Why Do I Need a Wedding Video?

I can only imagine how much goes into planning a wedding; booking venue(s), finding a dress, picking a cake, finding people to do hair & makeup, maybe a hotel to stay in, finding a florist, getting a caterer, picking a DJ, a photographer, and much more. But you forgot one thing, a video!

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Sure you have a photographer and those pictures will be awesome and you'll laugh and cry looking at them in 10 years, but remember how hard your brother or sister or best friend laughed during their speech? You MIGHT be able to remember it in your head. Or did you see how your husband or wife cried reading your card when they got ready? If you didn't have a second photographer shooting that, then you won't ever see that. Could you see how nervous they were as they got ready for the ceremony? Most likely not. There will be A LOT going on during your wedding and the day is going to fly by.

Pictures can be awesome, like I said, but a video is really something else. You can hear your vows again, hear them say I do, hear those toasts again and hear the emotion in them. You can watch your first kiss as many times as you want, you can see how he or she was tearing up while walking down the aisle, or that moment when your mom or dad first sees you dressed up. You can basically re-live your whole day; all the laughter, the smiles, the tears, the dances, the happiness, all of it. Why would you choose not to? It's one day, and you can almost re live it, so why not?

Of course, the answer often times can be the cost. Weddings are extremely expensive and I think any vendor can understand that. I sure do. It's not pocket change, that's for sure. However, don't lose hope or give up so quick! Maybe you or your spouse can work a few extra hours next week, maybe there's something else you can cut back on slightly. Also, don't be afraid to ask your videographer if they offer payment plans! I do, and I know many others do too. It can definitely help make it easier for you so it's not a big expense right up front. 

One common way people avoid hiring a professional is having their Uncle John take video throughout the day. Well the problem there is that Uncle John is also busy enjoying the wedding, seeing friends and family, and at the reception he wants to have fun. It's hard to be present as a family member while trying to get nice video too. Another way is buying a GoPro or two and passing it off to people throughout the day. The problem with GoPro's is that you're only getting one field of view, the 'fisheye' look. It's far away and doesn't look great for the whole day. And maybe Uncle John passed it to Aunt Deb for the ceremony and she forgot to hit record. A true professional has multiple cameras and lenses to give you the best look they can, and they will certainly hit record, let them handle it and you will be so happy you did!

Disclaimer - Uncle John and Aunt Deb are not real people, but their stories have happened to real people. Don't let Uncle John and Aunt Deb film your wedding, let them have fun. Hire a professional and they will take care of it. 

If you have any questions about what to expect from a videographer, or would like to talk to me about your wedding, please don't hesitate to reach out, I'm happy to help! Fill out a contact form or email me directly at info@neilanvideos.com. And check out my wedding videos HERE!

Thank you for reading :) 

NAB in NYC

If you are in the Film/Video/TV industry, or even if you aren't, you might be familiar with the NAB Show. NAB standing for the National Association of Broadcasters. Every year they have a show in New York City and in Las Vegas. 

I was lucky enough to get free tickets to the show through a website that I'm a member of. I brought my friend and colleague Mike along, and we had an amazing experience.

What is the NAB show you might ask? It is a show put on by the association where hundreds of companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Canon, G-Technology, Avid, and many more set up booths showing current and new products, technology, software, etc. Along with that, there are classes, info sessions, keynotes, and meet ups throughout the two days covering various aspects and topics of production. Some of the topics include live streaming, social media, commercial production, news and TV production, lighting, audio production, and much more. Thousands of professionals from the industry come from all over the country and connect with other professionals, learn from these classes and sessions, and enjoy New York City of course!

Mike and I attended about 10-12 sessions between the two days and we learned some incredible information from leading professionals, saw some amazing technology, met some very cool people, and overall had a great time. 

Seen in the pictures above, there were people from some of the biggest companies and TV networks. If you use Snapchat a lot, you're probably familiar with Mashable. The president of Mashable spoke at one session about the current age of the industry. There was also a woman from TruTV who talked a lot about their rebranding a few years back. After the first day of the show, there was an open bar networking party put on by Brightcove. We met a few people here and enjoyed some great drinks and great food. 

