Juliane & Alex

Austin Wedding Cinematography

#Adventurefriendsforlife | Ryan + Brittany

Camp Lucy- Whit's Inn

March 4, 2017

#Adventurefriendsforlife. What a perfectly fitting hashtag. When life handed Ryan and Brittany pouring rain on their wedding day, what did they do? Celebrate it, see it as a memorable adventure, and enjoy every minute! Nothing was stopping these two best friends from celebrating their love for each other with their friends and family.

We loved properly kicking off our spring season with this high energy wedding just a few weeks ago. Ryan and Brittany spent so much time meticulously organizing the day, including picking out the most beautiful furniture to spread throughout the room. They had many other thoughtful details, such as photos detailing the many trips they have taken, and an art easel from Ryan's family. 

One of the greatest blessings is working with photographers that shoot with a similar mindset as us.  This was definitely the case working with Kendall Hanna Photography. Kendall and her husband were so much fun to shoot with and chat with; it made the day go so smoothly! Check out their work here

Memo from the Edit Desk: On Our Style

Shooting style can be one of the toughest things to pin down. It takes years to develop one's style and craft to the point where it becomes a natural extension of one's self. The best way to understand our style and evaluate if it is the right fit for your wedding is to check out our latest work. It can also be helpful, however, to know our mindset as we put your film together.

We call our style a fusion of Cinematic Grace with Journalistic Truth. In this post, I hope to better explain what those values mean to us, what it means for your wedding day, and how it impacts your final film.

Cinematic Grace

We're classically trained cinematographers. We look for inspiration in time tested cinematic traditions. We stay away from fads that may quickly become dated. We value natural light, carefully consider lens choice, and emphasise clean composition and camera movement.

We love taking advantage of the Texas sun and the intense color and shading we can find outdoors. And so many venues in the area take advantage of the sun with big glass windows. For those that don't, our cameras and us are prepared to handle it.

All of our cameras use Super 35 size sensors. This is the same size sensor that the majority of major films are shot on, and is many times larger than the typical 1/3" to 2/3" size sensors of traditional video cameras. The reason we do this? The first is that it allows us to shoot in much lower light environments than ever before possible, as the larger sensor can see in the dark much better with much less noise, which is absolutely critical for darker environments. Secondly, we're offered much more creative control over the picture. We have the ability to control how much of the shot is in focus to best communicate the action of the frame. We can compose our shots with less distraction.

By focusing on time tested cinematic techniques, we want to ensure that your film won't be dated or marked by fads in the wedding videographer industry come and go. 

Journalistic Truth

The most important parts of a wedding day are typically quick moments. These moments together form the story of your wedding day. We aren't here to be the story or invent one, but to tell yours faithfully and truthfully.

We have to be quick and nimble to gather the footage we need. We want to cover the main event as well as reactions. Surrounding your wedding day are the perspectives of your family, friends. We're here to cover each thread as it is woven into the fabric of your wedding day.

We specifically seek out cameras with a small form factor, so we can get anywhere without being obtrusive. We choose cameras and set ups that we can quickly grab and start using because, while there is plenty of time to set up for the major events, the sincere moments throughout the day are often unannounced. 

Audio is the single most clear storyteller in your wedding day. We take the responsibility to capture clear and clean audio seriously by ensuring redundancy at the most crucial moments. Whenever possible, we like to start by mic'ing everyone with a speaking room on your wedding day. We also place location mics around the venue to capture strings and other natural sounds. Lastly, we use dedicated audio recorders to get a clean feed from the church, venue, band or DJ's equipment.

Grace & Truth

By starting our films on the foundations of Cinematic Beauty and Journalistic Truth, we can build the timeless wedding films that we've come to love. Films that use the truth, love and passion of your wedding day to evoke emotion, tell your story, and inspire others.

Ask a Videographer: What is working with photographers like?

One of the most frequent questions we're asked is if we've ever had any issues working with photographers. Both your videographer and photographer will be working hard to capture the most cherished moments and memorable events of the day. There's plenty of room for miscommunication and tension, the very last things anyone wants to be part of their wedding day!

Thankfully the wedding industry here in Austin is professional and on their game. We've never had an issue with a photographer (or any other vendor for that matter!). The success we've found with other vendors isn't some sort of happy accident however, but is the product of thoughtful communication and careful consideration.

Thoughtful communication and careful consideration with photographers helps us make films like this.

Thoughtful Communication

Before each wedding day, while we're working with you to see your dreams for your wedding film realized and learning all the details that will make the day yours, we're also in communication with all of your other vendors. We reach out to your photographer to introduce ourselves (if we don't already have a relationship that is!), ask about their plan for the day, share some info about us, and get the ball rolling on prep for your wedding day.

Careful Consideration

Through basic consideration for one another, it's easy to build off each other to create even better photographs and films. Photographers and videographers also tend to focus on different parts of the wedding day which specifically play into their respective medium, and can smoothly coordinate together to help each other. For the major events that take place during your ceremony and reception, a quick moment to make a game plan goes a long way to ensure everyone gets what they need.

Working with professionals can make all the difference on your wedding day.

Some of the Best

Ultimately, when the family, friends, photographer, videographer, DJ, the venue staff, and everyone else are on the same page with a singular vision to see that the bride and groom can have the best and most stress free day possible to begin the lifelong adventure of marriage, magic happens. We're all here not to make ourselves look good but support the common vision.

We've found that a little thoughtful communication and careful consideration up front goes a long way on the wedding day. Beyond that, we've found not just coworkers but friends in photographers through shooting towards a common vision.

There is no shortage of unbelievably talented photographers in Austin. Want to know some of our faves in both style and ability to work with? These photographers are also all more importantly the kind of people that you want to be around you on your wedding day: full of sincere energy and care. Check this list below: