Here are a few things you need to consider when hiring a wedding videographer!Read More
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. There's so much to consider, from the colour of the bridesmaid dresses to the table decor, and of course the dreaded seating chart. Throughout the process it's important to remember why you're getting married. You found someone you love, and you're willing to commit to them for life. Through it all, keep that in mind.
The average wedding in Manitoba is pushing $25,000, as such, where your money is going is very important. When hiring a videographer the old adage rings true: "You get what you pay for." A wise investment into a wedding video will yield cherished memories in the years to come. We've compiled a comprehensive breakdown of wedding videographer pricing and subsequent services for the Winnipeg, Manitoba and Saskatchewan regions. However, we'd stand by this guide and say that it's principles hold true across provincial and national borders.
The Kijiji Videographer
Price Range: $1,000 or less
You can expect:
- A camera hobbyist, shooting on an entry level DSLR or camcorder.
- No audio recording capabilities.
- Minimal stabilization. Perhaps a tripod, but no gimbals or motorized stabilizers.
- A minimal portfolio. Lack of experience in the wedding industry.
- Administratively challenged. Delayed email responses.
- Dressed in a Metallica T-Shirt on your wedding day (we've actually seen this happen).
- No gear or liability insurance.
- Does not legally license their music.
- No contract.
- Products which are constantly shaky, not properly exposed, regularly out of focus.
The "I Do This on the Side" Videographer
Price Range: $1000 - $2500
You can expect:
- Moderate technical experience, shooting on a mid level DSLR.
- Semi Professional equipment. Perhaps an external microphone.
- Tripod and monopod.
- A moderate portfolio, they've done this before, but it's not their passion.
- They've dressed up for the occasion.
- They probably have some form of insurance.
- No contractual terms which protect you, the client.
- Products which are lacking depth of colour and creative uniqueness.
- Books 1-6 months ahead of time.
The Professional Videographer
Price Range: $2500+
You can expect:
- A high degree of technical knowledge and experience in production and post production.
- Top of the line cameras and stabilization equipment.
- A large portfolio of weddings.
- Professionally, yet functionally, dressed videographers.
- Fully insured.
- A detailed contract drafted by a lawyer.
- Products which embrace the videographer's unique style.
- Booking 6-18 months ahead of time.
While this videography pricing guide generalizes the options in the videography market, it serves the primary purpose of reminding prospective clients that they truly "get what they pay for." A simple rule of thumb that my Grandfather taught me: "If it's too good to be true, it probably is." Finding a $500 videographer on Kijiji may feel good now, but the moment you receive your products, you'll recognize the mistake. Furthermore, there is a limited number of professional videographers in the Winnipeg market and they book up quick. Make sure to do your homework and find one that offers the products you desire most.
In the history of Prairie Film Company, 95% of our initial interactions, whether by phone or email, are with the prospective bride, inquiring about our services. Often times the bride is excited about the wedding film and the groom is more apprehensive. In our experience, this apprehension is often caused by unfamiliarity with modern videography practices, and a fear that they'll be asked to act in unnatural ways or pose awkwardly.
After meeting with the couple together our grooms are always at ease, feeling confident and educated about what wedding videography entails. Here is a short guide addressing the typical concerns of a groom as they relate to wedding videography, written by Jordan, a groom in July 2016.
#1. Sticking to the Budget
In our experience, there is often one partner in a relationship who is a spender and the other who is a saver. I am the saver, while Lauren is definitely the spender. In planning our wedding I always looked for ways to save. For example, Lauren and I saved over $1,000 by designing and assembling our wedding invitations (yes, we had to "assemble" our invitations). However, there were areas where Lauren took the lead in making decisions that had a substantial price tag. Our rule was that we were willing to allocate larger budget room to any service which will preserve memories of our wedding day. In this case, photo and video. When we look back at our wedding in 25 years, I'll be looking through the lens of the photographer and videographer, and I want to know that we worked with professionals who delivered a great product.
