My full name is Maksim Viktorovich Gudakov. Born in Ukraine in 1992 and grew up in Seattle, WA from 1995-2007. Now living in South Carolina, father to my beautiful 3 year old daughter, Ellie.
First and foremost I am a follower of Jesus Christ. For most of my life I’ve searched for the purpose for my life and I believe that I have found it in bringing glory to Him in everything that I put my hands to. I give credit to God for everything good that has ever happened in my life because it’s clear to me that without Him I would be pursuing worthless things. And that’s where wedding films come in. 🙂 It brings me great joy to not only witness couples joining together as the ultimate reflection of the Christ and Church relationship, but to be able to recreate that in a cinematic film that is timeless.
And now here is a little history…
Telling stories through motion pictures has been my passion since I was really young. Dad always kept a camera around and we (the kids) were always fascinated by it. I learned the importance of documenting memories and how valuable those become as time goes on. Whether it’s a short film, a wedding highlight, or a music video, it always excites me to tell a unique story through film.
My brother and I shot our first “movie” in the early 2000’s at ages 12-13 with a bulky camera that took VHS tapes. What we wouldn’t do to see that footage now (gone). Currently, he is off pursuing a filmmaking career in Hollywood, while I decided to start a family and continue capturing weddings!
It has been 7 years since I filmed my first wedding and I love it more and more as time goes on!
There’s nothing else that I would rather be doing.
Thanks for reading about me. Now I want to know about YOU!