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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.

What is the value of a Quality Wedding Video ?

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Wedding Couples Heart Hands

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.

Bride under veil
Wedding couple in Grass

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?

 

Is it Worth Getting a Wedding Video?

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Beach Wedding Couple

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…

Marriage Certificate Rings
Down the wedding aisle

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.

 

Why is wedding photography so expensive?

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wedding sunset couple

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.

How To choose a quality wedding Photographer

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.

 

Videographer shooting at wedding
Wedding Couple

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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Lakeside Bridal party

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.

Lindenderry at Red Hill wedding

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

Baxter Barn wedding at Baxter

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

All Smiles at Sorrento Wedding

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.

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.

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.

bride and groom on a tropical beach with the sunset in the background

Top Reasons To Hire A Wedding Videographer

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For your special day, pulling out all the stops will guarantee you a day that you will always remember with a smile. A wedding video doesn’t have to be a badly recorded event by your uncle Bob with his snide and drunken comments muffled in the background. It can be a beautiful work of art that resembles a feature film rather than a bad home movie. Here are the top reasons that you should hire a wedding videographer for your wedding:

  • Neither the bride nor the groom will be aware of everything that happens during the wedding day, mostly because there are so many and they can only really be bothered with one at a time. Having a wedding videographer capturing everything can create a wedding video that includes even the things that the couple did not see.
  • Wedding videos of the past were incomplete, shaky, and just plain bad, so much so that it wasn’t the type of thing you’d be happy to watch over and over. With a professional wedding videographer, you get a high quality piece of work that has all the right angles, and a little bit of flair here and there. A wedding video made by a professional has quality like no home video could ever match up to.
  • A professional videographer will always be prepared. Not because they’re boy scouts, but because they have had experience in the past and know the type of thing that could go wrong: batteries could die, the light could get busted, and the tape could run out. Because of their past experiences with these things, professionals are always ready, so you never have to deal with things like a huge chunk of your wedding missing from the footage because that was when the battery was charging.
  • You get an awesome coverage with the best highlights. People want the entire footage of the wedding day, but they only want to watch the highlights over and over. If you hire a professional to create your wedding video, you get both. You get all the raw footage that was shot that day, as well as a highlight reel that you could even show during the reception.
  • Rather than letting your guests experience the special day that you are sharing with them through a lens, hiring a professional to create your wedding video will allow your special guests and your family and friends to be in the moment with you at all times. Looking at a couple say their I Do’s through a lens is simply not the same as watching them with your very own eyes.
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Top reasons to have your wedding day filmed

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Your wedding is going to be one of the most memorable moments in your life. It marks the first day that you begin your new life with your loved one. A wedding is a strong commitment that will bond you for the remainder of your life and hence it is certainly not a day to take lightly and a day you should record properly in order to remember and to relive it properly.

There are several advantages recording the day that you get wed. The most obvious one being that you can easily relive the day and it would help remind you of what you felt when you were getting married. Doing something like this has actually saved several marriages from the brink of divorce.

Getting a friend of yours to act as your wedding videographer may not actually be a good idea, unless of course you happen to be friends with a professional. It would be better to leave something as important as this to those who know exactly how to handle it. You need to find professionals who are experienced at this sort of thing.

The reasons why you cannot leave it at the hands of an amateur are simple; you do not want them to foul it up. It is quite a challenge to catch the raw emotion that is felt on that day. You have to know exactly what to look out for and when to take a shot of it. You must know the signs or symptoms of a very good shot and how to get the perfect angle for it. A wedding videographer service knows exactly how weddings go about and are quite good at catching all the emotions that are felt on that day.

Reliving your wedding day would be all the more beautiful if it was recorded properly. There will be many key moments that will be put on video and nothing important left out. The problem is that there are several different wedding videographer services all around the place. Something like your wedding shouldn’t be put to the mercy of chance and it is highly advisable that you go with a group with a very good reputation.

One such group would be the Jiva Workshop. They are well versed in all sorts of video production and offer many services on the topic of Videography. They are filled with passionate and experienced people who put quality above all else and make it their goal to surpass the expectations of their customers.

You can learn more about Jiva Workshop and their services on jivaworkshop.com.au. You will be to learn about how they conduct their business and what puts them above the competition. They make it a point to understand their client’s needs and will work with the idea of their clients. They pride themselves in utilizing only the finest and most up to date equipment along with operators with years of professional experience. Choosing Jiva Workshop as your wedding videographer will certainly capture your wedding day the way you would want to remember it.