One of the benefits in working in the wedding & event industry is meeting other creative people who share common passions. Well, Erica Marr with Erica Marr Films is one of the most creative individuals that we have known. Luckily, we are blessed to have known Erica before getting into this industry. She is truly one of a kind and we are so excited to feature her in today’s vendor profile. Read more to get to know Erica…
Tell us a little bit about how you got started filming weddings and is it your main business? I got started filming weddings shortly after my own wedding. Growing up I always had a camera in my hand, I filmed everything. I think I have a deep sense of nostalgia, which has always made me want to embrace each moment and not forget anything! That’s why I am in love with videography. I now am a full time business owner shooting wedding & branding films!
How long have you been in the wedding industry? I got involved in the wedding industry shortly after my own wedding, which was about 2 ½ years ago.
How would you describe your style? There are so many wonderful styles involving videography, each of which I respect and love certain things about them. However, over time I have found that I developed my own style in which I film and edit. I would describe it as organic, romantic, and documentary. I love the real raw beauty that happens on your wedding day and I believe that showcasing those moments really bring you right back to exactly how you felt on your special day.
What is your process for picking out music? Music is always one of the hardest parts about my editing process. In fact, I would say that it is probably the hardest part. I always start with going back to the couple and their big day. I think about the feel of their wedding and try to find a genre that I feel best suites them. I used licensed music, meaning it comes from special licensing sites, not including iTunes. It can be very difficult because song selection is a lot sparser than iTunes, which makes the process of finding that perfect song even more time consuming. It is a balance of finding a song that fits the couple as well as staying consistent with my style and brand. People generally trust my song selection, as most of my films are coherent with each other in style.
What is your favorite piece of equipment? My favorite piece of equipment is really hard! Video requires about 3x the amount of equipment than photography does so I have quite a bit! I would say my favorite piece of equipment outside of my camera body (Canon 5D III) is my tilt-shift lens. Most videographers do not use these lenses, but I find it adds so much creativity and depth to my shots.
What inspires you? I am inspired by so many things, especially at a wedding where the day is full of so much beauty! However, I would have to say my main source of inspiration is definitely from people. My films are directly correlated around people. A wedding day is so special and the people that are there represent such a big part of the day- this is so significant to me! I love diving into the relationships and friendships that are present throughout the day.
If you could travel anywhere for work, where would you go? There are so many places I DREAM of filming at. Anywhere in Europe would be absolutely amazing, I definitely hope my career takes me there at some point! If I have to choose just one place, I would definitely say New Zealand. I think it is just absolutely spectacular and could only imagine the breathtaking shots I would capture being in such an amazing location!
What is your favorite aspect of weddings to film? There are two aspects of weddings I love to film. First is the bride & groom portrait session. This is usually just them, the photographers, and myself. It is the time of the wedding day where they get to escape the crowds and just get lost in each other. I usually have a few moments to really create some of my visions and capture their love most sincerely. The second aspect of weddings I love to film is the dancing. I love watching as guests dance the night celebrating the bride & groom.
Name your perfect meal that you could eat for the rest of your life: My perfect meal came to my mind right away. There is a tiny hole in the wall bagel shop in Orange, CA called, Bagel Me. It’s a turkey sandwich on a delicious egg bagel with crisp lettuce and cheese. It’s accompanied by some bagel chips and a nice ice cold Diet Coke with a slice of lemon. I could eat this all day every day.
Disneyland or Disneyworld? Disneyworld over Disneyland because it’s bigger and there are more theme parks to experience!
To view some of Erica’s other films, check out her website.