I believe in the power of a still photograph to reveal emotion, feeling and truth. As our eyes scan a photograph the still image invites us to participate by associating a memory – how you were feeling if you’re a subject in the photo, or through empathy if you’re a viewer – or by simply enjoying the juxtaposition of the elements in the frame.
During my days as a news photographer I learned to shoot and edit video. It was a new challenge brought on by a shift in the way people got their news; logging on to a website instead of reading a newspaper that had been delivered to the door. The internet allows news organizations to present their information in many different ways, one of which is video. While I enjoy shooting and editing video, I quickly found out that despite the capability of the new generation of digital cameras to take both still frames and HD video, it is impossible to do both at the same time and do either of them well.
Many clients ask for a recommendation for a good videographer. It’s kind of a difficult recommendation for me to make since a video crew that doesn’t work in the same unobtrusive, documentary style that we do can be a hinderance by getting in the way of real moments as they happen.
Rachel Wagner has been working with me for a few years helping with post processing of the thousands of images that we shoot during a wedding season. Recently, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Fine Arts degree. For quite a while now we’ve been working on something a bit different in concept from the traditional wedding video.
I’m very excited about what she’s come up with. It’s a short film with all of the essential elements of the day in a skillfully photographed, edited and custom-crafted piece that is a joy to watch. Her talents blow me away.
It’s great to have someone on the same team working together to ensure the client gets a collection of still images that tells the story of their day in a powerful way as well as a cinematic experience that engages a whole other part of the viewers’ hearts and minds.
Here’s a sample video. It’s kind of a movie trailer from a recent wedding at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum:
More examples can be provided upon request. Please contact us with questions about pricing and availability of wedding videography in Pittsburgh.