Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Enjoy a small sampling of my work from New York Fashion Week in September, featuring collections for Spring Summer 2012. I shot and edited backstage beauty, celebrities, Fashion’s Night out and more than 45 runway shows. WHEWWW! Stay tuned for photos from this season!

To view this online go here.

Candlelight Video

This is a video from two of our photographers, Andrea Hanks & Nathan Pickett at Candlelight Serenade 2010

Candlelight Serenade from Nathan Pickett and Andrea Hanks.

Location: W Hotel-Hollywood, California
Video and Edits: Tyler Lund
Clothing and Performance: Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora

Go here to see the post online.

 17. AUG, 2011

Summer Collaboration 2011 from Jared Wortley with Oneilove Media on Vimeo.

Capturing the perfect grace, style & beauty to your wedding is easy when you have a team of experts to help you.  This group of wedding vendors shows off their talents as they created this 2011 summer collaboration.  Jared with Oneilove media showcased the event perfectly.  Each vendor played an extremely important role that helped create the perfect look.  Check out this fantastic showcase & get inspired to create your own perfect masterpiece… Your Wedding!!

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Every bride deserves to have grace, style & beauty on your special day.  The perfect addition to your personal attire & style would have to be one of the gorgeous cars at Something Vintage Something Blue.  You will not only get the royal treatment by their amazing service but you also will be showing up, exiting or both in style.  Something Vintage Something Blue is excited to be debut their newest additions to their Royal Family Magnolia & Sunshine.

Magnolia is a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III.  More details about this amazing beauty can be found on Something Vintage Something Blue’s website.  You can also find out more information about having them be part of your special day.  After all doesn’t every bride deserve the royal treatment on her special day & have the luxury of getting first class treatment in this cars that were made for royalty.  Something Vintage Something Blue offers an incredible service at an affordable price.  Check them out HERE.

Sunshine is a 1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  For more details about this fabulous car be sure to check out details about it on Something Vintage Something Blue’s website HERE.

The Mccune Mansion is one of Utah’s most beautiful venues.  This historic building offers a unique style.  It’s charm beauty doesn’t just carry on the outside but on the inside as well.   If you are looking for a venue fit for a princess you just may have found it at the Mccune Mansion.  Be sure to visit their website HERE.

These gorgeous gowns are from Alta Moda Bridal & Lily & Iris.  These two dress Boutiques offer the latest fashions to the pickiest of brides as well as bridesmaids dresses.  They keep up with the latest trends & styles in the wedding industry so you can trust that they will know how to take care of you when you are on the hunt for your wedding gown & for your bridal party as well.

These hair updo’s are a work of art.  Dallan Flint is a master when it comes to hair.  He has proven himself to me in these gorgeous images.  Getting the perfect look to your special day isn’t easy but if you choose someone to help you create the perfect style for you on your special day you won’t go wrong.  Be sure to know what it is you like & what you know looks good on you before you go to have your hair done.  Your stylist may have something else in mind so communicate with your stylist to make sure you both are on the same page.  Taking your dress, hair piece, veil or any other embellishment you want used in your hair is a must when you are getting your hair done for your wedding.  Be sure to do a trial run before your big day to make sure it is just how you want it.

Daniela Rowson knows how to create the perfect look for any bride.  Her flawless make up techniques are perfect for any bride wanting to look her very best.  Daniela knows how to create looks that not only look great in person but on print.  You know that your images will turn out just as beautiful as you look in person.  Be sure to check out more of Daniela’s amazing work on her website HERE.

Andrea Hanks Photography captured all the beauty in this fantastic shoot.  Andrea has an incredible talent to pull out sharp rich colors in her photos and all of her pictures have a certain class to them that is tough to describe but you can definitely see it in her work .  For more information about her & see more of her work be sure to check out her website HERE.

Those Who Made it all Happen

Location~ McCune Mansion

Photography~ Andrea Hanks Photography

Videography~ One I love Media

Dresses~ Alta Moda Bridal Lily & Iris

Hair~Hair by Dallan Flint

Make Up~Daniela Rowson

Models~ Shariana, Scott, Aly Kesler, Hanna

Cars~  Something Vintage Something Blue

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

I was able to work together with some of Utah’s TOP wedding vendors last fall, and the result?  One fantastic project.  Check it out here or to see the post which was featured on The Bride and go here.

Film by~Kale Fitch Films

I wanted to share this wedding collaboration with you to help inspire you to create your own wedding inspiration.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, or expensive.  It just has to be personal, inspiration & tug at the heart strings.  When planning your wedding remember who will be watching your wedding video years from now.  Or might want to wear your wedding dress and stomp around in your old wedding shoes.  Your day just end after the wedding.  Think of it as just the beginning.  A beginning to a new, wonderful life together as a married couple  and what your future may hold.

That is what this wedding collaboration is to me.  A reminder of all things wedding are beautiful & you can create your own by adding a personal touch to everything you do. Have fun putting your own wedding celebration together & create a love story to share with everyone you meet.

