Monday, March 1, 2010

Get To Know - Inspiration Video

I've met Anne Oppenhuizen of Inspiration Video a couple of times at different industry events over the years, but I feel like I've known her forever. Anne is just one of those people that is fun to be around and fun to talk too. I wanted to feature Anne and Inspiration Video this week because she does an amazing job on wedding and other videography and you really need to get to know her...

  1. What type of services do you offer?
My company does about 25 - 30 weddings a year. I love weddings and I love making a video that people can enjoy and remember their special day forever! I also do corporate video which includes promotional videos for companies often added to their website. Also, I tape many sports as well. A lot of high school students are now interested in a video to help them get a sports scholarship for college. I make pictures montages for any occasion: weddings, birthdays, presentations, funerals, and anniversaries just to name a few. I also travel from time to time around the country doing live large event recordings.
  1. How long have you been business and where are you located?
I have been in business for 7 years, since 2003. I am located in Holland, Michigan.
  1. How did you get into videography?

In my first two years at college, I thought I wanted to do graphic design. Then I got a job on campus at Hope College working for the video services department taping events around campus. I loved it! I quickly changed my major to communications with a video/media focus. Then, when I was about a semester away from graduating, I had a conversation with my advisor, Dr. David Schock. He does not like to take credit for this upcoming part of my journey, but I give all the credit to him. We were sitting in JP's coffee shop, and I explained to him that I knew I wanted to stay in West Michigan, but every company in video production that I wanted to apply to, had a small staff and was not hiring. He then said, "Well then you could start YOUR own company." The thought was very frightening at the time and seemed impossible until we kept talking. I was scared of the start up cost and the thought of having to find work while working for myself. He encouraged me the entire way. I thank Dr. Schock for making the seemingly impossible, seem possible! In no time, I had purchased a computer for editing and rented the rest of the equipment that I needed, before purchasing my own about six months later. It was a perfect time to start my own company, just before graduating from Hope. As you graduate, many people ask, "What is next for you?" I was able to respond with excitement that I had just started my own company in video production. Word spread fast, and I had my first major client before graduation day! I began my company working in the corporate field, producing many demonstrational and promotional videos. Then I did a wedding. I loved it! The live event taping is fun, and working with people on the happiest day of their life is very exciting!

  1. What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
One thing that sets me apart from the other video companies in the wedding industry is that all of my video packages include a highlight video of their day. I think that this is a very important part to have, as it is so much fun for the bride and groom to quick show their friends and family the most special parts of their day, all carefully edited to the music that they select!
  1. Is there anything that you specialize in?
I do specialize in wedding video production.
  1. When you’re not busy working, how do you like to spend your downtime?
Movies are a favorite of mine; at home or going out to the theater. I enjoy snow and water skiing, tennis and even love to dance! I have a great appreciation for fine art, theater, comedy and dance productions. My new favorite part of the job is meeting, networking, and making new friends with all of the other crazy wedding vendors like myself! We are a unique bunch and I love how much fun we have referring each other, working together, and just having fun with one another!

If you are looking for someone with a great talent to capture your amazing day, please contact Anne right away.

Here is a short clip from a wedding Anne has taped, enjoy!!

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