If, as they say, a picture can say a thousand words we wonder how many a film can say, especially when it comes to a wedding day.
As huge advocates of the amazing service a videographer offers to brides and grooms in capturing their day, we can easily see how special the films that they produce are, with moving footage and real time expressions enabling viewers to relive the day time and time again.
And just like photographers, there is no one-style-suits all approach with couples able to search out a film maker that will be a perfect match for their individual big day; be it a love of documentary, fine art or cinematic footage.
Today we are therefore thrilled to be chatting to our talented videographer Sponsor, Paul Cryer of In Love Wedding Films, about his unique and beautiful footage, what it is he loves about sharing in a couple’s special day and what keeps him so enthralled in the industry while viewing the stunning results of his work. Prepare to be captivated…
When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?
Paul says: I’ve always had a love for filmmaking and it was when making some short films with friends in 2012 that I got back into the wedding scene. I’d previously done some wedding filming and
enjoyed it but then my career took a different path. It wasn’t until I started making those short films again that realised I wasn’t doing what I loved and so started filming weddings again.
How would you describe your style of videography and how does it set you apart?
I’ve continued to work and tweak my style this year. UK wedding videos are generally very documentary rather than artistic, while many of the films I love are artistic over just documenting the whole day. I’ve always tried to make my films creatively, and over the next 12 months I’ll be looking to push this further with a more arty style; so closer up, handheld camera work with a very filmic look. Slow motion, movement in the shots as well.
What is it that you love most about your job?
Making the couple happy. Having a couple tell you that you’ve given them memories that will last them a lifetime is a wonderful feeling.
What are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?
The biggest thing is finding a videographer who can create the film you want. Most wedding filmmakers have a style and look to their films and a final product (length of film) that they produce. Make sure you find the filmmaker who matches what you want, in terms of visual style and the type of story they tell and product they produce.
Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?
I really do not understand why videography is still the ‘last on the list if we have budget left’ option. A well-produced wedding film will give you life long memories, memories to show your future children and grandchildren that no other medium can provide. Why would you not invest in this?
What is the feedback like from your couples?
Check out my Facebook reviews! My couples love what I produce for them and the fact they often didn’t know we were there!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I do enjoy getting some time just with the couple to create some really great romance shots.
What areas do you cover?
We can actually go anywhere in the UK and abroad, but mainly get enquiries for the North West being based in Manchester. I would actually love to shoot a wedding in the Scottish Highlands.
What has been your work highlight of 2018?
Shooting a wedding in Santorini – the bride and groom, Carly and James, were a lovely couple and it was in such an amazing place.
What can couples who book you expect?
A personal service and a great final film! I’m also working on some great ideas for creating informational videos for couples over this coming winter.
What is included in your videography package?
I do a short film (around eight minutes) and a feature film (generally 15 minutes) package options as the main product. I then offer an add-on set of options so couples can choose what they want to fit their budget.
Can you give us an idea of price?
The average is generally £1,500 to £2,000.
How can readers get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?