Owner Dan Kimbrough and Park Multimedia were recently highlighted in the DiscoverNEPA Member Meet and Greet blog. Dan highlighted what what makes Park Multimedia stand out in the market and our focus on being flexible in the ever-changing media profession.
One of the things that makes us truly unique is our understanding of how media works. We can create media and content, but we also understand the how and why of media. We’ve studied the industry and bring a long-term view of changes and trends to how we create and work with clients
Owner Dan Kimbrough recently graduated from the 2022 Core Class of Leadership Northeast. The class worked on 6 projects to better help the local community. Dan and his team “Kitchen Impossible” worked through the year on raising funds to renovate the kitchen at Ruth’s place, Luzerne county’s only 24-hour homeless women’s shelter.
To improve a safe space for Luzerne County women and give them the tools they need to nourish themselves and reach their fullest potential each day.
You can read more about the class’s accomplishments here.
Part of the work we do is providing podcasting support for the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast out of the Think Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. Normally our owner, Dan Kimbrough, is behind the board but in the episode the focus was on him and summer intern Jules Priest.
For the Love of Podcasting
If you follow us on any social media, you know we love podcasting. It offers a great way to tell your story as a brand, but also tell so many other stories. Communities, history, fiction, news, etc. It’s a great medium and it really removes many of the barriers to creating content.
I had a great time with Nick and Mariah, as I always do, on the show. If you’re local to NEPA and looking for a place to discuss your business and what you’re doing in the community, the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast is a good option.
If you’re looking to get started or just want some pointers on starting a podcast, shoot us a message!
Sean planned a stellar day for he and Sara. Jokes flew all day about how long he’d waited to get married, so it seemed he was going to make sure that he got the most out of the day and had a couple of wedding day surprises planned.
As an Eagles fan and employee, Sean part of the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band and Swoop come up from Philly to surprise Sara. They played at the cocktail hour and took photos with the bride and groom, as well as some of the guest. Then there were the surprise bagpipers that lead the ceremony and reception off. Sara and Sean had a good time dancing an Irish Jig to kick off the reception. They even had a quick boat ride planned around Harvey’s Lake. While not a total wedding surprise, it was a really cool idea.
Special touches like these can make your wedding video and overall day that much more special because they add a personal touch to all the festivities.
Surprise, It's the Wedding Police
While waiting on Sara and Sean to come back ashore, we noticed that another boat on the lake had stopped them. At first we thought it was well wishers given the “Just Married” sign. But as time passed and a second boat appeared, we realized it was actually the Lake’s boating authorities. The boat Sean and Sara were in had just been remodeled, but had forgotten to display its license properly and the fire extinguisher was in the wrong place.
For Sara and Sean, it was a bit of an inconvenience to sit and wait for the inspection and ticket to be written. The ordeal took about 45 minutes. Luckily, they were both good sports about it and in the wedding video we have them coming ashore smiling and waving. Plus, they now have a truly unique story about their special day. Remember, if you have surprises and special events planned, always add in extra time for delays and mishaps. This way you can keep you stress levels to a minimum and enjoy all the ups and downs of the day!
In today’s digital world, sharing content and media has become somewhat easier. When I first started shooting weddings, we delivered them on standard definition DVDs. There was a 2-hour maximum and that was that.
Now, between high speed internet, flash drives, and cloud storage sharing ALL the content is easy. The question is, do you really want it?
So What is It?
When talking photo or videos, the idea of “raw” images is pretty simple: it’s the untouched, unprocessed images that we recorded images.
The problem is, the shot you see in your wedding video, is the third take, or we were focusing while recording, or trying a shot to see if it will work. Or, something I do, you let the camera record long when you know something is about to happen. So there are 5 minutes of nothing, to capture an important 30 seconds.
But I Want to See Everything I Missed!
No, you don’t. Trust me. What you’re looking for is a behind-the-scenes cut of the wedding day. Jokes told while getting ready, the antics at the hair salon, shotgunning beers in the limo on the way to reception and so on. That, that’s all well and good, but needs to be a conversation with your wedding videographer. Capturing that and making sure to capture all the footage you saw in their portfolio can sometimes be tricky. It may require a second shooter, extra mics, or reevaluating how the day is shot.
The reason we, at least here at Park, call it raw wedding video is that we’re not going to color correct or process all that extra footage. The price would go through the roof. We do, though, offer two packages where we’ll shoot a bit more footage and deliver these “raw” videos for you. This way you get you edited and stylized wedding video and highlight. Plus a bit of “raw” wedding video or behind-the-scenes so that you can relive all your day!
Wedding season is upon us! Whether you’re getting married or just attending, we all share the same burden: Wedding Gifts! Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite, unique handmade wedding gifts. They also happen to be from some pretty cool artisans! You can buy for your bridal party or take as the ultimate personalized wedding gift!
Unique Wedding Gifts
Laughing Saint Fragrance – You want unique? How about a hand blended, unique fragrance? A great gift idea for bridal parties or gifts for the betrothed. With enough notice, they can even make a signature fragrance for your main squeeze.
Find and Beautify – What does every home need? F.A.B.ulous decor. Find and Beautify reclaims old and rundown furniture and turns them into amazing custom creations. They can customize almost any piece to meet your needs. Give a great wedding gift that will look great wherever it’s placed.
Gud Mood Essentials – Handcrafted, natural, and beautiful, these bath and body products look as fresh and clean as they’ll make you feel. Soaps and body scrubs make great gifts for a bridal shower and other wedding events.
