Alice + Tristan || Like a Panda

June till the end of October has been crazy for us - CONSTANT weddings but so much fun! BUT this lovely month of November we were free!!! So we went to California! Mac and I are BIG on Disneyland so we obviously hit that up - for TWO days - and man oh man was that a good time. First day was totally dead and we got to go on e-ver-y-thing. Classic day in the happiest place on earth. Second day was poop. It started off sunny and beautiful then just dumped rain! I made the worlds biggest mistake of wearing a light sweater and toms - toms just suck up the water and NEVER dry off. It took an hour watching a live performance of Aladdin in California Adventure to convince me to stay. Musicals can always convince me to do stuff.Two days before we left for California we shot a really cool wedding in Vancouver - Alice and Tristan's.

My first time meeting Alice was on her wedding day during her hair and makeup and I learned a lot about her in that time:1) She is super hilarious but you really have to listen because her tone NEVER changes (which makes it all ten times more funny);2) She doesn't like makeup; but3) She LOVES pandas!I laughed like crazy when she asked her make up artist to do a more dramatic smokey-eye so she could look like a panda! At first I thought I had misheard her cause she said it so matter-of-factly but I misheard nothing- that was her request! And it looked great!

Alice and Tristan got married in the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was perfectly clear but FREEZING! (Obviously you can't see the temperature in the film so I thought I would fill you in on that little tidbit). About 50 guests and it was so sweet! Their reception followed at Season's in the Park. The food was great, the speeches were funny and the couple gave their guests a giant bag of favours each! What more can you ask for? SOLID wedding. My favourite part was the chalk speech bubbles the couple had for guests to take photo's with - so creative!

Congratulations Tristan and Alice - your wedding was so beautiful and we had such a fun time! We wish you the best as you begin your new life together back up in the interior!

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Techy Stuff: Cameras and Lenses

We've recently received a few emails, DM's on twitter and vimeo comments asking about what gear we use. I've been holding back on doing a techy post on this for a while but now I think it's time that I answer some of your questions on the bliggity blog… two specifically.1. "What cameras do you use?" - We shoot exclusively on Canon HDSLR's. More specifically the Canon 5D MKII and Canon 7D. You might be saying to yourself, "but Mac you crazy guy, those cameras were designed for taking photos!". And to that I'd say Yes you are correct, however the built in video options give us the ability to achieve an extremely beautiful filmic look. These cameras allow us to approach shooting weddings in a whole new way. Instead of shooting a wedding with a traditional camcorder and fixed lens, we are able to film with multiple lenses to achieve the look we want in any given scene. I won't go into too much techy jargon but these cameras are amazing tools and we love using them.

2. "What lenses do you shoot with?" - Our 'go to' lenses that we shoot with most often are the Canon 35mm 1.4L and the Canon 50mm 1.2L. We LOVE these lenses. These lenses have very low apertures which gives us the option of a very shallow depth of field. We can really compress the subject we are filming and direct the audiences eye, a huge tool in storytelling. Now you again might be saying to yourself "but Mac, you nut job, why not use zooms?" We prefer shooting with prime lenses so we can get the most out of the lens. Most zooms have a higher aperture and don't allow us to take as much advantage of the compression. Also, the sharpness, colour and contrast of L series primes is unmatched in our opinion. Shooting with primes allows us to think more about what we're shooting. Instead of zooming in to whatever focal length we need, we think about what lens we need for every situation or setup. Ultimately this has made us better cinematographers and storytellers.

Those are some brief answers about the gear we use. If you want to know more about our gear and our philosophy behind using it, please feel free to leave comments on the blog, Facebook, @replies/DM's on twitter, or email us with any techy questions you have. Once in a while I'll post more "Techy Stuff" blogs to answer your questions.

And now I leave you with the song of the day... take a listen here, it very well may blow your mind.