If you have the time and resources to go to the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April of 2018 or again in NYC in October of 2018, I highly recommend it! It was a very worthwhile trip for Mike and I. Although we took 2 days off from our work, we made several connections and we had 2 days of immense learning about new trends and technology that we can now use to better our work significantly. 

If you have any questions about NAB or anything else, feel free to fill out the contact form or shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com! Thanks for reading!

Went Missing

Hey everyone! 

It's been a while since I've done this. This Summer has been crazy busy! Back in June I helped shoot videos for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island with a few guys, then I went on vacation in LA. 

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LA skyline from Griffith Park Observatory

Once I got back I worked on a commercial for an HVAC company. We worked 2 - 10 hour days and got it all filmed and had a great time. On my way there one day, I blew a tire, that was fun. July I shot a few weddings and started shooting some fun stuff with Southwicks Zoo through the agency I work with. 

August came around the corner very quick and I spent most of August editing and doing some more stuff with Southwicks Zoo. This past weekend was busy with 2 new weddings to welcome September and every weekend this month I have a wedding as well! 

September is going to be very busy, and so will October editing these weddings! I hope you've all had a great Summer so far, it's not over yet! But I'm very sad that September is here. Anyway, have a great day and I hope you enjoyed this! 

Best,
Mike

First Time for Everything

Hey everyone!

So last week a great family friend of mine Beth asked me if I would be up to take some photos of her new baby. I have never done newborn photos but I'm up for anything so I said yes of course. 

So this right here is the beautiful Brooke Denise Travers. She was very cooperative and only threw up once on Mama Goodrich (best friend's mom). She didn't throw any tantrums and wasn't camera shy one bit! As you can see...

My best friend Matt (Brooke's uncle/Beth's brother) is in the Navy so this shot goes out to him. Love you Matt. 

Like I said I've never shot newborn photos before but I am pretty happy with how these came out! I hope you guys like them.

We were even lucky to get a smile out of her! (above) Huge thank you to Beth & Brian for giving me the chance to expand my work into new fields, you guys rock!

If you or someone you know is interested in newborn photos, please let me know! Fill out a contact form or shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com. Thanks for reading!

Fresh Look

Hey everyone! I have a cool announcement to make.

I recently had my logo re done by an old friend from high school who deserves a huge thank you. A friend of mine is a graphic designer for a magazine and she offered to help me put together a new business card/logo last week when I was playing around with some designs. She ended up building a whole new logo for me and I'm super excited about it. 

It started because I was trying to design a new business card and I was asking her advice on certain aspects and she offered to mess around with it herself. After a few ideas, she came back with this one and I knew right away I loved it. And here it is on my new card. 

I ordered a set of new business cards and I'm super excited roll out this new look to represent my business! My friend's name is Liz Delaney if you're wondering, and she is an EXTREMELY talented graphic designer. Thank you Liz, I owe you big time. If any of you reading this need her services, I would bet 100% that she could help you and exceed your expectations. Check out her work and contact her at lizdelaneydesign.com/ 

I hope you guys like this new look as much as I do! Thanks for reading!

A Day in the Life

Hey everyone. So I thought it might be cool to give you a glimpse into an average day for me. It does change constantly but I have a pretty standard routine for most days. Hope you guys enjoy reading!

1:30/2AM – Sleep. Can be later if I'm up working on an urgent project but this is the normal time. 

7:30/8AM – Wake up. Check my phone. Briefly look at any emails/texts/calls I received and see if anything seems urgent.

8:15/8:30AM – Shower then coffee. Coffee is the most important part of my day. I can't really have a conversation/think straight until I start drinking my coffee.

8:30/9AM – Sit at my desk and fully read emails. (This time of year, I get several emails about weddings for the coming season.) Check social media. Share some of my links on FB, maybe post a photo on Instagram. Open Slack and see what's going on with a marketing agency I work with, looking at statuses of projects, connect with a few people on the team, etc. I'll also check out my whiteboard on the wall and look at all the current projects I'm working on and figure out which ones I need to finish soon. If I have a shoot, it's often in the morning so I might be heading out to a shoot at this time.

10AM – Either continuing editing on a video project, a conference call with the agency, editing some photos, or on a shoot maybe. By this time, my brain is fully ready to be focused, I've checked in with people, checked emails, I know what I need to do. I'm probably done with my first coffee now and might have another one soon.

