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Malta Photoshoot

In July I found myself in Malta for 3 days, whilst I was there I met up with Kimberley and  Paul and we spent a short while wandering around the Capital City of Valletta.

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Kimberley and Paul were celebrating their first Wedding Anniversary on the island and had already scouted out some terrific locations to take some photographs.

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We even managed to film a short video for their Instagram page.

Malta is a beautiful island and perfect for a Destination wedding, I have previously  filmed two Weddings in Malta and later this month I will add another at Villa Bologna and Castillo Zamitello.

 

I also managed to create a short 3 minute Travelog of my Day Trip to Valletta.

 

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Destination Wedding Videographer – Special Offer

So, you’re thinking of getting married abroad?! That’s Great News !

So why take a UK based Wedding Videographer with you?

One of the great advantages of bringing a UK wedding Videographer along, is that you can meet up somewhere in the UK before the day and have a chat over coffee and talk about your plans.

Then there is the added bonus of knowing that we probably speak the same language, which means you can tell me exactly what you’re looking for and know that I understand what you mean.

So if you like my style of Wedding films, and you would like someone along who wants to be a part of your Destination wedding as much as you do, rather than booking someone abroad, who you don’t know very much about…..then it’s a no brainer.

 Maybe you fell in love with a UK based wedding videographer, and worry their travel rates might be too expensive?

Well I love to travel and quite often I will not add the expense of flights and accommodation to my prices

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Here I am in Malta scouting locations

 

So what happens if I book me as your Destination Wedding Videographer?

Booking me as your destination wedding videographer is just as easy as booking me for a UK Wedding.

You get the same package – but with the added fun of travelling abroad and the fact that I am available before and after the big day.

Alternatively, if you’re already living abroad and looking to book me as your destination wedding videographer, we can Skype

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A Hengrave Hall Wedding Film

Hengrave hall always looks fantastic in Spring and in 2018 I was lucky enough to film three Weddings at this terrific Wedding venue in April and May.

All three couples held their ceremony in St. John Lateran church in the grounds of Hengrave hall.

Three Great Suffolk Weddings

These three short Wedding Trailers epitomise all that is great about Country house weddings, mixing traditional  and new ideas, with typical British weather, rain and sunshine.

 It can be quite a challenge to capture so many aspects of a Country house wedding and all the wedding details and then fit them all into a short Wedding film.

 

 

At the end of April I filmed the Wedding of Sarah and Kyle, we had a mixture of weather but that didn’t stop this lovely couple from making the most of their day.

At the beginning of May Victoria and Michael were married at St. John Lateran church.

It was really great to work alongside Martin Beard photography again.

Another early May Wedding was that of Jade and Ross who celebrated their day in glorious sunshine, and once again Martin was their photographer.

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A Seckford Hall Wedding Film

Stephanie and James decided upon Seckford Hall for their Wedding Venue.

It was a Great day working alongside Photographer Mikaela Rackham

The magnificent Tudor Mansion set in beautiful gardens was the perfect venue for their dream wedding in Suffolk.

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The Bride and Groom both got ready at Seckford Hall and the Ceremony took place in the Great Hall.

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Here is their 3 minute ‘Teaser Trailer’, sit back and enjoy.

 

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A Gosfield Hall Wedding Video

Harriet and James first contacted me in January 2017 when they were planning their Wedding at Gosfield Hall and we had a meeting in Late March of that year.

I was so pleased when they commissioned me to film their Wedding as they are such a relaxed and happy couple who enjoy life.

To make sure they got the best possible Wedding Film they decided upon my two Videographer film collection and I was assisted on the day by Tomasz Kornatowski.

 

Harriet and James had Kevin and Sabrina from Pengelly photography as their Wedding photographers.

I just knew that it would be a ‘fun’ day and I was proved right, here is their 3 minute ‘Teaser Trailer’ ……enjoy !

 

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How to Make the Best Wedding Film

10 LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING FILM EVEN BETTER!

1) Getting ready.

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No doubt listening to music in the background whilst you get ready is a good idea. At certain times we might ask for the music to be turned off though…….because we want to capture the sounds of  a champagne cork popping or the Bride or Groom reading a card out loud. If you are giving out gifts to the Bridal party and you want it to be part of your film then make sure we are in the room when this happens. Another big thing to consider is the lighting in the room where you are getting ready, natural light is always our favourite and will make you look your best on the video, however sometimes make-up artists will want to put the lights on to make it easier for them to work, maybe turn the lights off  occasionally to allow us to capture you in some natural light.

2) Ask us to capture the Groom getting ready too.

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It’s not all about the Girls. Some of the best story building shots are captured whilst the Groom and the boys are getting ready. We like to get shots of the guys with ties, cufflinks and buttonholes, it doesn’t take long to get those shots and you will definitely see how important they are.

3) Your Ceremony Vows

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We will position microphones around the Church or Ceremony room to capture the best audio from your vows, very small lapel microphones on the Grooms jacket can produce outstanding quality. Personally written vows are a favourite of ours. It’s always a great way to tell part of ‘your’ story.

4) Readings

 

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Readings can make great soundbites for your Feature film too so we will place audio devices strategically to capture the best sound from your readers.

5) Confetti

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If you want one of those stunning slow motion confetti shots that you have seen then you want to have that confetti that hangs in the air longer, some venues and churches will ask you to use certain types of confetti like lavender or dried petals. If that is all you are allowed then so be it, it will still be a great shot

6) The Speeches – should you use the Venues P.A.?

