Every wedding and video shoot has its own unique challenges and forces us to learn and re-adapt. Today’s post and lesson is, SEATTLE IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO SHOOT A VIDEO!
We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place. Every time I meet a client out on a beautiful Seattle day I am thankful that I live in such a scenic and visually appealing area. Even today just driving down the street from my office/home in West Seattle to shoot a Kickstarter video/interview with a client, it's amazing the type of backdrop that is available for us here in the Pacific Northwest.
I think it's something I often take for granted. I shoot video from time to time for video companies not located in Seattle. Whenever they hire me to shoot local interviews, I usually end up bringing the client to either Alki beach or Kerry Park near Queen Anne. Their feedback is always the same, "That's an amazing shot! Where did you find that location??" It's always funny when they realize that "my spot" on Alki is basically just along a sidewalk where hundreds of people walk everyday, and Kerry Park is just as accessible as any other park in Seattle.
It makes my job easy however as some days, such as today with a beautiful hazy Seattle skyline, I just have to set up the camera and hit record. Nothing fancy, lol. You just have to know what you have to work with and try not to reinvent the wheel.
Even the wedding we shot on Sunday at Salty's on Alki (and the same venue where we will get married next summer) had one of the most incredible views of Seattle that you could ever see. I spoke with my fiancé on Sunday about how I think most of our wedding guests are going to be very pleasantly surprised with how beautiful our wedding venue is, simply because I doubt most of them even realize that type of view exists.
It's funny because I walk by that same view almost every day (at least during the summer months) when I talk our dog for a walk and I never truly stop to appreciate it as much as I should. Sure I shoot plenty of interviews out there, even a music video or two, but it really is a fantastic spot and one that I should be grateful is basically in my backyard. I guess there's nothing else to do but keep snapping pretty pictures when I walk by, and to continue shooting videos out there in an attempt to make everyone else in the country jealous that they don't live in nearly as beautiful as place a we do!