Aside from my photography business, for the better part of a decade my career has been in video production. Some of my career highlights include editing a video featuring Lindsey Vonn for Under Armour that was also used by NBC for the Winter Olympics, working Super Bowl XLV as a video editor, and working as the game day video editor for the Washington Redskins for the past three seasons. I also teach a course at Towson University in the Electronic Media and Film department.
I am a firm believer in doing what you love. I am a huge fan of Life is good, and my favorite quote of theirs (which is hidden on every article of clothing they sell) “Do what you like. Like what you do.” For me, this includes photography, live sports production and teaching. When hiring your wedding vendors I think it’s important to find someone who has passion for what they do.
As someone who has incredibly high standards for video production, my endorsement for Lee Morton and his business Keepsake Films should not be taken lightly. Lee has an incredible amount of natural talent and I still am in shock at how amazing his videos are even after a short amount of time at this business. He’s not just a great shooter or editor, but he’s a storyteller. Telling stories isn’t something that just happens in editing, but it takes someone who is fully there in the moment and seeing your day through a different set of eyes: the eyes of a creative.
Aside from his obvious talents, Lee is also an incredible and genuine person. We’ve known each other since we were in elementary school and I can say with honesty that he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I strongly believe that when choosing your wedding vendors you should not only choose someone based on their work, but also on their personality. You’re inviting us into your world on the most important day of your life. It’s so important to make sure that the people you choose are worthy of that honor.
I hope you enjoy hearing a bit from Lee and learning a little bit about how Keepsake Films came to be! I’m so excited to be able to work with Lee this year on a few weddings and see what he comes up with for our Photography by Brea and Keepsake Films brides. Before reading the interview below, check out REELOVE.
How is what you do different from the wedding videos of the past?
There’s a creative beauty to weddings in the visuals and the storytelling that I think has long been overlooked. For me, the discovery of the story underneath the wedding is sometimes the most fascinating – the journey, if you will. We’re creating now, more than just capturing.
What’s the difference between the different options that you offer– cinematic highlight, wedding highlight, trailer, etc.?
We offer three different types of edits for folks to remember their day (amongst other content) and they’re just titles for each edit. I always explain in-depth when meeting with couples. :)
Where did you get the inspiration for REELOVE? Honestly, it stemmed from the desire to inspire others to a different type of wedding film. A desire to educate engaged couples on how relevant a wedding film is because of all the emotion in the day and most importantly, remind them how fast it can go. REELOVE is an exploration into the reasons one would want to preserve their wedding’s most delicate moments.
When Keepsake launched, I knew in my heart we were doing something different and there was enormous value to it. My friend helped me write the voice-over script and we submitted it to voice-over talents around the world. Older ladies, british men, young girl next door type females, country deep tone guys.. are only a handful of the 50+ VO’s we reviewed… but in the end, everyone agreed my voice had the tone and projection at parts that made it connect. I honestly didn’t want it in there, haha! I think I sound weird.
I like how we all have timeless movies we adore. What is it about certain movies that are in our “all-time favorites list” that somehow never get old? I’ve always been intrigued and driven by that concept. I’ve also always LOVED documenting life. Family. Trips. Textures. Friends. Long drives. Growing up I’ve always been the guy with the camera videotaping or taking pictures of life dancing around us. Then more elements were introduced.. editing programs, tools for production, stories around me, etc. So it grew. There’s just something so compelling about telling REAL stories of genuine people in cinematic ways. Something fun about documenting curiosity.
What drew you to wedding cinematography, specifically? Wedding cinematography, specifically.. well, it was a very natural discovery. Melissa and I were engaged looking for a wedding videographer and wasn’t fond of anything we saw locally (however, now there is a handful of local greats). We stumbled upon a crew in NJ that blew our mind and defined cinematography versus videography. It was story telling versus music video. It was a cinematic versus static. They allowed me to join their team for a bit, and combined with immense amount of education later on.. Keepsake was born to the DC MD VA area.
If you are engaged and are looking for someone to provide you with a wedding video that you will watch over and over, will bring back all of the emotions of the day and will be cherished by yourself and your future children, definitely check out Keepsake Films. You won’t regret your decision.