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valeriebarnesvideography

New York , NY
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530F Grand Street
New York, NY US 10002 (map)

PHONE

212-475-6254

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ABOUT US

I am intrigued by the backstory -- the story behind the realization of an idea, the creative process of an artist, or the blossoming of a romance.

I am compelled to create... Read more
I am intrigued by the backstory -- the story behind the realization of an idea, the creative process of an artist, or the blossoming of a romance.

I am compelled to create films that tell these stories. In order to do so, I carefully select from a palette of visual and audio elements. The elements I draw from are video, Super 8 film, Super 35 film, printed text, stock footage, conversations, music, ambient sounds, which are then woven together in a seamless fashion.

It is my intention to give you a film that is engaging, emotionally stirring and inspiring to anyone who watches. Read less
Videography

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Storytelling
What do your packages include?
8mm Movie Film, Ceremony, DVD of Raw Footage, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Invitation DVD, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
Home-based and loving it.
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
I refer my couples to videos that are on other websites (ie. vimeo, facebook). If a client meets with me, I will show them work that may not be on these sites.
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
All of my pieces are edited. The final version run time may vary -- anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
How many videographers do you work with?
I always work with one other filmmaker and sometimes an additional assistant
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
Yes. I want my couples to feel at ease with the filmmaker that is capturing their wedding.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
If a couple hires me, I will be there.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No I do not.
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
Yes.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. Always.
Do you charge overtime?
Yes.
Do you give access to your raw footage?
Yes.
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
Yes. However, commercial use only requires my couple's authorization.
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
Yes, but limited.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Valerie was wonderful. We loved the opportunity to work with her, and are thrilled with the final product.
While initially we did not prioritize having a videographer for our wedding, after seeing Valerie's work, we changed our minds and are so thankful that we did.
We now have a wonderful memory of the best moments of the day, that unfortunately flies by.
She was accommodating, professional and has a wonderful eye in capturing the moments of the day.
We could not give her more praise and highly recommend using her services.
Services Used: Videography
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NYBride
Wedding:
1/16/2012
5.0/5.0
As a professional and national award-winning events producer, it is part of my nature to sweat every detail and conduct an exorbitant amount of research before I hire anyone…especially to be part of such a special event as my own wedding day. I found Valerie to be the most creative and inspiring filmmaker I have ever worked with. Her ability to capture each and every meaningful moment of the day is amazing. She has an uncanny ability to know just what you want. (It should have been my first clue when on her website I found myself crying at other people’s wedding video excerpts she had as samples...and I didn’t even know these people nor am I typically a crier.) No matter what the occasion, Valerie should be the first hire on your list!
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NYBride
Wedding:
1/16/2012
5.0/5.0
As a professional and national award-winning events producer, it is part of my nature to sweat every detail and conduct an exorbitant amount of research before I hire anyone…especially to be part of such a special event as my own wedding day. I found Valerie to be the most creative and inspiring filmmaker I have ever worked with. Her ability to capture each and every meaningful moment of the day is amazing. She has an uncanny ability to know just what you want. (It should have been my first clue when on her website I found myself crying at other people’s wedding video excerpts she had as samples...and I didn’t even know these people nor am I typically a crier.) No matter what the occasion, Valerie should be the first hire on your list!
Services Used: Videography
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Katie V
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough wonderful things about Valerie Barnes.
She has an amazing eye, is so creative, incredibly efficient and enjoyable to work with.
First important to note is that Valerie is a filmmaker! Her end product was a true movie of our wedding. It's something I'm proud to show to others. It evoked emotion in those who weren't even at our wedding!
I watched so many demo videos from that typical wedding video guy with the super cheesy music, staged scenes - ugh! - Valerie was a breath of fresh air and seeing her work was exactly what I was looking for.
Working with Valerie was a dream - She is prompt in all communication. She works very fast (I have my film before friends that were married months before me). On the day of - Valerie completely blends into the room. Most people did not even know that I had a filmmaker there!
I loved working with Valerie and I'm so proud and so in love with our film. I would 100% recommend Valerie Barnes Videography!
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Katharine & Laura
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Valerie Barnes is an artist. Her work is for those who want their wedding video/film to truly be a beautiful and unique piece of art. Valerie's approach both during the filming/taping of the pre-wedding footage and on the day of was discreet and had a gentle, easy flow. The final piece quite simply took our breath away. And not only us; we held a screening at our home for close friends and family. In a small space overstuffed with many more people than it could comfortably hold, you could hear a pin drop while the piece played, followed by an eruption of applause at the end. Valerie Barnes will create a video/film for you well beyond your expectations, a true treasure of a keepsake.
