A past bride contacted me wanting to create something special for her husband for his first Father's Day. She wanted to add some photos and video clips but wasn't sure where to even start. Working together we came up with adding two sweet poems and photos & videos of this new dad and his sweet baby girl. Enjoy!
I LOVE being able to film these special moments for families and it is even more special when I have worked with the family for years. John & Marisa welcomed their third daughter into the world this month and I'm grateful I was able to capture her two big sisters meeting her for the first time. Enjoy the film below & some photos from our session!
Sometimes you just hit it off with a client! I am SO happy I got to meet Christina. She really does spark joy in your life and we created a small promo for her website for her clients to get some face to face time with her and see what she is all about. Have you read Marie Kondo's The The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? (This is the book and you should totally get it if you feel overwhelmed by your "stuff!"). Christina's business Spark Joy Space helps guide you through Marie Kondo's process, also know as KonMari. Please visit Christina's site and see for yourself how video can help connect your client to yourself, the business owner.
Interested in doing a simple video for you website or social media presence to let your clients know more about you? Give me a call today!
All weddings have their special moments and what stood out to me the most at Sarah & Matt's wedding was the love of family! It was a beautiful fall day and that ended with the best reception. These guys loved to dance and that is one of my favorite parts to film at a wedding. Here is a little sneak peek of their wedding film to hold Sarah & Matt over until their final highlight film is complete! ENJOY!
PS Keep your eye out for the end. The most HEARTWARMING SHOT EVER. Grandparents who have been married 65 years watching over the festivities! Melt my heart!
Wedding Film // Simply Shire
Music License // Soundstripe
Photographer // Meg Brock Photography
Ceremony // Queen of the Universe Parish
Reception // Rose Bank Winery Newtown PA
Caterer // O'Neill's Catering
I love being able to connect with someone who I have no direct ties to. There is such an awesome connection to meet for the first time and know we will work well together. Jenn found me on a photographers group we are a part of and approached me about creating a branding film for her photography business, Gaia Dawn Studios in Alloway NJ. After being in the business and photographing families, she found that photographing woman and the things they are passionate about to really be her new love. She makes women feel proud and strong through her photography, which is really beautiful! Here is her branding film & client testimonial film. Enjoy! And be sure to visit her new website as well. Her work is beautiful!
As part of my series of videos for Allentown, I got the opportunity to sneak behind the scenes of my favorite bagel place. It was so neat to see how they make the bagels (and everything is right there!) Steve & Diane of Stonebridge Bagels & Deli are such kind people and I personally just love stopping in Stonebridge. Below the video is the amazing feedback we got from the community on their video!
I LOVE projects that I have a personal tie to and want to support. A good friend of mine is a lactation counselor for nursing moms and came up with the idea to start a mom support group right in our home town at the awesome Moth Coffee House at the Old Mill. If you haven't been, its a comfy and yummy coffeeshop that would be the perfect place for the gathering of moms and their littles. I am so excited we were able to pull off a promo video before her first meeting to show other moms what to expect when arriving for their first group meeting. Join us every other Tuesday at 10:30am at the Moth! Times and dates subject to change. Follow Brielle Petrella, Certified Lactation Counselor on Facebook to keep up if you are interested or know another mom who might want to join us.
When I past client approached me about doing a commercial real estate video for them right here in Allentown, I couldn't turn down the opportunity. After working with John Baer Photography and shooting some drone footage in the early fall, I knew this would be the perfect chance to really highlight these commercial building lots for sale!
Tom & Erica had the best day in September for a beautiful ceremony & fun reception! They beat the heat from the previous weekend and had quite the party. Also got to sneak in some aerial footage of their stunning church with some great shots by the river! Enjoy the highlight film!
Produced // Simply Shire: Creatively Produced Films
Music License // Soundstripe
Photographer // RJ Russo
Church // Beverly Presbyterian, Edgewater Park NJ
Reception // Riverton Yacht Club, Riverton NJ
DJ // Mazz Entertainment
This wedding was special for some many reasons. Not only was it a beautiful day here in my hometown of Allentown NJ but the two families celebrating this wonderful couple were amazing! This was one of those weddings I would of loved to been a guest at!!! From the beautiful backyard ceremony, to the cocktail hour in the garden, and on to an amazingly simpleyet elegant tent reception! Enjoy this highlight from Jem + Roney's wedding celebration.
