Pictures That Move is a unique photography technique that combines still images with short video clips of the same scene, transitioning from black and white to color. This unusual style offers the viewer the experience of witnessing the moment as it breathes. A still image comes to life as a person moves, a moment changes and a scene rearranges.
I was blessed to grow up with a mother who was always taking photos and home movies (this was before the days of videos or iPhones). There was something magical about watching those 8mm home movies when she would get the film back. The projector screen would come down, the old movie projector would start up, catch the film, the lights would be turned off, and time that had paused briefly for my mother's camera would come alive once again in the moving pictures, no matter how long ago it was captured. This is the feeling that I try to recreate with my Pictures That Move videos.
The intention of using this combination of imagery is to move the viewer more deeply into the experience of a moment. Pictures That Move doesn't just move the image, it is intended to move the heart as well.
Here are some examples of this technique, offered exclusively by Kukucka Photography. Serving the surrounding Los Angeles, CA area.
A Pictures That Move presentation of wedding excerpts, to give you an idea of how I use this technique to bring the most "moving" moments to life at an event. It gives you a sense that you know and care about the people in the video.
Samantha and James, 2018
An update on the brother-sister duo, Samantha and James - one year old. A gaxzzillione more years cuter.
A short Pictures That Move presentation of Pittsburgh, where no one is a stranger.
Portraits of Matthew
A Pictures That Move video of Matthew by Pittsburgh family photographer Beth Kukucka. This is a perfect example of how this technique can breathe life into this quickly changing time in your child's life, and in the life of your young, beautiful family.
Jen and Thomas / Wedding at Duquesne Club
A Pictures That Move presentation of Jen and Thomas's beautiful wedding day at the Duquesne Club by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
Ariel and Scott / Cape Cod Wedding / Daniel Webster Inn
A Pictures That Move presentation of Ariel and Scott's beautiful wedding on Cape Cod by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
Lena and Rob / Fox Chapel Golf Club
A Pictures That Move presentation of Lena and Rob's wedding at the Fox Chapel Golf Club by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
Nicole and Howard / Heinz Chapel / Twentieth Century Club
A Pictures That Move presentation of Nicholle and Harold's beautiful Heinz Chapel / Twentieth Century Club wedding by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
George and Tim / Olde Stonewall Inn
A Pictures That Move presentation of George and Tim's LGBTQ wedding at the Olde Stonewall Inn by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
Samantha and James
An example of how Pictures That Move can be the perfect way to preserve this quickly changing time in a child or young family's life. This is one of my favorite ways to use this technique. There is something about creating a PTM video of a children's portrait session that brings it to a more personal level.
A Pictures That Move presentation of Julian's
surprise wedding proposal to Serena.
Serena and Julian / Wyndham Grand Hotel
A Pictures That Move presentation of Serena and Julian's wedding at the Pittsburgh Wynham Grand Hotel by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
Portraits of Kaitlyn
A Pictures That Move presentation of Kaitlyn by Pittsburgh children's photographer Beth Kukucka.
Amy and Josh / Lakeview Lodge
A Pictures That Move video of Amy and Josh's fall wedding by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Kukucka Photography.
Annie and Her Brother Will
A Pictures That Move presentation of a family and children's session by Pittsburgh photographer Beth Kukucka. This is a perfect example of how including a PTM video can bring a family portrait session to life.
Megan and Mike / Penn Brewery / Pittsburgh
A Pictures That Move presentation of Megan and Mike's beautiful October wedding at Penn Brewery, by Pittsburgh wedding photographer Beth Kukucka.
A sample of how Pictures That Move can be used for model and actor portfolios as a unique marketing tool. Your PTM video can be used as a signature link in an email, which offers a convenient way for an agent or production company to view "you". My portfolio PTM videos usually run a minute or less.
A Pictures That Move headshot session with model Ryan Mousessian by Los Angeles and Pittsburgh headshot photographer Kukucka Photography.
A Pictures That Move video from a children's headshot session by Pittsburgh and Los Angeles headshot photographer Beth Kukucka.