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Using a drone on your wedding day. Things to know beforehand.

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Wedding Drone

Technology has given us all a lot of things drones being one of them. It was only a matter of time before they became common place and photographers start using them to get great new perspectives that previously were impossible .

However, there are a few things to remember and to think about when you are planning to have a drone shoot footage or photographs at your wedding.

Drones are not suitable for every type of location or occasion.

For instance, the last thing you and your guests will want to hear is the buzzing of a drone overhead whilst you say your vowels.

Whilst the shot can look absolutely awesome, drones are very noisy and will be a massive distraction. Creating a situation where your guests look up into the sky when the focus should be only on you.

Secondly drones are only really suited for large open area’s. If you are getting married in a city, then in all likelihood it would be very difficult to be able to get permission to have a drone fly at your wedding.

There are many safety concerns that must be adhered to, flying in highly populated area’s or where there is obstructions such as buildings, roads and wires can cause damage and possibly injure someone.

And of course there is the situation when the weather is not suitable. Drones can not be flown in high wind or rain. Even the most powerful drone becomes unstable and unpredictable when faced with harsh elements. Unfortunately, we can’t plan what the weather will do, that costs extra!

So it has to be left to the judgement of the drone operator on the day.

Aerial Drone of wedding Couple
Open field of wedding couple

However, if you are planning to have a wedding at an open outdoor venue with a fair amount of space. Then having a drone capture part of your day can result in some magnificent shots.

Because of the noise and the availability of light, it is best to use the drone during the location shots, after the ceremony, but just before the reception. More often than not this will coincide with magic hour.

The hour in the day where the light is just magical for photography and video and would be perfect for getting wide sweeping shots of you both

just before the sun sets for the evening.

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Why is wedding photography so expensive?

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Weddings are expensive, there is just no way to break the news to you lightly. It also explains why more and more couples are choosing not to get married and it is understandable when you have the choice between a dream wedding day or a deposit for a house.

There are many reasons, why weddings including photography are expensive and it’s not because there is a so – called “wedding tax” on couples getting married. In fact, suppliers offer great value compared to what they would normally charge. The fact remains that weddings and the type of wedding you have is a choice. If it was simply a matter of saying your vowels and getting a piece of paper. Then a wedding at a marriage registry office will only set you back around five hundred dollars.

However, for the majority of couples, this is not what they want. Most couples are looking for a luxurious type wedding. A venue with great food, fantastic hair and makeup, dress, suits and the flowers to match. This type of affair does not come cheap. It of course goes without saying that a professional wedding photographer, who knows how to get the best images they will not be cheap either.

The truth of the matter is that after the wedding you’ll wash off the make-up, the flowers will wilt and the dress will be taken off and stored, never to be worn again. Apart of the marriage itself, the only enduring piece of the wedding day will be the photography and video.

The advancement of technology has meant that we all now have phones that do a pretty good job of capturing images and this has played a part in the perception that Photography is overpriced.

Sparkler Wedding Farewell

The perception that “Uncle Bob” can take my wedding photos because he has an expensive camera is like saying that a good knife set means you could cook like Jamie Oliver. It helps, but wedding photographers have honed in on their craft, they spent time and money to build up those skills.

If I delved into the costs of running a wedding photography business you would see that a wedding photographer performs their craft out of a passion of wedding photography and getting great images for their client.

How much you spend on a wedding photographer again comes down to choice. At the cheap end, you could always get uncle Bob with his new DSLR to get the pictures. But the saying is true that you get exactly what you pay for.

Wedding Photographers charge accordingly, and there is a difference between someone who charges at the lower end of the scale as opposed to a photographer at the higher end.

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Real Wedding | Breanna & Chris | Sandhurst Club

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When Breanna and Chris decided to get married they wanted a simple wedding in a picturesque setting with lots of fun and dancing afterwards. It was when they saw Sandhurst Club that they knew they had found the perfect place to get married.  “We knew we wanted to get married at a golf club because Chris loves golf”. Having gone to quite a few friends and families weddings before they knew most of the vendors that they wanted for their big day. They had seen Andrew from Passion8 Photography work his magic once before as well as DJ Peter D, of whom both have come to know the family quite well.

However, when it came to capturing their wedding on video they hadn’t seen any that they really liked until they saw Jiva Workshop’s Facebook Page where they saw an assortment of video’s that told the story of the couples day the way that they would want it. Chris and Breanna had each written special vows to each other and the speeches were extra special as though everyone was nervous about speaking, it was heartfelt and Chris and Breanna both wanted those special moments captured.

Breanna & Chris Wedding Highlights – Sandhurst Golf Club from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

The day was certainly special, and after the speeches and first wedding dance. It was time for everyone to get up and dance. And so with a spin of the DJ table everyone hit the floor and began to boogie to the popular songs they knew and loved. Thank You Breanna and Chris for having us capture your day. We had a great time producing the video for you.   

 

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Real Wedding | Tegan & Shaun | Mount Martha

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Tegan and Shaun first met at Sofia’s Italian Restaurant in Frankston. Although they didn’t get together till much later, they worked together side by side. It wasn’t till after they had both left “Sofia’s” that they ended up hooking up and as they say the rest was history.

