Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Blog

My new web site and blog can be reached at Midnight Magic Video . Please take the time to visit my new site and subscribe to the RSS feed to be sure you are up to date on what is going on.

Monday, February 23, 2009

An End and A New Beginning

This will be the last blog I post here on blogger. I really hope that this blog has been informative to all who have seen and read it. But, the time has come for me to move on to better things. On Wednesday, February 25th my new web site will be up and running and with it comes a new blog that I hope all of you will read and follow. The address for the web site and blog will be:

This is the same address as my current site but, this new site will have so much more content and information to share with all of you. Thanks to everyone who has read and enjoyed this blog. My new blog will be really fun to read. I will see all of you at the new site on the 25th.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Lusby - Caldwell Wedding

Below is a short clip from a wedding I shot back in November for Lori Lusby and Scott Caldwell. The wedding was shot on a cold cloudy day. Right before the ceremony, the clouds broke and a bright ray of sunshine came streaming into the church. Everyone at the reception had a great time. The reception was at Calhoun's on the River here in Knoxville. Photography was by Carlos Jones of Photography of You. This clip is from the end of their wedding video as they were winding up the reception and heading out for their honeymoon. What a great, fun couple Lori and Scott were that day. I wish them the best of luck.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Changes are coming

Over the next several weeks I am going to be changing the look of this blog. I am also going to be adding clips of some of the weddings I have done this past year. 2008 was a very busy year for Midnight Magic, I did a total of 30 weddings this last year and I enjoyed each and every one.

The first clip I am loading up is for James & Laura Carr from this past June. I meet Laura and her mother at the 2008 Premier Bride Show last January. We talked for quite a while at the bridal show that day and could tell right away that Laura was a special young lady. She has a uplifting sprit and a smile that lights up a room. One of the biggest concerns for Laura and her mom was making sure that we were able to capture all the music from the wedding. I assured her that we could do that without fail. The music was really beautiful that day and fit both James and Laura. It was so much fun to watch this young couple start out on their new life together.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Knoxville Premier Bridal Show

On August 17th I will be one of the many vendors at the Knoxville Premier Bridal Show. I hope that many of you will be attending the show. It is a great place to start planning your wedding and I want to help you get started. I have five general admission tickets to give away, so for the first five people who contact me by email I will provide you one of these tickets. This is a $12 value. I will base the first five on the time stamp on the emails I get to with the phrase "Wedding Show Give Away".

I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sara & David

This past weekend I was lucky enough to video Sara & David's wedding. It a very sweet wedding. Both the bride and groom were great to work with and they had a lot of fun at their reception. It seems every wedding I work I see a new element of the wedding. This weekend was no different. Sara & David signed their wedding license during the ceremony. It was a great moment to see. Most times the license is signed at the reception at a private moment.

I also saw a new event at the reception. I found out that this is something that is done in Canada and I really liked the idea behind it. In Canada, after the bride and groom cut the cake they serve the cake to their guest. ALL their guest. In the states we cut the cake and either let the guest come and get their own cake, or we have the caterer serve it. But, this new way allows the bride and groom to meet their guest and spent a moment or two with them.

I wish Sara & David the best and I thank them for allowing me to be a part of their special day.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reasons to have a wedding video

Let's play a game. Close your eyes if you will for a moment (just pretend because if you really close them you won't be able to read this) and I want you to think back. Think way back to last year, 2007. Go back to this date in 2007 and I want you to think about what your were doing this time last year. Are you with me? Good, now tell me what you had for dinner that day.

Can't do it can you? Of course not, most of us have a hard time remembering what we did last week much less what we had to eat a year ago. Think of all the phone numbers, fax numbers, passwords, PIN numbers we have running through our heads these days. I heard someone on the radio, the other day, say if was not for his cell phone he would not know his mothers phone number. I have speed dial on my BlackBerry and I use it every day. But still, it is hard to remember things from a long time ago. A year is a long time to try and remember something. Try remembering something from 3 years, 5 years or even 10 years ago. Almost impossible isn't it? So, it blew my mind about a week ago when I was reading an article in a trade magazine that said almost 75% of brides do not remember many of the details of their wedding a week later. 75%!

Think about it, this is a day you are spending weeks, if not months, planning every single detail. The flowers, the dress, the food, the music, even the location. All this planning and a vast majority of you will forget it (or most of it) within a week.

"Oh, I have pictures" I heard someone yell out there. Yes, you will have pictures of the day. You will have a lot of pictures of that day and they will bring back a lot of those memories, but look at this:

That is the best wedding dance I have ever seen. It was fun to just watch even though I didn't know the couple. But, let's think about something for a minute. What if they didn't have a video taken of that dance? Mind you the video was from a hand held camcorder and the audio is not very good. But let's say there was no video of that dance. Do you think the pictures would have captured that moment? Go back and watch the video again but this time hit the pause button at some point. Did you do that? Look at it, that is the only image you would have of that moment and you are going to try and remember the other 7:30 minutes of that dance from just that one picture.

Ok, I know what you are going to say, "my photographer said that they were going to capture all the special moments". Ok, great, now lets do some math, this will be fun. First a fact, there are 30 frames of video per second. Keep that in mind as we do this together. In that 7:30 minute video there are 450 seconds, multiply that by 30 frames per second and you get 13,500 frames or pictures to get all that moment. That means your photographer would have to shoot 13,500 pictures and you have to store those pictures for the rest of you life to remember that one dance. Not to mention that will be no music or crowd noise in the background to give you that emotion you felt that day.

You see, a professional videographer is going to know how to not only capture that dance you saw, but how to tap into the music and put it on your video so that not only will you see the dance, you will hear the music just they way it was played that day. You will hear every word spoken, every sound right down to the birds singing if you are having an outdoor wedding. You will see your wedding they way all your guests saw your wedding. You will get to relive those moments over and over again for years to come. If you read my post from yesterday, you know that each one of those brides are going to be able to relive that day. They are going to be able to see and remember everything for years and years. So, when someone asks them what they did on their wedding day, all they have to do is pull out their DVD.