We shot Lori and Steve’s wedding at Palais Royale in Toronto. First off, I have to say that I love Palais Royale. It’s a beautiful venue with great lighting, but best of all, they treat everyone with such care. As we were about to play the same-day edit, the sound engineer came up to me and said, “I’ve been waiting to see this. The staff has been raving about you guys all day.”
All week the forecast called for showers -100%. It rained through the preps, the photo session… wait. no. It rained up until we wanted to do a bridal party shoot out in the open, and then it cleared up for about 15 minutes, but then back to rain. About 5 minutes before the ceremony was to start (inside - which was plan B), all the rain, clouds, and gloom completely disappeared. Not a cloud in the sky! So they delayed the ceremony by 30 minutes to set up the chuppah outside (again)! And after the ceremony, what did it do? It rained. Unbelievable! Lori and Steve got so lucky. It was like the weather knew exactly when to let up.
Sylvia and Nuno have always been super-excited about working with us, and it certainly was contagious. Their photo session was in downtown Toronto, and when the family formals were done, we all just said “let’s go,” and we went for a little photo excursion. We found so many cool places to shoot, and we let the opportunities just hit us. It was moment-by-moment inspiration. Here are some of my favourite shots of the day.
Weddings can be somewhat funny creatures. I love the juxtaposition of emotions you see in Kimberley + Trevor’s SDE. As Kimberley and her mother are having a very emotional moment in their suite as they prepare for the day, several flights below their window Trevor and the guys are getting Hello Kitty ready for a car ride.
Kimberley + Trevor were married back on October 18th in Toronto. This is one of the clips we kept in the vault so that we had something special to show our couples when they came to visit the studio.
Their SDE is an example of one of our premium same-day edits. We had 3 cinematographers there to shoot both the main feature and SDE (whereas our regular collections have 2 cinematographers).
Sorry for the wait Kimmy.
We hope everybody had a great holiday! Our blogging has
slowed down errr stopped for the past couple weeks BUT we have a great excuse: we got to spend Christmas and New Years in Jamaica!
You can expect a healthy dose of updates to the blog over the next couple weeks with some big changes coming at the end of the month. Only three weeks until our first evolution experience workshop; very exciting.
Milena + Sam had a wonderful winter wedding. Milena setup her bridesmaids with some very stylish winter boots for their march to the church, and everybody braved the cold all day with huge smiles. Their reception was at the Paramount, which is a great venue in its own right, but as a location to share an SDE it is something else. Two large screens drop down from the ceiling on both sides of the room and their sound system really helps convey the feeling of the SDE. With that, on to Milena + Sam’s SDE.
We wanted to try something that we had never done before, and the wedding of Josh + Laura were the perfect fit. They were open to all of our ideas and we were able to shoot their wedding in a different way, something that was a first for our industry. The differences in how we shot it aren’t as important as the difference in impact the clip has because of our new approach. With that, we would like to share with you a behind the scenes trailer from Josh + Laura’s wedding that was shot entirely with 35mm adapters. This trailer was meant to be a little silly and generate some buzz about what we put together.
So, what’s all this hype about?
With the newly released Canon 5D MK11 (a dSLR that shoots HD video) starting to get into the hands of consumers, samples of the quality of video this camera can shoot have started popping up all over the internet. In recent weeks this has sent waves of speculation throughout the industry. Some call this camera a ‘game changer’ with photographers now being able to shoot high quality video with the exact same camera body and lenses that they use to shoot photo. Many feel that this poses a serious threat to videographers, while some videographers are also looking at this as an opportunity to start adding on photography to remain competitive.
Jess and Ryan really put the pressure on us to find a cool spot to shoot, and we couldn’t let this chance pass by.
After showing their SDE around 11PM, I headed back to the studio and got ready to fly out at 5am the next morning for another wedding that day. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend trying to shoot two weddings, in two days, in two countries - Anita and Sander were just so excited that we had to find a way to make it work. A special thanks to Casey from Mind|Castle Studios for flying down to Cali ahead of time with Michael just in case I didn’t make it in time. Not only is their work very tight, but Casey was a very cool guy to work with.
Here is the SDE from Jess and Ryan’s wedding. Thanks again for having us and a special thanks to Ryan for laying down your white Hugo Boss suit in the name of great imagery. For those who are curious, John got up at 5am the day of the wedding to shoot that sunrise.
Jake and Lisa had a really wonderful wedding. I love shooting weddings that revolve around a culture other than what I grew up in. It’s extremely interesting to learn new traditions and see different ceremonies. Jake and Lisa are both Korean and almost every aspect of their day was in their native tongue. None of us speak a word of Korean; as you can imagine this poses some very interesting and unique hurdles. However, in true StillMotion style, I think we crossed them with flying colours. We all worked extremely hard together as one entity to pool ideas and create one of our best SDEs yet. Patrick did an amazing job of editing it together in about 2 hours.
What a treat to travel down to Tupelo and be a part of Chase and Betsy’s wedding. Though Betsy denies doing any modeling in her past, we are pretty confident she is a British supermodel. Chase, not to be outdone by Betsy’s talents, had to show us just how well he could hang from a ladder upside-down; and what a cool shot we got.
The superhero of the day though was Chuck Sims, the father of the groom and best man, who found us the best photo-session location to date (an abandoned warehouse) and sent out a small research team to find out who owned it and how we could get in. Chuck also gets superhero points for taking us to a small Southern restaurant to get some yummy BBQ and the tastiest homemade cake we’ve ever tried, and generally just making us feel really at home for our entire trip.
We are still getting the hang of remote Same-Day Edits, but this one really pushed us. What a time crunch- we started at the salon at 6am and the SDE was to be shown at the end of the reception shortly before 4pm. By the time we arrived at the reception and started editing, we had about 90 minutes before we needed to prepare everything to be shown. Chuck also owns Chuck Sims Images (CSI) and is a professional photographer in Tupelo shooting mainly seniors, which just added to the pressure. With such a time crunch, Mike and I had to both edit during different parts of the day, and it certainly is a good thing we did or we likely wouldn’t have been done on time.
I’ll say this, we are pretty darn lucky. Rarely do we have couples who won’t do what we ask.. usually, there are limits, but they’ll do what we need them to in order to get the shot. Betsy and Chase have NO LIMITS (well ok, Betsy drew the line at the dead crow) and they were SUPER fun to work with. Chuck, the father of Chase hooked us up with this AMAZING photo session location and I shot my little heart out. Unfortunately we left Amina at home for this one so I shot alone, but Patrick was kind enough to come shoot with me during our second photo session location. It’s always great to have a second set of eyes. I’ve included a couple of his photos.
The location we had was a really neat old abandoned warehouse. Chuck and the whole family did a lot of work to get us in and we’re extremely grateful for that. It’s always nice to work with people who REALLY care about the location of their photography, doing something fun, unique and totally timeless to them. To create something unique on your wedding day, something you don’t see every day, that is something truly special. I believe that originality is what makes the imagery our couples receive theirs - art they are proud to call their own.
I have a great deal of respect for our couples. Betsy and Chase are no exception to this; they truly are amazing.