a while back, i posted that i’d be going to a Foo Fighters concert. and as exciting as that was in itself, what was really awesome was the fact that i was going with one of our couples.
dean messaged me on skype one day asking if i’d be free that upcoming day. intrigued, i asked why. there are many things that he and amy share together – and an intense love of the Foo is one of them. and they wanted to share that love with me…
i got into the city a bit early so i took the time to wander, explore, and take photos as things caught my eye. i don’t spend that much time in downtown Toronto, so it was a great chance to get to know that corner of the city a little bit better.
and what’s even better was that the photos i took of the surroundings were a great addition to the story of the day. from tour buses (which totally reminded me of the Cinema Caravan tour we did in the summer of 2010 – we were in Alice Cooper’s bus for a month!) and security guards keeping the peace, to landmarks of the city reflected in other landmarks, the atmosphere set the mood for an awesome day.
but the best part was the fact that i got a window into something that dean and amy love – a window that they were really excited to share with me. you know, it’s one thing to enjoy what you do for a living, but it’s quite another to get to experience amazing new things together with people who become lifelong friends!
it was really fun going all “covert ops” during the concert itself, sneaking pics here and there. they’ll let people in with point-and-shoots, but the minute the venue staff sees an SLR, they get a little controlling. challenge accepted…
[the scoop] : on the first friday of each month we’re going to share about what goes on behind the doors of stillmotion, a glimpse of what happened in the past month as well as all the new and excited things for the upcoming month. to start things off we are going to share about the experience of moving our Toronto studio :)
the first time we moved, we had nowhere to go. the second time we moved, we ended up in a shoebox. the third and fourth moves finally took us to our permanent studio in Mississauga. and all this in one month! because our new home wasn’t ready in time for our initial move, we had to put all of our things in storage and work from home for a few days. once our temporary office was ready, we moved in and…
one of the most beautiful things about Melissa + Stan is their immense love of animals. and we loved seeing something that’s so important to both of them pretty much everywhere on their day! from the horses M rode in with to the little frog she and her best friend saved that morning, everywhere you turned there was a piece of who they are….
a little while ago we got a question from Perspectives Photo + Cinema about how close we get to our couples during their vows. it was in reference to a film we did not too long ago, a pop-up wedding in Vegas. they said:
Wow, you guys are right there during the vows huh. I understand that shorter focal lengths bring the audience into the film as opposed to just observing it but how does the couple and the guests feel about you being so close the them?
Ps: I’m loving the use of audio you capture on the day! Gold.
first off, that’s exactly why we get in close. shorter focal lengths DO bring the audience in and make them feel like they’re a part of the event. small movements are exaggerated which makes emotions pop off the screen and make you really FEEL them…
i’m ray. call me big T, RT, waymond. whatever it is just don’t call me raymond. that’s reserved for my driver’s license, passport and when i get in trouble.
but even when i’m in trouble i see the glass as half full, that’s just the way i run. i love a good book, fine cheeses and aged scotch. whether that be diving into a great novel or trying a new brand of bourbon, i’m always open for an adventure. sometimes that means i get lost, but…