The city’s slogan might be “Keep Portland weird,” but there should be a subtitle: “And romantic.” Appealing to couples who love mountainous green landscapes as much as epic cityscapes, Portland attracts a lot of people who want to get married there. It’s also a vibrant city that’s filled to the brim with talented creatives from artists to photographers and florists to crafters. And if you’re looking for vendors for your wedding, you might also be looking for your dream Portland wedding videographers. If so, we’ve got several amazing ones to start your search with.
1. Chase Baldridge of Forest & Ivory Films
While Chase Baldridge strives for documentary-style cinematography, what he ends up with is beyond the sum of its parts. His framing and composition are enviable, free of cliché poses and traditional, click-through editing. He approaches his films as a photographer, yet has the distinctive skill for turning those shots into video. Making the most of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, each of his films are as focused on the location as the couple — and it’s to the point where they could double as a viral tourism video called “Portland’s Best.”
2. Lise McCracken of Copper & Honey Creative
Copper and honey itself are two things that give Portland wedding videographer Lise McCracken joy. Another is shooting videos of couples in love. She’s a woman of many talents, as she’s also shooting lifestyle and fitness videos. But it’s her wedding films we’re inclined to focus on right now. If you’ve been reading our resources for a while now, you’ll know how big fans we are of camera pans. Only when it’s done right. Lise does them right. McCracken’s color grading is gorgeous, and we love the other stylish editing techniques she employs, like the double exposures in the featured clip. She’s a shoe-in for any round-up of Portland wedding videographers.
Proudly queer videographer and photographer Rachel Epperly creates warm and emotive wedding films for some of Portland’s hippest residents. Based between the PNW and New England, Rachel’s movies can only be described as edgy and elegant. This is in part due to her dedication to making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, regardless of who they are, how they look, or how they feel. With calmness on top of her on-point skills behind the camera and a pull toward more creative compositions, we genuinely love everything we’ve seen of hers.
4. Lauren Mueller of Lovebug Pictures
Portland native Lauren Mueller comes from a family of artists. She’s shot and produced wedding films for a few years now —— which may be shocking to some, as watching even one of her videos would make you think she’s been doing it for decades. She uses pink and orange-tinted coloring a lot, delivering a different color palette approach from the norm—check out her clips, and you’ll see the difference. It’s this coloring and faded contrasts that make each movie feel nostalgic, like a long-lost summer captured all thanks to her.
Moving Pictures is a team of talented cinematographers that work to bring weddings to life. Led by owner Marc Rotse, the team has won dozens of awards from Oregon Bride Magazine, WeddingWire, and the Telly Awards. Each film they create is different depending on the cinematographer and the couple, yet every single one of them has emotion otherwise only witnessed in its presence. We thoroughly appreciate some of the more obscure angles they use, such as the pans in and out as opposed to around. It gives you a feeling of being there in the moment with footage slowed and focused on ruffled wedding dresses and longing looks.
6. Dane Casperson of Casperson Productions
Portland wedding videographer Dane Casperson has already shot over 100 wedding films. Dane’s movies prove that tradition isn’t a negative thing. On the contrary, a traditional wedding is many people’s dream. He deftly shoots traditionally, resulting in videography that is warm and sweet, featuring Portland and its couples the way we see them rather than the way a filter does. Taking advantage of natural light and a slow frame rate, he really brings something different to the field. And we dig it.
Oregonian cinematographer Gavin Brown has been obsessed with film for as long as he can remember. He stepped into the world of freelance videography in 2018 and has been shooting weddings ever since. Gavin knows his state and is therefore able to take his pick of a bunch of locations that inspire him, from inner-city parking garages to snow-capped mountains. As a filmmaker who also does commercial projects, his edits take all of the most important parts of the day and display them in a passionate flurry of shots. We can’t wait to see more of his art.
Portland is heaven for those who are warm to hip downtowns and a close proximity to nature. It’s also a haven for romantics. Hiring a wedding videographer could be the make-or-break vendor choice for your wedding. Thankfully, in Portland, you’re spoiled for choice.