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Why a Video/Photo team might be the better choice..

Traditionally…

Often the way it usually works is like this;  the couple draw up a list of their ‘musts’ for the wedding day, the dress the venue, the food, the cake the photographer… you get the idea. Then, as the wedding day gets closer they might then say; “..Can we afford a Videographer?” Yes often the videographer is just above the chocolate fountain in terms of the Brides ‘must haves’ that’s because videography tends to come in and out of fashion. It was very much in fashion in the mid 1980’s and 1990’s but wedding videography from those decades was to be quite frank pretty awful! Lot’s of huge hulking great video cameras taking VHS tapes that produced poor quality images. The editing was also poor because studio professional editing software was not available to the jobbing videographer back then. Hence from those decades wedding videography had a bad reputation unlike photography.

Things have changed!

However fast forward thirty years or so and things are a lot different! With the Digital revolution industry level professional cameras and editing software are readily available to aspiring professional videographers and without having to sink a Kings ransom investment into them either. Hence ‘Wedding Films’ are growing in popularity again and Brides are looking for photo & video solutions that won’t break the bank because let’s face it hiring a quality photographer and quality videographer separately can be VERY expensive unless… you choose a photo/video package. Now in talking about a photo/video package I am not talking about a photographer that offers to record a few video clips for you from her photo camera or a videographer that offer to grab some still images from your video footage both of which would mean you would end up with either a poor quality video or some poor quality photo’s.  What I am actually talking about is a photographer/videographer team- yes a dedicated professional  photographer and a dedicated professional videographer both experts in their given fields.  We at Julian Voigt Wedding Films are pleased to announce that we are now working as a team with a professional photographer, one that we are confident in recommending to our clients looking for a video/photo option. What myself and the photographer I work with have come up with is a package that covers both a couple photo & video needs- and more importantly a price the couple can afford.

The TEAM you want!

Apart from the obvious advantage of saving money their is another VERY important advantage in choosing a photo/video team as opposed to hiring separate photographers and videographers and it’s this;  TEAM WORK.  A problem many photographers find when they are shooting a wedding is that the videographer is also chasing that same shot and can inadvertently get in the way- the same is true for the videographer he can end up looking through his video files to find the photographer is in more of the images than the Bride & Groom 😉  hence choosing a photographer and videographer that work well as a TEAM is vital to getting both stunning photographs and video.  Julian Voigt Wedding Films has been looking to TEAM up with a photographer for a while so as to be able to offer this advantage to our clients and we are now pleased to say we have that TEAM!

 

The Advantages

here are the advantages of a photo/video team:

 

  • Save Money- much more cost effective
  • Compliments one another and know each others shooting style and modus operandi
  • One booking- you don’t have to search for a photographer and then a videographer it’s all done ‘under one roof’ -so to speak
  • Emphasis on Photo or Video-  you choose;  you can get the photo’s you really want with a short highlight film to compliment them or get a film you really want with some photo’s added in.
  • Benefit each other- a photo/video team support each other hence you are more likely to get better photo’s and a better videos
  • Same style and feel- yes by choosing a photo/video team your photo’s will compliment your wedding film there will be a common story or theme to them
  • Simplicity!  Let’s face it planing a wedding can be daunting with a lot to plan and organise, by choosing a photo/video team it’s one less thing to have to think about.
  • 2 for the price of one-  yes you might find that you can actually get a photo/ video package for the same cost that you might pay for just a photographer alone!

 

If you re getting married and wondering about whether you can afford a videographer aswell as a photographer well we think now you can!  Get in touch to see how we give you both the photo’s and wedding film you deserve!  You only get married once!

 

If you would like to know more or would like to book a FREE consultation then please visit: http://www.julianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk

Light & Shadows

Separating the Good from the GREAT

One thing that separates an OK wedding film maker from a great wedding film maker is his understanding and use of light & shadows in creating a truly cinematic image. What do I mean? Well, next time you are watching a really good movie see if you can see how many times in that movie the director manipulates natural light and how he uses it to stir emotion. The utilisation of natural light is was great photography & cinematography is all about- especially when you are wanting to engage the emotions of your viewers. For a wedding film maker usually the only time during the day you can control the lighting is either in the morning during bridal prep or later in the afternoon during ‘golden hour’  when you grab the couple and get some truly amazing shots with the sun just as it’s setting.

 

Don’t think like a videographer!

