Cedar Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast in Port Orchard, Wa
This video is the first of hopefully many high-end real estate videos I plan to produce around the greater Seattle area with a new drone videographer I’ve begun working with. Riding the ferry out to Port Orchard we really didn’t know what to expect. Once we finally come across the property, a 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath Bed and Breakfast we were blown away. A husband and wife team had owned the property for many years, but after the husband passed away the upkeep was too much for the wife to handle, thus their need to sell this amazing property. I’m trying to bring the creative flair and cleanliness that I approach wedding and event videos with and apply it to real estate. I hope that my quick turnaround and eye for detail (aka mild OCD) can help me find the same success I found in wedding videography in real estate videography, which I believe is a rapidly expanding market.
Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson, CHANGE IS THE SPICE OF LIFE!
Shooting weddings of different traditions and cultures is always fun. Something it’s challenging to find inspiration with shooting the same types of ceremonies weekend after weekend. This week I have been blessed so far to have 2 entirely unique events to cover (Thurs/Friday) and and looking forward to even more excitement tomorrow and Sunday.
Thursday evening we attending a Sagai, at a couple’s residence in Sammamish. It was my understanding that this is part of the “engagement processing” in the wedding tradition of Indian couples. It was difficult to cover not knowing exactly all the intricacies involved in the symbols and blessings used, but it was a very eye-opening experience regardless. Being allowed into the couple’s home, in their backyard surrounded by family and friends as they went through the ceremony was a very meaningful experience for both Dorothy and myself.
Today I was honored enough to attend and cover a wedding of 2 native Kenyans and got to experience all that their culture has to offer. Whether it was the elder women of the family escorting the bride from her residence to the church and finally the reception with songs and cheers (something I know will really “pop” on the final video) or the extended portion where the mother/father of the bride/groom addressed all the wedding guests and gave stories of the importance of marriage and more importantly faith, it was certainly a first for me and something that I will feel better prepared if I ever encounter another similar ceremony in the future.
Tomorrow is a Cambodian family (from what I understand) with a Khmer ceremony taking place at the family’s home. The funny thing about this is that the bride although part of that culture/family isn’t entirely sure all that goes along with such a tradition (mostly going off on instructions from her father and other elders) so I’m sure all the events of tomorrow will be a great surprise to both of us! All I know is that she has penciled in at least 3 outfit changes tomorrow (traditional, western, and cosplay!) so I have to imagine it’s going to be a one-of-a-kind celebration.
To round out the weekend Sunday finishes up the Indian couple from Thursday evening with a early morning Indian ceremony with family and friends in Kirkland. That leaves enough time in the afternoon/evening to book a more traditional wedding at a winery in Woodinville so I think it’s fair to say this weekend will check all sorts of boxes in making me a more well-rounded and worldly wedding videographer.
Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson, YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE THE MONEY WILL COME FROM!
It’s not just weddings for Best Made Videos, that’s too seasonal of a business. In an attempt to prevent my business from feeling like “feast or famine” between the summer months and the off-peak wedding season, I take on all sorts of video projects. Whether it’s a kickstarter video for a gentleman looking to launch a new chain of fast food restaurants, or like today, I’m paid to shoot raw video of a real estate convention, you never really know where your next paycheck will come from.
This sort of approach opens yourself up to interesting challenges however, as you need to differentiate which projects will result in actual pay checks, and which ones are pure speculation. I’ve had conversations with my fiancé lately about a common trend I see with lots of film makers and other video producers lately, which is “shoot now, get paid later.” I wrote the other day about using craigslist as a way to generate leads and although it’s usually decent, it amazes me how many of these projects are “come along for the ride” endeavors. It might be a good idea in theory to get in with a little startup company or entertainer early in their growth and then ride that wave of momentum to a big paycheck. In my opinion however, I would say 99% of these projects fizzle out long before any monetary reward is gained. So although the gamble might pay off in huge rewards if you get set up with the next Macklemore, it’s way to big of a risk/reward or time sink to make it a way to actually run your business day to day.
Most of the time now I tell new clients who have lofty ideas or goals, “I need to get paid now.” I don’t care if it’s $50 or $500, but I need something in my pocket to keep the lights on and the batteries charged. I would rather take $200 now and know that I have something to put in my bank account, than keep my fingers crossed for $500 2 months from now. I may be missing a diamond in the rough, a big time act that I can ride to a nationwide tour. In my opinion however, these acts are too few and far between and the landscape is too murky to really put any real faith behind it.