Shahinian says, he and his team need to
get the bride’s parents giving her away to
the groom’s family, and the groom placing the necklace around the bride.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Equipped with their own laptops, each
shooter rough-cuts his or her own footage
from the day to give to the editor, who’s set
nearby. “I used to hand everything over to
the editor at once and stand there while we
cut the footage together,” Shahinian says,
“but having each shooter rough-cut is so
much faster; they know where their best
If the couple’s asked for the 45-minute
video that Pacific Pictures offers, the team’s
dealing with a whole new beast; they’ll have
to edit the unmanned safe cameras they’ve
set up around the venue that are filming the
Luckily, there’s typically a 3- to 4-hour
break right after the ceremony, which for
Shahinian and his team is a godsend; they
use this time to huddle up and rough-cut as
much footage as possible, with the “master
project” living on the editor’s computer.
Once it’s all done, they get ready to
present it at the client’s wedding
Work as a second shooter or
editor first. Observing the day as a
shooter helped him figure out how
he’d want to conduct his own process.
Test yourself before you start.
Shoot and assemble at least two
same-day edits before offering
them, just to see how they go.
Invest in high-performing gear
and people. Fast hard drives, up-to-date laptops and a team that’s
used to working under pressure
will lower the stress level.
Get backup for blowout weddings.
Shahinian has used a DJI Phantom
drone for establishing shots, and
he hires an operator to man a 20-
to 25-foot jib.
Save color-correcting for last.
Make sure you have time to edit
everything the way you want it, and
color-correct if there’s time.
This spread: The wedding of Avni and Abhishek became a big affair in Utah. “I don’t think Salt Lake
City has had a wedding like that ever,” Shahinian says. “The father of the bride is a prominent member in the community. He has standing with the governor, so there were secret service agents. It was
extra pressure, and they invited 800 or 900 people, but I was feeling good about it; I knew what their
plans were for the wedding, like the hot air balloon, so I had ideas ready for scenes.”