Back in early May, Alexandra from Blush & Bowties approached us to do a wedding styled shoot at District 28. She had gathered an amazing team of Toronto wedding vendors and wanted us on board to shoot some creative elements while documenting how it all came together. There were so many things we loved about the project from that first talk — the blending of industrial and ethereal elements, the incredible “white dome” room, and the simplicity of the concept, which would really let the spaces speak for themselves — so we set out to create a short piece that highlighted these elements while telling the story of the shoot itself.
It was at the busiest point of our 2015 season that we took a 7-hour road trip up to Timmins, Ontario to be a part of an editorial shoot for WedLuxe Magazine. Laura from Laura & Co. had reached out to us and filled us in on the project — there was talk of foxes, falcons, and the great northern wilderness.
We were convinced before we had even finished reading the e-mail and were ready to move heaven and earth to be a part of this project.
So having just shot Andrea and Jeff’s wedding on the Saturday, we charged our batteries, backed up our cards, and packed to drive up on Monday, shoot for the next two days, and come back for Thursday to get everything ready for Crystal and Jer’s on Friday and Rachael and Navid’s on Sunday.
We left around noon on Monday, taking a small detour to Neo Coffee Bar for some good coffee and snacks. We had heard a lot about this place but honestly, it was love at first sip and is now one of our favourite coffee spots in Toronto.
It feels surreal watching this now, having just seen Elisa and Joel exchange their vows this past Sunday. Although we always get to know our couples extensively, it’s one thing to know that they love making gluten-free pancakes on weekends, but it’s completely different to be there sharing in this personal ritual with them, and then hearing them talk about it in their personal vows months later.
We love portrait films because — well, aside from the fact that we have a blast shooting them with our couples — we get a sort of insight into their dynamic that we wouldn’t regularly capture in a wedding film. We get to paint a true (moving) portrait of who these people are and, rather than being or feeling like a completely separate entity to the wedding film, it actually compliments it so well. It’d be almost impossible to work in gluten-free pancakes and motorcycle rides on Elisa and Joel’s wedding day, but seeing these elements of their relationship in their portrait film adds a whole other layer to their story when they’re touched upon in their vows or a speech in their wedding film. continue reading
Every time we sat down with Sarah and Mike, we’d somehow lose track of time and spend three hours hitting it off over coffee, or drinks, or pizza — they’re just that much fun and easy-going. By the time the wedding day arrived, we were all just friends, hanging out and celebrating their wedding day — it just so happened that we had cameras in our hands the whole time.
Over those lengthy talks, we discovered a few things that we wanted to capture for their wedding film: 1) they compliment and contrast each other in the most perfect ways, 2) their energy is infectious, 3) their wedding party was made up of friends and family members who were all very special to them and would play a huge role in the wedding day itself.
Another important thing to note is that they booked us to create a same-day edit for them. Now, although we approach same-day edits in the same way as our highlight films, they do require a whole other way of thinking and a lot more pre-production to ensure that we can put a strong piece together in a short amount of time. That means we ask a lot more questions to ensure we stay two or three steps ahead of the action and have the flow and feel of the story almost entirely planned out before we arrive and start filming. continue reading
Portrait films are what we like to think of as the video alternative to engagement photos. Film however, allow for an almost 3-dimensional look into the lifesyle or personality of a couple, drawing upon sight and sound to help tell a story. So for us, the goal is to create a video “portrait” of the couple, using our tools to tell the story of their individual and shared experiences.
As with all of our films, the inspiration for this portrait came right from Jen and Dave. They made it really easy for us and unknowingly provided the format of their video in their answer to our first exercise: How do you Sunday? They told us that Sundays were their day to take it slow and catch up on life. Dave spends most of the morning doing dishes and lounging in front of the TV, while Jen researches recipes for the week. They confessed that they were a “boring couple on Sundays” but we loved the idea that the two of them could feel close while being in the same space and enjoying totally different activities. Their Sunday’s also included a weekly visit with family for a good ole’ fashioned BBQ and we of course tagged along.