#2. Wedding Videography has Evolved
I'm here to assure you that modern wedding videography has evolved past the point of "Uncle John" standing in the aisle with a camcorder. Styles have changed, technology has drastically advanced and professionalism and creativity are now at the forefront of a videographers thoughts. The product you'll receive will not mimic your parents video from 30 years ago. Need proof? Here are a couple of our highlight films from the 2015 wedding season.
#3. No Awkward Moments
Wedding videographers like us at Prairie Film Co. specialize in telling beautiful stories, not in making you feel awkward and uncomfortable. We're not there to force emotions, rather, we're present to capture candid displays of love. We always tell our couples that we'll never tell you to "smile" on your wedding day, we don't want fake grins. We're experienced enough to know when candid moments occur, and instead of shouting orders and instructions, we wait for the perfect, unforced moment, and capture it on film (or, rather, on SD card).
If you're looking for a wedding videographer for your 2017 wedding, don't hesitate to contact us! We'd love to take you out for a cup of coffee and learn more about your story.
For the Brides
In nearly every consultation we are asked how we work together with wedding photographers. Our answer is always the same: "We're reasonable people who like to work with reasonable people." There is a popular trend circulating in the wedding industry which can be best summarized as community > competition. This catch phrase usually applies to those in the same industry and field who share helpful hints and insider tricks with one another, but this phrase applies perfectly to the relationship between wedding photographers and videographers. Why? Because there is truly no competition, we operate within the same industry, but we aren't fighting for clients, we're sharing them. When competition is removed the only thing left is community.
We love working alongside photographers for the following reasons:
#1. It gives us another set of creative eyes.
There is plenty of room for creative freedom within the wedding industry. Being around professional photographers on your wedding day gives us a chance to bounce around ideas, challenge one another to see things from a new angle, and suggest alternative shots which we may have never thought about. For example, a couple weeks ago our new friend (see #3) Matt from Matthew Ryan Photography suggested that we move a large dresser with fixed mirror in order to capture both the bride and groom in a third camera establishing shot. The result was beautiful.
#2. We learn new things.
While we are adamant that photography and videography are completely separate professional fields, we do recognize that there is an incredible amount of bleed over. We are both mobile and constantly moving around our subjects, we are both shooting on DSLR or mirrorless cameras and we are both processing a digital product. These similarities, among many others, allow us to learn helpful tips and tricks from photographers. For example, it was our friends from Red Photo Co. who we first saw posting sneak peak wedding photos on Instagram and tagging them with the couple's hashtag during the wedding day. We quickly adopted this process and saw a dramatic increase in our followers and referral traffic.
#3. We make new friends.
We love to hang out with cool people. When we hang out with your photographers, odds are that by the end of the day we are going to be friends (if we weren't already!). Photographers we've met at weddings have ended up being our dear friends going forward. Our wedding photographer, Monique Pantel, is someone we first met while shooting someone else's wedding. Here are a couple incredible photographers we've worked with who you really need to check out.
For the Photographers
We know you have had videographer horror stories and that some videographers have made your wedding shoots really tough. On behalf of all professional videographers, we apologize. We've always been of the mind that photographers and videographers are on the same team, and we trust that you can take that attitude into your next interaction with a videographer.
As for ourselves, we pride ourselves on being personable and professional. You can expect us to offer a handshake upon our morning meeting, and a hug by the time the evening is over. We'll follow you on Instagram and support you in your work. We're amazed by the abundance of creative photographers in this city and we're happy to collaborate and encourage you to fulfill your goals and dreams. We're on your team.
1. Be Prepared
We at Prairie Film Co. are of the mind that on the day of the wedding, the Bride and Groom should be free from responsibilities and should be left to enjoy their day. However, there are certain things which the Bride and Groom need to have done before they can relax, including having wedding vows written out. We can't tell you how many times we've seen Brides and Grooms madly scrambling together their thoughts on the morning of their wedding. Plan to write your vows before your wedding, that way you'll be stress free on the day of, confident in the words you've chosen to pledge to your partner.
Videographer's Perspective: Morning preparation shots are far more beautiful when there isn't the time crunch and stress of vow writing.
