The Lodge at Maneely's August Wedding

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The Lodge at Maneely's August Wedding

It was a second marriage for both Tracy and Mike at The Lodge at Maneely’s in August. Tracy and Mike along with their children had a really special day at The Lodge at Maneely’s in South Windsor CT. The couple was adorable, their kids were fantastic, the day was perfect in every way.

We have such a great job!!

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Amanda and Michael's Wedding July 21, 2018

We shot the wedding video for Amanda and Michael this past Saturday.  Two great families brought together by this super sweet couple. We also worked with an amazing team of vendors.  Starting with Beauty Entourage at the hotel, then off to The Waterview for the main events.  The photographer, Nick Benson and his team were awesome to work with for the first time, the flowers from Scott's flowers were beautiful and the DJ,  Peter and Polly Devine from After Hours is always a great time.  All in all it was a perfect day, with a perfect couple and the perfect team of vendors.   This is just a very short clip of Amanda and her dad walking up the aisle and the emotional reaction Michael has when he sees her approaching for the first time.   It's a great case in point when potential customers ask us, "do I really need 2 cameras?"  With a single camera coverage package, you would never see Michael's priceless reaction to seeing his bride for the first time.

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Kate and Marc's Wethersfield Country Club Wedding photos

What a great day.  First of all the horrible humid heat wave that we had for what felt like 2 weeks broke on Friday.   We woke to a crisp dry beautiful day.   We started out at Kate's parents home in Glastonbury where Kate and her Bridesmaids had just returned from Blades Salon for Hair and Makeup. From there they had a beautiful Catholic Ceremony in Glastonbury and then off to the Silas Robbins House B&B in Old Wethersfield for photos.  The final destination was the Wethersfield Country Club for the Reception. 

 

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Shannon and Sam's June Engagement Photos

We spent an evening with Shannon and Sam just before this crazy heatwave hit. It was a beautiful summer night on the campus of the private school where Sam is a teacher.   We had a great time photographing them. They are a super sweet couple and every where you looked on the grounds of this school was something beautiful. Their wedding is June 2019 and we can't wait to work with them again.

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Emily and Edgardo - Wedding at Maneelys, South Windsor

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Emily and Edgardo - Wedding at Maneelys, South Windsor

From our engagement shoot at Mill Pond Park in Newington to their wedding at Maneely's Banquets in South Windsor, Emily and Edgar have been a blast.  They are so much fun and game for anything.  Our adventure with them started at Mill Pond Park and some train tracks in New Britain for their engagement shoot with Lydia and Craig.  Then they had a fantastic wedding at Maneely's Banquets in South Windsor.  There was a little rain on their wedding day and the ceremony had to be moved indoors,  but that didn't stop them.  Our photographer, Rusty got some awesome shots of them inside and when the weather cleared up enough, he took the couple outside on the beautiful grounds of Maneely's and they were able to get the pretty outdoor shots that they had hoped for.

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Creatography

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Creatography

We spent a week in Iowa in March taking a course that we had been dying to take for awhile,  Ben Shirk’s Creatography course.  All of the photos of our subjects were taken in front of green screen and we are creating amazing art for our clients.  Ben is so incredibly talented and we have been practicing what we learned in class.  Here are a few pieces that we made in class and the rest were created in our studio in Berlin, CT.  

 

 

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A dancer from Caroline’s Dance Legacy in Berlin, CT  #dancephotographer #compositephotography #CTphotographer #portraitphotographer

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Sifu Dave from Connecticut Wing Chun KungFu Academy in Berlin.   #greenscreenphotography #connecticutphotographer #compositephotography

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A dancer from Caroline’s Dance Legacy of Berlin, CT posing for this fun photo. 

#flyingfabric #greenscreenphoto #portraitphotography

 Blasting through the wall.

Blasting through the wall.

Sifu Dave from Connecticut Traditional Wing Chun Kung-Fu Academy in Berlin,  CT.   

# Connecticutphotographer #connecticutportraits #greenscreenphotography

 

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This was one of our “in class projects” when we were learning with Ben.    

