Another new item on the market that everyone is raving about is probably the smallest thing in my bag. The Tascam DR-10L is nothing short of a life saver. What is it? Why do I love it?
At every wedding, I put a wireless mic on the groom and have that send it's signal back to a camera or other recorder for the ceremony. I have gone through a couple different ones over the years, but they have their limitations. They can have wireless interference, and during a live event like a wedding, you can't stop and change settings.
The DR-10L is a lapel mic without the wireless part. It is a microphone and recorder in one. It is powered by one little AAA battery and records to a microSD card. Since it is it's own recorder, I can turn it on, start record and put it in the Groom's pocket and know I'm good. No more worrying about wireless interference or being out of range.
After shooting with my new setup this past week, I am super excited about shooting more weddings with my new gear.
It is currently 32˚ and raining outside while I write this. It's a cold bitter day, and maybe not the time you are thinking about your wedding plans. But this is the best time of the year to get in touch will all your vendors to start planning your wedding. For us, this is the time of the year where we have finished up the work from last season and have a month or two before the weddings start up again. This leaves us with plenty of time to talk with you.
Want to save on stress, then try planning way ahead, I mean like more than a year. Now is the perfect time to plan for your 2018 wedding. Get all of your vendors lined up and then relax... as much as you can until your wedding day. This will also give you more time to budget and maybe find some extra money for that one extra thing you want on your wedding day.
Getting married this year? No problem. I still have dates available for this year, and I'm sure other vendors do as well. I find that most people tend to find their videographer near the end of their planning (I have even been booked on the same day!).
No matter when you are getting married, this time of the year is great for talking with us. Time to get on the Internet, do your searches, make your lists and start setting up some meetings.
It is true that I do not update this blog or my website as often as I would like to. I am a very busy person. Aside from building this business over the last 11 years, I also work full time in higher education getting the next generation of videographers, photographers, and broadcasters ready for the world. And I have a wife, son and a dog. Free time is a rare thing for me, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
What I want to talk about though is that no matter how busy I make my own life, that will never compromise the time spent, and attention to detail for the wedding videos I create. And this post is somewhat inspired by some recent events. At least once a month, I get an e-mail or facebook message from a company that is offering to do the editing for me. Some times they are from Russia, sometimes they are from New York. Every time I tell them no thank you. That is because when a couple entrusts me with their video, I want them to know who is behind the camera and who is responsible for the editing. The buck starts and stops with me. That is how I built my name up over the past 11 years. I am a one person shop and that is how I like it. I have made the active choice to not grow to big because I do enjoy spending time with my family as everyone should.
In conclusion, when you come here to this website and ask for me to record your wedding video, then you will get me to record and edit your wedding video.
The 2016 wedding season has begun! And the first wedding video of the season has already been edited and delivered to the happy couple. I wish them all the best in the future.
Technology and video quality have changed a lot in the 10 plus years I have been in the wedding video business. It wasn't until 2010 that HD cameras were available at a price point that allowed for myself to start recording weddings in HD. Before that time, everything was recorded on tape in SD. At the time it still looked great. I had a good quality camera, and couples were watching their videos on SD TVs with their DVD players. But then everyone started buying HDTVs (myself included) and that had one downside. The SD video I recorded didn't look as good on and HD display. There are many reasons why this is (pixels, stretching, etc), but the point is those pre HD videos just don't hold up over the years as well as we would have hoped.
About a year ago, a couple whose video I recorded during this time asked me (while I was recording their friend's wedding) if there was anything that could be done. Initially, I had said no for the reasons I mentioned above. But after seeing her again at another wedding, I really started to think about it. Not only have cameras and TVs gotten better, bus so has my software and computer that I use to edit the videos. I was inspired to give it a shot. I found the old tapes (cause I still have every tape I ever recorded) and I loaded them onto the computer and did an entire re-edit of their wedding. And it worked. I increased the picture quality of the video and was able to send her a digital copy of the video online.
Now that I have done this first one, I am ready to perform this job for other couples who videos I have recorded in the past. For a nominal fee, I will re-edit the wedding video from scratch and have a video with improved picture quality. It is a re-edit because it will not be exactly the same as the original, and I will be using some newer editing techniques that I have picked up over the years.
I meant to have put more of these up during the year, but family life takes up a lot of time. Better late than never, here are a couple of videos from this past season.
It's 2016, and it is looking to be a great year and I want to share some things I am looking ahead to. But first, I would like to reflect on 2015.