When we first met these two love birds and their family (they have two children), it was obvious just how much they loved each other and wanted more than anything to share their love for each other with the world.

They had decided on having the ceremony at “The Mornington Rose Garden” which is pretty much near the centre of Mornington with rows upon rows of carefully manicured roses surrounding a Gazebo in the middle and a lake towards the background that is home to an assortment of ducks and swans.

Getting ready, they decided that it would be easier to do their prep at the same hotel in Mornington at “The Tanti” Hotel. This made it possible to do something which is a little rare where they can have one last moment together before saying their vows to each other without ruining the day by seeing each other fully in person – (see video & photo’s below)

Then finally came time to say “I Do” at the rose garden. Shaun looked incredibly proud and ecstatic at seeing his children make their way to the front of the aisle and when he saw Tegan in her dress – well his eyes absolutely lit up. Seeing her in her dress might have been the reason why he found it difficult to get some of the words right when saying his vows to Tegan, which in itself made for a funny cute moment for the two.

Tegan & Shaun Wedding Highlights Mornington from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

After the ceremony, we went down to the lake and park with all the ducks and swans on display to take some snaps of the newly married couple. It was quite convenient having such a picturesque park nearby to take some great photo’s and video of the two.

Later it was off to The Dava Hotel in Mount Martha. The cocktail reception was held on the rooftop deck which overlooked the stunning Port Phillip Bay, which enabled some great photo’s and scenery as the we were all witness to a fantastic sunset. As night fell and people began to dance to Live Duo that were performing well known acoustic hits. Jaime, Tegan’s sister gave a surprise performance of a song that was specifically for Tegan and Shaun.

It was a magnificent night for a truly fantastic couple, well done and we wish you all the happiness in the world.

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Real Wedding | Rachel & Simon | Merricks

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Rachel and Simon really wanted a cozy Mornington Peninsula wedding where they spend most of their free time from their professional lives with friends and family. Having family at a Balnarring farm, they loved spending time together in the cozy wooded scapes near the beach of Western Port Bay.

Rachel was set on using local suppliers and venues for her special day and loved the feel that “The Merricks General Store” had and so they both knew that that was where they would have their reception. However, Rachel really wanted a grand Church ceremony and was lucky enough to be able to book a nearby church at Cerberus St Marks Chapel. Other locals suppliers included Jiva Workshop for video as well as the talented Tanya Fry for photography.

Starting at their picturesque family farm in Balnarring, where she was getting ready. Rachel had chosen a magnificent Vera Wang dress that really stunned.

Whilst Simon had chosen to get ready at a nearby lodge. Rachel prepared to make her entrance at the magnificent church at Cerberus. Rachel was preceded by her nieces and nephews before the doors flew open to reveal Rachel looking absolutely stunning.

It was a formal ceremony and afterwards we went on location to Rachel’s family farm and surrounds to get images of the rustic surrounds that the farm had to offer including some great wooded areas and manicured gardens.

Rachel & Simon’s Wedding Highlights from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

 

Then it was off to the party at The Merricks General Store whereby their guests enjoyed a three course meal followed by some hilarious speeches until it was time to hit the dancefloor.

With the DJ spinning some popular tracks from the 80’s and 90’s everyone enjoyed having a boogie and even the kids joined in. By the end of the night i am sure that everyone had had a great time.

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Real Wedding | Jane & Alec | Red Hill

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Jane & Alec came to us from seeing some of our work and wanted us to capture their special day that was taking place in and around Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula and Flinders.

Jane had a particular style she was going for when she planned her wedding day which was simple rustic. Everything from the small country church situated in Flinders to the massive landscapes of Red Hill Estate overlooking Western Port Bay.

The rolling hillside of Red Hill Estate made for a picturesque scene where Jane was getting ready with her sister and mother before the big day. Sipping chardonnay and red wine from the cellar door whilst getting ready and laughing at what the day had to unfold.

Understated Alec on the other hand chose to get ready at his best man’s accommodation about 10 minutes from Jane. A nice little country cottage to ease into before saying his vows to Jane.

St Johns church in Flinders is a quaint little church perfect for small weddings that add that extra atmosphere of a small country wedding. With stunning lead light windows and accompanied by live violin, it really did set the tone for the whole day.

After the vows were said and done and the bells chimed to signal that the bride and groom had left the building. We ventured down to Shoreham foreshore where the wooded hills that overlook Western Port Bay made for some stunning imagery with the newly married couple.

Exploring the wooded trees and grassland which overlooked the scenic Bay on a warm sunny day made for some stunning photography and video of the couple and after having spent time there i am sure i will come back.

Jane & Alec Wedding Highlights – Red Hill from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

The next stop was the reception at the beautiful Red Hill Estate overlooking the bay. The reception was quaint but lovely and it was hard not to be in awe of the scenery that envelopes Red Hill Estate.

