Nick graduated high school in May, and his sister had this genius idea. For his senior gift, she wanted a film made of his last morning of high school at graduation rehearsal. Graduation rehearsal had this very fun, laid back vibe. All the seniors were absolutely stoked and relaxed- much more so than at actual graduation night (until it's over). Plus I didn't have to worry about getting in parents' way during the legit graduation. I loved my time with these seniors, and it got me thinking that life has soooo many important events. It's not just birth and weddings that should be documented and preserved- but there are epic milestones in between (and after!) that deserve to be celebrated. Congratulations Nick!
There were 9 seniors on the Red Devil Baseball team this year. Most of these boys have been playing together since t-ball, which also means the families have been sitting together in the bleachers for over 10 years. This is a close group. The families had the wonderful idea to have me create a film for the senior boys. Everyone gets senior photos, but not many high school seniors get a video. I am excited about this project and love that these kids can look back on this important time in their life for years to come.
The film above is the preview, and below is the full film.
One of the most anticipated nights of a teenager's life is unquestionably: PROM. Annabelle's mom called me up and asked me to create a film of her daughter's prom. I loved this idea. Especially, because I love Moab's prom. They do it the old fashioned way. Months and months before prom, the kids start learning a choreographed waltz. Practically the entire community comes out to the gym to watch the anticipated promenade. Every couple gets their own entrance where their names and their parents names are announced. And then they promenade. And then they dance with their moms or dads. And then all the grownups leave, the lights go low, and the true dance begins. When I first moved to Moab years ago, I thought it was so strange. Now I think it's wonderful!! Just what prom should be. I loved the opportunity to document these fun teenagers at such a joyful life event. And teenagers love being in front of the camera, which makes my job incredibly fun.
For the second time in two months, I was asked to film at Grand County High School. This time for the Devilettes. And what a privilege! The Devilettes are the drill team for GCHS. The community loves them and has always loved them. There is even a drink named after them at the local soda shop, Lop's Pop Stop (Sprite, raspberry & blood orange).
The Devilettes have been practicing furiously for competition. They asked me to come for what would be their final dress rehearsal before Region. It was a Friday night. The boys' C, JV, and varsity basketball teams would be playing, and the Devilettes had a different routine to perform at each halftime. These 3 routines were the routines that they would perform at region, which was to be the next morning.
The girls immediately impressed me. They were obviously devoted and talented. They were so athletic and so excited for me to be there. I love working with teenagers! They are not camera shy. I filmed them practicing for each routine in the band room and putting the final touches on their hair and costumes. They rehearsed over and over. Especially the hard parts.
The girls would pop in during the basketball games to watch and cheer on their friends and boyfriends playing basketball. And then they'd group up outside the court and pray and cheer, and get completely stoked. Less than one minute after the half time buzzer sounded, the girls marched to half court, and absolutely killed it. By the varsity game, the crowd was huge, as it was an important ball game, and the energy was so much fun. Even though I'd just met these girls, I was so happy for their incredible success and couldn't help but pump my fist in the air when they hit their final steps.
The Devilettes went on to do place 4th at region, allowing them to move on to State. I love filming these high school teams. Soon 4 of the girls will graduate, and being a Devilette will be a thing of the past. I am excited each of these ladies will have this video to look back on and show to the people they care about.