Jacob & Pauline are a husband and wife team focusing on destination wedding photography and filmmaking. Their internationally recognised work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Green wedding shoes and others. Their clients include the Royal Qatar Family, the owner of Azerbaijan Airlines, television or international sports stars.
Jacob and Pauline Photography and available worldwide.
Bride & Groom : Yanxia & Anthony
Wedding Videographer London
Wedding Date : 15th July 2017
Website : Jacob & Pauline Photography and Film
When and why did you become a wedding Videographer?
In 2006 I started to study for a director at Film School. Since then I have been focused on TV advertisements and music videos. I always loved short format videos, and after my wife Pauline started to shoot weddings, it didn’t take long for me to start filming alongside her. Since then I totally fell in love with weddings.
Do you feel your business and the wedding videography business has changed in the last few years?
When I started, I had a quite a specific idea how I want to shoot my wedding films as all wedding videos out there just all look the same. My films are still evolving and have come a long way since I started, but they still follow the same idea of telling romantic stories of two people in love on one of their most important day in their lives. The look of my films has changed, but the idea behind them stays the same.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
The Couple portraits. Bride and Groom are the centre of my films and I love making images while they are sharing their very first moments as a husband and wife.
What is the greatest challenge being a wedding videographer?
Wedding videography is a reportage kind of work, meaning that you know the overall structure of what is going to happen on the day, but you can’t direct anyone, you can’t repeat a moment, you just have to follow what is unfolding in front of your eyes. And then, making this look like a real movie rather than documentary, that is the most difficult part of the job for me. However, this is also what I love the most. You never know what will happen and you have absolute freedom how to capture and edit these moments together.
What is your method for shooting a wedding/how do you remain discreet?
Simplicity is of huge importance. I do not disturb the day with excessive gear, rather preferring to respect the natural current of the wedding and capture it as it unfolds, without being a noticeable fixture. I always stay in the back and observe, it’s a wedding not a film shoot and I’m there to capture it, not to orchestrate it.
What equipment do you use on a typical wedding day?
Two small mirrorless camera with cine lenses which give my films that beautiful film look you can see in cinemas.
What software do you use to edit and why?
Final Cut Pro X & Davinci Resolve because I find that these programs best suits my workflow.
Have you won any wedding awards or would you like to win any awards?
I have never submitted any of my work, be it commercials, adverts or wedding films to any competition. My most valuable awards are those messages from my couples saying they had tears of happiness in their eyes when they were watching my films. That’s why I’m in this business.
When you send the final cut to your clients, how do you feel at that precise time?
I always feel excited that I could share my work with someone who will keep these memories for a generation. It’s the biggest reward for me to read through their first reactions.
Any advice for wedding videographers just starting their own business?
Stop watching other wedding videos and go to the cinema regularly, at least once a week. That’s where you learn how to make real films.
Can you name other videographers that you admire?
There are many, I couldn”t name just one.
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