Thayler Allyson Gowdy
Kristen* is the Coco Chanel and Eddie Van Halen of wedding photography all in one. She brings an elegant, couture look to the once mundane field while also adding an documentary-like rocker vibe. With her company, Bliss Video Productions, she has had the opportunity to work with celebrity clients such as Molly Shannon, Rachel Nichols and KaDee Strickland on their wedding videos.
Along with fellow videographers Bruce Patterson of Cloud Nine Creative, Jason Magbanu and Julie Hill of Elysium Productions, she is part of the Re:Frame Collective, a one-stop resource for education, leadership, community involvement, and referrals for the event filmmaking industry.
Here, Kristen* talks with us about the easiest way to personalize your wedding video, new trends in the industry and what to ask when shopping for a videographer. —Cari Wolfert
What are some new trends in videography that you hope more brides will want to incorporate into their wedding videos?
Super 8 & 16mm film is becoming more and more popular. Many brides want a more atmospheric memory of their wedding rather than a literal cinematic film. Film is perfect for this reason because
it has more of a photographic effect in its grain and texture which reminds the couple of the moment whereas high definition video causes you to feel like you are right there.
How do you personalize each wedding video that you put together?
One of the easiest ways to personalize your wedding video is to give your videographer a music list of 5-10 songs. Music is so personal and this is a great way for us as your videographer to make sure that you are connecting your wedding film visually and through the soundtrack.
Some brides say that they don't want a videographer at their wedding because they always seem to get in the way of the party. How do you avoid being too intrusive at the event?
Wedding videography has evolved rapidly over the last 5 years and the stereotype that videographers get in the way and are bumbling buffoons is an archaic idea. This is not 1995 with rolling tripods and big monster cameras! Most videographers work discreetly and pride themselves on their ability to work with the photographer and use small cameras. Re:Frame association videographers approach weddings as discreetly as possible. We are there to capture your event naturally and to tell your story, not ours!
What are some key questions brides and grooms should ask when shopping for a videographer?
You should ask if they film in HD or standard definition, if they offer Super 8mm film any other film effects and what their filming approach is (is there posting, fly on the wall, etc). You should also ask what the typical turnaround time is for videos. Expect anywhere from 3-12 months for a quality product.
What wedding moments do you think absolutely should be caught on video?
Each couple's wedding is different, but generally some of the best moments are when the bride and groom are getting ready, the anticipation in the air is contagious and it's wonderful to capture those feelings and then to film when they finally see each other, whether it's a private moment or coming down the aisle. Your ceremony should always be captured and of course your toasts. Many couples are now opting to have their rehearsal dinners filmed simply because some of the most heartfelt toasts are revealed in a relaxed environment such as the rehearsal dinner.
BONUS: As a videographer you must attend so many weddings. What is the craziest wedding moment that you have ever witnessed and did you catch it on film?
There are so many crazy moments, from kids sticking their fingers in the cake to surprise celebrity performances to grooms going shirtless. You never know what you are in store for with a wedding. But one of the best parts of the job is that every wedding has it's crazy moment, and it's what makes that wedding memorable, which is also why at the end of the night it's so gratifying when the bride and groom come up to you and say, "I'm so glad you got that on video!"