“Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly edited collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Bottom line, these vendors are the best of the best.” Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book
Colour Craft Media is proud to be accepted into Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book of vendors for Hawaii Wedding Cinematography! It’s a real honor as anyone who wishes to advertise with them must go through an arduous approval and screening process which involves evaluation on design, work, and personality of your company. They saw our work, loved it, and immediately pushed us through the process.
CCm aims to be a well designed and fashionable cinematography studio without sacrificing the individuality of each couple. Style Me Pretty’s editor (Abby Larson) also feels the same way about design. She feels it’s all about putting your own personality and style into your wedding and it should give your guests a view of who you are as a couple. Your wedding design should be based on what you as a couple love and not what someone else says is chic or “in” at the time. It’s such a great feeling to be associated with a blog like Style Me Pretty who cares about the quality of vendors they allow to advertise and be a part of their Little Black Book rather than just opening the door to anyone who has the cash to pony up.
Take a look at their blog if you’re looking for some design inspiration. There’s quite a bit of swagger being tossed around there :).
Posting this wedding all the way from San Diego, California!
First some tidbits about the day: Being a Hawaii resident, I had no idea where the heck I was going when driving around SoCal. It’s a good thing I had James Pizarro from our sister company red Bicycle Media with me. Not even 2 weeks after we filmed a wedding in Hawaii, he caught wind of me covering a full wedding alone in California and flew out ALL THE WAY FROM OHIO to help. Thanks again for that bro! I couldn’t have pulled off the SDE to this level solo :). Now with the help of our phones giving us directions and James’ excellent navigational skills (lol), we were able to make each location punctually.
Now fast forward to the reception and SDE showing time. We almost did not get to show this piece. It wasn’t a question of being done, I was done editing it quite early, it was the fact of some weird equipment issues. We usually use our own projectors as we can trust them and know what it takes to project with them, but we were at the mercy of the DJ’s projector, which needless to say gave us quite a few headaches. We ended up figuring out a solution, with the help of Keshia’s brother Nick who saved the day by driving to an electronics store MID RECEPTION, and we were able to show the SDE at the end of the night. Whew…..It was a great recap to a wonderful day.
To Keshia and J.C. : You were such a joy to work with, CCm was proud to be your cinematographers for that day (even though the MC kept calling us your wedding videographers, lol). It was a joy to film your wedding day and be a part of it. Congratulations!
ps. For you eagle eyed viewers of my blog, Keshia’s name is spelled K-E-S-H-I-A, not K-E-I-S-H-A. ;)
Enjoy their SDE :
FIRST WEDDING OF THE YEAR!
Katrina and Ryan were quite the opposite of each other, her being more relaxed and him being more of the serious type. Their union really proves the adage, opposites attract. They had their ceremony at a beautiful and intimate church right in the middle of chinatown and had a grand reception at the Dole Cannery Ballrooms. A big highlight of the night was Katrina and Ryan’s SURPRISE first dance performance! During the interviews, Ryan spoke of how Katrina inspired him to be more artistic and more creative. Her impact on him was quite apparent with the awesome standing ovation they received at the end of their dance.
I had the pleasure of having a few superstars shoot with me on this wedding. James Pizarro from my sister studio on the east coast, red Bicycle Media, along with Bruce Patterson from the award winning Cloud Nine Creative lent a hand during the reception while I cut the P.SDE. Special shout out to Joel Courtenay for all his help throughout the day as well.
It’s been a crazy 2009! So many changes happened and it was a whirlwind of a year! I have to admit, I didn’t think I’d be in this position a year ago :). Well…where to begin?
Attending the SM workshop in canada that transformed me from a wedding ‘videographer’ to a wedding ‘cinematographer’ really jump started a new way of looking at weddings. Instead of following a set mold or set routine, it gave me the freedom to THINK and actively pursue new ideas. Those 3 days spent freezing my tail off along with the other 11 attendees was a blast!
Finding out who my real friends were in this industry, that was a big one. When push came to shove, I knew who I could REALLY count on when things were rough. I must say, it was a HUGE surprise. I would have never thought in a million years the people who I have grown close to and ‘talk shop’ with would be in my close association of friends/industry friends 1 year ago. It’s really funny how different of a place you can be in that short amount of time. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for supporting me. Know that I have your back with whatever may come. From my Filipino brothers, Hawaiian homies to my Canadian compadres and everywhere in between, you guys know who you are.
Next mile marker was starting my own studio. Having a difference of philosophy from the studio I used to shoot with is what led me to do so. I actually never wanted to start my own studio but sometimes life throws you curve balls and you have no choice but to make lemonade (wait..what), lol. Reflecting back on that decision, it was scary but totally worth it. Would I have chose the same path if the circumstances were different? No, I’d still be shooting for that studio. I guess, in a way, it’s a blessing all those things culminated leading to me leave.
With all that said, thanks for reading my novel of a post! Here’s to new beginnings, great friends, and new opportunities! Thank you to all my 2009 couples and to all my 2010 couples, I look forward to having your story ‘take flight’ with Colour Craft Media!
I’m very excited about these next two pieces. The first piece was shot when I was in Ohio with my friends at red Bicycle Media. It was one of 3 pieces we collaborated on, the two others being the Same Day Edit of Michelle & Landon and iDream Media’s promo piece. The dress (along with Rachael) went thru quite a bit of “trashin” during these sessions :).
The second is Flo & Marc’s Day After film where the couple has a photo session in full wedding attire. They asked me where would some great places be to get some epic shots. Being a bboy and into the underground hiphop scene, I had a few places in mind that could really set their pictures apart. Nelwin Uy Photography rocked the session as well! You can see the photos here.