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4 Keys & 5 Questions to hiring the right Photographer/Film Maker

So you just got engaged...congrats to you and yours! Now its time pick your wedding date and select a venue. Once those items have been squared away most people will now start working on selecting the various vendors (photo, video, DJ, band, florist, etc) that are needed. One of the first things people take care is the photography and video. So you jump online and do some quick research and schedule the face to face appointments.  

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So many times couples have come into the studio and have said the following things to me: “your our first meeting so we don't know what to ask”, “we've never done this before (being married), so we don't know what we should ask or say”...although those are fair statements...my strong recommendation to you is be prepared to have a consultation before the actual consultation.   

4 steps to take before your consultation:

Before going into a consultation with a photographer/videographer make sure that:

1. you have seen their work and love it – from their website, Facebook and Pinterest

2. Read up on any reviews...what do other couples think of the company

3. Set a budget – What is your balance between the investment and the importance of quality work

4. Have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of coverage and final product. Are you looking to keep things basic (just the files) or are you looking for albums, canvases, etc. The more focused you are the easier it will be to find the right person or company for you.

Once your at the consultation:

5 real world questions to ask during the meeting -

1. What happens in case of an emergency? Specifically what are your emergency plans? - this is important to know the company you are dealing with has thought this out and has a logical plan. If the company doesn't have a solid plan, they may not be the right one for you.

2. If photo and video come from different companies how do you work together? - I always tell people you have 1 aisle to walk down and 1 aisle to walk back and you have at least 2 people trying to get the shot...it helps if photo and video have worked together many times and can work in harmony

3. What is your turn around time for delivering the photos and video after the wedding? - Asking this will help manage your expectations on when things are delivered.

4. Have you shot at my venue and if not please tell me how you would prepare yourself for our wedding? This will help you gain some insight into experience and planning

5. How do you manage the actual day of our wedding? What is your style for managing the day? - This will help you understand the demeanor of the person or company taking the images and does that fit your personality and get the job done.

I hope this helps you out...any questions please send me a message at pclayman@nhimages.com or call 603.566.7911. Enjoy the journey of planning for your special day :)


05.29.11 Theresa & George's Boston Area Wedding Day Highlight Film

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for us, and it ended with us working a full 10 hour day with 2 videographers for Theresa & George's day.  It was an outstanding day!  I didn't get to meet Theresa and George in person before the big day, but we did Skype several times and this was a wedding day that I couldn't wait for after hearing about all the details!

A gorgeous church, custom wedding vows, a HUGE cake and a just an all around down to earth, awesome couple to work with were just the few things that got me excited when the day finally came.  I can't thank Theresa and George enough for letting me share in such a special moment in their lives.  Here's their highlight film!  Enjoy!  ~ Jaime

10 Ways To Improve Your Wedding Film

Hi everyone!  I hope this blog finds you well and you enjoying the recent warm weather!  As we gear up for wedding season, I wanted to share some important tips with you that can greatly improve your wedding film.  There are little things that you might not think about that can make or break a great wedding film. Here they are!

10 Ways You Can Improve Your Wedding Film

1. The Toasts.
Tell your best man/maid of honor to not only talk about you as a person, but also as you both as a couple. Have them share their thoughts on you two finding each other and getting married.

2. Warn us of upcoming events.
Cake cutting, garter/bouquet, toasts, special dances. Just a small, 5-minute warning can help us confirm that we are in the right place and the right time. Let your DJ know that he needs to make sure all your vendors are prepared for what is about to happen.  Generally we coordinate with the DJ as well, but sometimes they need an extra reminder.

3. Turn down the radio/ipod during prep.
It’s common for the girls to blast a wedding mix album while doing hair and make-up, but this can easily mask a power piece of dialog that can be used to tell your story. It also creates an awkward background noise when a cinematic soundtrack is applied later.

