Posts Tagged ‘Videography’

How to Film Your Proposal Like a Champ

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The pressure’s on. Your girlfriend has already been pinning this wedding and the proposal hasn’t even happened yet. Then there are all those YouTube proposal videos she’s mentioned. You want to live up to her hopes, but how should you film the big question to share with her friends and family later? Here a few tips to get the engagement kicked off in high gear.

Location, Location, Location

helicopter proposal video

Keep in mind where you’ll be proposing, so you have your personal paparazzi in the right spot. In this video, Lawrence proposed in a helicopter. As family and friends waited on the beach, he had the pilot set up a GoPro on the dashboard and the rest is history. Read more about their proposal story here.

Pro tip: Try to include video from as many angles as possible (including friends’ smartphones) when proposing at a gorgeous location. You can cut it all together later.

Line Up Your Paparazzi


In this video, Kwaku told Kiana that they were going to the beach with friends to practice shooting sunset shots with her brand new camera. Of course, her friend convinced Kiana that she needed to borrow the camera to get some shots of Kiana (and so she could record the proposal)! Read more about their proposal story here.

Pro tip: Make sure to hold the camera sideways to avoid the black bars.

Know Your Equipment

Whether you film on a GoPro, DSLR or smartphone, it’s important to understand your equipment. Some things to look out for:

  • - Don’t put your hand over the microphone.
  • - Hold the camera/phone with two hands to get a steady shot.
  • - Unless you want a silhouette shot, make sure the light is in front of the proposal. If it’s behind the couple, they’ll appear in darkness.

Editing the Video

James proposed at his firehouse during a special banquet. One of his buddies filmed the proposal from the audience. Even the city mayor was in on this special presentation! See the full proposal story here. Jennifer also used the proposal video clip in her highlight video of the wedding.

Pro tips for editing:

  • Try to keep the video under 3 minutes, so more of your friends and family will watch it.
  • - Photos look great with video and can tell more of the story in a shorter time period.
  • - If possible, include scenes from when you were dating all the way through the proposal in one short video.
  • - Get photos and full resolution video clips from your friends’ phones. Low-resolution videos (such as those from texts, emails, or many photo apps) will make you look like a Lego mini-figure in an edited video.

For your proposal video, line up your paparazzi and equipment ahead of time, know where they’ll stand, and the rest should work itself out. Oh, and don’t forget the ring!

Have questions about editing it together later? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

About the author: Ariane Fisher is the Co-founder of Storymix Media. Their wedding video app WeddingMix is a fun way to crowdsource photos & videos from your friends into an edited wedding video. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has been selected as a top 10 Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 from Entrepreneur Magazine. Her great loves are bourbon, chocolate, and hockey. She is mom to 6, yes 6 kids. It’s loud.


Real Grooms: Javier’s Wedding(mix) in the Woods

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

When we last blogged about the fine folks at Weddingmix, we had just completed a contest and awarded one of their DIY wedding video packages to a lucky groom-to-be named Javier. Javier wowed the judging panel when he said that marrying his best friend was the thing he most looked forward to about the wedding day. Fast forward six months and Javier is now a married man. With his Weddingmix package, he (along with his friends and family) was able to capture his wedding day and honeymoon memories via the provided HD cameras and innovative iPhone app. For more info on how Weddingmix works, click here.

Once Javier’s footage was shot (and conveniently compiled on the Weddingmix server) he had the option to edit it himself or have the Weddingmix team create the video. Here’s a sampling of the great shots and moments that were captured:

After his honeymoon, we sat down with Javier to talk to him about Weddingmix, his experiences as a groom and his recommendations to newly- engaged men.

What parts of your wedding were most important to you to share in a wedding video?

I personally wanted to capture the ceremony itself – my bride walking in, our vows and kiss, and our exit to be specific – but also wanted to have friends record the cocktail hour and reception.  That’s what everyone else will remember, and since we weren’t able to be at our cocktail hour, it’s nice to get to see what that was like for our family/friends.

