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BlackPoint IT’s 2015 Tech Fair in Bellevue, Wa

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This video was a lot of fun.  Moving out of the Summer months and into Fall, I’ve had way more opportunities lately to work on things non wedding related, which is nice every once and a while for a change.  BlackPoint IT hired me about 4 or so months ago to shoot some customer testimonials for them during their tech fair that took place at the Microsoft Civica Building last week.  They decided to also have me shoot and edit a short highlight video showing off some of the highlights of the tech fair.

Now I’ll be the first to tell you that technology fairs are not necessarily the most exciting or visually stimulating events to shoot in the world.  It involves a lot of people standing around, either talking or listening to presentations.  I was fortunate that the group (BlackPoint IT) that hosted this event was full of rowdy (yet professional) employees who wanted to make sure everybody had a good time but also learned a thing or two in the process.  Their good will and lively spirit combined with some great food/drinks and around 50 different product giveaways, made this day a really fun event for everybody involved!

I tried to use a few fun editing techniques as well as a great soundtrack (courtesy of The Music Bed – http://www.themusicbed.com) and some fun “nat” pops of different various presentations to really keep up the momentum to make a stimulating and enjoyable highlight video.  Hope you enjoy!

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Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson is, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FUN!

*Author’s note – This is basically just me taking a few moments to reflect on how lucky I’ve been to have had such an amazing string of wonderful clients over the last few months.

There’s been a common trend lately with all of my wedding couples that has led to successful, beautiful and emotional wedding videos for each and every one of them. You wanna know what that trend is? They all had FUN!

I am blessed to get to work with amazing clients who let me accompany them on one of, if not THE most important day of their lives, and believe me it’s a lot of pressure. As stressful as it might be (for me, it’s always stressful for them, lol) having warm and inviting couples who just want to have fun makes the day go by that much more smoothly.

It’s not always easy however, lately my wedding parties have had to overcome unpleasant weather (rain and wind), long days and hectic timelines, but I can’t think of a time over the last 20 weddings or more where there wasn’t a smile on all of our faces. Wedding planning and wedding experiencing (for the bride and groom) is a once in a lifetime thing and they rarely know what to expect once the day actually begins.

One of the jobs of a wedding photographer or videographer is to at least TRY to make the day as smooth and positive as possible. If a bride or groom doesn’t want to have fun during their wedding however, there’s not much we can do. Luckily this hasn’t been a problem lately and therefore my job has been just a little easier!

Whether it’s the singing and dancing in the hotel room while the bride gets ready, or it’s the wisecracks the groomsmen throw at the groom trying to get him to break into laughter during the portrait taking, every single one of these moments adds to my enjoyment of the day as well as the couple actually getting married. I’ve also had a ton of wonderful parent’s lately (of both the bride and groom) and whether they were looking out for ME, making sure I had food and drink or they were trying to orchestrate around some of the extended family for group pictures, their presence lately has been a wonderful touch as well.

Basically besides wanting to showcase a fun little picture from our latest Newcastle Golf Club wedding (the featured image for this blog) and gush about how awesome my clients have been lately, I just want to remind everybody that wedding planning, and wedding “experiencing” is supposed to be fun. So make sure you smile, hug your girlfriends or snag that extra kiss with your husband or wife. It’s your day, experience the way that YOU want and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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Evans Wedding on 10/10/15 at The Seattle Aquarium

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“Reid is awesome! My husband and I used his videography services for our wedding and are thrilled with how the videos turned out. Even in the wind and rain we had that day, Reid was dedicated to capturing our big day and he did a wonderful job. He is clearly passionate about his work. Highly recommend!!

Well this was certainly one for the record books.  When I had my pre-wedding phone call with Matt and Erin a few months ago, they talked about the chance of rain on their October 10 wedding date.  They had plans of getting pictures taken throughout the city of Seattle and hoped that the rain would hold off to make that dream a reality.  Well of course as chance would have it I awoke last Sunday morning to a torrential downpour and sideways rain outside my window.  I texted Ro Ducay of Haze Gray Pixels (their photographer, http://www.hazegraypixels.com) about what his plans for their day were with the rain and all, “It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be fun,” was his response.  This statement proved to be quite accurate indeed! lol

The fun started immediately upon entering the Hotel Maxwell (where they both got ready).  Matt had some antique umbrellas that Erin had bought/rented and was showing them off.  They were “rain-resistant” as Matt called them (even though they were antique,)  “good!” I thought, I do prefer rain-resistant umbrellas compared to the other available models, lol.

