How to Deliver Wedding Videos

I received the following questions via my Instagram direct message from a very dear-follower & photographer-friend of mine. I thought to myself, this questions needs to be addressed on the blog so those who have been searching and/or may search for it later in future can find the answers.

She asked: “How do you deal with videography part of the business?
1. Should the video footage be given for selection? (sometimes clients need changes in the final video).
2. How the final edited video should be given to the clients (on a DVD,USB)? Because mostly they end up coming after a year or so that the dvd got broken or it isn’t working due to this-&-that reason.”

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Here is my answer:

Firstly, I very strongly believe in putting the best foot forward first!
I show the perfectly curated and edited version of the video to the client for mainly 2 reasons: (a) to avoid confusion with so much raw footage and save time – both mine & client’s and (b) they see the best clips along with transitions & music overlay directly.

During the past 6 years of my business, may be only 3 clients have requested for a specific clip/person to be removed. If a request like that comes across, I make sure the changes are done as per the client’s demand as she’s the one who has to watch-&-live with the video, not me. So I make sure its how she wants her memories to be.

Secondly, in order to grow your business, keep up (if not ahead) with the ever-so-evolving technology. I used to give DVDs to clients. When several of them told me that their new laptops don’t have DVD players, I invested in custom made USBs with my logo printed and started delivering those. So far, 16GB USBs have been working fine for me. When a client has video+crane package, I provide them 2+ USBs so it holds up all the data.


Now, last but certainly not the least, before you deliver the USB or even show the client the edited version of the video, make sure you communicate (yes, bold-ly) with the client during the wedding timeline consultation. Ask questions & listen carefully to the bride. Also set her expectations so she knows that she’ll be (a) receiving the edited video directly (b) on a USB (c) and is responsible for backups. If she wants things/process otherwise, she’ll tell you so in advance!

I hope you gratify your clients with your exceptional communication, work, delivery process, & customer service ♥️

Stay Fabulous,
~ Rima

P.S. Thank you for reading until the end. Here is my ((( virtual hug 🤗 ))) for you. If this post sparked new ideas or helped you think differently in any way, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Amal & Ali

His presence was making her stronger.
She was smiling a lot. Glowing. Believing in herself.
Blooming more than flowers do in spring. Shining more than the sun after the rain.
Ready to live out loud. Faster than the heartbeat. Ahead of dreams.

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception, Sharjah 🏰
Decorator: Dream Wedding Services ✨
Makeup: Hind 💄
Dress: Pronovias 👗
Shoes: SJP 👠
DJ: Shooj 🎧
Photography & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dear Amal & Ali,

Thank you for being wonderful, humble, welcoming, and for having my team & I to document & share the joys of your beautiful wedding day. I pray to the Almighty that He blesses you with the best because you both deserve nothing less. May you both reach the highest of success, love, happiness, and compassion & stay as humble and adorable as you both are, ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Your Legacy is Worth it

Dear Brides-to-be,

Every now and then I’ll have a bride requesting that she does not require an album and only wants photography done. I clench my heart and always wonder why? I suppose the main reason is to cut down the collection’s price.

If you ever happen to find yourself pondering upon the idea of whether to get an album for your big day or not, then continue reading.

I want you to question yourself – “how would I like to share my wedding day with my grand children?”  If you just answered ‘via Facebook albums or Instagram’ then hold onto the thought…are you 110% sure Facebook will exist in 10, 20, 40+ years? Remember MySpace? Still use it? I didn’t think so….Wedding_Albums_Dubai_Female_Photographer_Rima_Hassan_0003Albums, on the other hand, are timeless. Pricey? May be, but they are absolutely priceless. Regardless of the size of the album, a printed book will never go out of style. No batteries/recharging required, and doesn’t need to keep up with the fast-changing-technology. Trust me! You’ll thank me later…Wedding_Albums_Dubai_Female_Photographer_Rima_Hassan_0006Another good reason to consider is how much you are spending overall on your wedding? The venue – one night rental. The stage – one night rental. The makeup – you will wash it the same night. The dress/bouquet – you won’t use again. Jewelry & shoes – yes, they are reusable but how much can you use them? Photography + video – the only things you get to keep. Forever. Am I saying the other things are not important, not at alllll!!! You can’t expect great photos if the makeup/venue is not good or your dress/shoes are not the right fit. But again, spend the money wisely.

