Today I'm so excited to be introducing one of my favorite people in the Memphis wedding industry, Samantha Doyle of Sami Sue Studios! She's such a perfect combination of focused professional and fun-loving friend, and I'm always excited when I see that one of my brides has hired her as the videographer for the wedding day.
Below is our interview to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her work and everything that's brought her to this point in her career. Enjoy!
1. How long have you been filming wedding videos, and how did you get started?
I've been filming weddings for almost five years now! Since I was in middle school, I've always been carrying a video camera around and editing videos for my friends and youth group. I dreamed of making a career out of it but was worried that if I went to college for the hobby that I loved, I would end up not loving it anymore. So, I went to college for something completely unrelated- educational psychology/school counseling. I like to think that still helps me in this profession ;).
But, I fell in love with wedding videography when I was planning my own wedding in 2012. After my wedding, I offered to video a friend's wedding who had not hired a videographer. After I shared that one, I got another inquiry, and the rest is history.
2. Why should couples consider hiring a videographer film their wedding?
Why not?! Haha, but seriously, video is priceless. It is a completely different medium than photos. While photos freeze a moment in time, video takes you right back to that moment to let you relive it, and who wouldn't want that on their wedding day?! The laughter of your bridesmaids, the movement of your dress as you walk down the aisle, your shaky spoken vows, special toasts given at your reception or rehearsal dinner, and of course- all the dancing. When your wedding day is done, photos and videos are all you have left!
3. What are some of your favorite moments to film at a wedding?
My favorite thing to film is definitely the "First Look." It's so fun to get to experience that special moment in a *mostly* private setting with the bride, groom, and photographer. Following that sweetness, we usually go into bride and groom portraits, and that comes in close second. The wedding day goes by so fast, that this time is usually the only time during the day that we have the bride and groom to ourselves, and it's just so fun! I love getting to know my couples and seeing them interact together on such an important day in their lives.
4. Do you have any tips to help make the filming process run smoothly on the big day?
Just have fun! I always say that I am documenting the day, not directing. I tend to fall into the background and go unnoticed. When the bride and groom hire a wonderful photographer like Christen, my job is easy because she does such a wonderful job of posing and keeping the couple happy! It makes SUCH a difference when the bride and groom are relaxed and not only smiling when a photo is being taken!
5. What are some things couples need to consider when it comes to choosing a wedding videographer?
Just like your photographer, venue, and many other vendors- most videographers only shoot one wedding a day, so they need to be booked quickly! This is especially true here in Memphis where there really aren't that many videographers! Also just like photographers, the styles of videographers can vary. Do your research and know what you want, and find a videographer that can provide that for you.
Lastly, but maybe the most important is - What kind of reputation does this videographer have? It is CRUCIAL that your videographer works well with your photographer (and every other vendor for that matter)! Ask your videographer if they have worked with your photographer, and ask your photographer the same!
After you receive your wedding video you may never see your videographer again, but for one very long and important day in your life, you will be in close quarters with your videographer. You want to be absolutely comfortable with them. If your personalities clash or you don't like their jokes, those are issues you will have to deal with all day on your wedding day.
I hope this provides insight for any future bride and groom on hiring a wedding videographer! Weddings can be SO expensive, but the number one regret brides and grooms report having after their wedding is over is not hiring a videographer. Wedding videos aren't just for sharing on facebook with all your friends you didn't invite to the wedding, but for your future children and their children!
Thank you, Samantha!!!! That was so much great advice for future brides and grooms on how to consider videography at their wedding!
For more information and to see her work, please visit Samantha's site!!