I was totally blown away by today’s featured vendor. Nathan has been shooting video for a long time (since he was 12 years old!), and it shows in the cinematic work he creates for his clients. Videography can be one of the most under-valued parts of a wedding, but who could say no to owning a movie of your wedding day that can help you remember all the details forever? Check out a few of Nathan’s videos below, and find out more about his business Delack Media Group.
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Where do you live and work? I live in the western suburbs of Chicago. Most of our wedding cinematography work is based in the Chicagoland area. However, we travel throughout the Midwest, other domestic locations, and some international wedding destinations as well. I love to travel. So, of course, we’d love to capture beautiful weddings anywhere in the world!
When did you first become interested in the medium of video? What sparked your interest?
When I was 12, my dad bought a video camera for our family. I started capturing anything I could with that camera. At that point, I was hooked. At the time, we were fortunate enough to have a well equipped local public access television station in our town, where residents could take classes and learn how to use professional television studio equipment and produce television shows. I started branching out and doing my own thing (in addition to the public access TV work). One of my first paid gigs was a wedding. I remember going to the local photo/video store to buy some tapes for the camera. The clerk laughed at me, saying, “You’re going to videotape someone’s wedding and you’re how old?” I was 12 at the time, but the bride and her family couldn’t have been more happy with what I put together. I shot weddings for several years, went to college, and then worked in television news as a photojournalist in Des Moines and Chicago.
When did you start your business, Delack Media Group? I started Delack Media Group in 2009. There was a huge void missing in the wedding video market. Anyone can press record on a video camera, but it takes a true artist to capture unique angles of the day and weave it into an emotional story. I wanted to make wedding films interesting for couples…almost make it into their own movie.
What’s your favorite part about shooting someone’s wedding day?
Weddings are such a fun day for everyone involved and allow me share my creativity with others. After our clients watch their wedding film, I have couples tell me all the time, “I didn’t know that happened” or “I didn’t know you were there to capture that!” For us, it’s all about creating a completely different perspective of your day…capturing that moment and making it into something that’s visual and will be cherished for a lifetime.
If you could offer any words of advice to a couple considering videography, what would they be?
Video is such an important part of your wedding. When your day is over, what will you have to remember the vows and beautiful words that were said during your reception? Budget enough early on in your planning for cinematography. I can’t tell you how many brides have contacted us and are gushing over our work, but just didn’t budget enough. Have fun with video. We’re now producing save the date videos and concept films, where we create mini scripted movies based on your lives together. There are so many possibilities out there with video. Also, book early. Most of your in-demand vendors will get reservations far in advance. We have limited remaining availability for 2011 and we’re now booking for 2012.