What is wedding cinematography?
That’s a good question! My short definition is it’s an artistic approach to wedding filmmaking. To understand this I think it helps to understand a couple of other terms, wedding videography, documentary edit & creative editing. We’ll get to those in a minute. Wedding cinematography in short means creatively filming and editing so that my images have a better aesthetic and emotional appeal. The goal is to create a beautiful eye catching wedding film!
What is a documentary edit?
Wedding documentary edit is all about documenting events for posterity so you can watch it later just as it happened. I still offer a documentary edit in addition to our creative edits. With the documentary approach the focus is on multiple camera angles with multiple microphones capturing the ceremony & reception events as they happened. Some also call this approach wedding videography. We do this with a focus on great image quality, exceptional sound quality and beautiful shot compositions. The documentary is perfect to watch on your anniversary but make sure you make plenty of time to do so. These edits can be pretty long depending depending on the length of your ceremony and reception!
What is a creative edit?
The opposite of the documentary edit is the cinematic or short edit. We love to make creative edits for our clients and it’s the bulk of our work! For us the creative edit is generally 5-6 minutes long and includes the best of the best from your wedding day. We use speeches, vows and as much artistic footage as we can to tell your story. All tied together by curated & licensed music.
For some other professionals the creative edit means not documenting all the formal events but selectively shooting throughout the day. With the goal of making a short artistic edit only. Although this may be fine for some brides the problem is you miss out on things. The editor will decide which segments of toasts to include and is forced to cut a lot. Although it may be a beautiful short film what if you want to look back at all the speeches given at your reception? Or see all of your first dance and hear all the advice your minister or officiant gave you?
What is your style?
I find most clients want a mix of the two, the cinematic and documentary approach. and that’s what we offer in all our video packages.
We are cinematic, story driven filmmakers. I love the small segments a great wedding day love story. Alone the segments don’t give a full picture but put together they point toward a beautiful whole! As a story teller I’ve come to realize there’s always beauty in what’s left out as much as what’s put in. Maybe that’s why I love filming the wedding day. It’s not the couples whole life story together but it’s a crucial piece of it. By carefully capturing and incorporating the important details of the day we bring together the elements of their story in such a way to make their film complete and beautiful!
I’m also a firm believer that wedding film is art and every film project starts from a blank canvas. Myself being an artist I personally film and edit your wedding. I offer a custom, hands on experience which results in making authentic connections with our clients. The goal is to create a timeless film you will enjoy and a deliver a great experience on your wedding day!