Jessica Anderson - Rule The World

Written by Tori Green

Ivory Sky Media had the privilege to work with up and coming artist, Jessica Anderson,  "Jessica Lá Rel." Our shoot was a span of two separate days, both taking place on the Stanford campus. We used so many different techniques on this shoot, including the Defy g5 Gimbal, the Atomos Ninja Flame, and of course our trusty a7s cameras. We shot in several locations on campus with the main location being the CCRMA building. We took advantage of the beautiful architecture in the front of the building with Jessica's solo shots. And although not every shot was used, we definitely had a lot to choose from in the editing process.

It was great working with Jessica on this project and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors. 

For information about Jessica, check out her website Jessica Lá Rel and her new EP "Four Freedoms."

Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority @ SJSU

ISM joined the active members of Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority, the founding Chapter at San Jose State University, to capture their chapter pictures.  Kristine was the photographer for the day and she had a great time with all of the lovely ladies from Sigma Theta Psi at the Rose Garden. 

There are a few familiar faces in the group, like Alia Tull whose Senior Portraits we captured earlier this year, also our very own ISM team member Tori Green, followed by the many faces that you could've recognized from the USFC Info Night Fall 2015, USFC Info Night Fall 2014, or the USFC Info Night Spring 2014.  

And of course every good photo shoot isn't complete without a wardrobe malfunction or two. 

Written by Olivia Azevedo

Julius Turman's 50th Birthday

A Celebration Fit for A King

Fifty is a remarkable milestone to hit in one’s life. It means one has experienced so much in life and has wisdom and experience in their back pocket to excel in the next fifty years. Julius Turman, a pillar in the San Francisco community and current Vice President of the San Francisco Police Commission, held a stunning affair at the San Francisco Design Center that was as phenomenal and fabulous as he is, and Ivory Sky Media was on deck to capture the event.

Julius’ family, friends and coworkers came to celebrate a man who has done so much for the San Francisco LGBTQ community, the city of San Francisco itself, and for them personally. The night was filled with laughter, speeches, dancing and a few singing performances, one which featured, Leilani Bush, whose wedding we did earlier in the year

I was able to capture the beautiful decor of the venue, while my assistant Quinn captured all of Juilius’ guests mingling and enjoying the event before the night’s program begun. 

Many of Julius’ friends from his childhood, family and close friends got on stage to say a few words about their good friend that enlightened many on how dynamic of a man Julius is.

In Julius’ own words, “Tonight…is not, and never was meant to be and never will be a celebration of me. It is a celebration of the love, support and friendship I’ve received from so many people.”

Check out the video highlight below of the night’s festivities. 

Written by Tori Green

Sue Ann & Jerome

     SueAnn and Jerome were married on August 8th, 2015 among the majestic redwoods of Felton, California and were joined by ISM’s Allen Ross and two guest videographers. We were referred to the couple by Tracy Lim, one of our very first wedding clients whom SueAnn was a bridesmaid for. As such, this wedding was a pleasant reunion and a good opportunity to look at how we’ve grown over the years.

   This particular wedding was unique in terms of atmosphere and tone. The couple chose Roaring Camp Railroads as the location for their wedding allowing for an abundance of picturesque nature shots, while the trains gave us an interesting vantage point for shooting, immersing us in the area as we were literally taken for a ride through the woods. Additionally, Catholic tradition was present on the occasion since SueAnn and Jerome wanted to incorporate their faith as a part of their marriage. These two factors made post-production interesting by allowing our editor Kristine to combine the whimsicality of the venue with the couple’s strong spirituality.

    Kristine had an opportunity to play around with Final Cut Pro presets for this highlight. She focused on vibrant looks in order to enhance the couple’s already warm vibe and complement the scenic locale. She also used color and light to create a consistent, seamless look throughout the film.

    With locomotives being the central attractions at the venue, movement felt like an important contributor to the flow of the highlight. In order to capture this, Kristine relied heavily on Allen’s gimbal and drone footage. Nearly every shot in the highlight video contains some sort of tracking (as opposed to pans and booms added in post) which complements the musical choices while also progressing the narrative with natural movement.

