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LJ Morelli

Hicksville , NY
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LOCATION

19 Miller Road
Hicksville, NY 11801 US (map)

PHONE

516-942-7455

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ABOUT US

My name is John Morelli, and I have been been a professional videographer since 1984, shooting close to 3,000 weddings. With a background in photography since high school and a degree... Read more
My name is John Morelli, and I have been been a professional videographer since 1984, shooting close to 3,000 weddings. With a background in photography since high school and a degree from New York University film school, I bring a photographer’s aesthetic to my work. I believe that beautiful lighting and framing are essential to any photograph or film, and my work has earned a reputation for incorporating these elements.

In my 25-plus years as a wedding videographer, I have developed a unique personal style and a strong sense of what clients want. I consider it a privilege to be part of a milestone in a couple’s life and a great honor when I’m chosen to capture such an important day. Please read on to learn more about me and my work.

Professional cinematographers have always been a major inspiration for me, and I almost always shoot on a tripod. This adds an unparalleled professionalism, producing rock-steady images compared to hand-held shooting. When a tripod isn't practical, I useother camera-stabilizing tricks and techniques. Using these stabilization techniques, along with capturing audio with multiple microphones and separate digital audio recorders, to using soft, diffused lighting, to shooting lots of telephoto footage, I am able to create a cinematic look to my work.

In addition to using state-of-the-art equipment and hardware, I bring to each project a heightened sensibility for finding the emotion in a situation. I use tasteful close-ups, sweeping camera moves, the right lighting, and a sense of when to give someone their space to capture the perfect fleeting moment, whether it's a groom dipping his bride or a tear falling down a father's face.

One of my goals when shooting a wedding is to show every guest, which can be a challenge. To make certain we capture each guest on film, along with all the action, we use two cameras simultaneously for the Ceremony, First Dance and Toast. That second camera serves as a “second unit,’’ filling in the areas where I am not and ensuring full coverage of the dancing and all the guests.

My two signature pieces are the "Getting Ready" sequence and the "Recap." The Getting Ready sequence is shot in a different style from the rest of the wedding. It is slightly more from-the-hip, not as structured, definitely no tripod and often a little tongue-in-cheek. I capture the excitement and the humor surrounding the chaos of that process.
My Recap includes the best shots from the wedding, incorporating techniques like slow motion and different tints, including black and white or sepia, all put to your choice of music. I look for moments that show the best emotion and expressions of the bride and groom.

Your finished video is a sophisticated, professionally edited version of everything that happened at your wedding, lasting about 90 minutes to two hours.

I often hear a bride say that "it was all a blur" or "it went by so fast," and how grateful she is to have this keepsake that allows her to view all the wonderful moments she missed and relive the others. Consider your wedding video a "family record" to share with relatives and friends down the line. Years from now, you and your children will be thrilled to be able to sit down and watch your wedding -- scene by scene -- all over again. Read less
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INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Traditional
Which wedding events do you service?
Ceremony, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What videography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Client Revisions, Full Feature Video, High-Def Video, Highlight Video, Liability Insurance, Multi. Cameras, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Raw Footage, Slideshow/Montage
What final video formats do you offer?
Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Download, USB Flash Drive

