I always promised myself I wouldn’t get too busy to make films for my own family. It’s been tough, and sometimes the family footage sits for months as I edit wedding films, but I wanted to share some videos from this spring and summer. There are few things I love more than a river trip, and we have been able to go on two this summer. In the backcountry, bringing nice cameras is a little tricky because there is a lot of wind, sand, and hot sun. For these adventures, I stick with a trusty, less expensive Canon 70d and a GoPro. The film in the middle is one I made to celebrate my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and was filmed down in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. I absolutely love making films for my family and my kids love turning on the family youtube channel and letting it roll. And then usually I cry a little because time is going by too fast.
I have been waiting to film a wedding like Edwin’s and Camilla’s since I started this business. It combined many of my favorite things- adventure, romance, and a guest list of people absolutely stoked to be in the southwest. As most of the guests traveled from the other side of the world and took at least three flights to get to Moab, Edwin and Camilla wanted their guests to really experience Moab. The weekend started with a day of adventure. Their guests went canyoneering, rafting, UTV driving, and horseback riding (see adventure film above). Canyoneering with the guests was my favorite part of the weekend. This canyon was not an easy one, and we swam at least 5 times in freezing, stagnant water. I thought it quite incredible that Edwin and Camilla were willing to do this before their wedding day. I also got very good at getting my gear in and out of dry bags, and no cameras were harmed in the making.
The next day, their wedding day, was absolute elegant romance. They started the festivities off with a traditional tea ceremony. I loved how this gave them intimate time with their family before the wedding. The wedding ceremony and speeches were so full of heart and eloquent. The reception was complete with a live band, delicious food, and perhaps the most fun with a photo booth I’ve ever seen. Congratulations Camilla and Edwin!
During Spring Break, my bestie had a really good idea. Since both of our husbands had to work, we decided we shouldn't just stay home all week. Instead, we took the kids on their first overnight backpacking trip. We hiked in a mile, played in the creek, ate ramen (my 4 year old normally hates it but that night, LOVED it), watched wild turkeys scale the cliffs, built sand castles as the first stars appeared, and slept terribly. Actually my boys slept GREAT, but Eva just rolled around on top of me all night.
The outing, although quick, was completely worth it. I made this little video for them, because I think their memory lasts a good 30 seconds.
And, I know my oldest son's pack looks enormous. I promise it only had his sleeping bag, puffy coat, and pjs. And this oldest son of mine deserves credit for some of the filming. That shot of Eva's walking stick was all him, as are all of his selfie shots.
And big thanks to Caspar Babypants for letting me use his genius song.
With a combined total of 18 children, 5 women were able to get away for 3 hours and bag a gorgeous canyoneering route. I'm pretty sure it was nonstop smiles. I love how this video captured the outing and how it will allow everyone to relive the fun experience. Moms deserve adventure too!