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happy photographer smiles while she makes video

I am a happy photographer who smiles when she makes video and flies her drone, whilst tapping out her favourite tune on her knee. We love this work. (FYI – in case you did not notice, this post is all about me – but in the process it’s about your journey too. You – oh fellow creator of life changing, human improving content!)

I AM A HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER

Being a happy photographer means you’ve balanced work that generates payment with work you love to make. Means you make photographs because you love the work, and you have the creativity and energy to continue learning a little each time. And sharing. And bringing love into people’s lives. (and I can shoot photo even when a migraine is in full swing…something about being behind the lens…it’s magical healing powers)

HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER SMILES WHILE MAKING VIDEO

Being a smiling video maker means you’ve (hopefully) charged enough for the work you love to make, and you still love it, 18 hours after your edits are still not done. And you still love it after the client asks for more edits than you were paid for, and you still love it when the work you do is shared and cried over and watched by thousands. And you still love it when your family hire other people to make video for them. (!!?!!) Even then!

BIGGEST POWER BOOST – watch other people’s work. Look for challenging shots and duplicate. Master that one technique..and slay the skills one at a time!

WANT TO EMULTE THIS SHOT #1

King Arthur & The Legend Of The Sword – running from the Black Legs through Londinium – there’s Arthur, Percival, Rubio, Bedevere – the tiny hemmed in lanes and the camera is on their wrist or shoulder mount and you get this insane up close up of their facial expressions as they yell ‘move’ ‘move’

WANT TO EMULATE THIS SHOT #2

Opening Scene of King Arthur Legend Of The Sword CGI – i know but the swinging elephants trunk as it crushes a tower, and the horse galloping under it just before it crumbles!! And the music!!!!!

Adobe Premiere Pro – Final Cut Pro – Red – Arri – Sony – Iphone: it’s about lighting and composition in the end. Whatever device is in your hand.

I am a smiling videographer. Fore sure. Why? You know, if you make video, it’s because it is raw and real and tells the story. And YOU are the creator. And being the creator is an honour and a privilege and one that can not be replaced lightly. You should consider yourself an exceptional person in the sense that to tell our story it is first a skill with the eye of the beholder and secondly a skill with the camera.

Don’t underestimate your talent! Being a video creator is a creative journey that can not be given as a skill, it has to be learned and truly utterly earned.

THE EDITING SIDE OF IT IS VERY REWARDING, SUPER LONG AND TIME CONSUMING.

Hiring a post production team is a great idea, then you get more people who love what they do and are working because they love it. And want to do it more. Right? We hope so. But I’ve only ever hired three people to work with me. Each time their work was absolutely exceptional. And I think we all learned alot.

if you send us some money we will be available to listen and respond to your pro requests, questions and send you regular creator information. whether its how best to learn to fly a drone, which drone to fly or what side the logo should be on your photographs, wedding photo, real estate videos or million dollar yachts promos…we are pros and we knows..and we get the motion graphics and the subtitles and the intro and the outro

happy photographer smiles while she makes video

LETTING EDITING GO – LEAP OF FAITH?

elopement – 4 vendors, 4 hours to shoot. 24 hours to edit. friends for life – and featured in wedding magazines, 100%

The video above was shot by myself and my husband. I also shot photographs for this couple, they are being featured in the online magazine www.whatifweelope.com @whatifweelope in December. When you let the editing go, whether it is photo or video, you give up the creative process. Yes. You do. BUT….

GIVING UP PHOTO EDITING You no longer decide the framing, the tone, the color, the cropping, the spot removal. But you get all the time you need to go shoot more photos and video.

GIVING UP VIDEO EDITING You no longer have control over the story, someone else creates the magic. With the work you have shot. Let’s hope they don’t call you and say, I can’t work with this…that’s never happened to me. But I am very aware of quality now, since I look back over my older work and see terrible mistakes.

EDIT IN HOUSE OR SEND IT OUT?

When you embark on a journey saying I want to make a difference in people’s lives with my skills, make their memories legendary and help them capture the meaning in a moment. That is when you are truly alive. When you are being true to your inner drive. But can you afford to live on it? I make the content in order to make more content…if I have enough income that month to replace a broken lens, fabulous…I can rarely afford editing services. But a broken lens needs fixing

Whether you edit in house or send it away is up to you. If you are BURNED OUT and not getting enough sleep (hello….anyone?) then maybe send the content away this one time…you never know that may be the beginning of a great partnership in visual content production.

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happy photographer smiles while she makes video

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Proposals Of Marriage Are A Serious Business

Proposals of marriage are a tentative and nerve wrecking time for the one proposing and the one being proposed to. Proposals of marriage are meant to shake you to your core. It’s a seriously earth shaking decision. And the impact is so broad, not quite like a ripple on a lake, more like a tidal wave. Everyone you know and love will be impacted. It’s love, why be surprised? And it’s no surprise when we experience a seriously sharp increase in heart rate, our pupils dilate and the endorphins rage, maybe we should classify proposals of marriage as an ‘extreme sport?’

ADD IN THE CHALLENGE OF THE RIGHT TYPE & SIZE OF RING, FLOWERS, CORK POPPING, PHOTOGRAPHER, LOCATION AND TIMING! It’s a spell binding and dizzying ride, for sure.

Nerves Are Expected When Proposing

And what a relief when your beloved one says YES! These smiles and sighs of relief are genuinely not scripted at all. It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a photographic client. The intensity is really massive.

