I was sat in a photography seminar being told the joys of social media and how video was the up and coming thing that would save us all from obscurity. Naturally this is great news for a photographer, who takes still images.
However this did spark an idea in my mind. I could wax lyrical for hours in front of the camera about all things photographical, from posing and lighting through to different arrangements of family groups, reportage and candid photography and all sorts. The kind of thing, that might prove quite interesting to photographers and maybe include some useful information for brides. But my target market is not other photographers, it's the future couples who might like to consider me as their photographer.
So I figured a series of videos that addressed more general wedding and bridal themes might be the more interesting project to tackle. I'd leverage some of my connections and my natural charms to talk other suppliers into stepping in front of the camera and sharing ideas, tips, advice and inspiration for brides. And yes I know there's a bridal channel, there's Don't tell the Bride and a vast array of media and blogs out there to draw brides in, but I thought, what the hell.
Now I don't look good in a dress. So that kind of ruled me out as a presenter, unless I wanted to rope in a model any time we were talking about dresses, accessories, ceremonies or indeed most things wedding related. So that lead me to running an audition in the middle of July to find a presenter for this endeavour. First through the door was Sarah Meikle, and in true Hollywood style, she was the best candidate for the role. Sarah's a trained actress, teaches drama herself and is also an occasional Disney Princess.
Only a week later and we began filming. Our first day took us first to Freja Designer Dress Making in Edinburgh's new town. I'd had the good fortune to shoot with Freja's dresses in previous years, the first time was at Springkell in the borders and the second was at Ingliston Country Club. Mette, the mind and designer behind Freja, was happy to help us out and we had an enjoyable morning talking to her about dresses. Sarah also got a chance to try on a few dresses, which she became quite possessive of.
We'll be visiting another dress designer as part of our dresses episode and going through a dress consultation to give brides a better idea of what ordering a bespoke dress can involve.
After a brief stop for cake and coffee, where we made the editorial decision that our last episode in the series will have to include a section about cakes, we then journeyed South of Edinburgh to take in Newhall Estate. This was a location I had photographed at before and I was thrilled to get a chance to showcase this hidden gem as part of our series. Though the house itself is still a private residence, the walled garden provides a great location for a marquee wedding, effectively a blank canvas in a beautiful garden setting. There's even holiday cottages next door that the bridal party could take advantage of.
We took the opportunity there to film our introduction to the series in the beautiful dining room at the house, wander round the gardens and then interview the owner of the Newhall Estate about weddings there.
Now we've not been without the occasional technical hiccough, and I'm sure there's a bump or two in the road ahead, but I'm looking at the footage so far and I'm hopeful we can present a great series for all the brides to be out there, with the occasional tip thrown in for the groom too!
So you'll find the series on YouTube, with a few place holder videos until then at The Bride Video Blog, We're on Facebook @TheBrideVideoBlog and we're on Twitter and Instagram too. If you like, follow or simply stalk us online you can keep up to date with our progress through filming, see occasional out takes, teaser tips and then the series in Autumn.