Salim AlievPRO+ Member
More than five years of filming.
More than 150 events.
Wedding movies without standard templates.
If all people are different, why should films be like a carbon copy?
Expanding the framework of common stereotypes about wedding cinema we realize the creative potential and make our couples happy by showing them a mosaic of various details which makes their family special.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
Wedding industry is not a job, it’s a vocation for me and I’m convinced that it’s the only way to create something special, not just make your living. My wife was a wedding films editor and colorist before I got into this industry. At that time there were no videographers in our areа who pursued the concept of creating quality product, they were simply making easy money and didn’t have any creative ambitions. So I decided to get into profession having strong technical and intellectual approach to it. Together we worked out the order of interaction on the set and created our own concept of making wedding films.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
Each and every wedding is a good challenge because it gives an opportunity to show what you can do despite of such factors as location, budget and so on. Of course, it’s easier to provide good picture at a luxurious event but, judging from our experience, it doesn’t guarantee something creative. On the whole, for me post processing of video material is more exciting, it makes my imagination produce new ideas and collect frames of the future film, like beads on a string, making a sparkling necklace, giving our clients the opportunity to see what they expected from me. I hope that those best experiences of mine are yet to come.
What equipment do you use?
Sony A7S2, Sony a6300, samyang 12mm 2.0, sony 28mm 2.0, samyang 50mm 2.0, canon 135mm 2.0
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
Most of all I like to shoot Brides’s and Groom’s getting ready for the Big day. This part of event is filled with festive anticipation. It’s always amazing to see how ancious our couples are. They tend to share their expectations, they are dreamy and elecrified, nervous and trully happy, because they know for sure that today is The Day.
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
My advise would seem pragmatic but let your hopes and expectations meet your budget. Considering the total for your Wedding day stop for a moment and think over what for do you order this or that if not for being photographed or filmed. In most cases you organize everything for a picture perfect so be sure that people responsible for taking that perfect moments are professionals and they have personal aproach it.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Respect is a cornerstone in our industry. Not being indifferent is one of those absolute truths which make everything work. Let us all be creative but not arrogant.