What Would They Know? Leo Cao and Roy Wang of Tin Drum Photography & Cinematography

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Keeping your memories of your wedding day alive through the magic of the moving image is so different to your wedding day moments captured in a photograph. Each gives you something different, personal and emotional, and Tin Drum Photography and Cinematography can assist you with both mediums. From fleeting moments captured in still images, to the beauty of emotional vows being said, or the father/daughter dance captured on film, Leo and Roy are there to tell your wedding story. Let’s join them for a chat!

I like the name of your business! Does it have special significance?

The name came from the book that really moved us. “The Tin Drum” by Günter Grass. It is one of the enduring literary works of the twentieth century. If you haven’t read it yet, Read it Now!

How did you get into photography and cinematography? What are your professional backgrounds?

Roy: I started photographing weddings in 2011. I had 8 years of professional photography experience and 1-year photojournalism experience prior to entering into the wedding business.

Leo: I really love movies. I am mostly self taught, however studying cinematography and other elements of motion picture certainly lend a great deal of understanding.

 Why did you choose wedding photography and cinematography as a profession?

Because we love seeing new places, meeting new people, experiencing life and other cultures. Being able to attend and witness the happiest moment of peoples lives, and having them a part of our lives.

What do you love about photographing weddings?

There is something very pure about it, to capture their love story and make something extraordinary for each couple.

How do your individual photography/cinematography styles complement each other?

It was great to have a pair of fresh eyes around and someone to bounce ideas off.

Is your strength as a team that you are able to offer both photography and cinematography to the bridal couple?

We have everything you need under one roof – which gives us the freedom to be able to create a truly timeless love story using still and moving images.

Are you able to offer this (photography & cinematography) as a package?

Yes, being experts in both photography and videography, we offer a number of fantastic dual packages to suit all taste and budgets.

What are the aspects of filming and photographing that you enjoy the most?

Capturing the soul of the bride and groom. Capturing the moments honestly and truthfully yet in an artistic way.

How would you describe your film style?

Honest, emotive, and always unique.


What intrigues you about the differences in the two mediums of film and still images?

Photos capture really precious memories and amazing moments at one point in time. But they can’t tell the same stories that films can.

 What is the most enjoyable aspect of editing the film from all the many scenes you’ve filmed?

Watching those little things that happened during the day, those unplanned moments again.

How would you describe your photography style?

Natural, organic, intimate.

Nature and the surroundings seem important in your photography. What are you trying to say, by making these shots important?

We create images based on the emotion, love, and mood we experience on the day. We are inspired by the beauty found in nature, that’s why we love using the natural elements in our photography. Telling stories of the couple and their relationship to the landscape and environment.

The service you offer is important to you. What does this mean for the bridal couple?

We provide our customers with an unparalleled service experience. From tailoring the perfect wedding package to suit their needs, to creating the handcrafted albums and custom videos. We will personally assist our customers with every step. We will make sure that their vision and requests are perfectly matched to the very best Tin Drum’s services.

You only do a limited number of weddings a year. How far ahead should couples book your services?

Most people book a venue first and then other suppliers. We have been booked as far in advance as two years. If you know you’ve found the photographer/videographer you want, don’t wait! Book as far ahead as you can!

How long does it take you to prepare a film or photographs for the bride and groom to take home?

Photo editing will generally be completed approximately 10 weeks after your wedding. Most wedding films are complete in 12 weeks.

Is handing over your finished work one of the best parts of the job?

Yes. Customer’s satisfaction is the best award given to us as wedding photographer and videographer! There is nothing better than knowing our customers love the photos and videos we worked so hard to capture during their wedding day.

 How do celebrate the end of the working week?

Roy: Go see live music or visit art galleries.

Leo: Night out with friends.

Your favourite things about living in Melbourne?

Roy: The coffee, the markets and the street art.

Leo: The unpredictable weather! LOL

Thank you Roy and Leo for sharing your story. Nothing can beat looking at your wedding day images – and a film of your day adds an extra dimension to the recording your special day. To find out more about Tin Drum Photography & Cinematography visit the website.

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