12PM – (roughly) Lunch. (Sometimes I'll try to eat a late lunch so I can go to the gym comfortably around 6 or 7 without being starving or full from just eating.) I'll stop and make something to eat. Some days if I'm really busy I'll eat lunch while I work, other days I might just turn on the TV and relax for a few minutes. If we had a morning shoot, I'll typically grab lunch with a guy Mike I work with, or grab a beer before heading home. If the shoot is still going, then we're just stopping for a few minutes to eat.

12:30PM – Back to work. At this point I might stop the current project and switch to another projects. Right now I can be working on anywhere from 3-7 projects at once, so making sure I balance them all is important. But if one particular project is very urgent, I might spend the whole day on it. I'll also go through my emails again at this point, check social media, etc. If I'm coming back from a shoot, it takes me a bit to get settled and be back at my desk working. 

3/4PM – I might switch to another project again or have a conference call with the agency, or just stop for a few minutes to get a mental break. Editing video/photos can be very strenuous on your eyes so taking breaks is helpful. It's also a very intense on your brain so mental breaks are good.

5PM – If I'm not crazy busy on too many projects, I'll start slowing down around this time and gradually stop working. I might reach out to the agency and go over what I did for the day, talk about what we need to do the rest of the week/month, etc. If I'm just getting back from a shoot or had a really busy day I might have a beer around this time. (and take a picture of course)

6/7PM – I've been trying to get healthier lately so I'll try to go to the gym around this time. 

8/8:30PM – Make dinner. I've been eating sort of late dinners recently and it seems to work well with my schedule. 

9PM – I'll watch TV. Lately I've been on an Impractical Jokers kick, but Blue Bloods is my favorite, so I might grab my computer and watch an episode or 2 on Netflix while I eat. 

10PM – Might go back to my desk, check out some emails, social media, etc. A lot of guys on the agency will work late so I might have a few new messages on Slack or an unread email. (I don't always answer messages/emails/calls this late because while I do work nights pretty often, I don't want to give off the idea that I am always available because I do like to enjoy my time off, some people will take advantage of the fact that you work from home/have your own business.)

10:30/11PM – If I'm super busy or if I'm just up for it, I might do some more work on a project, but nothing too intense. I might think about some blog post ideas or general updates for my website, or find a picture to post on Instagram or something. 

12AM – If I'm working on a really urgent project and feeling stressed, I'll have a beer around this time. It helps me relax and surprisingly keeps me awake. (My favorite beers are IPAs.)

12:30AM – If I'm not crazy busy I'll probably stop working, maybe watch TV for a few minutes, relax in general. I'll usually clean up my desk a little, organize, look over my list of projects for the next day, I might send an email or a Slack message to update any projects with the team before I get ready for bed. 

12:45/1AM – Water. I always open a water before I go to bed and drink about half the bottle. I'll keep the rest near my bed. I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day too. These days, I really only drink coffee, water, and beer. Coffee to keep me focused, water because it's healthy and I like it, and beer, well...that's self explanatory. I'll get into bed around 1 and check my social media again before I fall asleep (sometimes I fall asleep while still on my phone), social media is important for someone like me because I'll often find leads/see jobs posted on various website/apps I use, and staying active/staying on top of that stuff can put you ahead of other people. 

Like I said, my schedule changes day to day but this is a pretty normal day for me. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! If you have any questions about anything I do, don't hesitate to ask. Or if you have ideas for future blogs, let me know! Thanks for reading everyone!

Best,
Mike

5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Hey everyone, I thought I would share a few things about me that you might not know. Some of you who follow me on social media or are friends with me might know all or some of these things but I thought it might be cool to share. 

1. - I'm addicted to coffee.

I'm probably not alone on this one but I have at least one coffee every day. I was never really a coffee person until the end of my senior year of college. Looking back, I'm not sure what I did to wake up. I would enjoy an iced coffee in the summer or every once in a while, but it wasn't regular and I never liked hot coffee. However, senior year is when I really got busy with work and taking on bigger projects to prepare myself for after graduation. I was going to bed late very often, and waking up early, so I started having hot coffees in the morning and it was a big help in waking me up and getting my day started. Now, I am a very cranky person in the morning without a coffee and I love trying new and different kinds of coffee everywhere I go. 