Since we had a little bit of extra time (as the dressing of the bride was taking a little longer than expected) I was able to rush upstairs and get some extra footage of her getting ready with her bridal party.  She was laughing and yelling out how nervous, yet excited she was to be getting married in mere hours.  She even started talking to the camera, telling her future self about how excited and joyful she was at that moment.

After a quick first look and a few photos in the hotel lobby, we rushed over to the church (Sacred Heart near Seattle Center) where the photographer and I actually got locked outside in the rain when we tried to enter a backdoor and thus cut down on the travel distance where we would have to haul our gear.  After getting let in a backdoor, we then found ourselves locked INside the church, before we finally got led upstairs to where the ceremony would be taking place.

What followed was a touching church service / wedding ceremony which was attended by all sorts of family and friends.  When the mass ended, we took a large number of group shots inside on the altar before we left with the bride and groom and headed down to Pike Place Market to do wedding party photos.

Pike Place can be a chaotic place on most weekend days and this was no different.  The rains had subsided and the sun was even peeking out a little bit and thus people were swarming the market EVERYWHERE! lol  Embracing the crowds the photographer and myself took some fun photos / footage of the wedding party interacting with the market (picking fruit, walking down the paths) trying to incorporate some of the chaos into some truly unique wedding moments.  I even took it upon myself to capture some video / sound of local bands and artists playing songs throughout the market to later incorporate into the final video edit. 

We wrapped at the market and made our way down to the Seattle Waterfront (as the reception was taking place at the Seattle Aquarium).  The storms had left some amazing clouds in the sky that really glowed in the light of the sunset.  Although it was a little chilly (and very windy!) the bride and groom did a great job rounding the troops for a few more memorable images before quickly retiring into the reception area for a night of drinking and dancing.

What could have very easily been a miserably long day (just in terms of bracing the wind and rain) was made fun and enjoyable by such an easy-going bride and groom.  Not once during the entire day did a smile ever leave their faces.  They maintained a positive spirit throughout and I know it will show as much in their wedding photos as it does in the final wedding video.  You can’t always count on the rain when it comes to your wedding day, but as long as you maintain the right attitude you can count on yourself and your positivity to get you through anything that mother nature can throw your way!

Photography – Haze Gray Pixels

Venue – Seattle Aquarium

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Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson is, WE HAD AN EVEN BIGGER SITE REDESIGN!

Never being one to do anything small, I was so inspired by my recent small additions and changes to the website that I spent a good deal of time over the weekend retooling and reworking the entire site.  I went through and added new dynamic video banners for all of the main sections which I think will make my page stand out from some of the other competition in the area. It really pops when you first enter the main page, and the experience carries over as you browse the various portfolios of videos or even the contact / pricing pages.

I went through and reformatted some of the video portfolios, highlighting certain videos for both “corporate” and “weddings” and I also added some new forms on the contact page so I can get a better idea of where my new customers are finding me.

The dynamic video banners only work on the desktop site however (due to making it more optimized for the mobile version) but customers browsing the site on their cell phones or tablets so have some great, vibrant images in place of the video banners that I hope will be appealing as well.

All of this is done in an attempt to appeal to new customers finding my site either through web searches or my profiles on WeddingWire or The Knot.  I want the first impression that customers have of my site to be a pleasant and memorable one, and I am confident the changes I have implemented (both large and small) with do exactly that!

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Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson is, WE HAD A SMALL SITE REDESIGN!

In an attempt to always stay current and visually appealing, I incorporate a small site redesign over at http://www.bestmadeweddingvideos.  I finally figured out a way how to create a video background on the landing page and I could not be happier with how it looks.  I used some recent footage from our beautiful Newcastle wedding and built a small video intro that welcomes all visitors to the site in a creative and fun way.

It certainly took a little bit of effort and a little but of “coding” which I know nothing about, but I think it enhances the site and adds to the professional yet playful attitude I show with the business.

I also did a little revamping of the pricing sheet (adding some new images) as well as adding some direct links from the cover page to client specific areas – weddings, corporate, blog, contact, etc. to hopefully give users an easier time getting to the important areas of the site that they want to check out.

I spend a lot of my time going through other websites, either direct competitors or other industries all together, to see if there are any lessons I could learn and incorporate into my own site.  I always try to be self-critical but I really do enjoy the simple, straightforward look of my website.  I think it lets the videos shine, it’s easy to maneuver, and it doesn’t bog the client down with too many details which is tough especially when it comes to things like pricing lists.

