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What is the value of a Quality Wedding Video ?

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So you’ve decided that you want to get a video of your wedding day. You have come to the conclusion as a couple that the future benefits of getting a wedding video outweigh the cost.

As you start your research in looking at wedding reels that you like and hitting submit on the inquiry forms. You soon see that the average cost of a wedding video is around four thousand dollars. You knew it was expensive but how can you justify four thousand dollars for a days work, and the photographer was a fraction of that.

The simple answer is, that is a bargain for what you get.

A wedding video often has a number of camera people needed to capture the event often 2 or 3. and sometimes even a drone.

The equipment including cameras, sound recording, hard drives and high end computers and software needed to edit the footage is a huge expense.

Then the associated costs of running a business, you quickly understand that the profit margins on producing wedding films is very low.

But most importantly to be able to produce quality wedding video’s you need to wear many hat’s.

Firstly:

You need to be able to shoot great images, as they happen in real time. This is a skill that can not be taught. Whereas in filmmaking, you have the ability to do another take if the first one doesn’t work.

If you don’t get it the first time, you’ve missed it.

It’s not like, you can stop mid ceremony, and ask the couple “can you just have your first kiss, just one more time”.

Secondly:

George Lucas once said that sound makes for at least fifty percent of any film. Capturing quality sound live is a set of skills unto itself.

It is nowhere near enough to capture sound through the camera, in fact in wedding video it is rare that the sound captured through the camera is used at all.

You need a whole set of microphones and recording devices to be able to get quality audio of a wedding and most importantly they must remain hidden from view of the camera.

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and Lastly.

You need to be able to tell a story of the day.

There are some wedding video suppliers who mix their favourite images of the day to music. This is nice, but a quality wedding video is a mix of nuanced images with sound and music to tell a story of the couple. That’s the hidden art behind producing a quality wedding video.

It takes a talented editor time editing and refining the video to it’s final product.

A movie studio will hire many different people to fulfil these roles at a massive cost.

Whereas when you hire a small team to do your wedding video you get all that value for a fraction.

But the real value to you, is that a quality wedding video is a timeless document of your wedding day.

Not only a memory for you both to enjoy but a legacy to be viewed and enjoyed for

generations to come, and when it comes to that, what is that really worth to you?

 

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Is it Worth Getting a Wedding Video?

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As most wedding planning goes, couples have booked the venue, hired the photographer, chosen the flowers, dress and cars and are about to write their vowels when the question of whether to get a wedding video starts to creep in .

The argument goes that “it’s too expensive” or “how often will we watch it” .

I have been filming and photographing weddings approximately ten years and the single biggest regret i hear from couples that chose to only have professional wedding photography is that they wish they had opted for a professional wedding video as well. Take it from from someone who not only films weddings but has been married.

Your wedding video is a priority.

The day of your wedding is fun and exciting. It is one of the most momentous days in your entire life,. The day is a whirlwind of excitement and it feels like it is over in a flash. By the time you settle you are heading back to your hotel room for the night, you are already wanting to relive the day and wonder at some of the things you might have missed.

Immediately after the wedding you begin to strain to remember certain parts of the day. What that funny joke your best man said in his speech or how your father teared up at seeing you in your dress.

From there it is an eager wait to see what was captured on the day, whilst the wedding video is being edited into it’s final forms.

Once that first initial trailer or highlights reel drops you will watch, rewatch and watch some more, at the same times your friends and family will feel inspired and share the short video and leave glowing comments congratulating you.

It is true that after some time that the two of you as a couple, will stop watching it. It might become something that you break every anniversary. In the mean time, time will pass by and you might even forget about it until…

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You have a child that starts to ask about your wedding day. I can tell you that there was no greater satisfaction than being able to pull out my own wedding video and show my child the wedding day and the love that was expressed to each other that day as we began our union.

The wedding video therefore takes on a new life, not just as a sentimental memento of the day for you, but as a captured slice of history that can be shared with your children and their children’s children. Something they can laugh at as fashions change.

The second most important thing that occurs all too often is that a wedding video often captures more than just you but also the people who attended. Uncles, grandparents, friends who were there, happy to help celebrate the day with you in their most candid moments.