2. - I enjoy beer. 

I am a big fan of craft beers. I always thought beer would be gross when I was younger but once I turned 21 and started trying beers, I really started to enjoy it. I love trying new kinds of beers whether it be local or a craft beer from the West Coast. I am a big fan of IPAs and wheat beers in particular, but as I said, I love trying all different kinds of beers. A friend of mine is a sales supervisor for a craft beer company so I get the advantage of an insider's perspective and he lets me know of what's new and what's the best. I've also been told that a beer a day reduces your chance of heart disease, diabetes, lowers blood pressure, and boosts creativity, so I'll drink to that!

3. I don't sleep much.

My first few years of college, I loved sleeping and would sleep in whenever I could. If I had to be at an early class, I would even sometimes sleep in that class because I was so tired and wanted to sleep. Once senior year came, I got busy with my video and photo work and was forced to be up late working, and going to class early the next day. I actually enjoyed it though, I felt really productive and that I was working hard at something I wanted to do. Since then, that's been my sort of lifestyle. I still go to bed really late, and I like waking up around 7 or 8 to start working for the day. I thrive off getting the most out of every day and less sleep makes that happen. I will sleep a bit more on weekends but not as much as many people I know. 

4. I love to travel.

I guess who doesn't? But I do know many people/friends of mine who hate flying and like staying local. Not me. Most of my friends know this, but I love traveling, exploring, and seeing new places. Luckily for me, my job allows that to happen and I can even get paid to travel at times. New York City and Los Angeles are currently my two favorite cities but I have yet to leave the country and I would love to do that. I really enjoy seeing a new city, seeing their way of life and really just sightseeing wherever I am. I love always being on the go. 

5. I love meeting people.

I am an extremely outgoing person and part of traveling, I love meeting new people. I have always been a friendly person and easy to talk with, and my business revolves around talking to people. I like sharing stories with others, hearing who they are, what they do, etc. As I said, my job revolves around people so it helps that I really do love meeting new people. If you ever see me out somewhere or at an event, come say hi! I'd love to talk.

Hope you guys enjoyed this article! If you liked it, check out the rest of my site, share this article, and leave some feedback. As always, if you have any questions for me or would like to work with me, shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com or fill out a contact form, they come straight to my inbox! 
- Mike :)

5 iPhone Apps I Couldn't Live Without as a Freelancer

Hey everyone. So being a freelancer, I'm on the go a lot. My schedule can change at a minute's notice and every day is really different for me. I need to be able to adjust to my always changing schedule and my phone is one of my most valuable tools that I have. Here are 5 apps that are essential to my life as a freelancer and that I definitely recommend using if you are also a freelancer!

1. Quickbooks Self-Employed

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Quickbooks is an essential tool for me for several reasons. Being a freelancer, taxes are very tricky. You have to keep track of what you buy for your business, miles you drive for business, deductions like home-office, vehicle for work, etc. Quickbooks makes all of that extremely easy. The Self-Employed version has a desktop site/dashboard and a really nice app for iPhone and Android. You can link all of your bank accounts, debit cards, credit cards and Quickbooks automatically identifies your transactions and lets you swipe left or right to categorize it as a personal purchase or a business expense. You can upload a receipt and type in notes about the purchase too. The app/software is $10 a month but they run a special occasionally where the first few months are $5 a month. 

One of my favorite tools of the app is it's mile tracking function. Driving is an everyday part of my job and tracking my miles for business is something I need. Many apps will track your miles but you have to pay monthly for it, you have to remember to open the app when you start a work trip. And I don't know about any of you, but my memory sucks and I would never remember to open the app everytime I drive. But anyway, what's nice about the feature in Quickbooks Self Employed is that it tracks every drive you make automatically. You don't have to open the app or tell it to track miles, it tracks every trip. Then, like transactions, you swipe left or right whether it was business or personal. Now I know what you're thinking, that's a lot of trips to categorize. Yes. It is. However, as the old saying goes, "it's better to have too many/too much than not enough." I'd rather categorize 100 trips that were automatically done for me than be sitting there trying to manually enter trips and remembering where I started and stopped. 

You can also create invoices and receive payments through Quickbooks which is nice. I definitely recommend this app to any freelancer. Taxes are a hassle in my world and this app makes it 10x easier. 

