Wedding Advice | Hiring a Cinematographer

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  • Amidst the hustle and bustle of your wedding day plans, it is sometimes hard to know which elements of your day may be the most meaningful. Videography, cinematography, whatever you may call it- the motion and emotion of your day needs to be captured. We think in motion and audio – remember how vivid the moments from your home movies are when you replay them? How precious it is to hear and see your loved ones in motion– loved ones that may have since passed on, moved away, or simply grown up. In addition, modern wedding filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of what is commonly thought of when you picture a “wedding video”. Films are now cinematic storytelling experiences that replay the feel of your wedding day in ways that make people want to watch again, and again. Including you, your family, your friends, and hopefully your children, and their children. 

    Our memories are not {always} made up of still images. Still images are great for displaying, and documentary photography has made great strides to capture those unrehearsed moments. They cannot relay the timbre of your father’s voice as he gives you away; the giggles of the flower girl or how the trees swayed and the light danced on the chapel as you made your getaway. Wedding films are collections of sound and light, movement and emotion. The goal is to capture and release the sound, light, motion and emotion in such a way that you relive it when watching it. If we do our job well, others will feel like they were there in the first place; there in your heart and in your love. 


    When I look at very old photographs of my ancestors’ weddings, I’m happy to see how they looked on that day. However, from the photograph, I know nothing of them aside of how they looked; their hairstyle; fashion choices; pick of bouquet. I know nothing of how they moved; held the hand of the one they love; how they looked tenderly at each other as they danced, tears and all – these are the things that can be captured, and passed down, with cinematography.

    Brandon Parigo, Cinematographer
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