Currently, Kyle is studying documentary filmmaking at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he is in production on the thesis film: All Parts Human.
Under Little Dog Video & Photo, we can offer so much more than crafting cinematic wedding films. We work on everything from clean, corporate projects to stylized music videos, and everything in between.
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My journey into wedding filmmaking started in 2016 when I first conceptualized Little Dog Video & Photo. I’d been working at a local production house specializing in corporate-style marketing videos for four years, right out of college, when I was laid off due to company restructuring. Without any form of a fallback plan, I started working at Starbucks and made plans to start doing freelance work under my own banner.
Thus, with a single camera, two lenses, a tripod and audio recorder, I started what was originally Little Dog Video and Podcast Productions [what a mouth-full]. Later in the year, I rebranded as Little Dog Video & Photo and booked my first wedding client! It was two former high school classmates of mine who saw the Facebook page I had started for LD and reached out wanting to support my fledgling enterprise.
It was a ceremony I’ll never forget, because it was anything but traditional. The venue was the backyard of a mutual high school teacher that was integral to their lives, Mr. C. In additional to giving the couple his backyard to use, Mr. C and his brother sang a traditional Native American ceremonial song to walk the bride down the aisle. The only guests in attendance were their closest family and friends, maybe 20 people max, including me. It was a beautiful experience and I was honored to be a part of a close knit ceremony.
From that point on, wedding filmmaking has been a very hallowed and sacred project that I hold close to my heart. Since that first wedding film in 2016, I’ve gone on to do six more wedding films, with more on the books after a rescheduled and shuffled 2021!
A: Kyle Kettler, Owner + Cinematographer/Editor
A: I love the intimacy and privacy it offers. I like to get to know my couples and offer more of a one on one creative experience.
Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?
A: I am an avid comic book reader, so much so that I’ve started writing my own. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to work with an artist to have something self-published… as soon as I find the time.
A: The first wedding I ever filmed was a quaint, intimate ceremony in the backyard of the couple’s close friend. It was far from the traditional wedding, bridging the wedding traditions of Native American, Scottish and Catholic cultures.
Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?
A: I would love to create a wedding film that is closer to a short story narrative than documentary style. The approach would be to shoot the wedding as planned, but then recreate key moments in the couples lives in a cinematic styling.