From Photo to Video

Hey everyone and thanks for coming to ON THE SHUTTER.

Recent posts are strictly photography related but this post I am going to talk about my journey into videography.

Looking for a stepping stone after graduating college so I can get a job in the field of photography, I was looking everywhere. I didn’t want to do what everyone does and start a photography company and start photographing weddings, families and senior photos, I wasn’t the most confident in posing people and still to this day. With no luck for months in finding a job in SE Kansas, I knew I had to do something different, get over my fear of posing people and get out of my comfort zone. Up to this point, I shot sports for newspapers and just shot random street and nature photography and that wasn’t paying any bills as it was strictly for Instagram or my facebook page just to get my name out there to maybe promote my name.

Then comes, December 2017 when I reached out to a photographer. This photographer was a guy I watched as a kid play basketball and football in my hometown. Years go by, I never knew where he was and then… He had gone and started his own photography company, got his name out there and his work was and is amazing. Being from a small town I wasn’t too nervous to just message him, I had messaged him a few times about lenses and gear and he had photographed my twin brothers wedding so seeing him work made it easier also. So, back to December 2017, I message him and ask if I could follow, well pretty much shadow him while he covers a wedding. I explained I was nervous and not too comfortable posing people and as a photographer looking to grow I wanted to see if weddings were something I would want to do myself. He let me join him on like 2 weddings and then he asked me to join his team.

Fast forward, he asked me to join the team to help him out, to work for him as a second photographer and then came video! On the video thing, this is where it all changed for me as a creator. I had dabbled in videography on my own, with no clue what I was doing, what was good, what was bad. I quickly learned the basics, by being thrown directly into shooting video and even started going and doing videos solo at weddings.

After months of shooting video with Tim, going to weddings on my own, working alongside him, I started to make moves to better myself. I bought a Canon 5d MarkIV, the camera we use for photo and video. I was familiar with it, knew it was a camera I would be able to use for years to come. With video opening up a new area for me as a photog, I started looking into jobs in Joplin as it wasn’t far from Pittsburg, where I lived at the time. I emailed 3-4 marketing agencies. 1 to this day has never responded to my email, 1 got back to me that same day and said they don’t have the opening to bring on a photo/video guy, and then there was Storm Cloud marketing. I knew nothing about any of these agencies I just want out on a limb looking for anything.

Dustin Storm of Storm Cloud got back to me and it was short and to the point. We don’t have a need for a photographer as we have one but do you know video and if so, show me some of your video work. I didn’t have any video work that I could call my “own”. Yes, I have shot videos at weddings, but working for Tim, I shot the weddings and he made the edits. So, I wasn’t comfortable saying its my work because part of being a videographer is knowing how to use the editing program and having a finished product. I knew some about Adobe Premiere Pro but wasn’t the greatest, it was a learning area I worked on often. To sum this up, we went back and forth with me sharing new videos I was going out and making, talking about what I needed to work on and suggestions from Dustin on tips. He made it clear he would keep an eye on me through social and my media outlets of Instagram and Facebook. I worked on my video work, my editing and my day came where I was asked to join Storm Cloud marketing at the “Video Guy”. August 1st was my start day at the Storm, videos have come and went and now it’s a part of me.

When I go out to take photos, I also shoot some video of whatever I am doing. I look at things differently, I feel like I can say I have grown as a photographer and a videographer. I have a new passion for my craft of documenting life with photo and video.

The learning process never ends, I learn something new every week, every video and every day. Never lock the doors on something new, always look for new opportunities.


Until next time, stay ON THE SHUTTER!


Published by dereklivingston9

I am a freelance photographer and full-time videographer.

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