By Rachel Torgerson
There's a new trend in wedding and engagement photography and it's anything but a still photograph.
Stop-motion photography is the concept of editing a ton of still photos together to give the illusion of movement. You may have seen other stop motion videos on YouTube, of shoes moving on their own, or words spelling out themselves. Now imagine this with your wedding pictures or save-the-dates.
So far, this movement has had very little bridal experimentation in the Twin Cities, but two well-known photographers in the area have started to dip their toes in the water, so to speak. Erica Loeks of Erica Loeks Photography and Maribeth Romslo of Red Ribbon Studios have both tried their hand at the new trend to stellar outcomes.
If you want something completely now and totally unique, this may be the way to go. But, a word to the wise, these sessions may not be cheap. This concept in weddings and engagements is so new, that many photographers aren't sure how to price it. The only thing they know is that it is terribly time-consuming in preparation and editing and it requires a lot of frames. A two-second interlude in what becomes the video could take a 30 minutes or longer to shoot in real-time.
"[Stop-motion] seems so easy and simple, but it's not," said Loeks, when speaking about the time involved in preparation and editing. "But, it's charming, quirky, and something new to look at."
Romslo advises interested clients to start small. She likes to work on the ground when she does stop-motion, so she has more control over objects—harder to do in a ceremony scenario. Spell out "Save-the-Date" with your wedding date and come in for a kiss with your financé, or twirl around in the fall leaves for a truly memorable engagement session.
Another perk? Add music to give your photos a completely new feel.
Think you're interested? Take a look at the following stop-motion videos. The first is a save-the-date winter scene from Red Ribbon Studios (which took around 5 hours to make) and the second is a complete wedding (made from more than 30,000 photo frames), from Erica Loeks.
A stop-motion wedding package from Erica Loeks starts at $3,500. Erica Loeks Photography, 612-743-2974, ericaloeks.com
Stop-motion engagement sessions or save the date sessions from Red Ribbon Studios start at $2,000. Red Ribbon Studios, 952-237-9496, redribbonstudio.com