Chandler's Gardens Wedding, Celina, Tx | Matthew and Annaliese

For our first wedding of the year me and Tiff got to travel out to Dallas to shoot our good friend Matt's wedding. It was February, and it's always nice to get out of the Portland rain for a little break. 

Matt and Annaliese wanted a pretty simple and straightforward film, so there's no audio, just good times and a focus on both of their amazing families.  Matt has lived in a few different places during his 20's, which made filming this really fun because all his friends from different states got to meet each other for the first time. Both families are devout Christians, and there was a joy and a reverence that was easy to capture in the film. The family prayer during the ceremony, to the wild dancing in the evening made for a special time. 

You may notice all the different shots of Legos in the film. Matt loves Legos. Plastic gold he says... and he's right. One year when me and Tiff were fundraising to go back to Uganda to work in the orphanage that we visit most years, Matt donated about 30 boxes of unopened Legos. I sold them on Ebay and it ended up funding most of our trip! So every table had a little random assortment of Legos for each guest to make their own character.

I messed around with different colors in this film and really loved how the reds came out. Geek stuff I know, but thought I'd mention it. Also we shoot some polaroids at every wedding just for fun, and I think we're gonna start using them as the video thumbnails. So we aren't low-resing our photos in post, that's the real deal:) Was really fun editing this, and was cracking up editing all the dancing scenes. Two of my brothers were there hamming it up super hard. Hope you all enjoy

Much Loves,

Chris

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Venue | Chandler's Gardens

Photography | Lorena Burns Photography

Little note about the photos. Any of the nice photos are by Lorena, all the rest are from friends:)

Indian Wells Country Club Wedding, Indian Wells, CA | Karha and Ryan

Last November we traveled to Palm Springs to shoot our friends Karha and Ryan's wedding. Tiff has known Karha for over 15 years and it was really special to see her marry the love of her life.

The wedding took place at Indian Wells Country Club, and though we've done so many weddings, this was the our first country club shoot. I'm not a golfer, and my mind only knows the par 3's we would ride our bikes through as kids, so I did not expect the desert country club to be beautiful, haha but it was! Take a thirty second walk from the ceremony and it feels like you're in Joshua Tree or something.

I think my favorite thing from this wedding was the speech made by Karha's little son Rex. "It's a great day for me and my Mom to get married." Karha and Rex have been through a lot, and it seems like Ryan came into their life at just the perfect time. Right before the ceremony Karha surprised Ryan with final adoption papers for Rex. The day was a perfect union of Husband and Wife, and of Mother, Father and Child.

The pictures in this post are from the very talented Kati Nicole. We're both a huge fan of her work, and it was so fun hanging out all weekend with such a sweet person.
 

Much Loves,

Chris

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Venue | Indian Wells Country Club

Photography | Kati Nicole

Venture Workshop & Styled Shoot

Two weeks ago I attended my first wedding filmmaker workshop. I'd never thought or heard of a specific workshop like that, but my one and only friend in the biz who I come to for advice, (Anna Joyce / Joyce Films) suggested that I attend Venture. Since I live in a vacuum, I had never heard of White in Revery, Forestry Films, Everly Films, and Seth Dunlop, who are all incredible leaders in the industry. Folks flew in from all over the world, to the Silverton Lodge in Oregon to sharpen their skills and learn from the best.

For the last ten years I've learned everything I know about films from the internet. I've never taken classes and didn't have anyone to show me the ropes, so the chance to ask questions and learn the work process of some amazing film makers was an unreal experience for me. Just to be able to talk film making with someone else was nice, but to talk about color grading, software, lenses, and story crafting blew my mind. There were lectures in the morning with topics ranging from marketing to editing, and shooting sessions in the afternoon.

For four days my mind was crammed with so much information and new ideas, that it was kinda hard for me to know where to start when I got home. After I had time to sit with the information, organize my notes, and set some new goals, I would say that the biggest take away for me was license to be more creative and try new things. I kinda had my idea of what a wedding video should be and I was doing my best to hit that idea, but I was wondering where I could go with the films, like how could I keep improving. I know I could get inspired by watching Youtube, but now I have the means to implement my creativity. I'm really excited for this next year for better story crafting, different shooting styles, and more amazing films.

Here's a little video I put together from the styled shoots at the workshop. The forest reminded me of the Upside Down from Stranger Things, which was awesome. I was seeing all the amazing videos my peers from the workshop were posting, and I felt like elegance and flowing beauty were expressed in their videos, and I wouldn't be able to add much more to that collection. So I did something a little different and had lots of fun with this edit. I started in films with music videos, so this is a little like that, super dramatic. I also wrote and recorded this song for the video. I would like to do more little projects like this in the future, but for now it can just be to show what else I can do with films. Hope you enjoy!

