I launched Shotwell Productions in 2008 and haven’t looked back since. I have a deep passion for the art of cinematography and capturing the events of our lives, and I was fortunate enough to be able to turn that passion into my work. I wanted a vocation with meaning to me but had a tough time finding it – so I created it myself!
I have always had a fascination with they way one can portray a captured event on video or with still photography. I love all of the processes involved with framing and capturing different shots, but I also love editing and post-production expression at least as much as taking video. I shoot and edit everything myself, which gives me an advantage that many other videographers don’t have – artistic consistency. In other words, I don’t have to try to explain to an editor how I want a shot to be edited. I already know how I felt when I framed a certain shot –or how the customer desired a shot to look – and I anticipatewhile I am filming how a shot could be even better expressed through editing later on. This approach allows me to fully focus on creating the most memorable, meaningful, and professional videos I am capable of making.
I was born in 1981, and so I am a member of one of the last generations whose childhoods were relatively undocumented (as opposed to the couple of more recent generations born since video cameras became fairly inexpensive and small). If you use Facebook or browse YouTube, it doesn’t take long to see just how much the lives of children are documented now. However, this wasn’t the case when I was a kid.
As I get older, I realize just how much I wish I had footage of many of my own experiences. I would give a great deal for a video of my 7th birthday party, for example. Or my grandparents’ 50th anniversary. Or the first time I pitched in a Little League baseball game. It is from these desires that I derive my passion to preserve similar moments today for my customers in a way that one can appreciate for the rest of one’s journey through life. I know how personally valuable those videos would be to me today, and so I base everything I do on the foresight that the real value of my work comes years from now. After all, the whole point is to document and preserve.
I don’t just own and operate this business – I deeply and genuinely believe in the importance of capturing and preserving special events and moments in one’s life. Therefore, I put my best and most sincere effort into every single project I take, not just as a guarantee to satisfy you, the customer, but also because to work with any less focus and passion than I’ve described is to betray my own beliefs and values. It’s the only way I know how to work, and I hope you’ll choose to let me prove it.
Thanks for stopping by Shotwell Productions. If you have any questions at all or would like to set up a personal consultation for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-226-7635.
I cater to the audience today, but also to the audience years into the future.