Many wedding videos are basically music videos, or trailers… pretty shots matched up to music. In our films, there is a story that draws you in. You hear speeches, audio, laughter. Each couple’s personality comes to life.
We don’t just ask “what time should we show up?” By taking the time to get to know you we can tailor your wedding films so that we represent who you are.
Here are four ways our films are uniquely Syncopated.
- Audio - it matters!
Your wedding film is not a music video. And it’s not a trailer for a feature-length film. You should feel immersed in your movie, not removed from it. If your movie is only visuals accompanied by music, you won’t be as emotionally connected as you would be if you were hearing the voices and sounds that were part of your wedding day. If someone knocks on a door or guests are cheering but you don’t hear the knocking or the cheering, it feels less real. As much as possible, considering this is a live unpredictable event, we capture sounds along with sights.
- What We Don’t Shoot (longer isn’t better) There are many parts of a wedding day that are fun to experience, or that make a great photo, but they’re not suited to video. Traditional wedding videos have been too long and uninteresting, largely because they include too many moments that just aren’t that interesting to watch later on. We don't shoot:
- Lengthy shots of details without people or action
- Entire "real-time" church ceremonies
- Formal family photo session (where your photographer sets up group photos)
- Cocktail hour
- Gear (It’s a wedding, not a Hollywood production)
We are mindful of the fact that we are shooting a wedding, not a Hollywood film. We keep our equipment lean, so that we don’t call attention to ourselves or get in the way of the rest of your wedding day. For the vast majority of the day, we shoot with our cameras on monopods. A monopod is a single pole that stabilizes the camera and allows us to get steady shots. The monopod’s slim size allows us to blend right in. We do also use tripods, but only at two times during the wedding day. During the ceremony, we shoot from tripods in the side aisles. We never set a tripod up in the center aisle, so we are never blocking your guests or your photographers. And we shoot the toasts at the reception from a tripod. But at no time are we setting up a giant tripod on wheels and rolling it around your church or dance floor!
- Details (Story over style)
Many couples spend a lot of time and effort on the personalized details that give their weddings a unique flair. Photographers do a great job at capturing those details. We also shoot details, but only in a supporting role. Our wedding films do not include endless shots of stationary objects. We like to shoot details when they’re in action, so that they’re part of your story.
What’s the best tradition unique to Pittsburgh weddings? The cookie table! I’ve seen a lot of cookie tables, and one of the most elaborate was at Nicole and Rob’s wedding. The story of this cookie table wouldn’t have been the same if we only shot the cookies alone, waiting to be taken. Seeing the guests perusing the myriad number of choices adds a lot more interest and brings it to life.