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Sara
Wedding:
12/17/2016
5.0/5.0
While we used him for our son's bar mitzvah and not a wedding, what we loved about him is that he was not in your face like some videographers are. He used great enhancements (like black and white, fading, blurring, etc.). We were so impressed with how he timed parts of the action in the video to the words of the song he used as part of our recap. It was as if the song were written for the video. We are booking him again for our second son's bar mitzvah and that says it all!
While we used him for our son's bar mitzvah and not a wedding, what we loved about him is that he was not in your face Read more...
While we used him for our son's bar mitzvah and not a wedding, what we loved about him is that he was not in your face like some videographers are. He used great enhancements (like black and white, fading, blurring, etc.). We were so impressed with how he timed parts of the action in the video to the words of the song he used as part of our recap. It was as if the song were written for the video. We are booking him again for our second son's bar mitzvah and that says it all! Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
I am so happy we used Morelli Media to capture the best day of our lives! John was so professional and easy to work with. His attention to detail was fantastic and he put together such a great story outlining every memorable moment of our wedding. I have been playing our video on repeat since we got it! I would definitely recommend Morelli Media to my friends!
I am so happy we used Morelli Media to capture the best day of our lives! John was so professional and easy to work with. Read more...
I am so happy we used Morelli Media to capture the best day of our lives! John was so professional and easy to work with. His attention to detail was fantastic and he put together such a great story outlining every memorable moment of our wedding. I have been playing our video on repeat since we got it! I would definitely recommend Morelli Media to my friends! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
L.J. Morelli created a fantastic video of our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was unobtrusive, professional, and we received our video in a timely fashion. We have already booked him for our next event in 2018. Would highly recommend Morelli Media.
L.J. Morelli created a fantastic video of our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was unobtrusive, professional, and we received our Read more...
L.J. Morelli created a fantastic video of our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was unobtrusive, professional, and we received our video in a timely fashion. We have already booked him for our next event in 2018. Would highly recommend Morelli Media. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We found John through Weddingwire after we hired our photographer --coincidentally, while our photographer had beautiful photos, we were not very impressed with their videography services. We met John at his home studio and were impressed by his work as well as all of his editing equipment. After meeting him, we basically hired him on the spot. John turned out to be one of our favorite vendors and one of the easiest to deal with.

On the day of the wedding, John showed up early to catch us getting ready. He arrived about an hour earlier than scheduled and did not charge us for that extra time. He went above and beyond throughout the day - going so far as fetching a towel for my grateful groom who was sweating during photos (our wedding day was beautiful but warm!). One thing in particular we liked about John was that even though he was always around, you never really noticed. He did such a fantastic job capturing the beauty of our wedding day. He was even able to incorporate our amazing wedding band's music into our video. Last but not least, John's prices were very reasonable for the quality of his work. If you are getting married in Long Island, do yourself a favor and consider John before you blindly sign onto your photographer's recommended videographer.
We found John through Weddingwire after we hired our photographer --coincidentally, while our photographer had beautiful Read more...
We found John through Weddingwire after we hired our photographer --coincidentally, while our photographer had beautiful photos, we were not very impressed with their videography services. We met John at his home studio and were impressed by his work as well as all of his editing equipment. After meeting him, we basically hired him on the spot. John turned out to be one of our favorite vendors and one of the easiest to deal with.

