As creatives involved in both wedding photography and cinematography, we’ve noticed
a few interesting differences between
these worlds that can help lay the
foundation for the kind of filmmaker you
want to be.
Clients tend to prioritize photography
in their wedding budgets, and
cinematographers are often sought
out not so much for their artistry and
ability to tell a story differently, but
because their equipment can capture
everything that stills can’t, namely audio
and movement. There aren’t as many
resources out there—articles, workshops,
community discussions or wedding
blogs—that are directly inspiring,
informing or elevating the work of
a wedding filmmaker. And with the
separate but overlapping roles between
photographer and cinematographer,
there’s often misunderstanding and
tension when the two are required
to share a room or mountaintop that
doesn’t seem large enough.
So what does this all mean?
We have a ton of room to grow within
our craft and to create wedding films
in a climate that at times still feels
like unexplored territory. This is both
hugely daunting and exciting. Sure,
there are clients attracted to the tried
and true—from the production-heavy
films and 360-degree sweeps, to the
whimsical light leaks coupled with indie
folk soundtracks—but there are people
who crave something else entirely.
They just don’t know what that is yet. As
filmmakers, we’re in an ideal position to
explore this for them, and for ourselves.
What works for us and our team is
a more natural, unscripted approach
that allows us to be mobile, flexible
and focused on capturing a mood; this
complements the intimate and laid-back
style of our clients, who also happen to
love a good party. We could talk about
this at length, but let’s get into some
tips first to get you started.
Why pushing the boundaries of
cinema could be the best move you
make this year.
by tomasz wagner + amy tran