A few weeks ago we got to make a Signature Portrait Film for a Philadelphia family. After she received her video, we connected with mom Elisa to talk about what the Portraits that Move filmmaking process was like and what she thought about her video - including what surprised her most.
What were your expectations for the Portraits that Move film shoot? How did the experience compare to your expectations?
I knew, based on the extraordinary qualifications of the filmmakers, that the shoot would be smooth and the final product beautiful. But I didn't realize how fun the process would be for our family.
My son loved answering the interview questions and we learned some things about him that we never knew. They allowed him to play and show them the activities he loves, so he got to lead the way in many respects, which was empowering for him.
The team was respectful, easy to work with and made the whole day a pleasant experience.
After watching the video, what struck you the most?
I was struck by just how, even in the few weeks since shooting, my son had grown and changed, which made it all the more valuable to have this document of him that goes much deeper than an impromptu phone movie.
Parenting is a state of constant change and you often wish you could stop time—Portraits that Move allows you to do that.
Did anything in the video/any reaction you had to watching the video surprise you?
It was like watching our home and family from our son's perspective which was very moving and sweet.
Has the experience of filming and watching your Portraits that Move video affected how you look at everyday moments?
Yes—I think most families would be thrilled to have a video like this, which captures the personality of your child and the aspects that make your family unique.
What is your favorite part of your Portraits that Move film?
All of it!