Moving Pictures: A Wedding Album with a Life of its Own

A DC photographer fuses photo and video for a unique spin on the traditional wedding album

Emily and Adam | Married | Moving Pictures from Geoff Chesman Visuals on Vimeo.

Ever since we spotted this on Engaging Affairs’s Bridal Bubbly blog, we’ve been pretty much obsessed with the work of DC wedding photographer Geoff Chesman, who has been experimenting with “moving pictures”­—using a single camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, if you’re curious) to take both still pictures and few-seconds-long video clips.

The result is phenomenal. Watch the video above, and see how some of the images almost spring to life. We just had to talk to the photographer himself.

“For all of my career I’ve been able to capture amazing moments, and now I’m able to capture the moments in between moments,” says Chesman of the “moving pictures.”

He admits that creating this melding of photo and video isn’t easy—it requires a visual artist who is dedicated to capturing three- to ten-second video clips throughout the wedding day, and is available as an add-on to his photography package. Chesman is clear that this isn’t meant to replace full-length wedding videos, but it certainly creates a unique experience, especially when it comes to reliving the most poignant parts of the day.

“When a bride and groom see each other for the first time, with a still photo you can get a sense of what was going on, you can feel the anticipation, but having those extra few seconds of movement adds even more emotion,” says Chesman.

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