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Rain was no match for this wedding

September 9, 2011

I can’t believe I’ve been done with this wedding for so long and haven’t blogged about it!

Rachel and John Coleman invited me to document their beautiful wedding in Springfield, which has become one of my favorite places to work. It seems like everytime I shoot a wedding there, I either see old friends and clients, or I work with great new photographers, DJs, and bands.

Here were some of the highlights from the day:

Church audio-
First United Methodist Church in Springfield has the most amazing audio setup, and by far the most helpful staff I’ve ever worked with. Their audio technician was behind the soundboard the entire time, and was able to feed me everything from the speakers to the musicians.

The rain-
The rain normally isn’t a highlight of the day, but it let up just in time for the exit from the church and plenty of outdoor photography. It didn’t start back up until everybody was settled in at Panther Creek Country Club. And when it started up, there was a lightning show on the patio all night.

The live band-
I’ve already said how much I enjoy live bands at weddings. Still Kick’n was the night’s entertainment, and it was a fantastic show. With heavy storms passing through, the power flickered and went off several times. One time the power stayed off for about 10 minutes. Without missing a beat, the band grabbed their acoustic guitars and performed in the middle of the dance floor until the lights came back on. Here’s a clip of them entertaining in the dark:

Those are just the things that stood out as extraordinary in my mind. As always, the friends, family, bride, and groom were a blast to work with. I love knowing that the end of my work day is always going to be full of a bunch of happy people dancing and celebrating. Take a look at the video to see what I mean!


A day with the Rinellas

August 13, 2011

Laura and Lee’s wedding introduced me to some new people and places in Effingham, Illinois. I usually only make it down there for my work with the newspaper, so it’s a little bit farther than most of my usual wedding shoots.

I was pleased to find that just about everybody I came in contact with was incredibly friendly and professional. The church staff was more than helpful in providing me access to their sound equipment, the photographers were fun to work with, and the DJ and his team were fantastic.

The same can be said for the bride and groom. Laura was one of the most outgoing brides I’ve ever met, and was a natural in front of the camera, especially the “Love Story” interview. Her groom, Lee, was a little more reluctant to step in front of the camera, but his cold feet were completely unnecessary. As soon as he started talking he loosened up and it seemed like he didn’t even notice the camera there.

It was a great night with lots of dancing, and even some familiar faces.

So, here’s a look at my time in Effingham with the Rinellas.

Ein Prosit!

July 27, 2011

After I shoot a wedding, I have a very long editing process ahead of me. Depending on what I was hired to shoot, and how much extra fun stuff came up that day, I could have many small videos to edit on top of the main ceremony and montage.

While I’m working, I know the bride and groom are anxious to see their video. So, whenever I can, I share a small clip or two here so they can forward it on to family and friends.

This is one of those clips. After the best man and maid of honor finished their toasts, a group of people a few tables away started to sing. I was on a tripod, and too far away to make it to them in time. Luckily they didn’t mind stepping outside a little later to repeat the performance of their traditional German toasting song.

Emily & Zach’s Wedding

July 13, 2011

What a way to start off the wedding season!

I won’t lie, I always have something good to say after I shoot a wedding. It’s a fun job, and that’s why I do it. When you get that many people together, dancing and laughing, it’s hard to not have a good time.

That being said, this one was pretty awesome. It was obvious that Emily and Zach were crazy about each other, and the entire day went by without a hitch. Not only was everybody easy to work with, but there were so many photogenic moments that I had plenty to use while I was editing.

Here were a few things I really enjoyed about this wedding:

Reception hall with huge windows
This reception was at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield, and until the sun went down the lighting indoors was amazing. Ususally the reception is very dark and intimate, which is fine because that makes for better dancing atmosphere. But for the cocktail hour and most of dinner, there were a lot of great shots.

Big windows = sweet backlight

I’ve said this before: any kind of fireworks are great at a wedding. These fine guests all gathered on the enourmous patio and formed a tunnel, each holding out a giant sparkler. The bride and groom ran through it several times for photos and video, and it was incredible.

I'm so glad none of us went up in flames...

Awesome bride
I’m lucky to say I’ve never had to work with a bridezilla. But Emily was definitely one of the most laid-back brides ever. Makeup on the groom’s tux? A little wipe-off and it’s taken care of. Falling face-first during the photo shoot before the ceremony? Laugh it off with hardly any mention of a grass stain.

Everybody made it through unhurt...

There were a lot more factors that made this a great wedding shoot, but instead of babbling on even more, I’ll just share the montage. Enjoy!

