What do you think of when you hear the word Boffo? Well, if you are a bride or groom in the Southern California area you should immediately think of Boffo Video… and then promptly reach out to see if they are available to film your wedding! I’ve been lucky enough to work side-by-side with the Boffo Video “squad” multiple times and it’s always a great pleasure. I love their story-driven approach, especially because I embrace that same philosophy in my photography business. When you let the story unfold as it should, the results are nothing short of magical.
Check out this Q&A I did with Boffo Video owners, Paul and Stella, and hear their first hand (comical) account of their journey as entrepreneurs and how they’ve strategically built up their reputation as a major player in wedding videography. Don’t forget to hop over to their website to read more about their story and hear what clients are raving about. While you’re there you should (obviously) watch more (or all) of their videos. You won’t be disappointed! You’ll be inspired.
See more photos from our last wedding together at the Casino San Clemente!
Tell us a little bit about how you got started in weddings?
THE HOW: Paul always liked movies, and he would make short home movies and edit them in his Sony handycam! One of the first movies he made was a magic trick, his sister holding up a blanket over her, and then he would stop recording, rewind a bit, and then reshoot the falling blanket with her “disappearing”.
When Paul told me his dreams of becoming a director when we were dating, I introduced him to my best friend in college who edits videos and that’s how Paul got started in editing videos as a career. Of all the gigs he experienced, editing and shooting weddings was the most enjoyable. I guess you can say he fell into that more by chance. After a few years of working as a videographer and editor for someone else, Paul decided he wanted open Boffo Video. He wanted to be the boss, make the decisions, apply his style and tastes, but more importantly meet the clients and get to know them before the wedding day.
I joined him full-time after 2 years, when we were able to establish our credibility and would get referrals from past clients and vendors.
THE WHY: Knowing how happy their wedding video made the couples and how they will treasure their video for years to come is so rewarding to hear, and we’ve gained some truly great friends in the process, too.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Our style is very story driven. This means that we don’t try to stage anything or interfere with what’s happening at any point of the day because we want the story to unfold itself. We’ve always stuck to the basics, our style is simple and classy, fun, and unobtrusive. I think the couples that we attract based on our videos fall into the same categories, too. Simple, Classy, and Fun!
What inspires you?
Honestly, we get most of our fuel from our couples and we’ve been fortunate enough to attract the right people for our style. Their eagerness, their trust and their reaction is what keeps us doing what we do. Even if their wedding has 400+ guests, we get to know our clients intimately on one of the most important days of their lives, and we feel honored to not just witness their day but also be able to give it back for them to relive after the wedding.
What do you love about weddings?
Weddings to me are a celebration! Who can say no to filming people having a great time? Everyone is in a good mood, looking their best, and we get to eat some superb food, too! haha!
What are the most important factors couples should consider when choosing a videographer?
Chemistry. Just like in every relationship! We tell our couples to hire us because they like our work, not because we fit their budget and we’re available. I think couples are truly happy with our work because we share the same style and tastes.
What sets you apart from others in your field?
Our sexy demeanor LOL (Paul said that). We’re well-known for our customer service. If you read our reviews, our couples and their guests always mention how professional our crew performed during the wedding.
What advice do you have for newly engaged couples?
Seek a connection with your vendors and then trust them. If they trust us, they are giving us a chance to be creative with their wedding.