This Santa Barbara October Wedding was held at a Private Home in the exclusive neighborhood of Hope Ranch. I was the second wedding videographer shooting for the day. I enjoy second shooting as I get to become more and more familiar with my favorite photo/ video camera the Canon 7D Mark 11. I grabbed a few screen shots of my work on this wedding for social media.
What I liked about this wedding was the drone they had filming. Even though the noise from the propellers of a drone can be fairly distracting, the operator flew it discretely considering how much of a nuisance it could have been. They did a fly away shot at the beach during sunset. Other than a few over head property shots during cocktail hour, the post wedding couple photo shoot should be the only time a drone flies at a wedding.
I also appreciated that this couple stuck to tradition and didn't do a first look. I feel like the moment the groom sees his bride from the alter and she sees her groom standing up there, is the whole point of the wedding. It exists for that moment. Our job as photographers and videographers, is to capture that moment. I see why couples now agree to create this moment so that it's not missed. But now it has become a little too staged. I've noticed in weddings where the couple decides to see each other before the wedding, that it takes out that extra twinkle in the eye at this moment during the ceremony. As well as that the reactions during the first look may feel a little contrived. The best photos and video come from the moments in a wedding that are not planned, not staged, that are authentically captured in the moment. Which is why I named my wedding videography company Capture The Moment Video. I named it back in the year 2000, long before this 'first look' trend was started. I was only 16 years old and I knew then as I know now, what's important to filming the magic of a wedding.
The moments on the job, shooting and filming. A behind the scenes experience.