2. Timely

Timely is a time tracking app for individuals and teams. This is what the main page on the iPhone app looks like. I love this app. Tracking my time is really important because I need to know how much time I'm spending on projects so that I know how much to charge moving forward. This app has a free plan which allows you up to 5 projects or for $14 a month, you can get unlimited projects. What's cool about timely is that you can put in each client, add projects to each client, set a budget for each project, enter the rate that you are charging/getting paid, and at the end of a week or a month, you can export that week/month's time as a PDF or Excel sheet and it breaks down the time in a way that lets you send it as an invoice. The iPhone app doesn't let you view by week, but by day and by month. The desktop app is nice and has several different views, including by the week. 

if I didn't know how much time I was working every week, or on certain projects, I'd be lost! This app is essential to me and if you want a great, reliable time tracking app, Timely is the way to go. 

3. Google Calendar

As I mentioned before, my schedule is always changing and I need to be able to adjust to it. I've tried many calendar apps in the past and the best, in my opinion, is Google Calendar. I use Gmail so the integration is nice but it's very user-friendly. I NEED to know what I'm doing every day, I need to book appointments out weeks/months in advance and Google Calendar is awesome. There are several views, you can see your day by itself, there's a 3-day view, week, and month. I prefer the month view but they are all great for certain purposes.

Say you get an email about a job that includes a date and time. Gmail will recognize that and you can click on it and automatically create an event from it and it goes into your calendar. Or if you're flying somewhere for a vacation or for work and you get an email confirming your flight, it recognizes that too and can create an event. You can then go in and have it remind you an hour, 2 hours, 24 hours or 10 minutes ahead of time so that you don't forget. 

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You can also click on the locations in events to open up Google Maps and find the best route there. Google Calendar is one app I can't do without and I don't think I ever close the app. 

4. Gmail

As I said right there, I use Gmail for all my work email. Obviously email is a huge part of my business and I need a reliable app that can go anywhere with me. Gmail has proven to be that app. I have a few email accounts and you can easily switch between them right in the app. There are several ways you can organize your inbox so it's best suited for your taste. Like I mentioned, it integrates perfectly with my calendar so that is a big help. 

What's also nice is you can create your own categories of email and separate them however you like. It's really customizable which is nice because everyone processes their emails and views them differently. The most recent app update is very clean and makes the whole process quicker. There's a button on the top right when you open an email that marks the email as unread and goes back to your inbox view. If you're like me, I open emails all the time but can't act on them until later. So I can mark it unread so that I see it later and don't forget about it. Lastly, I use Google drive and Google docs for file sharing as well, the integration with all the Google Apps is priceless. I recommend Gmail and the Gmail app to any freelancer. 

5. Waze

Last but not least, Waze. Everyone knows Waze. I've found it to be my favorite GPS app out there. I do so much driving it's not funny so having a good reliable GPS is key for me. 

Waze sets itself apart from the rest with it's many cool features. I'll highlight just a few. One major feature is that it warns you of traffic, road blocks, construction zones, and police that are ahead, thanks to other Waze users who can report all different kinds of road hazards like these. And with this, it calculates traffic and factors that into your drive so that you know how long your trip will take even with traffic. 

Like many apps, it will give you the best route but it also will show you alternate routes to take and it shows you the length and distance of each trip compared to one another and it will tell you which has the most traffic/hazards/etc. 

However, my favorite feature is the ability to "plan" your drives. Often times, I have a photo or video shoot or a meeting early in the morning and before I go to bed, I want to know what time I have to wake up and leave. I can go in and enter the destination and enter the time and date I need to be there, and it will calculate it with traffic and tell me what time to leave. Then it notifies you leading up to that time saying if there's any changes and how long the trip is going to take. It's great. 

You can even have it sync your events from your email, your calendar, or Facebook to plan those drives too. 

There are many other apps I use for work that have proven worthy to keep and great for my work. Some of those include Venmo, Paypal, Square, B&H Photo, Slack, Asana, Vimeo, YouTube, Lightroom Mobile, WeWork, and a few others. But these 5 are definitely the ones I use and need most!

If you have any questions about these apps or how I use them, feel free to shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com or submit a contact form. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your week! :) 

Where are you working now?

