These days weddings are a huge investment. There are so many things to consider: where should I have my wedding, who’s catering, do I want a cake, who do I hire as my photographer, do I want a videographer? Today we will be answering the latter – Is a wedding videographer worth the investment? We had the opportunity to sit with Jamison Braly (founder of JBV Films) to dig a little deeper into what being a wedding videographer looks like and to answer some questions about why hiring a wedding videographer is a good idea.
There is no denying that wedding videography has grown tremendously within the last few years. We have seen more and more couples requesting for a short film of their wedding day, and we are completely for it! If you are on the fence about hiring a videographer, keep reading and we will explain the significance of having one present during your wedding day.
The convenience of a wedding videographer
Imagine this. All your hard work, phone calls, scheduling, meetings and planning are all fitting together for this one day – your wedding day. It all pays off. You’re exhausted, excited, tired and energized. So much energy goes into this perfect day of your dreams. With so much happening, it’s hard to take it all in and to really appreciate each second of the day. This brings us to our main point on why investing in a wedding videographer is a great idea. Whether it’s behind the scenes of your ceremony setup, getting ready with your girls, the first look with your partner, reading letters to your bride or groom and even the dancing and singing during your wedding reception – these videos allow us to relive those moments.
It’s all about the story…
Jamison tells us that many of his brides often say that their wedding day flies by so quickly and that they hardly remember some moments of the big day. In his videos, Jamison captures those behind the scenes moments of brides and grooms with their bridal party, their families and friends. It is such a gift to be able to witness those sweet moments over again, to look back and laugh or cry.
We asked Jamison what he wishes to accomplish through his videos, and this is what he had to say.
“Ultimately, my goal is something I will never see.
I don’t care about likes, follows, or hearts with my videos. What I want is for a family tree to be positively affected.”
(que awwwwwws) I mean seriously, are there any truer words? Your wedding video should carry a lifetime of joy, happiness and nostalgia.
They say things get better with time – this is applicable to wedding videos as well. Imagine 5, 10, 20 years from now, watching your wedding video with your family and reliving those moments. Wedding videos don’t just capture the events of your day, but they tell a story. A kind of story that can be passed along through generations. One that will be remembered and treasured for years to come.
The technical investment
Not only are you investing in the content of the video, but you are also investing in the time, labor and equipment behind it. Equipment and labor cost can be quite intensive – from camera lenses, to lighting, to mics, to second shooters, to 8-12 hour days, to editing softwares and hours of editing, etc. Wedding videography takes lots of skill, experience and good equipment. There are specific moments of the wedding day that need capturing and it takes someone with proper equipment who knows the backbone of weddings and is prepared for those moments. So, once you factor in all the little things that go behind making a wedding video, the investment makes absolute sense. You get what you pay for.
More about Jamison
Jamison is a father of two wonderful children. He has been married to his lovely wife, Larissa, for 19 years and counting! Having experienced marriage and building a family, Jamison is able to put himself in the shoes of the groom, the father of the bride and even the mother of the bride. He can create emotions through his work because of the unique perspective he has.
The Braly family are mega UTK football fan (GO VOLS!) Jamison sometimes won’t book weddings on big game days – talk about commitment. When he’s not crying and cheering over UTK football with his family, you might find him bass fishing! He is an avid bash fisherman, you could even say he’s hooked on fishing.
He is also a man of many talents. Not only does he create films, but he also plays the mandolin and speaks Japanese. Another fun fact you need to know about Jamison is that he hosts a YouTube channel devoted to all things Grooms and Groomsmen – he truly is a wedding expert! Make sure to check out The Grooms Room Show to get all the wedding tips about bachelor parties, fun wedding ideas, weddings during football season, etc.