PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Hi, I’m Stu, a pretty normal Glaswegian who now finds himself in London and spends the majority of his life in or surrounded by people from, the wedding industry and I’m really happy with that!
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
I used to film my friends on their rollerblades, in 2008 we went on a skating trip to California for a month, eventually we ran out of money so some wedding videographers offered us a bit of cash to help them film a wedding they were working on there. We really enjoyed ourselves and thought the footage looked great (it did at the time but looking back now I’m not so sure…) so we decided it was an industry we wanted to get involved in.
HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I get up and pickup emails/ urgent things to action or respond to and schedule the social media posts for the day. Usually around 11am I’ll try get some sort of workout in, I don’t go to the gym so just a home Youtube class is fine. I’ll then get back into the editing or more intensive things in the afternoon. I try to wrap up at 6pm but if I’m in the zone during a wedding edit I’ll just carry on. I don’t work past 11pm as a rule though as I’ll ruin the next day for the sake of a few hours around midnight.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I love when you’re finishing up a wedding film and you get to add the colour grading, at that point you see your hard work and all the parts you remember shooting in a particular way come to life exactly (hopefully) as you imagined at the time you were looking through the lens filming it on the day itself.
AND WHAT IS THE WORST PART?
Having to talk to my accountant about tax and remembering the 25 passwords it takes to login to HMRC each time to check on things.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Do your best even when you might not need to. Overnight successes aren’t actually overnight.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT COUPLES TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I truly believe I’m one of the most discreet wedding videographers out there. I was also brought up in customer service so I think that’s hugely important, and all the decisions I make during the entire process have my clients experience at the forefront.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?
Have live entertainment, it just really adds something, the dancefloor gets packed instantly and stays that way!
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU DIDN’T WORK IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
I used to work in the City as a business analyst in finance (pensions). So I spent my days in spreadsheets. I’d probably still be there.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF?
I play football for a charity 11-a-side team on any Saturday I’m not at a wedding. I still rollerblade a bit, for fitness mainly. Yoga has become a thing over the last year, who’d have thought I’d have stuck with it, I remember being so nervous walking into my first class. I also love an after work beer, which means coordinating with other wedding suppliers and then talking shop whilst we drink.
Completed it – Scuba diving in the Philippines, the most stunning locations and fish species alongside a really friendly country. Next up – a luxury one in one of those little wooden challets on a pier in the sea in the Maldives.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
Still filming, I’ve done some cool projects outside weddings lately so I’ll see what happens with that angle.