6 reasons that a wedding video is more important than ever

A couple of weeks ago we filmed our first wedding video since 2019 at Bridge House Barn and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to get filming and editing weddings again! It was a little strange with social distancing measures in place but we were really happy to be part of such a special day. Plus it also made us think about why a booking a wedding videographer is so critical during the pandemic.

Cat and Rich’s wedding video at Quorn Grange Hotel in Leicestershire

Our 6 reasons to hire a wedding videographer during COVID-19

1. For the wedding guests who cannot be there

A wedding video will ensure that your VIP guests who cannot attend due to COVID-19 can still see the most important part of your wedding day, the ceremony and your wedding vows to each other. Its the part that none of your guests will want to miss.

2. Get a custom made wedding video package bespoke to you

If you only want a ceremony filmed or you want us there all day, we can create a custom wedding video package just for you, especially during these strange COVID-19 times. Just tell us what you want, what you really really want!

3. Photographs are great, but…

We absolutely love a good set of wedding photographs and they are great to print and put on the wall to look back on, but when we booked our own wedding videographer we knew we wanted to look back on the whole story of the day and all the emotions that come with it. A great wedding video will always bring that out.

4. Postponed and now having a winter wedding?

We love a winter wedding! Your original plans and date may have changed (ours certainly have, we were meant to be married in June 2020!) but if you’re now getting married towards the end of 2020 or even 2021, winter weddings have a cosiness about them and end of year Christmas feel that looks epic in film.

Louise and Jonathan’s Winter Wedding at Donington Park Farmhouse

5. COVID-19 postponement means you might be able to stretch your wedding budget

If you’ve had another year to save due to postponing your wedding, you might be able to now stretch your wedding budget that little bit further and invest in a few more things next year you couldn’t consider for this year. A wedding video should be top of your list!

6. Don’t have any regrets!

The number one thing we hear from friends who got married was that they wished they had booked a wedding videographer. We get it – I am an introvert I wasn’t sure I wanted a videographer either! But Lisa wanted to look back on our whole wedding day story and, I had to admit that she is right!

We pride ourselves in being unobtrusive and with COVID-19 restrictions in place we can easily keep a 2m distance away and still capture all the magic of the best day of your lives. 

Our Micro Wedding Video Packages start from £250 for a midweek wedding so email us and have a chat with us about your plans, and see if we’re available on your big day.

Announcing our Commercial Photography and Video Production Services

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Product Photography by Laura Baker Productions

We’re happy to announce that we are now taking bookings for commercial work including video production, product photography, video demonstrations, portrait photography and any media production work that keeps our minds on a new challenge!

COMMERCIAL VIDEO PRODUCTION

I graduated in Photography and Video from De Montfort University in 2012 and was thrown straight into the corporate video world, filming corporate event videos and product demo videos, it was a great learning curve and where I honed my video skills. We love creating a variety of work for clients from communications to product demos, so please do get in contact to discuss your video project.

MEDIA PRODUCTION IN LEICESTERSHIRE

No job is too small or complex! Have a chat with us about your project.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

What a mad couple of weeks! In February I responded to a call out by Wendy Dalrymple, the Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church in Loughborough, who was looking for a videographer to help with her 21st Century Woman singing project for this year’s International Womens Day #IWD2020.

The aim of the project was to bring women together through the project in order to celebrate a diversity of women’s job roles, to enjoy singing as part of a group, and to feel like part of a thriving local community, which of course we all ended up feeling!

A scratch choir was born after only a couple of rehearsals and the above video was recorded at the final session on the 27th of February. The group were conducted by the super talented Emma Trounson and the audio was recorded by Clifton Bank Studios

Music & Lyrics by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. Inspired by the original single recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2018 by stars of stage and screen. #twentyfirstcenturywomansong

Laura and Adam’s Wedding Video at Hotel Van Dyk in Chesterfield

Laura and Adam’s wedding took place at Hotel Van Dyk in Clowne, Chesterfield on September 12th 2019 and it was a privilege to document their day for them to remember forever. It was so lovely to see a couple able to be so silly with each other!

What could be better than documenting wedding films for a living? I love my job!

Laura Baker Productions is run by me, Laura, and is powered by renewable energy. Say hello if you’re looking for a quote for your wedding 🙂

Nicki and Dean

On March 16th 2019 we filmed the wedding of Nicki and Dean in Leicestershire. The day started at Glenfield Registry Office with the following wedding breakfast at the Bradgate in Newtown Linford, plus a huge reception with just under 200 guests at the stunning Pumping House in Cropston. It was SO much fun! As you can see from the dance moves at the end! 🙂

Massive congratulations to Nicki and Dean and we hope you enjoy watching your film for many years to come!

