Not simply a recording - Your special day deserves cinema
My name is Clive McLaughlin and I live on the North Coast of Ireland with my wife Stephanie and super awesome boys Ruan and Jesse!
I’m passionate about video, and I’m passionate about presentation. I have a fondness for telling everyone about good things that happen and so I feel blessed to have the job of communicating the very best of a memorable occasion through film.
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Apart from my wife and sons, I also have deep affection for rugby, coffee, my dogs, savoury pastries, US tv shows, church community, pipe smoking and the song 'Africa' by Toto.
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Not your style? Take a look at Piglet!
Best of both worlds - Cinematic short highlight accompanied by extensive full day coverage
We use a tiered pricing system which takes into consideration many factors, but date is fairly influential. We hope to keep editing queues to a minimum and give our couples a swift turnaround time – this means our prices will reflect our desire to spread the bookings over the entire year. It would be unfair to our ‘Saturday in July’ clients to divulge our ‘Tuesday in January’ prices, so if you’d like to know the cost, just get in touch!
The standard package includes the following three main elements. If it isn’t your style – maybe take a look at our sister company – Piglet!
3/4 Minute highlights Trailer
This short trailer set to a fully licensed soundtrack is the quickest and easiest way to refresh your memory of your special day. From bridal prep to first dances, all in a few short minutes but never failing to spark the re-emergence of all you nerves, excitement and joy. Who doesn’t have 4 minutes to spare? You could watch it every day (if you wanted to!). It’s small enough to transfer onto your phone or tablet to take with you everywhere you go. Show it to people you bump into, or those catchups with old friends over coffee! The trailers are also uploaded to Vimeo and are great for sharing your day with pride through social media.
25 Minute Feature Film
This is the main event! Like the highlights trailer, but at a more leisurely pace. It will give emotively soundtracked in places but also featuring more of the natural audio from the day (the chat and nervous giggles!). You will also see more of your guests mingling and enjoying the day. The feature film also includes more extensive parts of the service, and always the vows in full. Readings/prayers/singing by friends and family can be added into the edit at an extra cost – this must be communicated prior to the wedding date.
The length of this is unpredictable as it depends on the length of real time elements such as bride procession, vows, first dance etc… The average edit is 25 minutes.
Speeches in Full
Does exactly what it says on the tin! For however short or long they end up being, you will get every single choked up tearful word, and every cringey borderline best man joke! This is filmed on three cameras which allows the edit to remain interesting despite being focused on what location for such a long period of time. This applies only for standard top table speeches of 3-5 speakers. Any more speakers, or ‘open-to-floor’ speeches will be at an extra cost.
Take it or leave it?
No, no, no! Certainly not. The above package is simply the most popular way of doing things. It covers most of the requirements for most people. If you feel it’s not quite right for you, please do get in touch with your suggestions and I will do my best to meet your needs!
As far as communicating an occasion or an activity is concerned, there is surely no better method of communication than video
“We would recommend Clive highly! He was such a lovely presence on the day: not intrusive and yet there for so many special moments. We loved our beautiful highlights video and the full version too! The video complimented the relaxed style of our day so well. We received our beautifully packaged discs within a couple of months and we know they will provide a lifetime of viewing pleasure. I had to be convinced to get a video – but I’m so glad I did. Thanks for such a great job Clive!”
Laura & Danny
“Clive we are over the moon with our wedding video! The packaging was amazin and a wee popcorn to watch it with such a personal touch! Really loved the 8min highlights such a great idea! Me and joe can’t thank you enough you were amazin on the day! And now we have these awesome DVDs to Remember our day forever!”
Joe & Louise
“We had our wedding video within a few weeks and were delighted with the quality and value for money. Some of the footage taken wouldn’t have been out of place in a Hollywood movie. Clive was also very professional on the day, making the day feel more relaxed and helping it to run smoothly. Would recommend PigMintFilm to everyone who is thinking about having their wedding day filmed!”
Pete & Donna
“I would totally recommend pigmintfilm. Loved our wedding video. Clive was there from first thing in the morning to the first dance. In the video I can see so much, every time I watch it, I see another special moment. If you are having a wedding and are in two minds about having a wedding video, just do it! You won’t regret it!”
Jason & Andrea
“We were thrilled to receive our wedding DVD and enjoyed watching it from start to finish. We especially loved the highlights montage and we couldn’t recommend this highly enough to your future clients. One thing that struck us when watching our video was how stealthily you’d managed to capture so many precious moments; you were so unobtrusive that we forgot your were there and were delighted with the results of your efforts.”
