Listen.... once you get to know me you'll know that this post is not something that I enjoyed writing, or am really even that comfortable with existing in the world. I have said in the past that Danielle was actually the one that started photography as a hobby first, what I haven't said till now is that a small reason why I picked up the camera was because I figured out I didn't have to be in front of it if I was behind it.
Now assuming that you've chosen me as your videographer we are going to spend a good amount of time talking about you. Over the course of multiple planning sessions, meetings, and phone calls. I am going to ask about how you met, how you got engaged, who the most important people are in your life, and maybe a few silly questions along the way. That being said this blog is your chance to learn a lot more about me.
Who am I? What a ridiculous question to ask myself and actually sit and write an answer too, so I'll start by taking a more logical approach. A statement that is informative about me in a way. I recently took a branding quiz to help identify the key points of my personal brand. The test identified 3 arch types that describe me as a person. First it said that I am a "Jester" type. That is to say that I want to live in the moment and have a great time. You may have noticed my investment levels are all named after different types of parties. This is how I try to approach my life. I'm a video game playing, theme park loving, live for the moment guy. (Or at least I try to be, but let's be honest we all have bad days.) If you've read our main about us page, you know I love donuts. I've always included that in my bio because I find it fun and light hearted. The day that I can't include that silly fact in my bio, is the day that I'm in this business for the wrong reasons and taking life too seriously.
Now you may be asking isn't being a "clown" a bad thing in terms of professionalism for my wedding needs? Not at all when you consider my other two traits. The brand assessment said that my second most important trait is that I am an "Everyman". My wife would tell you that this is my strongest trait. The need to be of service to the bigger picture of humanity has lead me to fill salt shakers, carry chairs, and countless other task on wedding days. I'm the type of person that is my own biggest critic and will do whatever it takes to produce the best result for my clients. I don't know another way then to try and make things perfect. I am driven to prove myself of value to each and every person I interact with as this shows in the quality of my films. My mentality is to be a service provider to your wedding, not just a videographer at your wedding. I plan to write a blog someday about my video style, but in summary I try to make my videos feel as if we are family, and I just captured what was going on around me... but then put a professional level, cinema quality flare to the entire thing.
That brings us to my third trait, "Lover", which is pretty straight forward in itself. I love being around love. The assessment says the biggest goal of this type is to build intimacy, and that honestly is probably what sets me apart from other videographers. I try to build a relationship with you, so that you're able to be comfortable in front of the camera with me. Your wedding day should be one of the most intimate days of your life, why not have it covered by a person that isinvested in the importance of it with you. These traits make me who I am as a videographer. Think about it, a passionate service focused vendor that likes to be around love and enjoys a good party. Is that not a recipe for the perfect wedding vendor?
If you've made it this far, thank you. I can't express what it means to me to know that there are people out there invested in my success to a point that you'd read this far into the blog. In closing I will try to break down my own walls for one paragraph and truly write about myself. As a human I am just the same as anyone else. I wake up each morning and try to figure out the best way to overcome life challenges, experience joy, and share in love with those around me. I face challenges as a father from being over 1200 miles away from my daughter most days, to my son Austin being a little bit to much like me for comfort, and finally the every day struggle and joys that come with having a 5 month old. As a husband I try my best to live and breathe the concept that my wife, my beautiful wife Danielle, is the one and only person in that I chose. Think about that for one second, you don't choose your parents, siblings, or children. Your spouse is the one and only person in your life that you pick, and plan to spend every subsequent day with. Let me just say I chose right! As an individual I am a tech focused, passion driven, reacher for personal growth. I have never felt a sense of calm a day in my life because with each success has always come the questions. "What's next?" "How could I have done better?" This behavior has taken me through life at 100% speed for learning and experiences. My greatest development in adulthood has been figuring out how I learn best, I was a terrible student (a bit of a class clown, sorry Mrs. Baldwin) , but now give me a topic I like and youtube, and I'll see you a week later with more knowledge than most could ever dream of having on the matter. Even if sometimes the topic is how to build the best hot wheel track over the pool with my son. If I had to narrow myself down to a single concept I would say I am a collector. I'm a collector in the traditional sense of pop culture toys, video games, and lego sets. However more importantly I am a collector of moments, memories, and experiences. I will forever collect these through travel, taking photos and trust willingly servicing your wedding event.