As time passes, so will certain people that were a big part of your life who just happen to be captured in some small form in your wedding video. Happy and full of life.

In conclusion, getting a wedding video is no doubt a big expense to consider in preparing for your big day. However, in the bigger picture of life, the value you receive from it now and into the future cannot be overstated.

It is a gift to future generations, the ones left behind and to yourselves. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

 

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How to choose a quality wedding photographer / videographer

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You’ve picked a date, chosen the venue and tried on the dress. You know that you want to document the day. But how do you go about choosing a photographer or videographer especially when there are so many. The short answer is that it is a process of elimination.

The first rule i would say is to not take others word for it. Undoubtedly you will be presented with recommendations from friends and relatives who can’t recommend highly enough. The truth is it is a rare thing that a person doesn’t like their wedding photo’s, but what might have been right for them might be totally wrong for you. Sure check out their work, however you should leave yourself open to choosing someone else if it doesn’t feel right for you. and importantly you might be missing out on someone that is perfect for you and your day.

 

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The key to choosing your perfect photographer or videographer i believe depends on where you are getting married and what type of shots you are hoping to get. The best decision you can make in choosing a wedding photographer or videographer is to choose someone who is local to the area.

There are a multitude of reason’s why this is a good decision, but the main one is that they know all the best spots to go to (some being secret to locals). The truth of the matter is local knowledge of the area will help you on the day get the best shots of you and your spouse.

They know how to get there quickly, travel times, where the sun will be at certain times of the day for the best light and exactly what is available to shoot at any given location around that area.

 

This certainly trumps hiring people to travel to a given location, paying travel fees and wasting time while the photographer scouts around trying to find great shots. Another plus is that more than likely they will have a relationship with the vendors working on the day. If you want that aerial drone shot, the vendors are more than likely to say yes to someone they work with often rather than someone from out of town.

And the locals will be able to tell you beforehand what they can and can’t do before the day in any case. Now that you’ve narrowed down your choice, you need to do some research by looking at the pictures that you like most. Today with instagram and facebook this makes it easy. you can search hashtags of venues and local photographers.

As you come across pictures that you like, save them for future reference. This will come in handy when you meet with photographers to show them exactly what you are after. Doing this exercise you will be able to get an idea of exactly the type of pictures you would like to get on the day.

Make a list of your top 5 photographers and inquire via their website to get prices. Look at their portfolio online and compare it to their price list and your budget. You could narrow your list down to 2 or 3 and arrange to meet with them at a given time and place.

Meeting with a photographer or videographer is probably the most important part of hiring someone that is going to give you a fantastic experience on the day. So don’t take it for granted that you’ve seen their work and that’s enough.

You have to be able to see if they feel right for you and will work for what you are planing for your day. Remember, your photographer and videographer will be with you for most of the day, you want to make sure you don’t have a personality clash. It also allows the photographer or videographer to judge whether they can deliver exactly what you want.

The last thing you want is to hire a photographer and on the day find out that they are only half invested in photographing your special day. Take your saved images and show them your favourites and allow the photographer to explain what they will be able to do and the limitations in getting certain shots.

Ask questions about your concerns, they should welcome questions as it gives them an opportunity to explain how they can best capture your day. After meeting with the different photographers, and talking with your spouse. You should be able to narrow down a clear winner that fits exactly what you want captured and your budget.

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5 of The best wedding venues on the Mornington Peninsula

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Having lived and worked on the peninsula and doing weddings for the past ten years, we have a few favourite venues that we like to shoot at that offer great service , great scenery and make for some fantastic wedding eye candy. Here are five of some of our most favourite.

5:/ Lindenderry at Red Hill.

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Lindenderry at Red Hill wedding

Situated in the Hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula. Lindenderry is an all in one venue in the midst of vine yards and gardens that make for some really gorgeous wedding images.
It has some wide open spaces and at the end of a path flanked by tall hedges makes for a great focus point to say “I Do”.
But what makes this space such an inspiring place for wedding imagery is the beautifully manicured gardens, the vine yards and framed paths that weave through the estate.
A big point of interest is the reflective lily pond which is located down a little path framed by foliage.
The venue is ample enough and has enough room for all your guests, a band and a view overlooking the Red Hill Hinterland.
It’s a perfect all in one venue where you and your guests can celebrate you getting married, and stay the night or weekend.

