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Eight years ago, this lovely couple got married and started their amazing family. Now a family of 6, the couple decided to renew their vows in an intimate ceremony among friends and family at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Most couples wait many years to renew their vows, but there was something special about the freshness of the couple’s ceremony and their love that was so evident. The ceremony The March vow renewal was followed by a beautiful dinner reception at Postino restaurant in Lafayette. Hopefully they do something like this every 8 years so we can be a part of it!

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Reception Site: Postino http://postinorestaurant.com/
Location: St. Mary’s, Moraga
Music: “Dwell” – Tony Anderson (licensed through The Music Bed)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Inspire 1, Rhino 4ft Slider Pro

We were recently contacted by TheDroneInfo.com requesting an interview on drone videographer. Naturally, we obliged. It was a lot of fun discussing the current state of drone videography and how we apply it in our work. The interview can be found here. You can also read it below:

Q. Daniel, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Could you tell us a bit about your business?

I officially started Matter Video in 2011 and have been doing it full time since then. We create wedding videos as well as projects for non-profits and businesses. We love telling people’s stories through a visual medium. We primarily work in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we also on projects around the world.

Q. How did you get started in using drones for your business?

In 2013 we shot a wedding in Santa Cruz with a photographer named Philip Lima. Philip happens to be one of the best drone “pilots” that I know. He brought his drone to the wedding and captured some video for me. It was the first time I saw a drone used at a wedding. I knew I had to get one. We purchased a DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro, and used it for about a year (20+ weddings and various other projects). It completely changed the way we approached videography. It sounds cliche, but suddenly every type of shot was possible. The drone was a dolly, jib and provided perspectives we had only previously dreamed about. We sold our Phantom 2 at the beginning of the year and bought the DJI Inspire 1. The Inspire is yet another game changer. Its functionality is insane. The fact that you can completely control the video controls in the air is amazing. It is so smooth and fluid. We used it on a wedding last week and it provided some of my favorite drone footage to date. It is insane.

Q. How have your customers reacted to the use of drones?

Customers love the drone footage. I have several wedding clients who have booked us based solely on our drone footage. To be honest, only a small percentage of the footage in a given wedding video is of the aerial variety. I primarily use it for establishing shots and unique accents. I try not to overuse it. That being said, it gives our videos a unique look that our customers have raved about.

Q. Do many other videographers that you know use drones in their work today?

I wouldn’t say there are many, but there are a handful whose work I love. Philip Lima, as I previously mentioned, is one of the best drone pilots I’ve seen. Vinny Minton from Imperial Productions (Bay Area), White in Revery (Florida/Colorado), and Aqua Vivus (San Diego) are some of my favorite videographers using drones today. They push the limits on what is possible, without over-saturating their videos with aerial footage. It’s easy to go overboard, but they have great balance and creativity.

Q. Do you have any tips for others trying to use drones for photography or videography?

My 2 basic tips would be to practice a ton and don’t go overboard in the amount of drone footage you include in your projects. Because the drones (especially of the DJI variety) are essentially ready-to-fly when you buy them, it’s easy to get a false sense of confidence. It’s vital that videographers practice flying their drones in open spaces a ton before using them on projects. Learn how to fly without GPS and FPV aide. Learn how to safely follow subjects and how to pan smoothly. Practice is essential, not only for safety reasons, but to ensure that you are creating the best video content possible. When I edit, I try not to over use the drone footage. It’s easy to get carried away with sweeping landscape shots and captivating skyscapes, but I think that the cliche “less is more” is quite apt when editing. Use drone footage as a a creative accent in your videos, but focus your content of the video’s subject (a wedding couple, business, etc) rather than the cool aerial footage you captured. People value story over sweeping drone footage.

Q. How does the accessibility of drones to the average consumer affect professionals?

I think that talent and creativity will always rise to the top. That’s why practice is essential. Learn how to fly safely, while capturing content in the most creative way you can. Look at other people’s work online. Allow others to inspire you (excuse the pun). I think competition is great. I welcome it. It makes me better.

Thanks to some amazing voters, we were named as the Bay Area A-List’s Best Wedding Videographer. Over 30,000 people voted in the annual Bay Area competition and we were honored to win. Thank you to everyone who voted. We are excited to work with all of our amazing couples in 2015. It’s going to be a great wedding season!

Here are some of the nice things people had to say.


Thomas and Addie were married in beautiful Monterey, in late September. Thomas, a police officer, shared his handwritten vows with lovely Addie in a beautiful Monterey courtyard. The couple was treated to one of the funniest best man speeches we’ve heard in a long time and they were fortunate to spend the day getting ready and celebrating at the beautiful Pasadera Country Club. This wedding video is one of our favorites from this season. Thomas and Addie are the best!

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Photography: Keana (One Love Photo) http://www.onelove-photo.com/about.cfm?teamID=5
Location: Pasadera Country Club http://www.pasadera.com/page.php?page_id=3831/
Music (as chosen by the couple): “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray Lamontage; “All this Time” – One Republic; “XO” – Béyonce

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Nikon D7100, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+

Ford Wedding Movie


It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful setting than the one Eric and Meghan chose for their June wedding. Surrounded by close friends and family, the couple was married by their longtime youth pastor. Needless to say, the property was the perfect landscape for sweeping aerial shots and copious amounts of ice cream. It was pretty much the perfect day.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Melissa Bowen
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay; “Hearts on Fire” – Passenger; “Wildfire” – John Mayer

Phototographer: Kelly Boitano www.kellyboitano.com

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+

McNally Wedding Movie


This wedding was a dream to shoot, for a number of reasons. Not only did Aaron and Lynsie (who are fantastic people, by the way) get married in the beautiful Carmel Valley, I was finally able to incorporate the Oakland A’s (the couple’s, and my, favorite baseball team) into a wedding video. The McNallys were married at the Carmel Valley Ranch on June 21 in front of an intimate group of their family and friends. The couple met while working at Starbucks, which is fitting because their wedding was cozier than a vanilla latte and sweeter than a mocha frappuccino.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Everything” – Michael Bublé; “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ingrid Michaelson; “Good Life” – One Republic

Phototographer: Mike Steelman http://www.mikesteelman.com/
Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com/

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+

Loewenthal Wedding Movie


The Loewenthals were married on April 5 at San Geronimo Golf Course in Marin County, CA. Trevor and Mallory were genuinely excited to get married, which made our job a whole lot easier. Mallory was laid back and eager, while Trevor prepared for the day with his best friends on San Geronimo’s incredible property. The day was filled with laughter, sunshine, and those happy tears that often show up during weddings.

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Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “You Are The Best Thing” – Ray Lamontagne; “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz; “Timber” – Timber
Ceremony/Reception: San Geronimo Golf Course, Marin County
Photographer: Liz Foote Photography

DJ – California DJs – http://californiadiscjockey.com/

Invitations/graphic design – Paperwhite – http://www.shoppaperwhite.com/

Wedding Dress – Starlet Bridal – http://www.glamstarlet.com/

Suits – Louis Thomas – http://louisthomas.com/
Cake – Petaluma Cake Company – http://www.petalumacakecompany.com/

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam

We are working with Monvera to create a series of videos highlighting various beautiful bottles they have created.

Here’s some info about the first bottle we’re highlighting:

The driving force behind any change in the way wineries produce their label is often caused by brand enhancements, cost savings or environmental concerns. In Waugh Cellars case, it achieved all three benefits by replacing the paper and then eliminating the foil. A win-win for Waugh.