Wedding Videographer: Luma Cinematography Leeds

Videographer Luke Wheldon / Luma Cinematography
Couple : Julia Harrow + Simon Clegg

The ceremony took place in a quaint hamlet named Hardraw, which is in the Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom & the reception was spent in a village named Bainbridge at the equally stunning Yorebridge House (Yorkshire, United Kingdom).

About Luke / Luma Cinematography

I am Yorkshire based wedding videographer, an experienced Film and TV professional, an Apple Certified Pro Editor and a devoted fiancé from Leeds, covering the whole of Yorkshire and more!

I specialise in capturing the unique story of your relationship, the intimate parts of your wedding day and hand crafting those moments into a cinematic narrative that expresses all of the love, affection and friendship that surrounds the most important day of your lives, in a way that you’ll truly never forget.

After years of working as apart of TV and Film crews I came to realise that the industry just wasn’t enough for me. My absolute passion lies in being able to tell personal stories and crafting real life moments that can be uniquely treasured.

Ever since I was given my first camera at 16 I was hooked and have been perfecting my craft ever since, and during this time I have worked with high profile clients such as ITV, BBC, Netflix, Paramount Pictures and The National Lottery.

The vast wealth of experience I gained through working with these companies has become invaluable to me and has helped immensely when dealing with live events and real-time moments that cannot be staged.

My non-intrusive style allows me to capture moments naturally and as they happen, allowing even the most camera-shy people to relax and enjoy their wedding day.

 

When and why did you become a videographer?

I became a wedding videographer only very recently. My first paid job was April 2nd 2016 when I had the pleasure of shooting Julia and Simon Cleggs wedding in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

The reason why and when I became a videographer is very easy for me to pin point. I had been working in corporate video production, as well as film and TV for 6 years and as much as I love filmmaking, those particular parts of the industry just weren’t suited to me. The urge to get my hands back on a camera and shoot personal projects and real life stories just kept building up inside of me and, as much as I tried to focus on working in film and TV, I just knew I wouldn’t be happy until I was doing what I truly wanted.

In late 2015 my fiancée and I were preparing for a big move down south as I had a guaranteed job working on Matthew Vaughn’s big budget Hollywood film ‘Kingsmen 2’ and something just didn’t feel right at all. After a couple of weeks weighing out the pro’s and con’s I turned the film down. I think a lot of people thought I was crazy – the pay was great, the chance to mingle with a huge cast of A-list celebrities seemed unreal and to have another big budget credit on my CV seemed like a dream but, as anyone who works in that industry will tell you, it’s really not all glitz and glamour! I’m proud of what I achieved in my time in the film industry and it really helped me improve myself in so many ways. There’s no way I can say good riddance when it has taught me so much that I can take into the wedding industry with me.

Do you feel your business and the videography business has changed in the last few years?

From what I have seen over the past few years looking at wedding videography I definitely feel it has changed, and quite significantly too. Not only is this due to the huge advancement in new camera technology and camera gear, I think people are seeing wedding videography as the art form it deserves to be and are becoming a lot more creative with their shots, which is awesome. This is probably the reason why now it seems that a lot like to be called ‘Wedding Cinematographers’, and fair play to them, I say! With the gear some people have, including lighting, sliders, jibs, gimbals, glide-cams, drones and so on, they’re utilising everything they possibly can to get the best shot and, at the end of the day, that’s exactly what a cinematographer does to help tell the story in the best way possible.

What is your favourite part of the day to capture?

From the small amount of weddings I have shot so far it’s hard to say what my favourite part to capture is. During Simon and Julia’s wedding I loved shooting the bridal prep. It was the first time I had done it and there was so much going on, and so many emotions racing around, it was a little overwhelming to being with. One minute there was laughing, the next bridesmaids were opening presents with tears streaming down their face, and then back to laughing until Julia opened a letter that Simon has written to her.

I probably shouldn’t be saying this, being a videographer and all, but when it came to editing I feel that the best part of the day I captured was the dialogue throughout the whole of the day, as it created the whole story for their film and that’s why good audio is always essential for any video – you never know what you’re gonna get, as Tom Hanks once said, and you just might miss what could be the most perfect and fitting content for the couples story and your film.

What is the greatest challenge being a videographer?

This one, for me, is short and sweet. Shooting solo has the be the greatest challenge. I would absolutely love to have an assistant to help with carrying gear, mic’ing people up, setting up lights and generally just being around to make things a little less hectic so I can concentrate on creating something new – possibly experimenting with a few shots – and doing something different to help make the film that little bit better every time.

What is your method for shooting a wedding/how do you remain discreet?

I think being discreet is important, especially with wedding videography. With photography you can be in and out in a flash (no pun intended) but people are a lot more aware when a camera is pointing at them and tracking their movements for a longer period of time. Having smaller rigs and shooting with longer lenses can really help with being discreet. Even something as small as blending in with the clothing you have on can help you go un-noticed. So, basically, I would never wear a Hawaiian shirt and stand right next to the person I’m shooting!

What equipment do you use?

I shoot with a Sony A7SII and have a range of wide and tele Canon lenses and a couple of vintage ones too for when I’m feeling confident that I can get a nice shot out of the lens, even though it may be a little soft overall. I use a monopod for ease of movement and to mimic those push-in/pull-out slider shots, and I recently purchased the Pilotfly H2 pistol grip gimbal, which is a brilliant and extremely discreet piece of kit compared to a lot of other gimbals. Coming from a DIT background in film and tv I can’t help but also bring a Macbook with ShotPut Pro with me for on-location backups, duplications and checksums throughout the day.

What software do you use to edit and why?

I use Premiere CC. I’ve used pretty much everything else in the past and was once a user of FCP and nothing else, but Premiere is great at what it does. It’s smooth, it’s intuitive, it’s industry standard and I often use it to link with After Effects projects which makes an effects to edit pipeline seemless. Every now and again I’ll also use Resolve for colour correction and colour grading.

Have you won any awards?

I haven’t won any awards! and yes please, I’d love to win one. Who wouldn’t want their work being recognised and appreciated in a more that usual way? I think awards help drive you, either when you’re trying to win one or once you have won one – you’ll have an urge to go out again and do something even better, or at least I would. It’d be a great morale boost.

When you send the final cut to your clients, how do you feel at that precise moment?

I send it around 6 weeks after the day of the wedding and with any project I’ve worked on in the past I almost feel sick to the stomach until I get a response. It’s so nerve wracking creating a film that has become your baby, so the speak, and then letting it go, always knowing that you could have added just a little bit more, done things a little bit differently and tweaked it until perfection, when in reality perfection doesn’t exist.

Any advice for wedding videographers just starting their own business.

I qualify for this too so if anyone could give me some advice that would be great! But in all seriousness if I was to give anyone advice, I’d give the same to myself too, it would be to make sure you get good audio, relax, don’t rush, and just enjoy it.

Name just one other videographer that you respect, admire e.t.c?

Fiore Films – The way they utilise and create lighting is incredible. I love their editing, their use of shutter speed for the fast paced, fast action scenes and their colour grading matches their style perfectly.

Visit Luke’s Website & See More Work : www.lumacinematography.com

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