Wedding Photofilms - A New Era in Wedding Capture

Whilst planning your wedding you will no doubt hear countless times how quickly the day passes and how important it is to try and savour every moment. It's so true - you spend months, years even, crafting the perfect day and in a flash it's all over. The advantage that today's brides and grooms have is the rise in photojournalism for wedding capture, enabling them to relive the little details of their special day for years to come.

Taking this concept one step further is top reportage wedding photographer Neale James, who has developed a unique method of combining images and sound from the day through his wedding 'Photofilms'.

Here, Neale shares with us the beautiful Photofilm he created for Francesca and Mark's stunning wedding at Gloucester Cathedral and gives us his thoughts on why more and more couples are choosing Photofilms to record their most special day forever.



What is a Photofilm? (technically-ish speaking)

It's a marriage of sound and stills to give a more multi layered experience in terms of being able to hear the backdrop to the pictures you're viewing. It differs greatly from video or cinematography due to how subtle you can be as a photographer. I don't need to rely upon tripods or steadicams to capture my shots. It means that I can be far more subtle in terms of coverage. The sound equipment is usually housed on the hotshoe above the camera, or small lapel and table microphones. 

Why did you decide to offer your wedding clients this service?

Two years ago, I photographed a wedding for a very special bride, who, diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour, wed her partner in a ceremony witnessed by their five year old daughter. I chose to record this special event in photographs and sound so that as her daughter grew older, she'd always have her mother's voice to fit to these poignant wedding pictures. This one wedding paved the way for deciding Photofilms would be part of my wedding coverage.

What do clients love most about the Photofilm?

I think the subtle coverage is one exceptionally important aspect. Many clients feel nervous about being photographed, let alone being videoed, so this alone helps my cause. Also sound is such a powerful medium. You never forget a face even long after people close to you may have passed on; you generally have photographs that document their whole lives, but voices, well, that's a different matter. Imagine for example having the voice of a parent reading children's stories to you. During your childhood that may seem the norm. But imagine now hearing those voices when you yourself have your own children, or as you enter into your twilight years? To hear the nuance of loved ones' voices is a special special thing and most of us don't have much of that kind of thing at all. In terms of a wedding, to hear your vows, or speeches ten, twenty, thirty years hence and then for your loved ones to be able to share that experience too, well, that's what my clients are achieving by having a Photofilm. 

How much does a Photofilm cost?

It used to be an additional element to my documentary wedding photography service but as so many of my couples fall in love with the idea, we've now included a Photofilm as part of every wedding booking.

Where can we see more examples of your Photofilms?

You can see more of Neale's Photofilms by clicking here:

To visit Neale's profile page on The Wedding Vine, click here: Neale James Wedding Photographer.

  • 4 comments "Wedding Photofilms - A New Era in Wedding Capture"

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  • Neale James says

    26th November 2012 at 8:43 am

    Thank you so much for featuring one of my favourite Photofilms of 2012 - I really am excited to be offering this new genre of wedding photography capture to clients, as the feedback so far has been one of overwhelming joy from all couples that have had the sound and images from their wedding day presented this way. Thank you once again.

  • Anna S says

    26th November 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oh gosh, this is so lovely! What a fantastic way to be able to remember your big day!

  • Linus Moran says

    26th November 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Brilliant presentation Neale and something that really struck me as a wedding photographer, as it is such a perfect way to capture the very soul of the day. Inspiration that has certainly led me to look and capture weddings in a different way!

  • Katherine says

    27th November 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I have never seen anything like this before. It makes such a nice alternative to the traditional style of wedding album.

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