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I just returned from Palm Springs, where I went to shoot a wedding. It was a really cool occasion (though HOT out in the Desert!)–even in spite of it being a holiday weekend. I normally wouldn’t work a holiday, but the groom was an Air Force pilot, and he chose the Palm Springs Air Museum for his wedding venue!
Lots of people were efficiently scurrying around–all working their butts off to make it a memorable occasion, and it occurred to me that it is important to acknowledge the teams that make weddings happen as smoothly as possible. We’re talking about the wedding planners, venue planners, officiants & clergy, food and beverage providers, florists, cake makers, DJs, bands and other music providers, and, of course, photographers and videographers. We all have our respective tasks, but our goals are mutual: to make an extraordinary day for the bride and groom! And I don’t really like the term ‘vendors’ because it often diminishes the role we all play…I prefer the term ‘partner’ because that’s who we are in making the event special!
Thank you all for what you do!
Ahhh…Spring isn’t far away! In fact, we just shifted to Daylight Savings Time* this past weekend. And with Spring, it’s often time to freshen things up. When I started First Impressions Video, I used a graphic image as the company logo that was OK at the beginning, but in need of upgrading for better application in print, online, photos, wearing apparel, and, of course, video. With that in mind, I am pleased to introduce the new logo for First Impressions Video!
The designer provided me with three distinct looks and an additional set with fully transparent backgrounds to further extend the use into video and photography. I am pleased with his work and even my apparel embroiderer gave the new look a “thumbs up.”
I will be applying the new logo over the next few weeks, so watch for the change!
*Note: For my grammar conscious friends who would be quick to correct my reference to ‘daylight savings time,’ I have accepted the more commonly used term, though the proper spelling is to not use the second “s” in the word ‘savings.’
Drones are cool. A guy that’s in the local videographers’ network that I belong to owns one and he did a demo with his last year. I don’t own one yet and I now fear that with all the BONEHEADS out there that are just SCREWING IT UP FOR EVERYONE, I may never get that chance! I really want to thank the jackass that let his drone get away from him, only to crash on the White House grounds! Worse than that, because these things are affordable, my greater fear is that some jerkweasel will find a much more nefarious use of one of these things.
Shaking my head……….
I shot a wedding this past October. The couple and their family couldn’t have been nicer! I got this wonderful note shortly after the wedding:
“Terry, thank you for being my videographer. I don’t even need to see the video to already know you did a great job, I can’t wait! Even my guests commented on how they could tell you genuinely enjoyed your job and that will show in the quality. Your pricing was also very reasonable and the video will be the most cherished item for me so I can relive my special night, thanks again, we can’t wait to see the video!”
The wedding venue was one of the most challenging in which I’ve ever filmed, with extremely severe contrasts between the late-day western sun blasting into the windows and the interior of the venue which was quite dark. Even with my own extra light fixture, it didn’t help much, but I persevered. And because the final product didn’t meet my strict expectations, I gave the couple some of their money back. The great news came when I received the following comments from the very happy bride:
“Thank you Terry, you did a great job, made me cry. And I appreciate your professionalism, I had a feeling the venue would be difficult to work with, thank you for the refund. I will surely recommend you and provide positive reviews!”
Well, thank you, Lisa…you just did!
…I have a question: Got video?
Let’s get something on the schedule this year!