A Wedding Video Shot with the Mindset of a Still Photographer

Wedding photographer Lee Morris recently had the idea of trying his hand at making a wedding video with his still photography mindset. His idea was to slow down the video to make it more of a “moving image”, bringing it more into his realm of expertise. To do this, he photographed a wedding at 60fps using a Canon 60D and then slowed the video down to 24fps afterward.

  • C-rene

    ♥ How creative! its like the mind’s memory presentation of an event!

  • Anonymous

    Turned out really well! I hope this wasn’t the only video though, slo-mo is fun for a little bit but needs to be accented as well.

  • Alex

    Beautiful. The slo-mo works for sure. I don’t believe this is an actual, in-scripted wedding though. When was the last time you went to a wedding where everyone was perfectly lit for video right down to the first dance. And who has time to get a slider shot in front of the bride and groom as they’re coming down the stairs. Weddings are way too chaotic for that, but it looks amazing!

  • F5

    Now That Was Dope!!

  • HD Cam Team

    I was wondering the same… a slider in the church and some other takes are very difficult to make in such situation unless you have a crew of photographers and cameramen…

    But the video is beautifully made anyway.

    Great job Lee Morris.

  • Lee Morris

    Thanks for posting this Petapixel! It wasn’t scripted. I walk you through how I did it here:

  • Shijune

     Well, I thought that it looked kinda cool the first minute, but after that it felt boring. 

  • HD Cam Team

    Hi Lee,

    Thanks for the link to BTS and for the tips and explanations there.

    Very nice work, congrats!

  • Roy Warner

    Nearly every wedding video package I’ve ever seen included a video exactly like this. They usually aren’t this long though, the pacing is thrown off by the length.

  • Patrick Hall

    Yeah this wasn’t scripted at all. I was hired as the photographer of this wedding and since lee and I are both friends of the bride he offered to test out his vision on her wedding. I’m not sure why people think this video needs more footage to look like a typical wedding video. As a photographer I despise many of those boring videos and really enjoyed what lee did here.

  • Patrick Hall

    Surely not more boring than a normal wedding video :)

  • Eyenvent

    This is what I call upping the ante in the wedding business. Bravo sir!

  • Sarah

    Really beautiful – I didn’t know what to expect when I read the blurb but the video is wonderful. So honest and so happy. Something different from the usual wedding video that works amazingly well. 

  • Brandy

    I notice that those that are saying it’s too long and boring are coming from men. I personally found it very dreamy and romantic. Just like every bride thinks of her wedding, and hopes it will be! for those who said it was scripted is because they clearly aren’t as good at photography, or videography! Thumbs up! I think it’s beautiful!

  • Sebastián Soto

    I don’t know, I feel it has a good growing momentum. Besides, it’s unlike almost every wedding video. I enjoyed it :)

  • BoyadjianFilms

    This is just amazing. I love it. I’m not into this business, i’m a director and this has nothing to see with traditional wedding video i’ve seen before. Not boring at all. Keep Up the good work. Cheers from France.

  • Anonymous

    PetaPixel seems to have an infatuation with stop-motion movies that implies there is something intrinsically more artistic with stop motion than when shot in video mode. The only difference between a video and a stop-motion video is the amount of excess time possessed by a photographer to assemble photos into a video.

    I fail to see why a slow motion video of photos is any more evocative than a normal video shot at a certain frame rate and slowed down.

  • Michael Zhang

    Hiya Dave,

    The reason is because PetaPixel is more focused on still photography, and techniques like stop motion and time lapse are more closely related to still photography than ordinary video. We do occasionally show video as well, but usually we try to stick more with photography than videography :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi Michael, I totally get that, which is why I love reading your posts. But if it’s a video, what does it have to do with still photography? I just don’t get it.

  • Michael Zhang

    Hmm. In this case, it was because the creator of the video is a still photographer who wanted to dabble in video without departing too much from his still photography style. The video feels different from other wedding videos we’ve seen (i.e. the best still from each shot could be extracted and used as a still wedding photo).

    It’s an answer to the question “what would it look like if a wedding photographer captured a short sequence of video instead of a still every time they pressed the shutter?”