People often ask me, “how did you get into weddings?” The real answer is that it was an accident. I have always had an appreciation for photography and I knew how to edit video from working in full time church ministry for 10 years. When I got married in 2014 I had a few friends film parts of the wedding day so I could put together a short wedding highlight video. Three years later I quit my “real job” and was running a wedding videography business full-time. Today, I wanted to share my story of how I got started, and why I love offering both photo and video for my couples!
A few months after we got married my wife Anna and I thought it would be a good idea to purchase our own DSLR camera to take better quality photos when we travel. Not long after purchasing my first “real” camera my good friend Brooke Glassford, a wedding photographer, asked me if I’d ever thought about doing wedding videography. I had really enjoyed putting together the wedding highlight video for my own wedding and figured why not give it a try.
I offered to film a wedding for free with Brooke that she was photographing in January 2015. I told the couple that I couldn’t guarantee what the they would get, but I would give them my best. A few weeks later I posted the video on Facebook and I started getting all these messages asking “how much would it cost to have you film my wedding?” And boom, I was somehow now in the wedding videography business.
In fall of 2017 I went 100% full-time with Jeff Bush Videography and by 2020 I had filmed close to 150 weddings. Throughout my time in the wedding video business I had always been asked, “do you do photography?” That was always such a tricky question because I’ve been taking photos for as long as I’ve done videography, but just never marketed myself as a photographer or photographed a wedding (up to that point).
All of that changed in the fall of 2020 when I started offering wedding photography AND videography packages. I honestly never thought things would take off like they did and within the first year of offering combo packages I had 6 couples choose Jeff Bush Videography for photography and videography. I was maybe a little bit nervous at first, but after the first wedding (check out the blog) that we shot as a team of photographers and videographers I started to get excited about continuing to promote photo/video packages.
I have worked with dozens of incredible wedding photographers throughout my tenure in the wedding industry. I’ve honestly never had a single bad experience with any of them. However, there is just something different about having all of the communication and planning for the photography and videography streamlined using a single vendor. Photography and videography both have their own special set of needs on a wedding day. For example, typically family and bridal portraits are much more important for a photography gallery than for videography and couples reading letters or personalized vows to each other is more vital for videography. Having a plan for all of these things is much more simple when I’ve been able to make a plan with the bride and groom, and then pass along this information to the rest of the photo/video team on the day of the wedding.
You might be wondering how it works when you book me for photography and videography. How do I decide who is shooting photography, and who is shooting video? Fortunately, I have ton of friends within the wedding photography and videography industry. These same friendships have allowed me to build unique teams of shooters for each and every photography and videography package.