Music Wedding Video | Videography
Kev from Music Wedding Video opens up about immersing himself within the day and capture it as it unfolds documentary style.
What is your idea of the perfect wedding?
A perfect wedding is one that the couple loves, loves, loves. The couple need to make the conscious decision that they have done everything in preparation and what will be will be, and let their hair down. You only do it once!
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
I don’t really have many fears when shooting a wedding. I am quite outgoing so I need to immerse myself within the day and capture it as it unfolds. I still get nervous every morning before because I am going in to a wedding of, say 100, and getting them to sing and dance. There is always the devil in my ear thinking ‘what if they don’t get involved’, but then I have a coffee and give myself a pep talk.
What is your best trait that helps you be so great at your job?
My best trait that helps me be great at my job is confidence. The couples have booked us to give them a service, so they can see that majority of the wedding party will be up for some fun. It is difficult to expand our team because it can be daunting to approach people and say ‘OK this is the line to the song, let’s have it’. Be yourself and apply yourself in the right way and everything will turn out well.
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire comedians, actors and performers in general. I admire people like Dave Chapelle, James Franco, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart. These are guys that, albeit not a necessity in life, can influence moods and tones. Coming from a performing background, I admire how they can put themselves in front of hundreds/ thousands of people and say ‘I am going to entertain you’.
What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
I am not the most extravagant of people. My equipment is worth quite a lot, which helps me produce good quality videos. Some people may say that I spend too much money on my hair haha.
What is your current state of mind?
Today I have a backlog of edits which I am getting through. I always feel anxious when I deliver them, hoping that I have captured what the bride and groom love. Couple that with determination and humour and it’s the perfect recipe.
What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?
Personally, I think that too many hours of photography can have a detrimental effect on the day. In my personal opinion, the day is a wedding and not a photo shoot. When I do see it, I can only feel that they will remember only the photos from the day and not the buzz of enjoying it. Documentary style with a select few mantelpiece shots is apt (for my wedding day anyway)
On what occasion is lying at work a good idea?
I’m not sure lying is a great idea under any circumstances. I might fib when I am doing my music video and say, ‘Can I get you over here for a photo?’ and then get them singing. That’s about it.
What is the most outrageous (fabulous or terrifying) outfit you have ever seen at a wedding?
I once saw a lad wearing a pink suit (think dumb and dumber). He was outgoing and full of banter so it was like water off a ducks back and added to the day.
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
I quite liked an Alice in Wonderland theme when, on the evening, everyone got in fancy dress. Pretty ace!
What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
Never had anything hard, we get asked for green screens sometimes which can be carnage if you have 50 inebriated guests trying to fit in to the space.
What quality in a groom do you like the most?
I like a guy who is on a level. The lads tend to take a back seat mostly, quite chilled and open to ideas.
What quality in a bride do you like most?
I like bubbly brides, brides who are up for a laugh and not overly stressed out. It shows on the other side of the camera when the couple is relaxed, which is also part of my job.
What is the most overused word at a wedding – or in a wedding speech?
My pet hate. Lads who turn to Google for the speech. DON’T DO IT LADS. It’s a slippery slope to then make the speech personal. If we were to do a drinking game on some of the faux pas then we would be drunk at the end of the speech.
‘The wedding has been emotional, even the cake is in tears/ put your hand over hers, the last time you’ll have the upper hand/ look in to each others eyes, statistically you are looking at the person most likely to murder you’ etc etc etc. AVOOOOID!
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
On another note, speeches can be brilliant. I find myself laughing all the time at some of the brilliant anecdotes. A groom also recently split his trousers whilst posing for pictures and had to hide his bright green pants throughout the rest of the evening.
What makes an ideal wedding?
When everything flows nicely and the couple are relaxed.
What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?
I shot a wedding this year that set up an American wrestling ring in the grounds. They then had championship matches going on during the drinks reception. Brilliant!
If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?
Constantly overcast weather.
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
We have won a few awards as a company but my biggest achievement is per wedding when the couple say how much they love it (cheese, sorry)
If you were to die and come back as person or thing, what would it be?
These are getting spurious haha. I would come back as my daughter cos she is cooler than me.
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
I have shot in America, Portugal, France, and shooting in Italy and Ibiza this year. I’ll tell you after those.
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
I can’t live without Red Bull.
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
There has been a lot of embarrassing drunken dancing and late night antics, too many to recall.
What is your favourite occupation, apart from your own?
I like acting and performing. I am hoping to tick off a bucket list before I die to do stand up.
What question do you wish every couple would ask you when you are meeting with them for the first time?
Can I pay you lots more?
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
My inspiration is from fellow film makers and pioneers of film.
What mistake do you see couples make over and over again on their day?
Getting stressed with the small things, relax and enjoy your day even if the place cards are in the wrong place. Tell someone and move on, don’t dwell on it.
What is your biggest regret at a wedding you have worked on?
I never went to the hog roast last week, regretted it on the 3 hour journey home. MMMM hog roast.
What is your motto?
Plan, discuss, shoot, chill and make sure you treat others the way you want to be treated. Simples!
What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?
I have been blagging it for 7 years now and I still don’t really know what I am doing (shhhhhh)
Is there something you would like to add?
Did I pass?