Unplugged vs. Hashtag wedding, What’s Right For You?

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Unplugged vs. Hashtag Wedding

Ever since 2007 and the introduction of the iPhone (with android following soon after) our lives have forever been changed.  I’m sure most of us would agree that this change has been for the better, but these little devices, and their not so tiny cousin the tablet, have been  wreaking havoc on the wedding photography and videography community.  It’s not that us professionals in the wedding photo / video game don’t want your guests to capture all the wonderful moments they are having with you and the other guests, we just have an obligation to capture the these once in a lifetime Memories the best we can for you, the fantastic couple that appreciated our work enough to trust us with one of the biggest days of your lives.  Now, in recent years the hashtag wedding comes along.  This means you give your guests a hashtag to use on social media to share your day.  Which is right for you?

So let’s dive right in and Start with the reasons to have an “Unplugged Wedding”

I found this list of the top 5 reasons to have an unplugged ceremony:

1. Pro photographers’ pics are compromised by competing camera flashes and the domino effect of shooters trying to shoot around shooters.
2. Not being able to identify guests in the pro shots because their faces are obscured by phones and cameras.
3. The audible distraction of whirl, click, snap crackle pop as guests power up and down and occasionally push “ringtone” instead of “mute.”
4. Most agree that only well-honed professionals can experience what they are shooting fully through a lens. The rest of us detach ourselves from the present as we try to chronicle the past for use in the future.
5. This is a once in a life time event and you have not been invited as paparazzi. You have been invited to SHARE the ceremony with the COUPLE, not the world wide web.

Here are a few ways couples can ask their guests to turn their phones off:

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Okay, that all seems to make sense, right?  Well, the last couple of years has seen the arrival of a completely new phenomenon, the “Hashtag Wedding”  “what’s the #hashtagwedding?” you might ask.  Well it’s when the couple encourages guests to use their phones and tablets to take and share pictures online through apps like Instagram and Twitter.  What a world we live in.  This flys in the face of everything a traditional wedding videographer or photographer stands for.  Personally I think this #wedding phenom is fascinating.  It’s very much with the times and in my ten years working weddings I’ve learned things change and it’s best to embrace new styles and fads. 

Now let’s cover 5 reasons to have a #wedding

I found this list of  5 reasons to have a Hashtag Wedding:

1. Showcases your personalities  You should make your wedding a reflection of your relationship. Whether you channel it through the vows, readings, or food/drinks, it should also be considered when creating your wedding hashtag too.

2. Puts your creative cap on  One of the best parts is how you choose to share your wedding hashtag! Get crafty with your decor and display it on a wooden directional arrow or chalkboard sign.

3. Allows guests to get involved  While your photographer is there to professionally shoot your wedding, and not to mention, make it look awesome, a wedding hashtag allows your closest family and friends to chime in on all the action. It provides them with another form of entertainment too.

4. Instant access, anywhere and anytime  As guests take photos with your wedding hashtag, they will automatically be uploaded at the push of a button to a single feed. Say bye-bye to waiting around at a local drugstore to receive those scans. Instead you and your significant other can browse through them while relaxing on your honeymoon!

5. Photos are engaged  No, we don’t mean with a ring! We mean the photos will be filled with hundreds of likes, comments, and shares, which makes it more like your own personal storybook.

This all seems to make sense.  In fact it sounds like fun.  If you’re thinking about having a hashtag #wedding why not try out one of the hashtag generators .  Wedding Wire has a great one.  I tried it out, and if hashtags were around when I got married ours would have been #patrickwedsalyse  CUTE!

Here’s a couple ways to announce your hashtag wedding.

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Now I’ll give you my opinion.  I think if you want to have a #wedding I say go for it.  My advice would be to have an unplugged ceremony and allow hashtagging at the reception after all the formal events.  I think this way you’ll have the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for a Great wedding video

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How to get the Best Wedding Video

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Since I barely have any blog posts out there yet, let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Patrick I am a Wedding and event Videographer (or cinematographer, I prefer Videographer, but that’s a rant for another time).  I’ve captured weddings for over 200 wonderful couples, and only one nasty bride.  I truly enjoy what I do and I love helping couples tell their stories.  Now, let’s help you get the best wedding video possible.

