I have been a wedding videographer since 2011, during the last 5 years, I produced more than a hundred of wedding videos in documentary style. Why not cinematic?? Why not making wedding videos like Hollywood movies?? I have seen quite a few couples being directed to pose for photos and videos during their special days but most of them were not enjoying, simply because they had been stressed, tired on the days and having plenty of things to manage in weddings, how would a person enjoys posing in front of cameras on one of the tensest day in his/her life. However I admit that some couples would love to act and being directed.
Shooting weddings or events in candid style is not as straight forward as you think. Firstly, documentary wedding videographers have to keep an eye on what is happening around the couples, families and guests, catching special moments or reactions while the subjects not noticing you are pointing cameras at them. If the moments could not be captured, they were gone, no second take. (by the way, I do not ask brides and grooms to act or do something again because of I failed to capture it.) Secondly, these days wedding cinematographers have some sort of standard scenes in their mind and will apply the same scenes to different couples. This approach ensure cinematographers get what they want and smooth the workflow in editing, however, this has caused the same act/scene appeared in wedding videos of different couples. I found it's a bit weird as every couple has unique personality. I personally treat each wedding as a unique project and I want to show the real characteristics of brides and grooms in their wedding videos, I strongly believe this naturalistic approach would make the videos long lasting and memorable.
Back to basic, just let the day unfolds by itself are the most suitable approach to create a memorable wedding video, IMHO.
Congratulations to my beloved sister in law Ivy and now brother in law Antonio. They flew from Hong Kong and had their wedding ceremony and reception at Moby's Dick Whale Beach. It was my great pleasure to be a wedding photographer for you both.
I love capturing wedding videos in Hunter Valley, not just because it is picturesque, but also there is a lot of beautiful venues that wow. 1876 circa is one of my favorite wedding venues among those I've been to. At the beginning I was trying to write something about this beautiful and emotional wedding of Aliyah and Srisak, However I think the best is to let the video speaks for itself. Enjoy.
Should you wish to know what gears we bring to film wedding videos (based on two videographers). Here you go.
3 x Canon 5D Mark III as primary cameras 2 x Canon 5D Mark II as backup cameras.
Lenses (prime and zoom):
2 x Canon 70-200mm/f2.8 IS L 1 x Canon 24-70mm/f2.8 L 1 x Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm/f1.4 1 x Canon 35mm/f2 IS 1 x Samyang 24mm/f1.4 1 x Samyang 14mm/f2.8 1 x Canon 50mm/f1.4 1 x Canon 100mm/f2.8 macro
2 x tripods 2 x monopods, 1 x slider, 2 x Glidecams 2 x tripod heads for video
2 sets of Sennheiser wireless mics 1 x Zoom H6 sound recorder 1 x Zoom H4n sound recorder 2 x Zoom H1 sound recorder, 2 x Rode VideoMic Go 1 x Rode VideoMic Pro 2 headphones for monitoring cables to accommodate most, if not all, input/output format.
20+ genuine Canon batteries for DSLRs 30+ AA batteries for audio equipments 4+ 9V batteries
1 x Dedolight for lighting up the dance floor 1 x LED light for backup
15+ 32GB high speed compact flash cards 15+ 32GB high speed SD cards
While I was driving to Hunter Valley to film Susan + Justin's wedding, the road was wet, the rain didn't seem to stop. I kept on thinking it's going to be my very first wet wedding shoot (well, I admit that I never filmed a wet wedding). After one and a half hours drive, exiting the freeway to Cessnock, thirty minutes away from Hunter Valley, the weather changed dramatically, I saw blue sky, dry road....
I didn't meet Susan and Justin before their wedding day because they are based in Canberra, they booked me after we had a chat on the phone. I truly appreciate their trust in me. I extracted few motion stills of the day here. Their video will be available within short, stay tuned.
(November 2014, Sydney) We had too much fun to film the wedding of Adrienna and Benson and I believe this SDE video speaks for itself. The day started with bride and groom's preparations, followed by traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, church ceremony. A wedding reception was at Dockside Cockle Bay.
Last week I spent two days to make a short film that tells the love story of Sandy and Aung who are getting married in December 2014. We filmed at few locations across Sydney, got tanned under the sun for the entire day, everyone was tired but fun. This short video is at the final stage of editing and will be played during the wedding reception of Sandy + Aung held overseas.
I live in Sydney since 1995 but today is my very first time to visit Chinese Garden of Friendship. Many thanks to Betty and Andrew invited me to their ceremony rehearsal where I could have a look the venue as part of my shooting preparation. I can't wait to film their wedding here this Saturday.
This is one of the wedding videos (highlights) that I love so much. Vivian and Dennis are a good friend of mine and we know each other for some years. Their wedding was a traditional wedding including tea ceremony at both family's house, full of fun and tears. And there's a lot of fun during the door ceremony especially the bridal party gave some difficult tasks to Dennis, waxing his legs was the most painful one, I know I shouldn't but I couldn't stop laughing while filming this moment and at the same time I had to make sure the camera wasn't shaking. Vivian and Dennis was a lovely couple which really made this highlights so enjoyable to watch again and again.
I really loved and enjoyed filming Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding. Fun, smiles, tears, sadness all happened in a day. Remarkable and unforgettable. Like other weddings that I filmed, it's truly candid, no posing or acting, simply captured the true moments of the day. I hope you'll like this highlights as I do.