Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
After lots of thought, planning and preparation, I am so very excited to tell you all about my new direction. As of immediately dvArtistry will no longer be my company name as "Digital Video Artistry" no longer encompasses what I will be offering. I am changing my name to "dB imagery" and will now be offering photo, video and film (super8 & 16mm). I have experience shooting in all three mediums so it was a natural progression for me.
A whole new website is in the works but for now....bump over to my new blog site HERE
I have TONS of new material up there as well as lots more on its way up...please bookmark it and check back often as I will be updated constantly.
I am still working out kinks on my logo and tagline so feedback is welcomed!
Monday, May 11, 2009
I will have a lot more to say about this special day later but wanted to get this up for some family and friends who are waiting for it.
I am very excited to announce an exciting change in the direction of my company. A new name, new logo, and new website. (Well..significant changes to my current one.) A new blog will be up and running very soon. Stay tuned for more details!
Monday, May 4, 2009
A phenomenal day wth a phenomenal couple. Loved this wedding! Sue & Erwin are meant to be together and it is more than obvious to everyone around them. They are quirky and have the same great sense of humor but are also sentimental and incredibly loving people.
This marked the first time I have worked with Kelley Lee Gin from Picture Perfect Events. She was incredible. So sweet and accommodating and made sure that we had everything we needed to do our jobs to the best of our abilities. And speaking of accommodating I just have to give props to the bridal party Gina, Connie & Jennie. They made sure I always had drinks and had me cracking up with their antics. You can see how much fun they are in the video. Thx guys! :)
And last but certainly not least, once again got the pleasure of working with photog extraordinaire Michael Norwood. One of the coolest dudes ever and seriously talented. Check out the killer polaroid shots!
The couple has great taste in music so I went with one of the groom's choices; "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Well you can add Martin & Khay to my huge and ever growing list of most awesome couples ever. :) They are such sweet and warm people and I could not wait to be a part of their wedding after meeting them and getting to know them. Martin's two kids Sascha & Alex are two of the sweetest young people you could ever meet. I first met them at their eSession and had such a blast working with them. They are such outgoing kids with personalities well beyond their years. I just knew I had to work them into the Cinema Reale so I asked them to say something to Martin & Khay to give the video a personal touch. i swear those kids just blew me away with their choice of words!
Martin & Khay put their trust in me in music choices so I decided to use Keane's "On a Day like Today" which turned out to be a perfect fit!
Here is their Cinema Reale with some teaser pics soon to follow!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
jennifer mae & chris - Buerge Chapel at Aldersgate Retreat & Cultural Center in Pacific Palisades - My company featured on CNN/ABC!
Okay, this has to be one of the most unique weddings ever. You see, Jennifer & Chris are actually videographers who own and run their very own company in LA. Why would I be posting about them? Well, I actually had the privilege of shooting their wedding last week. But that is not what makes it so unique. What makes it so different is that whole wedding was done by bartering. The couple used their connections in the industry to trade with other vendors for their services. At first I was a little skeptical, after all, I had never even met this couple and they were getting married in a couple weeks. However, after talking with Jennifer Mae several times on the phone, I started to feel at ease with everything. And of course knowing that Ric Romero of Channel 7 ABC News was going to be doing a segment on this wedding didn't hurt! As soon as I hear anything about when the story on ABC is going to run, I will post about it. CNN.com also did a story on it and I was mentioned in it so in the mean time, you can see it HERE.
Got the pleasure of working alongside Mars and Nancy from LA based Flowers on Mars who took care of the flowers. They are an incredible event design company capable of taking care of a multiple amount of event needs. Check them out!
Chris Erickson and the rest of the staff at Buerge Chapel at Aldersgate Retreat & Cultural Center in Pacific Palisades were so incredibly accommodating to me and my crew. I really love that place and look forward to shooting there again!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know that Diane & Chris are a special couple to me. I have known Diane for 5 years now as she has cut my hair over that period of time and we have spent many a day laughing at really bad 80's hairdos and many other silly things. In that period of time I have also heard many stories about the trials and tribulations of Diane's dating life. (or lack thereof) But when she told me about Chris, I could tell something was different. I could tell it was serious. After finally meeting Chris on our first engagement shoot with them, I found out why because Chris is one of the coolest dudes you could ever meet. Don't let the tough looking shell fool ya, beneath those tatts and soul patch is a real sensitive, caring person who loves Diane to death. She's in real good hands.
