How to prepare for an Engagement Video

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How to prepare for an Engagement Video

Engagement sessions for video are just like for photography, right…? NOPE! With video, we get to share your story and record it permanently. Your kids will love it! The best time to shoot these are definitely before your wedding. I’ve had some want to push it after the wedding, but I don’t recommend it. It’s just different after you’re officially married.

ENGAGEMENT SCHEDULE
- 90 minute or so total session
- 20-25 minutes of on-camera with each
- Remaining time is footage of the couple being themselves. That’s it!

ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW
Interviewing anybody is my favorite part of video production. It’s the moment I get to learn about whoever is in front of the camera. During this time in the hot seat, we get learn all about you. I’ve had many people tell me: “you made it so easy“ “I was so nervous and you made me feel so comfortable“ “That felt like therapy.“ These moments can certainly be therapeutic for some, nerve racking for others, and something most have never experienced.

Being nervous is okay…it’s normal. I don’t even like being in front of the camera haha. It’s worth it though. All of these videos below were couples that were nervous or didn’t want to be interviewed, but they all did great! Take a look!

B-ROLL
What the heck is B-Roll? Wikipedia says this, “In film and television production, B-rollB rollB-reel or B reel is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot. The term A-roll referring to the main footage has fallen out of usage.“ A-Roll is the interview portion and the additional footage we’ll shoot is the B-Roll.

DRESS
Dress to impress for video and prepare to move. We need motion and emotion with video.

PROPS
Bring pets, jet ski’s, bikes or anything that represents you two as a couple.

COST
$500 for Engagement shoots, but it’s also included in some packages.

LOCATION
Any where in the Virginia Beach area. I’m not picky on the location, but I will share some ideas. Keep in mind, some locations require paid permits.

CONCLUSION
Every couple should done one, but it’s up to you. Sometimes timing just doesn’t work out before a wedding. To many prep items before the wedding, work, etc can get in the way and keep couples busy. If time allows, it’s wonderful way to get use to a video camera and experience working together.

6 Days of adventure in Iceland with these two! Wow! Jordan is from America and Stefan was born and raised in Iceland. They met in North Carolina while he was playing College Soccer. During this adventure, they showed my wife and I all the touristy spots and a ton of local spots. We saw so much in a short time and were doing something every minute. These interviews finished at 1:45am one night and it was still light outside! Thanks for enjoying our adventure! GEAR: GH5 & GH5S Phantom 4 Pro+ w Filters GoPro 3+ Black iPhone 8+ Rode Link
Engagement video at the beach
This was fun tonight shooting alongside my wife (elovephotos) with this amazingly fun couple. We had to much fun and I know the wedding will be even more fun! Can't wait!
Save the Date / Engagement video with Derek and Angelica in beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia. Wedding video is COMING SOON! PHOTOGRAPHER: Emily at elovephotos MUSIC: Licensed of Song Freedom Virginia Wedding Videographer based in Virginia Beach, VA
We met Zach back in the Fall at another WEDDING. He was one of groomsmen :) When he contacted us about photography and videography services we were so thrilled! We knew he would be fun and we would also get to see some of our favorite people from the previous wedding! Over several months we interacted through email. Get this: Zach took the reigns of wedding planning while Julia was on deployment. How amazing is that? Not too many guys would do that! We finally had the opportunity to meet his sweet Julia the day before their wedding since they reside in San Diego, CA. What a joy it was to spend the day with them! They were so laid back and everything was simply amazing! Enjoy a sampling of their navy, coral and ivory beach wedding that took place at Shifting Sands. - Emily Gibby Photography: elovephotos Videography: Gibby Visuals Venue: Shifting Sands Club Florals: Carrie Leland DJ: Joe Fortuner Entertainment Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal Groom/ Groomsmen: Jos A. Bank Music: All Licensed

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30 Second Spot with Drone Up

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30 Second Spot with Drone Up

Drone Up, LLC and Gibby Visuals, LLC recently partnered up for a 30 second spot that they could use for advertising. It was a thrill to be contacted by them and then to work on this project. If you don’t know who they are you will. Drone Up has built a comprehensive network of drone pilots all over the world. These operators use their software and are matched to aerial mission. The aerial missions come from on-demand services to commercial, Government, and public safety organizations. See their Mission Statement. After having won Enterprise of the Year Award in 2018, Drone Up is on their way to doing big things for our ever growing drone community.

