Shoot it Yourself is a fun, quirky new concept in wedding videos. You film it, and they edit it for a meaningful reminder of your big day!
I had a chat to Andrea about the blossoming Business.
What is it you do, and what services do you offer ?
"We’re the only company that hires out broadcast quality video cameras to the couple's family and friends, and then edits all of the footage onto a professional DVD with their own choice of music."
"We realised there was a gap in the market for fun wedding videos whilst planning our own weddings.
With a combined 20 years of experience working in television we were surprised that there was no alternative to the traditional montage, and we also knew from 1st hand experience, the intimacy that can be achieved by giving people the cameras to film themselves."
"We have found that by empowering those closest to the couple, the footage is more fun and more personal, besides the idea that you need a huge video camera and 10 years worth of experience to operate it seems a bit outdated.
Our skill comes in the editing which is not only time consuming, but is a highly skilled job."
"We offer two packages; one camera for £849 and two cameras for £949.
This includes: delivery and collection to ANYWHERE in the UK, insurance, 6 hours of tapes, online video tutorials on how to use the cameras and all of the editing.
The finished product is then burnt onto a professional DVDs and also uploaded onto our blog and Facebook Page."
"However if the idea of giving the cameras to your loved ones fills you with fear, check out our professional videography service; our Hire a Director Package."
When, and why did you start your business ?
"It wasn't until I had my daughter Mollie in March 2009 that I realised a career in television meant wasn’t going to fit in with my commitments as a mum."
"I set the business up because I wanted to always make sure that I had control over the hours that I worked and that I could always prioritize Mollie.
In reality this does mean having to spend all day working, collect Mollie from nursery and once she’s fed and in bed, carrying on working until late into the night.
I consider this a relatively small sacrifice for being my own boss."
"I also wanted to be able to contribute financially to the running of the house, and wanted to relieve the pressure on my husband to earn all of the money to support us.
I have always been financially independent and couldn't bear having to 'ask' if I could go shopping for clothes."
"I set the business up because it is something that I love and feel so strongly about that I wake up in the night dreaming about the possibilities.
I truly believe that it has the potential to provide an amazing future for me and my family, and Becs and her family too."
What inspires you ?
"I’m inspired by my friends and family. I love sitting down and brainstorming new ideas and putting them into practise.
I’m always surprised by what our couples film with our cameras.
Every once in a while we’ll see a new idea that hasn’t been done before and we’ll all gather round the computer to see how it unfolds!
The possibilities for being creative are endless and THAT’S what’s exciting."
What has been your favourite assignment, and why ?
"Dragons’ Den but we’re not allowed to talk about it until the show comes out!!" [sometime in September]
Whats your greatest achievement ?
Our greatest achievement could only be the above!
Whats the future for your Business ?
"We’d like to think that we’re the next generation of wedding videos!
Since we started a year and a half ago we have taken bookings for over 200 weddings and haven’t had an unhappy customer yet!"
"What started off in my living room with a Mac Book, and a mobile phone has now become a national company.
Such is the demand for our AWESOME wedding videos that we've moved into lovely big offices in Clapham and now have a team of 7 full time staff!"
"It all goes to show that with a bit of passion (and a good idea) dreams really can come true!"
Below is a Promotional Video fro the Brand that gives you a fast paced and compact idea of what they Andrea and Bec's do.
Or link http://vimeo.com/16964347
They also took some awesome footage of the Royal Wedding.
Or link http://vimeo.com/23266753
Shoot it yourself was also the company covering the 2011 Wedding Ideas Awards in London, an event I attended.
They were unobtrusive, courteous, really friendly and made a really great Video.
While I am still a fan of the traditional Wedding Video, I see Shoot it Yourself as a new breed of exciting alternative. Its fast paced, its personal, and its extremely fun.
Its a step away from anything thats come before and it has a whole new and fresh outlook to showcasing your Big Day and I love it!
To Contact Shoot it Yourself
Phone: 0207 274 8220