Rainy pre-wedding photoshoot

aw so it rained Wedding at Pu’u poa beach, Kauai 

Aloha, I am Difraser (David Ian Fraser). Please see my posts at https://www.instagram.com/difraserphotography/

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Wedding at Pu’u poa beach, Kauai

This was a wild and wacky wedding with lots of laughs. See the video “Hard Rock and Rock Pools”

Wedding photography Kauai by Difraser. A paradisiacal escape on a hidden beach with swarms of banyans, odd-shaped boulders and sandy rock pools, a perfect spot for this couple after their wedding ceremony.

At Kalalau lookout for a Kauai wedding

How many hours do you think the videographer spent filming this Kauai wedding?
Wedding cinematographer: Difraser

Two hours won’t cut the mustard, as they say. To pull off a dynamic wedding video like this takes a bunch of hours. I shot this one a few years ago, but to the best of my recall I arrived at the lookout early for a morning ceremony, spent 2 hours at the lookout, then we headed to Poipu and I filmed for another 4 hours. If you’re looking for something as elaborate as this—by the way this is only the highlights video, the full length feature is thirty minutes long—ask me about my premium package. http://www.kauaivideoproductions.com

A few years ago, in the age of camera sliders, on a sunny beach in Kauai

Besides great cameras and film lenses, I fashion my videos with all sorts of tools. Of course tripods with professional fluid heads—that’s a given for any pro, but I also use short dollies called sliders, and regular dollies with thirty feet of track—for beach weddings in Kauai not very practical. Then I use jibs and film cranes—again, for a small beach wedding a bit of an overkill, although I love the cinematic look of crane shots. I now also offer aerial shots using a DJI Inspire quadcopter. All in all, the slider is my pick of the crop, light and small enough for the beach or anywhere yet it packs a mighty cinematic punch. If you like the look of this Kauai wedding video with the cinematic feel, and you’d like to book me for your upcoming event, please contact me through my home website at http://www.kauaivideoproductions.com.  I am both a cinematographer and photographer and I love both mediums.

Kauai wedding with thunder and lightning filmed

I love a good storm, the heavy air, the crackle of lightning in the darkening sky, the scent of the grass after the downpour. I was sure happy, however, that this storm at Anini Beach eased up so that the bride and groom could finish their vows. All in all, a great beach wedding captured by my two cameras. In case you’re wondering, this is an Elope Video—for about a thousand dollars. Visit my main website — Difraser  

Sunset wedding photography Kauai

As a wedding cinematographer that works with light and shadow, and understands composition and drama, etc, I said to myself, why not shoot stills? And suddenly I found that I am shooting more still photography than cinematography. Not that I’m unavailable for one or the other or both—I call that hybrid photography. Not separate photography and separate videography— there’s moments when photography gets favored, and moments when videography get favored. But I do offer full separate services—and then I bring along my mate, Mike.  I do sunset beach photography from $350 — www.difraser.com


Shooting the Bride



Only one person could have stopped it, the bride. It was a bright sunny day, two in the afternoon. He checked to see if it was loaded. It was. From his vantage point, high above the crowd, he saw the bride emerge from behind a tree. Soon the others would see her too. Wasting no time, he placed his eye to the finder, and squeezed the trigger. What a shot, the videographer smiled to himself with smug satisfaction, as he panned his camera to keep the bride perfectly framed.

How was this guy really doing?

You’re about to hire a wedding videographer, but you’re confused; you’ve started looking at websites containing dozens of wedding videos and they’re all sort of melding. Who really is the better craftsman? What should you pay, or maybe more importantly can you find the right wedding videographer for your budget? Can you negotiate even though the videographer sent you an e-mail quote or you saw the price on their website? How long do you want your edited wedding film to be?

Finding the right videographer is probably about as exciting as watching grass grow. A recommendation might be the way to go. There again, your taste might not be in line with the recommender’s. Watching demos, and not just the first ten seconds, is the only real way to judge the skill of the videographer and editor.  Watch for framing, smooth or jerky camerawork, focus, the use of close ups or lack of close ups, music choices. Some videographers use a reveal technique, using trees or bushes or people to hide what they are about to film before gradually revealing the subject with camera movement. Some videographers have the skill but not the equipment. You can probably tell this right away: colors are not vibrant, images are grainy or just not crisp.   Top-notch videographers use top-notch gear—usually. But sometimes, even a top-notch videographer filming a budget video might not be willing to avail his $50,000 camera gear. Ultimately, it’s all down to your preference. But one caveat: Jazzy wedding films with fast edits to catchy music might look great to you today, but years down the road you might wish the videographer had spent more time holding longer shots of your mother or grandfather; you might wish the videographer captured more intimacy and allowed you to actually hear what Aunty Lizzie is saying.

 One thing you can do that will greatly help you get the perfect wedding video is discuss with the videographer what you want,not just what you’ve seen the videographer do before. Really discuss it over the phone, not by e-mail.