So, I don't drink coffee. And I made a video about it. Why? Because I'm a fan of the cafe culture––the open atmosphere, the rich conversations and the diverse people. Frontera is a hot new cafe in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and I'm a regular. Paúl, the owner, spent the beginning of his career in the coffee trade working everywhere from Central America to Europe to East Africa. And now he is back in his native Chiapas. He brings a passion with him for artisan coffee and food. Frontera is a unique environment to experience both the local and regional coffee (and food). Oh, and the chilaquiles are killer.
Kevin and Kylie are those people you hate––because they are so beautiful and amazing. They got married in San Diego and I couldn't believe it was winter. The warm air and pleasant sun made this special day unforgettable. There's nothing quite like the beach, warm weather and a wedding.
First Look Video
Temple Exit Video
The San Diego Temple seem from above (and below).
Here's to new perspectives, the people we meet, the meals we share and the experiences we enjoy. All of it makes us who we are. The story of 2014 was a fabulous one and 2015 promises to just as epic, challenging and surprising.
And to finish out the year here is a drone video. Happy new year!
We are always looking for love, but most of the time it's in the wrong places. We don't realize that love is just in our pocket, because, well, as strange as it may sound there's an app for that.
Zach and Skyla just recently got married and they found each other through the Tinder app. Lines of code made the dreams of these two love birds come true. Their digital chemistry turned into real sparks. And it makes sense to say it takes two to Tinder.
Zach and Skyla swiped right.
Every year, the city of Gävle in Sweden erects a three story tall Christmas goat made of straw. Such a large, flammable object in the main square is a natural target for teenage pyros, but the city embraces it by taking bets on how long the goat will last before being burned to ashes. BYU Scandinavian Club built their own yule goat, Heiðrún, and like the tradition, burned it.
Below are a few images of the Yule Goat in Gävle, Sweden. It is really that big!
I'm a fan of Sia's music and she blew us away with her release of Chandelier earlier this year. Amber Lynn, a very talented local musician, made an awesome cover of the song. For filming the video, Amber wanted to shoot just after sunset so we could see the city lights. You photographers and videographers understand that shooting in low light and no external lighting can be a real challenge. With a little bit of luck and serendipity, we were at the right place at the right time to get the perfect shots. Take a look!
Some things are just meant to go together—peanut butter and jelly, iPhone and iMac, burritos and weddings.
Erika and Clark celebrated their "funky fresh" wedding in Maryland as well as Utah. They hired the Sweeto Burrito truck to cater their reception. While they were on cloud nine, I was eating my heart out on burritos. Their wedding has definitely been one of my favorites.
Here is the temple video.
I was doing some casual flying with my drone when three boys found me on top of the parking garage. Joey and the gang were intrigued by the drone and proclaimed that they do parkour. I offered to follow them around with the drone.
A good friend of mine and I roadtripped down to Southern Utah last weekend in a futile attempt to get into the Wave. Sadly, we didn't make it in, but that's okay. Instead we hiked Angels Landing in Zion National Park and some other areas in Northern Arizona. It was a spectacular trip. And of course, no trip is complete without the drone. I schlepped it up 1400 feet to the top of Angels Landing to get the video below. Feel free to share!
This was my daily routine this weekend. A good friend and I road tripped down to Southern Utah to get into the Wave (We didn't get in by the way) and ended up on wild three-day journey through Northern Arizona, Zion and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park. Of course, I carried my drone everywhere and had to get some stellar shots of the amazing scenery. Stay tuned for the Angels Landing video where I fly the drone above a 1400 ft canyon!
I shot this video this Summer while living in Denmark for six weeks. I became quickly intrigued by the Danes' connection with nature. Copenhagen prides itself on its green mentality and passionate focus to bring nature to the city. The video is a compilation of Danish countryside and cityscape juxtaposed to the sounds of both environments. Our society has an increasingly more complex relationship with nature. Are we losing our connection to nature or are we redefining it? Is it redefining us?
Made on a Sony a77 and iPhone 5s.
I was in D.C. this past weekend shooting a wedding. I got some great shots of the temple both from the air and on the ground and I thought I would make a little vignette to share with you! The actually wedding videos will be done shortly––complete with drone footage. Stay tuned!
Yes, I have a drone now. And it is unreal flying it. You wouldn't believe how easy It is to maneuver the copter—too easy even. For more of my drone footage, check out my Instagram @thefriendlydrone.
Bridal Veil Falls is up Provo Canyon. It's a great place for an afternoon stroll, pictures or even a picnic. I filmed this short video with the drone and edited it on my iPhone 6 plus. Enjoy!
I have been doing a lot of test footage with the drone to make sure I can handle flying it when I film weddings. Imagine breathtaking aerial shots of the temple spliced into final wedding video. I think it will give a nice touch. I've already used it in a music video with Ashley Hess which worked out well. No casualties yet! You can see the video here.
POW! Another music video by Ashley Hess, this time a version of Break Free without Aliens and random flights to space. This was my first video using my drone. I think the shots turned out really well. Tell me what you think!
I did a video for the local band DateNight a few months ago and they recently made it into the Deseret News! I know the band personally and let me just say they are awesome. Already looking forward to working with them again!
And if you haven't had a chance to see it, here is the video.
She is only 12, but packs some serious piano punch! I had the pleasure of working with Sara for two videos. I'm amazed by her innate talent for playing the piano and for performing. No matter how many times I made her play the song over, she was cheerful and happy.
Give her video a watch and subscribe to her channel!
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For awhile now, I've been wanting to get some lightning shots with my camera. However, I noticed that I never was in the right situation at the right time. I could see lightning, but I didn't know where it was going or where it had struck. Until I found an iPhone app for that––WeatherBug.
I opened the app, clicked on the spark feature and there I was watching real time where lightning was striking. How the app tracks lightning strikes, I don't know (it almost seems like black magic), but it was crucial in getting the shot below. I pointed my camera to where the app pointed me and voila!