I've used the word "authentic" a lot lately when speaking with couples about my work. I truly believe that the truth is more interesting than anything anyone could invent. But it's a bit of a paradox given what I do for a living. I create entertainment. And if you've watched the videos on this blog, you know how stylized my work can be. Am I really interested in being authentic?
I'll answer that right away with a yes, since nothing inspires me more than real people being absolutely themselves. But when Ruby told me her preferences for her video, that it be stylized, slick and almost commercial; that it emphasize imagery over story, my eyes lit up. What she said meant I had total freedom to create images rather than capture moments. One result is the many "cropped" shots in the video, where you don't see someone's entire body when you would expect to. There's also the moment of what Hitchcock would call "pure cinema," where the girl's ribbon is tied. There is no shot of Ruby tying the ribbon, only of the ribbon being tied, the girl's face, and Ruby's face. But when you watch those three shots together, you then put together what's happening in your head.
This day was a joy to capture, not least because it was one of the many "surprise good weather" days we've been having lately. Ruby is wonderful and Anson is an amazing person. Both a ham and a "true gentleman" to quote one of the bridesmaids. This entire group of friends was great to be around and work with. They all cooperated and contributed to make this wedding happen. And we were happy to contribute something as well!