Brendan & Rose
“Very professional and excellent turnaround time, would highly recommend to anyone!”
Lee & Debbie
"If you are in two minds about having a wedding video, just do it! You won’t regret it!" Jason & Andrea
I have now moved over to USB delivery! The product is totally unique to my customers and was bespoke designed by myself. The benefit of USB is that it can be viewed on PC/Mac/Laptop or on most modern flat screen TV’s or set top boxes with USB ports. It’s so much more flexible than DVD too – you can make copies of the files with ease! Make spare USBs for your friends or upload to cloud storage for sharing and safekeeping, even transfer to your smartphone or tablet for viewing outside of your home!
Will your cars, your flowers, your cake, your shoes still warm your heart in decades to come like photos and video will?
You have likely not been followed around for an entire day by a photographer and so don’t really know what to expect. Your expectations might be built on family wedding memories – forget all you think you know and really look long and hard to see what’s available. It is a very saturated market ranging in very different styles and abilities. When my wife and I got married, we didn’t look hard enough! Photo’s were OK – I mean, they are memorable, and colourful and in focus… but soon after our wedding we started noticing the wedding photographers we wished we’d had!
Aside from checking out they can take a good snap – my top tip is this – You are with your photographer for a long day – please make sure they are your ‘kinda guy’! It really helps if you are like-minded, and get on with them.The best relationships I’ve observed between couples and photographers are very relaxed, full of fun, chat, and trust. Whenever you are feeling relaxed and having fun, you loosen up, and it shows in your photos.You will open up, your posing will become more natural and vulnerable, a good photographer will really capitalise on that, and capture the true emotions in your day.
There are a few more video specific preferences I have. The truth is, some photographers may have a mindset and style that doesn’t necessarily go hand it hand with my style. Natural light photographers help me out by not having flashes in all my video clips, and photographers who encourage the couple to truly enjoy the intimacy of their pose will help me too – I need at least a few seconds for a decent clip, an all too quick pose-snap-relax again approach doesn’t give me much to record!
Everybody has different priorities of course, but I’d encourage everyone not to scrimp on their photography. Will your cars, your flowers, your cake, your shoes still warm your heart in decades to come like photos and video will?
Please take a look at the following talented photographers who in my view tick all the boxes both not only creatively but relationally. You would love these guys!
Fraser Stewart Photography
"I’m a tall cheeky Scottish lad currently based in Northern Ireland. I love shooting weddings and I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world. My approach to wedding photography is to capture as many happy moments as possible in a natural, relaxed and discreet way. "
"Over the past 7 years, we have witnessed some wonderful occasions. Seasons of joy, times of change and symbols of loving commitment. We have the knack of being able to elegantly capture those moments that leave you scrambling for your camera. We favour a relaxed and personal approach to photography, which helps to take away any stress or nerves."
"We love the excitement, romance, beauty, and unpredictability that every wedding brings with it. Wedding photography allows us to be creative, and that's when we're happiest! For us, Simple Tapestry is about finding and photographing the connection & warmth between people. Celebrating the extraordinary days and the ordinary days in between."
Gather and Tides
"We specialise in creative photography. We like to call it storytelling. We celebrate real people, real emotion and individuality. We take photographs, we tell stories, we love being married! We think there is no better thing than seeing someone follow a dream and pursue what’s in their heart | We make an awesome team"
And all these guys are awesome too!
I’ve also enjoyed working with Chris Copeland, Mark Barton, Jake Samuels, Lifting The Veil, Connor McCullough, Paula O’Hara, Francis Meaney, Peter Thomas, Kat Mervyn, Steven Hanna, Paper Window, Lauren Rutherford, YouThemUs, A Higher Love….
and I look forward to discovering even more of the amazing crop of talent we have here in Northern Ireland!
Your love matters. Your story matters. It deserves to have a film about it!
PIGMINTFILM is of course a business but it is driven by creativity and interactions. I am honoured to receive such a high number of enquiries but I only take a limited number of bookings per year and I try to leave plenty of room for family life, and spread my bookings out evenly. I try to work with clients who are the right fit for my style. It’s important that you be proud of your wedding, confident in your appearance, in love with your partner, full of joy with life, able to shrug off negativity, and ready to have a giggle!
Now taking bookings for 2017.
I have now pretty much reached my quota on bookings for 2016. Of course, I can always be tempted by enthusiastic brides, swanky venues, or dates on quieter months or weekdays – so feel free to try your luck anyway although I can’t make any guarantees! There is still some availability in September-December.
Hope to hear from you soon!