I am asked frequently whether I provide wedding videography as well as photography. The short answer is “No.” While I would love to learn more about video, I have no plans to add it as an option for my couples. Let me explain the reason why. Simply put, Austin. Why would I offer something to my couples that I don’t feel like I could deliver my best work? My heart and education have been invested in delivering moments through photography to my couples. Austin can deliver that for you through video. He is an amazing storyteller. His videos share the emotion in each moment – and can leave you with tears in your eyes. While we use similar equipment, the truth is that we both are great at telling your love story in different ways! He knows how to capture your day thru movement and sound, while my goal is to capture a series of cherished moments, frozen in time. Together a great photographer and videographer can work side-by-side to deliver you those irreplaceable moments. That being said – You want a videographer there on your wedding day. You want Austin!
Read below to learn a few fun facts about Austin and AceLegendary! You can also head over to his website or facebook! I’ve attached a few videos at the bottom of the page as well so that you can see for yourself how great he is!
Meet Austin Barton with AceLegendary
What is your favorite drink? How about food?
I know it’s unhealthy, but Dr. Pepper is just the bee’s knees. Springfield-style Chinese food will always have my heart.
What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?
My first love, other than filmmaking, was and always will be gaming. I’m a total nerd and, when I’m not in my home office editing my life away, you can usually find me in front of an Xbox.
What is your favorite TV show or Movie?
Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Interstellar, and Annihilation are some of my favorite films. Fargo, Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, True Detective and pretty much any mini-series from HBO take the cake for favorite TV shows.
If your playlist was stuck on repeat, what song or artist would you want it stuck on?
Folky stuff like Mumford and Sons or some chill, atmospheric tropical house tunes are my jam.
Are you a morning or a night person?
Most definitely a night person. I am absurdly productive after everyone else has gone to bed, much to the dismay of my sleep schedule.
Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?
Among friends and family, I am widely regarded as an entertaining and creative individual.
If you were given a free vacation, where would you go and why?
Australia and New Zealand are on my bucket list. Just waiting for some cheap flights to pop up!
What did you want to be growing up? What made you end up becoming a wedding videographer?
My ideal career while growing up was a tie between video game developer and filmmaker. (Again, total nerd.) After filming my first wedding, I fell in love with the creative potential and importance of documenting the happiest days of peoples’ lives.
Getting Down to Business
How long have you been a wedding videographer?
I filmed my first wedding in 2011, and went full time at the end of 2012.
What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?
I believe that a wedding video is the single best way to relive the moments from your big day. I also believe that each and every wedding has a story just waiting to be told through the art of cinema. To me, every frame of a wedding film should be good enough to stand out on its own, just like a photograph would. That means I’m constantly looking for good compositions, lighting, and color while letting the action take place within the frame instead of chasing it down.The use of audio is also incredibly important to me. I’m not just going to show up before your ceremony, plop a camera down, record what’s in front of me and use whatever song is popular that year and call it a wedding video. What makes each and every wedding unique are the people that have gathered together to make it happen, and *hearing* them is just as important as seeing them.
What keeps you passionate about weddings?
This career is far and away the most internally satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Not only do I get to express my creativity and put together a film that will blow your friends and family away, but to know that within a year, or five or a decade, that what I have created will be experienced and *felt* by generations to come? It doesn’t get any better than that.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
The first elopement I ever filmed was a duo that decided to forgo the traditional wedding festivities and just get married under a tree in a field. No bridal party, no guests. I arrived early to capture the bride- and groom-to-be cooking breakfast with their young son, and being a fly on the wall during those moments was really special.
What is the best advice you can give clients who are not sure if they want or need to hire a wedding videographer?
Look, I understand that weddings can get expensive, but there are only two things that will help you look back and remember the day: photos and video. That’s it. And whereas photos are excellent at capturing a moment, video gives those moments context. Seeing your grandma busting out some dance moves or watching your fiance crack a smile as you walk down the aisle? Yeah, a good, experienced videographer will be there to capture that.
Where do you get your inspiration?
We are in a golden age of filmmaking in terms of feature films, television and even commercials. Inspiration is all around me, and I can’t get enough of it.
What are some of your favorite wedding trends that you’re seeing right now?
I will always be an advocate for first looks prior to the ceremony. I understand the tradition of not seeing your spouse-to-be before the ceremony, but those intimate minutes together during a first look will become so, so valuable as the rest of the day blurs right past you at a million miles per hour.
Tell us about the services you offer!
By default, I will be filming your wedding day in its entirety — from the morning preparations until the end of the night — in order to get the content that I need to make a captivating, engaging film.
What is the best way for a couple to contact you?
I would recommend any interested couples visit my website, watch a few films and then shoot me an email.
Anything else you want to add?
Hire a videographer. The importance of having one may not seem initially apparent, but the second your wedding day is over, you’ll wish you had someone there to capture the intricacies of the interactions between you and your loved ones. Quality-wise, wedding films have become so impressive over the last decade that it seems almost silly not to have one of your own.
Paige + Marcus // Missouri Backyard Wedding Film
Allyson + Dan // St. Louis Wedding Videography
Justyna + David // Colorado Elopement
(Image and Videos © Austin Barton)