My first paid video gig was a wedding back in 2008. I had no idea what I was doing, but I gave it my best. Sure enough, I'd eventually get another wedding based on the first one I did and then another and then another. Nearly 10 years later, and I've done a huge variety of video production work- but one thing that's been consistent over that time is weddings. People keep getting married, as they should. There's nothing better in this life than falling so deeply in love with someone that you want to commit the rest of your life to being with that person.
So there's never a shortage of weddings. With my full-time job and other video work that I do, I'm really only able to do a handful of weddings per year. That being said- with each wedding video I do I am extremely passionate about making it excellent. I want to create a video that makes you feel the feels, but more importantly I want the video to be something that the couple will still love watching years down the road. Maybe it could be something they break out every anniversary, or maybe they pull it out when times are tough and remind themselves why they love each other.
I am so thankful for the 4 couples who invited me along to document the best day of their life this year. All of them are truly great people I admire. With each wedding video I try to find ways to show that- to capture what's unique about that particular couple, and to paint a picture of who they are and why they're so right for each other.
I plan to keep doing a handful of weddings every year as long as people are still interested in hiring me and my schedule allows. At this point I'm restricted to 3 or 4 per year, and that's okay. If I can give a few couples every year a great experience and a video they'll still be watching 50 years from now- that's enough for me. From a technical standpoint, I think weddings make me better at video. They happen in a unique and uncontrolled environments on tight timelines with no chance for a re-shoot. I embrace those challenges- and I honestly enjoy pushing myself within that framework to create cinematic excellence. This year I was very pleased with what I was able to create, and I wanted to share them all here. So if you've got some time to spare and you want to feel the feels- check out the wedding videos below from the summer of 2017!
For Matt & Arielle's wedding I was hired to do photo and video- so I hired some great help and we got it done! You can check out Matt & Arielle's photos on the photo page.