I'm Bernardo Martínez, a former film grad from universities in Mexico, Spain and Cuba. This is my 8th year in the wedding business and completely honoured to be a part of the IGHA project as well. I try to approach weddings with a cinematic-documentary style. Film is my life since 2004.

How did you get into the wedding industry?

One of my fellow film-school classmates was about to introduce herself as a videographer in the wedding business. She asked me to help her during one of them, I gladly replied, YES! although honestly, I didn't really knew much about weddings or how things were going to unfold. I was all eyes, all ears. I was so nervous that I shot absolutely everything. I ever shot more than triple the footage that I shoot now!

Throughout the day, being there began to feel special for me in a different way.This was in fact a documentary filmmaking. That's where it all started to make sense. I knew I was doing something worthwhile. Although I didn't really know the couple, we made a great connection and slowly felt more confident with the subject. I'm glad to say that at the end, fortunately, that particular video didn't suck, which was a massive 'wheeew' from me as a first timer. After that day I decided to dive into this world and try to do something unique for the couples with my own style.

Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?

Feeling goosebumps during the couples vows!!

What equipment do you use?

Canon DSLR

What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?

I guess the getting ready part. I just love the nature of it. It's so different for everyone that it always makes me curious about how will things happen for each couple. I tend to shoot in a documentary way, so I'm always open to what couples choose to do. I try to encourage them to be themselves, whether they want to chill, play some musical instruments, cook, invite their family members to do a toast, or prefer to go hiking before breakfast, I'm in!

Favorite Book

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Favorite Quote

Make your life a wonderful adventure.

Any advice for Brides and Grooms?

Take the time you need when deciding who to shoot your wedding.
Get to know them, see if you guys click with each other.

Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?

Master your own style. Think about how you want to tell that film in particular. Story is the most important thing. Try algo not focus too much on technical aspects, what matters is the honest emotion throughout the day.