"Barbara and her assistant were so fabulous, it was filmed so discreetly, nobody felt as if they were being videotaped. The editing is fantastic, everything flows beautifully and truly captures the events as well as the emotions of the day, we cannot thank you enough. Jim, thank you for all your time and effort working with me, I know I am extremely detail oriented and a perfectionist!"
- Maria and Christopher Peck
In 1989 Jim and Barbara Skipper founded Black Tie Video with one basic premise; video coverage of a special event in your life, such as a wedding or Bar Mitzvah, doesn't have to be intrusive, irritating, or blinding. Videographers will be respectful of not only your space, but that of your guests. Lastly, the video should look professional from start to finish, shot well and edited smoothly together to produce a beautiful document of your day.
Our approach is influenced by Jim's background in the fine arts. After receiving his B.A. with honors in Fine Art Filmmaking from UMBC in the early 1980s, he began a ten-year stint at the Maryland Institute College of Art. During that time he created an extensive library of art related documentaries that have been screened in locations as varied as The Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Public Broadcasting System in Japan.
Enter Barbara, who put her interest in the visual arts to work on endless projects, moving up from assistant to main camera work. The early years of Black Tie Video were spent working together as a team at every event. When the time came to expand in 1993 we felt that to maintain quality control, two units would be created, one headed by Jim, one by Barbara. We felt that this would create a comfort level for you, knowing that one of the owners is at every event that Black Tie covers. Despite more than enough requests for our services to expand further we have maintained this two unit policy for the last decade.
Unobtrusive recording that still captures every detail of your special day