#highschoolseniorphotographer #greenscreenphotography #CTphotographer

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This was a project we made in class with the expert guidance from Ben.   

#sportsphotographyCT #teamphotographerCT #greenscreenphotography #greenscreen

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Hope and Emily's Webb Barn Wedding-Connecticut Wedding Photographer-Berlin, CT

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Hope and Emily's Webb Barn Wedding-Connecticut Wedding Photographer-Berlin, CT

This was by far one of our most favorite weddings of last year.  Hope and Emily's wedding was filled with love, laughter and, tears of joy.  The love and support from their family and friends filled the wedding from beginning to end.

The Rustic Barn theme was the perfect backdrop for their Fall Wedding.  There were apple cider donuts instead of traditional wedding cake and home made Kahlua favors.  From the minute we began shooting at the hotel until the last song was played, we couldn't stop smiling with these two.

WEBB BARN-rustic wedding-connecticut photographer-LGBT wedding

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May 26, 2017 Wedding of Alicia and Sean - Sneak Peak

Our first wedding of this long holiday weekend was Alicia and Sean on Friday night.  It was a rainy morning but the skies cleared after the 4:00 ceremony.  Alicia's 2 young daughters walked her down the aisle.  They had a beautiful ceremony.

The grounds of the Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon were so pretty for pictures that we chose to do everything right there.

Here is a sneak peak of a few pictures.

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A Wedding Video or a Wedding Film which style is right for you?

There are several wedding video styles that you can choose from when you are planning to hire a professional wedding videographer.  You hear the term wedding film used more and more lately and if you didn't know any better you would assume that it is just a new buzzword for a wedding video.  There really is a difference.  A wedding film is a short (usually no more than 20 minutes, and we have seen some that are only 4 minutes long) highly edited end product set to music, usually with voice overs from the toasts, vows, and officiant.  They are not chronological in that the first scene you see might be the bride walking up the aisle, while hearing an excerpt of the best mans toast from the reception and the next scene is the bride getting her makeup on, then back to the ceremony and so on.  They can be amazing works of art, albeit confusing at times to follow, BUT in most cases, when you buy a wedding film, all you get is this very short end product.

We are firm believers in the tried and true documentary style unobtrusive wedding video.  Most importantly, when we are filming a wedding, we are completely candid.  The average person does not like to be filmed and so our candid documentary style wedding video is perfect to capture the couple at their most natural.  We don't direct the couple to pose a certain way or ask them to walk in a certain direction so that we can create shots. That is the wedding photographers job.  Our job is to just capture it all as it happens and create the beautiful end product in editing.   Our end product is generally 2 hours long.  At the very least, is is the ceremony and reception fully edited to watch as if you were there to re-live it all over again.  It can also include a getting ready chapter, a first look, formal picture session etc.  It requires great skill to shoot a wedding from start to finish in such a way that you can watch it over and over and feel like you are right back there living it all over again.  There are no do-overs when you are shooting a wedding so you have to be on your game. Our documentary style wedding video allows you to hear your wedding ceremony and wedding reception exactly as it happened and not be given only snippets of the wedding day that the video editor feels makes it more creative.  Rather than hear only one line from the maid of honors toast that made you cry, with documentary style wedding videography, you hear the entire toast from start to finish.  We also offer a 10 minute Highlights chapter so that you can watch the "best of moments" when you don't have time to watch the whole thing, but when you do have time to watch the whole thing, you can.  This is why we feel we are the best wedding videographer in Connecticut.  So when you are shopping around for your wedding video make sure that you ask what style does the wedding videographer follow and ask to see their full end product that they have created for someone so that you can be sure that it is the style wedding video that you want to have forever.