You see as videographers we could think that having an image fully exposed (lit) and clearly visible is what we are meant to do but often it’s not just what we see that intrigues us but more often what we can’t see. For example, during bridal prep in the morning it’s a great idea to ask the hair & makeup people if it’s ok for you to turn the light off for 10 minutes while you get some beautiful silhouettes and some dimly lit shots using only the natural light available- you see natural light is much softer than artificial light and can really help beautify an image- especially a bride!  You have to be a little bit bold and confident too that you can pull it off, but like anything practice makes perfect and the more you become adept at shooting with under-exposed images the more creative you’ll become in time. I wouldn’t say it’s something I have mastered yet but I am getting to grips with what truly looks cinematic and how to pull that off in camera without relying too heavily on post processing to create the desired effect which only looks artificial anyway.

Create intrigue in your viewer…

Under exposing an image creates intrigue and this is what a good filmmaker should be looking to do. Often when I shoot bridal prep and then edit the footage later I try not to reveal the bride too soon in the Wedding Film- it’s good practice to just have a few glimpses of her and as mentioned in this blog done with some creative use of light & shadows. Wedding Films in my mind are all about emotions and we are looking to wring out of the viewers all the emotions we possibly can as Wedding Videographers. We should look to do this especially during shots of the bride getting ready and before she is revealed in all her magnificance just before she takes he walk down the aisle.

When & with what?

It’s also good to under expose images early in the morning when shooting establishing shots of the wedding venue, grounds, buildings etc. Looking for shadows cast by buildings, trees, reflections on glass anything really. I often just walk around looking for things that to my eye look beautiful. As a videographer you have to train your eye to look for these types of things even when you are not shooting a wedding film; be constantly looking for ideas and inspiration when it comes to natural light and how it makes things look beautiful. Here is a highlight wedding film that I filmed and you can see in this film how I used light & shadows to make this film look more cinematic:

If you are looking for someone to create a cinematic wedding film for you then look no further than Julian Voigt Wedding Films: http://www.julianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk

 

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My First Indian Wedding

Last Saturday I had the privilege of Filming my first Indian Wedding at the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Wigan. I say,  ‘Indian Wedding’ but there was definitely a Anglo/Indian fusion thing happening. This event was

actually the second wedding in that the couple had had a traditional Indian Wedding back in India and were now legalising their union here in the UK.  British Weddings generally follow a fairly predictable formula and this one wasn’t too

different really but it certainly had a unique feel to it which I wanted to capture in their wedding film which I am still in the process of editing by the way.. The couple I won’t name because they have opted for non disclosure of their wedding film on my website or social media and because I want to honour the couples wishes and privacy I will just refer to them as ‘the couple.’

Tuning into what the couple actually want..

The Bride didn’t want much getting ready footage so I headed over to the groom to get some shots of him getting ready then headed back to the bride to capture shots of her all made up and feeling a lot more comfortable about being filmed. It reminded me that as a videographer you can get too fixated with getting certain shots but we need to be a bit more sensitive the wishes of the bride & groom after all it’s their wedding and their wedding film. Often when you get to the venue you get some establishing shot, bridal prep etc etc..

I always try my best to make each and every film I create unique to that couple and there are a number of ways to do that;  first it’s important if possible to meet with the couple and get a feel for them, what’s important to them? what do they like? and more importantly what they don’t like? If it’s not possible to meet up before the wedding day it’s good at least to have a telephone consultation or even better a Skype call. Finally, I send my couple a questionnaire to fill in and it’s worded in such a way as find out as much as possible about the couple. On the day I try to go with the flow to some extent and I will often shadow the photographer and he directs the couple and the couples family for various portraits and group shots- I try to avoid just following exactly what the photographer is doing otherwise you can end up with a filmic version of their photographs which wouldn’t be very good or original.

 

Working WITH the Photographer

The photographer I worked with at this wedding was Shane Webber: https://shanewebber.com  he was great to work with and we tried to help each other out rather than get in each others way. Shane’s work is great and his photography has a very natural feel to it. To be honest, ‘The Couple’ were a little uncomfortable being in front of the camera- as many couples are- yet I noticed Shane was very good at putting the couple at ease and hence getting those beautiful natural shots- which really helped me! I always try to reach out to the photographer before the wedding day and introduce myself; 1. Because I want to make sure that I don’t get in his way so that he can get the shots he needs and 2. Let him know where I plan to station my cameras for the ceremony that we all get the Bride as she walks down the aisle 🙂

 

The Feel of this wedding?

As I said there was definitely an anglo/Indian fusion thing happening probably because the bride was British and the groom was from India. The couple plans I believe are to live India. This wedding had a really family feel to it; it was apparent that many had traveled from distant lands to be with this couple and they hugged and greeted it other with such warmth and enthusiasm it was really nice to see. The music and dancing was as colourful as the women Saree’s and young and old alike hit the dance floor as the Dj’s music pulsated. The music was great as was the food thankfully we were able to grab a bite to each once the speeches were done and dusted. Before this wedding I must admit I was a bit apprehensive mostly because it was a ‘first’ and I was anxious to get the shots that were important to the couple and their family- looking over the footage this week as I began the process of editing I can see this wedding film is going to be a good one!