4. Have a first look.
Your photographer will tell you the same thing. Seeing each other before the ceremony helps you with your nerves and creates a wonderful opportunity for you two to say just say “hi”. We also view this as a opportunity to capture you two alone together which is actually a rarity, believe it or not, on your wedding day.

5. Tell your wedding party & parents that we’re coming.
Make sure they understand that we desire that everyone behaves naturally and let them know that they need to try and ignore our presence as much as possible. We want your day to unfold the same whether we are there or not.  Also let them know that we may ask them how they are feeling or if they have any funny stories they'd like to share.  

6. Exchange gifts.
Add a special moment to your day by giving each other gifts. You can have a bridesmaid/groomsmen deliver it or exchange them during your first look. It’s always fun to see how we can tie this sequence into your film.

7. Talk.
Have conversations with your family and friends. Chat about how you meet, how the proposal went, what has gone into planning this wedding, etc. Your wedding day is packed full of emotions, let everyone know how you’re feeling.

8. Don’t chew gum.
We know you’re nervous and feel the need to be busy, but please refrain from the Juicy Fruit. This goes for the wedding party too.

9. Stay together.
It’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to split up once the reception is underway. Grooms, get out there and dance with your new wife! Your wedding day is finally here, enjoy it together.

10. Consider your vows.
When it comes time to state your vows to each other remember to relax. Take a deep breath and look into one another’s eyes and deliver your words from the heart. Slow down and think about what you are saying.


And here's one of our absolute favorite toasts from a wedding we did at the end of 2010.  This toast made all the difference in the emotion of the film.

NH Images Short Form Wedding Films

Happily Ever AfterHappy New Year everyone!!  I hope this blog finds you well!  I wanted to take a moment to talk with you about wedding videography and how we stand out from some of the other wedding videographers out there. 

If you were handed a wedding video that was approximately 90 minutes in length and was edited in a documentary timeline fashion with very little creative "wow", how many times do you think you would watch it over and over again without fast forwarding through parts?  Probably only once.

Now imagine you are handed a wedding video that is 30 minutes in length that had a lot of thought and effort put into the editing to give the film a dramatic effect and mood.  Something that has that "wow" factor.  You would most likely have the tendency to watch something like this more often and show it to your friends and family.

Introducing the NH Images Cinematic Wedding Film.  At NH Images, our wedding films tell the story of your day by focusing on the sound bites of your day and mixing things up a bit in the editing.  The end result is a wedding film that will keep you watching it over and over again from start to finish and that you will want to share with your friends and family.

Here's an example of one of the wedding films we recently finished.  Enjoy!

Julie & Matt's Church Landing Wedding Videography Highlight

Church Landing September WeddingOn Saturday September 25th, I had the amazing pleasure of sharing the day with Julie & Matt as they began their lives together as a married couple.  One of the things I love most about being a wedding filmmaker is that I get to experience the raw love and emotion of couples on one of the best days of their lives and it makes me reminisce back to my wedding day every time.  So, to be a part of such a beautiful day on what was also my 5 year wedding anniversary was extra special.  =)  Julie & Matt got married at Church Landing in Meredith and it was the perfect fall day.  They did a "First Look" which is becoming more and more popular with brides and I really enjoy as well!

The fine details of the day were absolutely stunning from the awesome bright blue and orange colors that were in the flowers and bridesmaid gowns right down to Julie's blue shoes.  The flower arrangements were gorgeous and Julie's dress was simply genius.  Her dress consisted of 2 parts - a long and a short.

For the ceremony and formal pictures, Julie had a full length gown with a lace embroidered bodice and simple white shoes.  But for the reception, all Julie had to do, was remove her sash and take off her skirt and she was in a short fully lace embroidered dress perfect for dancing the night away.  She also changed her shoes to some dazzling blue high heels.  Two wedding dresses in one, with the easiest change!

I had so much fun spending the day with Julie & Matt and their family.  And I was so excited to see First Class playing during the reception.  Here's their highlight film.  I hope you love it!  

All my best, Jaime.


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