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The best time to order the albums is with your photography package because as the days, months, years pass by after the wedding, couples care less for the day. If you are on a budget and need to wait to order the albums after the wedding with gift-money, its still perfectly fine. What you do with your images, how you display them, care for them, is just as important as making sure to hire a professional photographer for your wedding day.Wedding_Albums_Dubai_Female_Photographer_Rima_Hassan_0002

I strongly believe that albums are your legacy.
And your legacy is worth it!

My Thankful List – Embracing it All!

It has officially become a yearly ritual.
Like the past 4 years, today marks the birthday of my blog and I can’t wait to celebrate it with this year’s thankful list. It’s always serves as a reminder of the year that has ended and a hope for a better future.

I’m thankful to the Almighty for accepting my prayers regardless of my negligence.
I’m thankful for being alive and making through the roughest patches of life.
I’m thankful for my health – that allows me to eat, pray, work, & travel, alhamdullilah.
I’m thankful for my family – for not reminding me of my mistakes.
I’m thankful for friends – for accepting me with my flaws.
I’m thankful for my clients – they are my cheerleaders & business anchors.
I’m thankful for #loveletters – they validate that I’m doing what I love & doing it right.
I’m thankful for a kick-a** hardworking team – they are best of the best!
I’m thankful for continuous growth – both personal & professional.
I’m thankful for books – my best-friends during long days & sleepless nights.
I’m thankful for online-shopping – it satisfies my addiction of retail-therapy.
I’m thankful for my camera, blog, readers & followers – I ❤ You all!
I’m thankful for Ladies Club membership – it has become my happy place.
I’m thankful for my therapist – regardless of her expensiveness.
I’m thankful for struggles – they strive me to hustle harder.
I’m thankful for warm hugs – they remind me how powerful love is.
I’m thankful for this life. With its good-bad-fugly times.
I’m thankful for embracing it all!

I’m so very thankful for my blog, clients, followers, friends, and family who make me more ME. Who listen to what I have to say and understand things that I don’t say. As Rumi would quote ‘they flame my fire’. I’m grateful for alllllll that I have and even more grateful for all that I’m about to embrace.

Happy Birthday Love.

Thankful List – 2014
Thankful List – 2015 – Bring it On
Thankful List – 2016 – Dreaming Big
Thankful List – 2017 – Continuing to Learn

Eid Al Azha Mubarak – 2018

Eid Al Azha Mubarak ❤
May this Eid be the brightest and best you’ve ever had.
I pray that the Almighty helps all amongst us who are helpless,
worried, heartbroken, and waiting for His rehmat, ameen.

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Please don’t forget the less fortunate ones in your prayers & celebrations.
Be kind to one another… ❤

Award – Top 10 Dubai Photography Blogs

I’m oh-so-thrilled to announce that RimaHassanBlog.com has been ranked as #2 and has been awarded Top 10 Dubai Photography Blogs ❤ (full article can be read here)

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking.
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites.
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot.com’s editorial team and expert review.

Award

The awards are given because these blogs are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

Congratulations to the fellow recipients of the awards.
May we continue to produce quality content, educate, inspire, and hustle harder!

~ Alhamdullilah x 1,000,000…

Al Twaar, Dubai Wedding – Fatima & Mohammad

Their smiles seemed wider & brighter.
I remembered how shy and quite they were on the engagement day. However, on the day of their wedding, they seemed at ease, expressed their joy upon seeing each other, and more frank. As if the words became books, the rivers merged into oceans, the buds bloomed into flowers, and them – their liking of each other turned into complete love.

Venue: Al Twaar Wedding Hall, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Wish Events ✨
Makeup: Nada💄
Dress: Hazar Couture👗
Bouquet: Aster Flowers 💐
Shoes: Louboutin 👠
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Fatima & Mohammad,

Thank you (yet again) for trusting me to photograph both your engagement & wedding. I took great pleasure in watching your love and documenting the beginning of your journey. May the Almighty showers you with more happiness, love, and joy more than you can imagine. I wish you the best on this wonderful journey, as you both build your new lives together.

Love,
~ Rima

10 Things I absolutely Love…

As this year started, I made a list of resolutions for 2018 and sharing personal blog posts landed on number 4. Although I wasn’t able to share as much as I wanted to, but here is an up-close and personal insight of my life.