30-SECOND SPOT

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Rose and Womble Party Slow Motion Booth

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Rose and Womble Party Slow Motion Booth

Rose and Womble Slow Motion Booth

In February, we were hired by Rose and Womble to put on our Slow Motion Booth for their big awards party. Wow! Was it a party! They had a Mardi Gras theme on a Wednesday morning at it was so much fun. Check out their energy on a Wednesday morning.

Behind the Scenes

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Icelandic Wedding in Virginia Beach // Jordan and Stefan

Aerial Photo in Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland (Westman Islands)

Aerial Photo in Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland (Westman Islands)

ENGAGEMENT VIDEO FROM ICELAND

6 Days of adventure in Iceland with these two! Wow! Jordan is from America and Stefan was born and raised in Iceland. They met in North Carolina while he was playing College Soccer. 

During this adventure, they showed my wife and I all the touristy spots and a ton of local spots. The hidden gems! We saw so much in a short time and were doing something every minute. These interviews finished at 1:45am one night and it was still light outside! 

Thanks for enjoying our adventure!

GEAR:
GH5 & GH5S 
Phantom 4 Pro+ w Filters
GoPro 3+ Black 
iPhone 8+ 
Rode Link

WOW! These two, Jordan and Stefån are so fun to be around. It could be because we spent a week with them in Iceland before this wedding, but I don't think so. They both just have the type of personalities of people you want to be around. I know it comes from great parents and how they were raised. 

Please enjoy this video for years to come and we can't wait to see the babies. Probably not as much as your parents wanting to see their grandkids. :) 

VENDOR FRIENDS:

Venue: Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia
DJ: DJ Rodney Charles of Astro Entertainment Inc.
Photographer: Dustin Lewis Images
Lighting: Stage Right Lighting
Officiant: Tony Hash (Studio I Do)
Videography: Gibby Visuals (Brandon + Kersey)

Reynisfjara is a world famous black sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal. This is also the most dangerous beach in Iceland.

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Oyster Farm Wedding in Charles City, Virginia // Jaime + Bobby

Oyster Farms Wedding Video

Jaime + Bobby

Feature Film Video from the day!

This was a fun wedding!!! Just wait until the dancing part! VENUE: Oyster Farms in Charles City, Virginia PLANNER: Blair Daniels PHOTO: Elizabeth Friske Photography DJ: Astro (Roger) FLORAL: Lindsay Gwin Floral VIDEO: Justin and Emily

Interested in seeing the photos too? Check out Elizabeth’s blog post and photos from the day. Such an amazing day!

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Iceland Beach in Slo Motion

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Iceland Beach in Slo Motion

My wife and I recently ventured to Iceland for a shoot and explored the most dangerous beach in Iceland, called Reynisfjara. Reynisfjara is a world famous black sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal. This is also the most dangerous beach in Iceland.

GEAR: 
GH5
12-60mm Leica Lens

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Gaie Lea Wedding in Staunton

FEATURE FILM

Vendors:  
Venue: Gaie Lea in Staunton, VA
Bridal Gown: Celebration Bridal in Lynchburg, VA
Bridesmaids: Azazie
Floral Design: Sweet Pea Floral Designs
Hair and Makeup: Creative Images Hair and Makeup
Groom/Groomsmen: Men's Warehouse
Videography: Gibby Visuals
Photography: elovephotos
Band: The Dundies
Cake and Desserts: Sweet Treats Bakery
Invitations: Wilson's Graphics
Wedding Coordinator: Elizabeth Shinaberry

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Dance and Fly Highlight Video

Dance and Fly Aerial Dance in Hampton, Virginia

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

If you're looking for a place to dance and fly, look no further! As you explore our site, you will see we offer a variety of dance and aerial classes for all ages and skill levels. 

Transcendence operates out of Gymnastics, Inc., in Hampton, VA. With plenty of height for climbing and drops, spring floors, safety mats and a designated, fully equipped dance studio (coming this fall), students are guaranteed an extraordinary experience. 

