Wedding Videography : How I got started

  I'll give you all a little backstory about my creative self before I get into how and why I am starting to film weddings. I've been creating art since a kid, mainly drawing, painting etc... When I moved to Colorado in 2008, I got my first DSLR that following Christmas. I had no idea how that Canon XS1 would have changed my life dramatically. I soon started college with no knowledge of what to major in. I ended up getting a Bachelor's of Visual Communication & Design with a photo emphasis. Right before I graduated I quit my job at Best Buy of 8 years with no idea or plan of what was ahead. I ended up getting an assisting job with a local photographer and little did I know at the time a videographer as well. 

  I honestly thought I'd be assisting on location with lighting etc.. and then organizing and editing photos when we were back in the office. We did do plenty of that, but I was thrown into the video realm real quick. Not knowing a lick of editing and never using Adobe Premiere Pro, I was given my first task of organizing a week of filming for the Greeley Stampede. Shortly after, he gave me a small creative Fire Poi video to put together that he filmed in his studio the weekend prior. In the next two years I was organizing and doing 95% of the editing for pretty big clients. I still don't consider myself an expert by any means, but the skill set is slowly growing.

  Now lets get into how I actually got started doing wedding video... Sorry about the little backstory but I somehow find it relevant in a way. It was August 2016, my sister in law's wedding was coming up and they asked if I could record the ceremony. I mean Come on, my grandma can do that. I honestly could of been lazy and just shot the ceremony for them, but that's not me and decided to shoot as much of the day as I could. I was also helping run errands and help set up that day too, so as a disclaimer, I didn't spend the full day shooting video (although I wish I did). Creatively and technically speaking I am not as pleased as I want to be with it, but it was literally my first wedding video and I barely had any proper equipment. I had my camera, a wide angle and a macro lens and my bosses Gimbal, which was a godsend that he even let me borrow that. 

  I enjoyed filming during the day and realized it was something I might actually love doing. Once I was back at my computer editing the video was when I realized how just how much I actually did love it. I was having so much fun editing the day together and caught myself numerous times smiling while doing so.  I was just so happy and I've noticed it on the last two weddings I've filmed as well. It's a joy to re-watch those special moments and knowing how much the client will love it in the end as well. It really is satisfying knowing that I amcreating something  so special to them, that they will want to watch it throughout the rest of their lives. 

  Don't get me wrong, it is hard work and a different process than photography. Although I've only filmed three weddings and have no interest in photographing weddings. I think its physically more demanding and stressful in different ways. I've noticed I stress out about getting good audio during the ceremony the most. So far it's turned out great, but each medium has its own worries. Getting creative shots of details is the next hardest part for me, not necessarily because it is difficult it's just finding the time to do it. Even if I'm filming all day, it's hard to squeeze in 30 minutes to an hour just to get some of those creative shots. Every wedding is of course different than others and I think over time I'll be able to fine tune what I need to film better. 

  Enough of my story.. Head over and watch a couple of them if you are interested, the link is below! Also, if you have a future wedding and are interested, please feel free to send me an email or a comment! 

Thanks for reading! 




Pinhole Photography : Initial Thoughts

  I bought my first "real" pinhole camera during late summer of 2016. It was during a weird moment in my photography career, where I was getting sucked into the megapixel race. I was starting to hate the way I was taking photos. I would constantly pixel peep after every image to make sure it was "sharp" and in focus etc... I began to reminisce about my earlier days of not worrying about sharpness and technical details. I still think some of my best landscape images were shot with a lower megapixel Canon anyway, plus customers don't care about technicalities, if the image speaks to them or conveys a certain emotion, they are sold. Anyway, long story short, my good friend Alex Burke, was telling me on a road trip how he's never seen me happier with photography than the time where I was dabbling with homemade pinholes in art school. 

  Right after that trip, I came across a pinhole company named Ondu. I immediately placed an order for a 6x12 multi-format pinhole and I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made with my photography. I am planning to do a video review on my pinhole cameras sooner rather than later, but for now let's get into the nitty gritty of why I absolutely love shooting pinholes.

