I’m sure I’ll get this question a lot more in the near future, especially when more than one reader finds this blog (Hi Kim Le!), so I figured I’d address it now.
So, why films?
First off, I’m in love with stories. I think we all are. We love being led from point A to point B, watching patiently with anticipation as the story unfolds. I think we all get easily mesmerized by the mystery of what’s ahead, even if we’re sure we know the outcome. And more often than not, we love stories that end with a clear and happy result, seemingly bringing more hope into our own lives.
Here’s J.J. Abrams talking about mystery and storytelling:
The thing about weddings is that 9.9 times out of 10, they do not start with conflict (often used to grab our attention). What they do start with are two individuals with a determined anticipation that by the end of the day, they are joyfully married and ready to spend forever together. In that couple’s one day, there’s anticipation, mystery, and charm. As a wedding photographer, I get to see these things, almost on a weekly basis. I get to see the nervous preparation rituals each side embraces, the careful attention to detail that goes into the small (and big!) things, and when two people, after acting individually from each other all day, finally see each other for the first time. It’s these moments that all wedding photographers strive to immortalize, one frame at a time.
Film is a way to take those individual frames and turn them into short clips that will further capture what I already see. From behind the camera, I’m the same person. I look for the same things, I anticipate the same moments, and I am filled with excitement when capturing and showing genuine emotion.
I’m a little nervous about the new opportunity, but I’m so excited about the possible outcomes.