Today’s wedding videographer interview is with documentary filmmaker, Wirkin Films from Missouri!
1. Tell us about your company, how did you get started?
I’ve been a wedding videographer for 7 years, most recently shooting exclusively as Wirken Films. My wife and I were looking for a partner to help share the cost of running a studio, as well as like minded photographers who would share our goal of becoming more documentary based. The artists and friends at Wirken Photography were a perfect match, and so Wirken Films was born. Together we focus on a documentary approach to weddings, and are exploring a multimedia approach as well.
Read more of the interview after the cut…
2. What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
I believe couples should look for someone whose films resonate with them first and foremost. Your wedding day is more important than photos or video, so it is imperative that you find someone that fits you, your style and sensibility. This includes how they shoot, what gear they bring and their personality.
3. What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
I’m a big fan of the small moments. I love stray glances, lingering touches, biting lips, silent tears, nervous twitching, etc. The small moments that no one is watching, or you think no one is watching, really add up to tell you more about who these people were on their wedding day, not just the overall story of the day.
4. How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
The cameras have changed for sure. The ease of obtaining the new gear has led more people try it out, so we have seen more video work overall, both bad and good. It seems like a revolution in terms of quality, but it is more a revolution in terms of numbers. We have seen more great wedding films because there are more people stepping into the ring.
5. Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
If you are not absolutely in love with weddings then you probably should find another venue for your cinematic efforts. I feel a wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and should be treated with skill, enthusiasm and dedication. It requires an open heart and 110% of yourself every weekend.
If you do love weddings and people then my best advice is to go out and shoot. Shoot a ton. Keep shooting, keep editing. Read and watch everything you can. Learn your gear and then stop thinking about it. Instead think about what you are doing with your gear. Learn the basics and then find your own voice.
6. If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
I wouldn’t have a blooper reel. What some people consider bloopers I consider to be key moments that are telling about the event!
7. What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is trying to see the moments before they happen and be framed to capture them perfectly.
Thanks for the great interview! For more on Wirkin Films, check out their WeddingVideoLove profile or head straight to their website.