Love Stories TV Award Nomination!


I am so honored that one of my films has been nominated for a Love Stories TV Editor's Choice Award!

This is the 2nd annual Love Stories TV Wedding Film Awards and over this past year they have featured several of my films, but the one that really stood out to them this year was the incredible wedding film of Tara Layne + Bo.  

Instead of me telling their story, I want Tara Layne to tell it instead.  Their wedding film is also posted below, so be sure to check that out and make sure to bring your tissues.

"On April 22nd, 2017, I married my soulmate. Our wedding day was the perfect fulfillment of a dream.  Something out of a fairytale. When we met four years ago, Bo was in the process of commissioning to be an Officer in the US Army, and I was living my life on the East Coast in New York City.  A trip home to family for Christmas changed that for the both of us.

We have spent far too many nights apart in our 4 years, but the challenges we have faced due to the time and distance away from one another has only deepened our love. Bo and I moved to Nashville together two years ago, and he proposed in what has become our favorite city. We began planning our October wedding until we were notified that Bo would be deploying to Iraq in the early spring of 2016.  After a painful goodbye, I spent 267 days without him.  I spent those days praying for his safety, planning our wedding, and dreaming of the day I would be with him again.   

We are both so very thankful for the friends and family who traveled to Nashville to share this day with us.  Thank you for making us feel loved and celebrated as we start this journey together as husband and wife.  As my husband says, our love story…is our favorite story.  Thank you, Brandon Rice Films for giving the gift of our story back to us.  We loved every second of it."

- Tara Layne

Why Pre-Production Matters in Wedding Filmmaking


As a filmmaker, I come from a background in movies and television where we spent a big part of each project in the pre-production phase.  This phase normally lasted much longer than the production phase where we actually filmed the project, because pre-planning is so important.  I believe this phase  is just as important for your wedding film!

Who Are The Characters?

This is where I get to know YOU!  In a narrative fictional movie, this is where actors audition and are cast for specific roles for the movie, but in this film the main characters are you.  I will start getting to know you from the moment we begin talking.  I will ask questions, sometimes silly ones, and sometimes serious ones regarding each of you and your relationship as well.  Knowing you will help as I know the style you have and the way to craft your film.

What is the Story?

Obviously, it’s a love story!  But what kind of love story!  Is it a “You’ve Got Mail” love story or is it a “Casablanca” love story or “Roman Holiday” or none of the above!  This is the part where I get to ask more questions about how you met when you knew each other were the one and talk through ways we can show and hear that in your film.  We will discuss vows, letters, and other cool ideas to show your story through your wedding film.

Scheduling the Day

This is super important!  Like a normal film production, your wedding will have a schedule.  When certain things will happen and how long they will take.  Going through this with you will help us decide if we need to add any more coverage hours, or if we may need to tweak the schedule to capture everything we want to make your film amazing!  We will talk about specific events happening, maybe significant heirlooms that will need to be captured, or anything else.  Having a great plan of the day is vital to creating a beautiful wedding film.  

Next week we will dive into PRODUCTION, which is the most exhilarating part, but also the shortest part of your wedding film process!  

Why Do I Need A Wedding Film?

This is a question that many couples have and I'd love to give a few reasons you NEED a Wedding Film!



I love photography and appreciate photos so much, but there is something about capturing the movement of real life that has an emotional depth that is so different than a still frame.  I remember even watching back home videos, versus going through a photo album.  Seeing how I interacted with the world, or how my friends and family interacted with each other was so emotional I felt like I was reliving it.


One of the biggest differences between a still photo and video is the audio.  Being able to hear your vows, the speeches your family and friends gave or even just fun chatter during the day is something that will add a new dynamic to looking back on your wedding day.


Whether we like to admit it or not, our memories do fade.  I wish I could remember all the fun experiences or amazing moments of my life, but as much as I wish I could, they get more fuzzy over time.  Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your entire life and it is one you'll want to have captured so that when your memory fades, it can be refreshed when you sit down and watch your film.

These are just a few reasons I believe you should have a wedding film.  I am obviously very passionate about films and have always been, but it really is the best way to preserve a memory forever!


Creative Crash


This blog is geared toward my creative colleagues both in the wedding industry and in other creative industries.  Something that has plagued me ever since I can remember is the “blocks” in creativity, whether that be as I’m trying to write a script, edit a film or even just think through a concept.  I always tried to push through them, sometimes sitting at my screen staring for hours and still never getting anything done.  Something that I have discovered (that was really always there) that has changed this in so many ways is the importance of sleep.  Sleep is one of the primary ways we can begin good self-care habits.  I know that personally, I used to get 5-6 hours of sleep each night, almost every night.  Some nights were a bit more but the regular amount was 5-6. 


Sleep isn’t just about shutting down but it is important for restoration and strengthening both the mind and body. 

 The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average adult to sleep 7-9 hours each night.  It also specifies that you cannot “make up” for lack of sleep, but instead have to make good sleep habits a pattern.  Over the past year, I have challenged myself to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.  Often times this means shutting the computer down on an edit I want to keep working on, but when I go back to it the next day my mind and body are recharged and my work is much more effective and efficient.  So many of us think that staying up until all hours of the night is necessary because otherwise, we won’t get things done.  I would argue that by maintaining a healthy sleep schedule, we can get more done in less time with greater results.  Give it a try and I think you’ll be amazed!  


Why I Shoot Wedding Films Solo

 Photo Credit: Molly Weir Photography

Photo Credit: Molly Weir Photography

Often people ask me why I am primarily a solo wedding cinematographer and I wanted to give a few reasons why.  

Small Footprint

I want a wedding to be focused on the couple and not on the "production" behind it.  By shooting solo and maintaining a small footprint with the gear I bring, it allows me to be relatively unnoticed throughout the day.  One of the best comments I've received is when a couple remarks that they barely noticed I was there!  

Consistent Footage

Even with the most experienced 2nd shooter, there will always be differences in styles between two people.  When watching back a film, cohesion is one of the things that can tie it all together.  In rare circumstances a 2nd may be needed for some additional coverage, but on most typical days it will only provide more of the same footage that doesn't always match as well to the lead cinematographer's style.

Overall Client Experience

I don't want my clients to simply have a team come shoot their wedding, I want them to know that I personally will be shooting their wedding.  As we talk and get to know each other, a certain level of trust is developed.  A wedding is not your average type of event, it is not only one of the most important events for these two people and their families but also a very intimate time.  Making sure that I am there personally to shoot every piece of footage that goes into their film is something that I care deeply about.

These are just a few of the reasons I prefer to shoot wedding films solo.  I have the honor of speaking on this very topic at the 2018 WPPI Conference this February in Las Vegas!  Very excited to be speaking on a topic I am very passionate about! 

SPECIAL NOTE:  This post is in no way meant to discount other studios or cinematographers who work with teams but this is simply some of the reasons I love what I do and why I do!  Thanks for reading!