Beautiful and romantic wedding films,
just as you are... perfectly you.
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"Heather is very responsive and informative and knew exactly how to get our ideas of what we wanted into our film. This put us at ease as the thought of cameras all day was initially quite daunting, and actually on the day I forgot she was even there."
Susanna & Barry
I grew up reading books about anthropology, sociology and psychology, and I’m inspired by people like Desmond Morris, author of Manwatching, and Grayson Perry and especially his moving documentary series, “Rites of Passage” about birth, coming of age, death, and of course, marriage.
I fell into wedding videography; initially I thought of it as an additional revenue stream alongside my other filming projects, and then I realised weddings were fascinating in themselves. I’m a great believer you should never stop learning and to aspire to be the best you can be, so I’ve spent time specialising and learning about wedding storytelling, filming and editing with established and well-known wedding filmmakers and editors in the industry. But I’m no slave to fashion, I have my own style.
I’m inspired by other artists, from the humorous street portraits by Martin Parr, to surreal high fashion shot by Tim Walker. So not surprisingly, weddings are perfect for me as they mix the heady and fantastic with the sometimes surreal, fabulous dresses and costumes, customs and rituals, to make up a special ‘once in a lifetime’ fairytale day but with real people. So much planning and thought and beauty, the day becomes a work of art. And that’s why I called my business Art of Life Films.
Where am I?
I live in Tunbridge Wells, not far from the border of East Sussex, but I don’t just cover weddings locally and in Kent and the South-East of England, I’m also travel within the UK, from Cornwall to the Scottish islands, and I’m also available for international and overseas destination weddings.
Things I love:
Travel. I’ve been to 42 countries so far and lived and worked in a few. I had a head start as my parents lived in Zambia, and I’ve got strong links with India, Spain (and yes, I speak Spanish) and Australia. Favourite places: Isle of Harris, Namibia, Sweden, and Sri Lanka. On my wishlist (post Covid-19) and when I can afford it: Japan, Madagascar, Iceland and Botswana and The Shetland Islands.
Fashion Design. Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Eiko Ishioka(the costumes for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’), and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Art and Design. So many but just to mention a few… Antony Gormley, Dali, Japanese architecture: Sou Fujimoto, Ryue Nishizawa, Terunobu Fujimori. Grand Designs.
Photography. Guy Bourdin. Edward Horst. Kirsty Mitchell. Erwin Blumenfeld, Francesca Woodman, Gregory Crewsdon.
Books. Cabin Porn by Zach Klein, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings by J. R. Tolkein , Made in America by Bill Bryson, Alice in Wonderland by C. S. Lewis, One Day by David Nicholls, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Hobbies. Making my very own mess, acrylic paint pouring. The Barbican. The V&A. The National Portrait Gallery. Nature and Wildlife. The National Trust. Beaches. National Parks. Filming and photographing puffins, deer and other wild birds and animals.
Film and TV: The Night Manager, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Citizen Kane, Inception and The Handmaiden’s Tale.
But enough about me, I want to hear about you! If you haven’t already, why not take a look at some of the films I’ve done already to see if you like my style, or drop me a line through my contact form for a chat to get to know each other better, so you can decide if I’m the videographer you’d like to have for your wedding