Today we have an interview with Robert of Robert Michael Films, based in Santa Barbara, California! Take it away:

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

I started filming weddings in 2002. Prior to starting my own business I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. My focus was Art History, Graphic Design, and Editing.

This really helped with having a strong foundation with the creative disciplines. I still study the masters of cinema and incorporate those lessons into the world of wedding filmmaking.

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What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?

I always recommend couples hire someone that has experience, style and personality. They is very little room for error so trusting someone with the experience to make sure the day is captured right is important. Ask for referrals from others vendors and look through full length samples in their portfolio.

Find someone who’s style is in line with yours and lastly someone that you connect with. You are going to spend a lot of time with your photographer and videographer so find people that work well together and love what they do.

What is your favorite part of the day to capture?

I especially love working with the couple right after the ceremony concludes and the photographer and I have some alone time with them. All the pressure and stress leading up to the day is released and they are ready to have fun. It’s amazing sharing that private moment together.

Another part of the day that I really love is the cocktail hour. It’s funny because I hear from other videographers that they don’t like the cocktail hour or don’t even film it. The sun is usually setting and the light looks amazing. Everyone is laughing and having a good time and they usually don’t notice you so you can be a video ninja and grab some fun candid moments. Plus, a lot of the time the couple miss the cocktail hour so I like being able to include things in their film that the couple didn’t see.

How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?

Videography has really grown in the last few years and couples are putting more value in it as the quality has risen. My couples really value the cinematic experience that I provide. They value strong storytelling techniques, a blend of spoken audio with the right musical selections and a timeless visual.

Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?

Seek out inspiration in all forms of art. Look deeper than what other videographers are doing. Strive to incorporate your own personality into your work to develop your own style. And spend time working on the business side as well as the creative so you can sustain a lasting career and grow your business.

If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?

You’ll have to ask me in person about this one. Preferably over drinks.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

I absolutely love what I do and feel honored that I get to be a part of my couples’ day and share in their experiences. There are challenges at every wedding so it’s about being flexible and thinking on your feet . The hardest part about a wedding is what I love the most. Capturing a moment that only happens once. Having the experience to put yourself in the right situation where you are prepared to capture those moments is the most challenging and most rewarding part.

Any advice for couples?

I would recommend budgeting appropriately and setting aside as much for your wedding film as your photography. Look for someone with experience and a good reputation. Someone whose work you connect with and is responsive to your questions and needs. Getting married is, for most, a once in a lifetime experience, so find someone that is exceptional at what they do and will capture the essence of your day to share and remember.

Thanks Robert! For more about Robert Michael Films, check out his WeddingLovely profile or head straight to his website.

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