I’m back at it again. I’ve got more to say about my new toy, the Sony A7iii. I’ve already written my initial reaction to the camera, but I’ve now used it to film a wedding, and I wanted to talk about one thing: Sony A7iii Center-Lock AF.
Payton and David’s wedding was such an amazing day. Payton and David are two of the happiest people I’ve ever met. They both are always smiling and laughing and really just a joy to be around. To make things even better, they have a ton of friends (like 20 people in the wedding party) that are just as much fun! I don’t know if their wedding film at Matt Lane Farm can show just how awesome it was, but we sure tried!
Payton and David’s Wedding Film at Matt Lane Farm
This was the first wedding I got to officially use my drone because I passed the 107 test a week or two before. I was really glad too because Matt Lane Farm is beautiful and has a lot of space to work with.
Some of my favorite parts of the day were just people hanging out. Like I said, both Payton and David have a ton of friends, so people were everywhere and hanging out. We had some guys playing checkers and the girls were working on their flower crowns.
The reception was where things really got going. The dance floor was full and the ring bearers were going nuts. Later the rest of the crew came out, and it was just a blast seeing everyone out there having fun. During the garter toss, the groomsmen were nice enough to lift up/hide behind a few boys, but the garter flew over them anyway. I guess they accomplished their real goal either way of not catching it themselves.
We also did photography that day, and I can’t wait to show off those as well. For now, please take a look at Payton and David’s wedding film at Matt Lane Farm. See what real joy looks like!
I’ve been on a spending spree lately. First I bought the Sony 50mm, then I bought the Rokinon 50mm, and now I’ve got the Zeiss Batis 85mm! It all started with me simply wanting a native Sony lens because all of my Nikon lenses couldn’t autofocus. Well, the Sony 50mm didn’t impress me. The Rokinon 50mm is a nice lens, but I just don’t really like the focal length, so now I’ve got the Zeiss 85mm, and it blows the other two away! Ok, so this might not really be the best prime lens for Sony cameras as the title says, but it’s the best prime lens that I’ve used so far.
We’ve done a lot of weddings over the past four years, but last week was a first for us. We got the honor of filming the first wedding at the Willow Brooke Farm wedding venue in Huntsville. This was the owner’s daughter’s wedding and we’ll be sharing her video in the future, but for now, I thought I’d focus on this awesome new venue.
I went and did it yesterday. I bought the Sony A7 iii. I’d been looking at it since it first came out and people were just raving about it, which makes sense considering it was sold out everywhere. I was lucky to walk into Bedford’s the day they were getting two in, so I didn’t have to wait. I only played with it for one day, but here are my initial thoughts on the Sony A7 iii.
In the wedding photography world, one big trend is to have a second photographer. Basically, the main photographer brings along another photographer to help cover the day. I see a lot of photographers offering this with every package. In many of the cases, it’s a husband and wife team. I normally shoot by myself but I have looked into adding a second photographer for all of my packages. This got me thinking, Do You Need a Second Videographer for Your Wedding?
Well, tomorrow I’m scheduled to take my part 107 unmanned aircraft exam, which is basically what I need to fly a drone legally. I’ve been preparing and studying for this exam for several months, so I’m hoping I’ll pass it on my first try, but I never want to be cocky. With all that’s gone into this process, I did have a thought today: do you really need a license to fly a drone?
Well, it’s been a few weeks, but I went ahead and got a new Sony lens like I was talking about earlier. Actually, I’ve gotten two new Sony lens. Crazy, I know. Why would I need two of theses lenses? It wasn’t something I planned on doing, but I’m glad it happened. Initially I purchased the Sony 50mm f1.8 for $200, but I really wasn’t happy with it and waited too long to return it. Then, a few days ago, there was a sale on the Rokinon 50mm f1.4 for $400. I thought I’d share my thoughts on the Sony 50mm f1.8 vs. the Rokinon 50mm f1.4.
Wedding season is here and we are getting to hang out with the coolest couples and creating some amazing wedding films. Our first wedding film of the year was awesome! We got to hang out with Kelcey and Jonathan and create their Sassafras Wedding Film.
Sassafras Wedding Film: Kelsey and Jonathan
This wedding was fun, fun, fun! The girls were just happy and in a great mood. The flower girl was dancing and performing song from The Greatest Showman before the ceremony, which is one of my favorite movies. The ceremony was full of laughs. The pastor really knew Kelsey, so he had some great insights into marriage, but also some fun things about the couple. My favorite thing was that he asked Kelcey if they needed to run Jonathan off the first time he met him. The reception was a giant dance party and it all ended with a sparkler exit. That’s a lot of fun!
I did try out something new for this wedding film. I created a time lapse video of the outside of the barn at Sassafras Springs Vineyard. I basically sat the camera out in front and let it take photos every 5 seconds for 30 minutes to create a 10 second video.It turned out pretty cool. You can see the clouds moving and the doors quickly opening and closing. It did take awhile to make it. It was definitely worth it and something I’ll be doing in the future.
This was the first wedding film we created this year, and we have so many more coming up. Kelcey and Jonathan’s Sassafras wedding film was awesome, and now I’m pumped and ready to create some more!
I was reading something on Facebook today, and they were discussing using some kind of promo video on a website. These were photographers talking, and the videos seemed to be a focus on who they are and possibly their style and personality. It seems like a good idea. Weddings are personal, so brides are going to want to see what you are like. The video can show off your personality and get people interested in more than just your work. With all of that said, I think I’m going to create a Photographer Promo video for myself in the near future.
The good thing about doing photography and videography is I can do either at any time. Occasionally I’ll need something photography related for films, and other times I’ll need video stuff for photography. Creating a photographer promo video should be relatively easy depending on how in depth I want it to be.
Photographer Promo Video
There are a few different ways I could go about it. Some promos I’ve seen are just showing the photographer working and interacting with couples. Others actually have the photographer address the camera and the couples. If I just do it with a quick video of myself talking, that’s easy. I can set up a camera and just hit record and start talking. I’ve made plenty of these videos for other things.
Doing the first option would be harder. It would be hard to control the camera and take photos at the same time, so I’d most likely have to hire someone to make that. I could just set a camera and aim it, but that might be too much work.
Brides will spend maybe 30 seconds to 2 minutes looking at a photographer’s website before deciding to message them or move on. They will look at a ton of websites and if yours doesn’t stick out, good luck talking to that bride. I will always focus on my photos and making those amazing, but I do think that my personality is part of what I have to offer. If I have a photographer promo video on my site, I think it will be something extra to really put me above others. I just started thinking about this today, but hopefully I can get something created in the next month or so. I’ll make sure to post it when it’s done.