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So our wedding is fast approaching – less than 5 months to go! I’ve enjoyed sharing a few parts of the journey so far with you on here, and I wanted to add some other voices into the conversation. One of the funnest things has been picking the people we’d like to work on our wedding with us – bakers, dressmakers, florists, photographers, etc… It turns out our videographer is a great friend and also works in the same office block as me – we met when Matt filmed a video on human trafficking a couple of years ago. We often take lunch breaks together and much of our current chat is about, you guessed it, weddings! Matt has some great insights, and he’s agreed to share them with us. (I’ve scheduled this post to publish at the same time as I am at my first dress fitting…eek!) Anyway. Without further ado…

Hi Matt, thanks for agreeing to let me grill you! A few questions for you…

How did you get into wedding videography?

I’d been making videos professionally for two years before I filmed my first wedding, mostly human rights issues and NI politics. I’d filmed everyone from the Irish President to the First Minister to Rihanna when she was in Belfast (the Rihanna video actually got featured on Perez Hilton!)

Anyway, my boss at the time was getting married and asked me the day before the wedding if I could film it, I agreed and that was that. I started getting bookings from that video, then more bookings from the next video and now I’m happily self-employed and filming weddings alongside Abby, my co-videographer at Forever Social. I also still do other video work, for example a recent project with the UN in Geneva.

Why do you do what you do?

I love making videos. It’s more of a hobby than anything else, I’m just really lucky it’s my full time job too. Making really memorable, really impactful wedding videos is a challenge that I love. At Forever Social, Abby and I aim to make some of the best wedding films you’ve seen. I actually want people to cry when they’re watching them (with happiness of course!)

What is your favourite part about working in the wedding industry?

My favourite part is the raw access you have to the couples on one of the biggest days of their lives. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that. You see people at their most nervous, most vulnerable, most emotional and subsequently at their happiest. At the end of some of our weddings, by the time we’re finished editing, I almost feel like I know the couples personally.

What one thing would you change about the wedding industry?

Guests constantly taking pictures would be one. There have been quite a few times where great shots have been destroyed by guests sticking their cameras in the way. Some people even bring their iPads to take pictures…

What makes a ‘good’ wedding?

We don’t set up any of our shots, it’s all natural. We’re aiming to catch those personal moments that nobody else notices, those looks and glances. So the best weddings we’ve filmed are the ones where everyone is enjoying themselves, that’s where we get the best shots. It’s okay to be nervous, just don’t forget you’re marrying the person you love. Enjoy the day, it only happens once. Be present in the moment and don’t worry about everything else that’s going on, just focus on each other.

Worst nightmare for a wedding videographer?

An anti-camera wedding celebrant/officiator. They exist and their numbers are many. There are certain parts of the service that people really want us to capture, like the rings going on, the first kiss, close-ups of the vows. So we need to get just a bit closer during those short, pivotal moments and then we’re out of there. Choose your celebrant as you would your photographer or videographer and explain to them what you want from your photos and videos in terms of the service.

What should couples look for when choosing for a videographer?

Be sure you know what style of a wedding video you want. Do you want a traditional style or do you want something alternative and quirky? Research and watch videos from a range of companies. I think it’s important to look at a company’s whole body of work and try to determine if you’ll just be another project (all their videos look the same and are formulaic) or if they still clearly get a creative buzz from producing quality work. You’ll be able to tell as this shines through in their work and each video has its own identity. It‘s also important to find out how long you’ll be waiting for your finished video, will it be six weeks or six months? And how long are you happy to wait? Also, meet up or talk on the phone –  do you get on well? Do they sound like they know what they’re talking about? But mostly, try and picture what you want, watch through a range of videos and I think you’ll know when you find the right one!
Any tips for being at ease in front of the camera?

Just pretend we’re your best friend for the day, forget the camera. We aim to be really discreet too. All couples forget we’re filming them eventually. If you watch our videos, you’ll see the looks we catch between couples who are completely at ease and no longer notice a camera.

Finally, how can brides and grooms make your job easier/your day better?

Honestly just enjoy your day, enjoy your new husband/wife and try and take it all in. That way, we’ll get some amazing footage.

Here’s some amazing footage from the last wedding Matt & Abby filmed.

Coming next ‘Wedding Wednesday’: a post about wedding weight loss. There are also other interviews with people in the wedding industry in the pipeline! Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to read about in this series. See you next time!


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