There is something so amazing about newborn babies. Those first few days are so tiring, overwhelming (physically and emotionally) and to have something beautiful recorded on film to look back at those first 48 hours can be treasured forever!
I'm so happy Joe & Brielle let me into this special time of their lives to record these moments! Enjoy!
And two of my favorite Big Sister photos!
Allentown is home to so many awesome businesses. Here is another retail film about Old Mill Crafters Guild hidden away behind The Old Mill. If you are in Allentown, don't forget to stop by and check out all the great finds plus visit the ducks!
*This is part of a series of videos for the businesses of Allentown NJ for the Allentown Business Community Association.
Donna was trying to think of the perfect anniversary gift for her husband. Her brother recorded their wedding with one of those awesome little Flip Camcorders and stored it away on the computer never really watching it. Donna and I got to talking that we could re-edit her wedding video into something more watchable and enjoyable for her surprise anniversary gift! I love projects like this because the video is not perfect. The audio is not perfect. But the memory is perfect. To relive something so special even if it is just through a home movie quality footage. That is what is really important. Also included are some photos from the wonderful Laura Leigh Photo! Enjoy their wedding film re-edit and one of their good friends singing their first dance song!
The DeRosa Group, a real estate investment company, filmed one of their more recent workshops. Teaming up with South Jersey Real Estate Investors Association, they produced a great online course. The DeRosa Group are a great husband and wife team and want to continue to share their knowledge in the real estate investment world. Their successful YouTube Channel The Landlord's Chronicle, lead them to feel comfy in front of the camera and are promoting their "Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide on Raising Private Money" online course. We put together this great highlight film to share what current real estate investors will get from this course. The DeRosa Group and SJREIA were both great to work with!
If you are interested, click this LINK to view more info about their workshop.
Alyson & Michael had a beautiful ceremony on a cruise ship over the winter and decided to hold a reception back home in central New Jersey for the friends and family to celebrate their marriage. I was approached by Alyson's mom to help create a short highlight of their ceremony to share with the guests at their reception from what was recorded by the cruise ship videographers, which was over 15 minutes long... too long to share at a wedding reception! I put together this great little clip to share their vows & ring exchange. Enjoy!
Simply Shire did not film this event. The footage was filmed by the cruise ship videographers and I pieced together some highlights for the bride & grooms reception. This service falls under video editing services. Anything from home movies or unedited wedding videos recorded by family members can be pieced together into a small creative film.
I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Laura and Evan from their awesome photographer, Laura Leigh Photo. I love working weddings with Laura Leigh!! Laura & Evan are such a sweet couple. We were able to connect via Skype because of their life in the military and not being in NJ before their big day. Monsignor Rich of St. Joan of Arc in Marlton NJ held a beautiful ceremony and we beat the rain as we headed to Valenzano's Winery in Shamong for fun reception!
Each wedding film is different and Laura & Evan choose the ceremony only package with an add on of formalities only. We were still able to capture so many moments and even squeezed in a few dance numbers because the DJ, Sam Catrambone with Center Stage Entertainment, got the party started right away!
Produced // Simply Shire: Creatively Produced Films
Music License // Music Bed
Photographer // Laura Leigh Photo
Church // St Joan of Arc Marlton NJ
Reception // Valenzano Winery Shamong NJ
DJ // Sam Catrambone of Center Stage Entertainment
I loved being able to record Georgia's first birthday celebration last year! I cannot believe this cutie is two years old now. Being filmed at their family home in East Windsor, NJ brought a new comfort level toa beautiful DIY celebration with family & friends. Wishing Georgia a very happy birthday week!
There are lots of Italian restaurants in New Jersey and there are several the surrounding areas, but one of my all time favorites is La Piazza. I started a project of working with many of the business owners from the local business association to create promotional films for their websites and social media. Working with these businesses of Allentown not only was great because I know so many of the business owners, but it was awesome to help them show off their pride and joy. Jerry & Nino of La Piazza have this amazing father and son connection and see them run such a successful (and delicious) restaurant makes you want to be part of their family.
I really love last minute weddings. I love that couples decide the importance of a wedding film and how documenting their day, especially the ceremony, will be so important in years to come.
Alex & Justin called me only a week before their wedding date. The traditional catholic ceremony at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville NJ was coupled with some tears, smiles and a beautiful lace wedding dress! Enjoy this sweet highlight of Alex & Justin saying their forever "I do's."