2. Write the Way You'd Speak
Human beings have a funny way of complicating things that should be simple. We often overthink simple tasks and end up confusing ourselves. Wedding vows are deeply personal and intimate, they are a representation for your love for your partner. Therefore, use words which truly reflect how you feel, words that are a part of your regular vocabulary. That way, when you're reading them on the biggest day of your life, you aren't stumbling upon complex word choices, rather you're speaking from the heart.
Videographer's Perspective: The smoother your vows come out, the more quality content to use while crafting your film.
3. Be Thoughtful and Honest
When writing out your vows, be thoughtful and honest. Write a list of all the positive attributes you appreciate in your partner. Use that list to begin constructing the framework for your vows, then come around to personalizing your promises by addressing topics which are dear to the two of you. You know your relationship the best, and only you have an idea of what will be meaningful to your future spouse.
Videographer's Perspective: People can tell when you're being honest, the true emotions you display will only add to the compelling nature of your film.
Have any other helpful tips for those writing their own vows? Feel free to share them below in the comments!
It is a question that we are routinely asked, "Can I choose the music for my wedding video?" The short answer is yes, but the long answer needs some attention too.
Music sets the tone for the videos we craft. Music is emotional, inspiring and dramatic. However, music is also owned. Someone put the time, effort, and money behind each piece of music we listen to. That means that someone needs to be paid for their work. We've broken it down into three easy to understand steps.
1. Understanding the Cost of Music
As wedding videographers we build music licensing costs into our wedding package costs. The music used in wedding videos must be accompanied by a license which proves the music has been legally licensed for its intended use. Licenses vary greatly in cost and, consequently, creatives usually stick to a couple well known and established websites which allow licenses to be acquired in a matter of clicks. It should also be noted, the licenses for popular music are often drastically more expensive than smaller, less well known, artists.
2. You Can Choose
Despite the fact that music must be paid for, it doesn't mean that you are bound to someone else's music selection. Ask your wedding videographer to provide you with a list of websites that they license music from. You can then sort by artist, genre, length and many other defining attributes. Eventually, you'll come along the perfect song.
3. Let Your Videographer Choose
Consider allowing your wedding videographer to choose the music for your day. If your videographer is experienced, professional, and talented, they will provide you with a product you'll love, and maybe a new song to define your relationship!
Here at Prairie Film Co. we often choose cinematic music with plenty of emotion. Music plays a critical role as we seek to tell your story in the most beautiful way.
Over the past week we've been relishing in some pretty exciting developments! We recently traded in all of our Canon video gear for brand new Sony cameras! Our evolution of camera gear has gone through various cycles, depending on what met our needs and budget at the moment. Through it all we've always been pushing towards owning gear that pushes the industry standard and delivers a quality product for our clients.
For Camera Nerds
Years ago we started shooting on the Canon T3i. They were great cameras, shooting quality video in the right conditions. After that we made the jump to the full frame Canon 6D. We loved the 6D for their rugged durability and video performance, but couldn't get passed how much they weighed. During year and a bit shooting on the 6D we used a 60D as our third and back up camera. We liked the compactness of the 60D and the fact that it took the same batteries as the 6D was ideal for our shooting situations. Our 6Ds saw plenty of use and a wide assortment of glass. We loved our Canon glass, but had a couple pieces that we felt underperformed for our purposes.
After much thought and saving, we went ahead and purchased two Sony A7sii cameras, as well as a Sony RX10ii. In regards to the A7sii, the selling feature was the low light performance. Quality low light performance is a wedding videography must-have. Wedding receptions are often in poorly lit environments where introducing heavy artificial light would be both distracting and obtrusive. Therefore, we need a camera that can effective see in the dark, without introducing an overwhelming degree of noise. Our search started and stopped with Sony. We were so impressed at the reviews that we saw that we didn't need much convincing to help us make the purchase.
