The past couple of months has been really busy but also really exciting for Your Story Films. Our amazing adventure into storytelling which started a year ago became a full time business venture, gathering momentum faster than we could ever have hoped for. The problem with that is not being able to write blog posts to tell you all about it, so I thought I would wrap September and October into one post.
After spending the last couple of days in August around Lake Windermere in the Lake District taking some wedding photographs, it was back to Yorkshire to resume wedding videography duties at Adele and Dan's wedding. They had a lovely relaxed ceremony and reception at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This was like filming in my second home, I love YSP. It's near home, I once worked there, and my late father worked there. It is a beautiful place that fuses art with amazing landscape and nature, what a great wedding venue. You can see Adele and Dan's wedding highlight film here https://vimeo.com/242072761
As I love the Sculpture Park so much I headed back for an awesome kids photo session with the most photogenic little girl ever. It was a little wet, and we had to cut it short, but thanks to my little model I got some amazing photographs. Its so nice to be able to incorporate different types of work, it keeps things very interesting and encourages me to try new things.
The next wedding story took us to Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. If you have not been it is well worth a visit. Breathtaking building both inside and out, set in acres of gorgeous landscape. This was a real fairytale affair, with a horse and carriage, the most elegant wedding dress I have ever seen and a first dance to beauty and the beast in a setting to match the film. A real show stopper, click here if you want to see it https://vimeo.com/242055075
After that we were back at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the wedding of Nichola and Anthony. A real feel good day, relaxed, simple and full of fun. Their party piece was a beautiful dance routine performed with live singer, a real treat for their guests. Their film was edited by my very talented sister and one of my regular second shooters Rachel Williams, here is her handy work, https://vimeo.com/242111521
A sunny Sunday at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds followed to do some family lifestyle photography mini sessions. It was my first visit to the Abbey, if you have never been its a must see, the magnificent ruins create a striking backdrop for any photo session. I had some great fun with a few different families, and enjoyed the warmest and sunniest October day of the year!
Our next wedding videography story was for Gemma and Dave at Hackness Grange near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. The village of Hackeness is a little gem in the middle of nowhere near the east coast. A church ceremony with a super cool village vicar, old fashion bus transport for the guests, DJ, band, photo booth, sweets, chocolate fountain, fireworks...oh and the a super sweet and strong couple in Gemma and Dave. Joined by their children, their nearest, dearest, and us to tell their story https://vimeo.com/242053723
The last wedding film I am going to talk about in this blog was the wedding of Joanne and Daniel. When they first contact me it was probably the best initial discussion I had experienced since I started making wedding videos. They seemed like a cool couple, their wedding sounded fun, but the key ingredient for me was they seemed into having their wedding filmed, they sounded like they valued what I was producing, and they wanted to work with me to create some special memories.
This is what I believe is different about my approach to videography. It's not just pointing a camera and pressing record, and it's not being anal about the technical side of image capture. It's about people, emotion, moments that will only happen once. How can those moments be enhanced, how can that emotion be captured, so to do this I want to get to know about my clients, and I want them to trust me with their precious memories. Jo and Dan were invested in me and my role in their day. Why do I like to be so involved, because for me this is not just about getting paid to carry out a service. I care about people and their stories, memories are important to me, I want others to immerse themselves back in their day through our stories. They had an amazing day, and I am very proud of their film which you can watch here https://vimeo.com/242050473
In amongst the story telling we have been working hard trying to develop our brand, and meet more couples planning their wedding day so we can tell more stories! This took us to a wedding fair at the Corn Exchange in Leeds, and another with the wedding affair at Wakefield Cathedral. We are also trying things out on Facebook, Instagram and google which takes time and experimentation. We also entered the wedding industry awards, and although we didn't win (I could discuss my view of that process - maybe another post) it was good to put ourselves out there against some of the competition.
The next few months is all about taking stock and making sure everything is in place for next year. There are some personal projects I would love to spend some time on, and we have a very special wedding story that we are filming next week.
To finish this post I just want to highlight what a privilege and a pleasure it is to be doing this. We have so much we want to do moving forward, and it's very exciting to think about the future and where Your Story Films will be in a couple of years. Please keep helping us to tell more stories by passing on our name, and sharing our work on social media, you wouldn't believe how helpful it has been for us. Thank you all.