    Lastly, Kristine experimented with time-shifting for the highlight, opting to focus on the messages conveyed through dialogue, the flow of the music, and the mood of the event. Allen offered guests the opportunity to send their best wishes to the couple via video, which added much more verbal elements in post, as opposed to the usual vow and speech combination. As for the music, Kristine’s song choices for the film also complement each other and transition naturally, despite both conveying very different feelings.

    In the end, the progression worked remarkably well and tells the beautiful story of the couple’s unification in holy matrimony. Congratulations to SueAnn and Jerome and well done Kristine and Allen!

Written by Nicholas Troughton

USFC Info Night Fall 2015 @ SJSU

Spartans all ways always @ SJSU! 


Looking for the footage from USFC Info Night Fall 2014? Click here!

Ivory Sky Media is back at San Jose State for round 3 of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council Info Night of Fall 2015. The event was held in Cesar Chavez Plaza where fraternities and sororities of the council joined together to show potential new members what it would be like as a member of their organization. Potential members and onlookers got to see a glimpse of what Greek life is all about when some of the organizations gave small performances or just a brief history of who they are.

Weren't at the event?

Check out the pictures above and video posted below!

(p.s. "Right Click" a photo and choose "Save-as" to download an HD version of the photo to your computer. Also, you can download all the photos by clicking here!)

Written by Tori Green

Shani & Jaime


In a way, the Morales wedding was a bit of a (church) family reunion for both the guests and our team. The lovely Shani, bride and woman of the hour, is the daughter of the esteemed Virginia Roberts, an inspiring minister whose life we encapsulated in a short documentary to commemorate her retirement back in 2013. Shani herself used to serve as the director of the children's choir that ISM COO Tori Green sang with when she was young. Not only was the day a celebration of a lifelong union to come, but also of memories made in the many years that have passed.

Giving its blessing for such a happy event, the sun shined down upon Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, casting a glow of warm yellow across all the guests' faces as they arrived. June 20th turned out to be a gorgeous day, indeed. Meanwhile, Shani donned her wedding dress, a piece as unique as her with its peplum style and black floral detailing. In their own green room, the groomsmen came together for a pre-ceremony toast, taking a few moments to rally for the big moment. And then there they stood, waiting in front of the altar as Shani came down the aisle arm-in-arm with her brother. Singers Anthone Jackson and Tracy Cruz helped make the moment special, and the former pastor of Shani's church sealed the deal as the officiant. It was a truly a beautiful ceremony, performed in two languages (English and Spanish) and closed with a "Sí, I do."

Following the ceremony, Allen swept the bridal party away for a photoshoot while Tori made sure to capture plenty of B-roll before the reception. The guests mingled at cocktail hour and awaited the bride and groom's grand entrance. When it was time to get the party started, the bridesmaids and groomsmen came waltzing in with their color-coordinated Chuck Taylors. The bride and groom themselves spotted their candy bar and hurried to fill their own bags of sweets and Shani saw her wedding cake for the first time. Crafted by Andrew Moss, a pastry chef based out of Miami, the cake completely floored Shani. Being her childhood friend, Shani had entrusted Andrew with the design of the cake, and it seems she placed her faith in the right man. It's easy to see in the photos Allen snapped just how much she loved her five-tiered cake (each layer a different flavor!).

The night wore on and after a few toasts, there was plenty of fun to be had. Dancing ensued and guests flooded the photo booth. The DJ played a bit of Latino music and the money dance was a real crowd favorite at this wedding reception. Everyone had a wonderful time, especially the bride and groom. Shani and Jaime exemplify the idea of marrying one's best friend, as it's clear how much they enjoy each other's company. Their playful attitudes spread from guest to guest, making it quite a laid back shoot for our team.

In post-production, we strived to create that "old school romantic" feel that the couple was going for. We think the Stevie Wonder and black and white effects really brought out that classic vibe. See for yourself in their highlight video below, and then check out the gallery of some of our favorite photos.

Congratulations, Jaime and Shani Morales!

Written by Danika Lam

Aaron & Leilani

Aaron and Leilani Baugh became newlyweds on May 15, 2015 in Pleasanton, CA in front of family and friends from near and far. I've actually been friends with Aaron since 2002 and I met Leilani shortly after Aaron started dating her. 

Aaron plays bass guitar for a band that I also played keyboards for, and for years we'd talk about the music industry and chord progressions. Now, he is focused on his new wife and his son Mason while we look forward to the next opportunity to play our instruments together. 