 

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Real Wedding | Brett & Lizzie | Ranelagh Mt Eliza

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Brett & Lizzie were teenage love birds that first found each other through mutual friends. Having seen each other around the traps on the Mornington Peninsula at the many different night spots they finally hooked up and the rest was history.

Now when it came to them making the next step and getting married both Lizzie and Brett fell in love with the picturesque shoreline of The Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza.

The Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza is situated overlooking the Port Phillip Bay and boasts scenic views of the beach and shoreline that during the summer months offers fantastic sunsets.

The day started at Brett’s house with the boys having a few drinks whilst they got ready for the big day, whilst Lizzie got ready with her bridesmaids at her mother’s house with her beloved dog looking on in admiration.

When it came time to leave for the venue Lizzies parents gathered together with Lizzie to wish her all the best and choke back tears.

The ceremony was simple and sweet on the balcony of Ranelagh overlooking the ocean whilst the tall ships sailed by into Melbourne via Port Phillip Bay.

Lizzie & Brett Wedding Highlights from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

Afterwards we got some absolutely beautiful visions thanks to nature giving us a wonderful sunset as can be seen in the video below and the photo’s. This meant that we had what they call “Magic Hour”. “Magic Hour” happens twice per day where the light is absolutely vibrant and makes for photo’s and video that are truly stunning.

The scenes in around Ranelagh with the beach boxes and small bushy fauna meant that we were able to get a variety of scenes from the one location.

Congratulations Lizzie & Brett

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Real Wedding – Check Out This Funny Reception Wedding Video We did – Kelly & Ash

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We were contacted by Kelly who had this wonderful idea of doing a pre-reception video inspired by some of the video’s she had seen on Youtube.

Although i hadn’t done anything like this before for a wedding a couple and i had concerns over some of their idea’s. I had done similar things in film school which led me to believe that this is something that i could do and it would be fun.

After hearing her and Ash’s idea’s I decided to get behind it and produce a short film that would be played at the reception for laughs as their guests waited for them to make their grand entrance.

So, I got to work writing the script and after a few changes we finally had something to work with. Shot over 3 weekends and edited as quickly as i could, this is the final product.

Check it out

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Real Wedding – Mark & Zoe

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Zoe and Mark first contacted Jiva Workshop to capture the young sweet hearts nuptials so they can remember their day when they were young

and in love and had the world at their feet.

After some consideration they opted to go with the Gold package to capture more of the important elements of the day without eating to far into their budget.

The ceremony was beautiful and took place down overlooking the beach at Mt Eliza and the elements of the day worked so well against the backdrop of a sunset on the beach.

Upon viewing the finished DVD, Mark and Zoe were amazed at the video and were so thankful that i was able to capture more than what they were hoping for.

“I wasn’t sure about this whole video thing, however after seeing it and remembering back on the day you’ve given us so much more than just a DVD. You’ve given us a memory that can be passed on to generations to come” – Mark.

I’m so glad i was able to help you and Zoe and i’m glad it will be an everlasting memoir of one of the happiest days of your life

Congratulations Mark and Thankyou.

Sunset Wedding Photo

What You Need to Know about Wedding Video Production

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For a lot of couples, their wedding day is probably one of the most momentous occasions they’ll ever experience. This type of celebration happens only once, which is why documenting this important day is very important. While it is true that your wedding will always be in your memories, having a video and photographic documentation of the event will still give you something more tangible to look back on. It will serve as your reminder of how precious your wedding day was.

In the beginning

Typically, looking for a good company for your wedding video production should be accomplished during the second quarter of the wedding planning stage. It is important to be hands on during the whole process. It can be quite tedious but looking in business directories can be a good way to start. Asking among your married friends can also be helpful as they might be able to recommend a good video company to cover the wedding. If both of you have the time. You can also try visiting wedding expos because it can be a great venue for video production companies to exhibit their work. Searching on the Internet may also work as there are many production companies who also run their own websites so that they can easily be reached.

Comparing options

When deciding which company to hire for your wedding video production, it is important to remember a few things. First, you really have to be personally present when looking for a video company. Visiting the studio is essential so that you can look at their sample works and personally compare them with your other options. Settling for the first company that you find is not a good idea as there may still be a company out there that can offer better deals and services. Plus, by going to the videographers personally, you can talk about many of the details concerning your wedding photos and videos.

When looking at the wedding video production samples, it is advisable that you take note of a few things. The most important is of course the quality of the samples. Take the time to observe and watch their sample videos and take note of the audio and video quality. Check the chiaroscuro or the color of the images and make sure that they are vivid and bright. The colors should not be bland as it makes the event look dull. The sounds should be audible and the background music that was used should be appropriate for each event. If possible, take a person who knows about these kinds of things with you so that you can properly assess the video quality.

Sometimes, wedding video production companies take cinematography for granted. Most of their films look like slightly improved home videos rather than a professionally done video.  When looking for a good company to hire, make sure that their work is cinematic and creative enough. Take note of the editing, the continuity of the shots, as well as the cuts and transitions that were used. The angle of the shots is also essential in order to spice up the wedding video as well as provide more variations to the photos.