MORE ABOUT ME
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
Memorywalk Film + Photo started after I was asked by my wife’s best friend to film her wedding. At the time I had no experience filming weddings but gladly said yes as they had little expectations. Roughly a month before the wedding my perfectionist side kicked in and I started researching wedding films online. I couldn’t believe how amazing the modern take on wedding films were. First, they were nothing like I expected as they were short and exciting rather than long and boring. They were breathtaking and sucked me into the wedding day so well. I was inspired.
I purchased a few additional items for this upcoming wedding and blew the couple away with something that was much beyond their expectations. This is something I try to achieve at every single wedding. The feedback and comments from that first film led to starting the business and here I am today 5 years later, producing highly sought after wedding films for Atlantic Canada and beyond.
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
I think it’s my attention to story and emotion that pulls viewers in and gives them a sense of the emotion that was felt on that wedding day. I often have people that don’t even know the couple I filmed say how touching that film was. That’s when I know I’ve created something special.
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client is someone who values similar things to myself. They typically are professionals that like to travel and value experiences over material wealth. What I provide is a luxury service that is 100% about preserving memories in a beautiful way.
How would you describe your production style (documentary, cinematic, vintage)? Is your shooting approach direct or more journalistic?
I would say I provide a very candid and unobtrusive experience. The finished film typically has a mix of cinematic and documentary style to it. I do go with the mood and emotion of the day when I edit my films so it really depends on how the wedding footage speaks to me in post-production.
Which parts of the wedding day do you film?
I arrive in the getting ready stages and typically leave after the first few dances if there are any.
What types of packages do you offer?
I have 3 packages to choose from and an a la carte system where couples can pick and choose to customize their package. Pricing starts at $2000.
What trends when it comes to wedding videography/photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
Most couples that see someone’s wedding film wants one for their own wedding. We are a few years behind the west coast as it’s the hottest wedding trend in many areas. I think once more people see how valuable having your very own personalized wedding film can be, then it’s just a matter of saving up to make it fit the budget.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding videographer/photographer?
I think the most important thing you can do is have the bride and groom make a “priority list” which is numbered from 1-5 and you write down what matters most to you on your wedding day. You both look at them together and see what are the top items that both of you have picked and make sure you research and book those vendors first. Vendors can get booked well over a year in advance so starting early is a good idea.
Then the groom should take a close look at the other top items the bride wrote down and do whatever possible to make sure those top items are taken care of early. Let’s be honest, it’s really all about the bride’s list and the quicker the groom understands that, the better!
Lastly, if you are booking a cinematographer like myself, I highly recommend touching base before the wedding and telling them of any surprises or personal touches you are including at the wedding. Think of jewelry that’s been passed down through generations, special gifts, or even some on-screen messages of how you are feeling, as you both are getting ready. If you’re brave enough, those moments will mean more to you than any other in your entire life.