In regards to the Sony RX10ii, we were introduced to this camera by a fellow Winnipeg wedding videographer at a social gathering. After that we looked into it a little further and explored its incredible frame rate feature. With the ability to shoot upwards for 960 frames per second, the RX10ii was a cool tool to have in our bag. Furthermore, it takes the place of the Canon 60D as a backup / third as with it's fixed 70-200mm lens we are able to get tight on the couple without being invasive.
Finally, we need to mention the beauty of Sony Steadyshot. The internal stabilization on all three of our new Sony cameras has been great. No one likes having to clean up shaky footage in post production, and Steadyshot allows us to quit worrying about shake, and instead invest our time into framing and capturing beautiful footage.
For Everyone Else
We made the switch from Canon to Sony cameras for the following reasons: a.) Sony Cameras are substantially lighter in weight, b.), Sony Cameras are exponentially better in low light environments, like a wedding reception or indoor ceremony space, and c.) Sony Cameras allow for a higher quality of recording and increased frame rates (slow motion) which was previously unavailable in the Canon models we had.
It is widely accepted that over the past few year Sony has been paving the way for cameras which are beneficial to wedding and independent videographers. Many of our peers in the Winnipeg videography industry have also switched to these powerful yet compact cameras. We're admittedly pretty hard bandwagon jumpers, but hey, if if it helps make our videos even more beautiful, then we're in!
Your uncle grows a beautiful garden, but you wouldn't ask him to make your wedding bouquets. Your friend from work has a fine taste in wine, but you wouldn't ask her to bartend. Your cousin makes a delicious steak dinner, but you wouldn't ask him to cater from his home kitchen. Your niece listens to all the newest songs on her iPod, but you wouldn't ask her to DJ. Your friend has a new camera, but you wouldn't ask him to take your wedding photos. Your other friend has a DSLR, but you wouldn't ask her to take your wedding video... Would you? Before you decided to hire your friend, here are a couple things you need to know about wedding videographers.
1. A Wedding Videographer is a Professional
When you want a job done right, you hire a professional. Established wedding videographers operate on a professional basis. This means that they'll have contracts which will ensure you are delivered a product you'll love, which ensure you are protected against accidental loss of footage, which ensure that additional media is used fairly and legally. Professional wedding videographers have a background of knowledge with which they are able to educate you into making wise, well thought out decisions, ultimately resulting in a beautiful video memory of your wedding day which you will cherish forever.
2. A Wedding Videographer Has Valuable Experience
Having shot a plethora of weddings, we know one thing to be true: expect the unexpected. While often planned out throughly, it is not uncommon for wedding plans to change on the morning, or afternoon, of the big day. Life happens, and we need to account for that. Wedding videographers are used to adapting to new situations and scenarios. They are resilient, educated and aware, ready to react to the situation while providing top notch video coverage. Professional videographers know how many batteries are necessary, how many camera angles are ideal for a specific event, when to change SD cards to ensure constant coverage. With experience comes the peace of mind that your video will be everything you've dreamed it to be, and more.
On a side note, it is shocking how many people have never tied a tie, or properly fastened a boutonnière. Odds are your wedding videographer has the experience to lend a hand in even the most obscure circumstances.
3. A Wedding Videographer is an Investment
While wedding planning often comes down to managing a very specific budget, there are ways to save money without sacrificing important elements of your day. Your wedding day will come and go in the blink of an eye, trust us, we've lived it. Consider investing in the things which will provide you with concrete memories of the happiest day of your life. Video offers you a chance to relive your day in a way which no other form of media can. We've seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients booking videographers before photographers. We believe that both video and photo are important and that you should seek out the help of professional wedding videographers to ensure that you'll have a product you'll value for life.
We were recently at an educational meeting of Manitoba Wedding Professionals where the goal was to equip vendors from all industries with practical marketing tools. A theme which regularly emerged was the need for individual brands to have a 'brand' video. Essentially, a short 1-3 minute film, highlighted on your website which prospective customers could watch to learn more about your brand. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a brand video for your company or organization.
