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Sydney + Devin’s Wedding Film

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When we sat down to meet and discuss the possibility of helping Sydney and Devin capture their wedding on film at the Old Decatur Courthouse in Atlanta, GA, there was a genuine feel of emotion between this couple. During the discussion about their wedding film, the couple communicated that they had TV/Video Production backgrounds, so from a technical standpoint we were able to talk about some of the latest tools that help make a great wedding film. From the very start it became a collaborative effort that we all were comfortable with. It was important to learn some of the important details about what the couple expected for J and J Digital Media to capture.  As a wedding videographers we have truly have learned to keep open minds and be prepared when it comes to capturing content for wedding films and this occasion was no exception. The couple planned a first look prior to the wedding. While we have done many first looks in the past, this was different. The emotion felt by Sydney and Devin was overwhelming and contagious as you can see in the their highlight film. After the first look, we dried our eyes, gathered our composure, and prepped for what we knew would carry over from the first look to the wedding itself and it did not disappoint! Make sure the catch the highlights at: Sydney + Devin’s Wedding Highlight Film

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On Top of the World With Amber + Adam

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Amber and Adam worked with us to create a masterpiece!  With their wedding only two weeks away, Adam reached out to us to help with their wedding film. Lucky for all, we were able to get them booked and confident about their choice. At first glance it was obvious that a tremendous amount of planning and effort went into this day. The conditions were ideal to capture some great video. The story that the highlight version tells is amazing and really gets to the spirit of their relationship. Thanks Amber and Adam for making this easy. See the highlights below:
https://vimeo.com/113181342

Contact> www.jandjdigitalmedia.com

The Wedding Video Story of Kimberly and Jack

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The one thing that I knew for certain on the day that I met Kimberly was that this wedding would take place outside in a romantic setting, regardless of the weather. After all, we would only be outside for 15 minutes. Though a bit on the cool side, we made it happen. The wedding ceremony took place at night which presented only a slight challenge with being able to capture video sequences that were of high quality without affecting the mood of the evening. Shooting with DSLRs allowed us to overcome this challenge with ease. The food, dancing and fun went well into the night at Flint Hill in Norcross, GA. Kimberly and Jack were great to work which made this shoot entertaining and fun for us as well. Thank You Kimmi and Jack for making us feel like family.

See the Highlights at https://vimeo.com/84180067

Contact. http://www.jandjdigitalmedia.com

Wedding Video First Look

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Many of the current wedding customs originate from century old superstitions. One such custom or superstition is that of it being a “bad omen,” for the groom to see the bride before the wedding ceremony. Now, where did this come from? Centuries ago, marriages were often considered business arrangements between the two families. Many times in these arranged marriages, the couple had no idea who they were marrying. On the wedding day the bride’s  family would keep the her hidden from the groom in order to conceal her physical appearance from the groom so he would not have the opportunity to disapprove and “bolt.”  Can you imagine that happening today?

Knowing where this superstition originated, many couples are starting to forgo this superstition and conduct what is now known as the first look or first glance. It is an opportunity for the bride and groom to see each other in the absence of all of their guests. What a great video and photo opportunity this is, as only a select few people will observe the couple in their first look. Usually it is the photographer, videographer there to capture the reaction of the couple and Matron/Maid of Honor to adore and help with the dress. The attached link is an example of a first look on the wedding day of Shelby and Joshua King. https://vimeo.com/45177499

If you have questions about a first look photo and video opportunity on your wedding day, contact us to arrange a consultation!

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July 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

A Great Location for a Wedding, On the Golf Course!

