Memories. They’re probably the best gift you’ll have from your wedding (sorry, industrial KitchenAid mixer!). Based on my own experience and that of others I’ve talked with, I’m pretty sure that time warps on a wedding day. One minute, you’re waking up to the fact that it’s your day to tie the knot…and the next, you’re running through rows of sparklers on the way to your getaway car.
One way to capture those special moments during one of the fastest days in existence is to hire a fabulous photographer (shout-out to mine: David Eaton Photography!). However, if you really want to re-experience things as they happen – complete with sounds and expressions – video is the way to go. I didn’t hire a videographer for my wedding, but looking back, I wish I had. That’s why I was really excited to talk shop with Rachel of Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema!
Seriously, folks, can you believe that the video above is one of the first wedding videos she ever created? It’s true! I’m in awe.
Here’s a little more from Rachel on herself, her work, and how she can capture memories for you on your wedding day:
When did you become involved in wedding videography, and what inspired you to do so?
I started editing wedding photos for a neighbor, photographer Joe Appel, while I was still in college. I was inspired by his natural, photo-journalistic style; he’s great at capturing emotion, and I found a lot of his photos very moving. When I gave wedding videography a try, my senior year of college, I strive to capture the emotion and spontaneous moments in that way. I think I did a pretty good job! Now it’s one year later, and I’m regularly interacting with clients and learning things on the business end. My business is called Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema, and you can Like it on Facebook!
How does wedding videography differ from wedding photography?
I’ve watched the reactions of my clients when they see their wedding video for the first time, and I’ve seen how strongly the video connects them to the memories of the day. Videos can show subtle and beautiful shifts in facial expression, and moving gestures like that first kiss, long hugs, grandma’s signature laugh, or dad’s dance move at the reception. Not to mention the sound recordings of the vows, and the heartfelt speeches. A videographer can also capture moments that the bride and groom may have missed, giving them more memories to cherish.
Why should couples consider hiring a professional videographer on their wedding day (compared with using some of the recent wedding video apps and companies, like Vyclone, Switchcam, and WeddingMix)?
This question reminds me that nowadays, wedding guests sometimes use Instagram to record and share the day. This is a fun way for family and friends to combine photo perspectives but is not a valuable replacement for a professional photographer. A professional video is going to be of higher quality than a phone or tablet video, in more ways than one. The expertise and equipment that the videographer brings will result in a video that is well worth the money. As a professional, I will be keenly aware of where the important moments are happening, shooting video in the right place at the right time. I pay special attention to image composition, light exposure, and depth of field, and I mount my camera on a monopod to minimize camera shake. Additionally, in post-production, I fine-tune the audio and color-correct the video until the final product is perfect.
Do you offer different service packages (for example, for those couples on a limited budget who still would like to have a video of their wedding day)?
Yes, definitely. Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema’s modestly priced highlight videos edit all of the best moments in music and are perfect for sharing with friends. You can watch the highlight videos that I have made at www.pittsburgh-wedding-cinema.com/highlight-videos/. How modest is modest? If I am booked before March, highlight videos are priced at under $1400. I also do a really special deal for those who want a full-length video and a highlight video. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Just in case you’re craving more delicious wedding videos (I know I am!), here’s another treat from Pittsburgh Wedding Cinema. Enjoy!