The Phantom of Old-School Wedding Videography

I hear people all of the time talking about competition. How the wedding business is so competitive. Well. I wanted to take a minute to talk about my competition as a wedding videographer. With every bride I face the Phantom of Old-School Videography. I fight what we used to do back in the olden days. And don’t misunderstand, I did it too. I never liked it or felt comfortable with it, but I did it. So, what is old-school videography?

  • Old school videography was first of all, long. Even if there was a highlight video it would be 4-5 minutes of slow motion. It was not interesting to watch.
  • Old school videography was done with the large cameras of old which required A LOT of light and were extremely heavy. So, there were tripods everywhere and lights everywhere.
  • Old school videography instructed that you wear your tux and go table to table asking for well wishes for the bride and groom.
  • Old school videography required the use of slow, sappy, overly romantic music that put cheese on a whole new level.

This image is what goes through someone’s mind when they think of wedding videography. Long boring video that you’ll never watch, obnoxious obtrusive videographer that bugs everyone. And folks, let me tell you, this no longer has to be the case. We have evolved into something completely different. Wedding videographers have taken to calling themselves filmmakers, cinematographers, visual artists, all to distance themselves from the phantom of old school videography. What does it really mean? It means that what we try to do is offer you a personal, interesting, comfortable way to preserve this history. We have the tools and the talent today to make something that you will not only watch, but excitedly share with your friends. I have people tell me all the time that they watch my wedding films like entertainment! The day has dawned on a new era for wedding video. It is what you want it to be, and we can finally attempt to remove the phantom of old school wedding videography. This is something different. It’s a wedding film…

Bill Grant


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