Here at Chancey Charm we are blessed to have a gaggle of gifted vendors we’ve built relationships with and consider the best of the best. These vendors make up our preferred partners list, a little something we like to call the Collaborative. And man-oh-man am I excited to share with you this dynamic duo who grace our videography category. Hampton Road Studios create living snapshots of historic moments in the lives of everyday people. With their own special touch, they weave a story that warms our hearts and tickles our senses.
As Ashley says, if they can make you feel something for someone you don’t know, imagine how you’ll feel watching your loved ones light up the big screen. I sat down with Ashley (twenty-first century style – aka via email) and asked her a little about what Hampton Road Studios is all about and what couples should look for in a wedding videographer. Be sure to check out their film of one of our Chancey Charm couples; they definitely know how to capture essence of a celebration.
Ashley and Matt, tell us a little about yourselves? How did Hampton Road Studios come to be?
We are Matt and Ashley, visual storytellers, husband and wife, and puppy parents. We have a passion for capturing the story of people’s lives. We are lovers of movies, music, dogs, the outdoors, our family, laughter and love. Prior to Hampton Road Studios, Matt was a mechanical engineer and I (Ashley) was an accountant. Our love for all things creative was ignited when we filmed a documentary about Matt’s late grandfather. That project began fueling our passion for telling stories and preserving family history. That was the little spark that changed the course of our lives and the rest is history!
Tell us a little about your process. What makes Hampton Road Studios unique?
For us, it is important to give our couples films with a quality image and audio. We focus on capturing real moments and emotion. Getting to know our couples, and learning what’s important to them, helps us when editing their film. We know what moments matter most to them. We are never happy with where we are and push ourselves to get better. We create films that will stand the test of time and will honor the couple’s marriage. We joke about giving their kids something to laugh at, but we are creating a film that will be a piece of their family history.
What is your favorite part about creating wedding films?
We love gaining inspiration from our adventures in life. We then get to bring our experiences into shooting and creating films for our couples. Through the whole process, we become invested in their lives. Knowing that we are creating a piece of their family history, and something that will be cherished forever, is what brings us joy.
What advice do you have for those currently planning their wedding?
Plan on spending as much, or more, on a quality wedding film as you would on quality wedding photos. Traditionally, wedding films have been at the bottom of many couple’s budgets and they end up with a low quality wedding film. Unfortunately, there is no going back once the day is over. We have heard from numerous couples that their number one regret, after the wedding, is not getting a wedding film or hiring a cheap wedding videographer. Choose a wedding filmmaker whose films make you feel something. If you feel something for two people you have never met, think how you will feel when watching your own wedding. Also, take time to watch a sample of everything you will receive, not just the highlights. Make sure it lines up with your expectations.
P.S. Want to learn more about our preferred partners or having your business join this elite group? Visit the Collaborative’s page here.