How long have you been at this?
I shot my first wedding video in June 2016, did one more that October and went full time in 2017 with 23 weddings, so I guess the short answer is: not that long! I consider myself to officially have been in business since the beginning of 2017. Since then it’s been a wild journey of learning and growing, and having so many amazing couples put their trust in me to capture their love. I’m so thankful for this crazy ride since starting out.
How do you generally shoot a wedding day?
Scala Pictures desires to create an artistic and honest account of events. I enjoy using handheld cameras and remaining an unobtrusive observer as moments unfold rather than getting into the middle of things with too much posed intervention. That being said, I absolutely love taking couples to an epic spot for a sunset portrait session, but otherwise love mostly capturing all the candid moments and emotions throughout the day. I try to remain as in the background as possible and let your day be about YOU rather than making it about just getting good pictures or video.
How do you choose your music? Can we tell you what songs we want?
I take into account the feeling of the wedding day, and attempt to use songs that evoke those feelings and create an interesting backdrop for the footage of your day. I love getting a sense of your relationship together and want to capture that essence with the music I choose. I love getting a Spotify playlist, a list of bands you two love together, or even a genre or two that you really enjoy, but ultimately I ask that you leave the exact song choice up to me and trust my creative vision.
Do you give out raw footage?
Generally the answer is no; we don't give out raw footage because it's sort of like asking an artist for a piece that isn't finished yet, or even a sketch they started that they ended up throwing in the trash. Raw footage will not be representative of our brand and will look completely different than our finished products.
Are you able to travel to ...?
Most likely the answer is yes! We absolutely love to travel, so please don't hesitate to reach out even if you're headed somewhere far away from the West Coast. Even though it may seem as if it would cost a fortune to cover travel for your wedding vendors, often times if it's somewhere we've been hoping to get to, we're willing to cover some of the travel costs ourselves. See my current travel schedule here.
Is there anything I can do personally to make my video better?
Yes there is: be present. Feel the emotions of the day. Try to pretend like I’m not even there. I promise that true genuine feelings always make any film more interesting to watch. If you feel uncomfortable or stoic, you most likely will look that way on camera, too. So relax, and enjoy the ride. I'll take care of the rest.
Do we really want/need a videographer for our wedding?
I may not get this question asked of me directly, but I know firsthand it's a question many couples ask themselves. Many people go into their wedding day thinking photographs will be sufficient for capturing their day. While photos are an absolute must have for any wedding, a video that captures the movement, feelings, emotions, and the way the day unfolded is invaluable for remembering your day. Wedding videos have come so incredibly far in recent years; they have become pieces of art to tell your story rather than a long, drawn out, and often rather boring look at a wedding. Plus, videos used to be kept solely on a DVD or VHS that you'd have to actively decide to watch seated, in your living room, on your television. Now, videos are more accessible to us than ever as we can keep them on our phones, clouds, social media, computers, etc. I have couples that tell me they watch their sneak peek or even their full wedding video on a daily or weekly basis just because it’s so fun to watch during a free moment on their phone! Don’t take my word for it though- ask any bride that didn’t have a wedding video and I bet they’ll tell you they really wish they had one!
Do you offer photography?
Sadly, no. The photos you see on our Instagram, website and anywhere else are just stills from video footage. We know that this coupled with the fact that the word "Pictures" is in our name can be confusing! "Pictures" in our name is referencing motion pictures, rather than photography.