4:/ The Baths at Sorrento

The Bathes Wedding at Sorrento

The Bathes Wedding at Sorrento

Situated right on the foreshore of Sorrento. The Baths is a great place to hold your reception, if you want to get your toes wet and say your vowels right on the beach this is the place to do it.
Most couples who choose The Baths book the ceremony right on the sand next to the reception venue.
The building is modern and has a pier that juts out of the foreshore which makes for some great wedding images. It’s also great if you want to arrive in style on a boat.

 

3:/ Baxter Barn

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Baxter Barn wedding at Baxter

Looking to create the perfect rustic feel for your wedding, then the Baxter Barn is the venue for you.
Situated on a large heritage listed estate. Baxter Barn has a myriad of scenic treasures for your wedding snaps.
From the rustic cottage where the majority of ceremonies take place, to the colourful gardens, open spaces and the barn itself that is lit by fairy lights after dusk.
We love doing weddings here, for the simple reason that there is so many photo opportunities in a local vicinity.
The food and service are brilliant and couples enjoy the open, roaming feeling that accompanies the essence of a rustic wedding.

2:// All Smiles – Sorrento

All Smiles at Sorrento

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All smiles in Sorrento is located at the back beach of Sorento. The venue itself sits on the clifftop that overlooks the entire beach and offers 180 degree panoramic views of the ocean.
And cocktail weddings is what they do best.
Out the back of the venue is an open space specifically made to offer ceremonies that have the ocean as a backdrop to saying your vowels. They even have steps for the photographer to climb further up the cliff side to enable getting that group shot where everyone of your guests is included in the shot.
You can tell that All Smiles have thought a lot about how to cater for a great cocktail wedding overlooking the beach and ocean.
But the drawcard for taking incredible wedding images is the beach and rocky outcrops at the far end of the beach that serves as a platform for the bridal couple with the beach and waves in the background. The scenery is magical, especially at sunset

1:/ Stillwater at Critenden

Wedding at Stillwater at Critenden

Wedding at Stillwater at Critenden

Stillwater at Critenden is an all in one venue where you can have the ceremony photography / videography and reception. You can also stay in lakeside cabins that sit right on the lake, all in one place.
Although it’s a winery, it offers so much more. If you choose, you can have the ceremony take place in front of the tall weeping willows in front of the lake. which is a fantastic backdrop.
After the ceremony you don’t have to walk far at all to get some serious wedding eye candy. The lake is right behind the weeping willows with a landing that is made perfect for reflective shots from the water as well as sunset shots overlooking the expansive lake.
If that’s not enough, you have vine yards and treelined roads that make for some great wedding shots.
As for the reception area their is a large outdoor area in front and walking up the steps going inside is a great room that is perfect for having that once in a lifetime party.

We absolutely love working at Stillwater at Critenden as it offers so much in the one place that there is no need to go anywhere else for your photographic or video needs which makes my job all the much easier.

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The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place for Wedding Photography & Video

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We have been photographing and producing wedding cinema on the Mornington Peninsula for roughly 10 years now.

As someone who lives here it’s not hard to feel passionate about the Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place for wedding photography and cinema! It really is a lovely place to live and create.

Wedding photo’s are more than a special souvenir of your special day, they can be a document that future generations will look upon with nostalgia.

And when it comes to wedding photography and cinema, a bride and groom are looking to capture all those special moments when they are there most beautiful and happy selves with picturesque, colourful and dramatic backdrops.

That is why the Mornington Peninsula has so much to offer it is well worth considering it as the location for your brilliant day.

Whether you want to get your toes wet, you have the option for a beach wedding along many of the Mornington Peninsula’s beaches, or more rustic you can choose many venues set amongst the grape vines in the hinterland.

As the Mornington Peninsula is not too far from Melbourne you and your guests have the choice of travelling down for the day or making a weekend of the event.

The venues we have shot in and around The Peninsula, know how to throw a party with gourmet food and wine that will satisfy any food critic.

