Sponsor Highlight: Reid Kerley Production

Company: Reid Kerley Production

Owner: Reid Kerley

City: Hampton Roads, VA

1. How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry?

You know, until recently the wedding industry has been pretty static as to what people get and what the expect, so it's really cool to start seeing stuff crop up beyond simple documentation. Wedding video is exploding right now, which is great! So, since it's a growing industry with a lot of similarly-styled shooters, I'm trying to be a game changer by offering something that a lot of others don't: custom composed music for your wedding video! I'm collaborating with my excellent composer friend Samuel Ramos II, and we'll not only give a beautiful video but also you'll get a beautiful song that is exclusively YOURS! No one else will ever have it, and it will commemorate your day forever. I also exclusively film with 1970s professional lenses (Zeiss, Tamron, Leica) which give things a much more filmic/cinematic look. 

2.  What inspires you to “do weddings differently”?

My inspiration comes from my love of all things weird, especially when it comes to film and video. My dream is to shoot someone's David Lynch-themed wedding and deliver a weird-experimental-what-the-heck-is-this wedding video straight out of Eraserhead, but until the I'll stick with more traditional approaches. Though if someone wants me to emulate any director I'm totally down.

This photo isn't from a wedding, but it's a great example of doing one of my favorite things: playing with light! That wonderful flare was not added in post, but painstakingly gotten with that lens (an old Russian lens actually).

This photo isn't from a wedding, but it's a great example of doing one of my favorite things: playing with light! That wonderful flare was not added in post, but painstakingly gotten with that lens (an old Russian lens actually).

3.  What is one of your favorite creative, offbeat projects you’ve worked on?

My favorite offbeat creative projects I've worked on weren't actually in the wedding industry, but once for an art gallery installation with my friend/collaborator/artist Jack Doerner we shot stereoscopic 3D of the mountains just off Skyline Drive, then projected it on 2 walls with a mirror-box in between to create the 3D effect. It was awesome.

4.  What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company?

First off, having my creative team on hand to discuss upcoming projects. My "company" is currently just me and my wife and Samuel, but I have an arsenal of creative companions who always push me further. Second, probably like 4 hard drives, Adobe Premiere, and Davinci Resolve, which are my favorite editing/color correction software (and I really find it fun/cathartic to color correct things). Third, lots of coffee. I drink it black, and can drink it forever. I've convinced myself that it's not a problem because every other wedding professional does it right?????

This is just a simple bouquet shot, but it's one of the first pictures I took at my first wedding so it means a lot to me and I really just love it.

This is just a simple bouquet shot, but it's one of the first pictures I took at my first wedding so it means a lot to me and I really just love it.

5.  If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be?

I want people to have more film photography at weddings!!! Cool color film that's hard to find, like Velvia or Provia. Use that jazz for yr special moments! (At my wedding I had someone using a 4x5 Speedgraphic so I'm kind of a dork)

6.  What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention?

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, really. I'm new to the game, so just seeing people who are as passionate as I am (or more so!) will be encouraging and inspiring.