We are so excited to share with you the awesome team at Moving Pictures, a local videography company that produces stunning, cinematic, heartfelt wedding films. If you know you want your wedding captured in this way, or even if you aren’t quite sure, read on and check out their website and work here! We are certain you will fall in love. And this could be the best wedding planning decision you ever made.
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
The majority of our team is from the Pacific Northwest. However, our owner Marc hails from Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in Portland for 10 years.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
We love the variety of things to do, whether it’s hiking Forest Park, enjoying coffee at one of our go-to roasters or experiencing a culinary explosion at one of the many amazing restaurants in town. There’s never a shortage of activities or food & drink no matter what you’re into.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
Water Avenue Coffee is a major go-to as it’s a five-minute walk from our studio. We also love paddle boarding on the Willamette in the summer, checking out local brew fests and trying new restaurants. Our team bonding activities usually involve hiking or exploring the beautiful areas outside of Portland that Oregon has to offer, including the coast and mountains.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding filmmaker?
Moving Pictures was founded in 2010.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional filmmaker for their wedding day?
As a wedding film company, we capture those emotional moments that photography simply can’t. From a couple’s first look to exchanging personal vows, our work helps tell your story and truly allows you to relive one of the best days of your life. It’s not just an object or something to look at that reminds you slightly of your wedding day. It brings you back to the whole experience, which is just something that nothing else can capture. It’s not what it means to you today, but it’s what it willmean to you in 10, 20, 30 years’ time. Being able to bring yourself back to those same feelings and emotions that you felt on the day is so special and is something we cannot recommend enough. We always hear from our clients after viewing their film for the first time that it is the best investment they made for their wedding day.
What is the best part of your job?
Inviting each of our couples in to our studio for a ‘premiere screening’ of their wedding film. We usually pull out the champagne, reminisce about the day and enjoy a good laugh. We often talk though our story crafting process (based on all the content we captured from their event), then present their film for the first time. Seeing them relive the day and the emotions all over again is so special, and knowing we’ve created a film for them that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives is priceless.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
When it comes to capturing weddings on film, there are no retakes. Every significant moment of the day from the first kiss to the father of the bride’s toast only happens once, and you have to get it right. It’s a challenge we embrace, and when you can perfectly capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments, it makes it all the more special knowing that your client will get to relive it for years to come.
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
We have a passionate and talented team at our studio in SE Portland. Marc is the owner and lead cinematographer and we have several other talented cinematographers who have been collaborating with us for years. Ryan and Emily lead the editing for all our films, and Carrie is our client liaison who’s involved with the client relations side of the business.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding filmmaker? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
We’ve developed our craft over several years by always pushing the boundaries of what we’re capable of in terms of both cinematography and storytelling. Our unique photojournalist and unobtrusive style tells the complete story of a couple and their wedding day in an artistic, compelling way that even stirs emotions in viewers who don’t know the couple. We give each client a personalized experience from the time they first reach out to final delivery of their film. We want to get to know our clients and learn their story because it helps us create a film that is authentic to them.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Since each of our films is meticulously handcrafted, we limit our production number each year. This gives us more time with each individual client and more time to create not only a film but a piece of art. While it’s never too late to reach out if a client decides to add our services at the last minute, we do book up pretty quickly, so the earlier the better.
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
We do our best work when we’re inspired by our clients! We love learning about their story, ideas, and seeing how they infuse their personalities throughout the day to create a unique experience. Most importantly, we develop a level of trust with our clients who give us the complete freedom to capture their event in a way that’s going to translate into an authentic film that resonates with each couple.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
When meeting with different wedding film companies, go beyond pricing and packages and ask questions that get to the heart of their passions, abilities, experiences and values. Also ask about their approach to filming the wedding day. Are they more of a fly-on-the-wall type or will they want to pose shots and ask you for a second take? In our experience, the best teams are the ones you hardly notice are there on the day that can capture all your important moments unobtrusively yet beautifully.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Your goal when hiring your vendors should be to surround yourselves with people who are excited about you and your wedding, excited for your marriage, and deeply care for you.
All videos courtesy of Moving Pictures. Feature image courtesy of Joni Schrantz.
This Vendor Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, a local writer and trusted wedding professional.