Much Love,
Chris

Venture Workshop | ventureworkshop.co

The Barn on Jackson Wedding Chehalis, WA | Dillon and Becky

This is a wedding we shot in October, at the quirkiest venue, The Barn on Jackson. I spent a little time in Australia, and the vibe of this place reminded me of a multi family country abode. The bride's quarters were brick with hanging vines, there were roaming goats and an expansive field, and the barn was a mix of weathered wood and brick that just had a rustic warm feel to it.

Becky and Dillon are a wonderful couple. They're very welcoming and hilarious. I have so much footage from this wedding that just cracks me up, that I was momentarily tempted to include some audio clips in the video. And yes those are shots of tequila being taken during the ceremony, just perfect:) 

This wedding is shot in the format of the Laurelhurst Package. You'll see its a bit longer than the North Tabor packages and there is audio from the speeches and the ceremony. Usually I like doing some sort of interview footage with the bride and groom, but Becky and Dillon wanted to keep it super chill and candid, and it worked really well for their video style. The drone footage of course looked amazing thanks to Tiffany, and we also had our friend Wiley Parker there to help us shoot the full ceremony video. Wiley is so good at shooting and he also happens to be the brother in law of the wedding photographer that day, Caito. All the photos on this blog were taken by her, and as you can see she's so creative. 

Love this video and really happy to finally share its goodness with y'all. 

Much Loves,
Chris

Photography: Caito

Venue: The Barn on Jackson

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Zenith Vineyard Wedding Salem, OR | Mike and Chelsea

Back in 2016 I shot a wedding for Brad and Kylee. It was at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and is still one of my favorites to this day. (you can watch that video here) One year later we were so excited to hear from Chelsea, who is Kylee's sister. The whole group of friends and family are wonderful people who love a good party, and it's not often you get to shoot with the same folks at different weddings. It was fun recognizing people from my last video(cause lord knows I'm looking at 20-30 hours of faces while I edit:) and seeing a similar party, but with it's own personality. There's a fun little part in Kylee's film where Chelsea jumps over her nieces during the reception. It was such a memorable little moment, and we got a chance to recreate that moment at Mike and Chelsea's wedding, but this time Kylee does the jumping. 

Zenith Vinyards was beautiful and the day was bright. We got amazing light for the sunset photos(which I would always recommend) and the ceremony light was just perfect. I worked this day alongside Jake and Anna of Sweetlife Photography, and you can see their work from the day down below.

Hope you enjoy the video, this was a North Tabor package.

Much Loves,

Chris

 

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Venue | Zenith Vinyard

Photography | Sweetlife Photography

Youngberg Hill Vineyards Wedding McMinnville, OR | Megan and Eric

With the closing of 2017, we wanted to take some time to share with you some of our favorite weddings from this past year. I met up for drinks with Megan and Eric about a month before their wedding date to discuss day of details, and right away I knew how the day would feel. Megan and Eric are really easy to talk to and super laid back. They're just buds, and the comfort and ease of their relationship extends outward to others. Fast forward to September, me and Tiff found ourselves winding through seemingly endless miles of backroads to arrive at Youngberg Hill Vinyards . I'm uncultured and had never visited a vineyard before, so naturally I was blown away by the expansive beauty of the place. We had recently bought our drone and it was a perfect place to capture the wedding from a new vantage point way up in the sky. Tiffany was just getting down tracking with the drone and we were pretty stoked on some of the shots she got in this video. I shot the day alongside Amanda Meg who was doing photos. She had some great ideas and was so fun for us to work with.(BTW all these amazing photos were taken by her) 

As the day moved toward mid afternoon, the heat really turned up. It's pretty understandable for people to get a bit impatient wearing full wedding attire, but this wedding party didn't seem to be bothered. I was sweating through my shirt and these guys were just hamming it up and loving life. Thats the way it should be. You can see during the pre ceremony wedding party pictures, that these guys were so excited to be there and it really shows throughout the whole day. Though Megan and Eric are from Oregon, they lived in Colorado for a bit, and lots and lots of people travelled here for the wedding. Lots of weddings have that family/friend reunion type feel, and I love capturing that feeling. 

Hope you enjoy the video as much as we do. This is the North Tabor package.

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Much Loves,

Chris

Venue: Youngberg Hill Vinyards 

Photos: Amanda Meg Photography

The Mighty Highlight Video

The Mighty Highlight Video, AKA the North Tabor Package, is by far a favorite of our clients. It’s technically a highlight video but so much more. It comes with full day coverage and you receive a 5-8 minute video highlighting all of the important parts of the day.  This video is great for people who want a professional video done of their day that is easy to share with friends and family. It is set completely to music which is an added bonus for those of us who are not particularly fond of hearing our voices on video. We need less videographers and less equipment for this video which allows us to take a more “fly on the wall” approach while filming, allowing us to stay more behind the scenes rather than front and center.

