We’re welcoming Jeff from JF3 Productions to our blog + newsletter this month to chat all about weddings!
Q: What is your favorite part of the wedding day to film?
A: My favorite part of the day to film is an even split between prep and first looks (or portrait time) For my work, I think prep plays a huge role in a story on a wedding day. The time in the morning gives me opportunities to capture details, hair and makeup, and anything else that is important to telling that couples’ story. For example, if the bride gets ready in her childhood home, I love being able to have time to walk around and capture little details like old family photos, pets, the bedroom where she grew up, etc. I love having my films open on the prep because it’s where the day begins. The nerves, the laughs, the eagerness, the champagne, and sometimes tears…it all comes out so great for video and is just a key part in something I love being able to incorporate. I love first looks because let’s be honest, a wedding day moves fast and they can be chaotic. It’s sometimes rare to be able to peel off with just the bride and groom (and amazing photographers like L+Z) and have time to capture just the two of them. First looks are great for video because you see the reactions, hear the sweet talk between the B+G when they first see each other, and then it allows us to get shots of just the couple that sometimes we don’t always have time for later in the day. But it also allows us to capture great footage because in this moment they are just themselves. There is no posing. There is no direction. The best moments happen organically!
Q: What is your best piece of advice to a bride looking for a videographer?
A: My advice to brides looking to book me is to ask any and all questions and to be yourselves. Video is still new to a lot of couples who I speak with. Photography is the industry standard….most people book it right off the bat and know what questions to ask and where to look. With video, some couples don’t exactly know how it all works or where to start. I always encourage my couples to ask as many questions as possible, silly or not, because it’s important to me that everyone is on the same page and understanding of our process.
Q: How did you connect with Liz & Zac (Evergreen Weddings)?
A: I met Liz + Zac at a wedding back in September of 2017 that I was filming. Liz was the makeup artist at the time and Zac was running the photo booth during the reception. We didn’t really engage much throughout the day since we were all working our respective jobs, but I remember briefly talking to Zac during the reception about his photo booth. The next day I went to the Big E which is one of my favorite things to do every year. I remember walking around with my pumpkin beer when a guy was like, ‘Hey! Jeff?’ It was Zac! Coincidence, right? After that, we stayed in touch and eventually all met up for coffee one day and the rest is history. I cannot stress the importance of having amazing “friendors” in this industry. They have become two people that I not only love working with, but now consider two amazing friends.
Q: What is the best piece of advice to a bride who is concerned about the photographers and videographers working together?
A: The best advice to working together is to communicate. I always make a point to email photographers and DJs one to two weeks before the wedding. If I don’t know the photographers, I always email to say hello and just let them know I’m very easy to work with, a huge team player, and will do everything I can to ensure I am not in their way during the day. Photographers have a lot to do on a wedding day. Everyone is looking to them for direction. I understand and respect they are the ring leaders when it comes to posing, group shots, the timeline, etc. I don’t want to interfere with that because ultimately if it works for them it works for me. I prefer to capture things naturally like a fly on the wall, so I make sure to distance myself throughout the day. But if I need a shot I’ll shout it out when they are changing lenses or something like that. If a photographer knows this ahead of time and shows me the same amount of respect for me then it will be a great day working together. Everyone just has to be aware of each other. We’re all here for the same reason. There’s absolutely no excuse for not working as a team. None. Am I in your way? Let me know. I can move. Are you in mine? Then I’ll politely ask or I’ll move and find another shot. In this industry it’s so important to not only be good at what you do, but to be a good person and be kind to others. I book almost 100% of my work off referrals. If you are fun and easy to work with then people remember that and will want to work with you again. There is no better feeling than seeing a vendor you know work the same wedding as you! It’s like a day to meet up with your friends again and create some magic together.
Q: Most importantly, what is your favorite Christmas cookie?
A: Sugar cookie all day every day. I’m not a crunchy cookie guy so I like them fresh out of the oven!
A HUGE thank you to Jeff for playing along with us and providing us some invaluable information for our brides and brides to be! If you’d like to connect with Jeff, you can visit his website www.jf3productions.com or find him on instagram @jf3productions
You’re the best Jeff! Be sure to give him a follow!