Wedding Advice: Wedding Experts - Janet Fenton a leading wedding videographer talks about the style behind her unique videos.
Hello, my name is Janet Fenton, and I’m from The Graham Fenton Experience. The company was founded in 1985 by my late husband Graham. He was known in the industry as the legend. He had a phenomenal interest and love of videography and really broke many, many barriers and old traditions, I suppose is passed a way we put it about how videography was perceived. Graham had a passion for filming, for particularly filming weddings. He was a real people person and loved being on a wedding. All he ever wanted to do was to make people feel at ease, and this came over I think in the creativity of the filming. Within our industry, there’s many, many ways of filming things and this is set procedure and Graham was the soul that broke many, many rules, many boundaries, set new standards. “Someday, when I’m awfully low, when the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you, and the way you look tonight…” He filmed a wedding with lovely couple, fantastic, bright; she came to Graham and wanted to emulate the steps wedding video “Tragedy”. “Tragedy, when the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, its tragedy, when the morning cries and you don’t know why, its hard to bear, with no one to love you, you’re going nowhere.” The bride has fantastic personality; she knows exactly what she wants to do. So, between them they came off with this concept in this idea, and what we could choose is actually a wedding day music video. “Tragedy, when you lose control and you got no soul, it’s tragedy, when the morning cries and you don’t know why, its hard to bear, with no one to love you, you’re going nowhere.” Right throughout the day, the bride mimed through this song. We even had the vicar involved, we have her dad involved, we had the chauffer involved, the best forever is her walking down the aisle with the father with the groom waiting at the aisle and coming down the aisle singing the words. Sue really, really pulled it off and made something that was a very, very unique. This was the piece or footage that gave Graham and the company worldwide acclaim because it won an international award in America. Held points with this, you come to us with your idea and we will make that idea, that dream if you like, come true. Graham and I got married in the summer of 2002. We filmed our own wedding, an actual fact, because we couldn’t have trusted anybody else to do it for us. It was very poignant and very significant to us to be able to capture as much of the day as possible, because very tragically, Graham was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer and passed away in October 2003. I had to run this company on my own. Graham was there in the background, guiding and nurturing I suppose. And I was very, very honored and privileged that he allowed me to carry this company on after his death. I and my boys, we are passionate about what we do. We’re passionate about weddings and we’re passionate at maintaining the standard and the creativity that not only we have worked very hard for, but in what Graham worked very hard for and really gave his life for. Being able to put people very eased was Graham’s biggest quality. And I think it’s something that we learned from him and we realized it’s very, very important. Most of the people that we filmed have never been filmed before. So, we’ve got to be fully aware of that. We are making family history. A wedding day film is something that is priceless. How can you put a value on something that is making family history? Forever, they will have a living, moving memory of their day.