Today, we bring back one of our most popular blog series - the "In the Mix With" interviews! Each week, we'll have an interview featuring a wedding-industry pro. Today, we are thrilled to have local video maverick Michael Eller of Monachetti taking our questions. Michael, I hope you're ready for the hot seat!
How did you get started in the wedding business? About 6 years ago a friend of mine asked if I would do the video for her wedding, and I said yes. I fell in the love with the process and haven't stopped since. What do you do when you are not working? I think about working. Just kidding. I love film and socializing. I'd have to say that my life outside of weddings consists of those two activities. Not too original I know. :) How would you describe your approach to weddings? I would say that my approach to the wedding day is what sets me a part. I try to find the small details that we tend to forget throughout the day, and highlight those in a cinematic and inspiring way. I try to shoot to tell a story, and create space for the natural candid emotions to happen. What inspires you in your work? Great question! Most of what inspires me comes from the creative arts world -- I try infuse anything I can in to the process of creating a wedding video. The couple can also be very inspiring during the wedding day which always helps the video look and feel cared for. What do you find the most rewarding about your job? The most rewarding thing about my job is getting that phone call or email after I deliver the video to the bride and groom that says "Thank you." When creating something for someone that will last forever, their is nothing more satisfying then hearing that they love it, and will cherish it. What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I wish they knew how cool we are! Kidding (a bit), but I do wish everyone knew that Monachetti exists to be an alternative to the traditional wedding video. We want every couple to feel as if they've received a wedding video that can't be compared, because of it's uniqueness. What do you think sets your company apart from other videographers? I think the main thing that separates Monachetti from other wedding videographer's is our originality to each video. The main thing I strive for is to make sure each and every video is different then the previous. We have no formula, and no repeats. What do you love about weddings? I love how every wedding is different. I also love how I get to spend the whole day sharing these important, priceless moments with the couple and their families. What do you hate about weddings? I hate how bad my feet hurt. I think I need new shoes. What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? A few years back I did a wedding where Kara Dioguardi (former american idol judge, singer/songwriter) played a pop song she wrote during the reception. It felt like a live concert for a few minutes. Pretty memorable.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Plan to take time during the day (at least an hour or two) a way from everyone and focus on getting memorable photos and video. The day goes by so fast, and when it's all over you want to be able to have a great collection of images that you can enjoy forever. Who is your favorite artist or band? Right now, I have no favorites. My iPod is constantly on shuffle, and I can't seem to settle on a specific band, or even genre. What is the worst song of all time? Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)".
[EVAN] Thanks, Michael! Great answers, and we really appreciate you taking the time to do this! If you haven't taken a look at Michael's work, please check out his website at http://monachetti.com. He can also be found on the wedding portal BridePOP, at http://bridepop.com!