Last year I celebrated 10 years of being in business. That is no small feat these days with so many small business opening and closing, especially through our economic down turn that we experienced over the past couple of years. But I am proud to say that 2015 was probably the best year for Keith Michael Productions over the past 10 years. Other big news of 2015, my son turned one in April, and in July I went back to having a full time job in addition to this company. I have a new title of Studio Manager at Sacred Heart University. I work for the School of Communication and Media Arts maintaining the brand new TV studios as well as all the camera gear that students use for their projects. I also teach some media production classes where I get to share my knowledge and passion for videography and photography with college students.
In the coming year, I am looking forward to another great year for the company. The one big addition is the new Photo Booth setup that I have invested in. It is an open concept photo booth, meaning there are no walls. I can set this up anywhere, and your wedding guests will have a blast with it.
The other big change I have made is that DVDs are no longer a standard option for wedding videos. We live an world of iTunes, Netflix and Hulu. There is no space for the physical disc anymore. Two years ago, I started hosting every wedding video online, and now that is the standard for how I will deliver the video to you. It cuts down on production time, letting you see the video sooner. You will be able to download the video file right from the video page. And the video is higher quality than what you can get on a DVD. For those that still want DVD or BluRay discs, those are now an option that you can add on.
I hope you are as excited about 2016 as I am. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year everyone!
A couple of years ago when my friend was getting married, we had this idea of building a photo booth for his wedding. As a result, I ended up building a photo booth with an old computer monitor, a web cam, some lights and plywood. This photo booth was used at not only his wedding, but my other friend's wedding, some other weddings, my niece's sweet 16 party and some other events. I was proud of myself for creating this booth. The things that I didn't like about it though were that it was heavy, and it was not simple to set up. My original goal was to build something that I could place in the trunk of a sedan, but it ended up being too big. Too big, too heavy and too many parts. This is when I started looking for a prebuilt solution that I liked, would be was for me or an assistant to set up and would be easy for people to use.
First, I found this program that was created for the iPad called SimpleBooth. I purchased it about a year ago so I could play with it. My conclusion is that it is the best photo booth program I have seen or used for it's ease of use and it's delivery method. It can print, share to Facebook and twitter, send yourself an e-mail with your pics, it's great. But the problem was finding a nice way to mount it with a light so it looked good.
Checking back with the creators of SimpleBooth, they created the perfect device.
The Halo stand is the perfect, elegant solution that I have been looking for. Custom made to hold the iPad with a LED ring light to perfectly light the subjects.
I like open photo booths that can be setup anywhere, and this is that photo booth. It can be used to share the photos right away, or print them out on a wireless printer. All photos are saved and uploaded to drop box. It is a fun to use and ease to setup. My custom kit is on its way to me, and I will be posting photo booth pricing in the near future. Great for weddings, birthday parties, or any event where people are having fun. Contact me today to have a photo booth at your next event.
This past weekend I did something that is rare. Two weddings in one day. Let me explain.
More than a year ago, I booked a wedding for Saturday morning at the Waterview. The ceremony started at 11 AM and I would be there until about 4 PM. Pretty standard for me. Then, about six months ago my friend got engaged. Awesome sauce, especially because they have been dating for a while. They actually started dating just before my wedding back in 2008. A wedding at which they caught the bouquet and garter. Then I found out what day they were planning on getting married and I said oh no because it was a day that I already booked. And then I was asked to be a Groomsman, which is awesome, but I was still freaking out trying figure out how to be in a wedding and shoot a wedding at the same time.
This is where the randomness of the Universe comes in. I then found out that the wedding was also happening at the Waterview. What are the odds of that? And then the best news was that the wedding was starting at 6 PM. As a wedding vendor, it is completely possible to have a wedding on the same day that a friend gets married. But to be at the same location and off setting times? That is one in a million.
My day started early, arriving at 9:40 AM. Worked through the whole wedding until about 4 PM. Ran to CVS to get a card, and some 5 hour energy. Got back, changed into my suit and downed my 5 hour energy (first time I've ever had one) and was ready before the other wedding finished clearing out at 5 PM. The crew at the venue was the same people for both weddings, so it was fun to work with the same people all day, but I have a feeling they were a little jealous that I got to have fun at the second wedding and not work.
It was a great day, but I hope that it is the last time I ever have to do that. I rarely book two weddings on the same weekend because it takes a lot of energy, so two in the same day is not my ideal situation. And after this upcoming weekend, I don't think I have anymore friends getting married for a while.