Midway Media are Midlands based professional videographers from Swadlincote in South Derbyshire who specialise in filming weddings and events .
They are Tracey and Barry Hatter-Smith, a very friendly and relaxed husband and wife team who are conveniently located to film weddings and events across the midlands area in counties such as Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northants, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.
They are both members of the Institute of Videography with Tracey being an Associate Member and Barry currently working his way towards full accreditation.
They work through the Wedding Day in an unobtrusive manner and take great pride in their work, always being creative in both their filming and editing styles in order to put together modern & stylish productions.
I had a chat to Tracey to find out more about the Business.
What is it you do, and what services do you offer ?
"Midway Media is a professional videography service specialising in the filming of weddings, events and corporate promotional and training videos."
When, and why did you start your business?
"Midway Media was started in the early part of 2009 after years of filming friends and family weddings and party celebrations.
We received so many compliments about how our weddings were presented on DVD that friends and family suggested we did this professionally.
Back then, we were in all honesty a little sceptical on whether it would work and could we take that all important leap."
"In April 2009, Barry was made redundant after 15 years, we didn’t look at this negatively as the redundancy helped us set the business up and buy all our starter equipment by investing in high definition video cameras, external microphones and lots more stuff.
To this day we still continue to invest in new equipment to develop the business more and keep up with new filming trends that clients are now becoming aware of."
What inspires you ?
"Apart from the filming side of it and the love of weddings, we really enjoy interacting with clients beforehand and on the day.
Barry thoroughly enjoys the editing side putting the DVD together to tell the story from start to finish.
Barry is a super editor and I love what he produces.
I too have just began editing and I can honestly say it's a fantastic feeling seeing and hearing your own work come together.
I also like the fact that I can give input during the editing process adding a little feminine flare as men can’t think of everything!"
What has been your favourite assignment, and why ?
"This is quite a difficult one to answer as every weekend we get to film a wedding in a new place or a place we've filmed before with a fabulous new couple it still fills us with excitement.
I guess from my perspective, our favourite assignments are working with a great photographer who knows how to get the best out of the bride and groom."
"We also love it when the couple want to be more involved in the making of their wedding film when we're shooting. We don't direct as such as we like natural shots but working with the couple who want a little more umph to their film is fantastic - that's what we're aiming for."
Whats your greatest achievement ?
"Nothing to do with filming but obtaining an LL.B (Hons) in Law. I never thought I was capable!"
"On the filming side, I lacked confidence when it came to thinking about editing - it's so daunting, I had no idea what to do with the program.
I tried it, liked it and I surprised myself how quickly I became absorbed into the footage creating what my husband Barry says, "most impressive" work.
Now that for me is another fantastic achievement, still a lot to learn but the signs are very promising. I love everything I do."
Whats the future for your Business ?
"Our plans for the future is simply to continue to supply the wedding industry with professional, cinematic wedding films as well as expanding the business into other areas such as Asian weddings, corporate filmmaking, promotional videos, equestrian and other events on an as and when basis."
"We’re both really passionate about what we do and always strive for better results and near perfection.
We are our own worst critics!
We will also continue to invest in our already vast array of equipment that will enable us to strive for excellence in our continual development in ourselves and the business."
"We have invested a lot of time and money to reach the standard we are at now and considering it’s not been quite 2 years since we formed Midway Media, we are confident that we can achieve our objectives.
At the moment we’re happy with the way things are going and will progress slowly into these new areas over the course of 2011."
"One thing in this industry is there is always something new to learn and new skills to develop to meet the demands of filmmaking whether it be for a wedding or a corporate video and it is important not to get left behind!
With the internet being a powerful resource, the bride and groom know what they want from their wedding videos and seek the expertise of a professional to achieve this."
Thank you to Tracey and Barry for sharing about their fabulous Business and sharing this wonderful example of their work.
To Contact Midway Media
Phone: Tracey: 07974 646287 - Barry: 07595 342984