Special thanks to all the amazing wedding vendors who put this amazing collaboration together.

Photography~Andrea Hanks Photography

Film~Kale Fitch Films

Vintage Cars~Something Vintage Something Blue

Dresses~Modest Couture By Elizabeth

Hair & Make-Up~Versa Artistry

Models~Anisa Rianna, Elijah Radford, Katy Kamahele

Assistants~Katy Kamahele & John Hanks

To see more images from this great collaboration check out a previous post here &here.

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

The tip of the week is provided by John Mireles who is an amazing photographer.  I was prompted to post this after hearing a photographer talk smack about a really great videographer.  I have personally worked with a bunch of great videographers, and I feel uncomfortable with the attitude that some photographers have about being more important than the videographer.  Can’t we all just get along?  It will make both of our jobs much easier and a whole lot more fun for everyone involved. Let’s face it, the end goal for both of us is to give our clients a great product.  Let’s move our egos aside and do just that by working together! Oh and in case you are wondering?  My all time favorite videographer in Utah is Nathan Pickett Films.  He rocks…his work rocks…and he doesn’t think he is cooler than me! Cheers!-Andrea

Avoiding Videographer Hassles-John Mireles

Is there a photographer out there who hasn’t had a problem with a videographer running amok at a wedding? Any photographer who’s been in this business for more than a day no doubt has a horror story or two about a video crew getting in every shot or overpowering the romantic reception lighting with a WWII searchlight.

Not only can the video crew ruin a great shot, it’s stressful dealing with uncooperative or even hostile vendors while you’re trying to do your job and enjoy yourself. I’ve actually had videographers physically threaten me on two separate occasions. (Yikes!) Not fun!

Unfortunately, dealing with videographers is not getting any easier. As more videographers give up their old video cams and adopt the DSLR as their shooting platform, the style and way they’re working is changed. Increasingly, videographers are acting as cinematographers seeking to create a stylized movie rather than act as more passive observers as they did in the past.

The downside for photographers is that, more than ever, videographers seek to get in close – which means in your frame – for the shot to take advantage of their new capabilities. Although that shallow depth of field looks great, it also means that more shots will be out of focus so now the videographer needs a second shooter with a wider lens to make sure nothing is missed. So now you not only have more people around, they’re getting in closer too – which means more shots ruined. Sound familiar?

All is not lost however. There’s a lot you can do to make sure that things go right. Here are my suggestions for a wedding day devoid of vendor fisticuffs.

So as You Sow…
If you act thoughtlessly and inconsiderately towards the video crew, you’re going to get the same treatment in return. Be considerate to the needs of the people working alongside you. Be aware of the placement of the video crew so that you don’t needlessly block their shots. Know that the video crew needs continuous and unobstructed views of the vows, readings, and toasts. Be especially aware of your positioning during these key moments.

Never once have I heard a photographer begin their videographer rant with “I was a complete inconsiderate jerk” yet I’ll bet there are plenty of knucklehead photographer horror stories making the rounds among videographers. The more aware you are of how your actions impact those around you, the better relationships you’ll have with everyone you’re working with.

The Best Defense if a Good Offense
The best way to deal with a problem is to make sure it never has the opportunity to occur. Instead of just leaving it to the client to hire some nightmare video company, make it a point to recommend a company that you like and work well with. Clients generally hire a photographer long before they hire a videographer so use that to your advantage.

Before recommending a videography company, take a look at their finished work to see if it meets your standards. Then promote that company exclusively to all of your clients. You’ll find that when you are the referral for the job, the videographer is going to take very good care of you and make sure to not step on your toes.

One word of advice, be sure to pick a videographer with competitive rates. Any money that a client spends on the videographer is money that may not get spent on photography. Sure, you may want to refer the super-high-end guy, but that stack of money to book him is a stack that may get taken away from your album upgrade or parent albums.

Set the Ground Rules
You’ll notice that a common theme with much of my advice is to avoid problems before they occur. In that vein, bring up the potential for “challenges” with the bride and groom before the wedding. Discuss with the client the potential issues that may occur and how it can affect not only the photos you’ll deliver, but can negatively affect their experience on the wedding day.

I explain how videographers are becoming ever more intrusive, that there is the potential for shots to be ruined and it’s frustrating to have to compete for the best angle. The main thing I like to ask is, “What is more important to you? The video or the photography?” If it’s the photography, then I ask if I have permission to act as air traffic control on the wedding day.

The key is that I want the clients to be aware of the potential issues and have them on my side if/when they do arise. Usually, the photography is far more important to the client, (a fact that is reflected in their budget,) so they don’t want the video guy screwing up my work. If I have the client on my side, I can then be more authoritative in my directions to the videographer.

Get on the Same Page
All too often the photographer and videographer will warily eye each other at the wedding without ever getting to know each other. Big mistake! Instead, I suggest that before the two teams start shooting on the wedding day, you make it a point to introduce yourself and make a plan for the day. Opening up communication and establishing rapport makes it much easier for you to avoid and correct problems.

