For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved to create. Not always film but from a very young age I was fascinated by the journey – the process – of crafting things together. Making something greater than the sum total of its parts.
I would go missing for hours in the backyard as a kid – exploring, cutting, crafting, glueing – always ‘making something’ – as the family used to say.
Truth be told I still love it.
Being blessed with 3 beautiful kids, I now have plenty of excuses to share their drawing, colouring in, or building of sandcastles. It makes my heart sing.
Like so many kids, the other thing I loved were stories.
I was never a big reader, but at the same time was utterly enamoured by stories. I have such fond memories of my year 2 teacher reading a chapter of the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe every day after big lunch in the classroom. Or of sitting on my parents lap, snuggled in way-too-warm flannelet pyjamas being absorbed in a bedtime story.
It’s so clear for me seeing the parallels between what I loved then and what I do now.
Someone asked me a couple of years ago, ‘how do you make every film so different?’
To be honest, I’d never really thought about it – because it came naturally. Each couple, each day is so, so different that, to me, it would be unnatural to do anything but.
There are no templates, no colouring by numbers or sticking to a preconceived idea of how a wedding film has to be.
That’s not storytelling to me.
No doubt you’re doing your research, investing some time looking around sites at various samples. This is a good…no, it’s a great thing. A filmmaker should provide you with something that is going to be a priceless family heirloom, so hold them to high standards.
If I can give you just one suggestion, I’d use the following as a measuring stick after watching any films;
How much do you feel like you know the couple? How much do you feel their day?
By the end of any piece, the audience should feel a connection to the characters. This is the philosophy that drives how I capture + create.
Every day I capture, every story, every piece is intensely personal to me – never just an ordinary day. In fact, I’ve been known to tear up during edits. #truthbomb.
If I can make strangers laugh, cry and really feel the celebration that was, then I have done what I set out to do. And if it makes an outside observer feel those things, imagine how it is for the couple, family members or people that are actually a part of the day.
Pretty powerful stuff.
The way I see it, my roles are that of filmmaker + storyteller.
Stories and creating – now I’m all ‘grown up’ it’s still what I do.
My wedding videography regularly takes me from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, the Gold Coast to Byron Bay and beyond, but I’ve filmed all over Australia and internationally as well so if you like what you’ve seen, no matter where you are or what you have planned, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.