You’ve been planning every detail of your wedding day for months. If you think the days and weeks slip by a little to quickly while you’re planning just wait ‘til the big day. All of the sudden, one of the most important and most memorable days of your life has come and gone in the blink of an eye. We know you are going to want to cherish every last moment of that special day over and over again, and relive the moments that you somehow seemed to miss during the whirlwind of the wedding day. That’s why we would like to introduce you to this week’s VOW, Eric Olsen from Olsen Media. Eric works hard to capture the complete story of your wedding day, from the big “I Do” to the subtle moments of eye contact you and your partner will share across the dance floor, Olsen media captures it all for you!
Q: What does Olsen Media specialize in?
A: Olsen Media specializes in capturing the story of your wedding day and retelling it in a moving 10 minute film.
Q: What makes Olsen Media stand out in terms of wedding videography options couples have in the Twin Cities area?
A: I would say it is the style that I bring to the filming and editing of films. Each videographer has their own specific style that dictates how they shoot, how they edit, and what music they choose for their films. Couples that choose Olsen Media often tell me that they searched around and when they saw my style, they knew immediately they wanted to book Olsen Media.
Q: When and how did Olsen Media begin?
A: It’s a funny story really. I used to be one of the directors of Trout Lake Camp in central Minnesota. While working there I developed a real passion for filming and editing. When it was time to move on to the next thing I decided I wanted to start my own business as a videographer. I came up with a great idea to film weddings and then take the highlights of the day and edit it into a short video set to music so couples could enjoy watching it without having to watch a super long video. Little did I know that many companies were already doing that and a short google search let me know that I was not the inventor of that idea, haha! I still really liked the idea though and decided to go for it 100% and Olsen Media was born!
Q: Describe yourself in three words:
A: Funny, Creative, Honest
Q: How are you able to show the personality and love between the couple through video?
A: Showing the love of the couple in the videos is pretty easy on their wedding day, because they say it to each other out loud a lot. However, if you want to really show it in the video, it’s all in the subtleties. It’s the way he grabs her hand when they’re walking, it’s the catch in her voice when she reads his letter, it’s the look that they share from across the crowded dance floor at the end of the night. I mix big moments that are easy to see with little moments that I sometimes only find while reviewing the footage to show that they say they love each other and they actually mean it. Also, I can’t overstate how important the music is! I spend a lot of time finding great songs because to me music tells at least half the story and music that doesn’t feel real and authentic can really ruin an otherwise great video.
Q: What do couples need to do if they want their big day captured on video?
A: Just reach out to Olsen Media of course!
Q: What do you love about working in the wedding industry?
A: I love working in the wedding industry because I get to be a part of the best day of peoples lives all the time and I get to make films that bring people to tears. With every video I create I want to move people emotionally. There’s no better video to do that with than a wedding video. The best part of the whole process for me is when I share that video with them and I get the email back that tells me they watched it 6 times through and are still in tears and can’t thank me enough. I’d like to think that I’m also giving them a tool to make their relationships stronger in the future as well. Being able to take 10 minutes out of your day and be reminded of the day you got married will be a powerful thing for couples, especially on all the hard days.
Q: What’s an average (wedding) day at like with Olsen Media?
A: An average wedding day with Olsen Media starts with the tallest half-caramel latte I can get at Caribou and a breakfast sandwich to give me the fuel I need to bring my A game all day. I start out by heading to where the couple is getting ready and from there it’s filming all the activities of the day! Hair & makeup, letter readings, first look, photo sessions, ceremony, party bus!, grand entrance, dinner, toasts, first dances, and of course, sparkler exit! When it’s all said and done, I pack up my gear and head home to my lovely wife Ashley and our grey schnoodle, Reggie for some much-deserved sleep.
Q: What would you want a couple in the wedding planning process to know about choosing the perfect Wedding Videographer?
A: Choosing the perfect videographer really boils down to two points. 1. Do you like their work/style? If the style and videos match what you’d like and they have enough of them to show that they’re consistent then it’s a good start to contact them. 2. Do you like them personally? If at all possible, meet with the videographer in person. I always try to meet the couple or one of them when they are booking because I want them to know me. You’re going to have your photographers and videographers around you all day on your wedding day, it’s a good idea to get to know them a bit ahead of time to make sure that they’re a good fit for you.
Q: Have you done any unique weddings that stand out?
A: Each wedding has at least one unique thing that makes them standout for me but I would have to say the most memorable one I did was at Trout Lake Camp and the unique moment was when the couple went down the zipline as their grand exit for that day!
Q: Anything else you want couples to know about Olsen Media or about capturing their big day on camera?
A: Check out my videos on olsen-media.com and if you like the style, let’s talk today about capturing your story!