Written by Nicholas Troughton
On June 4th, 2016 I joined Allen and Tori in filming Jackie and Reggie for my first wedding shoot experience. I’ve been a part of Ivory Sky Media’s team for a while now, but joined just as last year’s wedding season came to a close. It was interesting, to say the least, to finally be caught in the action after months of behind the scenes editing.
Our day started at the Crown Plaza in Milpitas for the bride and groom’s getting ready. After a bit of hustle, we wrapped up and headed to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in downtown San Jose for the ceremony, then back to the Crown for the reception. Not too much travel as far as weddings go.
For me, the shoot went as well as I expected it would. Despite my prior familiarity with video, no amount of practice fully prepares someone for the fast-paced gauntlet of a long wedding. It took me a little while to slip into the proper mindset and stay on my toes, but by the time we got to the reception I felt I had my bearings. My biggest issue was operating under the illusion of being able to set up shots at my own pace. Once I realized the tempo I was able to have an idea of what shots I could and couldn’t get.
All that said, I consider the day a success. Allen’s positioning with the gimbal was on point and I have a feeling he got all the juicy footage. Tori worker her magic with the 70-200 as usual, and there was more than enough beautiful decor to capture. As for me, my wide shots were decent enough. I learned a lot in hindsight, which I’m confident showed at Charles and Liza’s wedding the following week.