While it took a little longer than I'd hoped, I was able to get Chris & Hilda's slideshow put together and ready for viewing this week. This has been an adventure for me because I've never done anything like this before. Yes, I have put together slideshow videos. And yes, I've also added some motion to the videos. What I haven't done before is edited the slideshow myself (I've used software that just automagically pops out awesome videos) and the snippets of video I've included were brief, and not very well done.
I went to Chris & Hilda's wedding with a lot of great ideas, and very little experience on which to rely. As you may expect, about half the stuff I tried to do failed miserably. Like it or not, at this point I'm a still photographer who is fighting tooth & nail to learn video production, and there's little doubt to that. I've learned from hard experience that you don't promise something you aren't sure you can deliver, so I never mentioned video or sound to either Chris or Hilda until I showed and mic'd Chris for the ceremony. That mic did an excellent job of picking up the officiant... and wind... and nothing else.
Showing photos or videos to clients is always nerve wracking to me. Are they going to like my choice of songs? What about the photos? Do the video snippets make sense where they are? I can get a feel how things are going within about 30 seconds as they start to point and laugh, tear up, or hold hands as they remember their wedding day. This time around I knew I had a winner with Chris & Hilda's son, JP, started peering at the video from behind their couch, and then ran around to sit between Chris & Hilda as they all watched together. One thing that came as a complete shock to me, and Hilda even laughed and said the look on my face was priceless, was Hilda's revelation about the "dancing gramma." Not surprising was that people at the wedding were joking afterwards about hiring her to liven up some holiday parties this year; I had heard that mentioned more than once at the wedding. What was absolutely shocking was Hilda's next statement: "Oh! I actually ran into her at the store a few weeks ago and she told me she was holding back that night!" All I could manage to say was, "Oh... oh wow."
I'm learning this whole video thing, and I'll get it down one day, but for now I'm just thankful I have great clients like Chris & Hilda.