Willow Tree Films is a creative cinematography team based in the Philadelphia area serving Philadelphia, NJ, NYC, and destinations worldwide. We take a creative approach to capturing the special moments in your life. Our films are hand-crafted using unique shots and imagery, attention to detail, and most importantly your story and vision. We are story tellers who strive to capture and create something that you will want to watch and relive for the rest of your lives.
We love that every event or project we film is different. It could be a wedding venue, a styled photo shoot, a promotional video, or even a child’s first birthday party. All of these situations allow us to and in some cases force us to be creative, as each environment we film in is constantly changing. We’re not afraid to walk in the mud, a busy street, or even into the freezing cold with twelve inches of snow on the ground. If we see a chance to get creative, we’ll take it.
We take our work very seriously. (It is our livelihood!) So we do our best to communicate with you in a timely fashion, show up before our scheduled time, and to deliver the best possible product that we can to you. When all is said and done, we want to not only be known just as your cinematographers, but as your friends.
Our approach is simple. We have been on both sides of the camera so we know that it can be uncomfortable at times. Therefore, we take a more candid approach when filming. We don’t want to lead you or follow you. Instead, we want to be beside you, so we can understand you and capture your story to be able to tell it in a way that you will be able to watch and relive it over and over again.
After many years in the creative industry, Greg started Willow Tree Films with the focus of capturing and telling stories. His passion for music, storytelling, and his attention to detail drive his film making. Greg loves playing, writing, and recording music, traveling, spending time with his friends and family, and always enjoys having Olivia by his side! Greg believes God has a plan for this company much bigger than his and trusts that He will continue to lead with great direction in all of his films.
Olivia loves exploring, thrifting, and nine times out of ten you will always find her with her camera by her side capturing everything she can (DSLR or iPhone). When she isn’t out and about exploring, Olivia is spending time with her family and friends, but most definitely loves the time that she spends with Gregory! There is never a dull moment between the two of them, and together, “teamwork makes the dream work” (a quirky saying they have together) Olivia gives the credit for everything she does to Jesus Christ. He is the reason she is where she is at today and she is forever grateful and blessed for everything He has done in her life and continues to do in it! Psalm 13:5
I must have played out a hundred or so different scenarios in my head before it really hit me, and I knew what I wanted to do. Olivia and I have a passion for film, photography, music, and rustic things among many other things, but taking photos of each other and of ourselves is something we love to do, so I really wanted to incorporate that into the proposal. Once I knew what I wanted to include, I then played out a few more scenarios in my head (as most guys tend to do) until it hit me, “A styled photo shoot”. Olivia and I had always wanted to model for Lauren and Tim so it was the perfect idea! One morning in church I approached Lauren and Tim about the idea and I kid you not, Lauren jumped up in the air a few times! Now that I had a solid plan and my best friends on board I knew it was really going to be the perfect day!
Lauren and Tim spent a lot time styling the shoot, gathering other vendors to help make things for it, and we talked about the things we wanted to incorporate in the shoot so that it was Olivia and I, but in a way that Olivia wouldn’t pick up on what was actually happening. Once the plan and date were set, it came up on us really quickly! We had a little scare because it was the same week that they were calling for the, “Mega Storm” that never showed up. The power of prayer is a beautiful thing! Saturday rolled around and it was 68 degrees and sunny! Lauren and Tim found the perfect spot to shoot earlier that day, so we packed up the cars and set everything up for the shoot! Once everything was set up we took photos for about thirty-five minutes or so and then it was time. I had made a scrapbook for Olivia of the past year and a half of our lives for us to look at on a blanket that we had set up. Once we made it through the scrapbook, I stood her up, tried to recite the speech I had for her (the streaming tears made it impossible), and then popped the question!
It truly was an amazing day and we’ll never forget it! Another special thanks to our wonderful friends Lauren and Tim from Lauren Fair Photography for helping us make this day one that we’ll never forget! I couldn’t have done it without them and they captured every moment of it absolutely beautifully! Check out the full proposal story HERE!