Congratulations to Dianna + Catalino who were married at The Merion in Cinnaminson,New Jersey.
Ashley + Kyle’s Stone Harbor, New Jersey WeddingAccommodations: The Reeds at Shelter Haven Florals: Jennifer Designs at Lavender & Lace Hair & Makeup: Jessica Spina-Perez of Your Day Your Way Music: Chris Vito of Over the Top Entertainment Photography: Hello Gorgeous Venue: The Reeds at Shelter Haven
One of our favorite things about wedding filmmaking is witnessing various traditions that may be foreign to us. We feel honored that families (and entire communities) not only share their culture and history with us, but also welcome us with such kindness and generosity. It really is a privilege to be asked to document a day filled with such meaning.
Take a sneak peak of Michelle and Jimmy’s Macedonian wedding at the Venetian:
Michelle & Jimmy’s Short Film displays some of the Macedonian traditions we had the good fortune to witness, from the music and dancing at their parents’ homes, to the groom’s shave by sword, to the stuffing of the bride’s shoes. Their bridal party could not have been more helpful to us in explaining the order of events and the meaning behind these traditions.
At the end of the night, it was most noteworthy that this wedding was absolutely enjoyed by everyone involved, and that all in attendance took part in celebrating the love between Michelle & Jimmy.Event Design: Kimberly Paige Events Music: John Budz of Elite Sound Entertainment Photography: Leandro Da Silva Venue: The Venetian
Join Be Films on Sunday, October 19th in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for a full day intensive. At our wedding cinema workshop we’ll talk storytelling, and get technical, devoting time to everything from building compelling sequences, to audio and lighting. Finally, we’ll end the day with insights into the business of wedding filmmaking.
We’ll spend time discussing how to apply wedding cinematography skills in order to build a well-rounded portfolio, generate commercial business (or build a hybrid business if you’re a photographer), and explore other artistic opportunities for DSLR filmmaking.
Take a look at this New Jersey wedding, which we filmed at The Palace at Somerset Park with one of our favorite photography teams: Bob & Lola of LoRusso Studios,.
Combining two religious traditions, and celebrating with friends and family who expressed nothing but joy over coming together for this long-awaited celebration, Jenn & Ed’s wedding was emotionally charged and deeply meaningful, as evidenced in their Short Film:Photography: LoRusso Studios Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park
Within the past two weeks we’ve been informed by several potential clients that their wedding photographers have warned them that wedding cinema (aka: videography) is a bad investment; that cinematographers “get in the way all day,” “ruin the photographs,” and “take away from the wedding celebration.”
Ouch. Apparently, our work is not worth the money, and our services are something you’ll regret. It seems a war is being waged: wedding photogs v. wedding cinema togs. We’ll call it War of the Lenses.
So what do we do when put on the defensive? Well, if we already have a potential client on the phone, clearly s/he is interested in a wedding film and recognizes its value. So, our usual response begins with acknowledging that that photographer’s perspective is likely the result of a prior bad experience or personality clash with a specific cinematographer. We then try to turn a negative into a positive and talk about our approach (including our desire to work WITH photographers, not AGAINST them), and our process. Then we ask questions about the potential client’s wedding and move on to discuss the love story we may be commissioned to share.
At no point during these calls do we say, “You don’t want to waste your budget on photographs!” We don’t diminish the value of other vendors or call into question their skills, let alone their entire industry. In fact, we very frequently discuss how wonderful it will be for us to capture and celebrate the many details that are created by other vendors such as florists, planners and stylists. And what vendor do we almost always highlight and speak very enthusiastically about on our calls? Photographer. We talk about how much we look forward to working with the photographer(s) and collaborating on the day of the wedding to create the best possible film and photos for the couple.
Perhaps we were unaware of the war because photography has traditionally received more attention (and more of the wedding budget) than cinema. Have we mistakenly viewed ourselves as the non-threatening, lesser power in the wedding market? Maybe we’ve been too diplomatic, because every wedding we have ever filmed has included photography. We’ve always expected to work with photographers. We welcome them. We are challenged by and grow from them.
Why is it some photographers feel the need to demonize our kind (and vice versa)? What counter-attack should we employ? To date, ours may be considered akin to “keep your brides close and your photographers closer.” We try to foster relationships with the photographers we work with, and those we admire from afar. Heck, we even follow their work and send them referrals.
And, as it turns out, over the past few years, upwards of 50 percent of our business has come from photographers. So we know not everyone with a dslr is doing battle. This simple fact also signifies that if you’re duking it out, it’s costing you. While you’re busy bashing the other ‘tog, you are losing business in the form of referrals.
Isn’t it time we all stop putting each other down and give our respective professions the credit & the respect they deserve? What might be achieved if instead of battling each other, we worked together to create something beautiful, like these photos taken by LuRey Photography?
and our similarly styled film:
Tara + Steve Wedding Highlight Film
In closing, we’ll leave you with our current mantra: Make art, not war.Venue: The Chelsea Atlantic City Florals & Linens: A Garden Party