I can't tell you how many times friends, family, and acquaintances have messaged me on Facebook, texted, called, or emailed asking for wedding vendor recommendations. Well guys, you're in luck. Because Ashley and I know and have worked with some AMAZING wedding professionals. So much so that we decided we have to feature some of the knockouts we love. Thus begins -- the Vendors Who Are Killin' It series.
I'm so excited to kick off the series with one of my most favorite people to work with! I met Justin of JY Films years back when I was working as an Event Manager for a venue. He's probably the most easy going, laid back, sweetest guy in the industry. I've never once seen anything ruffle his feathers. So, if you're in need of a calm, cool, and collected gentleman to shoot your wedding video -- look no further. Justin always delivers so much more than anyone could ever expect. Oh, and his work is gorgeous.
Justin was kind enough to chat with us and give us a closer look into the history of his business and why he loves videography. And I must say -- we love how much he truly understands the importance of the service he provides. If you take anything from this, please take away how muay, muay importante it is to have video of your wedding day!
Noir: Tell us the story behind why you started JY Films! Did you always have a passion for videography?
Justin: I can't say videography was always my passion, but editing has been. It's a unique story. A couple friends of mine were getting married and asked me to film their wedding, only because they knew I owned a video camera from doing music videos. Also because the first person they asked said no. So I filmed their wedding for $80, which I thought was amazing at the time. Wedding went great, and while they were on their honeymoon in Punta Cana, I decided to edit the footage I had just like a music video. I posted it on YouTube a couple days later and I get a call saying they could not stop watching it and asked me to film a few weddings that were coming up in their family. So even though it wasn't something I thought I would be doing, it's now something I have a passion for.
N: How would you describe your style of videography?
J: My style of videography is a reflection of myself. Being there for them, never missing a moment and making people smile as often as possible. Being an editor who shoots weddings is a benefit because I know what shots I need and can easily piece it all together in my head as I go.
N: Why do you think it's so important to hire a videographer for your wedding?
J: What people don't realize is that videographers usually get hired last, after photographers, DJ's, venue, catering, flowers. We never get to plead our case. It's usually a last minute thing that they forget about. And it's true what they say, your wedding goes by so fast and you WILL NOT remember a lot of it. That's why having a videographer is so important. You may look at a picture and wonder why you were laughing so hard when the video will show you everything that lead up to that moment and more. Not only can you watch it over and over again for yourself, but your family, kids and grandkids will be able to see those moments as well.
N: Can you tell us a little bit about your process working with wedding clients?
J: I like to meet every couple before they book. I want to get to know them as much as they want to get to know me. It helps to be on the same page when you're asked to be a part of someone's most important day. I'm there to assure them that not only will everything be ok, but that I'm there to help in any way I possibly can. The ultimate goal is for them to not have to worry about anything.
N: What sets JY Films apart from other videography companies?
J: Honestly, I just treat every wedding like it's my own. I try to put myself in the couple's shoes and ask myself 'What more can I do?". I am a very personable guy so it comes easy to be fun and make the day be a little bit less worrisome. For my 9-5 job I'm actually a photographer so during the wedding day I snap a few pics every now and then so they have more. They aren't paying extra for that but I just try to go above and beyond for everyone, not just clients of mine.
N: What type of clientele are you interested in working with the most?
J: Everyone. Doesn't matter if it is a small wedding or a large wedding, big budget or little budget, I try to give them exactly what they're looking for. I've done destination weddings in Hawaii and even a courthouse wedding in Kenosha. Not everyone can afford those 'million dollar' weddings.
N: Do you have a favorite moment from a wedding you shot?
J: There are so many that I've done, but the one that sticks out the most to me is from Monica and Jake's wedding. Three months before their wedding in Milwaukee, their venue messed up and it had to be changed to somewhere else. And because of that they lost their deposit for the venue, the photographer, the DJ, the caterer, and even three bridesmaids in the process because they now had to move their wedding from Milwaukee, where her family is, all the way to Detroit, where his family lives. Instead of doing the same as the other vendors, I told her that I would be more than happy to help out no matter where or when the wedding was. I even drove out with her brother and stayed with him to save on expenses. It turned out to be one of the best weddings of the year.
N: Now, the most important question of all -- and because we're children of the 90's. Who was your favorite Power Ranger?
J: The Green one was cool, but I had a crush on the Pink Ranger :)