As for the wedding? It was a beautiful hot day when we arrived at the hotel to film Leilani getting ready. I was able to witness some of the vows being written and even some pregame nerves from the bride. All-in-all, the ladies made it in time to the lovely Palm Event Center where Leilani slipped into her dress, ready to impress!

We brought a 4-camera-crew, shooting with two Sony a7s' and using the Defy G5 gimbal for many of the cinematic shots. The a7s really captured the ambiance well, with the Palm being dimly lit for the ceremony. The reception presented its challenges because the dance floor was lit from above while the outlying areas (including the sweetheart table) were dimly lit with candles. 

The exchange of the vows during the ceremony was excellent, with elements of love and humor woven in. The photo session was short, but captured a bit of the vineyard and property view. The reception featured a surprise when Leilani appeared in a second wedding dress alongside Chinese Lion Dancers!

I am excited and honored to have been a part of my friends' wedding day and am proud to have created a highlight video to commemorate the day!

Written by Allen Ross

Infuse Program Foundation 2015

Another year working with the Infuse Program Foundation has come to a close, and another group of entrepreneurs has been crowned the winner!

For those of you who don't know, the Infuse Program Foundation is "a non-profit organization committed to democratizing entrepreneurial education and resources in inner-city communities." High school students are brought together to learn the ins and outs of running a business, and the entire program culminates in a competition where each group pitches their own product!

This year, all the hard work took place at the Google campus, and the tech company was gracious enough to host the final night of competition: a Symposium of Ideas. Each group had their turn to own the stage and present an original product, hoping to win the favor of both the audience and the panel of judges. In the end, it was WaterSave that came out on top, with their drought-conscious shower head. Regardless of their only being one winner, however, there is no doubt that each individual student truly shined while on stage. It's impressive and humbling to see how far these kids have come.

We are honored to have attended and documented such a great event and to have created the introduction video that kicked off the night (see below). We love working with such an inspiring organization and we thank Infuse Founder AJ Thomas for allowing us to be a part of something that helps to better our community.


Written by Danika Lam

Haeyeon's 50th

When Haeyeon's kids decided to throw her a party for her fiftieth birthday, there's no doubt that she was surprised, as the party took place months away from her actual birthdate. She unsuspiciously walked into Eagles Hall on March 29th to find a 70s-themed event planned especially for her.

A smaller, more intimate affair, the party was a pleasure to shoot, very laid back and relaxed. Family and friends mingled and danced to the live music played by a funk-style band. One of Haeyeon's daughters even gave a special performance, singing "Rock Steady" for her mother.

Personal touches here and there made the party genuine and heartfelt. Guests signed a banner, leaving messages and birthday wishes for Haeyeon. A slideshow played in the background throughout the night, showing images of Haeyeon through the years. Haeyeon's other daughter even made the cake herself!

It was clear that Haeyeon truly enjoyed herself and was grateful for what her loved ones had done for her. She was even caught tearing up on a few different occasions! Get a glimpse of the joy and the fun for yourself in a highlight video that we created of the party.

Written by Danika Lam

"You Know" by Idara Udoffia (Official Music Video)

“Sunlight, come find me… Even if it doesn’t, you will."

Shooting a music video is always a unique experience, for every song tells its own story. Idara Udoffia’s “You Know” is no exception.

The day began early for our team, even before the sun had risen. After a 4am wake-up call and a 5am departure from the ISM headquarters, all the equipment was packed into the car and the team was on their way to Half Moon Bay.

Even at 6am, when they arrived at their first destination to meet up with the rest of the day’s company, the sun was sound asleep and the sky was still dark with night. Enter Idara Udoffia (the recording artist and female lead), Leslie Tong (the make-up artist), and Tasche (the male lead and a fellow recording artist). After quick introductions, it was showtime.

Lights were set up and Leslie got to work on Tasche’s makeup while Allen and Tori prepared the cameras. The usual routine was a bit more exciting than usual on this occasion thanks to the arrival of our brand new camera: the Sony a7S, a full frame mirrorless camera known for its low-light capabilities and high quality HD video. It had arrived just the day before and Allen was ready to see what it could do, especially when paired up with his usual weapon of choice: the DEFY G5 gimbal.

