Posted on January 26th, 2018
My name is Brendan and I’m the owner, videographer, accountant, secretary, cleaner and everything else that is behind Make My Day Productions 🙂
I started filming weddings professionally in 2008 and, even though I’ve received no formal training in this specific field, for as long as I can remember making films (of any sort) has been something I’ve wanted to pursue. It’s not difficult to work out where my love for all things camera comes from as I spent much of my early years on the other side of the lens. See an example below (I’m the coolest of the 2 cowboys!):
From 2008 until 2015 I filmed weddings whilst also working a full-time job. That my love for the craft grew in that time was enough to convince me to make the leap into making my hobby a full-time career and I left my old job in April 2015.
Now here we are in 2018 and I’m looking into my 4th year as a full-time Ireland Wedding Videographer. It’s an exciting year ahead taking in some of my regular haunts (Ballymagarvey, Clonabreany, Trim Castle, Kilashee, etc) as well as taking in some new venues (Tankardstown, Garyvoe, Radison Blu St Helens, etc)
With all that experience behind me my philosophy on not only how I capture weddings but also deal with couples from booking to delivery has become more defined. In short here it is:
- Simplicity – Wedding planning can be stressful to organise for couples (being honest mainly for the bride!). So my aim from when a bride gets in touch until I have delivered the final film is to make everything as easy as possible through the entire process. I ask very little of them other than the important logisitcal information but also always make sure to get back to them promptly with any queries they may have.
- Discretion – With all the effort that has gone into planning the day it wouldn’t feel right to me that I would then interfer in the day and start telling the couple where to stand and pose and take them away from their guests. So for this reason I am very hands-off on the wedding day and capture events as they unfold as opposed to creating false memories (no #fakenews here!!). If you look at the reviews on my Facebook page one of the common themes that comes through is how little people noticed me on the day.
- Fun – Wedding days are fun! All too often on the clips I see online this is something that’s completely overlooked. With my films the more fun and laughter I can add the happier I’ll be.
- Story – The most important part of my wedding trailers is that we learn about the couple, their wedding day and their story. If I can show a trailer to a complete stranger and they feel they know the couple by the end then I’ll know I’ve done my job.
Getting back to the start of this post and my love for all things video, if you’re anything like me and like re-living happy memories and seeing people you care about at their happiest then I think having your wedding filmed is one of the most important things you can do. My own parents got married in 1967. They are sadly no longer with us but losing them has left me with a love for capturing happy memories (sometimes it feels like my life’s mission to do so) so we can relive those times together while people are still here and also be reminded of who they were when they are no longer with us. To that end of all the family videos I am lucky enough to possess none is more important than this one from my parents wedding day:
I hope this blog post will help you get to know me a little better. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please do get in touch.