Safety is of our upmost concern; therefore, strict protocols are in place regarding equipment inspection and class etiquette.

transcendenceaerialdance.com

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iPhone Only Wedding // Ford’s Colony Country Club Wedding // Jason + Erika

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iPhone Only Wedding // Ford’s Colony Country Club Wedding // Jason + Erika

Congratulations Erika and Jason! It was such an honor to capture your amazing day, in a fun way. We had a blast and I know this is will certainly be a wedding I'll never forget. Both your families were wonderfully supportive. Congratulations to you both and enjoy the journey. 

BACK STORY
Last fall, when I bought my iPhone 8 Plus, with 256GBs of storage and an amazing camera. I had a goal for 2018! It was to shoot an ENTIRE WEDDING with just phones and I knew it would take an adventurous couple do so. So grateful for these two, in trusting us and hiring us with their wedding, in this crazy way.

It wasn’t easy shooting with only phones. We had to fully charge the phones 3 times, two Anker power banks, Moment lenses (60mm & 16mm), RØDE Microphones , DJI gimbal, ikan lights, Tascam Audio Recorders, Zoom h5, Benro tripods, and several stabilizers to make it happen. 

We had all our gear as backup, just in case and the minivan was packed! We had more gear at this wedding than our normal weddings, just in case. I love challenges and this was one of them for 2018. #whatshallournextchallengebe #iphone #iphone8plus #iphonewedding #smartphonewedding

iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung S9
OSMO Mobile
Moment Lenses

(We did use a couple other cameras)
Panasonic GH5s
Panasonic x1000
Phantom 4 Pro+ 

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Luke and Ashley Photography
VENUE: Ford's Colony Country Club
DJ: Vossome Music
PHOTO BOOTH: Astro DJs (Entertainment)
DAY OF COORDINATING: Lauren Jones
2ND VIDEOGRAPHER: Brandon Jones aka B_Optics
MAKEUP: BlushTones
DRESS: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach

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Destination Wedding // Caribbean Cruise Wedding // Melody + Dustin

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Destination Wedding // Caribbean Cruise Wedding // Melody + Dustin

Melody and Dustin had an amazing wedding celebration. It was a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise Wedding that started in Miami. From the Carnival cruise, we visited Cayman Islands (Wedding Location), Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico with 26 of Melody and Dustin's group. Such an unforgettable adventure to document. 

My wife and I had a blast!!! I'm ready to go again!!!

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Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Videographer

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Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Videographer

We loved Brooke and Kaleb's Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding!  From the heartfelt words during the ceremony to the open air reception--everything was perfect!  We had a blast working with your star team of vendors!

VENUE: Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Ashley Nardiello & Liz Le)
FLORIST: Isha Foss Events
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Soirees by Lauren (Ashley Fussell)
PHOTOGRARPHER: Blush Wood Studios (Courtney & Michael Manion)
OFFICIANT: Cory Newell 
DJ: Astro DJ
CEREMONY MUSIC: And I Lover Her Violins
CEREMONY CHAIRS & STRING LIGHTS: Distinctive Events Rentals
CATERER: Sweetwater Cuisine
CAKE: May’s Parlor

Congratulations Brooke and Kaleb!      Enjoy this memory now and 20 years from now. We loved working with your families and getting to know both of you. If we could, I'd shoot your wedding all over again. Enjoy the advice at the end. ;) Keep in touch!

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Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Wedding Video // Rachel+Ben

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Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Wedding Video // Rachel+Ben

Rachel + Ben

Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Wedding

Rachel and Ben's wedding was an amazing day at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club. We were so honored to be a part of this day. We had a little rain to start, but it left us right before photos and sunny the rest of the day. 

VENDORS FROM THE DAY:
Planner:  As You Wish Events
Venue & Catering: Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club
Ceremony: St Nicholas Catholic Church
Flowers: Palette of Petals
Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design
Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals
Stationery: Amanda Day Rose
Hair and Makeup: EyeDeux Makeup and Hair, LLC
DJ: Danny from Astro Entertainment
Cake: Incredible Edibles  
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige
Transportation: VIP Style Limousines, LLC
Men’s attire: Generation Tux

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