Last autumn I had the privilege of working on a wedding video in New York, along side the talented photographer Thierry Joubert while filming Kayla and Nick’s story in Brooklyn. It was a great human adventure with all the appropriate ingredients: there was love, friendship, laughing, tears, a little bit of unexpected, and above all, authenticity.
Thank you again Thierry for the good laugh and for your kindness.
I couldn’t summarize the way I see my task as a wedding videographer and photographer better than with the words of Nick’s aunt when she talked about a poem by Jack Gilbert, The Abnormal is not courage. When presenting the essence of the poem she was going to read, she said that « the poem favors continuity over the grand gesture [which] is troubled by the spectacular […] and is too close to style rather than substance ». This sentence deeply resonated with me (and the poem too).
A big team and plenty of gear is not my thing because it takes me (and you) away from the authenticity of that special day. When I shoot video for a wedding in New York, my first aim is to be driven by emotions, and to lead the viewer through emotions. I don’t want you to be impressed by my gear and my big team and the special effects and my editing skills. I want you to be moved, stirred, driven by the story you’re watching. I want your story to be in front. Your connexion, your loved ones, everything that defines who you are and that is similar to no-one else. I want to be receptive to what really matters.
I feel so thankful to get to know such profound moments or yours.