2018 is upon us....

Happy new year to everyone!!!! (I know its a bit late)

We have had enquiries from quite a few potential clients so far this year.  We are aiming to become more active on social media and I just wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has enquired with us thus far.  

Its important to emphasise to all business owners out there, that a little investment can go a long way.  It doesn't matter how big or small a video is, having a visual presence online can be a big decision maker for potential customers. In particular with the forever growing world of social media. 

It doesn't matter if you are a company that entertains;  manufacture products or provides a service, a video can be applied to any business.  

I just wanted to do a write up on this as locally to where we live, there have been a lot of businesses (established and new) that have shut down quite recently.  It upsets me to see that someone with so much passion and drive has begun that business, to then see that without the correct advertising or promotional strategy it didn't work out.  It must be traumatic for them, however you have to invest to make money back and I know this first hand myself with the commencement of Diag Media. 

If anyone has thought of a new innovative video concept for their business and wants advice on whether it could work?  Please do get in touch, I am a big believer in networking and we are open to hearing from all business owners countrywide!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2018!!

Kristian

Wedding Planning

When I (Laura) was a little girl I always dreamed that I would get married in my local church and all my friends and family would watch me walk down the aisle. The reception was held in a grand manor house. It was truly magical.

Will our wedding day reflect this? No. Our wedding day is actually the complete opposite and we couldn't be happier with what we have planned for our special day. Small and intimate, surrounded by our close friends and family in the beautiful Cornish countryside. We will say our vows to one another outside, under a handmade wooden arbour (weather dependent) and we will be dancing the night away in a cosy marquee. Our English countryside garden wedding is more 'us' than the wedding that I had always envisioned. This brings me to the first piece of advice that I would give to all the lovely 'bride to be's' in the early stages of wedding planning.

Sometimes you have to take a step back to realise what you both want for your wedding day.

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This may not be easy. Loved ones will voice their opinions from how the flowers should look, to how you should have your hair and your venue choice. Make sure that what you choose is what you want and not what others want you to have. After all, this is your special day  and you only get to live this day once (hopefully!). Your loved ones care about you and want to see you happy. If you choose something for your wedding that they weren't expecting you to choose, they will get over it in time when they realise that this is what you want.

Kris proposed to me in May 2016. We had been together for 7 years so if I say that I hadn't been waiting for this to happen then I would be lying. I was so excited and got onto planning straight away. People were surprised when we told them we had booked our venue in September 2016 for June 2018. They thought we were too organised ...

It is never too early to start wedding planning.

Time has really helped us figure out what we really want and what we can afford. Being organised and planning your wedding with lot's of time allows you to generally relax throughout the process. If something goes wrong you know you have time to fix it. This has happened to us on a couple of occasions. For example, we ordered our rings from the jewellers where Kris bought my engagement ring from in early 2017. We found out that Kris' ring arrived to the store in the wrong size and they had to reorder it. This meant it didn't get to the shop for another 5 weeks. We knew we had plenty of time so we were very calm in what could have been quite a stressful situation. Another example is that I ordered our bridesmaid dresses in May 2017 and one arrived to the store with a stain on it. Again I was very relaxed as I knew there was plenty of time to order another one. Hopefully I will still feel this chilled next year! 

Do not rush into booking your suppliers

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It is very important that you are happy with the suppliers you have chosen. After all some of them will be with you throughout your whole wedding day. I would suggest meeting up with people before booking them for your special day where possible. This gives you chance to form a relationship with them and ultimately feel comfortable around them on the day. 

Work out your budget

You will soon realise that weddings are very costly. I would suggest creating a spreadsheet in the early stages of planning. If you and your partner are putting money towards your wedding, work out how much you can put aside each month. From that calculate how much you can save by the time it arrives. Don't forget there are plenty of D.I.Y alternatives to cut costs on things like invitations. Pinterest has helped me out a lot and given me a lot of my inspiration.

Most importantly enjoy the wedding planning process

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This is an exciting time so make sure you take it all in and really treasure every moment of it. For me wedding dress shopping has been my favourite part of wedding planning. I have taken my time with this and I have only booked an appointment at one dress shop at a time rather than cramming them in on one day. That could inevitably make the whole process of finding your dress quite stressful. Instead, I made a day out of it with my bridesmaids and mum by going out for a glass of bubbly afterwards. This gives us chance to look through the pictures that have been taken of me and discuss what we like and dislike about each dress. Even though I have now found 'the one', this isn't going to stop us all getting together. We have arranged a lovely Saturday going to the bridal studio so I can try on my dress (just because I need to see my dress one more time and have that wonderful feeling all over again!). Make the most of this time and involve your loved ones as much as you can. They will really appreciate it and it is a truly wonderful feeling having your loved ones around you whilst you are planning your special day.

Happy wedding planning!

Lots of love

Laura xx

 

Canadian Adventure

We want to briefly touch on the subject of our small Canadian heritage.  Myself and Laura recently spent a year living and working in Toronto, Canada (2014).  We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to do a little bit of travelling as well.  We made three trips in total:

  • Canadian East Coast (Ottawa for Canada Day, Quebec City and Montreal)
  • New York City right up until Christmas Eve. 
  • Canadian West Coast (Vancouver, Banff and Calgary)

The year we lived away was an invaluable life experience that we wouldn't have changed for the world.  It was a struggle, but we recommend it highly to anyone who has the opportunity ever in their lifetimes to give it a shot!

As were getting married next year (June 2018), we will then be in a position of officially settling down.  I decided I wanted to take Laura back to Canada, two and a half years on from when we last returned to the UK. My aim was for us to relive and remember all the amazing memories we will cherish into our long and happy lives together.

On our trip I took my camera kit along with me to capture some video.  My kit at the moment consists of the Nikon D750. I really like this camera.  Its predominantly a brand that is known for photography, but this assists in the bold colour it records through its full frame sensor.  I actually filmed all of the footage handheld but this wasn't a massive issue with many 'Nikkor' lenses offering image stabilisation.

All of the footage was shot in and around Toronto.  We spent the whole time with family that I have over there.  This consists of two auntie's and uncles, along with three cousins.  

We spent time in Muskoka which is cottage country.  We were in the town of Bracebridge which is situated slap bang in the middle of the region.  Its a beautiful place which is clear to see with the images captured on the river at the back of my families cottage. 

A little bit of the video features downtown Toronto, in particular the distillery district. The famous 'LOVE' lock sign is situated there, where many people from around the world secure their locks with personalised love message written on them.

Finally we hit the wine region in Niagara on the lake.  Visiting the 'Trius' and 'Peller' wineries, we went for a wine tasting tour at both.  We think we will start to do this in more countries we are sure to visit around the world. 

The video I have produced is a great advert of the way I like to shoot and edit on a basic level.  Baring in mind I didn't use a lot of the equipment that I have at my disposal. Every film I produce I aim to clearly demonstrate a narrative.  Even with just the visual in this case and no particular audio, I throughly enjoyed producing it and I hope you enjoy watching it.