WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER LONDON
Available for International and UK weddings
At Pedro Portela Films we believe in creating films our own way.
More than following tendencies, we create wedding films we hope will become timeless pieces of your family heritage.
It’s nearly impossible to define good taste, but we can all know it when we see it. Cheap tricks, cheesy posing, you name it. This is why our wedding films don’t follow templates; they’re based on a documentary approach of the day, of what actually happens and makes storytelling sense. Whilst we tend to work the same way for consistency’s sake, each edit is a blank slate and the footage is really the only palette we will be using colours from. The best example is slow motion. It’s a common saying within colleagues that everything looks better in slow motion. We use slow motion to convey a feeling or to emphasise a moment of beauty the eye couldn't catch. Think of it as a condiment in the food - too much of it and you’re in for feeling sick the rest of the day.
IT’S YOUR WEDDING
This should be self evident, but sometimes videographers forget the day is not about them. It’s a celebration they’ve been hired to document. That’s why for us a discreet, relaxed approach to filming wins every time over a big wedding film production. It’s safe to say most of our clients are not used to having a camera pointed at them, which is a reason enough to go out of my way to be discreet and keep a low profile. We go about most of the day with one camera and one lens. One thing one must remember is there are so many ways to make a film look better. Indeed, a film set has a 200-strong crew for a reason; but we must never loose sight of the goal: the filming is not an end in itself, it’s just a way to keep the day alive for you in the days to come.
SOUND IS CRUCIAL
It can be said we, humans, are a lot more tolerant of a low quality image than low quality sound. For us, unobtrusive, high-quality live sound recording is a must. We are firm believers in organic, textured sound over my films. For that We use a set of tiny, pro level microphones that can be concealed in clothing for the ceremony and the speeches. It’s remarkable how many videographers simply waste rich ambient sound and speech by soaking images in commercial music. Human speech is what makes the film yours, personal and private and unique. For that, we make an effort to record audio in the same discreet manner. Using the smallest recorders and microphones available, we record ceremony and speeches, as well as ambient sound throughout the day.
Location is extremely important to the ambience and feel of a wedding film. That’s why we travel anywhere for the right couple and the right wedding. If you like our vision and would like to have us at your wedding, just get us a pair of tickets. However, we’re happy to try and be flexible so as not to make it too burdensome to you. In early 2019 we spent some days in the USA visiting some highlights of the country and some friends and would love to go back there. I have shot weddings in several European Countries and we’re returning to Europe this year for three more weddings in Portugal, France and Italy. Flying a wedding videographer to your destination you can expensive, but booking for the right local videographer can prove a nightmare if you don’t know where to look.