Fineshade Films

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We are Danielle and Martin, and we started the Fineshade crew back in 2017. We're a husband and wife team based in Northamptonshire, on the outskirts of Cambridgeshire. We have too many children and besides filming your weddings, we had a wedding of our own back in 2017. Here we are, late-nineties looking fresh-faced and... {insert verb of choice here!} If you'd happened to bump into us circa 1998, you'd have probably found both of us either talking about vinyl, listening to vinyl or jumping up and down, rooted to our favourite spot in the Superclubs of the time. Likely to have been found on a Podium, arms in the air... one of us in homemade fluffy boots and matching bra and the other with polka dot trousers or some sort of questionable see-thorough number with multi-coloured pipe-cleaners in the hair. I'll leave you to figure out who-was-who ;) Nowadays things are a little more sedate. 

 

We both have a background in film and photography and between us have been teaching these subjects for over 20 years, and our fourth baby, Fineshade, is now five years old! 

 

You might find us at your wedding covering either videography or photography – we both love both disciplines and we both edit, too. We are are involved in every aspect of the process. and wouldn't want it any other way.. Martin has a keen, methodical eye (and ear) for details and an impressive background in music technology.

Danielle has a skill for creating a narrative and capturing those in-between moments that others miss. She is also the one who just loves humans. Everything about them. Both of us love what we do and we hope that comes through our work. 

 

We have experience in a variety of productions ranging from horror shorts to trailers, documentaries, corporate & charity promos, to music videos. We also have a mutual adoration of film albeit rather different tastes. This can make it a little difficult to decide what to watch most evenings.

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You’ll meet Max if you’ve booked us for videography; he first and second shoots wth us and I’m sure you’ll love him as much as we do! Max is currently in his final year of a Film & TV course at University of the Arts London following an apprenticeship in digital marketing.

He works as a freelancer creating visuals for musicians, artists

and performers for their online brand. He has also worked on large productions (e.g. Netflix projects, music videos, short form drama) 

 

He’s weirdly fascinated by maps and geography, and as a documentarian this is something he’s been incorporating into his work. He’s a bit of bookworm, obsessed with travel and as much as he loves living in London, wildlife and nature is always on the mind.

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Questions, questions, questions...?

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What is your style on the day?

 

We are very discreet and let the day unfold with as little interruption from us as possible. This is the same whether our couples book us for just videography or for photography too. We are unobtrusive and really love a documentary style; this is where the magic is! We do like to take our couple away for portraits at 1-2 points in the day and these are directed. We have a whole host of tricks up our sleeves to get those magic shots. Many of our clients really enjoy this part of the day because this is often a chance for a few moments of down-time. and we love these shots too. These shots are often where we create the high drama and epic romance. However, we will always work with you and your schedule and fit around that. If a couple want some traditional posed and formal shots, we recommend no more than 10-12 because nobody wants to spend all day in a line-up when you could be off having fun with your nearest and dearest!

What is your most popular package?

 

Our most popular package is definitely the full sha-bang. We most frequently get booked for photography and videography and we really love this! We definitely make our best products when we work together in this way. You can have as many consultations as you like in the lead up to your day so we have built up quite the relationship by the time the big event comes around. Makes sense right? We know each other well, we take time to get to know you before the day and that is the success formula. Familiar and comfortable with each other. WINNING!

 

What if I can't decide on a package right now?

That is no problem at all! We often leave our clients to mull over their decision and take as long as they want! Our clients often like to upgrade following their event (for example, the usually shy and retiring one blows everyone away with beautiful words about their new partner for life - and then our clients suddenly realise they would really treasure than on film). So in short, get your date secure by filling out our very quick booking form, dropping over a £250 reservation fee and we can handle the final details at a later date :)