Peacey Vibes – Custom hand-lettered signs, stationery and other gifts give the ultimate personal touch. Chalkboards, artwork, and notes are great ways to remember such an important day and make great gifts to tell amazing wedding stories.
Putting together a wedding schedule takes military precision. From the time breakfast arrives, to coordinated transportation, to when the cake cutting happens. The problem is weddings are a day-long live event, which means something is bound to go wrong. This was the case with Carissa and Randy’s special day.
Wedding Schedule Disaster
Most weddings are usually running 10-15 minutes behind. Flowers were late, make-up took too long, someone took a wrong turn. It happens! If you have a great wedding planner they’ll plan for little delays here and there. It’s what they do.
Unfortunately for Carissa and Randy, they ended up being over an hour behind schedule!
The original plan was for pictures and video of the bridesmaids getting ready and the first look to start at 11:30. We’d spend an hour shooting and then head to the ceremony at 12:30 and the bridesmaids’ shuttle bus would leave at 12:45 for a 1pm ceremony.
It was 12:45 when I headed to the church, not to bad. Then the wait began.
1:00pm, 1:15pm, 1:30pm. No bridesmaids. Worry sets in and questions start. Come to find out that the shuttle bus broke down on the way to the bridesmaids and the back-up shuttle did as well. Around 2:10 the pastor let us know that the bridesmaids were on the way and they’d be walking off the shuttle and into the church.
While the wedding went off with no problem once the bride arrived, there was a scheduling issue. The rest of the day was now behind by an hour and a half. This meant the photo session, both at the church and reception, was going to have to run a lot faster. Why? The reception venue and DJ are expecting us at a specific time. Plus, the reception has it’s own schedule and set end time!
Luckily it worked out. We worked with the photographers to make sure that the family members needed for photos where lined up and ready to go so it expedited the process. We also alter how we shot to compliment what the photographer needed, cutting the photo session time down. While dinner did start a little late, once the reception and dancing was underway, no one remembered that we were running behind and everyone had an amazing time.
While you want to make sure you plan for little delays make sure the wedding vendors you’re working with have the flexibility and personalities that allow for quick thinking if things go very wrong. This is one reason we don’t have a set amount of hours we’re with you. We cover the day because we’re there to not only capture your day but to help it go smoothly. And sometimes that means adjusting quickly to disasters!
Contact us today to see how we can help make your day even more special.
Park Multimedia is currently looking for a few summer interns. The internship will focus on content creation and brand marketing. If you’re looking to get coffee and breeze through the summer, this one ain’t for you!
Our interns will work directly with us on our summer shoots and learn from first hand experience. And by learn, we do mean LEARN. You’ll be working with a former professor who’s taught everything from basic video production to social media management.
While this is an unpaid internship, you will have the chance to engage with local businesses and entrepreneurs. You’ll also have artifacts for your portfolio when the summer is over.
The hours will vary as this a media based internship, so we’ll work with your availability when scheduling.
Lastly, while we don’t have a studio, we do work out of a co-working office space that we’ll be meeting at when not out on shoots. The bulk of the work will be field related, but there will also be editing and post scheduling that will need to be done as well. For more information, read over our internship call.
If you’re interested in applying, please send us a cover letter, resume and link to your online portfolio. Your resume can be part of portfolio if it’s already there.
NEPA can be a bit of a weird place to define. As a transplant, I still get confused as to ‘where’ I am in NEPA when you start to get into the smaller cities and communities. You can walk across the street in what seems like a neighborhood and actually be entering a whole other town. This is what makes NEPA Wedding Videography some what tricky.
Because the towns are so close together, often I end up spending the day zig-zagging across counties getting from location to location. It’s not a complaint, just a very weird adjustment!
NEPA Wedding Videography
Keeping this in mind, we turn to Meg and Nick’s wedding day. Luckily there were two of us as we began the day in the Back Mountain and Wyoming. The guys had a blast getting ready. Literally. Luckily, only a beer can or two were harmed when the shotgun went off.
The ceremony took place in the lovely St. Theresa’s Church in Shavertown, followed by photos in Francis Slocum Park. And we ended the day in Wilkes-Barre at the Grove in the Woodlands resort.
While it wasn’t the most we’ve traveled between wedding day locations, it was a good chunk of driving. While heading all over NEPA to shoot can be a bit much, it does make for a great video. Getting to see all the places in the Valley and highlight places close to couple makes it worth the effort!
If you’re looking for a vineyard wedding, you must see The Monterre Vineyards in the Lehigh Valley, which offers gorgeous views for wedding videography. It’s an amazing venue that offers full services with lovely spots for the ceremony, a spacious reception venue, views to make even the most special day even more memorable. Shoshanna and Jonathan were a fun and adventurous couple and shooting their wedding was a great time.
We can’t say enough about Monterre Vineyards! The beautiful vines, amazing views, and great staff made shooting Shoshanna and Jonathan’s day so easy. Monterre has a coordinated and focused staff and only does one wedding at a time, and even has it’s own DJ set up. The couple had a fairly large (and fun) bridal party, which can sometimes be an issue, but with so much space to roam and rows of vines to shoot in, it was easy to be creative and get lost in the moment!
Lehigh Valley Wedding Videography
As always, if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in NEPA or the surrounding area, send us a note! We’d love to capture your special day!