HUSBAND . FATHER . BELIEVER

“I love my job because it’s so rewarding to capture a magical moment for my clients. With video I can document the day as it unfolds organically.”

Welcome. I’m so happy you’re here and interested in learning more about me. I can’t wait to learn more about you.

I began my story with a black and white photography class in high school. My first job in high school was as a photographer at a portrait studio and I worked my way up through the early half of my career. Once I attained the manager goal, though, I realized that in working a paperwork and sales-heavy position, there was no joy left for me. Eight years ago I worked as a wedding cinematographer for the first time, and filmed three of my friends’ weddings. The second year, I had expanded to sixteen weddings and then to thirty-two my third year. I was drawn to weddings – I was enamored with the story of the day and the beauty of the moments.

Some of the core values of my business are...

Honesty - Hard Work - Gratitude - Philanthropy

These core values are important not only to me, but to each team member I hand select for my wedding team. You can expect we hold true to these principles during our time together.

My wife Janessa and I met seven years ago at a memorial service of sixteen thousand people. In this crowd of thousands, we ended up next to each other in line. I was captivated by her from the moment we met. I am so blessed that fate brought her into my life, and three years ago it brought our son, Maceo, into our life. Thanks to the independence of having my own business, I’m able to spend each weekday with Maceo, learning our ABCs, bike riding, and going to the beach.  I love that my profession allows me so much time with my family. 

Much hard work and commitment has gone into carving out my place in the wedding industry, and I am thankful for the opportunity to not only bring that hard work and expertise to your special day but to use my platform to educate other wedding industry professionals. 

Education in the wedding industry is one of my greatest joys. I’ve been leading the Pasadena Tuesday’s Together for five years, organizing monthly meetings and bringing education and networking to each and every event. Our meetings average thirty guests and are a great source of pride for me. I am also honored to have had the opportunity to teach for two years at Showit United, a photography conference in Arizona. 

What this means to you is that with my eight years of experience documenting beautiful weddings you can trust me to never miss an important detail and to provide you a wedding experience with a cinematography team that is polite and professional.

I am based in Pasadena, CA but love to travel. In my career I’ve had the pleasure of working destination weddings in locations such as Hawaii, Mexico, Northern California and Costa Rica. Filming in destinations that are special to my couples make the films I create even more special.

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When you book Miguel Garcia Studios, I want you to feel proud. Booking and investing in your most precious memories is no small decision. So get excited for a fun and memorable experience. My goal is to provide a top-notch experience for you and your loved ones on your momentous day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Miguel Garcia Studios special? Why should I invest in your services?

I believe in capturing precious moments in a unique and personal style for each and every couple I serve. When you book me, you’re investing in someone that truly loves what they do. I create beautiful imagery that speaks for itself. I strive for an authentic and video that shares your story.

How much will I be investing in your services?

Most couples invest in a 8hr day. This package includes a Highlight edit, Full Ceremony, and Toasts.

Do you film destination events?

I am based in Pasadena, CA but have a love of travel. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, Northern California, and Palm Springs. Filming in destinations that are special to our couples make the films I create even more unique.

Do you film elopements?

I love capturing the intimacy of an elopement! Since these smaller and personal ceremonies are very different from a traditional wedding day, we offer a special package just for elopements. Email me the details and I’ll be happy to speak with you further.

We’re ready to book you! What do we do next?

If you haven’t already, please fill out the contact form. Then if I am available for your desired date, we’ll meet-up and discuss your relationship and wedding through Skype or in person. I’ll send you your contract and invoice so you can take care of it all from the comfort of your home.

We’d love to meet you! How can we make this possible?

One of my favorite parts about being a business owner and owning my studio is the freedom to meet new people and hear where their love story begins. I’d love to jump on Skype to hear all about how your relationship began and who won over who. I am available to meet in person during the "off-season" which is December-May.

What do we need to provide you before our event?

We will simply need a detailed timeline one week prior to the big day. I understand the importance and strive in making the process as stress free as possible.

Do I need to provide any equipment for your team before the wedding?

I bring all equipment needed in capturing your day.

When do you arrive and depart from my event?

We aim to arrive as early as we can but we’ll take your timeline and prep time into account to make sure we capture everything we need for your perfect film before departing. Typically we start 2-3 hours before the ceremony and end 15-30min after open dancing begins.

Will you be directing and instructing us throughout the day while filming?

We want you to look back at these memories and feel you’re present and authentic. Our style is to capture your day organically. We may occasionally ask you to move to a different area of a room with better light but we make sure to film your day in the most genuine possible.

Your films have a lot of dialogue while other videographers don’t use as much spoken word, will we need to prepare what we say?

We’re glad you noticed this difference in our films. We believe that your words share your story, as much as your visuals, so we add dialogue to your film. Including heartfelt speeches, letters that you write to each other and read out loud, your vows during the ceremony, and other sound heard throughout the day is key to telling not only the story of your relationship but bring you back to your special day years later.

How long does it take to receive our completed film?

There are multiple factors that contribute to the time it takes to edit your custom film, because we strive to provide each couple with a one-of-a-kind film that reflects who they are. It will be outlined in your contract but the average time to receive your film is 6-12 weeks depending on the time of year.

Do you charge overtime if filming takes longer than 8 hours?

When requested at your event, each additional hour is $450 and payment is needed upon request. If you request overtime hours before your event, you will only be charged $300 for each additional hour.

Will you be working alongside my hired photographer?

Some of my best friends in the industry are wedding photographers. When we all can work together seamlessly to capture your day, everyone wins.

Can we choose the music used in our film?

We use a few high-quality resources and can provide you with those if you absolutely want to choose some options for your film. However, we find that trusting in our studio to pick the best music for the tone and style of your movie works best, both for the timeline and for your peace-of-mind. You can be comfortable in knowing we will choose something you absolutely love.

Do you offer longer edits of my film?

Yes we do! We’ll outline the options available to you when building your perfect package, including 15 minute features, 45-60 minute documentary-style edits, and raw footage. If this is something you’re interested in, simply let me know and I’ll share all a la carte and add on pricing with you.

How will I receive my finished film?

To ensure you get the best product from us, we deliver your finished wedding day video on a flash drive. Not only does this method retain the quality of your finished product, you also can easily view your new memories on your computer, television, and favorite tablet.