As we neared the arrival of our youngest daughter, my husband and I started to think about how we’d like to capture our early memories of her – after all babies change almost by the minute and as new parents you sometimes feel you’ve forgotten those early days. A friend suggested a video, and having seen some of the work by Charlene at LoveGetsSweeter, I approached her to see if it was something she would consider doing for us.
From the outset, Charlene was warm and helpful, answering hundreds of random questions, putting planning ideas to us and working out some ideas. After our daughter arrived, we arranged for Charlene to come round and get some footage of her in those early, sleep deprived days of newborn squishiness! My husband and I are both ‘cameraphobic’ but we were almost unaware of the filming, chatting away with Charlene and playing with our daughter and her siblings while she discreetly filmed.
We asked Charlene to make a second visit to capture the Baptism 2 weeks later, and discussed important people and angles that we wanted, and how to sooth the minister’s concerns about videographers in Church. Again Charlene kept everyone relaxed, was completely unobtrusive at both the Church and the party, mingling through the guests and chatting to people while discretely getting some good angles.
I honestly wasn’t sure about the idea until the beautifully boxed finished film arrived on my doorstep a few weeks later. The cover had a film still of my daughter, who’d already changed so much in those short weeks. Having watched the film, I was in tears, from the little squeaks a newborn makes, the way their nose wrinkles, those early clumsy breastfeeds, the proud looks of godparents, grandparents and siblings on her Baptism, and the love she is surrounded by with our wider family and friends were all there, captured and preserved. Did we make the right decisions to get the film done? Definitely! Would I recommend LoveGetsSweeter? Definitely – not many people could make the whole process so effortless and unobtrusive, even stress-less for a camera shy family,yet get such great footage from it.