The Wedding Party featured on Good Morning Jacksonville!

The Wedding Party, home of In Motion Video Productions’ Jacksonville office, was featured in a segment on Good Morning Jacksonville.  Paul DeLand from D’Land Entertainment did a wonderful job explaining the concept of The Wedding Party.  Check it out!

Leah & Ian: St. Augustine, FL

Leah and Ian were married at The Oldest House in St. Augustine, FL. Their reception was held at Tolomato River Farms. They had a unique and beautiful wedding with the theme of Alice in Wonderland. At the reception their guests felt as though they were attending a tea party put on by The Mad Hatter himself. There were cupcakes large and small with “eat me” signs, “Mad Hatter” hats for everyone to wear, and an amazing “Mat Hatter” style whimsical cake.  It was a stunning wedding, and every last detail fit Leah and Ian’s personality perfectly.  Leah and Ian- thanks for letting us be there to capture your day.  We had so much fun being a part of your wedding and we hope you enjoy the preview video!

Food for thought… and your vendors!

Weddings are amazing events.  They are one of the most fun and memorable days of people’s lives, and our passion is capturing all of those moments on video.  We like to be with our couples throughout the process of their day (pre-ceremony, ceremony, and reception) so we can tell a story in their video and include all the little details that are so important to them!  With that being said, wedding days are also a lot of hard work for your vendors!  Often times our average day of shooting is 8-10 hours, and we are on our feet almost the entire time.

When it comes to meal time, we are happy and grateful for a small break and something to eat.  I found this wonderful article that explains the importance of not only having a meal, but receiving it as soon as the guests start to be served so that we do not miss any important events.  The article from is quoted below.  I love this article because it puts a humorous spin on what can be a very frustrating experience for your vendors on your wedding day:

“It’s a sad truth about receptions: Photographers are so low on the food chain, they’re rubbing chest hair. Millions of plates of fatty beef and dried chicken are served at wedding functions each and every year. With all that nutritious booty, it should be a no-brainer that the photographer would get fed, right? Not so. Booty is in the eye of the withholder. And some banquet halls have turned food denial into an art form. When it comes to dietary relations with reception sites, photographers traditionally receive a swift kick in the pork medallions.

And brides and grooms are none the wiser.

For sure, this is in no way a recent injustice, but one that’s older than time. In fact, just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, someone may well have turned to the wedding photographer and said, “Sorry, dude – you get the cheese plate.” Indeed, it would seem that a few banquet managers have taken to heart Henry Kissinger’s famous quote: “He who controls the food supply, controls the people.” (For a deeper understanding of how this brilliant socioeconomic model works, flip through any of the fine biographies on Robert Mugabe.)

This little piece of gum is a three course dinner!
– Willy Wonka

One of reception halls’ favorite tricks is the ol’ “Bait & Switch.” This is where the dearly beloved drops an extra $80 a plate for their vendors’ meals, which, when served, magically turns into a flaccid stack of damp baloney sandwiches. “It’s all we’ve got” is usually the accompanying sniffle. That’s a pretty low P/E ratio (price to edibility) in my book. But hey, it’s completely understandable. With the cost of oil these days, the expense of microwaving a chicken breast has skyrocketed.

One photographer in the northeastern U.S. said this happened to him several times at one particular site. The final straw came one night when he walked into the back room and saw the wizard behind the curtain. “The banquet staff is eating your prime rib that you were told was not available!” Hardly a sporting move. That’s why it’s always a safe bet to order the haggis.

No matter how much they cry, no matter how much they beg, never never feed them after midnight.
– Gremlins

Worse than being fed sweatshop fare is getting fed too late. In an unfortunate twist of irony, a photographer’s mandate is to snap people while they’re running around and having fun. Which dictates that the best time to feed your picture-taker is when everyone is sitting and eating. Sadly, this happens about as often as Paris Hilton asks, “Will this affect my credibility?”

The reason most wedding shooters prefer to eat when the bride & groom eat is so they’re immediately available for the first dance and cake-cutting. But, inexplicably, some caterers insist on holding their food hostage until the entire room has been fed, burped and had their nappy changed. When the friendly waiter finally drops those wilted green beans and fish sticks in front of the photographer, the music suddenly flares and she must leap across the room to cover Uncle Lou’s ‘just outta detox’ rendition of “Baby Got Back.”

WPJA award-winner Dan Harris recounted the time a banquet manager told him his food was on the way. Almost an hour later, the entire room was fed and Dan still had nada. So he stood right next to the manager until she brought him his meal. Which she did. A Styrofoam box with four cold chicken nuggets and a glop of cole slaw. To split with his assistant.

He never got to dine on this epicurean delight, however, because the best man immediately began his toast. Said Dan, “For the next year I got a lot of sympathy from my brides when I shared with them this story.” He’s never had a bad experience since.

Get in my belly!
– Fat Bastard, Austin Powers, the Spy Who Shagged Me

But hey, at least they’re getting fed something, right? Remember, by dinnertime, most photographers have been on their feet for five or more hours without a break; usually with five more hours to go. In a few extreme situations, they’ve bellied up to the table to feast on a big steaming bowl of jack squat. And it’s not always the reception site’s fault.

