I've been getting a lot of comments and questions on yesterday's post. I REALLY appreciate all the kind words and interest.
I wanted to take just a brief moment to explain some of the details of the shoot. This is more of a post for other video people although anyone that takes in interest in BTS (behind the scenes) features might also be interested in this post :-)
- I was on-site for six hours. Actually, I arrived an hour early to get to chat with the bride (we hadn't previously met) but didn't really start shooting until my appointed start-time.
- The package was a two-camera ceremony, but one-camera for the rest of the day. My main camera was a Canon 5D MkII shooting 1080/30p. My ceremony camera was my trusty old Canon XHA1. None of its footage made it into the clip below.
- Because it was a one-camera shoot, I had to move around a lot during the ceremony and other parts of the day to get all the angles I needed for the short movie. I was mindful of b-roll I would need to supplement different parts of the movie and even during the ceremony, I needed to get different angles in order to keep the bride and groom (and other audience members') attention and visual interest. So even though you see different angles in the ceremony, know that it was all shot by one camera and edited together to appear to be multi-cam.
- The lenses I used were
- Canon 16-25mm f2.8
- Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS
- Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS
- Sigma 24-70mm f2.8
- Sigma 105mm f2.8.
Here is the lovely email Heather sent to me after she watched the video:
I honestly don't know where to begin. I waited all day to view the video to ensure I didn't have any distractions; and to be honest, I have been so nervous to see it because I was afraid if I didn't like it, it would be the lasting imprint of my wedding day. Furthermore, for the past 3 months I have been a little down on myself for spending so much time and money on a day that went by in a blink. Sometimes I feel like the day didn't even happen and I insanely ask myself, "how many more days until the wedding?". So many of my friends told me to be sure to stop and take a breath and look around because it goes by so fast. I honestly felt like I did that, however, with all of the morning appointments and then getting ready to walk down the isle, to then greeting all the guests and then right into pictures, then a few dances and then... before you know it ... it's all over.
Your video allowed me to finally attend my wedding. You captured the very emotions I was feeling that day and you brought to life my dream wedding that before, really just felt like a dream. I usually do not like seeing myself on video, but your talents really made me feel beautiful - thank you. So many details I had already forgotten were reborn and all of the hard work that I put into the small details will be remembered forever. I was actually sobbing by the end of it! It was like you had known us for years and knew just the moments to capture to tell the story of our journey.
I hate to be arrogant, by my video is my favorite out of your portfolio ;) I hope other brides-to-be view it and that it inspires them to use your talents for their own wedding days. Aside from the location, you are the best decision I made for our wedding. I will be eternally grateful for your work and I hope this e-mail expresses how much you have touched me. Tom is traveling on business right now and I cannot wait to share this with him. It will stir a completely different set of emotions in addition to the ones I felt and I know he too will treasure it forever. You are truly gifted. Thank you so much.