One of the best things about this video is the price. At only $1800 it makes having a professional wedding video affordable to many who thought they didn’t have the budget for it. We’ve heard from many brides that one of their biggest regrets from their wedding was not having it filmed. By only using one videographer and not using audio, we are able to eliminate a lot of cost and still be able to provide an incredible piece of art that you can watch year after year.

Jenn and Kyle -One of our many North Tabor Films

A huge focus of our videos is on the people and emotion of the day. We will obviously get the artistic shots of wedding décor and the accompanying scenery but our favorite thing about weddings are the people and the joy and emotion we are able to capture on film. I remember thinking, after our wedding, how this was the best day ever! Everyone we loved from all over the world was gathered in one place. I looked and felt the most beautiful I ever had and everyone else looked amazing as well. It was the most expensive and in turn best party I had ever hosted and attended. Then with the speeches, I had never felt so showered with love and blessings. So many incredible feels going on and I am so glad we were able to catch it on film, still pictures just can’t compete with what film can capture.

A very subtle, but incredibly impactful piece that Chris is able to do in post production, is in his music selection. Before Chris was a videographer he was in a band. His band and love for music is actually what led him to videography as he is the one who produces and edits their music videos. Chris has great taste in music and spends a lot of time searching for songs that he feels matches the emotion of the day and fits the couples’ personalities. Since Chris is also a singer/songwriter, musical composer and produces his own music he is able to adapt songs to match perfectly the feeling and emotions being portrayed in each aspect of the video. The North Tabor Package is Chris’s favorite film to create because the music plays such an impactful role in this video. Since there are no voice overlays going along with the video, it is up to the music to set the tone and Chris loves this added layer of creativity he is able to incorporate into your video.

We have nicknamed it, “The Mighty Highlight Video”, because when you choose to have Long Light Productions produce a highlight video of your wedding, it is so much more than a simple highlight video.  We have heard from many people that there is just something about our videos which sets us apart. After reflecting on this I believe it is the focus on people and the uniquely modified and mastered musical accompaniment paired together that produces such a beautiful and emotionally filled video.

Brad and Kylee- Another North Tabor Package masterpiece!

While The North Tabor Package is Chris’s favorite package, mine is Laurelhurst. Stay tuned for my next post on The Laurelhurst Package which was specifically tailored by me, Tiffany, of everything I could possibly want out of a wedding video if I could do it again :)

Look How Far We've Come

I wanted to write our first blog post as a reflection on how we came to where we are. In 2014, Chris and I decided to see if we could make a living out of this crazy talent he had of making videos. It all started with Chris’s band Fallstar. Being in a band is tough and Chris had to teach himself how to do EVERYTHING there to promote and keep a band running including partially shooting and editing their music videos. Friends saw his talent and he began to do freelance work including commercial, fashion and motion graphics.

 Fallstar!

Fallstar!

We needed to start somewhere so we asked if we could shoot a good friend’s wedding for free as “practice”. Check out “Dave and Kaitlin’s” wedding video below and I think its pretty obvious, Chris had a natural talent and eye for wedding cinematography from the very beginning. Chris shot and produced 4 wedding videos that first year from Thumbtack referrals and we decided we had enough experience and sample videos to start marketing ourselves to the wedding world.

In 2015 we were pregnant with and had our first child, got a puppy, bought and completely renovated our first home, and started 2 new jobs in addition to our wedding videography business Searatz Media Weddings.

Needless to say we were a bit short on cash and time but we did the best we could and emptied what was left of our savings to get into a couple wedding shows to try and get our name out there.  Our hard work paid off and we booked twice as many weddings in 2016 and had a blast meeting new couples and expanding our business.

A couple of our first shows as Searatz Media Weddings

Now 2017 is here and it is so exciting to see how far we have come in just one year. Searatz Media was Chris’s multimedia business and we tagged Searatz Media Weddings as our exclusive wedding videography line. However we felt we needed to completely separate ourselves from his side business and that is how we became Long Light Productions. With a little money in the business bank account we were able to completely re-brand ourselves and are finally feeling like we’ve found our place. We are so excited to see what this year brings.

While Chris continues to learn more and perfect his shooting and editing, some of those early 2015 SRM (Searatz Media) films remain our favorites. From the beginning, Chris has had an uncanny ability to capture the emotional highlights of the day and match those moments up perfectly to music creating breathtaking cinematic masterpieces.  Stay tuned for our next blog post, where I will talk more about Chris’s musical background and why he loves shooting our most popular video package, North Tabor, AKA “The Mighty Highlight Video”.

Thanks for going on this journey with us :)