#3. Client Perception
We've all heard the stats. If your website looks bad, your prospective clients won't stay long. Clean web design is vitally important to the success of your business and video plays a critical role. By hiring a professional videographer to craft you a brand video you are presenting a polished, calculated and professional image to your clients. If your video is well thought out and crafted, it will embed a subconscious degree of trust in your client's mind.
#2. SEO Powerhouse
The power of SEO (search engine optimization) is overlooked by far too many small businesses. In the last three months Prairie Film Co. was able to reach the number one Google listing for multiple sets of desired keywords, all without paying a cent to any SEO firms. A direct result of our SEO journey has been 7 times more bookings through Google search and business expansion that we could have only dreamed of in years past. The fact is simple, if you're not actively involved in SEO, you're missing out.
A brand video plays perfectly into increasing search traffic as engines like Google prioritize video highly in their rankings. By uploading, tagging, and describing your video properly on sites like YouTube, you'll score huge points with Google, especially since Google priorities their own sites, like YouTube, over content uploaded to other video hosting sites.
SEO is incredibly intricate and there is no clear cut formula to follow. However, if you do the research and hard work, you'll find a return that is well worth the investment.
#1. Instant Relationship
Brand videos build instant relationship between you and your clients. When a client can establish a human connection while on your website your likelihood of generating business soars. Trust is a major factor in business decisions, especially in the wedding industry where clients are investing significant amounts of money. To have a client that trusts your work, and you as a person, heading into a consultation will situate you miles ahead of your competition.
Here is a recent brand video we crafted for a private Winnipeg high school. This video is now displayed on the front page of their website, specifically targeting new visitors.
We have a wealth of experience with both SEO and brand video creation. If you need a tip or trick, or perhaps are looking for a videographer to create your video, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
#5. 2016 Weddings
We've been incredibly lucky to have booked a record number of weddings over a year in advance! We've had the chance to meet so many new clients, many of whom have already become our friends! We're incredibly excited to work alongside with them all this year!
#4. A Week Long Vacation
In the middle of our summer wedding videography craziness, we took a week off and headed out to spend seven days at our family cottages. The lake has always been important to both of us and we knew we needed to spend a couple days out there to relax and rejuvenate! Having time to kick back in the middle of wedding season is exactly what we need. This year we're doing it again, but instead we're headed off for our honeymoon!
#3. Wedding Vendors
The wedding industry in Winnipeg is filled with many passionate vendors who are incredible at their respective trades. This summer we had the chance to make a host of new friends who we look forward to working with again in the future. Below are two people we met this summer, who we've decided to hire for our own wedding in July of 2016! We encourage you to look into their services for your future wedding!
#2. Our Wedding Clients
One of our top highlights from 2015 was the fact that we had the opportunity to hang out with beautiful couples every weekend and to celebrate their love! We truly value relationship at Prairie Film Co. and to be able to joke around with our clients, to take selfies from the sky with them, all the while telling a beautiful story through film makes it an incredible day for us! Feel free to click through all the below videos to see a sample of our work.
#1. Our Own Engagement
No surprise, our biggest highlight of 2015 was our own engagement! We've already written extensively about our engagement which you can read here. Just like our brides, we get to experience the joys of wedding planning as we look forward to our 2016 wedding!
What were your 2015 highlights?!
The 2015 wedding season was an absolute blast! Here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, wedding season spans from late spring to early fall, with a couple outliers filling in the blanks. June, July, August and September are peak months where we are consistently shooting weddings. As we rang in 2016 nearly two weeks ago, a series of new surveys have been published which shed light on what 2015 bride's wish they would have done leading up to their wedding.
According to Brides.com, arguably the biggest wedding planning resource on the internet, the number one regret of brides married in 2014 and 2015 was the failure to hire a wedding videographer. Wedding videography was considered an additional expense that was unnecessary, or too costly, thus relegated to the back burner. Here at Prairie Film Co. we can't imagine a wedding happening without a team of videographers! We are convinced that you shouldn't cut wedding videography, rather you should look for a videographer who can tell your story with precision and creativity.