This is the question I get asked at almost any social event. Whether it's a family party, out with friends, or talking to an old classmate or professor, someone asks me where I'm currently working.

In college I studied Visual Media Production. I took classes graphic design, animation, photography and of course video. Right now I call myself a Photographer and Video Producer. I don't really work anywhere in particular, I work for myself. During school I started doing freelance work shooting/editing videos for companies and/or taking photos. I loved every minute of it so when I graduated, I officially registered a business named Neilan Videos. I called it that because my main focus and skill is in video but I do a lot of photography work as well.

I am currently an independent contractor or a freelancer and I get hired by companies or people for individual projects, short term work, or sometimes long term work. Right now, I do a lot of work with a digital marketing agency called Envision Digital Group helping to manage the video and photo aspect of the company as well as actually shooting and editing those videos and photos. I also have a close relationship with a production company in Framingham, MA called MediaBoss Television. In addition, I have clients of my own that I create videos and photos for; some more often than others, and I also shoot weddings. Over the time, I've had the opportunity to do a lot of different projects, travel to cool places, and meet a lot of great people. 

This is a profile shot of what my desk looks like before I first start my day. Below the picture are several hard drives where all the media lives. 

Hopefully this helps shed a bit of light on what I do or "where" I work. I work at a lot of places and I do a lot of stuff! But if you have any questions more in depth about what I do, or would like to talk to me about a project, feel free to check out my contact page or shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com!

Thanks for reading :)

How Much Does a Wedding Video Cost?

The question I get asked more than anything else! “What is the cost for a wedding video? What’s your pricing like? What do you charge for a video?” No matter how the question is worded, I always say that it depends on several things. The cost of a wedding video overall could be anywhere from $500 all the way up $10,000. For me personally? It can range anywhere from about $1400 up to about $3000. Whatever the cost, this is your wedding day, and everyone we talk to says “IT’S WORTH EVERY PENNY.”

The 3 biggest factors that go into pricing a wedding video are location, date, and what you are looking for in the final video(s). The amount of time we spend at the wedding is actually one of the smallest factors. That is because, it typically doesn’t matter how long we are shooting, the editing still ends up to be about the same amount of time. 

One of the first weddings I ever shot, we were there for about 5 hours. Almost every other wedding we have shot, we were there for 8-11 hours. In every case, the editing still took roughly 40-50 hours. Now if you’re just looking to have your ceremony recorded and we’ll be shooting for an hour or two, that’s a different story. But generally, most people are looking to cover the majority of the day.

Location is obviously a factor due to travel. Generally speaking, if we only have to drive up to 2 or so hours, we don’t charge anything extra. But if your wedding is more than 2-3 hours away and we’ll be there late, or if we have to fly, we may have to charge a small travel fee so that we can get a place to stay. It’s a long day on our feet and we love it, but driving for 3 hours late at night after an 8-10 hour day can be dangerous. 

Date is a factor because our knowledge and skills are constantly improving. We are always learning new things, finding ways to improve the work we do and service we offer, and/or getting newer and better equipment. So if your wedding is in a month, chances are the cost will be less than if your wedding is in a year or two. But every situation is different.

The final factor is the kind of video you are looking for. The two videos we “advertise” are highlight videos and full day videos. Some couples want both and some want just one of the two. The highlight video is anywhere from 4-10 minutes and the full day videos can be anywhere from 20-50 minutes. It all depends on the length of the ceremony/reception and what you’d like to see in them.

The highlight videos are just as it sounds, a highlight of the day. They include some fun shots of the bride and groom getting ready, highlights of the first look if there is one, pieces of the ceremony, and then a highlight montage of all the intros and fun dancing. Over the whole video are audio and video bits of the toasts. To illustrate this explanation, check out some of the highlight videos here.

The full day videos start out very similar with a highlight montage of all the preparation/first look. They then usually include the majority of the ceremony, if not the full ceremony. After this are the entire intros, full toasts, and then it ends with a fun dancing montage. To see some full day videos, there are a few here!