The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Wedding Films

Aimee-Louise Sumner

Today we’re chatting to Aimee-Louise from wedding planners Bespoke Weddings about her experience of working with wedding videographers, and the dos and don’ts that couples should think about when booking their wedding film.

Bespoke Weddings work with the leading Wedding Venues & Suppliers across the Midlands, to enable couples to achieve their Dream Wedding, within their Budget.

They run regular unique Win a Wedding Competitions and Exclusive Offers with selected member Venues & Suppliers, which help them to turn couples wedding dreams to reality!

What are your top reasons that couples should hire a wedding videographer?

Couples will spend a lot of time planning their wedding. Most of the time for 1, 2 or even more years. There is a lot of planning, time and effort that goes into making the big day the best it could possibly be…….but then the actual day goes by so quickly! A lot of couples tell me after their wedding that their day went by in the blink of an eye, so they wish they could go back and live it all over again. With a videographer they can! Couples will be able to sit back and enjoy every moment of their big day played over and over (and we all know those brides that will have it on repeat!)! Memories that will never fade……..you cant beat that!

 

As a wedding planner for Bespoke Weddings, what’s the most frequently asked question you get when it comes to wedding films?

I always get asked “what does everyone else normally go for?” and I always answer with “what do YOU want to go for?”. Your wedding day should be all about you and not what anyone else has done. The big days needs to be personal and it needs to be exactly what you want.

A lot of couples also worry about making everyone else happy. As long as the couple are happy, that’s all that matters!

 

What’s the best piece of advice you tell couples when it comes to their wedding film?

Research!! There are loads of suppliers out there that will throw some amazing offers at you but ALWAYS check out their work. Having your wedding filmed isn’t something you want to take a risk with. You will only have that day once so you don’t want to book the first supplier you come to as they are giving you a cheap as chips deal, to then find out after the big day that their work isn’t to a high standard. I would always recommend meeting with the supplier, asking to see a variety of work they have done (not just one either……always ask to see more!) and check out their reviews too. This will give you a great insight to what others have experienced and will help you decide if they are right for you.

 

Any tips for a smaller budget?

This being said, there are genuine suppliers out there that do offer some really good deals that are really good at what they do and will give you some great results. It really does come down to that research.

Another good thing to think about if you are on a budget is what is most important to you to be captured. Some of my couples have enquired about getting just the ceremony filmed and not the rest of the day. Your ceremony is what your day is all about! As long as you have captured this, that is the main thing. All of the rest, you will find, will in one way or another, be captured by your guests. There will be some amazing photos and videos that will pop up (with the dreaded social media tagging) which will superbly highlight what a fabulous time everyone has had!

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Do you have a favourite wedding venue that always looks good on camera?

I am really lucky to work with some absolutely stunning venues and all of them look amazing! I have a wide variety of different types of venue too which is great as you get to see lots of different personalities, themes and styles showcased in lots of different ways.

The venues I am currently working with are Macdonald Ansty HallNettle Hill, Quorn Grange HotelCastle Bromwich Hall Hotel and Honiley Court Hotel.

 

A big thanks to Aimee-Louise at Bespoke Weddings and hopefully this article will help you in your search for choosing the right videographer for you and your wedding. You can email Aimee-Louise (aimeelouise.sumner@bespoke-weddings.com) or say hello to us here at Laura Baker Productions if you would like a quote for your wedding film. 🙂

Zoe and Kiran

On Thursday 6th of December 2018, it was my absolute honour to play a part in giving Zoe and Kiran their dream wedding, organised by fundraising organisation the White Horse Wishing Well in Quorn, whose proceeds give back to local families and projects.

With a ceremony held at Loughborough Registry Office and a reception at Rothley Court Hotel, Zoe and Kiran made their emotional vows to each other in front of friends and family. It was a privilege to document Zoe and Kiran’s wedding day for their 6 year old daughter Hope to look back on in years to come.

Science World 2018 in Manchester

On 27th September 2018, I visited the Lancashire Cricket and Emirates Old Trafford ground for the laboratory experience event, Science World, hosted by the Fisher Scientific channel.
This year’s event in Manchester featured many scientific suppliers showcasing their latest innovations and keynote speakers Adam Rutherford and Alice Roberts. What a great day and I was happy to be there filming it all!

Science World 2018 in Madrid

Last month I visited Madrid to film and edit the video of Science World, a laboratory and science exhibition hosted by the Fisher Scientific channel. Keynote speakers for this year’s event were physicist and neuroscientist Mariano Sigman and computational and theoretical chemist, José Pedro Cerón Carrasco.

Plus, Madrid has the best coffee. And paella. Take me back!