When it comes to planning a honeymoon a few of our couples have wanted to treat themselves to a new camera to document the holiday of a lifetime. As wedding filmmakers we are quite often the first port of call for the “What camera should we buy for our honeymoon?” question. So we wanted to put the information down in blog form to help more of you. This obviously isn’t a definitive list and some of the cameras we don’t have hands-on experience with but here are our top picks.

First off you need to think of what your budget is, how experienced you are and what your plans are. I’ll break it down into three categories, and offer a couple of options in each.

"the best camera is the one you have on you"

Beginner

We are big proponents of the best camera is the one you have on you, so realistically you have your phone on you most of the time and it is more than capable of creating great pictures. So if you are looking for something simple and will just be sharing to your social media save the money and use your phone.

Personally, we feel your phone will be better than most sub £450 point and shoot cameras.

The next best option in our opinion would be a Sony RX100, you can pick up a mark iii version for under £500 however if you would like the option of shooting some video the mark iv at £650 is the best option for the money. I (Gregg) actually used this to make a little highlights film for my cousins’ destination wedding in France.

Intermediate

Stepping up to interchangeable lens cameras like DSLR or mirrorless is more of an investment but if photography is something you are interested in its definitely worth it. We’ve always shot Canon so are maybe slightly biased but our suggestion for the first step into this realm would be the Canon 80D with the kit lens (18-55mm) that would be perfectly adequate for most honeymoon situations. Except for a safari but that’s a whole different beast!

Another option is Sony again, they are raising the bar with specs on their mirrorless cameras every year however at about £800 the a6300 with the 16-50mm lens is a great camera which is still nice and compact.

Advanced

If you’re really looking to treat yourself we would suggest the Canon 6D with the 24-105mm a powerhouse camera that will last you for years and you can upgrade your lenses whenever you’re ready to. Or again Sony has a new camera that we’ve not used but is getting great reviews called the a7iii at £2000 again its more of an investment.

If photography is something that you are fairly new to see how far you can get with your phone before investing in something more advanced. Also when you think you know what you are going to go for, try and find someone with that camera to get your hands on it and see how it feels. Hopefully, these suggestions have given you some ideas to look at further. Feel free to send over any questions.

– Gregg Houston
Obviously, these are just some suggestions and the prices a subject to change

Films for the Enamoured and Adventurous

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Visual legacy perfection

There’s a passion for those intimate moments that runs through our veins. A passion bound to our heritage; it flows through our mountains, amidst the glens. It’s not a focus on a dress or precious metals; this passion stems from the honest bond shared by two. Rooted together by love, wonder and attraction, these are the moments that matter most.

The boldness of Bruce, the romantic flair of Burns, the innovation of Bell. At Cinemate, we nurture these attributes inherited from our Scottish forefathers and instinctively apply them to our art. With pride in our hearts, we aim to excel and impress.

 You see, we are not conventional wedding films. We promote progression! And, just as generations evolve over the years, so too should our visual legacies. So, aside from typically posed pictures, with every trembling palm and each intimate embrace, our movies capture that key connection; that authentic spark.

We’re not making wedding videos, we’re making memories!

Surrounded by Scotland’s dynamic landscapes, the air exudes inspiration. From the mossy hills amongst the heather to the steepest crags upon the moors; these scenic juxtapositions are integral influences for our cinematic vision.

You see, we like our footage to source similar contrasts. Transitioning from the sincerity of ceremonious vows to elated celebrations, these varying dimensions ingrain a layer of complexity into each sequence. So, combining the values of our heritage and an appreciation for rural aesthetics, our filmmaking carves the balance necessary for an engaging, emotive experience.

At Cinemate, we attend unions spanning Scotland’s horizons and even further afield, across Ireland and Europe. Simply, if there’s a couple in love and waiting to create stunning memories on their wedding day, we long to be with them!

The authenticity of our films stems from the very roots of their creation. Sculpted by the vision of those behind the lens, they encapsulate every desire held by the passionate in front.

In cinematic sequences contrived from the heart, we favour the natural dynamism of emotion in an expression of true artistry and filmic craftmanship.

This ensures our films are formulated for an optimum, emotive impact!

The romantic determinism which lays within our art is indisputable. Grounded by the values of our heritage and protruded by our cinematic vision: at heart we are bold, we are intuitive and we are progressive. Merging stunning wedding visuals with precision audio engineering, we are committed to curating cinematic artistry, which reflect your wedding’s natural charm.

Whether yours is an all-day celebration in the Scottish Highlands or a three-day event on the Amalfi Coast, our artistic flair will follow!

Welcome to a New Cinemate

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Bold, raw & Passionate

With a fresh perspective, we step into a new year. With that comes new goals to be reached and new friends to greet but it is our newfound sense of dare and attitude that we light our passion filled hearts with and strive for a better tomorrow!

Cinemate is going bold, raw and passionate. A passion bound to our heritage, framed by our past and fortified in our films.

 

In cinematic sequences contrived from the heart, we favour the natural dynamism of emotion in an expression of true artistry and filmic craftmanship.

The authenticity of our films stems from the very roots of their creation. Sculpted by the vision of those behind the lens, they encapsulate every desire held by the passionate in front and it’s that passion you see in the film above.

To our past couples thank you for your inspiration and love, to our future couples, we can’t wait to meet!

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou