Times are Changing – Embrace the iMac

After a good few years of working on my trusty pc and editing films using on great piece of software (which I will still use, just need to upgrade to a later one), I am finally embracing my iMac!

Some of you will wonder what has taken me so long? The answer clearly is, familiarity but there once a time when editing video footage was a definite no no….. Now I do it all! Forever learning, being creative and following those that inspire me along the way, all these things make me the editor I have become over the last 3 years. It’s not been an easy journey but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve learnt so much and yes I’ve made mistakes, I’m human after all and make a mistake once, you learn not to do it again!

So, my next chapter is to familiarise myself with the likes of Lightroom 5, Photoshop (although that’s another post on its own) and finally Final Cut Pro X and all the other bits and bobs associated with it. I have Motion 5, that’s another learning curve but for now, I’m just finding my feet with the workflow of Final Cut Pro X and I have to say, I love it so far! I know its been heavily criticised in the past but seriously now, to me, it’s a great piece of software to edit with. Lots of filmmaking friends of mine either use FCPX or Adobe Premiere, so I guess it’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it.

I shall embrace the change and start to create even more magic in my wedding edits and promotional films for businesses. I have two projects on the go in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) at the moment, one is the Trailblazers film, shot a month or so back and my current wedding edit! So much fun to be had… right now though, it’s time for bed.

It’s good night from me….Do please keep following for all the latest news of what we’re up to at Midway Media HQ.

Tracey x

Winter Weddings – An Offer Not to be Missed

Now I don’t know about you but there is something special about winter weddings. It’s not just about the Christmas decor in December, it’s much much more. The crispness of the air, possibility of snow and those roaring fires. I just love roaring fires they give off a romantic hue! Barry and I got married in winter, it was a fantastic day and yes we had it filmed!

Wedding filming is often seen as a luxury add-on but seriously it is more than that. It’s a time where family and friends come together to see the bride and groom pledge their love and commitment to one another and it is here that a wedding film captures it all. Photos are great but a wedding film can fill in the blanks and it works so well with photography, it is definitely worth the additional investment. Imagine your children watching your wedding day in the years that follow and friends and family that couldn’t make the day for whatever reason, they can relive what happened by watching your wedding film. We film in a modern creative style and we are easy going friendly professionals. We love meeting up with couples to have a chat about their day and take it from there really. There is no pressure whatsoever, if you like us and our style then we’d love to be a part of your day.

We have a few dates remaining during the 2014/2015 winter season, after much thought and my love of weddings, I am offering a day’s wedding coverage with two videographers from the latter part of the bridal preps to the end of the first dance at a cost of just £899.00 The offer does exclude bank holidays such as Boxing Day and New Years Eve. All you have to do is book before 30th November 2014.

So for £899.00 you get all day coverage and 3 DVDs. Applies only to winter off peak weddings between now and beginning of March 2015. If the wedding is further than 60 miles from our postal address, accommodation would be required as well as our reasonable expenses. That’s it! All you have to do is get in touch and have a chat!

Recent Winter Weddings

Emma & Molly – ‘Divas and Horses’

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Today, I have the pleasure in introducing the lovely Emma and her horse Molly.  Emma was my second lifestyle photoshoot that I did where she opted for the glam look, as opposed to casual, which I call my “Divas with Horses” … Continue reading

Super Moon – 10.08.14

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So last night saw the Super Moon, without the cape of course!  I took these few pictures from standing on my sunroom flat roof with tripod.  Clambering through my bedroom window looked highly suspicious if any neighbours were looking out their window at that moment in time.  Once there, it was a bit of a waiting game as it was rather cloudy last night!  We got there in the end.  Moons move quickly so it was essential to keep my shutter speed quite fast.  This also prevents the glow effect as the ISO was no more than 200 so, no noise.  I even managed to get my f.stop at F11.  It was quite a spectacular site although I didn’t stay around long enough to capture any meteor showers that had also been predicted.  It was rather breezy out there and bedtime was calling and I was a little cold, being rather nest, I get chilly quickly although I love winter (not rainy winters though).

So here are a select few images captured last night!

Ali & Steve’s Wedding

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Today I introduce you to Ali and Steve who were married at lovely Dovecliffe Hall near Burton-on-Trent. This gallery demonstrates my work through the eyes of a second shooter.  I love weddings and I love taking photos.  This is all quite … Continue reading

Emily & Dan’s Wedding

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Here is a selection of photographs that I have taken working as a second shooter for Dave Nunn Photography during Emily and Dan’s wedding in Worcestershire.  It was my second wedding working as a second shooter and although the day … Continue reading

Charlotte Dujardin – Double Olympian Medalist Visits Local Pony Club

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We were delighted to be asked by local PR Agent, Estelle Bradley to photograph a visit by the lovely Charlotte Dujardin,  double Olympian Gold Medalist and a fabulous icon to all.  Charlotte was visiting local riding centre, Knowle Hill Equestrian Centre … Continue reading

Peak District Wedding – Luisa & Rob

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Today, I introduce you to Rob and Luisa who were married in May this year, in the wonderful Peak District.  Rob and Luisa met at university and started dating after working on a uni project together.  Luisa, was born and raised in Essex and Rob is from Hathersage, Derbyshire.    I think it’s great that they both decided to hold their wedding in Derbyshire.

The day we met Rob and Luisa at the Sir William Pub in Hathersage, we knew after chatting to them that we wanted to film their wedding. Luckily for us they booked us. Such a great couple to work with full of laughter and most of all, love.  The wedding day was in just one word “perfect”.

Rob and Luisa were married at Eyam Parish Church. The sun shone and it was lovely and warm. The village of Eyam (nestled in the Peak District between Sheffield and Curbar) is notably famous for the bubonic plague (Black Death outbreak in Derbyshire which killed around 260 village people in the 17th Century). After the beautiful ceremony, the couple held their reception on a friend’s farm in Hathersage. Rather than have a traditional looking marquee, Luisa and Rob had opted for 3 tipis. Inside the tipis were decorated with paper lanterns and bunting! A really vintage inspired country look with bales of hay for guests to seat on outside. We had a fantastic time filming and spending the day with Luisa, Rob, their family and friends.

The New Mrs D – a book by Heather Hill

So what have we been up to this week. Well aside from editing a beautiful Peak District wedding…. I’ve also co-produced my first ever book trailer for my wonderful sister-in-law, Heather Hill.

It sounds easy right? It’s more complex than you think…. why? It took a lot of good friends, time and patience plus lots of filming at various locations in South Derbyshire to create a look of one honeymoon destination in Greece. The weather had to be perfect for a sunset ride on horseback sporting yes a bikini, that in itself is a challenge, it’s risky (no hat nor saddle) plus it’s on a horse, horses can be unpredictable but Charlie and his owner Estelle were just perfect for the role, I really couldn’t have got any better. Both were superstars throughout and I cannot thank them enough for doing this on mine and Heather’s behalf. Next on the thank you list is my wonderful daughter for helping with one of the scenes which brought together an explosion of laughter over a fish, yes seriously a fish!!

Now I’m not going to give the game away about the film or what the book is about, I’ll just let you watch the trailer!!!  The trailer was filmed using DSLRs and edited in Final Cut Pro X (again a first for me, but I am rather pleased with it).

Enjoy, and should you wish to purchase your very own copy, please visit the link here http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Mrs-D-Heather-Hill-ebook/dp/B00L3852KG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403188766&sr=8-1&keywords=heather+hill+the+new+mrs+d