It was a pleasure capturing this footage for Brittany and Rammel. The atmosphere was great, and the words that were being said about the couple were stunning. Brittany and Rammel's wedding video
There are many tools of the trade when it comes to video work. We obviously need a camera, but we also need a steady platform to place our camera on. Some people choose to use a shoulder mount, which they attach their dslr to, I personally have my two favorites; a tripod and a monopod.
Tripods are great for when you are conducting an interview. The tripod keeps the camera from shaking which allows the viewer to concentrate on the person who is talking and not on the shaky camera movements. I use tripods when I use my slider. Whenever I am producing a promotional video or wedding video I tend to incorporate some slider movements. In order to use the slider you need a steady surface. If I can’t place my slider on the ground I pull out my tripod and place it on it. Tripods are also great for wide shots. There isn’t anything worse than a wobbly shot. If your subject is not moving you shouldn’t be moving either!
Oh…. and then there is the monopod. Monopods are great when you are in a run and gun situation. They allow you to keep your shot pretty steady and give you the flexibility to move about more freely. You do not have to adjust three legs like a tripod, you only need to make adjustments to one leg. You can get very high shots or very low shots with a monopod. Because many tripods have a minimum height, monopods can get close to the ground especially if you can tilt the head. I tend to use my monopod 80 percent of the time.
A few weeks ago I had the honor of capturing Catherine Ann and Jose Mari's wedding. The ceremony was held at St. Anthony’s in Fresno, and the couple had over 50 yes 50 people take part in the wedding procession. I placed one camera at the front of the alter. This allowed me to capture them all coming down the aisle.
The reception was held at Copper River. Some of the candid shots I captured where in a small vineyard next to the venue. The inside of the venue look fabulous and was decorated in a dark blue color. Catherine Ann and Jose Mari really seem to be in love and I wish them the very best.
Your wedding memories are once for all your lifetime. So it is important for a videographer to capture each and every moment without any issues and failure. It is important to ask your videographer about what will be his backup plan if the equipment fails in between the function. Jeffrey Cook Videography carries an effective back up plan in case of any technical catastrophe such as- camera not responding, access denied or storage capacity full, and many other technical issues. Hence it is advised to get the best wedding videographer for your wedding so that your memories won’t get interrupted by any technical issues.
I shoot promotional videos and have actually created one myself Jeffrey Cook Videography Testimonial
I had a recent bride speak about my services and used b roll footage from her wedding as well as other weddings to show my work. What I really like shooting are “mom and pop” promotional videos. For one, they need your support, two you can negotiate a good price for the video. A few months ago I shot a promotional/mini documentary on Dusty Buns, a local bistro in Fresno. I had a great time doing it, and during the interview they announced they were expanding to San Francisco. You can usually shoot your promo in a few days, and since it is local you have more flexibility.
If you are starting out, you can do one or two promotional videos for free or next to nothing. By doing it for free you get the chance to try out new gear and sharpen your skills. There may be mistakes along the way, but remember the client is not paying, so you are actually catching those mistakes and learning from them at the same time.
I do suggest that you do a site survey of the establishment and see where your best spots to capture video are. Look for the best lighting and sit down with the owner and talk to them about their business. You’ll find out that just talking to them for a few minutes and building a rapport with them will ease their pressure. You will get a better on camera interview by building rapport with the owner as well.
“First looks,” before a wedding have become more and more acceptable. For those who do not know what a first look is, it’s when the bride and groom get a chance to admire one another before the wedding ceremony. If you are planning a wedding ceremony right before sunset, you may want to look into shooting your photos before the ceremony. There will not be enough natural light to shoot the photos after the ceremony. If you do decide to shoot photos before the ceremony, a first look should also be done. I mean, you will already have seen your fiancé, and if you hired a videographer a first look can only add stunning imagery to your video.
I shoot my first looks with at least 2 cameras. I have one facing the groom looking past his shoulder in the direction of the bride. My other camera is set on a side view, in which the bride walks into frame to tap her fiancé on the shoulder. This happens very fast, so I only recommend it if you have an experience videographer. You do not have time to try to reenact the first look. Here is a sample of a first look I did.
We did it again! Jeffrey Cook Videography has been featured two times now in Weddingwire. For more information on the wedding please visit: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/videos/daniella-kyle-california-wedding-video
The other day I was standing face to face with my wife in our kitchen. As I was gazing into her eyes I leaned over and gave her a kiss. Our daughter who I thought was watching television was actually watching us. She screamed with excitement, “kiss again, kiss again!” So we did and we received the same cheer again.
“It is good for children to see warmth and a bond between parents,” notes Margaret Helding, PhD., president of the Society for Family Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. “It is reassuring to children.”
So for you newlyweds out there, don’t let the honeymoon end after the first year. It is extremely important that we show love for one another especially when it comes to children. They learn first- hand how important a kiss can be, and how love should be respected. In today’s society we need to show more compassion regarding one another, and what better way than at home with your children. So pucker up kiss, and help teach what love is all about.
I am not much of a talker. If one starts a conversation I am willing to talk, but I usually do not initiate a conversation. Pictures are my words. I communicate well through my videography. See, as an infant I was mal nourished, neglected, and because of that my speech suffered. After many years of speech therapy I was able to communicate verbally much better than I had when I was younger.
God has given us all a gift. One of my gifts is telling stories through videography. I use peoples’ stories to communicate a message. Whether it be for nonprofits, mini documentaries or a wedding….there is a story to tell. One can overcome obstacles, and in my case it was turning to the arts. There are many artist out in the world who have become who they are due to abuse. Some turn to music as a way to cope with abuse, and some turn to other arts.
This blog is about overcoming your shortfalls. What you need to do is believe in yourself and find that gift that God gave you and run with it. Once you figure out what that gift is you can develop it. Because you understand your gift, negative thoughts and comments from others’ regarding your gift shouldn’t hold you back. Believe in yourself! Once you believe in yourself, the doors will open to the beginnings of success.
Holding hands is a way to tell everyone who is around you that the person who’s hand you’re holding is yours. It’s a declaration of devotion. Holding hands not only a declaration of devotion, but it also can relieve stress. Benedict Carey wrote an article that explains the benefits of holding hands. He states, “Married women under extreme stress who reach out and hold their husbands' hands feel immediate relief, neuroscientists have found in what they say is the first study of how human touch affects the neural response to threatening situations. The soothing effect of the touch could be seen in scans of areas deep in the brain that are involved in registering emotional and physical alarm.”
So next time you’re out in public think about holding the hand of the one you love, admire, and treasure. You will benefit greatly.
We are so busy these days and feel that we can never get what we want accomplished. If I am extremely busy and really want to finish a project I make time to complete it. I may not complete the film or video project in one day, but believe me, with setting aside a half an hour here and an hour there I can finish what I set out to accomplish. It may mean eating breakfast earlier in the morning so I can squeeze in a half an hour to work on the project. Take that shower at night and wake up a little earlier…now you have an hour to work. If we do not make time…we lose it. Little steps can go a long way.