My first impressions of the Canon Rebel T3i…

I put this new purchase through non-essential motions yesterday as a third angle camera at a wedding at Church Landing in NH. I enjoyed having a smaller camera but geez…it just isn’t the best video camera. It made me look longingly back at my other two dedicated video cameras that were doing their job on tripods. I will be able to use the footage for sure, but a stabilizer device is definitely needed for future gigs. The still pictures rock from this thing though. Such an improvement over my little point and shoot. The problem now? Deciding which lens to purchase next…I feel an addiction coming on.

And don’t forget the dads this week…Happy Father’s Day!


June is here!

I’m looking forward to an elegant wedding affair with Signature Events and Amy Piper area this weekend. I cannot emphasize the importance of having a great wedding planner. She (or maybe he) knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding and is well worth the money. Figure out how much time it would take you yourself to do all the tasks, how much you would pay yourself per hour and calculate the cost, not to mention the stress. Then do yourself a favor and call a wedding planner! Even if you have great personal style, your planner can incorporate all those personal touches and wrangle all your vendors too.

Forecast says rain….fingers crossed for sun for this wedding weekend!

My New Website is Up

I am so excited to finally have this new wedding website launched.  It has probably been two years since I started thinking that I need a new, fresh presence on the web.  I chalk it off to too much shooting and not enough time for web development, I guess.

I believe the new site will be a good tool for brides to see if my company is a good fit for them.  You may need a videographer, but you definitely have to find the RIGHT videographer.  There are so many styles and personalities out there that there is the perfect fit for every bride or event planner.

Professionals capture the entire experience, not just a video.  Let me help you find the right filmmaker for your event.

Oh – and TOTALLY off topic.  Check out this video of an amazing kid with talent.

Black Fly Advice for New Hampshire Weddings

Today was the first day that I was beaten back indoors by black flies.  The sun was out, there was even a breeze, but there was no true escape from the little buggers unless you had a roof over your head.  Brides and their “to-be’s” of choice are heading up to experience the Mount Washington Valley’s natural beauty as I write, unknowingly signing off on their pound of flesh for the bugs.

Here are the rumors on repelling those which can’t really be repelled.

  • Waving a sappy pine branch over your head.  Not too practical for brides, but it is said that the smellier the branch the better.
  • DEET doesn’t work and it might actually attract black flies.  I avoid this product because it melts plastic – not good for cameras equals not good for you or your family.
  • Avoid areas that have lightly running streams…black flies hatch in running water.  Mosquitoes prefer stagnant pools.
  • Black flies prefer dark colors.  Lucky brides, unlucky grooms.  If you must wear dark, try a lighter top, darker bottoms with the cuffs tucked in (the 1980’s revisited).  The dark color below will pull the flies away from your head, their favorite spot to bite.
  • Black flies prefer nice, warm, sunny days with no wind.  So do we.
  • Some fragrances that been getting some attention for their ability to repel black flies are vanilla, garlic and catnip.  Try a mist (and may I suggest using vanilla on your wedding day…unless you are tying the knot with a tabby cat).
  • I have also heard through the wedding grapevine that tucking dryer sheets into your dress or tux can keep you sane.  And it makes you smell freshly laundered, which is a plus.
  • Black flies stop biting you and start looking for a window once they realize they have piggybacked their way indoors.  Mosquitos…not so much.  So run out, get married, run in.  In that order.
  • The old saying states that black flies are here from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.  Don’t believe it – come prepared all summer long so you won’t become a snack.

Let me know what works for you and maybe we can keep those happy couples smiling long enough to capture some great video. 
Kelly Cicero
Kelly Cicero Films

Weddings – a time to remember.

It’s the season of new beginnings as we slide into spring and summer.  Time for a wedding!  Couples, well okay…mostly the brides…have spent the winter months flipping through the glossy bridal magazines, jotting down notes, paring the budget and ugh…wrestling with the seating chart.   When you have spent so much time thinking, planning and acting on those ideas – why would you let those memories evaporate over time?  By hiring the right professional wedding filmmaker, you are giving yourself the best chance to capture those moments forever.  If you think a wedding film is not your style, then let me ask you this.  What it would mean for you to find your parent’s wedding film tucked in an old trunk.  The vows, the kiss and of course, the dancing.  What would you hope to see or hear?  Your mom laughing as she swung on the arm of your dad when he was 25 years old?  To be reminded of your family…and to help you to re-embrace it – what would that be worth to you?  A simple call and a conversation?  So call and let’s chat about having your wedding captured the way you want it.  A reflection of you, those people that you hold dear and all those countless hours of nailing down just the right details.   Tell me what means the most to you.

Talk to you soon,
Kelly Cicero
Kelly Cicero Films

Just wrapped up the December weddings…

Onward to 2010!  Bookings are underway and it seems that the previously labeled “slow season” has disappeared.  Rachel and Henry’s wedding is finished and I am very excited about how it turned out.  A sneak peak to be posted soon.  What a beautiful couple…and they chose the unbelievably classy Mount Washington Hotel to host their wedding.  There is something about the cold and snow that brings out the purples and pinks in the Presidential Range and the surrounding skies.  Awesome.  Stay tuned for that video coming over the next few days…