Abigail Seymour, a decorated WPJA member, booked a premium package for a high-end wedding. When her client worksheet came back, the line about providing a meal simply stated “NO.” She was stunned, but held out the option that it was just an oversight. Sure enough, when she and her assistant arrived at the reception, “We were told then that we were not welcome to eat from the buffet.” Ouch. That would have been a good time to demonstrate the benefits of a sneeze-guard.

Or, she could have done what one photographer did when the reception site offered him the Empty-Plate Special: “We called a pizza house and had a pizza delivered directly to the banquet hall.” Large combo, extra spite please.

But even when the planets align, fate can still land a sucker-punch. WPJA founder David Roberts had his meal served at a table just outside the reception tent. Before taking his first bite, he jumped up to shoot something and returned five minutes later. That’s when he found the parking lot attendant doing a Gene Simmons on his dinner. Roberts was stunned. “It was the last one (meal) and they had nothing else to get me.”

Of course, as O.J. taught us, there are two sides to every obvious crime. What do the banquet halls say to all this? Your guess is as good as mine. Most every one I tried to contact never returned my overtures. But what did I expect? I was basically asking the catering equivalent of that old comedy saw, “When did you stop beating your wife?” Unanswerable in any form.

However, there are a few good ones out there. Lorraine Camara, Catering Manager for the Laurel View Country Club in Connecticut, charges clients half price for vendors meals; they are served the same food as guests and eat at the same time as or before everyone else. She hosts monthly meetings of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, whose members rave about their treatment. Adds Camara, “And they should because they’re one of my best forms of advertisement.”

Ah. Food for thought.

So how do we keep from inadvertently starving our highly-skilled documentarians? Simple: Communication. Hammer out all the food issues with the reception site/caterer before D-Day. Because nothing will ruin an inebriated massacre of the Electric Slide like having to stop and administer your photographer a saline drip.

Amongst themselves, most wedding photojournalists agree on three points: 1.) – Put everything in the contract. Food, time and place. 2.) – Before the date, provide your written wishes to the bride and groom to deliver to the caterers. Also, try approaching the caterers as soon as you arrive. And 3.) – Bring backup. A quick sandwich in the back of the van has saved many a hypoglycemic face-plant into the trumpeter swan ice sculpture.

And you know good and well the videographer is going to catch that.”

— by Jeff Corriveau for the Wedding Photojournalist Association

Click here to read the article on wedpix

Why Videography is Important on Your Special Day

As professional videographers, it pains us to hear, without hesitation, a bride exclaim “no” when we ask her if she has considered video for her wedding day. The most common explanation is that videography is an unnecessary expense or not in the budget. We feel as though videography should be placed at the top of your priority list and here’s why…

Flowers, Food ,and Photography are among the top priorities when planning a wedding.  Photographs are amazing images, but they are just that, a still capture of an image from your wedding day.  You may remember that your sister gave an amazing toast by looking at the picture of her, but are you going to remember what she said? Probably not. With video, you not only get to see her giving that toast, but you get to hear exactly what she said and see your reaction to it at that moment in time. Now it is captured on video, so you can remember it forever.

We often hear that brides are afraid they will spend a lot of money and, because the video is so long, will only watch it once. A lot of videographers (like us!) offer a cinematic short film rather than a documentary of your day.  These films are about half an hour long and tell the story of your day rather than just show you what happened. The films only include the most important, emotional, memorable parts of your day edited in a way that will hold your attention and make you want to watch your video with family and friends over and over again.

(Wedding and Event Videographers Association) did a nationwide  asking brides about the value of videography. According to the survey, 79% of past brides agree that future brides should at least consider using a professional to videotape their wedding day. The survey results reveal professional videography has become very important to today’s brides. Its value is comparable to wedding photography, and even more valuable in some respects, according to brides surveyed. Most importantly, the survey showed that brides feel more emphasis needs to be placed on videography in the wedding planning process.

Brides should find a videographer that fits their style so that they are happy with the final product. You should watch as many samples of a videographer’s work as possible so you know they will be a good fit. So, do your research and find a professional videographer that matches your budget and style!

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In Motion Introduces our Cinematic Film Collection

As videographers and editors we are always pushing ourselves to be more creative, learn new technology, and become better story tellers. With the introduction of some cutting edge cameras, new high tech toys, and a whole lot of passion, we are proud to introduce a new style of wedding video to our lineup: The Cinematic Wedding Film. This film features the best, most memorable, and most emotional parts of the wedding day all packed into one 20-30 minute video.

I would tell you more about it, but you really just want to see the video, right!? As promised, here is our most recent Cinematic Film:

Featured Vendors from Jamie and Tyler’s Wedding:

Photography: La Dolce Vita Studio

Floral: Anything with Plants and Flowers

Venue: Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Band: Rhythm Nation

The Cannon 7D DSLR is a game changer

The Cannon 7D DSLR camera looks and feels like any camera you would see in the hands of professional photographer or camera enthusiast, but for one difference, it has the ability to take extended digital video clips. Combine this with an array of quality professional lenses and you have an amazing piece of technology that is fast revolutionizing the way videographers shoot and do business. In fact, the imagery is so good that we used it to shoot the Jacksonville Symphony commercials that are featured on our reel, as well as two new music video’s that are currently in the editing stages. We have been so impressed with the new Cannon 7D that In Motion Video Productions now has two of them in use full time. We at In Motion Video Productions pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest in cutting edge technology and look forward to incorporating it in to our upcoming projects.

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