A few blog posts ago I mentioned that my excuse for not blogging for so long was because I’ve been busy.

The first thing that has been filling my time recently was wrapping up the editing of a huge wedding video I filmed back in November.  For me this wedding broke many records including 5+ video cameras for the ceremony, over 19 hours total of video shot, my longest ever wedding film (54 minutes) and a new way to screen my wedding films.  But before I get too far ahead of myself… let me start at the beginning.

FINDING FOCUS: (PHOTOGRAPHY VS. VIDEOGRAPHY)

While I enjoy telling stories through both wedding photography and videography, I’ve recently decided to place my primary focus on the videography side of the business.  I will still offer photography as part of our services, but will be making videography the heart of Coastline Studios.  It has been something I’ve wrestled with since I first started doing weddings in 1997, and to have “found focus” on videography has been both difficult and exciting at the same time.  It is with this new focus, that I share with you some of the exciting new things happening at Coastline Studios…

COASTLINE IS HD!

There are multiple reasons we waited to make the transition, but the main reason was that I’ve never had a bride or prospective bride ask for it.  Many of the videographers today still deliver in “Standard Definition” so the necessity of authoring a BluRay “High Definition” DVD is in the minority and just starting to take off.  My final reason for waiting to go HD, was that I didn’t want to just “go HD”, but I also wanted to go “tapeless” and record right to a hard drive or solid state of some kind (SD cards etc…)  The camera that I’ve been waiting for to do that (that met my specific needs at least) finally hit the market late last year.  Needless to say I am super excited to be shooting higher resolution video and can’t wait to start improving the images I create with this new “paintbrush” that is HD video.

And what a better time than now to share my first few HD shots with you!  Here is a quick 45 second preview of some shots my crew and I took at a recent wedding In Connecticut!  I thought I’d go a different route and tell a small story involving the kids rather than the typical shots shown in wedding trailers.  I hope you like it!

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NEW ASSOCIATE WEDDING VIDEO PACKAGES:

If you’ve seen this video, you know my passion for wedding videography… and more importantly, my desire that every engaged couple have a quality wedding video.  Unfortunately, not every wedding budget can afford a wedding videographer, especially a good one… which always bothered me.  I felt that I wasn’t living up to my personal conviction to provide a solid wedding video for anyone who wants one because not everyone could afford it (after all I couldn’t when I got married).  Well, I’m proud to say that has changed.  I now offer “Associate” video packages starting at $650!  These packages are completely separate from my primary video packages which are now called my “Cinematic” packages.  I could spend another 2 or 3 paragraphs explaining all the differences between my “Associate” and “Cinematic” Packages, but I’ll save that for those of you who contact me with specific questions. ; )

NEW THEATER SCREENING PACKAGES:

Something I am SOOO excited about is the launching of a new method to screen my films… in a full blown movie theater!  I am now proud to announce that I have recently revamped my “Cinematic” packages to include a theater screening for the top two packages.  This experience is nothing short of amazing- you get to re-live your wedding day on the big screen, AND invite your friends and family to re-unite once more. You’ll experience your “film debut” in style… complete with complimentary popcorn and sodas all around!

NEW STUDIO:

This announcement is hot off the presses, and you may have even heard about it from Jen Kroll already, but Jen and I have decided to have our own separate studios.  We are both very excited about this direction and I can’t tell you how I excited I am for Jen as she continues to grow her business and take it to new found heights.  The details of my new studio are still being finalized, so be sure to check back for updates and pictures over the next few months as things begin to take shape. : )

NEW BLOG:

This one is still in progress, but has been in the works for a while.  Stay tuned as I hope to launch a whole new look and feel to my blog with the help of the ever talented Ked Rhodes.

So that about wraps things up here at Coastline Studios.  We have a full wedding season for 2009 and are excited to experience and tell so many of our client’s stories this year.  Thank you everyone who has helped me along the way and those who continue to do so.  Your support, encouragement and dedication to help us improve are invaluable and we are truly grateful!  To God be the Glory!

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9 Comments

  1. It’s an honor to be part of your crew, John. I’m always blown away by your artistic eye and skill to tell the story in the BEST way possible. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

  2. congrats john! what exciting, bold, and creative steps you’re taking…you do something really amazing to videography and i think amazing things are going to happen as you make this your focus.

    blessings!

  3. John-
    I always look forward to your new and innovative ideas. For me, it’s like being a child in a candy shop…I can never get enough.

  4. So excited for you! I can’t wait to hear more about the new studio and all the other exciting things God has in store for you. Yay!

  5. That’s soooooooo awesome John – hiring you and your crew for all my kid’s weddings for sure – only about 12-25 years to wait :)!!!! Can’t wait to see all of your new stuff!

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