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Valhalla Tahoe Wedding

I get to film a lot of weddings, but I think this one will continue to stick with me a for a while. Zack and Monica’s Lake Tahoe wedding was a giant party. Not only was the couple’s love evident, but there was an atmosphere of love and joy in the air among all of the family and guests. I actually went to high school with Monica so it was fun to reconnect with her and some old friends during the weekend’s festivities. Zack and Monica are hilarious, passionate people and I hope they get the chance to snowboard and wakeboard with their grandkids one day. They’re the best. We love them.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Location: Valhalla, Lake Tahoe
Photography: Cole Joseph http://www.colejosephphotography.com/
Music: “The Father’s Heart” – Tony Anderson, “Darlin'” – Branches (all songs licensed The Music Bed)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, DJI Inspire 1, Rhino 4ft Slider Pro, Rode Smartlav

Someone reached out to us on Instagram (follow us!) the other day and asked a few questions about starting a videography business. I gave them our email and sent a response today. I pasted some of the response below. Perhaps it will be helpful to some of you as well.

My MacBook is very outdated about 6 years old and even then I didn’t add anything to upgrade it. I have had multiple people tell me to switch from FCP X to Adobe didn’t know what your thoughts were on that? I love FCPX, but it takes some getting used to. Many people switched to Adobe when FCPX was first announced, but I think that was a bit reactionary. I dig the software and think it is a super helpful tool if you learn it. I don’t like the monthly payment setup that Adobe uses for its Creative Cloud. I think FCPX is powerful and intuitive. That’s my suggestion.
My parents have a Canon T3i so I thought I could use that on some beginning projects to get some money coming in. Didn’t know what you thought about staying with cannon In the long run I saw you using Sony some. The Sony is powerful in low-light situations, but unless you invest in the proper gear for it (a cage, rails, matte box, monitor/external recorder), it doesn’t have an advantage over most Canon DSLR’s. I use a Canon 5D mark iii, C100 mark ii, and Sony A7S. I think you should use the T3i and eventually invest in a used 5D or a new Canon 6D. Both are great.
Was considering buying a slider from Rhino and some type of stabilizer?
I love Rhino’s products. Creative, affordable and great customer service. Their slider is incredible and I’m especially excited about their new Evo +Motion systems. Their Rhino steady is nice, but like all stabilizer systems, it can be tough to balance and use well. That being said, it is a great value and you can learn it if you put in the effort. They have great tutorials online.
Just wanted to know your advice on me starting out and maybe what you learned when you started? My biggest recommendation would be to shoot and edit a ton, as basic as that sounds. Make videos for your family, experiment with ideas, do fun videos, etc. The more you edit, the quicker and better you will become. I would start out by taking small jobs and charging a minimal amount. For example, the first 5 weddings I shot I did for the same price. After that, the next 5 weddings I did I charged $500 more and I kept increasing the price every 5 weddings or so until I got to my goal. This year we had over 100 inquiries for weddings. I also think it’s important to invest in the creative community around you. Do that through social media, going to events and networking, etc. There will always be work for creatives, but it is essential to make relationships with other professionals along the way so you can share work. I have a handful of videographers than I send work to when I can’t do it and vice versa. I also network with photographers, wedding venues, and event planners to share my work and to help promote theirs. Although it’s a competitive business, it pays to be kind and thoughtful. There are always things to learn and people to learn from. It keeps me humble for sure. Also, YouTube is your friend. Watch tutorials and learn from people who are better than you. Especially when you start using FCPX (or Adobe) tutorials can be super helpful.
Basic Starting gear:
– Canon Camera
– Monopod
– Lenses (50mm 1.8 is awesome for starters and a 18-35 is great too.
Don’t go crazy on gear just yet. This is a great start.

There’s something extra special about San Francisco weddings in December, and Mike and Mary’s winter celebration was no exception. From the beautiful traditional ceremony at St. Ignatius to the incredibly fun reception at Radius, the Ibe wedding was a great way to end 2014. The reception itself may have been our favorite of the year. They rented out an amazing restaurant and filled it with friends, family, dancing, amazing food and house-made egg nog. We had an incredible 2014 and we couldn’t have spent our final wedding of the year with a better couple than the Ibe’s.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Photography: Anastasiia Sapon http://www.anastasiiasapon.com/
Reception Site: Radius Restaurant http://radiussf.com/
Location: St. Ignatius, San Francisco
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Do You” – Miguel; “L’Appuntamente” – Ornella Vanoni; “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit
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+