Whether you are proposing a new idea to a client or to your children for a new meal plan that cuts out meat – proposals of every kind in life, are a challenge. I proposed less meat on the menu this month – I was successful. But it would have really upset me if it had failed. I like animals too much.

Right? I mean, we ask for someone to be with us for the rest of our lives and they may need some time to think about it. In this case, with these two amazing young people, that was a short space of about 5 seconds.

Proposing Marriage!

Getting down on one knee is a vulnerable place to be. Truly, it’s when you put yourself below your intended. You look up into their eyes and basically beg them to have you for richer or poorer and until death do you part! Proposing marriage isn’t to be taken lightly. And yet many people do find themselves divorcing. And re-marrying.

Proposals of Marriage are a Seriously Serious Business

She really really energised everyone around here at the Hampton Inn in Key largo, with that smile and that radiance.

Seriously, though, proposals of marriage are seriously a serious business. Many lives change in that instant. You – whether on bended knee or free falling from 13,000 ft – yes sky diving proposals happen too – you go from being single, and hopeful, to being stunned and possibly committed!

Best practice I’d say is be some place where you are happy at the beach or wherever you are comfortable, because you will go from calm and coasting along to suddenly shocked, head spinning like a top, thousands of questions, definitely a gut reaction and adrenaline flowing. And hopefully a ‘yes’ will come out of your mouth and precipitate the kind of smiles only that ‘yes’ can generate!

Saying this makes me wonder whether a proposal of marriage shouldn’t be classed as an ‘extreme sport!’ Seriously – your heart beat increases, your pupils dilate, you experience a hit of endorphins for sure. And then what …. you hear yourself saying the words that will – in an inevitable wedding event a few months along – change your entire world and that of your family members. WOW! No pressure or anything!! Wooh!

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9 Blogging Years Later

“You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.”

Happy 9th WordPress.com Birthday

Here is a run on sentence

Discovering yourself through reverse planning – or structured chaos – following the inner voice guided by the outward stimuli – and finding yourself right where you need to be – it’s not a skill – it’s not even conscious – it’s simply an intuitive thread that you keep between your fingers and follow – in your minds eye – your hearts voice – your gut instinct – your sixth sense – it’s a spiritual guide – no – it’s a genetic instinct – no it’s cultural irritability – no it’s confidence in all your own oddities – no it’s more like following your feet – listening to the whispers of creativity within and allowing them to not be argued with – you stand up for your inner chaos – your impulsivity – your nomadic wondering – and find yourself in the right place and after 9 blogging years – realize you actually love to write – love to share the creative, design focused, photographic, film making, social media, adventure and family journey you have been walking the whole time – without knowing – that whole time – through every struggle – through each tiny triumph – your indomitable – uncrushable soul was putting you in the right places – the whole time – the place you are – where you accumulate the results of the tapestry you were sewing – where the thread you were following – was your very own and comes together for the master piece of your creative and scientific self – the self that landed you into your future existence – which is not a destination – as much as it is a way point on your journey to understanding the woven fabric of the universe as a whole – within which everyone is woven – into which we are all inserted when we arrive – and back to which we all go when we depart again – I am a photographer, filmmaker, writer, marketer, mother, scuba diver, sky diver, drone pilot, runner, skate boarder, dog mother, cat lover, travel lover, cook, poet. I am the worlds most accomplished nonsense and chaos maker and lover of earth and all beings upon it.

Happy 9th WordPress.com Birthday

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New Real Estate Website Launch – Buzzing

new real estate website launch

 

We are Buzzing Here – Film Production Complete

Published – Can’t Help Buzzing – Life Style Footage Complete

Cant help being excited. Star Properties Real Estate will launch their new website on Tuesday morning. We were commissioned to make the website header film. It’s hard to make the Florida Keys look bad, we live in this island paradise. But where do you start when you’re trying to share that beauty with people who have never been here? Whilst trying to impress the people who live here at the same time?

Star Properties’s Broker Owner, Jaclyn Kelley PLLC, was quite clear with her vision. This week we will see the new film headlining the website at it’s debut. The concept clearly empathises with a visitor who has a completely fresh perspective. And also is pleasing to her own Real Estate agents, many of whom grew up here.

Jaclyn Kelley has always had that knack of putting herself in your shoes, she always did get the other person’s perspective. It’s no surprise to me she knew exactly what would appeal to people and when I first heard about the project I knew, because of her confidence, she’d pick the best clips and angles. I want to take this opportunity to express gratitude for being the one chosen to make this film. Beyond humbled.

Nada Khalaf-Jones

Essential Drone Footage

For my part, agonising over some essential drone footage we needed was allayed by a last minute response from a fellow drone pilot. We have Kona Kai to thank for the Palm Tree scene, Luxury Waterfront homes, some of which are now sold, with the elegant appearance of beautiful Great Grey Herons, sublime lagoons, beaches and mangroves and Tiki huts, and of course we love the buzz of the massive Sport Fishing Vessels as they power out to the ocean. The filming of this header was a true pleasure.

We hope you will enjoy the new Real Estate website launch July 30th 2019, this Tuesday. Don’t miss a stop by www.flkeys-real estate.com and let Jaclyn Kelley know in the comments on her new website or on her facebook or instagram pages, what you think of this savvy young Key Largo & Fort Lauderdale based Real Estate companies’ new impactful virtual presence.

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