WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER SURREY
UK | Portugal | Worldwide
WELCOME TO PEDRO PORTELA FILMS
I create the wedding films I’d like to watch; films I believe in.
These films then become part of your love story and your heritage as a family. And that’s probably the biggest reward.
WHAT MY WEDDING FILMS ARE ALL ABOUT
(and why it’s important)
In wedding videography, 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 my wedding films don’t follow templates; they’re based on a documentary approach of the day, of what actually happens and makes storytelling sense. As a Surrey based videographer, I tend to work with fairly similar guests from wedding to wedding; working the same way for consistency’s sake, each edit is a blank slate and the footage is really the only palette I will be using colours from. The best example is using slow motion. It’s a common saying within the videography community 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
(no one else’s)
This should be self evident, but wedding videography is not about the videographer; it’s not even about the wedding videographer’s cool shots. It’s about telling a story of a celebration I have the privilege to document. That’s why for me a discreet, relaxed approach to filming wins every time over a big wedding film production. As a wedding videographer, it’s safe to say most of my clients are not used to having a camera pointed at them, which is reason enough to go out of my way to be discreet and keep a low profile. I 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; if you want to compromise on spontaneity. Indeed, a big production feature 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’s not a music video)
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. I am a firm believer in organic, textured sound over my films. For that I 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, I make an effort to record audio in the same discreet manner. As a wedding videographer based in Surrey, having to pack small and light to be able to work in small centuries old country churches, I use the smallest recorders and microphones available, which allow me to record good quality sound even in cases of limited space and no time for major setups.
Location is extremely important in wedding videography. Being based in Surrey, England, my weddings tend to acquire a certain atmosphere and patina characteristic of the place. But that’s true of each location, with its own footprint. That’s why I travel anywhere for the right couple and the right wedding. If you like my vision and would like to have me at your wedding, just get me a plane ticket and I’ll meet you there. I’m happy to try and be flexible so as not to make it too burdensome for you. In early 2019 I spent some days in the USA visiting some highlights of the country and some friends and would love to go back there doing what I do best - wedding videography. Flying a wedding videographer to your destination you can expensive, but imagine looking for the right local videographer - that much can prove a nightmare if you don’t know where to look.