Weddings filmed for close relatives are often produced as a labor of love 💕 as this wedding sneak peak trailer was...but it's good to know that if they don't like it you can always give them their money back:) Congratulations to my wonderful nephew David Jensen and his beautiful new bride Ariana Martin who were married recently at the Sacramento LDS Temple in Folsom, CA.
We love traveling out of Sacramento several times a year to film destination weddings. Courtney & Mitchell’s wedding at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort was no exception. Not only was the ocean venue eye candy for our wedding film, but we were honored to capture the wedding of the daughter of a fellow filmmaker- Dennis Kulik. Courtney & Mitchell were so gracious in giving us the time to get some spectacular shots of them walking n the beach.
Some of my favorite shots came as Courtney danced with her guests near the end of the reception. We were ‘off the clock’ for those high energy shots, but often some the best wedding footage we capture happens when we go beyond our contracted time for our couples. Truly, filming wedding day love and laughter has always been so much more than just another ‘gig’ for us.
One of our favorite weddings of the year at the Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge in Lake Tahoe with Kristin & Shawn. Although we are based in Sacramento, we also film weddings in San Francisco, Tahoe, Napa, and beyond. We were grateful that the couple chose our ‘drone’ option, which allowed us to use our professional quadcopter pilot to capture several stunning shots of the Lake and of the bride and groom during the processional, recessional, as well as the photo session.
We were fortunate to get our talented quadcopter pilot's ship up in the air just in time to capture Jenni and Joe's fireworks display during their wedding reception at the Grand Island Mansion! I don't remember getting a more beautiful shot at the Grand Island Mansion in the 20 years we have filmed there. I've always wondered if the expense to have a few minutes of fireworks at a reception is worth it, but to get this spectacular footage, I would say YES! FAA rules prohibit night flying for drones 30 minutes after dark, fortunately, we were able to just get under that hourly limit:)
Halley & Chris were married at one of our favorite venues- the overlook at the Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, California. Filming in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a great change of pace from the weddings we film in Sacramento. The love they have for each other is easy to see in their heartfelt ceremony vows.
We began capturing 360 Panoramas for weddings and events back in 2006, inspired by Hans Nyberg's incredible panoramas of the Danish Royal Wedding. Now that Facebook, VIMEO, and YouTube all support 360 VR Panoramas for both still and video, we renewed our passion and excitement for this unique way to capture any environment in a very unique and compelling way. Below is our first wedding panoramic movie, created by our tiny, venerable Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera. Congrats to our wonderful couple Katie & Randy, who were married at the Blue Sky Terrace in Lake Tahoe, CA!
Without great audio, video- no matter how compelling- falls flat. I don't know how many beautiful films I've viewed over the years where the audio was either poorly recorded or edited and ruined an otherwise fabulous piece.
Each year we continue to improve the quality of our captured audio at live weddings and events. I've waited almost 10 years to find a microphone small and unobtrusive enough for a bride to wear during the ceremony. We usually record the bride's vows from the groom's mic, but that can often be a challenge if the bride whispers her vows, or is standing further than 3 feet away from her groom during her vows.
Finally the tiny Instamic fits this need perfectly, and it comes in white! We have used the mic at several ceremonies with great success- here modeled by our beautiful bride Cynthia, who wore it at her Muir Woods National Monument wedding ceremony.
I've always loved to play the game of Scrabble, though my Grandmother, Sisters, and Father routinely beat me using words I've never heard and often can't pronounce. This week I had an flash of inspiration: describe to our readers the many services we offer at Jensen Films through a scrabble board. We started in 1991 with one humble SVHS video camera. Since those humbe beginnings, we have grown to offering a wide variety of media services, such as Live Streaming, 360 degree Virtual Reality Panoramas, 8mm Film, Drones...and the list goes on! While we began by offering only wedding and event cinematography, much of our work is now also corporate, for companies such as Dignity Health, UPS, and Intel.
I created my first wedding panorama in 2004, inspired by Hans Nyberg's stunning 360's of the Royal Danish Wedding. Now that Facebook has enables VR content on it's posts, we have much renewed interest from our wedding couples in creating 360° wedding panoramas. Click on the link below to view a beautiful panorama of Kari & Nick's wedding at The Monte Verde Inn near Auburn, CA.
