Kristi + Paul | Full Wedding Story
Hello all! I wanted to share something I’ve been working on lately. Forbis and I don’t keep it a secret that we shoot a ton of images at any given wedding. We are serial overshooters and as much as we TRY to reel it in, we just kind of can’t. Like pretty much every other photographer these days, we don’t deliver all of the images we shoot. Some are test shots, some have missed focus or closed eyes or are duplicates or maybe just aren’t super strong compositionally, etc. The images that we end up delivering to our clients are culled down to a reasonable amount and really just consist of the best images that tell the story of the day (generally in the 500-800 range). These images are each edited, mostly in color, with some black and whites sprinkled throughout.
Several years back, I saw a post in a national photography group - the photographer had complied ALL of the images that he shot on a wedding day into a video. I was fascinated by it. It stuck with me all this time because I just loved the way that it told the full story of the day. And for a long time I’ve been wanting to try it out with our images. Because we shoot so many images - and a lot of very intentional sequences so we can make gifs out of them later - I figured I had a pretty good chance of really showing a complete story.
Let me tell you - this is a PROCESS. We shoot with 4 different cameras. That usually means 4 different focal lengths, and at least two different angles per “scene.” Weaving these images together in a way that makes sense to tell a story is a slightly complicated process. In the end, this actually isn’t even ALL of the images from the wedding day. Forbis and I both “shoot through” a lot of moments, meaning that we each have a lot of sequential shots of the same thing from two different angles, so in order to create this story sometimes merely rearranging the images didn’t work, I had to delete certain sequences from one of our cameras to prevent it from looking too jumpy. The images also have to move very quickly, otherwise the slideshow would be just way too long (again…like 3000 images here, folks!). But the upside is that it ends up having a really nostalgic feel to it.
The images were all converted to black and white, for two reasons. 1.) It’s honestly just easier to edit in black and white. When you’re working with upwards of 3000 images, editing each one in color would take an eternity (adjusting white balance, correcting skin tones - these things can get incredibly time-consuming when you’re working with a huge number of images). 2.) Black and white just feels more nostalgic and lends itself better to this stop-motion, silent film kind of feel.
All in all, I am absolutely in love the results of this. I’m considering making this an add-on to our wedding collections. If you have several minutes to view the video, we’d love to hear your thoughts and if this is something you’d love to have from your own wedding day!