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Instead of a new year's retrospective I thought I'd take a look at where I've been and where I'm going next.
2017 was a mile stone year, I embraced the wedding world with a full on bear hug, giving up the security of long term contracts, I buffed up my brogues, packed my stylish yet practical camera bag and headed out into a glorious wedding season.
March: First up and before any wedding videography, the Shoot Joy Photography Workshop hosted by top pros, Cass Lane and Ayesha Rahman this was a great confidence booster and a fantastic learning experience for me, shooting a little promo video for them.
In June I got the great thrill of my first destination wedding, in Tuscany! Thanks so much to Emma and Rob, they just got what I do and gave me such freedom to shoot their wedding along side the uber talent Lelia Scarfiotti
Summer then got a little crazy with Kate and Colin's DIY style Tipi wedding and then shooting weddings all over Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. I got to shoot at the fantastic West Mill with it's chique industrial stylings, Heaton House with panoramic views across the Cheshire plain and at the prestigeous Peckforton castle
As the season ended I headed north, way up north (not that one) all the way to Inverness and Achnagairn Castle and epic venue for an epic wedding. I finished 2017 and started 2018 in great style at Iscoyd Park what a beautiful venue and it was bathed in sunlight on New Years eve watch out for the highlight film...
In the last year I've learnt three important lessons as a wedding videographer. Comfortable shoes are a must, a backup snack needs to be in your bag at all times and that talking to your dog will keep you sane during long edits.
My fellow wedding photographer and videographer friends told me I was, "living the dream" when I got the commission to shoot a Tuscan wedding video. Well the day has come, in a few hours I will wind my way up a wooded valley, the air rich with the scent of ancient olive groves and start to capture what is sure to be a very romantic wedding...
.....What an amazing wedding, I finished shooting at about 1am but I've seen images of the Bride and Groom still in their wedding attire watching the sun rise, they know how to party! For me it was a fantastic opportunity, the setting simply beautiful, the light inexplicably gorgeous and the people wonderfully kind. I also got to work alongside the supremely talented photographer Lelia Scarfiotti. I realise I'm being a little vague but there will be more to come maybe and exclusive blog! Please keep a look out for the highlight film coming soon.
April 08th was Grand National day (more of that to follow) but it was also the day Laura and Andy got married. Eaves Hall provided a stunning venue, bathed in beautiful Spring sunlight with the Ribble River sparkling in the valley. What a day! Canapes and champagne, bowling on a perfect lawn and even a flutter on the horses during a break in the speeches. Along with the super talented Ollie Gyte we captured the sumptuous surroundings, gardens and house not to mention the beautiful and charming Laura and Andrew. Here is their wedding film.
Why indeed? As a wedding videographer I have read several articles with the above title that go on to list all the reasons why you should have a wedding video, for example this article in rocknrollbride
I didn't really think I could add anything other than an idea I had for my recent trip to the wedding fair North
Although I didn't get time to produce the film, my plan was to let two friends explain, for different reasons why you should consider wedding videography. So I will let Lauren and Beth's words convince you. Lauren asked me to film her wedding and below are some of her very kind words:
Thanks Lauren, I'd also filmed the wedding of Aidan and Nikki, the brother of my friend Bethan, After the wedding she said to me, she so wished she had commissioned a film, these were her thoughts:
So I hope that gives you something to think about and please get in touch if you want a wedding film.
Thoughts on the world of weddings
The Muse? Well I am no good a blogging so this is a place for thoughts, ideas, inspirations and news. The latest news being - Love Two Film Wedding Videography was at the Wedding Fair Manchester and what a fantastic event and occasion for me to be inducted into the Wedding World. Thanks to my fellow exhibitors UTC (best Radiohead cover) and Ta'dah (best inflatable furniture) for looking after me and to the team at Mercury Events. I had a lot of great conversations, please get those booking forms in if we spoke, I'd love to film your wedding. It seems like a really exciting time to be producing wedding films and as Love Two grows I can't wait to see where we go and whose wedding we get to film next.
Images in preparation for promoting Love Two Film wedding videography
Thanks also to Nick and Sarah the beautiful people who posed for my banner.