Back in 1985, on the 13th July, I had just turned 18.
That day was Live Aid day and also, it just happened to be the hottest day of the year. Not only that, it was the Golden Wedding Anniversary of my grandparents and we had organised a monster party in the house and garden where we all lived. Probably the most memorable and fantastic day we have had as a family.
I had already been into photography for a number of years and had dabbled with video so, because this was a full on celebration day, I decided to film it on a VHS video tape recorder (no digital back then). I made sure to capture everything and everyone and can still just about remember various sections of that tape:
You see, I only have vague memories of that wonderful day because not long after, someone in my family who shall remain nameless, decided to record over the entire event with a western movie! It had gone forever…no back-up, no second copy, nothing! I was gutted to say the least.
What makes it worse is that not long after that day, we lost my grandmother and auntie and then about 10 years later, my grandad had passed too. I would give anything to see that video now. This photo is pretty much the only record of that day that we have now (Do you like the 80’s dress sense? That’s me at the front with the white “Swatch”, white trousers and black and white shirt):
The whole point of this story is…if you have a major family event coming up, you need to:
- Record the day in full
- Get someone else to do it for you
Even though I enjoyed filming the Golden Wedding day in 1985, I still missed out on a lot of the party because even back then, I wanted to do a good job of filming and recording this great day.
Let us come along to your special day, whatever it is, and record it in full using multiple cameras in full, glorious high definition! You won’t regret it when you are looking back in 20-30 years and showing it off to family members that aren’t even born yet. We can film:
I hope you understand the importance of recording these events as much as I do.
I use a number of different cameras of all shapes and sizes from broadcast quality HD video cameras to small “point of view” and wearable cameras to ensure we capture the action from all angles. I am both unobtrusive and also “in your face” depending on what is happening at that moment.
Imagine in 30 years time, seeing family members being interviewed, playing silly games, doing their favourite thing or simply just having fun. Like I said, I would give anything to have my video from 1985 back again. It was the largest family gathering we have ever had and no doubt will ever have now as my grandparents were the pinnacle of our family back then.
For more information about what I can do to help, please either call or email me to arrange a time and date to meet and discuss your special occasion.