We are Griffin and Samantha Cologne, a husband and wife wedding videography team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The idea that would become Stars and Shadows was sparked in the fall of 2016, in the months leading to our own wedding.
We'd been shooting short films, music videos, and portraits for several years, but it wasn't until our wedding day when we realized how important video really is to our daily lives. We were working double-time to save for our big day, and put all of our effort (and budget!) into planning the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. When the time came to look into photography and videography we opted to hire the best photographer we could afford and rely on our friends and family to fill in the gap on the video side. “We have plenty of artistic friends”, we thought, “they’ll cover it”!
BIG MISTAKE! We soon learned that enthusiastic friends and family recording on their phones (in between dances, drinks, and joyful celebration) is no match for dedicated storytellers working to capture the most important moments of your day. We love all the vertical video and shaky-cam footage we got from our guests, but there are so many incredible, emotional moments that fly by in an instant on your wedding day, it’s so easy to miss them!
After this experience we decided to share our newfound knowledge and apply our passion for storytelling to wedding filmmaking. A few months later we filmed a wedding for some friends, and we've been filming ever since.
When we aren’t obsessively working to improve ourselves as storytellers and creators, we love to watch movies, travel, read, play video games, and spend time with our extremely spoiled dogs.