Channah and Russ are one of the most thoughtful & creative couples we have worked with. I loved that they had a fun story to tell and their closest friends told it. Their genuine love towards one another throughout the wedding day was incredible & was shared equally among their friends and family. The wedding & reception took place at the gorgeous Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Having shot there previously, I was thrilled to hear that Channah & Russ had chosen to have their ceremony at sunset. The view is simply stunning and the light is beyond incredible. After the heartfelt ceremony, guests headed inside for the reception. I loved that there were so many personal touches throughout the reception area, which included some incredible artwork created by Channah’s aunt and the cake that was decorated by Channah’s mother. Simply Chic Events & Beehive Events simply did a phenomenal job with the space. DJ D-Mac got the party started and it was awesome. I am not sure if the traditional hora dance will ever get old as it is so much fun to experience. We had such a great time getting to know Channah & Russ and I hope you enjoy their film below!
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with Vada Kelley & the great team at Estland Design, on a fundraising campaign for one of our local fire departments in Bridgewater, Virginia. Vada & I have worked on various commercial projects together and its always so much fun. We created a five minute film to introduce the local community to Bridgwater Fire Department’s new fire station & to also provide promotional images for their newly designed website & fundraising campaign. The production lasted two days and we had both Vada Kelley & Barbara Finnegan on set as script supervisors and to help guide the interviews. It was so neat to work on a project for such a great cause and to meet some of the great men & women that serve our community. They also gave me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream of riding in a firetruck (on a live call..yes folks..a hot firetruck) and for that I am forever grateful. Enjoy the film below!
With all the projects I am currently working on, I haven’t much time for personal projects, so I always try to shoot a few film images on commercial shoots. The image at the beginning of the post was shot with with my lovely Leica M6 & Tri-X. To me, this image just feels timeless with their uniforms and strong stance. The film was shot on the Canon C300, which we recently acquired after our shoot with Pandora Jewelry. With the documentary style we were going for in this film & the range of lighting situations, it made the most sense.
I am thrilled to finally share Laura & Charles’s beautiful wedding we shot outside of Richmond, Virginia. They chose one of my favorite venues, The Mill at Fine Creek, to prepare for the today, and it also served as their reception space. The area is filled with ruins of an old mill, cottages, and amazing rock formations surrounding the venue, so there was no shortage of amazing locations. Before the ceremony, Laura & Charles wrote each other letters which they read aloud to their closest friends. It was amazing to hear of the love they had for each other and how ready they were for this day. While we were limited to the back of the church for most of the ceremony, it was unique in that we were able to capture Laura’s expression when she first saw Charles. After the ceremony, guests headed back to The Mill at Fine Creek for the reception, and Eric from Choice Entertainment took the party late into the night. I hope you enjoy a small look at Laura & Charles’s wedding day below!
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Four years ago, I sat in my high school journalism class dreaming of what the future would bring and today it certainly is bright. I could not be more thankful for all of the incredible friends, co-workers, co-collaborators, clients, and most definitely you – the incredible art, design, and popular culture community that exists here and continues to inspire & push me closer to my dreams. It feels like yesterday I was just writing a reflection of 2011 and how it drove me to emphasis story throughout my work. This year out of all has been a roller coaster of experiences. From the twenty-eight incredible couples that we have had the privilege to work with to opportunities to tell stories for commercial clients like Pandora Jewelry, I am forever grateful that they could be apart of my story. I felt 2012 was the pinnacle of everything I have learned thus far, and I was able to discover myself not only as an artist, but also as a person. Today I want to look forward and share with you my goals for 2013 and beyond.
1) Life is a fine balance.
The most important aspect I learned throughout this year is that I needed to find a balance in my work. As someone that does directing, shooting, editing, and then running a business, it is hard to step away and relax. In 2013, I plan to change that by cutting my number of wedding commissions in half, and giving myself some time to take on more commercial and personal projects. My dream when starting this was eventually to become a director of photography for movies and commercials. In fact, that is exactly what I did on smaller scale before I shot weddings. I worked with many small businesses to share their stories on a personal level instead of developing mindless sale ads that rarely connect with their potential customers. It was great, but once I learned that the same could be done with weddings where a story is key, I jumped in. Since then, I have shot well over a hundred weddings, but what consistently brings me back is the incredible stories we have a chance to tell. By cutting our commissions in half, I cannot only focus more on a select few couples, but also have room to pursue my dream of collaborating with other talented filmmakers on a movie or documentary. I get so excited when I can share personal projects too, so 2013 will be a great year to refocus and expand.
Throughout the last four years, I feel like I have gained quite an education in running a business and managing clients. I have also had some incredible mentors along the way that have pushed and encouraged me to continue pursuing my dreams. I would love to give some of that knowledge back to those who are you just starting out and those who are interesting in learning this unique business. So far I have learned that it is mostly all in whom you know and that there is absolutely no defined path. I have a started a Tumblr, where you can ask questions, as well as see the stories of my personal images. I hope to make this a great resource for those looking to get into wedding cinematography especially. At some point, I also want to do a small workshop & mentor sessions for those who want to learn more about digital cinema and especially the workflow with the HD-DSLRS (contact me here if your interested).
3) Traveling & networking
My trip to Paris & London this year was an incredible and inspiring experience. As Tim says in his book “The 4-Hour Workweek”, I to take more “mini-retirements” to recharge and channel my creativity. Its no secret that I am most inspired when I am able to travel and I really want to see more of the world and this country next year. Los Angeles would be a start! I also want to meet up with some of my mentors from when I first started and network with more filmmakers throughout the country. I am not a one-man army and I would love to be able to collaborate more with some of my talented friends nearby and across the world.
4) Branding. Its time for a new website & blog.
Its time to be honest. I have been so incredibly busy with work this past year that I have not had time to keep this place looking fresh. I hope to start with eliminating the traditional website and creating more of a blog site where everything is easier to find. While I cannot promise I will post everyday, I do want to post every week – two weeks with new films, stories, and educational resources. I am going to start with posting our new studio soon, which has been a year in the making (mostly because I have been so busy).
I am humbled that everyday I can wake up and continue to create films. Thank you for all of your support these last four years and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2013 and beyond.
I am thrilled to finally share Stephanie + Aaron’s incredible wedding we shot a few months ago at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Nestled in the mountains, the Greenbrier is an incredible venue that provided the perfect backdrop for Stephanie & Aaron’s wedding. I loved all the little details Stephanie picked for the prep, ceremony, and reception, but my favorite part was their heartfelt vows and the sense of tradition throughout the day. It was fantastic to work alongside David Abel and such a great team of wedding vendors. After the beautiful ceremony, guests moved to the reception in the main ballroom where the band, Attraction, kicked off the evening. The entire day was so relaxed, and everything really came together perfectly. I really hope you enjoy Stephanie & Aaron’s film below!