 

Wedding Video- Julian Voigt Wedding Films Manchester Wedding Videographer: http://www.julianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk

Photographer:   Shane Webber   https://shanewebber.com

 

DJ & Music: Apnabeat: http://www.apnabeat.co.uk

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When is a Wedding Video NOT a Wedding Video?

A Truly Unique Film

Wedding Films should be like a Saville Row tailored suite- made to measure!  When I decided to start my Wedding Film business I knew that to stand out I had to do something different and for me

one of the first decisions I made was that I would produce wedding films that were not your formulaic wedding film. We have all sat through wedding videos (maybe our own) and been bored to tears. Often that is because the shots are predictable

and just like a million other wedding videos out there. I wanted to produce wedding films that would stand alone- in other words no two alike. OK, you are going to have elements in a wedding film that are like other wedding films after all many weddings follow

a formula- the dress- the walk down the aisle- the groom and his Ushers- the mother of the bride- the car- the cake you get the idea…

Be creative..

But a creative film maker should be able to look and include in his wedding films things that are unique to that couple. I achieve this by getting to know my couple BEFORE the wedding day. That can mean a home visit, Skype chats and emails back and forth. I want to try and get to know and bit about the people I am going to film – after all a wedding film is a very personal thing, often peoples emotions are laid bare and to me these are very precious moments in time to capture forever in a Wedding Video.

 

This testimonial for me was the moment I knew I was heading in the right direction because it said exactly  what I wanted to hear…

Paul & Chantal Dolphin  31-12-17

We can’t thank you enough Julian for the time and effort you have put into making our wedding video. We were absolutely blown away when we watched it. You really took your time to understand Paul & I as a couple and as you state, that really is an important factor when producing such a personal video such as a wedding. Can’t wait to see the highlight video and share it with all our friends and family! If you’re getting married and thinking of getting a videographer, Julian is your guy. He is a lovely person who really took the time to get to know Paul & I and gave us exactly what we wanted. 

 

How do you achieve a ‘Saville Row’ type Wedding Film?

  • Get to know the couple
  • Be creative
  • Look for personal details- photo’s letter things like these
  • Find out the couples ‘style’
  • Send theme a questionnaire to fill in before the wedding

 

Here is the 3 minute Trailer from Paul & Chantal’s Wedding:

 

For more info about Julian Voigt Wedding Films visit:  http://www.jujlianvoigtweddingfilms.co.uk

 

When small camera means a better camera…

Which Video cameras are best for Wedding Films Makers?

I recently traveled to London for the the Guide for Brides Wedding Industry Awards as I was shortlisted in the Best Videography category. As I was traveling by train from Manchester to London Euston

and then traveling from London Euston to Knightsbridge via the Tube to where I was staying I wanted to prove a point; namely that I could take my small Sony A7sii on the trains and film people without them really being aware that I was filming. Why did i do this you might ask? To prove that small cameras are better in many cases to bigger ones- especially for Wedding Videographers! The Sony A7sii is a case in point in that this small handheld camera not much bigger than a point and shoot  is a dedicated professional cinema 4K camera capable of producing images that belie it’s small form factor.

The problem with BIG cameras 

Years ago if you wanted your Wedding Filmed you could have ended up with someone with a camera that, well,  resembles Del Boy’s in Only Fools and Horses when he got a consignment of dodgy camcorders from Russia- a huge hulking thing that if pointed in someones face could make them feel very conspicuous. Many mistakenly have the view when it comes to technology that bigger must be better but when it comes to cameras this is definitely NOT  the case.  Small form factor cameras like the Sony A7  series prove this point- they look like a small photographers camera but inside they are a fully professional grade video camera that could be used to produce a feature film for broadcast and they have!  For the wedding videographer this is very interesting because we can in affect become very inconspicuous in that people are not really aware that they are being filmed which is exactly what you want if you are a Wedding Film Maker!

If you can film people when they are not aware that they are being filmed the net result is a Wedding Film that has some beautiful candid and real moments in it where the people in that film are in the moment and not in the camera if you follow me!  At Julian Voigt Wedding Films we look to create emotion filled wedding films that are real and filled with moments that bring back all those emotions experienced on the day.

 

Another great benefit of small form factor cameras like the Sony A7s is that you can fit into the smallest of spaces and get shots others with bigger rigs couldn’t.

 

Here is the short video I made from Manchester to London I managed to film on trains and in Cafe’s and nobody really noticed as you will see in the video:

 

So for the Wedding Videographer smaller is better!