(You can also view a VR version at our FB page)
We have been honored to receive several national and international awards for our wedding films over the last 25 years. But the greatest compliment of our work comes from our wonderful clients. This Wedding Wire review from the mother of a recent bride married at the Catta Verdera Country Club:
Alex and Wendy chose to have a ring-bearer and flower girl process inside a radio controlled car- rather than wander down as is the tradition. We attached a GoPro camera on the window to capture an intimate shot of the children. Very often young children get 'lost' or disoriented when walking down the aisle as guest encourage them on. This is a novel idea we hope to see more of at weddings we film in the future. Filmed at the Grand Island Mansion. Over 2,800 views on our FaceBook page!
Kelsey & Ryan's wedding was not only unique because it was held at a gorgeous private Lake Tahoe estate, but because I was hobbled by a knee injury I had sustained a few weeks earlier playing tennis with my son. Getting around on the uneven Tahoe terrain and sandy beach was sometimes challenging, but filming was made so much easier by the patience and encouragement of the wedding professionals we worked with at the event. What you see in the short film above not only represents our visual artistry, but also the phenomenal talents of the team of vendors chosen by the couple for their epic day:
Event Design and Coordination: Jenn Robirds, Jenn Robirds Events
Photographer: Charleton Churchill
DJ & Lighting: Mike Regan,.MR DJ Event Services
Makeup: Shana Beals , Makeup & Skin by Shana
Reception Caterer: Randy Peters Catering and Events
Florist: Brandie, B&B Designs
Cake: Sarah, Flour Girl Bakery
One of the most popular add-on's to our regular video packages at Jensen Films are our WEDDING MUSIC VIDEO's. We bring an extra shooter to the wedding to get lip-sync of the wedding party and guests. The result is a spectacular 2-3 minute MTV style music video that involves all wedding attendees. Filming Matt & Amy's music video on the wedding day at The Grand Island Mansion was very unobtrusive- We only need about 10 minutes with the guests after the ceremony. If you would like to know more about these high impact edits, please contact us!
I'm looking forward getting some incredibly smooth footage in 2017 using our new motorized 3-axis gimbal for our weddings and corporate events. Our wedding couples and clients will love how small, quiet and unobtrusive this gimbal really is! We customized a Zhiyun-Tech Crane Gimbal with handles and two quick release plates for maximum convenience while filming.
Last year we filmed at the beautiful Grand Island Mansion a record 12 times! I remember years ago when the Mansion feel into disrepair and it was very sad to see such an iconic, storied venue falling apart. About 10 years ago, the Grand Island Mansion changed ownership, and the new owners invested millions to make it the most popular wedding venue in the Sacramento Valley..
Click on the photo above to view one of my favorite edits of the year, he wedding of Kristi and Michael.
One of my favorite tech blogs is PLANET 5d. Planet 5D is one of the world largest video production blogs, featuring "handcrafted curated news channel for digital photography, filmmaking and video production" We were honored to be featured on this blog over the holidays! The blog featured a Christmas music video I filmed and edited with the help of some of my film maker friends for my sisters children.
A few days ago I edited one of our beautiful Lake Tahoe weddings. Unfortunately, the wedding photographer seemed oblivious to the fact that the bride had also paid for wedding cinematography. At critical points of the ceremony and reception, the photographer jumped into our shots (completely blocking our cameras) to get his own, despite the fact that we communicated with this photographer prior to the events where we would be filming from.
We LOVE working with most wedding photographers, and make every effort to work as a team to get the best possible stills and video for our bride and groom. When the photographer and cinematographer work together, there can be a wonderful synergy that improves the work of both. At a wedding last week at the Grand Island Mansion, we filmed the photo session in the front of the Mansion. It was dark and I could tell that our talented photographer Amy (from Amy Carr Photography) was having a difficult time focusing some of her shots, so I brought out a small video light and used my 2nd shooter as a lighting assistant for both of us (see still captured from video below). Amy was able to get some SPECTACULAR back lit shots, and so was I:)
Cancer took the life of Rachel's father several years ago but his spirit lived on as Randy and Rachel played Rachels' Father/Daughter dance at her reception. The dance was recorded for her wedding day just weeks before Rachel's Father passed away. Local news crews were also on hand to capture the moment at The Willow Creek Events Center in Brown's Valley.