1. Favourite venue: Stones of The Yarra Valley
I would have to say my current favourite venue is the ‘Stones of The Yarra Valley’. Out of all the venues I have been to, I certainly think it is the most beautiful place for a wedding reception. The staff there are always incredibly accommodating to every one of the vendors that are present on the day. The event is always flawlessly organised and smooth. The rustic theme of the venue also fits in incredibly well with our video style.
Here is a video that we produced at the Stones:
2. Favourite lens: Voigtlander 25mm f 0.95
The lens my hands reaches for the most is no doubt the ‘Voigtlander 25mm f 0.95’! Not only does it have a beautiful exterior with an all-metal solid build, but if I were to talk in technical terms the reason would be the shots taken by this lens create depth of field that we need as a gh-4 shooter (micro 43 sensor). Was that too technical? ☺ Basically, these lenses are equivalent to 50mm in full frame sensor which is the focal length that is most similar to a human’s eye enabling us to capture images and shots that create almost like a human ‘point of view’. Therefore, the results are natural and generic, which suits our style perfectly.
Image by Iconic Pictures
3. Favourite shoes: Hush Puppies
Aside from all my camera and lens equipment, let’s talk about something I probably consider being my best investment so far. My shoes! Working at a wedding means I need to dress up for the client’s occasion, but at the same time I need to feel comfortable with all that walking and even running around chasing those genuine moments. ‘Hush Puppies’ shoes are renowned for comfort and as a wedding videographer it’s crucial to wear something comfortable and soft on your feet otherwise they will become sore by the end of the night. What I also love about these shoes other than comfort is that they look awesome, I love the colour, and you can never go wrong with brown leather shoes. Classic.
Image by Iconic Pictures
4. Favourite photographer: Loco Photography
Theo is one hell of a man! He is not only very experienced in wedding photography, but he is also very modern. Many photographers who have been capturing moments since the 90s usually just stick with photography styles in that era. However, as I mentioned, Theo’s style is very contemporary and we have similar views on what we like to shoot. He is always a great company to be around, hence makes everyone in the bridal party very comfortable during the day. All the shots he takes are relaxed and natural, which is the style that seamlessly matches with ours.
5. Favourite wedding so far:
We haven’t done many Hispanic-background weddings, so it was awesome to see Oscar’s family tradition with the Mariachi band playing in the background. Living in Australia and being exposed to so many different cultures is beautiful especially when you see it at weddings. It is amazing how two different cultures are able to unite because of love, and that is exactly what happened in this wedding. I was able to capture it, Oscar who embraced Mexican culture and Athina who embraced her Greek culture, in their wedding video. Also, the fact that Oscar cried almost every two hours expresses how much he loves his bride. It was just such a gorgeous and touching wedding to the point where I had a box of tissues on standby during editing.
Ms Polka Dot says: A list of favourites that make the job more enjoyable. And there’s nothing like a comfortable pair of shoes to save the day.