The results are in for 2016, and 3 Oceans Entertainment is being acknowledged among the best phoenix wedding videographers by Expertise.com, a website offering hiring guides in your state.
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Expertise looked at 336 Wedding Videographers in Phoenix and picked the Top 20, by scoring them on more than 25 variables across five categories, then analyzing the results for a hand-picked list of the best wedding videographers in Phoenix, AZ. Their list of the 20 Best Wedding Videographers in Phoenix Arizona is located here:
and 3 Oceans Videography is honored to be included. We’ve been striving a long time to provide top notch video service by telling a wedding day story without the “blandness of raw footage or the incompleteness of highlight reels”. Arizona weddings are our speciality, and we pour a lot of love into every one. It’s nice to be noticed, and we thank them for including us on their list.
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If you’re getting married in Arizona and need of Videography, Photography, or Disc Jockey services, please give us a look.
3 Oceans Entertainment Robbie and Cameron Carpenter were so delighted that Angeleda and Thaddeus wanted photography of their 8th Wedding Anniversary and invited us to beautiful Lake Pleasant in Arizona to share some precious time with them.
They started their afternoon by simply looking into each others eyes and remembering why they fell in love in the first place. Then they realized their fortune, knowing that they have that feeling right now, in the moment they are in.
Then they took turns putting the other in perspective.
The sun sure was bright and sensitive eyes need sunglasses.
So bright that it clearly shined on their tender kiss.
It’s also clear that they know exactly who they are as a couple. They are so comfortable together, and have such a natural energy that it can be felt. How fun is that?!
We wish them many more years of happiness together,
and we think they will be in love for a long time.
If you’d like to schedule a Wedding Anniversary Photo Session, please give us a call or an email! Contact information is on our website at www.3oe.co and our photography webpage can be seen at Affordable Wedding Photography in Arizona 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding and Event DJ Photo Video Services in AZ
What a grand time everyone had at the Scottsdale Arizona Wedding of Russ and Lida La Rose. We were so fortunate to be involved as their Photographer, Videographers and DJ MC, working together as a team at one of the most enjoyable Scottsdale Arizona Weddings that we have ever participated in.
Electricity was in the air as they arrived at Ancala Country Club and began preparations to be married; so much that not only could the people feel it, but the surroundings also, as it bounced off the walls and even their wedding rings.
The beautiful Bride arrived and began getting ready for her big day.
It clearly worked out well, as the Bride was simply stunning.
With preparations complete, it was time to remind Russ that this was his last chance to run!
Of course he did not. They were married with love, unity,
and a kiss to seal the deal.
There was time for sunset photos before the sun went down,
and also after.
After the reception (which included lots of fun surprises contained in their wedding video,) they fired up the sparklers again for a honeymoon send off.
Russ and Lida were grateful to their friends and family for attending, and sped off to their Honeymoon.
3 Oceans Entertainment is very clear that we are a Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor. We have always felt this way. However, one always has to tread carefully when dealing with the media, who as a whole often seem to have one sort of agenda or the other. Here’s what has been happening with us lately.
Pete Suratos of ABC 15 News in Phoenix contacted me to comment on a new piece he was reporting on concerning SB 1062, the supposedly controversial pending legislation concerning an exemption to allow discrimination. By “supposedly,” I simply mean that the only real controversy is why this ridiculous bill has not already been given a gubernatorial veto. The current numbers are somewhere between 70 to 95 % against, so how about a little representation of the will of the people here, huh folks?
Anyway, the “powers that be” in the news room were certainly looking for opposing viewpoints, but just couldn’t find any by airtime, so a little clever editing makes it almost sound like I support the bill. Enough that I got a phone call the following morning from a producer up the line who asked if that meant I would go on record in support. Uh, NO…but you can add me to the overwhelming majority of decent people who would never validate another excuse to discriminate and hate.
Still, it was fun to be on the evening news and at least my wife squealed with excitement when she saw her silly husband on TV. That part was worth it to me right there. Here’s a link to the news video:
In fairness, the reporter kept looking in the right direction after this and asked if I knew anyone who had been directly affected by this so-called religious discrimination. Why yes, we just worked with a great Phoenix couple who were not only told “no” by a cake baker, but then lectured about their depraved lifestyle, etc. Rebecca and Molly were very brave to go on TV to discuss this and we are very proud of them.
They got a lot of flak and hateful comments on the internet right away, (of course!) the 24 hour news cycle marched on, and life goes on.
We’ll be working on a new video with Becca and Molly to promote awareness for Anti-Bullying Safety Classes at the Kidzone with the upcoming Phoenix Pride Festival. Stay tuned for more.
Taken from their website, “from majestic Arizona weddings set amongst beautiful red rock canyons, to rustic chic weddings at gorgeous resort spas, your Sedona destination wedding is sure to deliver oodles of natural splendor and sun-drenched Southwestern landscapes.”
