A Wedding Documenter's Heaven

Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals is a company that specializes in, well, pimping out your wedding. In all seriousness, they work personally with brides and grooms alike to furnish, decorate, and accessorize their wedding destination. To both show off their excellent style and help provide photographers with knowledge and experience, they kill two birds with one stone by hosting their Stylized Photographers Shootout. Taking place at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, this year's Shootout featured guest speaker Danielle Poff and three different scenes for the guests' photographing pleasure.

As for the involvement of Ivory Sky Media, our participation was two-fold.

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Cinematic Heaven

On Allen and Jenny's side of things, it was all about filming. Event coordinator and company owner Annaliza Arteaga had approached us about creating a video of the Shootout after seeing the work we'd done for Karla Randolph's What's Your Something Blue event back in May. She tasked us with producing a highlight video of sorts to capture the ins and outs of the Shootout.

So, with Allen manning the gimbal and Jenny in charge of still shots, our team got to work. Although, you could hardly call it work. The ranch was so aesthetically pleasing and everywhere you looked, there was something beautiful to see. The place simply lent itself to stunning shots. Allen was in heaven. Even with the seven hours he had there, he still says there was more to be captured

and that he'd love to see the place at sunset.

From a technical standpoint, this video features more use of the gimbal than we've ever had before. Full of motion and fast-paced, sweeping shots this video is cinematically different than anything we've really done before. On top of that, this video includes two distinct shots that involved the use of our crane. Keep your eyes open for this at 3:42 (with the couple on the couch) and at the very end at 4:06.

Overall, it was a very successful shoot. Jenny learned new things and gained experience, while Allen experimented with the gimbal. Check out the final product below and continue reading to find out about Tori and Felisha's perspective (and to see a wonderful gallery of photos!).

Photography Heat

Meanwhile, Tori and Felisha were filling the role of actual event attendees. Cameras in hand, they moved through the event in the company of other photographers.

When I asked her about how it went, the first thing Tori said was that it was "scorching hot." So, with much emphasis, I tell you that it was, indeed, extremely hot. Once we were all assured of the excessively warm temperature, she laid out how the event actually went down.

There were three "vignettes" that were basically different stations that had their own setups and couples. All the photographers were split up into small groups, and they rotated through the stations with an allotted amount of time to snap away at the couples and props. The first station was "A Luxe Outdoor Affair" featuring the engaged couple Christophe and Jennifer King. The second was "Whimsical Woodland Love" featuring yet another engaged couple: Tim

and Samantha. The last couple (in "The Hindu Blessing"), however, had never met each other before that day. Jaz Kamboj and Reena Rai (Miss South Asia) were professional models.

Tori had a great time working with all three couples, as she learned a lot about being personable with models and how to pose them in a way that seemed natural. As a self-identified videographer, she said it was interesting to have to switch into photographer mode. Her mind was telling her to film B-roll footage while, in reality, she was meant to be staging the shot with the models.

In short, our photographers were able to gain more experience with composing shots, posing the subjects of photos, and dealing with the fickle sun (the whole event was outdoors and spanned the entire day). It was a very productive experience and both Tori and Felisha were able to capture absolutely stunning photos. Take a look at the gallery  below!

Written by Danika Lam