weddings 2017

My first paid video gig was a wedding back in 2008. I had no idea what I was doing, but I gave it my best. Sure enough, I'd eventually get another wedding based on the first one I did and then another and then another. Nearly 10 years later, and I've done a huge variety of video production work- but one thing that's been consistent over that time is weddings. People keep getting married, as they should. There's nothing better in this life than falling so deeply in love with someone that you want to commit the rest of your life to being with that person.

So there's never a shortage of weddings. With my full-time job and other video work that I do, I'm really only able to do a handful of weddings per year. That being said- with each wedding video I do I am extremely passionate about making it excellent. I want to create a video that makes you feel the feels, but more importantly I want the video to be something that the couple will still love watching years down the road. Maybe it could be something they break out every anniversary, or maybe they pull it out when times are tough and remind themselves why they love each other. 

I am so thankful for the 4 couples who invited me along to document the best day of their life this year. All of them are truly great people I admire. With each wedding video I try to find ways to show that- to capture what's unique about that particular couple, and to paint a picture of who they are and why they're so right for each other.

I plan to keep doing a handful of weddings every year as long as people are still interested in hiring me and my schedule allows. At this point I'm restricted to 3 or 4 per year, and that's okay. If I can give a few couples every year a great experience and a video they'll still be watching 50 years from now- that's enough for me. From a technical standpoint, I think weddings make me better at video. They happen in a unique and uncontrolled environments on tight timelines with no chance for a re-shoot. I embrace those challenges- and I honestly enjoy pushing myself within that framework to create cinematic excellence. This year I was very pleased with what I was able to create, and I wanted to share them all here. So if you've got some time to spare and you want to feel the feels- check out the wedding videos below from the summer of 2017!

For Matt & Arielle's wedding I was hired to do photo and video- so I hired some great help and we got it done! You can check out Matt & Arielle's photos on the photo page.

Demo Reel- 2016 Edition

"If you're not busy being born, you're busy dying." -Bob Dylan.

One of the most challenging aspects of creating videos for a living is taking some time to look back and reflect. As soon as I'm finished with one project, it seems like there's another one on deck that demands my full attention almost immediately.

The last time I created a demo reel was in 2014, and the main purpose then was to acquire more freelance work because I was relying on that to support my family. This time is a little bit different. This time it was more about taking time to look back and reflect. When I collected all the videos I filmed and edited over the past few years and dropped them into a timeline- I had over 6 hours worth of finished videos! I'd easily estimate that it took hundreds of hours of raw footage to make all these videos. The point being- I've been busy over the last few years!

It was really great to take the time to look back. There was some stuff that I thought was great when I filmed it that I didn't think was so great now, but there was also stuff that turned out really well that I had forgotten about. I saw a lot of patterns and style choices I've developed over time. It also challenged and encouraged me to continue to push myself to grow and improve.

So with no further ado, I present the 2016 edition of my demo reel, enjoy!

Lincoln Berean School of the Arts

Lincoln Berean is starting a new ministry called School of the Arts, and I got asked to do a class about video production! I'm super excited for the opportunity. If you'd like to pay $120 to hang out with me for an hour a week for 6 weeks (killer deal bt-dubs), you can sign up online.

The sessions will take place at the youth complex at Lincoln Berean Church. The class is for ages 15 & up.  Over the course of the class we'll work together to make a video from start to finish. Hopefully when we're done you'll know something you didn't know before. And if not, don't worry, I'm bringing Krispy Kreme donuts for the last week so it will still be worth it.

There's a bunch of other classes as well. Click here to visit the School of the Arts website to find out more and sign up. 

Below is a quick promo video I put together. Check it out!

Holiday Brotoshoot

It's a photoshoot with bros. A brotoshoot. We are a group of guys that grew up together and are blessed to still be friends even as we try our best to be adults sometimes. Some may look through these photos and have so many questions. But if you're asking questions you're thinking too hard. Why are my friends and I the way that we are? There is no answer, or at least no simple answer. 

A few Sundays ago, we all met up and headed over to goodwill. Did we have a plan? Of course not. We just bought random some stuff and went into the woods with some cameras. Brice and I took most of the pictures, but I'm pretty sure everyone contributed at some point. It was a true group effort and an afternoon well spent. 

The real inspiration behind brotoshoots is to have a good time and look good while doing it. That's what we've always done best, and that's what we hope to continue to do. In July we had an even larger brotoshoot complete with more bros, more costumes, and more locations. Those photos are set to be be released in the near future, along with a Bro-calendar for 2016. In the mean time, enjoy the magic of the 2015 Holiday Brotoshoot.