Today’s wedding vendor interview is with the owner of Cinema Couture, a wedding videography company based in Charleston, SC! Enjoy:

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

I started shooting weddings in 2005 with my wife who was a photographer. We did that until 2009 when our daughter was born and my wife decided to stay home with her. I launched Cinema Couture in 2010. We focus on telling a couple’s story. We want you to see your final film and think “this is perfect” We will accept nothing less.

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

So much of a wedding is personality. A videographer needs to be able to reflect a couple’s personality. Look back at their catalog, do you see consistent work? Ask to see a wedding that isn’t on the website or the blog. When it comes down to it, everything is captured in a very similar way. It’s all about how a videographer can capture and reflect your personality.

What is your favorite part of the day to capture?

My favorite part of the day to capture is probably the couple’s session after the wedding. The pressure is off and it’s certainly the most artistic part of the shooting process for us. We’re only restricted by our creativity. It’s also a great opportunity to work with the photographer and maybe get something new.

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

The biggest change in the last few years is simply the quality of the image we can capture. We’re shooting with cameras that rival movie production in some cases and it gives us a new palette to paint with.

Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?

My biggest piece of advice for new videographers is do not skimp on audio equipment. The audio from a wedding is one of those elements that you just can’t recreate. Too many times a new videographer will spend their money on a flashy gimbal or drone but forgo audio equipment.

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

I had a guest once that was dancing on a chair where the bride was sitting. Just as he started to get suggestive, the chair broke and they both fell to the floor. Quite fitting.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is navigating all of the various rules and restrictions placed on us mainly by churches. We have the utmost respect for weddings, couples, and the churches where they get married but the Puritan rules that some churches impose on us make it very difficult to do our job. We have churches that won’t even let us inside the church while the wedding is happening. Our brides never know the struggle but it is a struggle nonetheless.

Photo Credit: Clark Berry Photography

Any advice for couples?

If I could give any advice to couples regarding videography it would simply be to do it. Please make sure that you have this moment captured. The years pass much faster than you think and I want all of them to be able to look back on just how young they were when they started this journey. Even if you don’t hire me, hire someone. Photos and video are all you have left when the wedding is over.

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