LIGHTS, CAM­ERA, ROLL ’EM

Hir­ing a mod­ern-day wed­ding videog­ra­pher makes all the dif­fer­ence

RSWLiving - - Weddings - BY J. J. BRITO J.J. Brito is a sea­soned world trav­eler and writer, who cur­rently re­sides in Florida. Learn more about him at jjbrito.com.

Once upon a time, hav­ing your wed­ding videoed meant Un­cle Fred propped in a chapel cor­ner with his clunky over­size shoul­der holder record­ing ev­ery un­ex­cit­ing se­cond while mirac­u­lously miss­ing all the good gooey stuff. You’re guar­an­teed to cringe at the re­sults. First off, it’s not Fred’s fault. He has no clue what he’s do­ing. He’s not a pro. The poor guy should be out on the dance floor stroking Aunt Thelma’s ego in­stead of try­ing to do you a fa­vor.

But that was then. These days you have op­tions. Videog­ra­phy has de­vel­oped into a full-on pro­fes­sion. Luck­ily your wed­ding video won’t play like a B-grade doc­u­men­tary but rather a nos­tal­gic piece of time sus­pended art. On­line polls are in: Some 98 per­cent of brides who didn’t have one, wished they would’ve hired a videog­ra­pher for their wed­ding.

Once you’ve se­lected your video com­pany you may have a pre­con­ceived no­tion of your end prod­uct. Jon Noeth of Jon Noeth Videog­ra­phy holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Me­dia Arts and De­sign and has pro­duced many wed­ding videos. “Be sure to let your videog­ra­pher know what’s go­ing on. Time frames, im­por­tant peo­ple, fa­vorite songs you want in­cor­po­rated into your video … those kinds of things,” he ad­vises. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is es­sen­tial. Re­mem­ber, you’re get­ting mar­ried, might as well prac­tice.

If you’re con­cerned about spend­ing your day with yet an­other cam­era re­defin­ing the term “in-your-face” then worry not, most videog­ra­phers do their best to stay incog­nito. Noeth knows the value of his can­did shots. One client de­scribed him as a “video ninja.” Dressed in black, he blends in with a dis­creet but high-tech cam­era that has no re­sem­blance to bulky ma­jor mo­tion-pic­ture equip­ment.

Your videog­ra­pher will usu­ally of­fer you a va­ri­ety of pack­ages. Com­pa­nies like Ihe ART, formed by Steven Gilke­son and Ann Marie Ep­ple, spe­cial­ize in artis­tic, mod­ern wed­ding videog­ra­phy and have a pas­sion for cap­tur­ing the per­sonal style of each bride and groom.

Fidelis Films is an­other South­west Florida–based com­pany. This hus­band-and-wife team, Chris­tian David and Ni­c­hole We­ber, of­fer slow-mo­tion video booths. An area is set up where guests take turns in­ter­act­ing with the cam­era. Danc­ing, throw­ing con­fetti or even kick­ing back shots are among the fun scenes. Later the footage is edited into a highly en­ter­tain­ing clip.

As a new­ly­wed you can uti­lize tech­nol­ogy to re­live the mo­ments that took months of prep work to pro­duce. So now when you in­vite the maid of honor and her en­tourage over for a Cosmo and a glimpse of your glo­ri­ous day, she knows she’ll see 10 to 15 min­utes of metic­u­lously edited heart-melt­ing emo­tion. And you prob­a­bly won’t be sur­prised when she re­quests a re­play, along with an­other Cosmo.

Fidelis Films Jon Noeth of Jon Noeth Videog­ra­phy

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