The Year in Review: Weddings of 2014

This past year, we've done our fair share of weddings and we want to take this moment as we near the end of the year to look back and appreciate all those who have worked with us. So what are you waiting for? Indulge yourself in some wedding highlights!


On a hot day in September, our ISM team made the trek out to the East Bay with Blanca and Chris to document their gorgeous, vintage-style wedding. It was a truly classy affair.




Thanks to one of our editors, we were fortunate enough to meet this kindhearted couple. They were eager to work with us, and on a beautiful day in Monterey, California, our team captured one of the best days of their lives.



These two lovebirds tied the knot right in our hometown. Looking for local vendors alone, Rosiella and Jeff wanted a real San Jose wedding. We couldn't have had more fun shooting right in our backyard!



A couple with character and a lively wedding party, Rochelle and Donte tied the knot amid supportive family and friends in Downtown San Jose.




At this Newark wedding, our team was enlisted to create a gorgeous collection of photos for the couple. Click here to view our dedicated blog post and a few of the photos we were able to snap.





We hopped on this wedding train at the last minute, but we could not be happier that David requested our help in documenting the amazing day he had planned for his wife-to-be.



Natashia and Mark are your cool, fun-loving couple, stylish and ready to take the world by storm. From the get-go, their wedding was sure to be a day to remember.


What's Your Something Blue is not your average bridal expo. Check out this highlight video and see all the fun both our team and the guests were getting up to at this year's event. There was certainly no shortage of helpful workshops and dance music to make you move at the Garden Court Hotel.


The Stylized Photographers Shootout is an event put on by Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals aimed at providing photographers with a place to gain knowledge and experience with shooting weddings. Take a look at the action by viewing this video our team created of the event.

It's been a great year here at Ivory Sky Media in the world of weddings. We thank you for coming along for the ride and we'll be back with bigger and better things in 2015. Happy New Year!

Written by Danika Lam

NAB Show 2014

This year, Allen and Tori had the pleasure of attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, this is dubbed "the event for people passionate about content." Thousands of people come together to discuss electronic media, check out the latest technology, and share knowledge and ideas.

It was especially exciting to chat with all the vendors, particularly Defy, who's responsible for producing our brand new gimbal that's currently on its way.

In addition to this, Allen and Tori were able to try out a variety of gear, meet other people in the business, and even win new software (iZotope RX 3) and a thousand-dollar hard drive in the convention-wide raffle. In order to receive the prize, Allen had to jump up and down and scream with excitement up on stage, with everyone watching. He was more than happy to do it.

Coming home with new water bottles, business cards, and other trinkets from the event, our team will definitely be returning in the future.


Written by Danika Lam

Explore: The Philippines 2014

Ivory Sky Media's CEO, Allen Ross, recently had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in the Philippines, playing basketball, engaging with the locals on a personal level, and experiencing the culture.

From December 27, 2013 to January 11, 2014 I traveled with the World Harvest Ministries basketball team to Lucena City and surrounding areas of the Philippines in order to play basketball and invite audiences to sign up for a Bible study on a future date. The team played 3-4 games a day and during the game, players handed out flyers for the crowd to read. Tom Randall and his boys provided an amazing halftime show to get the crowds really excited. They performed basketball moves and tricks and rode unicycles while playing basketball.

Ultimately one of the players from our team would share their testimony. The crowd is given pens to fill out the information on the flyer, which invites them to attend a future Bible study.

This trip we gathered more than 6,500 flyers from the audiences!

I will never forget the time I spent with the players on the team, the sacrifices everyone made on the trip, and the amazing hospitality of the Filipino people.

-Allen Ross

Here are some of the wonderful photos he took during his travels!

Written by Danika Lam

A New Perspective!

In this day and age, the technology used to capture photo, video, and audio seems to become more advanced with every passing day. To keep up with all the cutting edge equipment available, IvorySky Media has placed an order for the new DEFY G5.

This is an exciting new product that changes the way that video can be captured.

DSLR cameras revolutionized photography and video with their large sensors, allowing high quality content, shallow depth of field, and exchangeable lenses, all in a very compact camera body. All of this contributes to a cinematic look that can be created at a fraction of the cost of previous systems. But there's a trade-off: stabilization becomes a constant issue. It's a constant of question of how to get motion footage that doesn't have a handheld, home-video look.

Solutions like tripods, cranes and Glidecams (which IvorySky Media employs regularly) are good in that they are inexpensive, portable, and not extremely difficult to use.  The problem with these are that they take a very long time to set up, balance, and are limited in the type of lenses and focusing options. The Glidecam for instance cannot be focused once it's been set up and recording has begun, so the depth of field must be deep in order to keep everything in focus. Not very cinematic. A tripod is good in that you can control focus and pan, but cannot move or change perspective. Not very fun. A crane is great in that you can sweep left, right, high, and low, but it isn't useful in tight spaces, or for more than a short scene. Try walking down a street with a crane... Not possible! 

So in comes the DEFY G5: one of many new "motorized brushless gimbals" that have been announced for delivery in 2014. A motorized gimbal is a camera accessory unit that balances the camera's horizontal axis and can pivot on 3 axes to create smooth motion and reduce camera shake from moving the camera while holding it.  The main difference between these gimbals and previous solutions is that, with the proper accessories, a single operator can fly their camera and control motion smoothly, and focus! The system is adaptable on the fly (unlike Glidecam), easy to balance, lightweight, and easy to operate. Most importantly, the resulting footage is amazing! 

Now operators can walk (or run) alongside their on-camera subjects and get smooth motion without being stuck on a tripod. Want to get a 360-degree shot around a subject in a park? No problem. A shot on a boat or in a fast-moving vehicle without bumpy footage? No problem. A shot from a helicopter? No problem. Want to do a music video in one take where the artist walks through the city? Not only is this possible, but we are planning on it!  

Expected delivery of the gimbal is January or February 2014. To check it out or give it a spin on your upcoming video project, contact us and let us know what you have in mind! We'd love to really test the limits of this amazing product, so let your imagination run wild! 

Written by Allen Ross