With a little downtime before next wedding season starts, I thought I’d dedicate a few posts to our wonderful experience with Laila & Andrew Hermann. They were married June 2015 in Cancun. (You can see their full wedding film here: Cancun Destination Wedding Film).
At some point in our early conversations, Laila mentioned the possibility of doing an underwater trash the dress shoot at a Mexican cenote. That immediately got my blood pumping. Not only were we going to be shooting a destination wedding film in Cancun, but we may also get to do some exotic underwater videography… I was beyond excited. I hadn’t done any underwater filming before this trip. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous about it.
So, we started researching and eventually bought an underwater housing for one of our Canon 5D Mark IIIs. There was a possibility of using our GoPro, but honestly, it seemed like too much of a risk for a once in a lifetime opportunity. What if there wasn’t enough light underwater. The GoPro really suffers in low light. We knew we could push the ISO on our 5D Mark III and really get great video no matter the light situation. And I’m so glad we went that route. It definitely made all the difference, as we were really pushing the boundaries of the 5D Mark III’s low light capabilities.
The video we captured was beyond amazing. Laila is a dancer, so she was doing these immaculate poses underwater. She was so graceful in her movements. It all came very natural to her. She’s completely in her element. Laila & Andrew were so much fun to work with – they were up for anything we wanted to try.
This is the extended cut of Laila & Andrew’s Underwater Trash the Dress Video: