At long last, my latest wedding video is complete!
Special thanks to Katherine and Paxton Campbell for providing an amazing, and incredibly visual evening. The video turned out a little longer than most—7+ minutes—mainly because I had so many shots I didn't want to leave out, which is funny because I left that night hoping I got all I needed.
Indeed, I did.
The shots in front of the Carolina County Club could not have come at a better time: at around 7pm with that nice "Magic Hour" soft lighting and a much more manageable outdoor temperature during what had been a hot mid-July day.
I also really enjoyed the video of Katherine and the bridesmaids getting ready at her parents' house and shot all that on a 50mm prime lens, which really helped create that shallow depth of field.
The narration from Paxton and Katherine provided a nice backdrop that helped weave it all together. I usually like to ask two or three questions with the bride and groom before the ceremony just to give the video something extra, and these two delivered with great soundbites. Her first story she told about the book they read in their pre-marital counseling helped set the stage for the day.
The ceremony itself was a bit of a challenge, as most indoor ceremonies can be. The sanctuary was a little dark, and there are only so many places you can stand without being a distraction. Still, I think I made it work while roaming with the Canon 5D on my monopod, placing two stationary cameras on tripods and setting a GoPro by the altar shooting back toward the audience.
The reception was a blast. The lighting, the house band, the groom's impromptu cowbell solo and serenading of "You've Lost that Loving Feeling"…it all added up to a memorable night.
Needless to say, the couple and their families were incredibly nice and accommodating! My streak of not having a "Bridezilla" continues!
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.