  First and foremost, I'm shooting film again. That in itself is an amazing process to go through. I'm really enjoying the slower process and the unknown of what to expect once the film is developed. On a side note, I personally think there is a major issue with our society. I think smartphones and social media is slowly killing us. Everybody wants everything right now. The world is at our fingertips and everything we see is of everyones best. We never show off our bad days or failures etc... I wanted to briefly talk on that because this is one of the main reason I am enjoying pinhole photography and film. I am in love with the slow process and going backwards with technology. I don't have the instant gratification of seeing the film I just exposed. I don't even have a viewfinder for hells sake! I have frame lines and a level and thats about it. It's minimalism at its finest. 

 Minimalism is a wonderful thing, not only materially speaking but the process as well. There is no more pixel peeping, chimping, worrying how big I could potentially print etc... I have one focal length, one F-stop and time to slow down and enjoy the scenery as I take a photograph. It's such a simple process yet difficult for most to understand because the exposures are generally long. The hardest part of it is making sure I get what I want in my shot and exposing the film properly. I'm not going to lie, I've failed many times and wasted my fair share of film, but the film that does turn out is so wonderful to see. It always amazes me that I can create something so wonderful out of a wooden box with a tiny hole in the center. 

  I think some big things are coming in the near future for me and photography. I'm trying to focus more on the fine art side of pinhole photography. I'm keeping them limited and focusing more on the quality of the print and experience. I'm also working on a prototype 16x20 pinhole camera as we speak, that hopefully will turn out and I'll be able to make some handmade photographs using light sensitive paper or liquid light. You'll see more on that soon. 

If you have any questions on this type of photography or my work in general, please feel free to comment below! 



My First Pinhole Art Show

  To be quite honest, I'm not sure exactly where I'm headed with this blog post. It is literally my very first and wanted to briefly talk about my recent art show I had. While writing this I realized I should probably write something more detailed about my pinhole adventures and how I got started on that. More on that to come.  Anyway, enjoy!

  As some of you know (who may be reading this) I became heavily involved with shooting pinhole images last year. After my first decent roll of film turned out, I was hooked. I love photography and the arts very much, but felt as if I was doing the same thing as a majority of other photographers are. Sure, there are other pinhole photographers out there, but very few in comparison. Everyone I ran into while shooting couldn't really grasp the idea behind it, even though it's so simple. Even some experienced photographers were clueless, due to the fact they have never touched anything analog or film related. 

  I haven't had an art show in a few years and thought it was time to do a solo show, showcasing only pinholes. I kept making an excuse saying I didn't have enough for a cohesive show, but one day I had an offer land in my lap to have a solo show at a coffee shop near by.I agreed to do it and got to work. I culled through my already scanned images and found my top 5. Four of them were taken in Colorado (Mountains and Plains) and one from a vacation spot in Wisconsin. 

  Since I've only been shooting pinhole for about 6-7 months by now, I haven't printed much of my work. Luckily I sold a couple prints over Christmas and picked a fine art paper I thought would work well. I ended up picking Moab Entrada Bright Rag, which has some great color, a little texture and a nice thickness. So I used the same for all 5 prints for my show. I also got into woodworking late last year and ended up making all my frames for the show as well.

  I wanted to be realistic going into this. I didn't expect to make a sale or become famous right away because of a small coffee shop show and I surely didn't expect many people to show up during my reception. I did however enjoy hearing people talk about my images, being curious as to how it was made etc... That is what art is about, observation of life around us and making conversation from that.  What did surprise me out of the whole ordeal and not necessarily thinking about it, is who your true friends really are. The people that actually show up to talk and hang out with you is what really matters. They care about you and your art, and that is something that I did not expect. 

I hope to keep spreading my alternative form of photography for more people to enjoy and see. I love talking about it and getting people curious. It has truly brought a spark back into my photography. Keep a look out for new work!