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Finding the Right Wedding Videographer

Finding the right wedding videographer can be daunting. There are a few tricks to finding exactly what you didn’t realize you needed in a professional to preserve every moment of your big day.

 

First, get recommendations from friends and family with impressive videos. You wouldn’t take relationship advice from someone who’s been single for ten years, so why would you take videographer advice from someone’s whose wedding video didn’t come out fantastically?

 

Nobody knows quality better than others in the field do. If you’ve already settled on a florist or photographer, ask them for some names! They’ll have an idea of your budget, your goals for the wedding, and they won’t hesitate to point you in the right direction for a standout videographer in the area.

 

After getting three or four leads on possible videographers, keep a tally of videographer names, who referred you, phone numbers, price estimates and addresses. If you’re already in the throes of planning your wedding, you’ll surely have realized how important it is to stay organized.

 

Make sure to find out if their sample work is from their studio or is actually their work. Pay careful attention to the lighting in videos: is it too dim or lit up like the fourth of July? Sound mixing is also important. Can you hear the speeches over chatter? Does the music work with or against the visuals? Is there a lot of variation in music for the video? Special effects for transitions are great as long as they are executed well and don’t clutter the narrative. Finally, can you work with the DJ? Amazing people skills are a must, because your videographer will be working very closely with your guests.

 

For an exceptional wedding videographer experience, call Keon Films in Boston Massachusetts. We’ll be happy to preserve every big moment from your big day.

 

Source: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-photography-videography/articles/finding-a-good-wedding-videographer.aspx

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The Benefits of a Winter Wedding

20049951_SEven when the weather outside is frightful, it can still be a delightful season to tie the knot with your loved one. Although many think of the warmer months as the ideal time to marry, there are plenty of good reasons why a couple may want to consider a wedding deep in the heart of winter. Not the least of these are the spectacular scenes that can be created by the season.

 

If you’re looking for scenic and picturesque settings, just think about the wondrous framing that fresh fallen snow and translucent icicles can give to any church or wedding venue. White is the symbol of a pure wedding, and the pictures of the couple and the wedding party take on a fantastic aura.

 

A winter wedding allows a couple to be a bit more selective in the size of their wedding. Because it’s an offseason choice, more people are likely to be available and around during the winter and will not have committed themselves to a long schedule of weddings, as can happen during the summer and fall. However, if you want to have a smaller service, people don’t expect large winter weddings so you want offend as many uninvited guests.

 

This offseason time can aid couples in other ways as well. The competition for venues is much less fierce, meaning you can land the church of your dreams without having to fit your ceremony in amongst a full schedule of other weddings. You may also get to book the chapel for a much better price than you could during the busy seasons of the year.

 

17454221_S(3)A winter wedding is a unique experience, and you can dress up the occasion with decor that will ensure that all your invited guests will remember the event for a long time. Mix up your bouquets of flowers by adding an ice sculpture or two, or maybe construct bride and groom snowmen outside of the reception hall.

 

There are many ways to take advantage of the holiday season to craft the perfect wedding experience. When you want to record your special day, Keon Films will provide the most outstanding documentation of your marriage that money can buy. We serve all marriages in the area of Boston, MA, and beyond.

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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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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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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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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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Avoiding the Flip Cam Trend

 

Remember disposable cameras?  Seems as if it was yesterday, we were using disposable Kodaks to take pictures. Then digital cameras hit and now cell phones have the ability to take high-resolution pictures and instantly share them on the internet with friends and family.  Videos are no different now, and not unlike pictures, everyone thinks they are a professional.  Yes, you can film on your iPhone, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to go out and make a movie now.  There still needs to be a level of professionalism and care to detail, especially when it comes to something important like a wedding.

 

For various reasons, people like to utilize the disposable camera and now a flip cam at their wedding. With a drop in price, flip cams have become more popular and a rising trend at receptions.  Sure, flip cameras can bring your cost down for the wedding, but the quality of video and end product will decrease as a result. For your wedding, wouldn’t you want a high quality video that will last over time and still bring a professional look, years from now?

 

Some guests are there to have fun, party and celebrate.  Not do work for you.  That sounds somewhat harsh, but that’s what you pay a videographer for.  We won’t miss something, no moment will go unnoticed. As professionals, we know how to operate the equipment and know how to get the right shot.  The truth is, with individuals operating a flip cam, they may not know what they’re doing, or they may not know how to use the camera properly.

 

Avoiding the flip camera trend might be in your best interest.  It really depends on what you want and what end product you’re looking for when it comes to capturing and reliving the wedding and reception.

 

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