Many people love to share their stories on the internet. Whether it be a wedding, anniversary, or a new addition to their family. I just finished one of three videos I will be shooting for a couple who are expecting their first child. In the first video I captured the ultrasound visit as well as a sit down interview with them. During the interview I had them talk about what it means to them to be new parents. Our next video will capture the revealing of the sex of the baby. The internet has been a great tool for people to share their experiences with others who are not physically near. If you have a story you would like to share send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are now creating beautiful baby memories for parents. We can interview the parents before the baby is born, capture the gender reveal announcement, and capture your baby at home within their first week. This will allow both parents to be in front of the camera instead of one behind the camera. We can create great memories for you that will last a lifetime. Have a professional document this special time in your life.
There are several reason why one should hire a professional videographer. Just because you can afford a video camera does not make you an expert in the field of videography. The newest camera is nice to have, but it is the person behind that camera that makes the real magic happen. Do you know how to tell a story? Do you know who to interview for the story? What kind of lighting does your video need? Will the lighting be natural or artificial? What kind of microphone will you be using? Don’t tell me you plan on using the built in microphone on the camera. How much movement will you be using in your video? Have you had a chance to check out the location you plan on recording at? The list goes on and on, and these are the many thoughts that professional videographers have to think about before they press record. We not only have the equipment to serve you….we also have been trained to tell your story the way it deserves to be told.
So next time when you think you can handle a promotional video on your own think about the questions above…..we are here to help.
It can be hard at times to sell a product or a service. When I meet with potential clients I always keep in mind how I would like to be treated…fairly and without being pressured. I am sure you have all been there before in some shape or form. Whether it be at a car dealership or someone trying to upgrade you on a service you know you do not need.
I take a different approach. First off, one thing I know for certain is that the potential client has a video need. Call me old school, but If at all possible, I like to meet in person. Face to face seems so much more personable than strictly over the internet. I first ask them what their need is and then explain how I can help them accomplish their goal. Do I always suggest something that is not needed…No. My approach is clear and concise. For instance…I just met with a client who only needed four hours of my videography services. After I heard what she wanted and understood what her goals were I agreed to the four hours. My client did not need more than four hours for what she wanted to accomplish, so why try to sell her more? Trying to upsell all the time can become irritating and be perceived as being too pushy. If someone says, “I only need one hour of your time,” and I know for certain that their project will take more than one hour, I will try to stir them in the right direction. Not only am I trying to sell, but I am trying to educate people regarding their goal. This is why it is hard to give prices without knowing exactly what is expected. Prices will change depending on the video product. I recently reached out to a business and introduced myself. They asked how much it would cost to shoot a video. I followed up and asked how many hours I would be needed?, how many interviews would be needed?, and how long the final product should be? All these questions help answer the big question “How much will it cost?”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do not try to be a Jack of all trades?” I understand this phrase to a certain point. Many people say that you shouldn’t try to sell too many services just focus on one and market it alone. Well I am sorry, I have more than one flavor and I do not necessarily want to only capture weddings. If one has the ability to tell stories well, why not tell the stories that are outside the wedding realm? Just because you shoot weddings does not mean that this is the only type of event or project you have to shoot. Take a chance and shoot other events, or other promotional pieces. I am a strong believer in versatility and if you have the gift to produce other videos then go ahead and do it. In shooting other types of videos, you may come across really different ideas that you could implement in your wedding stories. By shooting an assortment of videos you can also learn different ways to tell different stories…this can only lead you to become a better storyteller. So next time you hear that all you should be focusing on is weddings…ask yourself if you could benefit from shooting other types of videos.
What started out as a lighting exercise, turned into an interview with my son regarding Jeff Gordon. My son has been a huge fan since he was three years old. He has met him once right before Jeff retired. I set up the lights and interviews my son.
Shot with C100 and Tamron 24-70mm lens
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Speeches at weddings can really help tell the story of the newlyweds. I have had the pleasure of capturing several weddings in 2015, but the following weddings are some of my favorites. The reason being is that you can really feel what the speaker is saying. The words that are chosen are so heart felt that you almost feel like you know the couple. I try to use as much of the toasts as possible so I can tell the story in the best way I know how…by the people who know the couple.
It can be difficult to succeed even when we believe in ourselves. We need to change the way we look at things when others tell us that we can’t do it, or we do not have a chance for success. Use this negative thinking and turn it into a positive drive for success. I am very thankful for those who believe in my abilities, but I am also thankful to those who did not believe. Hmmm…that is strange you might think, but it is because I chose to look at their negative comments from a different point of view. Those negatives made me strive for success just as much as the positive comments. The negative comments can bring you down and potentially make you doubt your ability. YOU have to switch your way of thinking to allow the negative to become positive. So thank you to those who doubted me…I am trying to get better day by day.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.