Apart from Brides.com, both the Knot and Wedding Ideas Magazine recognize the failure to hire a videographer as the primary regret for 2015 brides. If you've yet to be sold on the prospect of hiring a videographer, allow us to give you our perspective as to why videography is so important, and why we decided to hire a team of videographers for our 2016 wedding.
On Saturday Lauren and I made the drive out to Austin Manitoba to spend the day with Ashley, otherwise known as the Recipe Rebel. Ashley is an English teacher turned food blogger who has seen a wave of recent success! Long story short, we connected with Ashley through Instagram and ended up brainstorming an idea for an brand video.
The Recipe Rebel started when a friend of Ashley's set up a website and encouraged her to begin uploading her 'famous' non-conventional recipes. One thing led to another, and the Recipe Rebel was born. With a following numbering into the hundreds of thousands, Ashley is well on her way to food blogger stardom! We are confident that the partnership between Prairie Film Co. and the Recipe Rebel will lead to a stronger, more unified brand image over at thereciperebel.com.
In an attempt to diversify the Recipe Rebel's web presence we've taken on the task of crafting a brand video which will highlight the story behind the Recipe Rebel as well as encourage readers to regularly engage with the site.
Stay tuned to see more from Prairie Film Co. and the Recipe Rebel!
Christmas time has come and gone and we hope you had a marvellous season! As per usual, our Facebook feeds filled up with brand new engagements! And with some many people planning their weddings for next summer, it's time to set a date and let people now so that they can put it into their busy summer calendars! We've recently come across a series of adorable save the date videos which you may want to consider for you wedding. While you can hire a professional videographer to compose your video, you can also create a DIY video if you're feeling inspired. Here are some recent examples of Save the Date videos which you may want to look through!
Professional Save the Date Video
DIY Save the Date Video
If you're looking for help with your video feel free to reach out to us and let us know!
Hey Friends! Today's post is going to focus on how to get the best wedding video! This How To guide will give you all the information you need to be confident in your wedding videography decisions and will get a great checklist when looking for a videographer for your wedding day.
Here is a quick recap of the video.
1. Take Finding a Videographer As Seriously As Finding a Photographer
Don't let videography fall by the way side. If you want a quality product you need to do your research and book in advance. Odds are, if you leave it to the last minute, you won't be able to hire your first choice.
2. Hire a Videographer Who Represents You
There is a wide array of videography styles. Whether cinematic, fine art, or documentary style, find someone who tells stories in a way which represents you as a couple.
3. Ask for Referrals
Odds are that your wedding planner, photographer, venue and other vendors have worked alongside videographers before. If you ask them they will be able to suggest videography professionals who are credible and do great work.
4. Meet Them in Person
This is extremely important to us. Relationships are paramount in what we do. Having a knowledge and a peace that your videographers are good people who will do great work will make your day flow smoothly.
For further reading, see our guide on How to Choose a Wedding Videographer.
One of the many joys of our job is the incredible people we get to meet. Apart from our clients, we get to know other wedding vendors very well. When it comes down to it, we like to work with good people. Over the next series of posts we will be highlighting some of our favourite Winnipeg wedding professionals, people we've worked with and met along our journey. Hopefully, these profiles can help you connect with people who do amazing work and have great hearts.
Lauren Wiebe | Stone House Creative
We first "ran into" Lauren at a wedding where she provided the florals and we filmed. While we may have been at the same place at the same time, we never met each other that day. The connection was only made after we sat down with Lauren to do the florals for our wedding day. While I could go on and on about how hospitable, personal and professional Lauren is, we'll let her do the talking.
What's your story?
I've always loved flowers. My Mom and both of my grandmothers are excellent gardeners, and I grew up on a farm where there were lots of flower beds and lots of space to run around and play. I didn't know that I would end up in flowers, though. When I was in my last year of university, I started working for a local bridal magazine and this is when my love for weddings started. I quickly fell in love with the industry and though I didn't stay at the magazine long-term, I knew that I would stay in the industry and dreamed of being my own boss - I just wasn't sure how. I thought about being a wedding planner - I have some of the right personality traits for it, but after assisting a few weddings for a planner friend of mine, I knew that it wasn't the right fit for me (so much stress! Girls, thank your planners!). I stumbled into a position as the wedding coordinator for a local florist, and there it was: the perfect fit. I realized that I knew a lot more about flowers than the average person, and remembering my childhood, it seemed like all the signs were pointing in the same direction. I started SHC mid-way through 2014 and in my first wedding season, designed the flowers for over 30 weddings. It was exhausting, but absolutely wonderful.
