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Lana & Sean - Cinematic Feature

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Lana & Sean - Cinematic Feature

Hand drawn notes with the gift for each grooms-man. Vera Wang dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. The fort Garry ballroom looking resplendent in the year's most elegant colours. There was an enormous amount of thought and attention to detail that went into this wedding celebration. And what a great couple Lana and Sean make too.

My favourite parts of the day had to be the father of the Bride's speech and the live band playing as every single person in the room was in that big circle on the dance floor. I also love the open emotion that both Sean and his father-in-law-to-be showed at the first look in the hotel. Priceless. It's those real moments of joy that are the highlight of my day.

I'll let the cinematic feature tell you the rest of the story...

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Cristylee and Darryl - Teaser

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Cristylee and Darryl - Teaser

I am always looking for new and interesting ways to shoot video during the "photoshoot" part of the wedding. I prefer to refer to it as the "let's have fun and try stuff" part of the day. It's the one chance we as cinematographers get to actually experiment during a wedding. The rest of the day is stacked with unmissable, one take and its all over, type moments that you don't really want to try stuff out on. You have to nail those shots 100% of the time. No room for error. No take 2. During the part of the day between the ceremony and the reception we get to let our creative juices flow. We get to pose you. We get to experiment and sometimes we even get enough time to shoot something twice.

This was an interesting little move that will be part of the cinematic feature for cristylee and Darryl's video a few months from now. I just wanted to share a little teaser of it now. It's a first attempt at the technique, but I think you can see where I am going with this. Thanks to the wedding party for playing my game!

 

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Ruby & Tanner - Next Day Edit

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Ruby & Tanner - Next Day Edit

Not to get all spiritual, but they say that the energy you put out into the universe attracts similar energy back to you. That must be the reason that Ruby and Tanner are surrounded by so much love.  Having spent the last 4 days with them, the overwhelming memory for me is how often and how easily the both smile. I loved every minute of this shoot.

Looking through all the footage in putting together this next day edit, there is actually a singular moment that really struck me. It is not even half a second. When Ruby is leaning against a pillar at the Legislative building and Tanner comes up beside her to give her a kiss on the cheek, she closes her eyes for a tiny moment. For me, time slows down in that instant and, quite beside the fact that it's a wedding day and they have 4 cameras pointed at them, this is just a couple who dig the hell out of each other, sharing a moment and loving just being near each other. That's the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

Hands down, best food I've ever had at a wedding too. In fact, every vendor that was a part of this wedding was just perfect.  It was a pleasure to finally get to work with the photographer Trevor Brucki after all these years. I have included some of my favourite still frames in this post, but head over to Trevor's blog here to see the photos.

Enjoy the video... 

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Winnipeg Whisky Festival

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Winnipeg Whisky Festival

One of my favourite parts of what I do is the event documentary. We get to meet so many interesting people from so many different walks of life. One of my other favourite things in the world is a good whisky after a long day of work. Shooting the inaugural Winnipeg Whisky Festival was a killer combination... what a blast!

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