In this little introductory meeting, I like to ask questions about how the video team operates. What lights they use. Where they are going to set up during the ceremony. If there are specific shots they want. How they handle prep and formals etc. I ask if there’s anything they need from me. Again, the idea is to get the communication going and eliminate surprises.

I like to keep the meeting light and friendly. I don’t proclaim myself to be the boss-man, but I do make it be known that I won’t tolerate being stepped on or over. There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence; I try to keep it on the side of the latter so as to not make enemies.

One Person Rule
Everybody wants to be in with the bride when she’s getting ready and other special moments. No surprise there. But when you have the photographer and her assistant plus a videographer and his assistants, you end up with a frustrating cluster mess and everyone in each other’s shots. Plus, it kills the moment.

To deal with this, I’ve adopted the “one-person per team” rule, which means that only one photographer and one videographer are allowed in the room while the bride is getting ready. I recommend getting the bride’s okay on this when you talk to her in advance and then getting everyone’s buy-in during the pre-shoot meeting with the videographer.

If the video team has a problem with this, you can say that you’ve discussed this with the bride and groom so any change has to be agreed to by them.

Work as a Team
Instead of trying to fight each other, think of how you can work together to get better results for the both of you. During the first dance, I’ll sometimes offer to have my assistant hold the video light for the videographer so that we both can use it off-axis.

I used to get frustrated when a videographer would try to step in and shoot formals. Now, I welcome it. I let the videographer know that they’re welcome to shoot formals at any point. I use that as an excuse to second shoot and get angles that I might not ordinarily. It’s a welcome break when someone else is doing the directing and it allows me to think of new and different ideas for my shots.

Once you start working collaboratively, the mood changes, everyone has a better time and the end product is better too.

Be Prepared
The bride and groom are seconds from cutting the cake and you’re all set. There’s beautiful rim lighting coming from above and gentle ambient lighting bouncing in from the sides. It’s a gorgeous moment until… the video guy turns on his monster video light and blasts the scene with more light than a nuclear explosion.

Sometimes there’s no substitute for being prepared. Have a secondary setting on your camera set for automatic mode so that you can quickly switch to it. Have another camera with a flash so you can overpower whatever the video guy throws at you.

Better yet, ask beforehand how the video guy intends to cover the a given event so you’re not surprised at the last second. Remember, the difference between the newbie and the experienced photographer is that the latter is always thinking two steps ahead and not just reacting at the last second.

If All Else Fails
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’ve still got the videographer in everyone’s face or setting up in the middle of the aisle during the ceremony. What most photographers do is ignore it, bitch about it afterward then ask what they can write into their contract to prevent it from happening again. I’m sorry but that’s the wrong approach.

The solution is to firmly but nicely, let the videographer know that he’s blocking your shot and getting in your way. If you’ve got buy-in from the bride, you know that your work is more important the video so you can more confidently direct the videographer. (On the other hand, if the video is more important, then it’s you that needs to work around the videographer. At least you know where you stand.)

If the video guy is creeping into every shot, photograph him. I realize that the tendency is to crop him out – and you should for some of the shots, but also keep him in since he’s part of the day. If nothing else, you can use these images as part of a friendly notice you send to your clients about the hazards of obnoxious videographers along with a list of who not to hire. This photographic evidence serves as all the more reason for the client to hire your recommended videographer.

The key to all of this is to think ahead and plan to avoid the potential for problems long before the videographer steps in front of you as the bride is walking down the aisle.

John Mireles

Snoop Dogg

August 9, 2010

I was one of four photographers with media credentials for  Snoop Dogg’s concert in Park City, Utah this year.   I have found that most people either love or hate him.  Either way,  there is no argument saying that he is a huge superstar, and I was there as a photographer for the event.   Enjoy the slideshow!

2 AM Club

March 30, 2010

It has been a while since I have posted anything. It is not because I don’t have any work to post, nay it is quite the contrary. I have been running like crazy since January. I just wanted to share some exciting news here on the blog with a promise that there is a whole lot more to come!

I was able to shoot photos of 2 AM Club at The Sundance Film Festival while on assignment for Utah Styleliste Magazine. I had about 10 minutes backstage to take their pictures, and I am pleased to announce that RCA (their record label) has purchased all of the photos! These boys are super talented, educated and extremely un-jaded. We were able to hang out with them the next night and had a great time because they were so down to earth. I think they are going to be huge. Their first album is slated to be released in the spring. Check out the RCA homepage and 2 AM Club is the first artist listed.  To see more of my photos of 2 Am Club, check out my Facebook Page.

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Can you feel the energy?

July 25, 2009

Before you watch this you will need to scroll to the bottom of my blog and pause the playlist, and make sure your speakers are turned up for the video. I normally am pretty straight laced when it comes to posts on my blog, but I could NOT help putting this video up. I saw this on Jon Woodbury’s blog, and I laughed so hard I almost cried. Enjoy!