Michel Deffense, a native of Portugal, surfs every chance he gets––often waking up before 5am to catch a wave. For him, surfing is an opportunity to be alone and connect with the ocean. It's not recreation, it's a lifestyle. When the big waves come, the ocean becomes alive.
I'm trying to develop a new video service––the iPhone wedding. Yesterday I tried it out on Jared and Julia's beautiful wedding in Logan, Utah. The goal is to only use iOS devices to make the video plus the challenge of making the final video that day. I shot the video with my iPhone 6 plus equipped with a Beastgrip case, wide angle lens and Glidecam stabilizer. Immediately after the Temple exit, I airdropped the footage over to my iPad where I graded, edited and uploaded the video––all with in six hours of shooting the video! I think people will like the idea of their special day being shot on an iPhone. It's a product that has marked our generation.
Weddings are so nice, pleasant, full of happy feelings and . . . CRAZY! With months of stressful planning, cake testing and color coordinating (not too mention the empty bank) no wonder people need to just let loose. Jessica and Ben's San Francisco wedding was exactly that. Apparently all of their friends and relatives love to dance and have a good time.
I shot this video to push the limits of night shooting with the a7s. We shot in near darkness with no external lighting. I was using ISOs higher than 200000 and the camera handled it beautifully. The low light capability of this camera is unparalleled!
Spencer is a local musician, artist and graphic designer. You can see him play his Swedish nyckelharpa every Friday night on Center street in Provo. Check out his work at behindeyelids.wix.com/media.
On the coast of Southern Mexico, there are 40 of the friendliest, kindest and most hospital people you will ever meet. Playa Grande may not be large, but it is full of character and long, pristine beaches. A visit to this village is well worth the journey off the beaten path.
Mario has been repairing my shoes for three years. He's remembered me since the first time I visited his literal whole-in-the-wall shop in San Cristóbal. And while his shoe repairs don't last long (because they consist mainly of glue lathered on thick), but I continue to visit him, not necessarily just for the shoe fixing , but for the interesting person he is. He's 72 years old. What impresses me most is that Mario has continued to love his little shop for four straight decades. That's dedication. Or passion. Whavetever you want to call it.
You can find Mario every morning people-watchingt from his nook in the wall.
The San Diego Temple seem from above (and below).
Here's to new perspectives, the people we meet, the meals we share and the experiences we enjoy. All of it makes us who we are. The story of 2014 was a fabulous one and 2015 promises to just as epic, challenging and surprising.
And to finish out the year here is a drone video. Happy new year!
We are always looking for love, but most of the time it's in the wrong places. We don't realize that love is just in our pocket, because, well, as strange as it may sound there's an app for that.
Zach and Skyla just recently got married and they found each other through the Tinder app. Lines of code made the dreams of these two love birds come true. Their digital chemistry turned into real sparks. And it makes sense to say it takes two to Tinder.
Zach and Skyla swiped right.
Every year, the city of Gävle in Sweden erects a three story tall Christmas goat made of straw. Such a large, flammable object in the main square is a natural target for teenage pyros, but the city embraces it by taking bets on how long the goat will last before being burned to ashes. BYU Scandinavian Club built their own yule goat, Heiðrún, and like the tradition, burned it.
Below are a few images of the Yule Goat in Gävle, Sweden. It is really that big!
I'm a fan of Sia's music and she blew us away with her release of Chandelier earlier this year. Amber Lynn, a very talented local musician, made an awesome cover of the song. For filming the video, Amber wanted to shoot just after sunset so we could see the city lights. You photographers and videographers understand that shooting in low light and no external lighting can be a real challenge. With a little bit of luck and serendipity, we were at the right place at the right time to get the perfect shots. Take a look!
Some things are just meant to go together—peanut butter and jelly, iPhone and iMac, burritos and weddings.
Erika and Clark celebrated their "funky fresh" wedding in Maryland as well as Utah. They hired the Sweeto Burrito truck to cater their reception. While they were on cloud nine, I was eating my heart out on burritos. Their wedding has definitely been one of my favorites.
Here is the temple video.
I was doing some casual flying with my drone when three boys found me on top of the parking garage. Joey and the gang were intrigued by the drone and proclaimed that they do parkour. I offered to follow them around with the drone.
A good friend of mine and I roadtripped down to Southern Utah last weekend in a futile attempt to get into the Wave. Sadly, we didn't make it in, but that's okay. Instead we hiked Angels Landing in Zion National Park and some other areas in Northern Arizona. It was a spectacular trip. And of course, no trip is complete without the drone. I schlepped it up 1400 feet to the top of Angels Landing to get the video below. Feel free to share!
This was my daily routine this weekend. A good friend and I road tripped down to Southern Utah to get into the Wave (We didn't get in by the way) and ended up on wild three-day journey through Northern Arizona, Zion and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park. Of course, I carried my drone everywhere and had to get some stellar shots of the amazing scenery. Stay tuned for the Angels Landing video where I fly the drone above a 1400 ft canyon!
I was in D.C. this past weekend shooting a wedding. I got some great shots of the temple both from the air and on the ground and I thought I would make a little vignette to share with you! The actually wedding videos will be done shortly––complete with drone footage. Stay tuned!
Yes, I have a drone now. And it is unreal flying it. You wouldn't believe how easy It is to maneuver the copter—too easy even. For more of my drone footage, check out my Instagram @thefriendlydrone.
Bridal Veil Falls is up Provo Canyon. It's a great place for an afternoon stroll, pictures or even a picnic. I filmed this short video with the drone and edited it on my iPhone 6 plus. Enjoy!
I have been doing a lot of test footage with the drone to make sure I can handle flying it when I film weddings. Imagine breathtaking aerial shots of the temple spliced into final wedding video. I think it will give a nice touch. I've already used it in a music video with Ashley Hess which worked out well. No casualties yet! You can see the video here.
I did a video for the local band DateNight a few months ago and they recently made it into the Deseret News! I know the band personally and let me just say they are awesome. Already looking forward to working with them again!
And if you haven't had a chance to see it, here is the video.
She is only 12, but packs some serious piano punch! I had the pleasure of working with Sara for two videos. I'm amazed by her innate talent for playing the piano and for performing. No matter how many times I made her play the song over, she was cheerful and happy.
Give her video a watch and subscribe to her channel!
New music video by Ashley Hess!