You’ve probably noticed the term Cinematographer on some websites. We tend to call ourselves Cinematographers too. So what is the difference between a Cinematographer and a Videographer and why does it matter to you?
According to the dictionary, a cin·e·ma·tog·ra·pher the person who is responsible for all operations concerning camera work and lighting during the production of a film. A videographer by contrast is defined more simply as the profession of making videos, generally by yourself using a video camera.
In our own words – we think it comes down to how we approach filming an event, the story-telling aspect of our job, the equipment we use and of course what you receive in the end. There are plenty of people who will tell you to stay away from a videographer (cheesy, annoying, creepy, lazy, awkward – we hear these from people often). Here’s a little excerpt we found from WikiPedia:
“The early days of professional wedding videography were primitive, with the equipment generally reproducing low image quality. Cameras required bright lights, had fuzzy pictures, poor color saturation and single-channel, poor quality audio. The cameras were bulky with a separate unit that connected to the video recorder via a cable, severely limiting the videographer’s movement. In post-production many wedding videos weren’t edited. Generation loss was also a limiting factor because of the nature of analog video tape.
From its earliest days and through the 1980s Wedding Videography developed a negative reputation of being an interference on the festivities, it was meant to document. The bright lights required to produce a quality image were damaging to the atmosphere many brides and grooms wanted to create. As the market expanded, it was flooded by many individuals who had little experience and technical knowledge, which left the consumer with fallen expectations. Consumer technology available to the wedding videographer could not equal broadcast quality of the time.” (reference)
The other thing is the actual finished product of a traditional videographer is usually not any better than something home-made. The shots are usually very stagnant and drawn out. The audio is usually muffled and unless they were using really bright lights, the footage would be grainy as the camera would have a hard time seeing in the dark.
So fast-forward to today. People have probably warned you – stay away from ‘videographers’. We read it in bridal magazines and in blogs all the time. And it’s probably fair to say that some videographers are still doing some of the above things that brought on the reputation.With a reputation like that – why would anyone want to start a ‘videography’ business.
Well – times have changed, technology has improved dramatically. New styles of film-making have basically been born and the term videographer just doesn’t fit anymore. Gone are the days of big bulky equipment and 1000 watt lights that blind everything. Instead of 4 VHS tapes for your wedding totally 8 hours of straight footage – we know make you a 20-minute short-form edit that tells the story of your wedding day using voice-overs and music and non-linear styles of editing that help us to weave together a story.
Hope that helps you in your planning.
Jessica Nakamura, who is perhaps best known for her supporting role in the 1995 Adam Sandler classic: Billy Madison, emailed us in the fall of 2012 with one of the sweetest notes we will ever get. I’ll summarize by saying she wanted Honey & Dear to film her wedding and she even changed her date and location based on our availability and recommendation. That really made us feel special, so thanks Jess 😉
Jessica and Anthony had been dating for some ten years by time they finally got to their wedding date. They had a beautiful candlelit ceremony in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends. The Steamwhistle Brewery, (which is our favourite event venue for so many reasons) was the site of the wedding. We just love filming there. So many great features. A great space for designing in. The guests get tours while they wait for the reception to begin. It’s pretty sweet. It was a snowy day in Toronto, but that didn’t stop Jessica and Anthony from having an amazing wedding!
Check out the Wedding highlight film we made for Jessica and Anthony!
We filmed the first dance and happened to be in the right place at the right time when..Anthony decided to perform a 10 out of 10 First Dance Dip. It was like we had planned it (although we didn’t). Sometimes you just get lucky 🙂It is always a pleasure working with Lisa Mark, and her trusty husband/sidekick Justin, of Lisa Mark Photography
As always, music in this film is by the band NeedToBreathe (our current favourites!) and was licensed through TheMusicBed.com – which if you haven’t been by in a while, you should check it out because they are adding loads of new music every day!
Stephanie Dimeski & Ryan Hairsine got married on Sunday, December 29, 2013. It was a mild day relatively speaking as most of Southern Ontario had just experienced an Ice Storm that made thousands of homes dark for Christmas. Needless to say, the wedding took place and it was amazing! Check out the Same Day Edit we showed later that night at Stephanie and Ryan’s Wedding.
This wedding will go down for us as a truly memorable one for a few reasons. The first would be how it all started. Emma Griffith, who is related to our dear friends and former H&D couple Alan & Kristine Wisniewski, contacted us back in June telling us that she wanted her best-friend Stephanie to have a film made by Honey & Dear but the key was it needed to be kept a secret! Emma would hire us privately to film Steph and Ryan’s upcoming winter wedding. Emma and Stephanie grew up together, but they hadn’t seen each other in person in over 3 years! Emma, who has been traveling in Europe for work, used Skype to keep in touch, but it wasn’t the same as being together in person. She wanted to do something special and something unique.
