Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I had the absolute honor to work with Erin and Rob at their wedding yesterday. It was a perfect sunny day at Solitude Mountain Resort. What an amazing place to hold a wedding. The venue was so simple, yet elegant.
Erin and Rob got married on top of a huge boulder outside The Inn at Solitude just after 4pm. What a wonderful memory!
Having not met Rob and Erin, it was very easy to see their love of life, and of each other. They were simply adorable together, and absolutely inseparable. Their love is so deep, yet so simple. During the reception, a friend of the Bride told the story of how the couple met. Erin was dressed up in costume as a "nerd". "Tragically unattractive" as it was put. Rob knew right then that he had to ask her out. Here we are two wonderful years later at their wedding with family and friends.
I have shot a lot of weddings, and this group was by FAR the funnest group to work with. They partied hard, and late. Nobody held back when it came to dancing. Not to mention the DJ who really brought the house down!
I couldn't wait, so here are some of the images from the night. So much fun!
Maybe I'm a little biased, but I work with some of the most amazing people. One of my favorite parts of my job is spending
the day with a couple, getting to know them, and their families, and friends. Then when editing their wedding video, I
get to piece back together the speeches, toasts, and vows for all to see.
I've worked with professional sports stars, incredibly accomplished outdoorsman and everything in between. I truly love
working with the incredible people that I do, what a blessing it is! They say that if you want to be the BEST at
something, spend as much time as you can around people that ARE the best at what YOU want to be. I do just that! So
maybe one day I will be worthy of being in the presence of these amazing people. :)
I finished the highlight portion of the video for Erin and Rob. I hope you enjoy it like I enjoyed putting it together. https://vimeo.com/135489676
I had the absolute honor of going on Trek this year. I took a break from shooting weddings to do a Pioneer reenactment with the youth and leaders of my Stake. I filmed the 3 days that our group spent on the trail. Miracles happened over those 3 days, and most, if not all of the people who participated experienced an increase in their own Testimony. I am grateful for being asked to put together a video for the group. Click below to watch the video.
From humble beginnings
Pioneer trek reenactments have been happening since at least 1947, when Utah Latter-day Saints commemorated the 100-year anniversary of their arrival in Utah, said Tyson Thorpe of the Church History Library. In the years following, certain LDS wards and stakes began organizing their own treks, though it wasn't common practice. Treks gradually became a Latter-day Saint youth activity, becoming a part of youth conferences at Brigham Young University in the 1970s.
The church-wide popularity of treks, however, began in 1997, at the sesquicentennial mark of the Mormons' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. In the summer of 1997, hundreds of church members retraced segments of the 1,300-mile route from Nauvoo, Ill., to Salt Lake City. The new trek got considerable media coverage nationally, and sparked exponential popularity of these recreations within the church.
Martin's Cove, a part of the Mormon trail near Casper, Wyo., has become the go-to trek site for Latter-day Saints. Elder Lorin Maunch, who serves as director of the Martin's Cove historic site, said it has received approximately 23,000 people this year coming to recreate the trek — the most the site has ever had. The trek phenomenon has also spawned a number of trek sites across the country, including locations in California, Washington and Florida — a mix of Church-run and privately owned locations.
As much as I love shooting weddings, they are so physically demanding. Every wedding, I spend a full day before the wedding day preparing. Cleaning lenses, cleaning off memory cards, making sure everything from the previous event is backed up, adjusting settings of all cameras, replacing batteries, charging batteries, accounting for every little piece of equipment that may have been misplaced so that it can be replaced before the next shoot.
Photographing or Video taping a wedding used to seem so simple, but nowadays, with all of the extras that I do in order to make an amazing wedding video, it really is a LOT of work, just in preparation, not to mention the shooting, and editing.
I remember my own wedding day, and what I went through to prepare for the day. Sometimes I feel as though, in my own preparation for shooting someone else's wedding, that I have as much getting ready to do as the families do.
It really is fun, and very rewarding, but I am looking forward to playing catch up on current projects over the next few weeks. Tonight I am doing video for a wedding in Layton, which is a wedding that I've been looking forward to for months, but this is the last one until the end of the month. But, with time off, comes more "work". Since we're closing on our house in a few days, there will be lots of work that needs to be done in the house. I'll also get lots of time to play catch up on my video projects.
Here's to a good night tonight, wish me luck!