Chris & Diane are such a fun loving couple that I had no doubt their wedding was going to be a blast, but there was also a lot of emotion on that day that frankly I was not expecting. There were many tears shed and being that I have a little more emotional investment in this couple than I normally do, I found myself getting caught up in it too!
I had not been to the Grand Tradition since the renovation and honestly was very impressed by the changes. It was really hard to get a bad shot there. The whole day was coordinated beautifully (and extremely on time) by Megan who was so gracious with us while i made some rookie mistakes with not paying attention to the time! They also were very patient as I took Diane and Chris for some couples pics after the wedding was over.
After a lot of back and forth about the song, we decided on an old classic Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight". I have to admit, it was challenge to edit to because of the major changes in tempo.
Here are a few stills:
Monday, March 23, 2009
I first met Libby when I shot Amber & Jeremy's wedding a few years ago. They were one of my favorite couples of all time and Libby was the maid of honor at that wedding. So happy that she kept me in mind when she got engaged because it turned out to be an incredible day and I was so glad I got to be a part of it.
They are incredibly smart and articulate people (Yale grads..hence the color scheme! ) but they also have a great sense of humor and are genuine, warm people. I thoroughly enjoyed being around them and watching them interact with each other and their good friends and family!
I referred Libby to my good buddy John Schnack to take care of the photography and he did that in spades and also took care of all Napoleon Dynamite impressions. It had been awhile since we shot together and as always had a great time. If I could shoot every wedding with that guy....well..maybe not a good idea since we would probably not be able to focus like we should. ;) He also brought along second shooter Eddie B who has a background in video so got a chance to talk shop while I edited their video. Cool dude! John already has the pics up on his blog so check it out!
This fine day was all coordinated by Michelle Weita of Details Details and her seemingly never ending hordes of black suited helpers. As always, everything went so smooth and scarily on time. Michelle has a knack for making sure everything gets done and attended while maintaining one of the sweetest personalities you could ever come across. A great combination for a coordinator.
We went back and forth about a song to use for their Cinema Reale and at the 11th hour went with David Gray's "One I Love" which turned out to be the perfect song for them and their day.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Let me start off by saying that I have to be careful with this post so as not to offend any past, present and futures couples. :) Reason being, it's going to be very hard to surpass this epic wedding in terms of sheer extravagance as well as emotion. A lot of weddings are really extravagant but there isn't really any emotion there. There are also weddings that may not be so lavish, but they are really intimate and emotional affairs. This one was one of those rare occasions where both were present and it starts with the couple and their wonderful families.
Amit & Nita are truly two of the most warm and genuine people you could ever hope to meet. They truly appreciated everyone who was there and made sure they let everyone know how much they appreciated them...even their vendors! Nita is such a stunningly beautiful girl that one would hardly blame her if she was stuck up. Well, nothing could be further from the truth as she is the most incredibly down to earth, sweet girl. It was literally impossible to get anything but greats shots of her which made shooting her a real treat.
Got the pleasure of working along side Dina of Andrena Photo. I have only shot a few of them but she has tons of experience shooting Indian weddings and really was a pleasure to shoot along side of. She has a great personality and is incredibly talented.
Also worked with Sonia Sharma (tweet tweet!) of Sonia Sharma Events for the first time. (Well ..sorta. She had worked with The Special Day at a wedding that I had previously done awhile back)She is honestly one of the best coordinators I have worked with as she has a great combination of keeping things on schedule and making things run smoothly and a sense of humor and flexibility that keeps everyone loose and relaxed and having fun. Needless to say I am looking forward to more events with her in the near future. (Unless they involve us eating Chicken with Ketchup again)
Like many Indian weddings, they had a Sangeet on the Thursday prior to their big day. It was held at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios and it was a full blown party complete with a Bollywood style red carpet entrance. A blast!!
Here is the highlights of Sangeet:
For the Cinema Reale we had a hard time coming up with a song prior to the wedding that could encapsulate a wedding like this. After kicking around a few lyrical songs, I decided to go instrumental route and chose ES Posthumus who are renowned for their epic movie score sounding music. I am not big on using this type of music for weddings as I think it can be a little overbearing, but the scope of this wedding with all of the events of the day demanding something epic. Even though Dina and Sonia had a little fun with me about the song while I edited this clip, which made me worry it was too over the top...I think this song worked perfectly. :)
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