Saturday, October 20, 2012

Corrine & David. Highlights.

Couples like to debate about who noticed who first, who felt something special earliest. Dave is clearly a man who works on instinct, and his instinct was loud and clear that Corrine was a girl to pursue. So against the ultra dispiriting backdrop of a tuition payment lineup, Dave noticed his future wife, and chased her like a camera chases a butterfly. No shame in admitting he was first!

Corrine was a joy to film on this perfect day in a nearly perfect wedding venue, the Laurel Point Inn. Dave is certainly someone who loves a challenge, such as an Ironman competition, or a free spirit such as his new wife. There was some minor but real drama with a tie malfunction that afternoon, and Dave quickly found the person who could help, and had similar enough black ties for his groomsmen.

The ceremony setting was decorated elegantly by Colin of Upright Decor. Then the sun dove and the winds picked up, and picked up and toppled the canopy harmlessly. It was an "English" wedding, with charming hats and long speeches, and even a visit by "the Queen."

We kept looking out the window towards the end of the night, and did some sunset photos with Kyoko, and closed out the evening with one of my favourite time lapses. I came away from this wedding knowing it would make a great video, and I am so proud to share it.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lori ♥ Kevin ... SDE

It's time for me to catch up on blogging our wonderful 2012 weddings! So here is one of my favourite videos of the year. Poppy, happy, fun to watch. Lori has her own personal esthetic, lush and gorgeous but calm and true to herself. Kevin seems to bridge the gap between East side swagger and Yaletown sensibility. Theirs was a day of kites, perfect weather, and a heaving dance floor.

Filming this wedding was interesting. The palette matches the colour of much of the day: faded pastels and a slightly washed out look. Using our flat picture profile and desaturating even more was the perfect match to an overcast day in Steveston.

And for the first time I shot a lot of slow motion, to integrate with the regular motion footage. The newer Canon DLSRs can shoot 60 frames per second, which can be slowed to 24 frames a second to produce 40% slomo. This was great for the kite scenes, allowing them to hover a bit more. I mixed slomo with regular motion to keep the impact of the change in speeds, rather than just slow everything down with a long series of slomo shots.

It was lovely to capture Lori and Kevin's wedding, and we wish them many more days of happiness and perfect kite weather.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rhonda & Jim. Highlights.

With the 2012 Crème de la Crème show just around the corner, we feel very lucky to be working so often with CountDown Events and their wonderful clients. When we do a CountDown wedding, we can be sure it will be gorgeous top to bottom and will run smoothly and effortlessly. Rhonda and Jim's wedding was as massive undertaking, involving easily the most lavish and sumptuous ceremony setting we have seen. And the wedding came at such a busy time for Soha at CountDown; literally all of the vendors were in awe of what she was able to achieve. Her drive for perfection and her joy at successfully creating this event were clearly evident on this day.

Rhonda has quite the drive for perfection herself. She wanted everything just right for her wedding, and had an enormous amount of patience during the morning going over every detail. She also took time to edit and re-edit her speech to her parents. As she said in the opening line, it was difficult for her to find words that were worthy of them.

The Fazioli Suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim was buzzing that morning, and there was quite a strong breeze flowing through the sliding door pushing the drapes out, like the negative image of the Dark Knight's cape. So it had to be used in a couple of shots. First we set up a shot using a mini Fazioli piano and Rhonda's rings. It took a few minutes to arrange everything just right. We started rolling and I executed the first take. And… it was our last take. We nailed it on the first shot, with the curtain swirling and flicking absolutely perfectly. I just love this shot.

I have to add that it was fun to be able to shoot in the Fazioli Suite, given my connection with this particular piano brand. Please watch our promotional video for Fazioli, which we produced earlier this year. It is a true luxury item. Speaking of luxury items, it was a joy to work with Leanne Pedersen for the second straight weekend, after Sarah and Carson's wedding.

Last word goes to Jim, and incredibly down to earth and accommodating person. I think he defines what a man should be: so content and secure in himself that he is prepared to truly look after another person.