Hardwood floors

March 27, 2011

When can you claim new hardwood floors as a business expense? When you’re only buying 30 square feet to use as a prop for a photo shoot.

Just enough floor space for Keller to shuffle around

Keller is our biggest baby client, coming in every month for the first year of his life. We’ve purchased and fabricated several props, but Alida really wanted the look of a hardwood floor for this shoot. Hit the jump to see our setup!


Full plate of pre-production

March 4, 2011

Instead of working on excuses for not blogging, I’ll just share some things that I’ve been working on.

  • The Christmas movie that I previewed in the last post is just about finished. The audio is being tweaked at the moment and will be ready for viewing very soon.
  • After getting a taste for shooting that movie, I’m moving forward on a few more projects. I’m in the process of casting two projects and securing shooting locations. If you are in the Central Illinois area and are interested in acting in a short film or working on a crew, email me! I will be using this blog as a platform for casting calls in the very near future.
  • And the most exciting part: Alida and I have been booking weddings like crazy! Meeting with the new couples and parents has been really fun, and I can’t wait to get back to shooting. We also just ordered new business cards, which I’m really pumped about. Check out Alida’s blog for more info and a great promotional deal!

Speaking of weddings, I’ve had this one done for a while now and haven’t shared it! Kristin and Brian were married on October 30th, so at midnight they surprised the guests with costumes. Combine that with an awesome live band (Green 13 – seriously, check them out) and you have a pretty awesome wedding reception.

Two of Kristin’s bridesmaids also had me shoot their weddings, and I am so happy I have been able to work so closely with this group. It’s nice to recognize so many guests and family members, and feels less like work and more like I’m just hanging out with my friends.

Here’s the montage video for Brian and Kristin, shot with the XH-A1 and the 5D MKII (I told you I’d be using this more in the future).

Oh, one more thing: Alida and I have been working on a new website for Hulida Productions. I’ll be giving my blog a face-lift when we launch the new site!

I’m still here!

January 12, 2011

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything! I have a few half written posts, and even more that are just waiting for me to drop in a finished video.

But, until I get those finished, I thought I’d share the montage that goes along with the “Love Story” from my last entry.

Enjoy Emily and Brady Rhoades’ big day!

UPDATE: Re-posted the video, so you can see AND hear it!

Love Stories

December 7, 2010

One of the services I offer when I shoot weddings is the option to do a “Love Story.” I’ll interview the bride and groom about how they met and fell in love, and put their accounts side by side. Sometimes it’s emotional, sometimes it’s funny, but it’s always fun for the bride and groom to have that story preserved forever.

When a friend from Millikin hired Alida and I to shoot his wedding, he and his fiance wanted to shoot a love story before the wedding so it could play at the reception.

Normally I have to shoot them on the day of the wedding, stealing a few minutes with the bride and groom when they aren’t busy. Having time to set up the shoot before hand was really great. Being able to watch the Emily and Brady view the video for the first time, and seeing their reactions, was even better.

I think this is something I am going to try and do more often.

Sarah and Sam Sevener

December 5, 2010

As soon as I got back home from this wedding I knew I’d have a lot to write about, so I posted a quick blog with my observations. Now I have the montage done, so I’m sharing that as well.

While I was waiting around for the ceremony to begin I ran into Dale Becker, the father of the bride. I already knew that he was very sentimental, because he went through the trouble of setting up pyrotechnics at the reception hall to mimic a scene from “Father of the Bride.” The more I talked to him, the more I thought the things he said needed to be shared with his daughter and new son-in-law. With his permission we relocated and filmed the rest of the conversation. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and hopefully Sarah and Sam will enjoy it.

Performance Art

December 5, 2010

I met Craig Ryan last January when Alida took photos of his art.

We went to the Studio Gallery at Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Art Center and shot his performance/installation piece, “Access Denied.”

"Entrapment" or "Oceans 12"?

Read about the piece and see more photos here on Craig’s website.

Afterward I was really impressed and thought it would have been neat to shoot video.

In October, he contacted Alida about shooting another piece, “Untitled,” in the same gallery.

The flyer said, "Face painting at Millikin"

This time he was looking for video as well, which was great because I would have been tempted to shoot it either way.

More photos and info about that piece here.

If you followed those links to read about his work, I’m sure you were already tempted to browse around some of his other work. If not, do it. Here is his website:

Even though Alida and I didn’t create those works of art, it was cool to be involved in the process and document it for the artist.

This is just one of the many reasons I love what Alida and I do together.