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Jr. World Synchronized Skating Qualifying Event

This past weekend we shot the video and photos at a Synchronized Skating Competition. If you have never seen it before, it is really fun to watch.  There are teams of skaters somewhere in the range of 10-20 on the ice together... I think...  I don't know the rules,  unlike Figure Skating where men and women have separate events, in synchronized skating men and women can be on the same team, it is athletic yet graceful. Their movements are precisely coordinated right down to each leg extension or turn.   Watch this 1 minute clip from one of the teams to see what I mean. Notice how every movement is perfectly coordinated with all of the other skaters.  

This was the Freeskate for Skyliners who took first place in the Jr. World Team Selection Event this weekend. They will be representing the US in March at the Junior World Event.

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The Funniest Best Man Toast we have heard all year!

When I need a little "pick me up" this 4 minute video clip is my "Go To" video to watch.  I laugh because I think how this groom must have been quite a handful as a kid and how mad his parents must have been at the time.  I am sure he took his lumps when it happened, but how great it is that they can all laugh about it now, and the best part is that this hilarious story, told by the Grooms brother,  is all captured on video so their children can one day hear the story too. Video is PRICELESS!!

#weddingvideo # CTweddingvideo #lacefactory, #funniestbestman

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9 Months later...

I was so sure that I would make time in our busy schedule every week to post a little something about what we are working on each week.  We work on so many interesting projects, and that makes our job so much fun.  But here we are 9 months since my last post and I never carved out any time to share  all of the fun things that we did throughout 2015. 

We shot 30 weddings, 15 dance recitals, 18 plays,  3 skating competitions and a slew of various school and corporate projects.  Craig traveled to Maui, DC, Denver, Chicago, and Copenhagen with one of our corporate clients while I held down the fort in CT.   

Even now, in what should be our "slow time of year" we have already shot 3 weddings, 2 plays, a TV commercial and a skating competition.  

Now that I have put that all down in writing,  I see why I never have time to post any updates to this blog.  But I have made a commitment to continue to share all of the exciting ( and some not so exciting)  projects that we are working on.  So watch for more updates. 

 

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Figure Skating

We are so incredibly fortunate that we get to work on some of the most amazing projects.  Weddings are great to film. There is the anticipation before the couple sees each other for the first time, the Vows, the toasts and let's not forget the party.  We love filming weddings, but we get to work on so many other awesome projects. 

This past weekend was a 3 day figure skating competition.  The Southern Connecticut Open,  which we have been filming for the past 12 years.  The Days are cold and long but we get to witness some great up and coming skaters.  This year was no exception. My prediction is that we will see much more of Maxim Naumov in the years to come. 

If you want to see what I mean, click on this link to watch his short program.  

https://vimeo.com/126370654

 

 

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Our First Blog Post

So it feels like blogs have been around forever now,  and some of you may have noticed that Classic Video Productions never jumped on board.  I think our reasoning was a blend of thinking that A). "bloggers" have to be excellent writers... we are not, and B). are people really going to be interested in what we have to say?   Well, we hope so because we have decided that after many years of doing what we love, doing it together 7 days a week for over 12 years and at the end of every day still loving each other and what we do,  maybe we do have something to offer our blog readers... Well we hope so anyway. 

It is fair to say that we love "being behind the camera" in every sense of those words.  So to begin writing this blog is a little out of our comfort zone because we are "stepping out from behind the camera" in a manner of speaking.  

We have struggled with the concept of how we are going to make our blog posts personal. For example, I love to read photographers blogs because along with the pictures of a couple there are usually interesting anecdotes about the couple that the photographer has learned throughout their wedding day.   

Since our camera style for weddings is documentary style, we rarely interact with our couples on their wedding day.  When filming, our goal is to capture everything as candidly and unobtrusively as possible.  It is one of the reasons everyone looks so comfortable and natural in our end product.  The photographers job is different, they get to pose the couple, walk with them to pretty spots and have fun with them all day, all the while developing a bond, while we quietly capture everything that is happening in order to edit together a beautiful end product where everyone looks natural.  The unfortunate result of that for us is that we never get to develop the same relationship with our couples that the photographers get to have.

So we can only hope that when we post our videos from a wedding in our blog without writing about the couples "story" hopefully our video will tell their story for us.   

 

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