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If you can be heard by your guests without using the P.A. microphone, then we recommend that you don’t use it.

Not using the P.A. microphone during the speeches ensures that our microphones capture the audio in a natural way, which means it sounds better in the audio that we use in your wedding film. Of course if you’re in a large reception room and your guests are too far away from the top table then a P.A. microphone will be needed and we might be able to get a direct audio feed from the P.A. or use different recording devices to ensure the best possible sound.

7) Getting a good view during the Ceremony and Speeches.

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Flowers look great in the Ceremony room and Reception, we might need to reposition larger floral displays during the Speeches to ensure we have a clear view of those important people but we will always check with you first. If you are giving out flowers as gifts to anyone on the top table it is also a good idea to make sure they don’t block the cameras view at that point.

Round Top tables make it difficult to capture everyones faces and get the best ‘reaction’ shots during the Speeches

8) The First dance.

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A high percentage of couples will shuffle around the dance floor during their First dance. That’s fine if you aren’t naturally gifted with those killer dance moves then we can still get some fantastic shots at this point. If you are planning on doing a dance routine, please let us know in advance so that we can position different cameras with wider angled lenses on to make sure we get a variety of shots.

9) The Golden Hour and Sunset shots

Later in the day you might be tired, or feeling like it’s time to party after your meal.

Sometimes your Photographer and Videographer will see a great looking sunset, if we do, we will always ask you if you want to come outside for a quick 5 minutes extra to capture something special.

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10) Fireworks or Sparklers, maybe both !!!

Always looks great on film and photos

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Danielle & Andrew Pre-Wedding shoot

 

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Danielle & Andrew are having a July 2018 Alpheton Hall Barns Wedding

We met up with them on a Sunny April afternoon to plan their Wedding Film and take a few Pre Wedding shots for a short video.

We spent around an hour walking around the grounds at Alpheton Hall Barns looking for all the best locations to use on their Wedding day.

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Seckford Hall Wedding

Leanne Carhart married Ipswich Town Footballer Tommy Smith at Seckford Hall Hotel

Leanne and Tommy wanted to get Married in Suffolk where they lived and had lots of Family and friends, and after visiting a dozen local venues they set their hearts on a Seckford Hall Wedding.

 

Photographer on the day was Dan at D & A Photography http://da-photo.co.uk/

Woodhall Manor Winter Wedding

Woodhall Manor is a lovely venue all year round and just to prove it Vanessa and James got Married in early February. Despite the chill in the air we still managed to spend time outside taking photographs and exploring the grounds.

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It was great to finally work alongside photographer Sharon Cudworth who took some terrific photographs.

Despite the intermittent showers we also managed to fly our drone and get some aerial shots of the venue. Take a look at Vanessa and James’ Wedding Trailer here………….

RAW FOOTAGE OF YOUR WEDDING VIDEO?

DO YOU DON’T WANT THE RAW FOOTAGE FROM YOUR WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER’

This is a very common question amongst brides and grooms these days.

You could request raw footage of your wedding for a multitude of reasons, but few couples understand exactly what raw footage actually is.

Most of the time it never even ends up being watched. Storage Space The first problem  has to do with the storage space that the raw footage takes up.

For us, an average wedding clocks in somewhere between 125 – 350 GB. and now as we sometimes shoot in 4K these files can be even larger

For most home computers and laptops, this is too large to save on your computer among all your other applications, music, and photos, so it becomes necessary to purchase an external hard drive to store the files.

Thousands of Files Raw footage is not easy to watch. It’s not something that can be burned to a DVD and watched on your television. Nowadays all videographers shoot on digital media, which means every time we start and stop recording, a new video file is created.

Now imagine how many times we do this throughout the entire 10-12 hour wedding day, not to mention that most of us are using 2-3 cameras for each wedding and shoot in an unprocessd RAW format such as SLog

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What you end up with is hundreds of 10-60 second clips which we must then sort, color correct imperfections, and then ultimately piece together to create a story.

Do you have the time to sift through and double-click, watch for a few seconds, close, double-click, watch, close, hundreds of times?

Our Solution We do still offer raw footage for a small cost for those who really want it, however we do provide something a step above.

Our Documentary Edits run anywhere from 1-2 hours in length, and are an easy way to watch all of the raw footage from the day without the hassle of scrub through video clips all night.

This extra content is ready-to-watch, and can be included with every one of our wedding videography packages.

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Halloween Wedding at Old Hall, Ely

Megan and James were Married at Old Hall

 

 


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  I was lucky enough to be asked to film their Wedding on October 31st 2017

Here is a 4 minute Teaser Trailer for their film

 

Hintlesham Hall Wedding Videographer

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Hintlesham Hall is one of my nearest Wedding Venues and I Love filming there in every Season of the year.

Jade and Jon celebrated their Wedding in the middle of October so the Autumnal colours were very evident.

Photographers on the day were Kevin and Sabrina from Pengelly photography
They are terrific fun to work alongside.
Couples always say how well we work together as a team on the day – so it must be true.

The Bridal party got ready in the ‘Braganza’ suite whilst Jon and his Groomsmen were in ‘The Cherry Orchard’
Scintillo string quartet played during the ceremony and whilst Jade’s Grandfather walked her down the aisle.

Please watch their 3 minute Teaser Trailer below and enjoy some of the photographs taken by Kevin and Sabrina.

Jade & Jon // Hintlesham Hall Suffolk from Steve Hood Films on Vimeo.