Cinematography is modern Videography
Cinematography is a variation of the term videography that is being used more lately to be set apart from your Grandparents wedding video. Many folks still have a picture in their head of a boring VHS tape that was watched once and now sits in a dusty old shoebox until it crumbles, however most people know that modern wedding videography involves rich colors and great sound with chapter points to watch individual parts or the entire wedding movie at your discretion. Multiple HD cameras and carefully crafted editing in a digital format create a product that can be enjoyed many times and shared with future generations.
It’s also important to note that often a wedding videographer will decide to provide a finished product that is a very short (20 minutes or so) highly condensed overview of the wedding day, even after spending considerable time at the event collecting raw footage. This is partly a stylistic choice and partly due to the enormous file sizes of High Definition Video.
3 Oceans Entertainment prefers to use a different technique than most. As Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers (statewide service for DJ, Photography and Videography in Arizona,) we like to start with an opening montage including establishing shots of the venue and look of the day, some getting ready scenes, and other special moments set to a song or two that is added into the background. Then the ceremony in its entirety including the natural sound, which is the real audio captured with wireless and shotgun microphones plus camera audio, so the spoken words, music, and audience sound is all clearly heard. Often the license is signed next. The photo shoot that happens over the next hour or so quite often gives us footage to create another montage section set to added music. These montage sections take the place of an overly trimmed highlight by allowing a short section or two to show folks who don’t want to watch the whole wedding movie. After that, the other formal events such as First Dance and so forth are captured as they unfold, and presented with reductions of the repetitive sections such as open dancing. Sometimes the Bride and Groom would like to hear and see recorded Best Wishes and these are included in a separate section if desired. It’s all put together to be interesting and watchable, often around an hour and a half to two hours in length – plenty long to include all the action, but not so long that the viewer loses interest.
On the production side, two or more HD video cameras are used, to provide the ability in editing to switch back and forth between angles and increasing face time. Many locations have limitations on movement, and even if they did not we prefer to work without distracting guests. The backup in case of mechanical or technical difficulty is comforting as well, especially in the context of event videography that cannot be recreated with the option of yelling “cut” and “take two!”
Good audio is critical, and the combination of multiple feeds in post production is the best way to achieve this. Words, sound, music and images all come together to paint a magical picture.
Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers
3 Oceans Entertainment is always happy to be part of an Arizona Wedding or Event with DJ, Photography and/or Videography/Cinematography service. We’re also honored to be affiliated with Borrowed and Blue and wish Christin and Adam the best of luck with their wedding oriented website that includes Sedona Weddings and Sedona AZ Wedding Cinematographers like us.
We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately for wedding videographers in Arizona, but not necessarily for the best of reasons. One particular urban wedding company promised much and delivered little. Then they took the money and ran, and violated the trust of unfortunate engaged couples who believed in them. They have now disappeared, and the wedding industry is better for their absence.
Meeting with an AZ Wedding Videography Photography DJ Company
The story begins over a year ago, when I got an email from a person I knew as a wedding videographer to meet with him and hear about a proposal he had for me. He wouldn’t discuss it on the phone, other than to say it was a “great opportunity” that I “would not want to miss out on.” I decided to set aside the time to hear what he had to say.
After arriving at the time and place he designated, I was greeted with a big phony smile and introduced to a colleague of his who supposedly had flown in from California just to meet with me, or at least that is what I was led to believe. The hair on the back of my neck was already beginning to stand up when the wedding videographer (we’ll just call him “Thad”) said that his friend (we’ll just call him “Mr. Creepy”) was there to observe, and for the remainder of the meeting Mr. Creepy just sat there with a disturbing look on his face listening intently as Thad went through his passive/aggressive presentation. I later learned that I was not the only one to receive the sales pitch that day, but that’s beside the point.
He began by complimenting me on what a great job I was doing as a wedding and event DJ, and my wife and I as wedding videographers in Arizona (he was not aware of the fact that we had already branched out into wedding photography) while pointing out that his company dominated the wedding business in Arizona and were taking over nationwide with Mr. Creepy. Apparently there would be no room for other wedding vendors after their plan to take over, and this would be my only chance to get in on the ground floor with them. He noted the accolades and awards that my wife and I have gathered in our almost 10 years in business, and even acknowledged that he was aware of my ability and dedication. He then warned me it was all about to come to an abrupt end unless I went along with his offer. Cue dramatic music bum-pa-bum!
Mr. Creepy smirked at me when Thad said they had a plan to expand their power and that basically any Videography, Photography, or DJ job in any state they were doing business would go through them as brokers. He claimed to have a crack team of SEO experts who would insure that their website would be the only one seen on Google. The only perceived threat to them was WeddingWire, and the strategy there would be simply to buy out all of the top spots to gain preferred placement. Besides, he figured that any potential client looking at them would be crazy to go anywhere else. I guess they figured there was no such thing as free will in the marketplace.
Here’s where I fit into their plan. I would close my business, 3 Oceans Entertainment, and surrender any existing or future jobs to them. In return, I could be the DJ manager for the state of Arizona. They would lowball the price to get all the available work in the state. He claimed they had all sorts of DJ talent in California waiting to fly out to Arizona to fulfill the jobs. When I questioned this, he actually said “we can get all the chumps we need because they are desperate for work.” They would collect the deposits from clients (half up front,) pay the DJs a pittance, and give me a salary to insure that everything went smoothly.