When we had our first Skype call with Emma, she was in Oslo, Norway (which on a side note is a place Andrew very much would like to visit). She told us all about their friendship and how much Steph meant to her. Emma arranged a secret meeting between Andrew and Steph at a Starbucks in Ajax. It was equal parts James Bond and Intruder for Andrew, who had his iPhone recording the whole thing (you can see in Steph’s eyes the “What on earth is this Creeper recording me for?!?”). Emma really wanted to see Steph’s reaction when she found out about the surprise! (Emma – we can all laugh about this now – but that’s the last time i’ll be playing the role of weirdo!)
Fast forward to December 29, 2013. With most of the GTA recovering from an ice storm that people will talk about for decades, Steph and Ryan tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the Ajax Convention Centre who we have to mention have an incredible staff from top to bottom and were incredibly helpful not only to the wedding guests but to our team. Thanks for that!
Some more cool things about this wedding. We got to work with Ash Nayler who is a really great photographer from Peterborough. Ash is good friends with close friends of ours and it was our first time working together. Hope we get the chance more often!
The Music in this Same Day Edit is by another good friend of ours – Marcel Preston and his band Sky Terminal. The music was licensed as always through www.themusicbed.com
We had a great day with you guys and we can’t thank Emma enough for bringing us along for the day.
Valentina & Matt got married on September 28, 2013. This is the Same Day Edit we put together for them!
We love it when couples do a ‘First Look’ on their wedding day. Emily and I did one on our wedding day and it’s one of our favourite memories!
Matt was looking sharp that day! Getting himself ready to say his vows to Valentina.
Valentina walks down the Aisle with her family.
Check out this church! It looks amazing!
And speaking of Amazing! Check out these shoes! They are gorgeous!
Thank you Valentina and Matt for having us film your wedding! We loved getting to spend your day with you guys!
Music in this film was licensed by www.themusicbed.com
Sarah & Mike brought Honey & Dear to the Bahamas to film their ‘weddings’. We say ‘weddings’ because they got legally married at City Hall in Toronto a few months ago. Then got married in an Egyptian Coptic Ceremony in Mississauga in mid September. Then, they made sure everything was permanent with a Greek Orthodox Ceremony in Nassau, Bahamas. We put this half engagement story/half same day edit together for these guys and shared it at their Atlantis Resort Reception. We are excited to share our first Destination Wedding Video of 2013:
Did we mention how amazingly cool their reception venue was? It was underneath and beside a giant aquarium filled with Stingrays and Sharks and Big Tuna (we thought of Andy Bernard often).
We had an incredible time spending five days with Sarah and Mike in the Bahamas. It was also great to be able to spend quality time with Michael and Marian who’s wedding we filmed in 2011. Marian, we’ll watch trashy TV with you anytime!
Huge shout out to Joee Wong and the talented Heidi Lau who did an incredible job on Photography. Thanks for keeping us company including fruit bowling in the Hotel and nearly getting arrested with us by the Bahamian Navy. We managed to spend a day together on the water and rode on jet-skis for a few minutes before getting shut down by the law (because the swells were getting too big!)
We had some fun on the water, but when it came time to shoot the wedding, Joee brought the goods and I know for a fact Sarah & Mike will be happy with their wedding photos. We love working with Mr. Wong because he is a talented artist, but he is also equally passionate about supporting us as we make our films. It’s a team-effort that goes a lot farther than you might think.
Thank you Sarah and Mike for having us. We had an incredible time and If you have any more ceremonies you want filmed, we’ll be there 🙂
Music in this film was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com
We had the amazing opportunity to film Adam & Ginny Weitner’s Wedding on July 27, 2013. Our good friend Aron Goss from Calculated Style Photography recommended us to Adam and Ginny and the rest is history!
The girls started the day at Hotel Le. Germain in Toronto. They did their hair and makeup and had a relaxed morning.
Adam and his guys got ready at his Condo.
After the First Look and some photos with Aron, we all headed up to Graydon Hall Manor for the Wedding Ceremony and Reception. There was rain in the forecast and we all waited as long as we could to have the ceremony outdoors, but time running out, the call was made to have the ceremony indoors. Check out the Highlight Film we made that gives you a little taste of the day.
It was a great day and we loved spending it with Adam and Ginny. It was a privilege to be able to film your wedding, guys! Thanks again for having us!
Music in this film is Looks Like Love by the band NeedToBreathe and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com.
Special thanks to Piers from Third from the Sun who is an awesome DJ and helped us out with audio!
Jen & Corey Adams got married on Saturday, June 29th in Sudbury, ON. Wahooo!
Corey’s father, an ordained minister himself from Newfoundland, married the two of them in a touching ceremony.