It’s not hard to see why The Mornington Peninsula is a popular destination for weddings. Apart from the stunning locations from big panoramic vista’s to intimate lakesides and sandy pathways with hanging trees are the local suppliers who go out of their way to ensure couples and their guests are going to have the time of their lives.

I may be biased, but there are very few places where you can go from the beach, to a grand pine landscape, and then to a winery all within half an hour.

And that is why i believe that The Mornington Peninsula is a perfect destination for wedding photography.

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Kasey & Tom – Marybrooke Manor – Autumn Wedding

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When Kasey contacted us to capture her wedding, we realised that this was going to be a very special event for us. Kasey was essentially family and she just happened to be marrying Sharne’s childhood next door neighbour, Tom. So straight away there was a connection and a desire to do our absolute best to deliver what Kasey had envisioned for capturing her wedding day.
Kasey was very organised and as we sat down to talk to her about what she wanted it became apparent that what she was planning was very much an all family affair. With the majority of vendors including the celebrant and videographer being either a family connection or well known to the couple.
They were planning their wedding to take place at Marybrooke Manor. A vast estate set in the hills around the Dandenong ranges with a heritage listed manor that is steeped in history dating back to the 1900’s.
There was even stories of ghost encounters in some of the rooms with unexplained occurrences and chills that make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

Despite this Marybrooke Manor is a lovely estate set amongst the hilly forest that made for some great autumn wedding scenery.
The ceremony was absolutely lovely with personalised declarations that were unique to both Kasey and Tom. Being childhood sweethearts, it was evident that they had grown together as a couple and supported each other throughout the years. Even their beloved dog was present to witness the two declare the love for each other and tie the not.
After getting some gorgeous autumn shots of the couple utilising the unique grounds of Marybrooke Manor. It was time for the reception. And it was evident that Kasey and Tom had a close knit relationship with their friends and family where they could really let their hair down and have a good time, especially on the dance floor.
It was a wonderful privilege to be invited to capture Kasey and Tom’s wedding. Seeing how much they value family and friendship it felt like an honour to be apart of, and we had such a good time capturing their special day.

Michaela & Ben – Boneo Wedding

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When Michaela first came to meet us, she was planning something that was really unique and wonderful for her wedding day.
She was planning to have her wedding all take place on her parents property. We have done weddings where the couple get married at their house or the parents house. But this property was unique.

It was a large expanse of land that overlooked Port Phillip Bay with an assortment of large open spaces, vine yards, olive groves, large pine trees and cows for good measure.
Michaela had explained to us in the meeting that it was quite a large property, but nothing prepared us for just how awesome the property would be and how many opportunities for eye candy were in the vicinity.
The problem for us was two things. One, we had to narrow down our choices and choose specific locations that would maximise our time. And second, that it was very large open space that would require us to double time to get from one location to the next.
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, taking place on a small hilltop where looking left you could see Port Phillip Bay in the distance.

Jessica Edwards did a beautiful job officiating and Michaela and Ben’s personally written vowels were funny and heartfelt. They even opted to bury a time capsule with a bottle of wine, so after ten years they can open it and share and reminisce about just how far they have come as a couple.
After getting our beauty shots of the bridal party and couple encompassing such an expansive property, It was time for the reception.
They had a vast marquee set up in front of the house, fitted with fairy lights that really set the scene, especially at sunset. where even the moon seemed to be looking down on the event.
The speeches and first dance were beautiful and was a highlight of the night. Ben lifting Michaela into the air during their first dance was a move that was definitely a crowd pleaser.
We had so much fun working with and capturing this very unique and special wedding on such a picturesque property that we wouldn’t normally get to see.

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Real Wedding – Melissa & Alan – Stillwater @ Critenden

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Melissa and Alan had a really unique story with how they met and even how Alan proposed. They met at a mutual friends 21st, Mel says that Alan was following her around, whereas Alan insists that he wasn’t. Whatever the case some time after being together Alan thought it was time to propose. He arranged for Mel and himself to go and see some Alaskan Malamute puppies at a nearby breeder.  

It was very much a surprise for Mel, going to see the puppies and when she cuddled up to one particular puppie – she noticed that on it’s collar it said “will you marry me”. She immediately turned around and saw Alan down on one knee. 

