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There’s something pretty magical about St. Mary’s. Whether it’s the location at the base of the Moraga hills, which always seem to have these perfectly fluffy clouds resting on them or the gorgeous architecture of the campus’ church building, this place is pretty much the best. Brent and Gina (a St. Mary’s grad), picked a perfect October day to tie the knot among a festival gathering of family and friends. Gina let us know that her guests would be ready to dance at the reception and she was correct. It was a party.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Grant Woodburn
DJ – http://djmikeparent.com/
Photographer – Elliott Rosette http://rossettiphotography.com/
Location: St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Music: “Life is Beautiful” – The Afters; “You Lift Me Up” – Mikey Wax (Licensed through www.songfreedom.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark II, Canon C100 Mark I, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 48″ Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav

The DJI Inspire 1 Review

We have been using the DJI Inspire for a month now and it has completely changed the way we approach aerial videography and cinematography. I used the Phantom 2 for almost a year. It allowed me (us) to be creative in a way that we were previously unable to imagine. That being said, the P2 had its limitations. The HD-3D gimbal was steady, but our FPV setup left something to be desired. It was a pain (and a bit of a gamble) using the GoPro as well. Having to press record prior to taking off often resulted in a mixed bag of footage. In my experience, the Inspire is much smoother for panning shots and is much more steady in the air (you can even pull of timelapse clips and long-exposure photos). For me, the biggest advantage of the Inspire is the ability to adjust video exposure and recording settings while the device is in the air. The iOS app is fairly intuitive and helpful (I’ve only experienced a bit of lag). With the TB48 battery I am able to get around 20 minutes of flight time (the standard TB47 battery gets around 15 minutes). That means I can switch between photo and video, adjust frame rates and exposure settings, shoot in multiple locations without bringing the “bird” down. It’s a game changer. I have read on multiple forums about fly-away issues (I had a fly away with my P2) and software errors, but I haven’t had any major issues. I use the GPS and Attitude mode often, but have yet to use many of the auto functions (auto-takeoff, “return to home,” etc). I think the best way to avoid major issues is to read DJI forums regularly (ie learn from other’s mistakes), practice in open spaces, and be in control of the craft manually as often as possible. I feel like my creativity has been taken to the next level with the Inspire and I’m excited to incorporate it into our 2015 projects. Here are some recent samples.

If you could choose the weather and picturesque backdrop for your wedding day, it would probably look something like the beautiful November day the Lynch’s were wed. Between the ceremony at St. Mary’s and the lovely Fall reception at Blackhawk Country Club, Chris and Tara’s wedding was near perfect. As an added bonus, having gelato and a live band at your wedding are the ideal way to keep your guests content. Shoutout to our friends at Lindsay Lauren Events for arranging the details for this great couple.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photography: Aaron Texeira baywed.com/
Event Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events (They’re the best!) lindsaylaurenevents.com/
Location: St. Mary’s College, Moraga & Blackhawk Country Club
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Feel Again” – One Republic; “Your Song” – Ellie Goulding; “Do You Love Me” – The Contours
Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 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.

For more content, look for Matter Video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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

Schannep Wedding Highlight Video

Jon is a Marine. His friends have swords. Amy actually happens to be a former student of mine and is an all around great person. Add those factors to a beautiful setting on a perfect day in Oakland and you have the recipe for a perfect wedding day.

For more content, look for Matter Video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Compass” – Lady Antebellum; “Then” –Brad Paisley
Ceremony/Reception: Mills College, Oakland
Photographer: Scott Cognato