He thought that they already had all the videography and photography jobs wrapped up for themselves, and expanding into domination of the DJ field would be their next logical step. He pointed out that I would not be able to get any more wedding video, photo, or DJ work on my own, as that would all be going to them now.
He may have said some other outrageous things, but I was already done listening and looking for a way out. I may be old-fashioned, but I believe honesty and integrity mean something and there was none to be had here.
As I was leaving, I remember Thad saying we would be out of business as soon as they implemented their plan, and this would be the last chance I had to join their team. Shortly afterward, I saw their ads begin to appear on the internet and their website promising the best DJ, Photography and Videography service for the lowest price. It appeared their conquest had begun.
The Trouble Begins
I’ll admit they took a lot of work away from us for a while. I would call or email with prospective Brides and Grooms who told me they decided to book with another company offering a great deal. They had already put half down on a deposit and were convinced they were choosing the right vendor to help with their special day. I worked alongside this company on a few occasions when the couple had chosen us for one service and the other guys for another. I even had a few of their independent contractors tell me about all the money they were going to make with this wedding company. They had been promised to be paid well for their hard work, although most of them had yet to receive payment for their services.
Then it came. They collected as much money as they could while paying out as little as possible. They kept people happy until they decided to strike. Suddenly they were gone! Phone disconnected and no response to emails, no-show at contracted events and no recourse for customers. They seemingly disappeared off the face off the earth, but apparently indicated to WeddingWire that “they are no longer in business.” According to multiple complaints, the money is gone and the clients have been left high and dry. To add insult to injury, their many website listings now redirect to porn websites. Ouch!
The Good News
The good news is that the previous story is an extreme and unfortunate example, as most reputable companies want to do a good job and maintain a positive reputation after your event. A legitimate business has little interest in legal difficulty, but the sad fact is there are bad guys out there who are more interested in pulling a fast one. Fortunately, there are several measures that can be taken to minimize the risk.
First is using a contract signed by both parties. It does not necessarily need to be complicated, but should include the basics of date, time and location of event, and terms. It should also include a clause concerning what will happen in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances that would prevent performance.
Second is working with an established business that has a history measured in years, not months. The longer a business has been around, the more likely they will be there when your event comes around.
Third has to do with integrity, which can often be indicated by reputation. Personal recommendations from friends and family are great. In the absence of that, online reviews from a trusted and verified source can be quite helpful. On a side note, many brides and grooms review a group of vendors after an event, so looking for a set of reviews on a certain date can be a good idea.
Another good line of defense is using a credit card for the deposit payment. Disputes can be mediated through your credit card company and often resolved to your benefit if your vendor does not show up to your event or has otherwise nefarious intentions. PayPal offers some measure of protection, but is currently limited to 45 days from the transaction date.
3 Oceans Entertainment is still here after surviving the battle with “Thad Moerber of Urban Wedding Company.” We have wedding videographers in Arizona, as well as photography and DJ services for weddings and events in AZ. We’ve been operating with quality, honesty and integrity in the Arizona wedding industry for over 10 years, and are thrilled to have been involved in the weddings of over one thousand happy couples. We respect marriage and people, offer great services at fantastic prices, and fulfill the promises we make. Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your wedding and event DJ, Photo and/or Video service needs in Arizona.
We are a Phoenix based event service provider, but when we travel “up north” for a wedding, our preferred Sedona wedding venue is Sedona Golf Resort.
Our Preferred Sedona Wedding Venue
The views are stunning, the vibe is great, and the moderate and pleasant weather can be a welcome relief from the oppressive Phoenix heat. The staff here does a great job, and in particular the Wedding Coordinator Katie Draxler is fantastic. She cares so much for her clients (who all seem to become friends by wedding time) and it really shows. We see many happy Brides, Grooms, Friends and Family who are completely thrilled with her and the “above and beyond” level of service that she provides along with the rest of her staff. As a wedding vendor who focuses on personal service, we respect, appreciate and share that type of commitment. There are many beautiful locations in our state of Arizona, but when considering venues for Sedona Weddings, this is the one that we recommend.
Additionally, there are many gorgeous sites nearby for photography and videography sessions, and you should be able to get some great engagement photos, “trash the dress” shots (if that’s your thing) vacation photos and video and more. Folks often take the week off to enjoy their honeymoon in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Sedona, surrounded by red rock splendor with ample hiking, fishing, camping activities nearby, and of course abundant golf and spa activities. After all, it is Sedona Golf Resort, and it’s a fantastic choice for your Sedona Wedding Venue.
DJ/MC, Photography and Videography services for Arizona Weddings
Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your DJ, Photography and Videography needs in Sedona or anywhere in Arizona. We offer 1, 2 or all 3 services, and are happy to work with any other vendors that you may decide to choose. It can be your special Sedona Wedding!