For Mel and Alan, family and heritage was an important part of what they wanted to include in their wedding day. From the celtic tradition of “tying the knot”, to pinning rosemary to guests before the reception.

The ceremony, had a great vibe with equal parts sentiment and laughs, that was beautifully officiated by Jessica Edwards

The beautiful venue of “Stillwater at Critenden” served as a magnificent backdrop to a very fun and happy event that was blessed with fantastic weather for the day and made for some really great light for wedding video and photography. as you can see in the photo’s.

During the reception, we had some really original and funny speeches which had the room in stitches and later when it came time for the first dance. Mel and Alan chose to do something really unique whereby members of their family, fathers and mothers followed by the bridal party slowly one by one came to join them on the dance floor.

Mel and Alan really had a unique vision for their wedding, everything from Mel’s bridal style and flowers to Alan’s homage of wearing a kilt. It really was a great day.

 

 

 

 

Real Wedding – Daniel and Rochelle – Portsea Hotel

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Daniel and Rochelle contacted us after attending a wedding that we had the pleasure of capturing. After seeing our work and what we had done, they were both impressed enough to hire Jiva Workshop to capture their special day.

Daniel and Rochelle already had two children and it was important to them to be able to include them both in the wedding ceremony. They had already booked the venue at Portsea Hotel for the fantastic venue with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay. This made for a picturesque setting for their special little family to come together and for both Daniel and Rochelle to say their vows to each other.

Their celebrant Karen Wilmot did a magnificent job of presiding over the ceremony with beautiful stories of how Daniel proposed and courted Rochelle, not to mention growing into a beautiful family of four. Daniel and Rochelle chose to do a hand fasting ritual during the ceremony. Hand Fasting is an old Celtic tradition where the hands of the bride and groom are bound together to represent the bond they will have together as man and wife.

 

After the ceremony we headed down to the Portsea Pier to get some loved up images of the bridal party. Timing it perfectly for Golden hour, we got some fantastic candid images of everyone on the pier with the water in the background.

We finished by heading back to The Portsea Hotel where Daniel and Rochelle had a cocktail / meal reception – The entree’s were a mixture of cocktail platters whilst the main meal was served as a sit down meal. Something that i had not seen before, yet seemed to work quite well for everyone present.

Daniel & Rochelle Wedding Highlights – Portsea Hotel from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

 

We loved working with Daniel and Rochelle, they brought humour and fun to our day and they had the cutest most adorable children you could have witnessed. Congratulations Daniel and Rochelle we wish you all the best for your future.

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Real Wedding | Sarah & Chris | McClelland Gallery

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Sarah and Chris first met at a friends wedding when they were unexpectedly seated together. Chris was quite shy around knew people whilst Sarah was quite outgoing and accommodating so much so she ended up finishing Chris’s meal at their friends reception. And So this is a story where the couple hit it off at first sight and never look back. 

When Sarah and Chris first came to us they really wanted a small but meaningful wedding. It was important to both of them to include Chris’s daughter into the day and Sarah had prepared special vows not just to Chris but to Kayla as well. 

Originally both Chris and Sarah were opting for a backyard wedding at Sarah’s Parents house, with a beautiful backyard it would make a great scene for a cozy small wedding that they wanted. When they saw The McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park and realised that they could have weddings there, they knew it was the perfect place to hold their small but fun wedding.

The ceremony was held in front of the picturesque lake and as they both said their own vows to each other and to a surprised Kayla, the tears began to flow and people began to choke up. It was very meaningful and you could feel the emotion in the air.

IT was after the ceremony that we ventured into the sculpture park to take some great shots of the bridal party and the couple. It was the first time we had tried to use smoke bombs and although it was a little temperamental some of the results were astounding. Making use of the sculptures and the natural surrounds we were able to get some fantastic imagery. 

Sarah & Chris Wedding Highlights – McClelland Gallery from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

Then after all the formalities such as the speeches were over it was over to the great band of Inkasounds  which led the party in all night fun and dancing. It really was a fantastic wedding and we had so much fun and laughter capturing it.