This is my sister's family. My sister and I have always lived too far apart to be there for the birth of each other's children. Until now!! With my move to AZ, I was able to be there the day her beautiful twins were born. It wasn't an easy ride for my sister though. She had preeclampsia so the twins were delivered about a month early. And then she felt pretty awful after. Guys, I'm sure you all know, but most births are not done with lovely makeup and silky robes. Often the cute robes and makeup don't come on the day after, or even week after. But this doesn't mean documenting those first moments with your newborn isn't possible. Watch this little film for a great example of this. I returned a month later to film her entire family, and the moments are just as magical. There are so many ways to do a newborn/birth film, so do not worry if labor and delivery doesn't go how you imagined.
60th wedding Anniversary Oral History Family Film
Jerry and Marie Stocks recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. About 6 weeks before their anniversary, their 5 children gathered with them in their home so we could film an oral history. Their 5 adult children asked them all sorts of questions- everything from "describe your first kiss", to "what's your greatest fear?". There was a lot of laughter and several times, their kids said, "I didn't know that!". They interviewed their parents for a good 90 minutes, and then we headed outside to film in their lovely garden.
I feel like I learned so much from these wonderful people! Jerry and Marie gave great marriage advice. They talked about how you shouldn't expect a fairy tale marriage- about how sometimes they drove each other crazy, but at the end of the day, they never did anything to one another they couldn't take back, and they always loved each other.
I cannot express how important I believe it is to have oral histories filmed. Cindy, the daughter who hired me, has told me repeatedly that this is a treasure for her and her family, forever. Time goes by so quickly, and often we lose people before we are ready. But a film like this will allow you to hear their voices, learn from them, and allow future generations to see them.
I gave the family the full 90 minute interview, along with this film, and a short preview for social media. Please contact me if this is something you are intersted in for a loved one! firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
AZ NEWBORN VIDEOGRAPHY
This session brought me so much joy. They were lovers and cuddlers and just the sweetest people I could ever hope to spend my morning with. Little Jesse was 10 days old when I came over to film. I loved seeing how the family had adapted to being a family of 4 and watching them in their new routine. I was impressed with how productive they had already been. This family lives in a rural area outside of Moab. They built everything they have. Everything! Since Jesse was born, Dad had built a playground for big sister, and Mom had been out digging a new fire pit. This morning filled me with peace and helped me remember what really matters.
Preview film below, full film above.
This film is a great reminder that even if you don't have your newborn video filmed in the hospital, this time is just as precious from home. I don't think there is a bad place or time to film a family in love with their new baby.
I don't think I will ever forget filming this little baby. My morning with this family was so sweet and so emotional. This baby was long hoped for and some health scares throughout the pregnancy made things stressful. But in the end, after a bumpy C-section, baby Nora and her mother safely made it through the journey. Kenna really wanted me there to film when her two other children met the baby for the first time, as well as when the children's aunt with Down syndrome met the baby. And Kenna was wise, because it was incredible. There were so many tears. Kenna's 12 year old just completely melted all of our hearts. And their sweet aunt just had this immediate love and connection for the baby. I won't forget it. There were also such sweet moments with her grandparents. At one point I captured Tanner's dad holding Nora and saying "I'm grandpa. We're going to have lots of fun!"
There is just so much love in hospital rooms with brand new babies. Honestly, every single time I've walked into a hospital room with a fresh new baby, I cry. It is just such a miracle- every single time.