After the day of the wedding, it takes approximately 40 hours from start to finish to edit the highlight video. I sit and go through every clip we shot, pick the best pieces, find music, sync all the audio and video together, and then edit it all together with the music and toasts. Some have taken 35 hours while some have taken 45 hours. To edit the full day video on top of the highlight is an extra 1-2 days of editing time. So the price difference is not huge, but we understand that weddings are expensive and we know that every few dollars can make a difference. If you are looking for just the full day video, it’s about 45 hours of editing work. These numbers are based on the time spent on all of our weddings to date that I track with an online app. 

We love shooting weddings and I always say that if I could do them for free, I would! We seriously have a passion for what we do and we would love to sit down and talk with you about your big day. However, we understand that sometimes our price or style might not be what you’re looking for, and that’s okay. If that’s the case, we know several other people/companies that we can refer you to. If you’d like to talk with us about your wedding, feel free to shoot me an email at info@neilanvideos.com with your info, or fill out the form on this page or this page. Hope you enjoyed this! Feel free to share it on all your social media! :)

What's a good camera to get?

This is a question I get asked somewhat often so I thought why not write a short article about it.

If you know me, you might know that I sometimes buy a lot of stuff. Since I’ve been into video and photography, I’ve owned several cameras. However, it has given me a lot of experience and knowledge, so that when I do get this question, I am pretty confident in answering it.

Before I got into photography, I owned several cameras that only shot video. I’ll start with my first DSLR. In 2014, my Junior year of college, I got my first DSLR. It was a Canon T2I. I got it because I signed up for a photography class and this was a reasonably priced camera for me at the time. It turned out to be quite a good camera for it’s price. (Right now you can get a T2I body for about $150-$200) It is a small, 18 megapixel camera that also shoots full HD video (which was perfect for me). This was also my first camera that shot HD video and I loved it. If you don’t already know, DSLR’s require lenses. Different lenses are good for different things, but this camera was a great starter into photography and HD video for me and I would recommend any of the Canon Rebel series to someone starting out. It offers great picture quality while still being affordable and pretty user friendly as well!

This is a wedding I shot mostly with the T2I

My next camera was a Canon EOS 60D. It is only a slight step up from the T2I, but a step up nonetheless. A 60D body is a bit pricier; it can go anywhere from $400 up to $800 brand new. This is also an 18 megapixel camera with full HD video but it offers a few nice advantages. It can shoot 5.3 frames per second where the T2I only shoots 3.7 FPS. One great advantage that I liked was the flip out LCD on the 60D. This came in great handy when shooting video; I could pull it out to shoot tricky angles or to easier show someone the framing of the shot. The 60D has a slightly better autofocus system, longer battery life, and a brighter viewfinder. One other minor advantage at least to me was it’s size. It was a bit bigger but it felt much better in my hand; it felt much more durable.

Here’s a video I shot on the 60D.

After this, I upgraded to one of the main cameras I still use and that is the Canon EOS 7D. Price wise, it is another slight increase but not by much if anything. The body can range from $450 up to $900 brand new. I bought this camera when I started realizing how much photography I was doing. It is still an 18 megapixel camera with full HD video but it can shoot up to 8 photos per second! If you are shooting sporting events or anything with motion; this is a great camera. It’s autofocus is much better than the previous cameras and it’s viewfinder is also improved! I mainly use this camera for video now but it shoots great photos. I have had many of my photos from this camera printed pretty big and the quality is still awesome! There is now a newer, better version of this camera, the 7D Mark II. It is a bit more expensive but a great improvement.

Here are a couple videos I have shot on the 7D!

The nice thing about Canon is if you have more than one camera, you only need one type of lens and that is the Canon EF mount. All the Canon EF lenses work on all the Canon EOS DSLR’s and even the Canon C100 and C300’s.

To wrap this up, I want to talk about my current favorite camera, and that is the Sony A6000. It is one of the mirrorless cameras that Sony released in the past couple years. The body for this camera is only about $400-$550, which is incredible for the quality it puts out. (This is currently one of the main cameras I shoot weddings with along with the 7D and Colleens Nikon D7100). Anyway, this camera is small, affordable, and use friendly but the video and photos it produces are incredible. It is a 24 megapixel crop sensor but shoots up to 11 frames per second and has one of the fastest autofocus systems around! It has built in Wifi so you can transfer photos to your phone within seconds. It also shoots incredibly well in low light. I have shot photos at ISO 1600 that have very little grain. And I have shot video at weddings that I then used for the final videos at ISO 2500! (which is excellent for a crop sensor body) The lenses for this camera are mostly very affordable. I currently shoot with the Sony 50mm f1.8 and the Sigma 30mm f2.8. The 30mm is great for shooting landscape photos while the 50mm I use for portraits and almost all my video work. I can’t say enough great things about this camera.