Following is my list of 10 things that I absolutely love but can’t get enough of… (in random order):

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  1. Waking up super early – OMG, I feel overflow of creativity early in the mornings & get so0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o much done (and by early I mean between 4:30-6am).
  2. Karak-Chaye – I can’t start my day without it. Life’s better with Karak-chaye.
  3. Meeting followers/blog readers – this has to be my most favorite of all! I absolutely love when a follower/reader comes up and says Hi. It makes all the hard work & time that I spend producing content so much more worth-while.
  4. Sound of my camera shutter – sorry if it sounds weird but I absolutely love the ‘chunk’ of me pressing the camera button and the following of ‘chuck’ of camera shutter. It makes me feel like something of great value has been produced & legacy has been captured.
  5. Retail-therapy – feel so guilty for admitting this, but I only go shopping for myself (and have a high tendency to spend more than I intend to) in the name of retail-therapy.
  6. Car washes – this has to be my newest addiction (ever since I bought a black car in a dust-stormy Dubai). #NoOneToldMe about problems with black cars.
  7. Stationary – I had always been obsessed with pretty pencils & pens and all-things-stationary as a kid. Even to this date, I make sure to visit the Back-To-School aisles at stores. Notice the pens I use to sign the contract if we ever meet 😉
  8. Covers & smell of new books – books are the only thing I judge by the covers & I love the smell of new books. I spend more money on books than I spend on clothes.
  9. Perfumes – has to be my most expensive addiction. I kid-you-not! I’m obsessed with smells (good ones ONLY) & have perfumes for everything (tons for myself, my car, home, abayas, hand bags, gym clothes, bakhoor/oud for the house, and the list goes on….).
  10. Receiving #Lo0oveLetters – I’m fixated on them. Almost as much as I’m addicted to love. When I have a bigger house (inshaAllah), I’d probably print out all the loveletters that my couples have sent me and frame them. All of them!

Friends, feel free to share in the comments below all the things that you absolutely love and can’t get anough of or something from the above list that you agree with or have also been obsessed with. I’d love to know!

Stay Fab,
~Rima

Grand Hyatt, Dubai Wedding – Fatima & Omar

She looked angelic.
In her exquisite white bridal gown, which was more sparkly than the sky full of innumerable stars. Her smiles like magic. Her eyes like heavens.
He, on the other hand, was beaming. His eyes reflected her beauty; and promises of a lifetime. To know that she’s his. Forever!

Venue: Grand Hyatt, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Eissa Hakim ✨
Makeup: Rafia💄
Dress: Ezra Couture 👗
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 👠
Photography & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Fatima & Omar,

Thank you for the being as wonderful as you both are ❤ My team and I had so much fun & we laughed so much during photographing and videographing your wedding day that our stomachs hurt. May the Almighty continues to shower you both with eternal love and endless joy; the same way you both bring joy to the world.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

How to Deal with Unsatisfied Clients

Dear Rima

I need your very straight advice. What if you have a very annoying client who is not satisfied with the photoshop we do for her wedding album? As she saw her cousin’s images that I took, she started to complain that her images is not as good compared to her cousin although her cousin spent way more money on the decoration and other details. What do I do with her??

Please. Please. Give me your advice please!

Sincerely,
Severely Annoyed

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Dear Severely Annoyed,

I know exactly how you feel. The third year of my business, I had a client who just wasn’t happy with her photos. Apparently she didn’t like the curtain color in the room & believe me there were just 2 rooms in her suite. The other one had a huuuuge bed & no space for the couple or my team to stand. I mean, I am a photographer, not the hotel’s interior decorator.

Now that I know better, I’ve become very open about this with the brides and I discuss these details in advance like: its not my style to change the backgrounds of the photos so they let me know if they like one room of the suite better than the other, if they have a preferred face-side, if they have marks/scars that they worry about, etc.

**Here is my advice to you love: you may ask the bride to meet you (or your editor) in person and make the changes exactly how she wants them to be.

At the end of the day, she’s the client and its her wedding photos. I completely understand that some clients are harder to please but I suggest you schedule plenty of time to meet her in person. Meeting her will validate two things: (1) you care and are willing to do anything in your power to make her happy & (2) it’ll fasten up the process and you can finish the albums ASAP.

Always put extra care, be extra polite, and try to be super fast with the clients who may turn out to be not-so-easy. Just so you can finish and deliver their albums in less time.

I hope you stay strong, give a top-notch service to the bride, and take your customer-service to the next level. The best thing will be when this specific bride refers you to her family/friends for your ahmazing service, inshaAllah!

Love,
~ Rima