For The Seasons

 

Every season brings new wedding trends, styles, colors and ideas.  As a wedding videographer, I see it all.  Every month is different.  The fall brings rustic trends, while the spring calls for lighter shades, new life and rebirth. Brides will spend hours researching, trying out samples and evaluating their choices to make sure they pick the right arrangements, dresses, colors and themes.

 

Although I do not plan weddings, I have a lot of experience in seeing what works well, and what may not turn out the best.  As a videographer, it’s my job to capture the moments on film and preserve them for you to see in the future. I have an eye for seeing what colors, combinations, table arrangements, flowers and dresses look best not only live in person, but also on film.

 

Here is Massachusetts we are fortunate enough to have four seasons.  Brides and grooms have plenty of opportunity to use different wedding themes and options to create their dream wedding.

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