What's the best part of your job?
Honestly, aside from scrubbing buckets after the weddings are over, I love every part of my job. Meeting with brides is always so much fun, and I love choosing the combinations of flowers I'll use. I really value organization, so checklists and processes, putting together quotes and ordering flowers, are all fun to me. But, the absolute best part of my job is designing the bridal bouquet. I love watching the flowers come together and I always put the best blooms into the bride's bouquet. It should be special.
What are you passionate about?
I love running my own business, and I spend a lot of time researching, connecting with other small business owners, and investing in my craft. I also love to sing. Throat issues a few years ago have held me back from singing a lot lately, but chances are very good that you'll almost always hear me singing or whistling show tunes.
What are you currently reading / watching / listening to?
I have been a Harry Potter fanatic for years, and this summer, I decided to listen to all the audiobooks while I worked on wedding flowers. It was so wonderful! I like to think that the excitement and magic of Howarts makes its way into my bouquets.
What's your Winnipeg gem?
I always tell people that Winnipeg is way cooler than they think. We have an awesome town! Jenna Rae Cakes is one of my favourites, partly because of the banana walnut bars with browned butter icing and partly because the girls are really good friends of mine. My husband and I always love Pizzeria Gusto for a dinner out, and I also can't resist the restaurant (and shops) at Pineridge Hollow. And finally, my favourite place to go is to the Centennial Concert Hall. I've performed there a few times and love going to see shows, and I think it's just the most beautiful, magical place and I always love to look up at the chandelier in the lobby. I try to bring a little bit of that magic to all of my weddings. My husband and I actually had our wedding photos taken inside the Concert Hall a few years ago!
Our interactions with Lauren have been great. If you're looking for a top notch floral designer for your wedding, you know who to go to.
After each consultation with a potential client we learn a new lesson. There is always a way in which we can communicate better, whether being more articulate, or explaining a concept more thoroughly. Our goal is to educate brides so that they can make the best decision when choosing their wedding videographer. We've recently had a lot of interest in our same day edit films, so here is a detailed explanation of exactly what they are, and why you may need one.
Here is Lyna & Brian's same day edit, mentioned above, from this summer at Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park.
1. What is a Same Day Edit?
A video of your wedding preparations, ceremony and pictures which is shot and edited to be played at your wedding reception.
2. How Do They Get Played?
Our same day edit film usually take the place of a traditional photo slideshow during the reception. In some cases, clients have asked to have old family footage or pictures incorporated into the Same Day Edit. This is a possibility should you desire it. Most wedding venues have a projector and speakers, if not, they can be rented. Once the video is complete, we plug it in and play!
3. How Many People Work on it?
We use two videographers, unless more are requested, and we bring along one editor. Lauren and I are constantly filming while we pass off our SD cards for the editor to process.
4. Why Are They Popular?
There is usually a taboo around video production that filming, editing and crafting a final product takes months. While this may have historically been the case, digital technologies have changed everything. Your guests will be amazed at the efficiency and quality of the video work.
First of all, watch this video.
Videos like this one have become synonymous with the use of drones in wedding videography. However, we can't let one clip decide whether or not we should be using a drone. We have broken down a couple reasons why you may choose to drone, or why you may want to avoid droning at your next wedding.
Wedding Videography: Drone Pros
The perks of using a drone at a wedding are obvious. A drone allows the user to capture images that one could never capture without the power of flight. To be high up in the sky, or 100 feet out over a body of water. These are shots which would not be possible without a flying camera. These shots can define a video. They have the potential to set that video apart from the rest. The novelty of cameras in the sky is still mesmerizing, even in the twenty first century. For these reasons, a drone is a great help mate for a wedding videographer.
