Last week at Flowers and Company we had our first wedding of the 2015 season (congratulations again Michelle and Drew!) and as we were setting up Nadine said “Isn’t this fun? Beats sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day!” And I thought yes! How lucky are we to be in the wedding industry helping brides and grooms create memories they will cherish forever. We have had such great experiences working with other industry professionals that I decided to show them some love in my next series of blog posts called Ask the Experts. Each week will feature an interview with a different vendor which I hope will give you all some insight into this fun and exciting industry! First up, director and videographer Kyree Terrell.
How long have you been doing wedding videography and what prompted you to choose this profession?
Ive been shooting for close to five years now, and weddings for the last three. Initially weddings weren’t my focus, writing and directing was. But once I shot a few and saw how people felt about their finish product, I started to love it. I saw it as an opportunity to make people happy and shoot in new innovative ways- not your old typical wedding video.
What’s your trick for getting couples to loosen up in front of the camera?
At a wedding you don’t need any tricks to get folks to loose up, especially during the reception! Its a great time, people are happy, they are invested in making their video great so, pretty much whatever I ask them to do they’ll do!
Is it best to act like the camera isn’t there?
That all depends on desired styles. Some people like the candid look, some people will look right into the camera and smile and wave.
How do you avoid that cheesy wedding-video factor?
Its all about HOW you capture and mix elements in editing. This day and age you rarely see a full length long boring wedding video. Many videography companies are adding cinematic elements, high quality cameras and equipment to their wedding video packages [to make them more modern and unique.]
What about the soundtrack?
My couples choose their own music, down to what part they want to play and when. For example- “Ribbon in the Sky” when the bride walks down the isle, “We Are Young” to close the video out. My clients choose the songs then I do my best to tell their story as it played out that day with those songs in mind.
Do bloopers ever make it into the final film?
Yes! Typically at the clients request but every now and again theres one thats just too good and I have to include it! Rarely get asked to remove bloopers though! They’re fun!
The wedding photographer: friend or foe?
Friend! I always tell the photographer that it’s their show. They tell me if I’m in their way because I can edit my footage at the end. I only need a good piece and then I can let them flick away! We’re all friends here!
Have you ever encountered guests who try to hog the camera?
At least one per wedding! Some folks can’t get enough of the camera! The funny thing is sometimes people just pose thinking I’m the photo guy! I’m like “ITS VIDEO!”
Do you have a favorite wedding that you have done?
GN and Ian Butler is pretty hard to top! They flew us to Cabo! Like c’mon! But we’ve been blessed to shoot at some amazing venues with some great couples and enjoy delicious food!
In your opinion, what is the number one reason a couple should hire a videographer?
Your wedding video seems like just another EXTRA EXPENDABLE expense before your wedding. BUT, after your wedding having a video is priceless. A wedding video is the only thing you will always have that can take you right back to every moment. Your photos are the artistic capture of that day, but the video allows you to revisit each moment. It captures loved ones you may not have seen since your big day and some who may have passed on all right there in one amazing video. Bonus- you can share it with all your guests when you mail out thank you cards or share online and make a watch night out of it with family and friends!
Choose Your Hard – Kyree Terrell