Kyle & Mary’s Intimate New York Wedding | Long Haul Films Wedding Videography

April 16, 2014 by Megan 1 comment »

How can you tell how much Kyle and Mary love each other? Well, let’s see…it’s in the way they talk about each other, the way Kyle looks at Mary, the way Mary spontaneously nuzzles up to Kyle, the obvious way they enjoy each others presence, the way they write the most heartfelt, beautiful letters to each other, plus infinite more reasons. It seemed that no matter where we pointed our cameras that day, there was some display of love we could capture. Tell me, what sounds better to a couple of wedding filmmakers than that?

So we have two people that are most definitely and adorably in love…what could make this day ANY better? Why, cool venues of course! It’s few and far between when we get to shoot receptions that take place in a more intimate restaurant setting, so it came as such a welcoming and cool factor to us that Kyle and Mary chose the awesome Helsinki in Hudson, New York as their reception space. The place was industrial and funky, but still sophisticated enough to host such a special event and unique enough to make it completely personal to Kyle and Mary.

It was such an awesome day to be a part of. Kyle and Mary, we can’t thank you enough for being so wonderful! We had so much fun running around Hudson with you, and we wish you a lifetime amount of happiness!

Special thanks to coordinator extraordinaire Russel Pinto from Little Red Bean Productions for creating one of most smooth wedding days ever, St. Mary’s Church in Hudson for being so welcoming and kind to work with, Helskini for providing a badass and awesome space to celebrate, and Paulo Tonn and Kasaya Nacharoen for being such cool photographers. The song in the trailer is “Sweet” by SisterBrother, licensed through The Music Bed.

Ava & Jeff’s Sunny LA Wedding | Long Haul Films Los Angeles Wedding Videography

April 15, 2014 by Megan 2 comments »

A few months ago I had my first conversation with Ava about her wedding. It would be emotional. There would be A LOT of dancing. It was going to be in LA (hellllllo sunshine!) We would get the chance to collaborate again with good photographer friends Callaway Gable. It would be, in so many words, EPIC. I left that conversation giddy with excitement, and that excitement lasted all the way through the last shot we captured of the wedding.

Ava and Jeff are vibrant. They radiate a certain kind of warmth that seems to make everyone around them just…excited. And the day was certainly filled with ah-mazing firsts for us. It was the first time we shot a Persian wedding, which, let me tell you, are FUN. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a groom dance his way down the aisle (Jeff can BREAK IT DOWN), and it was my first time shooting alongside Lauren from Callaway Gable. Shout-out to Lauren, who I consider to be my photography spirit animal, and the rest of the Callaway Gable team, who consistently blow us away with how amazing their work is. (Check out the promo video we shot for them!)

The love that Ava and Jeff share is so palpable, so infectious, that it made our jobs incredibly easy to capture what was right there in front of us. Their personalities are perfectly aligned with LA — bright, sunny, and gorgeous. I mean, aren’t they such a stunning couple?

Ava and Jeff, you are truly awesome, and we are thrilled to have captured your big day! I’ll think of you two every time I’m sitting in the beautiful California sunshine!

Many thanks to the Palihouse, and The Taglyan Complex for providing such cool backdrops for the day. The song in the trailer is “On We Go” by The Uglysuit licensed through The Music Bed.

#ProjectAdventure weeks 14 and 15: Of Mice and Men in New York and getting high in Seattle

April 14, 2014 by Melissa 2 comments »

Over the past two weeks, we traveled to New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Denver for shoots. In each city we had a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. We were getting on and off planes, lugging heavy equipment, going to bed late and waking up before sunrise in our quest for morning light.

When work is so big and all-consuming, it can be really easy to lose your life in the shuffle. But how can you be a creative and inspired filmmaker when all you do is work? The answer is that you can’t. And more and more, I’m realizing that Project Adventure is actually a key part of making sure we remember to take a step back and recharge our brains and our souls.

Which is why, in spite of bad weather, exhaustion and some snarly New York traffic, Tom and I made a mad dash to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in Of Mice and Men for week 14. And it’s why Megan and I decided that even though we only had a few free hours in Seattle, we’d spend them in the city’s loftiest heights, going to the top of the Space Needle and following that up with a ride on the new ferris wheel that sits right on the water.

Here are some shots of our adventures…

Tom on a mad dash to the theater in New York...

Tom on a mad dash to the theater in New York…

 

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We made it!

We made it!!!

 

Space Needle!

Space Needle!

 

Gotta love a ferris wheel

Gotta love a ferris wheel

 

The guy taking the photos was seriously amused by our badassery...

The guy taking the photos was seriously amused by our badassery…

Thanks New York City and Seattle for the adventures! Until next time…

 

Amol and Tara’s Indian meets western wedding | Long Haul Films Phoenix, Arizona wedding videography

April 7, 2014 by Melissa 1 comment »

To me, Amol has always been kind of a superhero. He’s the big brother of one of my best friends- the guy who let us crash at his apartment in college and took us out for fun adventures in New York. My very favorite story of Amol took place on a night out in London. We met up outside Leicester Square tube station and as we were chatting, we heard a scream. It came from a woman nearby– a man snatched her purse and was running off at high speed. Amol did not pause, he did not blink. He chased the crook down and got the woman her purse back.

Total superhero.

I got the chance to meet Tara in LA last year, and totally got why she and Amol are so perfect together. They’re both easygoing and laid back, but also passionate and so much fun to be around. They both work in the entertainment industry in LA: Amol is an actor and Tara is a make-up artist. Seeing their happiness makes me feel all gooey inside, and so I was very excited that team Long Haul was going to be there to capture Amol and Tara’s wedding in Phoenix, Arizona. And what a wedding it was; reflecting both of their backgrounds across several days, two ceremonies, a raucous Baraat and some of the most beautiful, blue-sky weather imaginable for late December.

Amol and Tara, we wish you the very best for a married life full of adventure, fun and magic. And Tara, anytime you need a superhero you don’t have to look far….

Song is “Always Been You” by Marie Hines licensed from The Music Bed.

#ProjectAdventure Week 13: Tarot card reading at Tremont Tearoom

April 1, 2014 by Melissa 1 comment »

photo-1The photo on the left is me en route to last weekend’s adventure. I was tired, overworked and not terribly happy to venture out in the rain/wind/cold. If that picture had a caption, it would be something along the lines of %?#@ Project Adventure.

The photo on the right is me after my visit to Tremont Tearoom, where I had a 15-minute tarot card reading. The caption for that one should read YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY PROJECT ADVENTURE!

There are good things on the cards for me, or so I was told by Curtis at Tremont Tearoom, the oldest psychic salon in Boston which has been around since 1936. To be honest, their offices didn’t look (or smell) like they’d been cleaned since the 30s. Much like my recent massage in Chinatown, the scene of this week’s adventure unfolded in a dingy environment that reeked of cigarette butts and dog pee. I’ve learned that adventure lurks in the grimiest of places.

Do some people have psychic abilities? I don’t know. What I do know is that Curtis honed in on the important things that have been on my mind. He offered advice, insight and positive re-enforcement. He may or may not be able to predict the future, but he got me believing that exciting things are ahead for me. The cards predicted some pretty awesome stuff in the coming weeks and months. And so I left Tremont Tearoom feeling fired up about what’s ahead.

I love you, Project Adventure.