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Valerie was an absolute pleasure from the start. She was professional, a great communicator, low maintenance, and an incredibly talented videographer/artist -- all important attributes when selecting a vendor for the big day. The day of our wedding, Valerie was awesome - she unobtrusively captured every special moment. Her work product was also impeccable. She delivered our uncut footage and a rough cut of the final product within six weeks of the wedding (this is impressive - talk to others - the biggest complaint about videographers is they don't deliver). Watching the edited video that Valerie produced, literally brought tears to my eyes. With no direction from myself or my husband on the focus of the footage, Valerie perfectly captured the beauty, emotion, love and pure joy of our wedding day - we did not ask to change a thing. Valerie also selected the soundtrack and it was truly the soundtrack that we imagined our wedding had, but could not put our fingers on ourselves. We highly recommend Valerie to those looking for a videographer AND for those who are unsure. If you have the budget to do it, this is your one chance to capture this day on film - go for it!
Services Used: Videography
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Alan
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend Valerie Barnes more highly - consummate professional, unobtrustive, and so very easy to work with - a perfect videographer in every way. Her work is stunning and is worth every penny.
Services Used: Videography
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Jamie
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Valerie was incredibly professional and puts beautiful work together so you can revisit your special day. The best part is that my husband and I barely knew she was there- no obtrusiveness whatsoever, which we have experienced at some weddings over time. Our wedding guests agreed with us that she was stealth! We are so pleased with our video- including the music she chose to compliment our evening. Her attention to detail is great in that she truly wants to provide and preserve our moment in time. Thank you Valerie!
Services Used: Videography
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Bridget
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Valerie to any bride. Her work perfectly captured the spirit and atmosphere of our day, and we were in particular delighted that it had the perfect balance of romance, elegance, and fun. Valerie and her team were a pleasure to have with us: unobtrustive, calm, and at all times armed with a smile and a fantastic sense of humour.
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ksalyi
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Valerie and her team! Our wedding video is fantastic - very professional, extremely well done & perfectly edited. Every guest and event at our wedding is included and they were very discreet while filming. Start to finish is a pleasure working with Valerie!
Services Used: Videography
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Nicky Hornsby-Clifton
Wedding:
4/5/2009
5.0/5.0
It doesn't get any better than Valerie Barnes, and I say that as I bit of a perfectionist. My husband and I eloped so the video of our day was really important to us as we wanted to be able to convey the magical day we had to friends and family. We played the video at a wedding party recently and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Highly recommended.
Services Used: Videography
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elliz
Wedding:
3/21/2009
4.8/5.0
Valerie's end product was fantastic. It was very artistic and told the story in a fun-to-watch way. Not at all like traditional, boring videos you may have seen! We recommend her highly...
Services Used: Videography
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Kristin
Wedding:
10/12/2008
4.8/5.0
Val was amazing and her team was great! The video brings tears to my eyes everytime I watch it. It's great to have so many memories captured and to have a movie of your wedding day. Beautiful Work! And music selected enhance the visuals! Val is great!
Services Used: Videography
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Rachel
Wedding:
11/10/2007
5.0/5.0
We love Val Barnes! She made us the most incredible video and was a pleasure and so so so much fun to work with.
Services Used: Videography
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agnyc
Wedding:
11/2/2007
5.0/5.0
I had seen a friend's wedding video which was done by Valerie and was immediately sold. Initially, I hadn't planned on doing a video of my wedding, as I was not keen on bright lights interfering with the celebration, microphones stuck in people's faces forcing them to speak on command,etc - the typical wedding videos I'd seen in the past. But Valerie's video style is the exact opposite of all of the negatives I had associated with a wedding video. Her style is natural, artistic and wonderfully tasteful. Although I hadn't initially intended to spend the amount of money I did in this area, I cannot express how well-worth every single penny it was to have the memories of my wedding in this beautiful 'movie' that I can share with our families for years to come. In addition to the quality of her work, she is a lovely person and I truly enjoyed working with her.
Services Used: Videography
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TG
Wedding:
6/2/2001
5.0/5.0
Valerie videotaped my wedding in 2001 and she deserves 5's across the board because there's no 6.
She was a pleasure to deal with from day one to the present. We are still in touch as I have recommended Valerie to couples who have also been thrilled with her work. From her preparation, throughout the project completion, to her follow up, to the charming final product Valerie is a conscientious professional.
Because wedding details are often surrounded with so much anxiety and frustration, I place a tremendously high value in vendors that offer a pleasurable and professional experience.
If you want that experience at your wedding call Valerie to take the video.
Services Used: Videography
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Megred33
Wedding:
8/23/1982
4.8/5.0
Valerie does amazing work! I totally recommend her!
Services Used: Videography

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