This is a simple story, and we love that. Why? Because within the simplicity of this narrative lies a powerful theme — one that we can compliment with complex sequences of visuals and audio and still not distract from the message at hand. Those are our favourite stories to tell.
Within the simplicity of this narrative lies a powerful theme — one that we can compliment with complex sequences of visuals and audio and still not distract from the message at hand.
Blanca and Alphonse met with us two winters ago in hopes of creating a wedding film with a portrait portion, shot before the wedding day itself, to really capture who they are as a couple. Over the coming year, we talked about what made them them — what they liked to do together, what each had brought to the relationship — and one theme we picked up on was their passion for cooking and eating together. We suggested they cook something for our shoot and we were delighted when they arrived at sushi. It was a simple yet complex process with a lot of repetitive tasks which would allow us to get creative with our shots.
We kept it equally simple on the technical side of things. C100 Mark IIs on our Manfrotto monopods allowed us to maximize our coverage while minimizing our footprint — a must when squeezing 4 people into a small kitchen. We focused on movement that accented the action and always made sure to take a step back to analyze each process and how to capture it best. We mainly stuck to our 24L and 35L, but hopped on the 135mm when we wanted to hone in on specific actions that called for a little more focus and drama — a decision that so perfectly captured those small moments that Blanca and Alphonse described as special in their interview.
Sometimes, it’s the unexpected elements of a shoot that become the strongest aspects of the final piece, and that’s exactly what happened here. When Blanca made the connection to how cooking together feels as if they were sharing a slow dance, it gave us the perfect transition to their first dance on their wedding day. The moment we stopped recording that segment, we knew we had a beautiful film on our hands, even before knowing what the wedding itself had in store for us.
Simply put, Blanca and Alphonse live in the little moments. Whether crafting sushi at home or sharing their first dance, each instant they spend together is equally significant and there’s something powerfully beautiful in that.
Come for the sushi, stay for the celebration.