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It was a beautiful day at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Marietta, Ga as the couple danced the night away. The club room was laced with vibrant colors, emotions flowing and exquisite food. The more time that we spent with Christine and David, the more we realized just how compatible the two are, and indeed, great people to be around. We wish you all the blessings for a successful marriage!  See the highlights/trailer at the following link:  http://vimeo.com/jnjdigitalmedia/chrisanddavid

A Wonderful Wedding Day Video Story in Norcross, GA (Wedding Videographer in Atlanta GA)

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With the sun shining and birds chirping love was truly in the air at the Atrium in Norcross, GA. After spending less than 5 minutes with Jessica and Kenyan,  we got the feeling that these two were an awesome couple. This was an outside wedding that occurred around sunset, so the atmosphere was truly captivating. Outside weddings are always exciting and makes for a great video. You can see some the stills that we captured from video below and see the Highlights/Trailer at the following link http://vimeo.com/36170079

Tamika and Eric Yancy Wedding at Pristine Chapel, Jonesboro, GA

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You could not ask for a more perfect day for a wedding. Sun shining, birds chirping and love in the air. This was one of the more unique weddings that I have witnessed complete with a bride’s best man! The brother of the bride. The wedding video was exceptional!!! I am listing some of the challenges and how we were able to overcome them. Some challenges that we needed to overcome were the following.

1. A 12noon wedding with the sun directly overhead. This presents a unique challenge in that the LCD screens used to view the video that we were shooting was saturated by sunlight and made it extremly hard for us to see the viewfinder. For obvious reasons one would need to see what he is shooting, but with high definition video in an outside setting you really should only use the manual focus. So, you really need to see what the camera is picking up in detail. We used field expedient viewfinder hoods by cutting card board to make shade for our viewfinders.

2. It was an extremely windy day. During any kind of event the last thing the viewer wants to hear is the wind whizzling in the microphone. Therefore we used (windsocks) to help absorb the sound of the wind along with external microphones.

All in all, we made the necessary adjustments in order to be able to produce an outstanding video production for Tamika and Eric.

These are a few tips and tricks that you can apply when shooting video that, “does not suck.” Good Shooting!!!!

I have attached a few still photos from video and have posted the link for the trailer… Enjoy!!!

Wedding Video “Lingo”

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So have you ever wondered what all the “mumbo jumbo” means in many wedding videographer’s marketing material. You can find terms like, Cinematic, Photojournalistic, and Documentary styles plastered in videography advertising materials including, wedding planning websites, videography websites and flyers that are found at bridal shows. Well, you only get married once, so you may never come across these terms again. However, I will seek to describe some of the terminology here which may help to clear up some of the confusion so that you understand and know what to expect.  So what does it all mean? Lets take a look at some of the more common terms that are found in the wedding video industry.

Common styles range from “journalistic” to “cinematic”.

Video Journalistic style 
typically described as a documentary of the event. Segments are edited as they occur to preserve continuity. This style of editing will produce a polished documentation of the day as it unfolds. Also can be referred to as Documentary Style. Some advertise “photojournalistic style” It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism.
Cinematic 
the term is defined as making a movie or film. Within the wedding videography industry it has taken on the following meaning: It is captured and edited for the dramatic effect and mood. It is usually presented with a particular style and “wow” effect that may not be present in a “mere documentary” of the event. It is characterized by, altered lighting, close-ups of specific body parts such as an eyelid or lips, fades and trucking camera movements to name a few.
Storytelling 
a video that relies on sound bites recorded pre, during or in post, usually from the bride and groom. These sound bites are then added to the audio track for dramatic effect and to push the story of the day forward.
Short Form Wedding 
a video of the day that has been edited to fit within a time frame that is no less than 15 minutes and no longer than 50 minutes. Some videographers consider anything under 60 minutes to be short form, but according to the entry form for the WEVA Creative Excellence Awards it can not exceed 50 minutes.
Traditional 
a catch-all term for styles that do not fit with above. Traditional tends to look more like a family shot video; it can be edited, but usually lightly. Everything is edited in a linear progression and usually in its entirety. These videos tend to be 2 to 3 hours, and even longer, in length.

Wedding videographers are not limited to using just one of these styles; different amounts of styles can be found in every video.

Wedding videography, like other fields has come a very long way in a short period of time. Today, we can do with a $3500 what a $20,000 camera could do just 10 years ago. The great wildcard in videography is the experience of the videographer. As high quality cameras, editing equipment and storage become more affordable you will see many more “vidoegraphers” in the marketplace. Some good, some not so good. In order to navigate the waters and help you understand what to look for please see my blog entitled “How to select a great wedding videographer.”

Some of the info above from the Wikipedia article Wedding videography.

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April 7, 2011 at 3:37 am