With all the weddings being small this year, you best believe people are going to be listening more! Make those vows count!
Everyone’s very excited about the Ontario restrictions lifting, which is allowing us to have weddings again. Amen! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Weddings are going to be a lot simpler this year though. With this simplicity, I think it’s going to be even more important for creatives to tell great stories ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What I mean is this: With less pomp, the smaller scale of set-ups and less of a crowd to fill the atmosphere, there are less supporting elements to the story. We’re going back to the essentials: ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The groom + the bride ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s tough to say but, at the end of the day, that’s what we’re here for. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________ Clip form a 2019 feature film. I loved how Sherwin and Shoynear had very thoughtful speeches at the end of the night that really helped to highlight their story.
My reaction when I realize it’s Friday 🙏🏾😭 ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have a great weekend, fam! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A scene from one the most emotional first look moments I remember capturing. You best believe I used it in the final film! 💛💛
If I get to a point where I’m shooting entire wedding seasons where all my couples look and celebrate the same, then I have give those retainers back and take stock. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ever since my first year of wedding filmmaking, I’ve worked with a diverse set of couples, and being exposed to so many different people and their views has changed me immensely for the better. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m always excited to see each wedding season come together, not just ‘cause I got bills to pay, but there’s always a new culture or cultural variant that is represented in my couples. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time in history has been priceless for people trying to understand each other. I hope to continue the trend beyond this season through my filmmaking and sharing of experiences with all kinds of people. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you think?
Happy Friday! May you have an uplifting weekend 😏
What an interesting time to do a Friday introduction… In light of the on-going discussion, I decided to take a different angle to this post. Here goes! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m Ryan and I’m the heart and soul for Aperture Lane. My journey as a creative started long before I stumbled into entrepreneurship. From my teen years, I’ve pursued photography and the visual arts in general. I’ve had a natural desire to preserve moments that I share with my friends, with my family and within my church community. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The transition to capturing milestones professionally 6 and a half years ago made so much sense… but it wasn’t easy. Despite the current trend, working for oneself is very hard. Being black in a North American wedding industry can make it harder. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an industry where most of the popular imagery in magazines, social platforms and influential personalities is white, I can sometimes feel out of place as a professional who is a visual minority. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, for the first 2 years of my business, I didn’t put my face on my website for fear of “repelling potential clients”. In hindsight, it seems stupid because I shouldn’t desire to work with people who don’t accept me for who I am, but that’s how systematic racism messes with your head. For those of you following my journey long enough, you know I’m over that and I’m all up in your Instagram feed every week now. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, showing up as a black professional in general comes with the need to evaluate the level of performance around me and surpass that to be considered on the same level. It means having submissions to magazines rejected for ambiguous reasons like, “This doesn’t fit our vision”. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, showing up to a classy wedding as a black videographer means dressing a cut above the rest so people stop coming up to me and asking me to bring them food because they think I’m a part of the service staff! So awkward 😂 [continued in comments]