• Kerry & Brett Wedding Film at Wake Chapel in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

    Kerry & Brett were married in Fuquay Varina at Fuquay Varina Wake Chapel Church. Every church has its rules about where you can set up cameras in the sanctuary. Wake Chapel is strict about where you can set up and does not allow you to walk around during the ceremony. I set up four cameras and had two shooting down the center aisle and two flanking each side of the chapel. I had no problems getting the shots I needed, but I could have used a different approach. Make sure you check with your wedding coordinator about the rules the venue has for photographers and videographers. I see a wedding as a sacred event and I respect a church’s rules and regulations, but I do like to have my cameras in locations that get the best angle of the bride and groom.

    We shot some footage in a field just around the corner from the church. The field was awesome to shoot in. The sun was just at the right angle and the greenery there is lush. Some of my favorite footage to use is shot during the formal photo shoot. I usually try to shoot what the photographer is shooting, but I will step in and request the bride and groom give me a few poses. I would recommend that you speak with your photographer about allowing the videographer some time to get video footage. Sometimes the photographer overlooks that you have paid to have your wedding filmed. Most of the time, I can shoot from the side of the photographer, but I need to approach the bride and groom at times to get specific shots.

    Highlight Film

    The reception took place at Traine in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was pouring down rain as we arrived at the reception, so we could not shoot outside of the venue and the reception went smooth. Traine is a nice venue and the lighting was bright enough to shoot as the evening went on. Kerry & Brett purchased my wedding film package. I interviewed each of them prior to the ceremony and used the audio from their interviews, the ceremony, and toasts as the audio for the wedding film. Contact me to schedule a time for us to discuss the details of your wedding.

    Wedding Film


  • Light Leaks Effect in Wedding Video

    I use light leak effects in some of my wedding videos. I will admit that I when a bit overboard with them on this wedding. I had just gotten some new light leaks and wanted to play around with them, so I was having a bit of fun. I generally leave my videos natural and without effects. I will tend to ask my customers if they have a preference. I would assume that people would generally not mind some effects here and there and especially if it adds aesthetics to the video.

    Wedding receptions can be several things. They can be conservative and formal, they can be wild and fun, or sometimes full of surprises. For example, Santa Claus showed up to this reception and danced with the bride. I have never seen that before.This particular wedding was festive and full of laughter and dancing. I will make a note here about photographers. Wedding photographers are the lead on a wedding, not the videographer;however, the videographer needs to get their shots. We just need to do so in a way that does not get in the way of the photographer. The photographers on this wedding were professional and aware that I needed to capture my footage. We worked very well together. I was able to position myself very strategically during this reception to frame my shots. The toasts, the wedding cake cutting, and dancing footage was easily captured without interfering with the photographers getting their footage.

    The venue and the DJ lights made for an awesome backdrop for the reception footage. The Broadslab Distillery in Benson, North Carolina is a venue that I would recommend to couples to consider as the venue for both the ceremony and reception. There are nugget venues all over Wake and Harnett county. My advise is to look for them and look for them early so that you can get the date and pricing you are looking for. Contact me if you would like to discuss your wedding.

  • Vickie & Jason Wedding Montage, Raleigh

    Anderson Point Park Wedding Videography & Photography
    I filmed Vickie and Jason’s wedding several years ago. I had originally used a U2 song for their montage. I am now replacing all of the music in my videos with licensed music that I have purchased. This wedding took place at Anderson Point Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. This venue has a large open grassy lawn and a very small reception hall. This is a nice venue for a small budget wedding and a small guest list.

    There are several things I love about this video and several things that I would change. I used several filters and effects on this wedding video. I do not use those filters anymore. I color and add some special touches here and there, but I would not use the filters again. I like my film footage to look as natural as possible.

    The ring shot

    One of my favorite parts of this video is the first look. Vickie and Jason got dressed and had their first look at a friends house. Fun fact, Vickie and Jason were actually already married. They were married overseas, but wanted to have a ceremony here in the states for their family. Vickie slowly came down the stairs as Jason eagerly waited to see Vickie in her white dress. I shot the moment with two camera angles. I also admire how Vickie played the piano for Jason.

    The reception hall was a small space but full of celebration and love. I really enjoy the way Vickie sauntered out of the reception hall to her awaiting car. If you are currently looking for a venue, I recommend you check this one out. I would suggest that you visit the park during the time of day you will have your ceremony. This way you can see what the lighting will be like. Contact me for a free consultation.

  • Hunter & Channing

    Broadslab Distillery Barn Wedding Videographer Benson North Carolina
    There are those weddings that stand out. The wedding of Hunter & Channing is one of those weddings. It stands out because of those magical moments my camera was able to capture. This kiss accented by Hunter’s bouquet is a moment that truly captures the love these two have for one another. I was able to capture this image from the video that I shot. Many people do not realize that I can grab images from my video files. I do have to bring them into Lightroom in order for the size to auto correct, but the clarity and focus is almost as clear as if I had photographed the image.  The venue was also very unique. Hunter & Channing were married at the Broadslab Distillery in Benson, North Carolina. I would recommend this venue, it is very spacious and well lit. I love the color of the wood interior. The room that Hunter got ready in was very spacious and well lit. The room that Channing got dressed in was small and dimly lit. If you have a large number of groomsmen, I would recommend getting dressed in another area. There is a larger room in the back left corner that could be used.

    Hunter & Channing Wedding Photo by Chris Zirkle


    I use licensed music for the videos that I produce.  For many years I used copyrighted songs that the bride and groom selected. I have grown older and wiser. I have decided to not use this practice any longer. I have deleted all of my old videos and am reediting them using music I have purchased a license for. This song is called Reflected Time by Alsever Lake. Are you looking for a Benson North Carolina wedding videographer? Benson is about an hour drive for me, but we do not charge travel fees under a specific distance. Contact me to book your wedding.