My name is Aaron and I created Aaron Daniel Films to empower those in love. I'm a wedding filmmaker for the couple and individual, and for the artistic minds who understand that the greatest masterpieces in life grow from an understanding of love. I am also a bestselling author for couples.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
For the past 7 years, I've been shooting events and weddings professionally, and I'm always super thankful I get to surround myself with such loving and supportive people. The witnessing of love, the words of love, the authentic curiosity and wonder of love is what touches my heart. Every single time I ask a couple how their relationship came to be, I live for their answer… their hesitant reply that always starts with a smile, an undeniable burst of emotion, and nothing but happiness. I got in to the wedding industry because of this. I wanted to be part of, and experience, as much of this human inclination as possible around the world
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
It's always the crying.
Seeing the most emotionally stable, rigid and strict individual start bawling in front of his closest circle.
I'll never forget seeing this in every groom and every bride.
What equipment do you use?
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
The dancing. Hands down, the dancing at the end of a wedding day reception is my favourite part of the wedding day. The energy, the genuine smiling and laughing, and the ability to just forget about what's going on and live for the celebration and music. All of these things happen to everyone during the wedding reception party and it makes for my absolute favourite wedding films.
The Laws of Human Nature - Robert Greene
"Don't let your dreams be dream" - Shia LaBeouf
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
My number one piece of advice for couples planning their wedding is to, first of all, get on the same page. Not just around your wedding day schedule, but in life. A wedding is typically a one-day event, but a marriage is aimed to be a lifetime. As a wedding filmmaker, I've noticed that the best wedding films come from couples who understand each other completely, and know what they're going to look like in different situations. For example, a bride can look extremely stressed out or annoyed on video if her partner is talking too much (the partner should be aware of this, and keep from upsetting each other in this way).
I actually wrote a book called "WEDDING DAY CONFIDENCE: 150 Questions from a Wedding Videographer to Get You and Your Partner De-Stressed and Smiling on Camera" to help couples deeply understand these nuances about each other through the context of a wedding day. So, to look good for your guests and your wedding videos, ask each other the hard life-changing questions that will help you smile come the big day.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Just like editing a wedding, have an idea where you're going.
You don't need all the little bits of b-roll or soundbites planned out right away, but do have a general narrative for where your life is going.
Don't expect it to all come together on its own.
What were your early influences? Any photographers you looked up to or you still look up to today?
Inspiration comes from many channels. I read a lot, so I believe the written word helps churn my creative visions for a film. I think it nice and easy to be inspired by the visual arts, like movies and photographs, but when you strip down a piece of work into its bare bones of text description, the artist's mind can run wild. If you see a leaf, you see it exactly as is – but when you read about a leaf, the important details of its stem, the stoma, the vivid emerald colour come to life and your imagination can fill in any missing parts. This, I think, is the true power of reading for inspiration. Fiction and non-fiction.
How do you prepare yourself before a wedding?
Listening to new music for inspiration.
How long have you been a photographer?
Videographer, 7 years.
Can you describe your style of your photography?
Where do you find ideas for your work?
Music and books
What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve shot?
A destination wedding in Playa-Del-Carmen, Mexico
What advice can you give to new wedding photographers about their pricing structures?
Stay true to your values.
Within the wedding industry, who else captivates and interests you?
Riccardo Fasoli, Remi Schouten, Richard Leng
Where do you see wedding photography heading in the next few years?
Bigger budgets for high quality documentaries
Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?
Reading writing music