Telling your story is what we as videographers do.  We can approach it in different ways, but our videos are all held together by what I call a “narrative thread”  This thread stiches all the pieces (or shots) of the video together.  So, how do we get this thread.  Well, some of the go to things are audio snippets of the officiants homily, bride/groom vows and clips from the toasts.  These are the basics.  There are a few other things we can do.  If there is a gift/card exchange before the ceremony, planning a card reading adds a nice touch.  Even if certain parts of the card are personal or private even reading a few sentences out of it really personalizes your wedding video.  Another nice touch is if you have written your own vows.  I understand this isn’t always feasible, but it definitely can add to the narrative.  Check out this article on writing your own vows.

Nowadays, mobile devices are everywhere.  Typically, my advice is to request all guests leave their devices in their pockets and purses during the ceremony.  Inform them that professionals are there and all guests will have access to photos from the ceremony.  You’d be surprised how many times a guest has popped out of their seat with their cell phone right in front of my camera so they can get the perfect shot I already had (this is why I run multiple cameras).  Trust me, not only will your videographer appreciate this, so will your still photographer.  Here’s a link to a good article on the topic of unplugged weddings.

Choose your locations before hand and discuss them with your videographer.   most likely your videographer has shot at the locations you are wanting to use and may have some insight.  Communication is key.  Timing at the locations is also very important as well.  Make sure your still photographer knows you have a videographer so they can budget time t each location accordingly.  Typically photographers and videographers work together very well.  I have become good friends with many still photographers over the years.  Again, communication is key.

I hope these tips give you some things to think about when planning your wedding.  None of this is difficult and following any or all of these tips will improve your wedding video (and photos) immensely.

 

 

 

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Happy Valentines a look back at 2015 videos

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Hope you all are having a great valentines day.  I spent the morning playing with some video footage from my 2015 weddings.  I thought I’d share it with everyone out there.  Hey if you happened to get engaged and are in the St. Louis area , you know who to call.  Enjoy!

 

signed,

your favorite St. Louis wedding videographer :)

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StL Wedding Films gets social

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This post may seem a bit pointless, but for me it’s important.  For years I have been hearing how important it is to blog and to participate in social media for my wedding videographer business.   This has always been a weakness of mine.  I’ve been in the business of being a wedding videographer (along with other events) for ten years now.  Ten years ago social media was in it’s infancy, I still had a myspace page and facebook was only for students.  Well, Of course I’ve had a business facebook page for quite sometime.  That’s really about the extent of it unless you count youtube and vimeo which I only use to upload video projects to.

Well, today is the day.  This is my second blog post (in two days).  While I don’t expect I’ll be posting everyday, I am going to shoot for at least once a week.  Today I also signed up for instagram to use for my business.  Funny thing is, it paid off immediately!!  A photographer friend of mine messaged me on instagram saying he’d been meaning to get in touch, because a buddy of his has a video project that needs to get done.  WOW instant reward for such a small thing like signing up for instagram.  Now, I’ve had twitter for quite awhile.  I don’t really use it but it does tweet automatically for me when I post to facebook or vimeo so I suppose I’ll add blog and insta to that automation.

Needless to say I’m excited about the future and all the new people I’ll be meeting in the social space.  Make sure you check out my accounts and follow or like or share or whatever it is we do on each of them.  I know this wasn’t the most exciting post, but for me to write this and put it out there, it will help me stick to it.

 

 

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First Post and Rock Star DJs

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First things first.  This is not my first or even second attempt at maintaining a blog.  I’ll try to be better, this time.  PROMISE.

Now on the the real first blog post.  I’m in my tenth full season as a wedding videographer and I’ve made some great vendor friends along the way.  There’s one company in particular I’ve shaed this journey with and that’s Rock Star DJs.  Quain (the owner) and I started around the same time, and for whatever reason have booked several of the same clients.  Last year Quain asked if I could be his video guy.  We’re still getting things worked out, but you can book me through my company or through Rock Star DJs.  Pretty exciting stuff really.   Anyway I’ve been helping them with some web content this off season and I thought I’d share it on my first blog post (especially since I’ll have no weddings to share until March).

Meet the DJs videos

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