Today are pleased to showcase the work of Ray McShane who shoots wedding the in picturesque country of France.
Bride & Groom : Jeanne Kay + Lawrence Richards
Wedding Videographer France
Wedding Date : 2014
Website : Ray McShane
Website : Ray McShane
When and why did you become a wedding Videographer?
I love watching films and always watch the director”s commentary on DVD”s. I already had experience with DLSR camera”s filming music videos and also being a vocalist in the wedding industry the natural progression seemed to be filming weddings which I started in 2012.
Do you feel your business and the wedding videography business has changed in the last few years?
We initially began our training in the US and as we have gained more experience and attended several more workshops over the past couple of years we feel our business has evolved. We came to realise that just shooting artfully is not enough when it comes to wedding films, you have to capture the story of couple and the emotions on the day which we feel shines through in our films.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I like to capture the groom”s reaction when he sees the bride at the end of the aisle for the first time. We have captured some amazing reactions and raw emotion over the years!
What is the greatest challenge being a wedding videographer?
The traditional videographer has a terrible reputation for long boring uncreative, unattractive footage. Technology has at last allowed cameras to produce a beautiful image, combined with a good film maker, films can be priceless. A good wedding film is expensive to produce and many brides don”t have a budget for a wedding film. Photography is seen as a necessity and video as a luxury, so a very small percentage of weddings include a videographer.
What is your method for shooting a wedding/how do you remain discreet?
The aim is to produce a unique piece of art. Our method is to watch for special moments and reactions as well as to capture any emotions. The equipment we use is small and unobtrusive and we have a large selection of lenses that give us the reach to stay out of sight to get the shots we need.
What equipment do you use on a typical wedding day?
Sony Camera Bodies, Canon Bodies and lenses, a range of support equipment and a wide range of audio recorders, microphones and wireless senders/receivers.
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?
We have been awarded ‘Best Wedding Videographer’ in the Southwest from the Wedding Industry Awards for the last 2 years running. That was fantastic to win something regionally so soon after just starting out.
When you send the final cut to your clients, how do you feel at that precise time?
We get excited when we send the final piece and it is always great to get the feedback. We put so much time and effort into the whole process and it is rewarding to have clients and their family get so emotional (in a good way!) about the finished film.
Any advice for wedding videographers just starting their own business?
Education is key, the industry is about to be flooded with new businesses. The presumption is that this is an easy way to make a living, it is not in any way. The shoot and post production process is hard work. Essential equipment is very expensive and takes a large investment which brings you back to education as you need to know what to buy!
Can you name other videographers that you admire?
There are many, I couldn”t name just one. I love the guys and teams that are very story focused and experiment with composition. There are several UK film makers that I admire, I have commented on their work and they know who they are!
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