On the day of the wedding, John showed up early to catch us getting ready. He arrived about an hour earlier than scheduled and did not charge us for that extra time. He went above and beyond throughout the day - going so far as fetching a towel for my grateful groom who was sweating during photos (our wedding day was beautiful but warm!). One thing in particular we liked about John was that even though he was always around, you never really noticed. He did such a fantastic job capturing the beauty of our wedding day. He was even able to incorporate our amazing wedding band's music into our video. Last but not least, John's prices were very reasonable for the quality of his work. If you are getting married in Long Island, do yourself a favor and consider John before you blindly sign onto your photographer's recommended videographer. Read less
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
I am usually very shy, especially when there is attention on me, which of course comes with being the bride at your wedding. John made me feel very comfortable and the end result of my video came out amazing!
I am usually very shy, especially when there is attention on me, which of course comes with being the bride at your Read more...
I am usually very shy, especially when there is attention on me, which of course comes with being the bride at your wedding. John made me feel very comfortable and the end result of my video came out amazing! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We weren't sure that we wanted a video of our wedding, but after hiring John Morelli, we never looked back. John is incredibly professional and responsive -- always there to answer questions, listened to our song preferences, accommodated our desires the day of the wedding -- he was wonderful to work with. His product is totally unmatched. I have never seen a more beautiful video, with the beginning overview and ending recap (and everything in between!) capturing the truly beautiful moments of our day. We couldn't be happier we chose John -- and would recommend him again and again!
We weren't sure that we wanted a video of our wedding, but after hiring John Morelli, we never looked back. John is Read more...
We weren't sure that we wanted a video of our wedding, but after hiring John Morelli, we never looked back. John is incredibly professional and responsive -- always there to answer questions, listened to our song preferences, accommodated our desires the day of the wedding -- he was wonderful to work with. His product is totally unmatched. I have never seen a more beautiful video, with the beginning overview and ending recap (and everything in between!) capturing the truly beautiful moments of our day. We couldn't be happier we chose John -- and would recommend him again and again! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jordie
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
John Morelli is WONDERFUL! We were thrilled to work with him after seeing the gorgeous video he made for friends of ours, and the results still have us smiling. He managed to capture both the fun and warmth of our wedding so beautifully, with shots spanning family and friends we will cherish. The “Getting Ready” and “Highlights” segments are perfect—they’re artistic and authentic, with music and energy to match. He was such a pleasure to work with—at the wedding and afterwards—easy, reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, and passionate about his work and his craft. It was a joy to work with him, and now it’s a joy to relive the wedding through the video (however many countless times we’ve already watched it)! Thank you, John, for making this so special for us!
John Morelli is WONDERFUL! We were thrilled to work with him after seeing the gorgeous video he made for friends of ours, Read more...
John Morelli is WONDERFUL! We were thrilled to work with him after seeing the gorgeous video he made for friends of ours, and the results still have us smiling. He managed to capture both the fun and warmth of our wedding so beautifully, with shots spanning family and friends we will cherish. The “Getting Ready” and “Highlights” segments are perfect—they’re artistic and authentic, with music and energy to match. He was such a pleasure to work with—at the wedding and afterwards—easy, reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, and passionate about his work and his craft. It was a joy to work with him, and now it’s a joy to relive the wedding through the video (however many countless times we’ve already watched it)! Thank you, John, for making this so special for us! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Morelli Media was absolutely amazing and captured all the beautiful memories on our wedding day! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a videographer on their big day. He listened to every last detail and the music that was paired with the video was perfect! I also recommend the video recap. It is a great way for people get a quick glimpse of what your wedding day was like.
Morelli Media was absolutely amazing and captured all the beautiful memories on our wedding day! I would recommend him to Read more...
Morelli Media was absolutely amazing and captured all the beautiful memories on our wedding day! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a videographer on their big day. He listened to every last detail and the music that was paired with the video was perfect! I also recommend the video recap. It is a great way for people get a quick glimpse of what your wedding day was like. Read less
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Emilia
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
For any bride looking for an amazing video Morelli Media is a must! My fiancé and I shopped around at several LI companies, but none of them even compared to Morelli. John sat with us on our first meeting and explained everything he does to a tee. We were very impressed and instantly felt comfortable with him. The day of the wedding he was extremely professional and stayed until the very end of my Viennese hour even after my photographer had left! We were blown away when we received our video. He was by far one of my top vendors we used for our big day. He was professional, extremely responsive with emails and provided us with the best video we could have asked for. We even had him do our sister in laws wedding several months later.
For any bride looking for an amazing video Morelli Media is a must! My fiancé and I shopped around at several LI Read more...
For any bride looking for an amazing video Morelli Media is a must! My fiancé and I shopped around at several LI companies, but none of them even compared to Morelli. John sat with us on our first meeting and explained everything he does to a tee. We were very impressed and instantly felt comfortable with him. The day of the wedding he was extremely professional and stayed until the very end of my Viennese hour even after my photographer had left! We were blown away when we received our video. He was by far one of my top vendors we used for our big day. He was professional, extremely responsive with emails and provided us with the best video we could have asked for. We even had him do our sister in laws wedding several months later. Read less
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Aphrodite & Tommy
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
We are more than happy that we chose Morelli Media as our videographers for our wedding. John is very professional and talented. We just received our wedding video and it is amazing. Every time we watch it tears come to our eyes. John captured every moment from our wedding day from getting ready to the very end of the night. All of our family and friends are amazed by such a beautiful wedding video. We highly recommend Morelli Media and can't wait to use them again for future events.
We are more than happy that we chose Morelli Media as our videographers for our wedding. John is very professional and Read more...
We are more than happy that we chose Morelli Media as our videographers for our wedding. John is very professional and talented. We just received our wedding video and it is amazing. Every time we watch it tears come to our eyes. John captured every moment from our wedding day from getting ready to the very end of the night. All of our family and friends are amazed by such a beautiful wedding video. We highly recommend Morelli Media and can't wait to use them again for future events. Read less
Services Used: Videography

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