DOVE is in the Air…

Photo by Ilkka k

Have you ever wondered why my logo has images of birds in it? Let me give you a background story.

My dear Dad has hand-raised and kept birds since he was a boy. From doves to parrots and everything in between. That means that my growing up was very colourful with pet birds! My brother also picked up a taste for the feathered variety and now raises and keeps birds himself.

As for me, I have always had a fondness for birds, wether it’s a local magpie, galah or little wagtail. As a child I used to carry around our family’s hand-raised pink and grey galah everywhere-even to the potty! (Shame) I share this to illustrate my love for birds.

I also love that they fly, which presents an image of motion, as well as a symbol of freedom and joy.

My Dad has turned his passion into a business of dove releasing and called it Releasing Celebrations

Photo by Ilkka k

Above- My Dad, sharing the dove.

Now I don’t know if as a bride, you have considered releasing doves at your wedding, but it can be a beautiful thing to add to your day.

Photo by Ilkka k

With Releasing Celebrations You can choose your cage, colour and number of doves to be released on your special day of celebration. Do yourself a favour and check out his page, have a browse of his images and footage. Then decide for yourself if it’s something you’d like to add to your celebration. He would be delighted to hear from you.

Psst! Mention me and get a 10% discount.

So now you have the story behind my logo, and it’s not just because they are pretty!

Reagan + Esther | Wedding Feature

The wedding of Reagan and Esther, at the beautiful location of Carilley Estate. A meaningful, blessed and colourful ceremony, where you can see the stream flowing and hear the birds singing. I love how you put together a wedding that reflects your hearts, Esther and Reagan. ❤ Love you both and I pray for God’s richest blessings on your marriage.

Reagan + Esther | Wedding Feature from Amy Joy Videography on Vimeo.

Music licensed by Soundstripe.

Ben + Jen | Highlights

I was so excited to be shooting at the unique location of Fremantle Prison for Ben and Jen’s special day. The bridal party attire was out of this world! The sincerity, heartfelt words and loving looks in this video will be sure to leave you in tears.

Gavin + Lauren

“Secure in the knowledge that you’ll be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.” -these were the vows that Gavin and Lauren exchanged to one another in love.

Gavin and Lauren are just about the cutest couple I’ve seen. Their love is adorable and you can’t help but smile when watching them.

Watch in 720 HD for best viewing:

Gavin + Lauren | Wedding Feature from Amy Joy Videography on Vimeo.

Winter wedding are always booked with a tinge of fear with the possibility of rain, but the weather played nicely, with just a light drizzle here and there. I was not the only one who considered it blessed.

It was a pleasure working with you, Gavin and Lauren. May you be continually blessed, and thank you for hiring me as your videographer.

How to Make the Most of Your Wedding Videography


Speeches are what make your video. Make sure to prep your friends and family, encourage them to put lots of thought and feeling into them. Ask them to tell stories of how you first met, how they first met your partner, or any other defining moments of your relationship.  Get them to say how they know you two are meant for each other. Ask them to tell any childhood memories to show what you were both like growing up. Marriage advice is always a nice addition!

Natural Light

You can’t beat natural light! Try and sit yourself near a window for getting your hair and makeup done for the best beauty shots possible.

Background music

Is fine, as long as it’s soft enough not to drown out conversations. Soft background music can help everyone relax and enjoy the process, but if the music is too loud, we generally won’t use the audio from the morning conversations.


Believe it or not- we want shots of you putting on your suit, tie and shoes! Allow time for the camera crew to get these key shots. Some of these include buttoning cuff links, adjusting your tie, putting on your jacket, and yes your shoes! These shots are key in building anticipation of the day and help show the handsome and masculine details of the day you’ve prepared for.

Capturing Audio

The best audio we record is not actually on our camera’s! We need to use external recorders for this, such as lapel mic’s, or external recorders linked to a PA system. Depending on what’s the best and most readily available option- we may ask the groom, or celebrant to wear a lapel mic. Please be open to this idea, as it will make a big impact on recording clear audio.

Go Unplugged!

Asking guests to be nice and turn off their device means they will be really present, instead of being busy trying to get shots of what you’ve paid professionals to do. With iPads and iPhones on hand, the temptation is too big- especially at key moments. Kindly ask your guests to stay out of the shots and let the pro’s do their thing. There are tons of articles written on this topic, with friendly ways to word this. BUT please, if you want to make the most of your videography, unplugged is the best way to go.

Act Natural

Posed shots only really work for photo’s. What we are looking to shoot are those uninterrupted, candid interactions between you and your party. The least you are aware of the video crew-the better. Relax and enjoy each other. We don’t direct much during a photoshoot, but if we ask to take a few moments of your shoot please cooperate with us, moments like naturally walking, talking, holding hands, laughing, kissing- these interactions are the best for film.

Animals and Kids!

I just love filming these two things. There is nothing that acts more natural than a child or an animal. The most beautiful part is they are not posed, or worrying about the camera crew. They are simply themselves, in the place where they are at. Interactions between a bride or groom with their beloved pet, or child are priceless for video! Finally, If you wonder how to act having your video taken-just look to a child or animal!

There are so many things I could advise, but here are just a few key things to consider making the most of your wedding videography. The most important thing is to be present, relax and enjoy the special day you’ve planned and prepared for. You can’t rewind, unless you’ve got great video of course!








Jasmine + Tim

I was really excited when Jasmine contacted me through Facebook, asking for a quote to video her wedding. I was in the same year group in high school as her and knew what a lovely girl she was! The wedding was beautiful, full of love and personal toasts from close friends and family. Designed by the couple themselves, it represented them personally. It was beautifully coloured with soft hues of grey and olive, contrasting with deep blue and white lace, and a backdrop of foliage and white sand.

You can view the full feature here (watch in HD for best picture):

Jasmine + Tim | Wedding Feature from Amy Joy Videography on Vimeo.

Big congrats to Jasmine and Tim, may your marriage continue to be filled with lots of love and laughter with the people you love surrounding you, and thank you for choosing me to be your wedding videographer.




This month has been my busiest month yet, with two wedding shoots and an other.

That’s me… video shooting the first wedding of the month! It was such a beautiful day, and the bride and groom were just gorgeous!

So I’ve got a few projects I’m working on for the next few weeks, keep an eye out for these lovely Autumn wedding features!

-Amy Joy