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Hidden Gems: Meet Patrick Janka of Luxe Filmography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Janka.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The journey that led me to be a wedding videographer was a unique one. I’ve been involved with artistic endeavors from a very young age. During my formative and adolescent years I learned to play a variety of musical instruments. While studying at The University of Florida, I crafted a stand-up comedy routine and performed at local venues. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Information Technology, I toured the country performing comedy for a few years. This led to me acting on stage, television, and in numerous commercials and print ads. After leaving the comedy world behind, I rekindled my love for music and started touring as a musician with a variety of bands and teaching lessons. Through all this I had a Sony camcorder that I used to film my comedy and music shows, as well as holidays with the family and comedic sketches with friends. When YouTube was exploding in popularity in 2010, I decided to take videography more seriously. My initial plan was to have a comedic music lesson series. I bought a bunch of professional video equipment and got to work learning how to use it. I immediately started taking on professional videography jobs. Just a few months into this path my sister was scheduled to get married.

Despite having no experience filming weddings, I convinced her to let me film her wedding free of charge. She agreed and I got a friend to operate my second camera. Needless to say, I was in way over my head, and the results were less than stellar. However, it was this experience that made me realize filming weddings was fun and rewarding. I decided to focus on wedding videography, and learn everything I could to hone that discipline. I bought training courses, joined forums, and filmed for local wedding companies. This on the job training was where I learned to be efficient with my gear and my techniques, as weddings move very quickly. I also got experience working with other wedding vendors. I really love everything about filming weddings and I love that the final product means so much to the couples. Eventually, I took the plunge and started my own brand, Luxe Filmography.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Like any other business, I’ve definitely faced obstacles. The most obvious one has been Covid-19. I got my business going in the middle of 2019, and just as I was picking up momentum, the global lockdown happened. Fortunately this gave me time to work on the back end of my business. I put in serious work on the SEO for my website and got it ranking at the top of page 1 for multiple keywords. I also filmed some styled shoots, networked with vendors, and bought a few courses to elevate my business.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Luxe Filmography?
I’m the owner and lead filmmaker behind my brand. I’m based in Orlando, but am available to travel worldwide. I love destination weddings! My films are inspired by classic and modern dramatic cinema. I don’t take a cookie cutter approach to my films, but one thing that’s consistent is I put special emphasis on composition, lighting, and motivated movement. I often have inquiries from couples who tell me my work looks like it could be in theaters! One thing that really sets my brand apart is that it is socially and ecologically conscious. Some of my values include being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, advocating for animal rights, and leaving a small environmental footprint. I’ve been a vegan for 2 decades, and it’s a lifestyle that drives my ethics and business practices. The thing I’m most proud of is that I form relationships with all my couples and am right beside them from before booking until after delivery. I keep an open line of communication to let them feel at ease with the wedding planning process. A couple offerings I’d like to draw attention to are my same day edit and love story. The same day edit is a film that is edited as the wedding is happening and is played at the reception dinner. I film the couples’ reaction to it and create a picture-in-picture video of them watching the same day edit. The love story is a romantic pre-wedding video where I interview the couple and get shots of them at places that are meaningful to them. This can also be played during the reception dinner.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I have a couple of excellent 2nd shooters and a rockstar assistant, but they might not always be available, so I’m always interested in meeting new videographers who have a passion for the type of cinematic work I create. I also love meeting new wedding vendors and welcome invitations to styled shoots because it allows me to network and try out new ideas. The biggest thing I can ask is that people subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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