For Knoxville wedding videographer Don Samples of local wedding video production company Midnight Magic Studios, the art of cinematography has always held a special place in his heart.
Don began his journey into the wedding video scene by surprising a family member with the perfect gift after her big day – a wedding video.
“My wife’s cousin was getting married, and we were trying to figure out a great gift we could give her and make it different than the all the other gifts,” Don explains. “Since I was a video buff and had a ton of equipment, my wife suggested I video her wedding. SURE, that sounded like fun. It ended up being a blast. Soon after, the requests started rolling in from friends and family.”
It didn’t take long for local Knoxville brides to find out about Don’s wedding videography skills.
He states, “One day in late January of 2001, I got a call out of the blue from a bride who said she had seen some of my videos and wanted me to video her wedding. Not really sure if I wanted to shoot a video for someone I didn’t know, I told her that it was just something I did for family and friends. She responded that she would pay me for my services. I jumped at the chance.”
Midnight Magic Studios has origins where Don’s unique skill of storytelling and passion for high-quality video meet.
“At the end of the day,” he adds, “I realized that not only could I do something that I really enjoyed doing but I could get paid for it. Thus began Midnight Magic Studios.”
Midnight Magic Studios thrives on capturing your love story as you enter a new chapter of life with your spouse.
In fact, catching these memories is one of the biggest aspects Don loves about working at weddings.
“The thing I love most about weddings is watching two people starting a new chapter of their life,” he says. “It is a huge honor to be asked to capture one of the most important moments in their life and to be able to create something that they will be watching 5, 10 or 20 years from now. There is no greater enjoyment that I can think of than knowing that I have created something that people will still enjoy years from now.”
Midnight Magic Studios’ previous clients even stay in touch with Don as they watch their video again years later.
“I still get calls and emails from couples who tell me that they just watched their wedding film and still laugh, cry and feel as if they just got married all over again,” he adds. “Mostly, I get notes about how much it means to a family that they have what may be the last time a relative was with the family on tape. Being able to hear grandma’s voice again or see an uncle or cousin who passed away too soon is something that a photo alone can’t provide.”
Don’s wedding video style focuses on telling the story of your big day – in a very unobtrusive way.
You’ll never feel claustrophobic from having a video camera shoved in your face with Don. He and the team of Midnight Magic Studios focus on working “behind the scenes” of your day. This means he lets aspects of your day unfold naturally…and stays out of the way!
“I like to say my style is more of a documentary style,” Don details. “But it’s really more of a fly-on-the-wall type video. I work really hard to capture the day without getting in the way. My team and I work really hard to be everywhere and not be seen. One of the best compliments I get is when a bride comes to me and asks, ‘Where have you been all day? I haven’t seen you all day.’ That tells me I’ve done my job and that the bride has gotten to enjoy her day without me being in the way.”
The difference with Midnight Magic Studios, when compared to many other leading Knoxville wedding videographers, comes down to time and value.
Don isn’t the least bit stingy with the amount of video you get from your big day.
“I provide full-day coverage of the wedding day, both in-person and in the final film,” he explains. “I don’t have any time limits on the packages that are available, and the finished film is of the entire day, not just short clips or bits and parts of the wedding day. You will get to see the entire ceremony, not just a part of it. I know the popular thing now is giving wedding videos that are 15-20 minutes long and charging you for an all-day film. To me, that’s like paying to go to the movies and only seeing the coming attractions. I believe a bride should be able to relive her entire day, not just part of it.”
You’ll find Midnight Magic Studios offering high-quality Knoxville wedding videos with cutting-edge equipment and a classic style for years to come.
“I want to continue to provide the best wedding films possible along with the best customer service,” Don states. “I try very hard to stay on top of the latest trends and styles but still keep it simple and timeless so that the film is as enjoyable now as it is in the future.”
Whether or not you’ve included wedding videography in your budget, it’s an important part of your day that you really should invest in.
Midnight Magic Studios will work with you, regardless of budget restraints.
“One of the things I hear the most often from brides is, ‘I can’t afford a wedding video,’ or, ‘I don’t need to have a wedding video; I have a photographer,’” Don says. “In actuality, you can’t afford not to have a wedding video. Your wedding day will go by so fast that most brides say they don’t remember much at all from their wedding. The truth is, I can work within most any budget. I can customize most any package to fit into your budget.”
Don keeps his prices flexible specifically so he can serve brides with a wide range of budgets.
He adds, “I don’t lock myself into a set price point, so I can be flexible to as many brides as possible. I always suggest getting a really good professional photographer; however, those photos only show you a frozen moment in time. The photos will never let you hear the music from your first dance, will never let you hear the vows from your wedding ceremony, and will never let you hear your parents voice those words of encouragement and advice. The saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words. A video speaks VOLUMES!”
Learn five more fun facts about Don below!
- I love weddings so much I watch most anything on TV about weddings. (Including Say Yes To the Dress, Bridezilla, and even My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding)
- I fell in love with my wife at first sight. I knew the moment I saw her that I was going to marry her. We were married for 22 years, 4 months, 13 days and 7 hours.
- I have two amazing daughters: Katie (16) and Bella (3). They are the reason I do everything I do, and I will be more than happy to share funny stories about them any time you ask.
- My wife used to get mad at me for saying this, but it’s true: if there was a way I could do this business for free and still make a living, I would.
- There is a special on my website…if you find it and contact me, you can get a huge discount on your wedding package. Good luck.
Ready to book Midnight Magic Studios for your Knoxville wedding videography needs?
Give Don a call today at (865) 335-2919, and be sure to visit his website to learn more (and find that huge discount Don mentioned above!). Tell him that The Pink Bride sent you!
Videos courtesy of Midnight Magic Studios.