Before anyone knew it, the sun had made an appearance, casting shades of orange, pink, and purple across the sky (you’ll notice this transition in the lighting as you go through the gallery of behind-the-scenes photos). It was soon swallowed up by expansive cloud cover, signaling that it was time to get the cameras rolling for the first scene of the video.

The team gathered up the equipment and everyone made the short trek to the first location: a bridge spanning a small stream.

Here, Allen and Tori captured some simple performance shots from multiple angles as well as a few intimate moments between Idara and Tasche. Idara explained that “You Know” is “about a person who’s in a place that is kind of down… and then always having that one person that can pull you away from that” and in the video, Tasche plays the love interest who can always find her, even in the darkest of places. The resulting concept of the video is quite simple in that Idara finds herself in a variety of places, but Tasche always appears on the scene, ready to support her.

This brought us to a completely new location: a beach/harbor area overlooking coastal plants and endless ocean. As soon as our team arrived, they began scoping out the best places to shoot while Idara and Tasche had their first costume change. Then came additional performance shots and a bit of frolicking along the sand. We even had a surprise visit from a black labrador named Jesse who insisted on playing fetch. Jesse makes an appearance in our behind-the-scenes photos (and a behind-the-scenes video that's coming soon!).

The morning soon became early afternoon, and our two actors had their final costume change, preparing for “the picnic scene”. Allen and Tori picked out a nice, grassy spot for the “lovers” to lay out their blanket and make a toast to their love, and the two put on their best acting faces. It was here that the final clip of the video was filmed, wrapping up both the shoot and the music video itself. If you haven’t already, watch the final product at the top of this blog post and take a look at the behind-the-scenes photos below. Keep your eyes open for our upcoming behind-the-scenes video of this shoot!

We hope you enjoy this visual creation for Idara Udoffia’s “You Know” and we thank everyone involved for helping to tell the story behind the song.

Written by Danika Lam

Charity & Joshua

Charity and Joshua Wallace were determined to ring in the new year right, literally, tying the knot on January 1, 2015.

It was a beautifully sunny afternoon  in San Francisco, California with characteristic traffic on the way up to the city for our team. In the car sat Allen, first photographer for the day; Kristine, assistant photographer; and Tori, the main videographer. The three arrived at Cookhouse, the intimate venue, to start off the day with a quick photo shoot of the groom.

And then it came time to start rolling the cameras for the bride’s grand entrance. It was a truly beautiful moment, and Kristine swears she saw Joshua get a bit teary-eyed as his bride came down the aisle. Undoubtedly, she looked gorgeous, and they were both incredibly outgoing and funny.

Their ceremony was as quirky as they are. An interactive event, each of their guests gave a heartfelt speech. Now, you might be imagining hours and hours of a hundred guests giving their own speeches, but the real thing comprised of only twelve people, and the effect was intimate and special. Plus, “speech” was loosely-defined at this wedding. One guest sang a song for hers and the groom’s sister even rapped to “Ice Ice Baby” with her own lyrics.

Following the ceremony was a photo session with friends and family. The main event for photo shoots, however, was with the bride and groom alone over at the International Museum of Art. Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the museum in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

But here’s a quick, funny story for you. Being New Year’s Day, the International Museum of Art was closed to the public. It was a special connection that Joshua had that allowed us to have the photo shoot inside. However, the security guard on duty had not been made aware of the plan and the couple and our team had to convince him that they weren’t, in fact, there to rob the place. Perhaps our team doesn’t look as innocent as we thought…

Once the photo shoot was wrapped up, the couple and our team returned to Cookhouse where guests blew bubbles, hailing Charity and Joshua’s entrance. Eating and dancing commenced, and fun was had by all. The food was delicious, the company was great, and the couple was a pleasure to work with.

We are happy to have been a part of such a unique event and wish the newly-wedded couple much luck in the future. Congratulations Charity and Joshua Wallace!

Enjoy a few of the photos we took in the gallery as well as their highlight video!

Written by Danika Lam

Blanca & Chris

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, traditional wedding.