This is a video I shot on the A6000.

I know this is a lot to read but if you are buying a camera, it might be worth your time! I hope this helped you. And if you have any further questions at all, don’t hesitate to fill out the form and ask me a question on my contact page or my FAQ page!

Don’t let this decision leave you looking like this. 

Thanks for reading!

Why You Need Your Wedding Professionally Filmed

Everyone knows that photography is a must-have when it’s time for your wedding. However, a video is often times overlooked because of other wedding expenses. For example, according to Lifestagevideos.com, only 50% of brides-to-be consider video in their top priorities. In reality, a wedding video can be one of the most valuable memories of your wedding right up with the photos you will get from your special day. 

Did you know that 98% off all newlyweds recommend future brides have their wedding professionally filmed? And after those 50% of brides-to-be get married, 75% then consider video at the top of the list. 

Your wedding is ONE day, and you will never truly re-live it. Think about how many hours go into planning this special day; wouldn’t you want to see and hear things that you might never hear again? The vows, the facial expressions, the dances, the smiles, the laughs, and everything in between. A video captures all these pieces that the photographs won’t. 

I myself have heard countless times about new brides who either regretted not getting a video done, or did get a video done and were extremely glad they did. 

“Oh my god Mike I just watched it and cried, I lovvvveeee it! Amazing! I absolutely love it! Perfect!”
- Beth Goodrich

“Hey Mike we think you did an AWESOME job on the video!!! It’s making the rounds now with our family. Thank you! You perfectly captured the important moments (the I do’s, wedding toast, and dances) of our wedding day and delivered an amazing video that we will cherish forever.”
- Lisa & Scott Burke

Your wedding day is extremely important and it’s something you’re going to want to remember and look back on forever, and also something you will want to show your children some day. Of course weddings are expensive but there are always ways of getting a video done. This is not something you want to skip out on.

If you have any questions about wedding videos regarding my prices, packages, or anything else, check out my wedding video section or submit the form on my contact page and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Massachusetts Film Tax Credit

If you’ve never heard of the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit, it’s basically an incentive program for movies that are produced, in whole or in part, in Massachusetts. These companies may end up being eligible for Sales and Use Tax Exemption, transferable 25% payroll credit, and/or transferable 25% Production Expense credit. It’s basically an incentive for companies to produce their films in the state of Massachusetts.

Well, since it was enacted in 2006, there have been multiple attempts to limit/cut the tax credit and luckily, so far those attempts have failed every time. There is another attempt currently going on in the legislature by Governor Baker to cut the Film Tax Credit and invest more in the earned income credit for low income families. 

There are people fighting for both sides and on March 30, 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel of students, teachers, and recent graduates in support of the Tax Credit. I talked about my experiences in the industry; from my internship freshman year to my freelance work with local companies and to a recent position with a local production company, MediaBoss Television.

All of the panel members had great things to say about their experiences and reasons why the tax credit should stick around. Getting rid of this tax credit would offset a big industry, put a lot of people out of jobs, and relocate many people as well. The hard working people in this industry have families and happy lives here in Massachusetts and disrupting that is not something the state should do.

Overall it was a great experience and if you have any questions about the tax credit, feel free to shoot me an email or search it on Google!

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One for the books.

Hey everyone!

Last night I attended an art show in Boston for a very good friend of mine. His name is Marty Reynolds and he is an incredibly talented artist. 

Marty likes to paint what he sees and what he lives. He has a way of showing his life through his paintings that is so down to earth and so normal, yet so mind-blowing. He is your average college student but at the same time, he isn’t. He spends hours and hours on these paintings of what some of his nights look like and the amount of detail he puts into them is almost unbelievable. 

His website is MartyReynoldsArt.com and I would highly recommend following him on Instagram @martyreynoldsart and on Facebook! His page is Facebook.com/martyreynoldsart

Thanks for reading!