How was your experience using WeddingMix?

I was lucky enough to have won TMR’s competition for WeddingMix, but honestly, if I hadn’t won, they made videography an affordable option for us.  Their customer service was quite good and responsive, and it couldn’t have been easier to get the equipment up and running once I opened the package.  I’d definitely recommend it to others!

Your friends captured a ton of awesome clips. What did your friends think about using the app?

We’ve got a lot of iPhone-savvy friends, so they took to the app quite readily.  One bride-to-be loved it so much that she signed up for her wedding (coming up next month!).  They all thought it was a cool concept and were very happy to help us capture memories of our wedding day.

How did you let them know about the app and cameras?

We put instructions in our out-of-town bags to let everyone know to download the app.  We also put some sheets on the shuttle from our hotel to our wedding venue so that friends could read about it on the way over.  And, of course, good ol’ word of mouth by just telling a few of them about it and having them spread it to other guests.

We loved the clips from your honeymoon! Can you tell us a bit about it? Are you going to include some of it in your wedding video?

We went to Chile for our honeymoon, as I have Chilean heritage, and we wanted to document some of that experience since it was my wife’s first time in the country.  We went to a couple of beach-towns, some farmland, and then down to the lake/volcano region of Chile.  It was an awesome honeymoon!  The coolest video that I think we took was after we climbed to the top of our snow-covered volcano.  You can really hear the wind howl and see other mountains in the background .. . it was like we were on top of the world.  My wife and I agreed that it was the hardest thing we had ever done, and we definitely want to include that on our wedding video!

How involved were you with the wedding planning?

I’d say I was more involved that most grooms that I’ve known.  I didn’t do the lion’s share of the leading, but I wanted to be present for various decisions and see what went into everything.  I just enjoyed knowing what was happening and helping my wife make decisions when she needed some extra input.

How did your bride feel about your enthusiasm?

My bride was very happy that I was enthusiastic about helping out.  We had a lot of DIY projects to put together of our venue, and I was willing to help out and get excited (or often keep her excited) about how cool it would be for our guests to see and experience once everything came together on our big day.

Were there areas that you took charge of or was every decision a team effort?

I’d say that most decisions were a team effort.  I certainly took charge on mapping out our honeymoon plans, but was always sure to confer with my wife about any decisions before finalizing plans.  The other areas that I took a lead (with some gentle reminders) were my groomsmen gifts and attire.

What was the most difficult planning decision that you and your bride had to make?

I think the most difficult part of the planning for us was guest-list. It’s hard to determine who to invite and who not to invite – especially when it’s our friends, her parents’ friends, and my parents’ friends.  So making sure that everyone had fair representation of their friends was something we wanted to maintain, but also was difficult to do.

What are your words of advice for men just setting out on their wedding journey?

Enjoy it, because it’s a time that really flies by.  If you don’t want to be involved in the wedding planning (or your bride doesn’t want you to be), do small things like going out to run errands or making dinner that night so that it frees up an hour here and there for your bride to focus on your wedding.  Small sacrifice, and you get major bonus points for cooking a delicious dinner!

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Cake cutting? Groomsmen dance? Head to the comment section and tell us what the one wedding day moment that you can’t afford to miss is.

Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Videographer

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

wedding videographer

Hiring the right company or individual to shoot your wedding videography can be a daunting task. With so many options in the marketplace, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. To help you put together your game-plan, we’ve partnered with Australia’s Borrowed & Blue Productions to put together a list of five important things to keep in mind while making your decisions.

Do your research — If  you’re not familiar with videography options, it’s time to start doing your research. The best place to start is the good ‘ol world wide web. Start your search locally and expand from there. If your budget allows for it, you might be able to afford bringing in an out-of-town professional that meets your needs. You should also determine which style of wedding video you want: documentary or cinematic.

Meet in person — After you’ve done your initial online research and determined who your favorite video professionals are, the next step is to setup an in-person meeting. This will allow you and your fiancé to get a feel for the videographer’s personality and whether you think it’ll be a comfortable fit for you and your guests. Ask questions about style and the flow of the wedding day. The interview is also a great time to discuss pricing.

