We had the pleasure of meeting this talented husband and wife wedding videographer team, Glitch Films, recently and we are so very impressed with them! In addition to being crazy awesome at what they do, Aly and Krishna’s passion and dedication are evident upon meeting them. Plus they are just adorable and so fun to be around! We are excited for you to get to know them better. Read on!
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
We started our business in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is our fourth wedding season in Portland.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
The relaxed kindness of people toward one another. It’s a great town to work and live in, as it feels like a community even though it’s a fairly large city. Also the weather. We love shooting moody, darker stuff, and the Portland climate is perfect for that.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
We’re in a love affair with the Columbia River Gorge. Our favorite spot for a quick hike has always been Latourell Falls, so when it was the first thing to reopen after the big fire, we felt like we were reuniting with a long-lost family member. We’re vegans, so we also love to try out the plentiful vegan options here in town. Our favorite vegan spot is Blossoming Lotus. It’s a treat to have a meal there.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding videographer?
We’ve been making films professionally together for five years. As long as we’ve shot weddings, we’ve done it together. Krishna has been working in television and film since high school.
What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
We started making films together as vloggers, traveling around the country in an RV and telling people’s stories about unconventional ways of living. When we started to develop a dedicated, enthusiastic audience, we decided to make a go at making it a career. We discovered weddings by accident, as a quick way to make money to afford more gear. It only took one or two of them for us to realize we loved telling the story of a wedding day in a different way.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional wedding videographer for their wedding day?
Couples are hiring us for our expertise in lighting, audio, and our ability to tell unique love stories tailored to the couple. They aren’t hiring us simply to hold a camera and push a button. When a couple invests in their wedding videographers, they get the peace of mind knowing their day is going to be told in the most cinematic and best way possible. Today, it’s easy for someone to throw up a decent-looking website, edit one film, and call themselves a videographer. A professional has experienced all of the challenges that come up during a wedding day, carries liability insurance and licenses, and knows how to make a great product even when conditions aren’t ideal.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of our job is being able to witness different family and cultural traditions in an honest and unfiltered way. We’ve filmed incredible moments and feel honored to get to witness a new kind of tradition or ceremony.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
A good wedding videographer knows not only how to have all the right settings on their cameras, but how to predict what’s going to happen next. It sounds dramatic, but often we need to know what a couple or guest is going to do next even before they do. It’s also important to have a great relationship with all of the vendors hired for the wedding, so the day is seamless and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
We’re husband and wife and we form the core Glitch Films team. Unlike some wedding vendor couples, in which one person takes on a “lead” role, we truly both have our specialties with recording and editing. Sometimes we hire specialists for different types of weddings; most commonly drone shooters. We feel like aerial cinematography involves an entirely different way of thinking and filming, so we hire professionals to capture the landscape, while we focus on capturing emotions on the ground.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding videographer? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
We believe that empathy is the biggest part of being able to record a person in a way that feels honest, without taking them out of the moment. Understanding a person’s needs quickly, whether it be a bride, family member, or guest, is the way we’re able to get quality shots while remaining in the background, so the couple can stay in the moment.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
As wedding videographers, we’re often one of the last vendors that are chosen. Couples start the planning process feeling like videography is a luxury item, but when they start researching and watching well-crafted films, they realize just how crucial videography truly is. Wedding videographers are affected by nearly every other vendor: from the DJ to the florist, the choices a couple makes with their other vendors can have a huge impact on the final film. For this reason, a great videographer that’s booked early on in the process can bring up things the couple might never have thought to discuss.
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
With the explosion of unique and personalized weddings in the last few years, wedding films have followed suit. There’s a style for everyone, from hipster and arty, to glamorous and fast-paced. We love watching music videos, especially ones that tell stories because they tend to follow a similar format of a wedding film. Introduce the characters, show you their essence quickly, and make the whole thing fun to watch.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Passion is a must, but experience is everything. Asking about whether a videographer is familiar with the lighting and sound conditions at your venue is key. It’s so easy for a wedding professional to find information and photos online. Make sure your videographer is willing to do the research ahead of time, have a solid plan heading into the day, and has the experience to adapt should things change at the last-minute.
Photo credit: Peter Chee Photography
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Plan as much as you want, but don’t try to control things on the day. Hire a professional or ask someone you trust to coordinate things. If you allow yourself to obsess over whether everything ends up just how you wanted it, it will show up in your photos and film. Make sure there are people around you who make you laugh and smile, not those who stress you out.
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
Videographers are people too! Haha, what I mean to say is, most of us get into the business because we like people, and learning about people. The more folks open up and trust the process, and stop worrying so much about how they look on camera – the better they will come across in their films. Also, know that no matter how professional and seasoned your videographer is, they’ll be biting their nails from the moment they send the link or package to you to watch until they hear back from you. It’s a creative work, and we desperately want you to love it…or is that just us?
The featured photo and top three photos in this post were provided by Glitch Films.