Monday, July 7, 2014

The Toast - Placement of the Speaker

As a filmmaker who has filmed over 500 weddings I am in a unique position of being an expert on just about every aspect of the wedding day. I am the only professional who's final product is affected by almost every other professional you hire. So this is why I have decided to do a reboot of my advice articles on my blog. I want my couples to have the best possible experience on their wedding day. So I am going to bring to light and talk about some of the issues that I experience on a weekly basis, so that my couples can benefit from the mistakes of past clients or professionals.

The first issue is a small one, mainly because it's something I am able to head off in advance by talking with the DJ before the reception. But it still illustrates the attention to detail that can help or hinder your final video or photo album.

Let's talk about the placement of the people giving the toasts. The two places that are preferable for those of us capturing your events are standing next to the couple at the head table or on the dance floor facing the couple. You can see from the below picture how the photographer and I can get shots of the speaker and the couple at the same time. And especially when you've got a photo album that cost a thousand dollars and it only contains 40-50 photos, you don't want 3 or 4 of them used on the toast when you can get away with just one.

GOOD  :-)

But some DJ's will tell the speaker to stand directly behind the couple. The problem here is that the couple is now turned away from the photographer and filmmaker. Sure we can move - but with 3 people looking in 3 separate directions it just makes thing unnecessarily more difficult.

The photo below shows how this arrangement leaves us with a good shot of the speaker and the bride, but our groom is completely turned around.

BAD  :-(

This something you might want to keep in mind and tell the people giving the toasts. Even at the rehearsal party as well.

I've got a lot of great tips coming up in the next few months so that all my couples have the best wedding as possible, and subsequently a great video and photos.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Philadelphia Wedding Video at The Buck Hotel

There is something special about doing the wedding film for another wedding professional. I just knew it would be a great day. Ariella owns A Breath of Fresh Hair, which is one the of the area's best and fastest growing on-site wedding hair specialists.

And being in the wedding industry she chose to work with some of her favorite professionals. Bill Hock has been filming weddings for 9 years and was great to work with.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

PHiladelphia Wedding Video at Presidential Caterers

You can't ask for a more beautiful wedding day than the one that Jenna and Michael had. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and everything went according to plan.

The reception was held at the luxurious Presidential Caterers in Norristown, PA.

The reception was extended an hour and this meant more work for the DJ. But not when your DJ is Dave Schaffer from Schaffer Sound. While many DJ's can sometime struggle keeping people dancing for an hour or more, Dave kept the dance floor packed for three and a half hours. I don't know how he does it.

Philadelphia Wedding Video at Presidential Caterers from Philadelphia Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photos for Chrissy and Bill

For Chrissy and Bill's wedding I worked with one of my most favorite people ever - Sarah Schulte. The only reason I didn't mention her in the post is because she's moving to Boston. Well actually she has already moved to Boston and has been commuting every weekend to finish up her obligations in Philly. So, sorry Philly - you can't hire her anymore. But her photos came out so wonderful, as always, that I still wanted to share them with people and hopefully some lucky couple is Boston will notice.

Check out Chrissy and Bill's photos here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Philadelphia Wedding Video at the Glen Foerd Mansion

Geri and Nick came all the way from the Jersey shore to get married at the beautiful Glen Foerd Mansion. There is just nothing like this place throughout all of Jersey.

Paul and I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the very talented Lisa Rhinehart, whose pictures you can see on her blog here. These are Geri and Nick's engagement photos. Check back soon to see their wedding photos. I"m sure they'll be breath taking.

As you watch the video you'll see a team of very attractive ladies, working diligently to make the bridal party go from beautiful to gorgeous. The talented team of Nina and Danielle from Cheekadee Makeup Artists are always great to work with. You can see in the video that their work lasted up to and through the reception, which is a huge deal, since it was raining on and off all day.

Once the bridal party had their makeup on they were handed over to the very gifted hands of Ariella Landau for their hair. Her company is Fresh Breath of Hair and I strongly recommend her. The bride and her girls looked amazing all night long.

And the man assigned to get the bridal party to let down their hair and get all sweaty from dancing did exactly that. Jim Gosser from Synergetic Sound was great to work with and kept the dance floor going all night.

Philadelphia Wedding Video at the Glen Foerd Mansion from Philadelphia Wedding Films on Vimeo.