See their work — You wouldn’t settle on a bakery without tasting their cake first, right? Videography is no different. Get as many sample videos as possible as this is the best way to see if their style is compatible with your vision of a perfect wedding video. Below is an example from Borrowed & Blue:

Ask about packages: Most videographers will have different packages tailored to meet various budgets. Don’t be afraid to ask about the specifics of what you get in each package. Also find out which packages include a second shooter to capture different versions of key shots as this is an often overlooked aspect by video novices.

Find out what type of equipment they’ll be using — You want the highest quality video possible.  Find out the types of cameras, sound equipment and editing software will be used. Also ask what formats you’ll be able to view your video in: DVD, Blu-ray or both.

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What do you think the key questions to ask a potential videographer are? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Weddingmix: Capture the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Congratulations to our reader, Javier, who won our recent WeddingMix wedding video giveaway.  Check out his heartfelt video describing what he is most looking forward to about getting married.

As we’ve said in the past, WeddingMix is an awesome way to capture all the moments from your wedding that you really want to remember. We’re talking about the fun, crazy and perhaps drunken memories that will make your big day special.

Another reader, Ryan, recently got married and used the Weddingmix service.  He and his bride Jeana knew that it would be a perfect fit for their wedding. Here’s what they had to say:

“After we found out about WeddingMix we knew it would be the best option for us. Not only were we going to save money, but we knew having our friends and family taking the videos themselves would capture the events, interactions, debauchery, and love in a way a videographer wouldn’t be able to. It also allowed us to have video memories of the events leading up to our wedding day as well as our honeymoon afterwards. WeddingMix was exactly what we needed to create a ridiculously fun wedding video capturing everything our wedding was truly about, and something we’ll want to watch year after year rather than something we’ll watch once and then store away for who knows how long.”

As you can see in their video, Ryan and Jeana’s wedding was not what you’d call a stuffy affair.  You know folks are having fun when grandma is in on the action!

Will Javier be able to top Ryan? Will you? Make sure to get your own WeddingMix to find out. With packages starting at $99, you can add one to your list without even putting a dent in your budget.  And if you act quickly, they’ll take 5% off your order. Just use code TMRQuick by July 23.

[GIVEAWAY] Win Your Wedding Video From Storymix

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Guys, let’s face it, there are going to be some things in your marriage that are less enjoyable than others. One of them is sitting through a two hour wedding video every year on your anniversary. Instead of being the bad guy who puts the kibosh on even getting a video, we’re giving you the opportunity to be the hero by winning a $400 WeddingMix package from Storymix Media!

WeddingMix is a fun (and cheap) way to capture video of all the cool stuff you’ll actually be OK with watching every year (here’s how it works). And since it’s you and your buddies who will be shooting video with the WeddingMix iPhone app and HD cameras, you’ll be able to capture all the fun, crazy, and memorable moments of which there will be many. From before the big day through the honeymoon, THESE are the moments you’ll want to remember in 20 years. Check out the video mash-up below to see what we’re talking about.

We think WeddingMix is a great idea and have been glad to see many of our readers take advantage of the service with great results. Today, we’re happy to partner with Storymix on a fun contest that’s easy to enter and runs through June 17th. Simply use the form below to enter and you’re guaranteed at least a 10% off coupon. One lucky winner will walk away with a video package worth $400.

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Entered? Awesome! But what we’re really looking for is to hear the number one thing you’ll miss about being a bachelor. If you use the WeddingMix app or post a video to the Storymix Facebook wall, it will get you 25 extra entries in the contest! And for those grooms who can’t imagine anything they’ll miss, tell us one thing you’re looking forward to about marriage. Don’t go all ‘true confessions’ on us, but the funnier the better. Good luck!

Contest runs through June 17th. Videos deemed inappropriate will not be counted toward your additional entry count.

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