Name: Sean Baker
Business Name & Location: Sean Patrick Cinematography: Plattsburgh/Upstate New York
Years Working in the Event Industry: Going on five years.
Years Owning Your Own Business (if applicable): 3
Business Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/seanpatrickcinematography
How did you get started in the industry?
How did you get started in the industry? I was at an internship with a studio in Troy when a friend of mine called me and told me the wedding studio they were interning for was looking for a videographer. When I showed up after sending the studio my demo reel, the head cinematographer handed me a list of dates for weddings and told me that they wanted me to be a second shooter. After that, I continued shooting and haven’t looked back since. Not only do I continue to shoot for that same studio, but I am now booking weddings for my own business all the way into 2020!
What inspires you?
Everything cinematic. Ever since I was young I wanted to be a cameraman. Watching films growing up made me want to replicate what I saw and tell stories through a lens. Now I have the opportunity to tell a couples love story, and I couldn’t be more honored.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part is definitely assembling the footage into a trailer or feature, as well as the reaction of the couple when they see it. Being able to capture their story on the day of is amazing, but my favorite and most rewarding part of the job is hearing or seeing the couples reaction. If I can make a couple and their peers cry tears of joy and happiness, I’ve done my job.
For an engaged couple, when is the best time to book the videographer?
Definitely as soon as possible. I’m already booking into 2020 and have had to turn away a few couples simply because I was booked for their date. The sooner, the better.
What are some things couples should look for when choosing a videographer for their wedding?
1. Take as much time picking a videographer as you would a photographer, you need to like who they are, and be aware of the type of product the produce. Are they behind the scenes/barely noticeable or in your face type shooting? 2. Look for a videographer or cinematographer that fits the style of how you want your day to be remembered through video. There are many different styles of video. Some do documentary style, while others prefer cinematic. 3. Price is always important, especially when dealing with the cost of a full wedding. Unfortunately, what you pay for is what you get. Amazing video doesn’t come cheap! Quality over quantity.
What advice do you have for couples planning their big day?
Take a step back and relax. To many times couples will realize that their day will fly by in a heartbeat. Immerse yourself with your significant other, family, and friends. They are what is important on your wedding day. Trust your photo/video team to do their jobs and you will have a memory that you can always look back on and relive into your golden years. Also, please please PLEASE disclose any surprises to the photo/video teams so they are not missed!