Wife + Husband Team

Elephant Memories comes from our huge love for Elephants.  We admire their beautiful family structure so much and for us it’s fascinating the idea that Elephants never forget. What are we without our memories? We get to work with one of the most important memories for people, memories that they don't want to forget.

Hi, I’m Clarissa and I'm not an elephant! I have an accent, and I’m a crazy plant lady ;) I'm the creative director of Elephant Memories, I work directly with our couples to customize their videos, I'm one of the videographers and I do the edits of all the films. I get to work with one of the most important memories for people, memories they don't want to ever forget. I see my films as a collection of memories, like that box full of photos, letters and objects that‘s one of our greatest treasures. I work with them to be like that old song or perfume that when we have it around again, it brings you all the feelings of that moment with chills.

 So yes, I'm a romantic and I love the little details, but I also have a sense of humor, so I like to add bits of fun to my videos! It all depends on my couples, I love how different each of them are. I love to discover their uniqueness and make a film that can mirror who they really are and tell their story... I think the only way you can understand my work is by watching 3 videos of different couples and you will see what I'm talking about ;) I don't do templates (I get too bored doing the same thing all the time). I like the creative work and having fun not just on the wedding day but also during the following weeks that I edit. I love to study and get better and better. In college, I studied film Direction, Script, Direction of Photography and Science and Techniques of Color. I haven’t forgotten my path as an Indie Film Director and hopefully, in a few years, I can get my latest script done. And guess what it’s all about? Family and Memories ;)

I’m Karl and like Clarissa I’m not an elephant either. I’ve been told I have zero accent, and I’m a songwriter, musician, surfer, and lover of the outdoors in general. While Clarissa brings the film pedigree to the team, I come with my experience in engineering, audio and all things technical. My love for video came from my early days of making music videos for my old band, and I’m always trying to push myself as a videographer, drone pilot and sound tech.

In the coming years my goal is to push our audio quality even further with more creative ideas to add even more depth to Clarissa’s storytelling. I have so much fun working with our couples on such a day of celebration and joy, and even more when I get to work with Clarissa!

Talking about the customization of my videos, why is it important to have the music you love in your wedding film? Music is what feeling sounds like, asking my couples about their favorite songs is the first clue. I don't know them yet but I start to get an idea about how the style of the video will be. I also send a questionnaire to get to know about all those little details that are so important to them. I send my couples 5 of my videos with different styles, and with their feedback I get to know what they love most and what they don't like as much, to start personalizing their video. But the most important thing is what happens on the wedding day, I'm capturing everything with my camera but also I'm trying to understand all those connections between them, all those little details that are meaningful for them, all those connections to their loved ones, to understand not just their love story but also their stories with each person that they decided to be with them on the most special day in their life. Later on, I take all the emotional pieces of the puzzle of their life story and put it all together into a full picture.

When I started to make wedding videos I asked myself, if I were a client how will I want my video to be? I'm a little picky and particular in my tastes, and I saw a lot of wedding videos before making my first video. The majority were gorgeous but most of them didn't have the soul I was looking for. The first problem for me was that none of them had the kind of music that I like. When my customization process started, I asked my first couple 'what music do you want?' and they said "This Must Be the Place" - what a great song! Even when my techniques weren't great yet at that time, the video had a soul, their style and their feelings. They got chills and cried a lot, and I'm sure if I made the same edits and added some generic wedding song, their chills would've been at least 50% less ...music is so important, it has the ability to connect us with our deepest feelings. Do you have a song where you get chills and even get so emotional that you can cry? Well, when you take that music and add footage from your love story, what's going to happen?

If I can't find the exact song you want because the license isn't available, I can send you some similar options until you find the perfect one for your video.