We had an amazing time hanging out with them. Check out a bit of their story in this wedding highlight film.
Their reception at Science North was one-of-a-kind, filled with incredible decorations at set inside an actual cave! There’s only so much you can put into a 4 minute piece, but the entire day was just so fantastic and we loved getting to know Jen & Corey and their families. It was especially nice to see Jamie again who we met back at Ally & Suman’s Wedding last year!
We had an awesome time getting to know Jen and Corey over the past year through Skype chats and it was amazing to be part of their wedding day!
We were thrilled to get the chance to work with Bernie & Lisa Aho who did an amazing job on Photography! We loved working with them and their images are excellent!
The music in this wedding highlight film is ‘Keep You Eyes Open’ by the band NeedToBreathe and was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com.
Robin & David are the good kind of people. They love the outdoors. They love challenging and pushing each other forward. When they called us to film their wedding last year, they were emphatic about one thing: Bring Your Bathing Suits! Really, Who doesn’t want a beach party on their wedding day? We made the nearly five-hour pilgrimage from our studio, through Algonquin Park, passing two Moose, and finally arriving in beautiful Golden Lake, Ontario. After an early morning wedding ceremony in the middle of an incredible forest. Sunlight was peaking through the trees and mosquitos were definitely on the guest-list (although I don’t think they brought gifts).
Check out the highlight film we made to give you a taste of what happened that day.
Robin and David were so amazing to work with. We had a few Skype chats over the course of the last year planning for this weekend. They were so kind not only to us, but to each other and in various emails back and forth, the love they had for each other was just evident. They arranged a nice little cottage for the three of us which was so great. We arrived past midnight Friday night to a welcoming sign on the cabin door greeting us.
We wanted to push ourselves to capture the atmosphere of the beach party and find a way to document the fun without being too ‘in the way’. So we picked up a couple of GoPro Hero 3 Black cameras. These little cameras put out an incredible image and you’ll see- we were able to get a completely different perspective using these micro, waterproof cameras.
The Music used in this piece is the song ‘Honey’ by the band Us & Our Daughters and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com
Thank you Robin and David for everything. Your hospitality was so much so appreciated.
Trust is something that we ask of our couples. It’s a significant part of our business. We ask you lovely people to take a few risks. Financial risks; Creative risks; and some other pretty important ones too. A wedding day can be the single biggest day in two people’s lives and we have the responsibility of not only filming the event, but also helping to guide each one of our couples through what can be an immensely difficult process. It meant more to us than Ashley & Byron will ever likely know that they fully trusted in us to not only be a part of their wedding day, but in helping them put other building blocks in place.
Ashley & Byron got married on Saturday, May 25, 2013. With roughly three months to go before the wedding, Ashley & Byron were in need of a new wedding planner. We won’t get into the why’s, but needless to say – time was ticking and things weren’t looking good. We called up our friend Joee Wong and asked who he would recommend to step in this late in the game. Joee, without pause, said Cindy Johnson of Platinum Events would take care of them. To skip ahead to the end of the story – Cindy and her team of incredibly talented and organized professional wedding coordinators saved the day.
Here is the Same Day Edit wedding film we put together and showed at the gorgeous reception that took place at Malaparte (atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox).
We appreciate very much working with professionals who not only do fantastic work, but go over and above to take care of not just what they were ‘hired’ for, but also to go over and above to take care of the people who have put their trust, not only in us, but in the entire team.
I also wanted to thank Joee who came out to film with us and also to make sure Ashley & Byron were taken care of. Thanks Joee for coming and being an honourary Honey & Dear team member.
The Music in this Same Day Edit is ‘All those Pretty Lights’ by Andrew Belle and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com
Engagement Film is coming very soon! Stay Tuned!
Jenny & Chris got married last September in the fine borough of Burlington. They are amazing people and we had a great day filming their wedding and hanging out with them as they became husband and wife. Check out this highlight film we put together for them.
We love how real Jenny & Chris are. They genuinely care for each other. I had a great opportunity to hang out with Chris one-on-one and the way he would talk about Jenny was just awesome. He truly honours her and treasures her. It’s a marriage that will stand the test of time.
We also love that they love Lone Star Fajitas. We shared some tasty Lone Star with them last summer when we filmed this Love Story Engagement Film:
Thank you guys so much for having us be a part of your wedding (and a part of your lives!). Jenny is always commenting on our films and encouraging us and nothing makes us feel better than the odd ‘like’ here or there. We really appreciate calling you two friends and can’t wait to show you the full-length film coming very soon (thanks for your patience!)
I also wanted to mention how awesome it was to film at New York, New York Men’s Grooming Lounge in Burlington. Check it out. It’s awesome.
Music in both films as always was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com