Taft & Becky – Fall Fun!

I’ve known Taft way back since before he was even called Taft.  Back then we used to call him Jonathan during our freshman year in college =)  We even lived together our junior and senior years and we reigned in an empire known as Snyder Hall.  Long gone are the days when I’d find him asleep in his bed with the Bible on his chest and his mouth wide open.  And long forgotten (I hope) are the nights of recording strange music videos..

Fast forward 9 years and now he’s well on his way to getting married!  I got the chance to shoot him and Becky to catch some fall foliage about a month ago.  The weather was great and the colors were phenomenal!

Can you feel the death glare?

I’m at FACT!

(Go to the youtube page to watch it in HD!)

This song has been stuck in my head and now I hear it everywhere! When my radio is turned low, I catch myself thinking “man that sounds like T-Pain! No way, could this be the song??” Then I’ll turn up the radio and it turns out to be some country song. I even read emails with the same cadence as the song, which is kind of fun. You know, even the sweetest email can sound pretty hard when you say it with the same attitude as that song =)

Let me rewind a bit: last week Chris Sotelo asked me if I’d be willing to help him shoot a lil’ video. Hmmm.. let me think about th- oops, my mouth already said yes. Must have been muscle reflex. Somehow the memory of saying yes to Chris is associated with good and happy things. Chris has the kind of talent where he could create a documentary on paint drying and it’ll still be ridiculously creative and entertaining. But a music video with Marah (his wife) and Justin Capadocia too? And one that’s based on I’m on a boat?? As an opening to Philippine Student Association’s (PSA) annual FACT conference??? Sign me up!

So how was it? Let’s just say they know how to have a good time! I had a blast filming these incredibly gifted people. There was no rehearsal before each shot -Chris, Marah, and Justin just communicated by telepathy and some crazy chemistry. Behind the scenes, Peter Catanus, Marah’s brother, did an amazing job mixing the audio and he also did a dope job being the voice behind Justin. In fact, the whole video was a group effort. I’m just glad I got to be a part of it. Now if you’ll excuse me..

“I’m at FACT! I’m at FACT! We at FACT! …”

Welcome back from Europe, Glenn and Nicole!

Glenn and Nicole were both in my small group years ago. I still remember the day I guessed the person that Nicole was seeing. After being impressed with myself for guessing ;) I remember smiling thinking, “Glenn’s a good guy.” That was four years ago and now they’ve been married for just shy of two weeks! Congrats!!

To the newly weds: this video is a welcome back present from your honeymoon =)

P.S. For a peek of how the video came together, see the post below!

Glenn & Nicole's video – a little background

How did this video come to be?

I ran into Glenn during my photography workshop extravaganza over the summer, which I’ve made quite a few posts on. Although I was looking into photography, I had been itching to get into videography too. So as a way to dive in, I offered to make a short music video of their wedding. That was literally the day before I received advice to focus on photography instead. Talk about strange timing.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I don’t like retracting an offer I already made. Plus, I really like Nicole & Glenn. Add on the fact that I’m really, really stubborn (just ask Cassie).. and from what you see today, I’m sure you can guess what my final decision was.

I’m really pleased with how the video came out and I hope you guys like it too! (Otherwise, I will personally apologize to the bride and groom for sticking a camera in front of their face the entire day) If you like it, I can’t claim credit for all of it, though. Huge thanks goes to Jon (Taft) and Min Soo who helped out at various times of the day. Both are really talented and I was impressed with the footage they shot. Taft also put up with me as I went into OCD overdrive mode the night before the wedding despite being past 2AM in the morning.

Late night OCD

Late night OCD

I also received excellent feedback from Taft & Cassie to help me refine the video to what you see now. I also shot along side with talented photographer, Kenny Nakai. I can tell Kenny gets into it and his energy is contagious! Much of the footage you see was the result of his coordination. And logistically it would not have been possible without the proper equipment.  A big thanks to Dan for lending me his camera. It might sound trivial, but as the owner of these VERY expensive cameras, I’m thankful he entrusted me with it.  Thanks also to Connie, who let me borrow a macro lens!

And lastly, the biggest support came behind the scenes from Cassie and my family who continue to support me as I venture precariously into an unknown future and possible profession in the wedding industry!

Taste of New Yawk: Peter and Rachel

Last weekend, I had a chance to shoot for Cassie’s friend Rachel and her boyfriend Peter.  Cassie and I have gone on a double date with them before so I was really excited to have another pseudo one with them -this time behind a camera!  Cassie came to help with watching our gear and doing what she does best by being my emotional support =)

During the shoot, Peter turned to me and asked, “So how many of these have you done so far?”  My mind raced to visualize the pictures I’ve done before.  I rattled off a number, “you guys are probably the third time.”  It’s hard to put a number to it, but that’s probably about right.  But now that I think about it, Peter and Rachel are probably my first couple where it’s just me and them.

Unless, you want to count the gag shoot I did with the cute Suggey & Mikey

No dumping

So it’s a landmark shoot for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple!  We worked Central Park, some random side streets, alleys, and the New York Palace.  It’s amazing how ordinary environments can make for some pretty pictures!  (With the right lighting and models in place ;))

Peter tickling the ivories with some romantic tunes

I had asked Cassie to help me scout out some possible locations and she turned to Gossip Girl, a TV show that she loves, for reference.  I make fun of her for watching it, but I can’t complain because it came through!  The Palace was a nice, upscale environment and I think it worked out quite well.  It was a bit crazy due to a wedding that was taking place there so I had to ditch one or two of the shots I had in mind, but we grabbed a lot of great unexpected ones which more than made up for it =)

Later that night, Peter had a crazy encounter with getting his iPod stolen right from his hands and chasing him down at a subway! It’s an amazing story.. head over to Facebook and read his note about it!

Our first double date together last winter

Thanks Peter & Rachel!