I welcome any and all feedback in my attempts to continually improve.  I hope to attract more clients and give them the best experience possible when visiting

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Peterson Wedding on 10/4/15 at The Golf Club at Newcastle

“If you are looking for a wedding videographer in Seattle, look no further. Reid was flexible, professional, and attentive the day of our event. He captured all the amazing moments of our wedding day. Using that amazing footage, he was able to craft a perfect wedding video that we will cherish for a long time. Not only was the final product great, but Reid was very responsive via email and phone. He always responded within hours of reaching out, if not minutes. We highly recommend Best Made Videos.”

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As I post this video and make it live on the internet, I truly believe this is the finest wedding video I’ve had the opportunity to create.  From the imagery to the music to the sometimes off-beat creative decisions I made during the editing process, I could not be more proud of the final product.

When I shared this on Facebook I stated that this was the epitome of what I try to do as a wedding videographer, and I stand by that statement.  The beautiful images created during the sunset over The Golf Club at Newcastle would be reason enough to include this video at the top of my professional portfolio, but there’s so much more.  The sheer joy seen in the bride’s face as she joked around with her bridesmaids while they got ready, the small talk shared between the groom and his boys while taking pictures, the smile on the father of the bride’s face when he got to dance with his daughter during the reception, all these little moments come together to create something truly magical. 

“It is the job of a wedding videographer to capture your big day and give you a product that you can cherish forever”, I written these words before, but it really is a monumental task.  Taking 8 or 10 hours of a wedding day and basically boiling it down to an 8 min video (in this case) that represents the feelings and emotions of the day is something I take great pride in.  I take great care including all those little moments that don’t always translate in photos.  Wedding photography is a fantastic way to capture your day, but I really do believe that video sometimes can add a little more.  Not only do I capture the photos, but I capture the moments between the photos.  The laughter, tears or even both that are shared between you and your bridal party are the moments that you will want to look back on in 10, 20 or 30 years, and it will be your wedding video that gives you the opportunity to do that. Seeing the dance floor come together with everybody singing in unison, or watching the look on your husband’s face as he swings the door open to take your through your sparkler send off and into the night, these are the moments I really enjoy capturing and these are the moments that I am pleased to include in your wedding video so you can remember them always. 

I was glad to receive positive feedback from the couple on this video.  They are currently honeymooning abroad and I am always happy to be able to share their wedding video with them (usually in under 72 hours) so that they can relieve the moments when they are still fresh in their minds.  I pride myself on having all my videos done for the couple to view on their honeymoon and this one was no different! 

I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  I sincerely love the work that I do as a wedding videographer and I hope I can continue it for years to come!

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I’m so excited about finishing up my most recent wedding video that I wanted to share some beautiful sunset images from The Golf Club at Newcastle.  An easy going bride and groom combined with an amazing venue and spectacular sunset led to some truly one-of-a-kind images that I could not be more proud to share.  Stayed tuned later this week for the finished video product but in the mean time feast your eyes on these!

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Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson is, SEATTLE IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO SHOOT A VIDEO!

We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place.  Every time I meet a client out on a beautiful Seattle day I am thankful that I live in such a scenic and visually appealing area.  Even today just driving down the street from my office/home in West Seattle to shoot a Kickstarter video/interview with a client, it’s amazing the type of backdrop that is available for us here in the Pacific Northwest. 

I think it’s something I often take for granted.  I shoot video from time to time for video companies not located in Seattle. Whenever they hire me to shoot local interviews, I usually end up bringing the client to either Alki beach or Kerry Park near Queen Anne.  Their feedback is always the same, “That’s an amazing shot!  Where did you find that location??”  It’s always funny when they realize that “my spot” on Alki is basically just along a sidewalk where hundreds of people walk everyday, and Kerry Park is just as accessible as any other park in Seattle. 

It makes my job easy however as some days, such as today with a beautiful hazy Seattle skyline, I just have to set up the camera and hit record.  Nothing fancy, lol.  You just have to know what you have to work with and try not to reinvent the wheel.

Even the wedding we shot on Sunday at Salty’s on Alki (and the same venue where we will get married next summer) had one of the most incredible views of Seattle that you could ever see.  I spoke with my fiancé on Sunday about how I think most of our wedding guests are going to be very pleasantly surprised with how beautiful our wedding venue is, simply because I doubt most of them even realize that type of view exists.

It’s funny because I walk by that same view almost every day (at least during the summer months) when I talk our dog for a walk and I never truly stop to appreciate it as much as I should.  Sure I shoot plenty of interviews out there, even a music video or two, but it really is a fantastic spot and one that I should be grateful is basically in my backyard.  I guess there’s nothing else to do but keep snapping pretty pictures when I walk by, and to continue shooting videos out there in an attempt to make everyone else in the country jealous that they don’t live in nearly as beautiful as place a we do!

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