Wedding Videography: Drone Cons
While the use of a drone is exciting and holds limitless creative potential, the operator must be aware of the flying regulations in their respective province, state or territory. The government of Canada is very strict, yet informative when it comes to drone operation. It is important to know the rules and regulations so that you can avoid getting yourself in trouble. Other potential issues may include, weather conditions, initial investment, and product knowledge.
Over all, we love the use of drones for wedding videography. Watch this film by Riccardo Fasoli which incorporates beautiful drone footage.
We get a lot of people who ask about the gear that we use. Sometimes it's clients, but usually it is young videographers who want to know where to invest their first freelance dollars. As a result, we've decided to dedicate a blog post to our gear. The important thing to note is that we are planning a massive overhaul to our inventory... But perhaps that'll have to wait until our Spring 2016 post! We've separated our gear into three sections, visuals, audio and stabilization.
Our Gear: Visuals
Our primary camera body is the Canon 6D. Both Lauren and I have one in our kits. We appreciate the 6D as it's been a rugged work horse for us over the past few years. We choose to go with the 6D over the 5DMiii for a variety of reasons. When our business first started out, the 6D carried a drastically lower price tag than the 5DMiii, which was fantastic for our line of credit. Aside from the financial out look, the 6D has great low light performance in video mode, an absolute must have in the wedding videography industry. Aside from the Canon 6D we also use a Canon 60D, which is another great camera that we use to capture a third angle from the back of a ceremony space. Our lens collection is primarily Canon as well. We use a variety of lenses, all with different strengths. Our workhorses are the 24-70mm f2.8, the 24-105 f4 IS, the 70-200 f2.8 and the 50mm f1.4. Toss into the mix a Tokina 11-16 and we've covered plenty of focal length. Each lens has it's strengths and drawbacks, but we will save those for a future post.
Our Gear: Audio
Audio is arguably the most important part of videography. While anyone can record video on their phone, good clean audio sets you apart from the rest. We use a series of professional microphones to do the job. Our workhorse is the ZOOM H6. Being able to capture audio straight from the soundboard is ideal for us. Unfortunately many venues still operate off archaic sound systems, which makes our job harder. In that case we turn to the Rode Video Mic Pro and the ZOOM H1 with Rode Lav mic. Another option is the Rode NTG2 condenser microphone. These versatile options allow us to capture great audio, even in tough circumstances.
Our Gear: Stabilization
Perhaps the biggest aspect of video recording that is often over looked is stablilization. No one wants shaky video. There is only so much you can do to correct shaky video, and it's not a fun process. To stabilize we use Manfrotto monopods and tripods, with MVH400 fluid heads. These allow for clean, smooth movements without any jitter. We also use a Kamar SD-1 slider with a fluid head on the top and bottom. Finally, we use a Glidecam HD-4000 for movement shots, it's an amazing tool which produces great results.
Have questions about the gear we use? Or about the gear that we are transitioning to? Let us know by contacting us! We wish you the best in your videographic adventures!
We partnered with MTS and GoodLife Fitness on Kenaston Blvd. for Manitoba Telecom Services Spin4Kids charity event. The concept was simple, MTS employees and other fundraisers participated in a one hour cycling class, working hard in the name of charity. This short Instagram suited piece is designed to highlight the philanthropic work of MTS. You can learn more about MTS Spin4Kids here.
Having been a graduate of the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Education, I have a series of special connections with different educators, principals and schools across Winnipeg. Whether it is teaching film basics to students, or helping promote different aspects of a school, we love the work we get to do within educational circles.
This video was composed for the St. Paul's High School 2015 Tribute Dinner honouring Sr. Lesley Sacouman, SNJM. The proceeds from the Tribute dinner support the St. Paul's Bursary Program, which is a foundational element of Jesuit education, ensuring that students from all backgrounds can access education. You can learn more at the St. Paul's High School Tribute Dinner here.