You know when things go right, as if the stars are aligned, or Lady Luck shone on you for an instant? When you get a call to film a vow renewal for someone you have worked with in the community and you are falling over excited to do that. With no mention of payment or even marketing opportunity besides your own effort. But you do it anyway. Because you LOVE what you do and know that challenge is yours to beat. No matter what forces are stacked against you. Like a lady knight you go bravely into battle. And sleigh all foes of self doubt, sd cards being full and making sure people don't trip over the power cords at multiple camera positions.
Your friends are all there, you've grown with them, your kids have grown with them and here you are running the film angles with the best Sony Alpha and Rode Microphones and Zhiyun Gimbals you can get your hands on zipping in and out of audiences, disappearing behind dance groups, sneaking up on unsuspecting cakes and wedding decor. Annoying the photographers with your silly little on camera video light, jockeying for position at the ceremony, and you hope they forgive you because you are caught up in the alluring swirl of sequins and pearls and beautiful ladies. You can't help it but you jump up and down throwing your arms in the air with the sweet happy birthday girl as she runs off to celebrate her new year of life. The most brilliant stars in this film were, of course the bride and groom, saying their vows again, with the pastor, a very well loved community figure here in the Florida Keys. We begin our vow renewal story on the beach where we've spent many an afternoon lazing with friends. Except this beach front view was transformed, elegantly by Island Life Events's Elizabeth Seligman, this time it was redolent with flowers, guests on bamboo chairs and a drift wood bower......See more here