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Hello everyone – are you having a lovely chilled Bank Holiday Monday? To help your day along that little more, today I have the brilliant Guy Joynson with us on Boho to share some of his amazing wedding films and tell us more about his work. There’s nothing more to say really other than make a brew, and settle down to enjoy his wonderful cinematic videography!
I’ve been making cinematic wedding videos for just over 3 years now. I moved back to Bath from London 6 years ago. I had been working in the film industry but due to being freelance it wasn’t providing the support and job security I wanted. So I started working as an assistant for a wedding photographer in Bath. I was also a second shooter on a lot of weddings at the time, so I was picking up a lot of useful new skills in shooting and post production. I began to realize that video for weddings was becoming increasingly popular and I felt that with my cinematic background I could offer a whole new way of filming a wedding and make use my previous experience. And that was the spur I needed to set up my own company. Since then it’s been growing and growing all the time.
How far will you travel for a wedding?
If travel is included, I will journey to the ends of the earth!
How would you describe your style?
I’ve been working toward perfecting a cinematic style of wedding filmmaking. I used to work in the film industry so I’ve been trying to bring that high end experience into my work.
What is your favorite bit of technical kit?
I recently updated my stabilization system as having stable video to work with is extremely important. I invested in a DJI Ronin M. This is basically a stabilizer with 3 motors that hold the camera straight when moving, in the same way a Steadicam does. It’s allowed me to add a unique and more cinematic feel to my work and I now can’t think how I would shoot without it!
What makes you different to your competitors?
As well as my cinematic style, I also offer bespoke editing packages for the wedding film’s post production. This allows me to stay in touch with my clients every step of the way and to allow them full customization and flexibility.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
One wonderful thing about filming weddings is seeing families coming together from all over and reuniting in a lovely setting. But for me the smiles on people’s faces when they get to see their wedding film play out is the most rewarding part. The couple are normally swept through their special day and when they get to see all the little moments they missed and enjoy them – that’s what makes the job worthwhile.
What sort of couple do you think you attract?
In my current experience, I’ve attracted clients who are looking for flexibility throughout the filmmaking process as well as looking for a unique cinematic experience. I’ve worked for couples from all walks of life. It’s been an absolute pleasure to help capture their special days.
What would be your ideal wedding to work on?
As long as the happy couple and guests are having a great time, any wedding really. I would like to film more weddings around the world from different cultures. Just to take in how weddings differ around the world.
What in your opinion makes the perfect still frame?
First and foremost – great natural light and composition. The rest is dependent on the unique style of the filmmaker. It’s one of the reasons why I love film – it can be so incredibly individual depending on who is shooting.
What is your favorite video that you have shot?
I’ve been privileged to have been at some particularly gorgeous weddings this year. And I would say my wedding film for Jess & Owen has been my highlight. Apart from the 30 degree heat! It was a stunning wedding for a lovely couple. I was very proud of my work that day. I don’t just shoot weddings though and outside of my weddings I would say my video for Echlin, a London based architecture firm, of Kenure House in Holland Park is my other favourite.
What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding videographer?
The most important thing is to have a good rapport with them as you’ll be spending a high pressure day in their company. Also to make sure that you understand their style and what they are trying to achieve and it fits with the vision of how you would like your wedding to look. All wedding filmmakers are different so it’s easier to start off with more common ground than having to ask them to adapt. After all you’re choosing the videographer based on what they shoot well.
Can you give me some information on your pricing structure?
I offer custom packages which suit any budget however I can say for a half day I charge £650 and for a full day I charge £1200. These prices only cover shooting on the day itself.
If you weren’t running your business, what would you be doing?
I love to write – I dabble in a mixture of things from fiction to poetry. I also love to sing – so I’d like to think I’d be making a go of a career in either of those fields.