The day began with our team split up into the usual groups to capture the bride and groom getting ready at their individual hotels in Downtown San Jose. Jenny and Allen (with the gimbal) stuck with the bride at the Marriott while Tori and Frank tracked the groom's progress at the Sainte Claire. A funny coincidence, Tori, Frank, and the groomsmen stumbled upon a few Chicago Bears players during an elevator ride. The group couldn't help but cheer them on and urge them to beat the 49ers. Back up in their separate rooms, the bride and groom donned their dress and suit respectively and opened gifts they had sent each other. Blanca gave Chris a Movado watch while he gave his wife-to-be a pair of earrings. This gesture was only one of many that displayed the couple's kind, down-to-earth nature. With beautiful smiles on and fully clad in their finest attire, Blanca and Chris made their way to Santa Clara Mission for the wedding ceremony.

It was a traditional Catholic affair, with a twist: a mariachi band provided the music as the couple tied the knot. The band followed the guests into cocktail hour and facilitated the transition to the reception. Together, the wedding party and all the family and friends made their way to Casa Real Vineyard in Pleasanton, the final destination and location of the reception. It was a stunning venue, perfect for a photo shoot and an evening of celebration. In the highlight video, you'll notice how the vineyard backdrop only added to the elegance and classy, vintage aura of the couple. Our editors couldn't help but use a bit of slow motion during the photo session scenes just to highlight the details.

All day long, the bride and groom were extremely accommodating and a joy to work with. They were cooperative and enthusiastic about having fun with the video: you'll notice the moments when the groomsmen all jump into the air and when the bride and groom act out a game of hide and seek before the camera. Coordinating with the photographer, Stacey Pentland, was a pleasant experience and we look forward to working with her in the future. To see the photos she took of the event, check out her blog post. Overall, it was truly a day to remember, for the couple, their guests, and our ISM team as well.

Congratulations to Chris and Blanca Salazar! Enjoy their highlight video below.

Written by Danika Lam

Rochelle & Donte

Donte and Rochelle were certainly a couple with character, and their wedding party was nothing but lively. In such spirited company, this wedding was plenty of fun. In Downtown San Jose at the Corinthian Event Center, the couple tied the knot amid supportive family and friends.

Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Event Center, and the couple arrived at the venue ready for the happiest day of their lives. The bride was beautiful and ever so sweet while the groom was a sincere guy who couldn't help but have fun no matter what he was doing.

As for our own team, Allen and Felisha were on the scene taking photos (but, of course, Allen had to spend a little time manning the gimbal) while AJ Feurtado was there to lend a hand. In charge of videography, Tori and Jenny made sure to capture every moment. A little fun fact in regards to Ivory Sky Media history, Rochelle's brother (who appears in the highlight video) played "the other man" in the "?uestion Love" music video we created with Dshyne Phresh just over a year ago.

Now, after the first look and a lovely ceremony that ended with joyful cheers and a bit of dancing down the aisle, the bride, groom, and wedding party posed for some timeless photos. The Corinthian provided an epic backdrop, providing a balcony with steps inside and a classical setting with pillars outside. Scroll down to the gallery at the end of this post to check out a few of the photos!

Following the photo shoot and cocktail hour came the reception, which opened with a Grand Reveal. The newlyweds saw the ballroom fully clad in decorations for the first time. The interior was beautiful, and of course, a reception wouldn't be complete without a photo booth or a dessert table! The entire event was decorated according to the design of wedding coordinator Tony White from Extreme Elegance Events by Tony. The ambience and atmosphere were certainly enjoyed by all. When the night came to a close, the guests lit sparklers and stood on the steps outside, allowing the couple to make their final Grand Exit.

Congratulations Donte and Rochelle Sadler!

Take a look at the wedding in all its glory in the highlight video below.

Written by Danika Lam

Rosiella & Jeff

Back in August, these two lovebirds tied the knot right in our hometown. Looking for local vendors alone, Rosiella and Jeff wanted a real San Jose wedding.

The day kicked off at Hotel De Anza where Allen followed the bride with the gimbal and Tori stuck with the groom as they each were primped and beautified. Housing a restaurant near and dear to the couple's heart (with supposedly amazing pastries!), Hotel De Anza was the obvious choice for the basecamp of their San Jose wedding. Once the two were ready enough to walk down the red carpet let alone the aisle, they were transported just a few streets away. The guests awaited them at the San Jose Cathedral Basilica for a traditional Catholic ceremony.

The fun really started rolling in once Rosiella and Jeff sealed the deal. They left the church and boarded a pedicab, accompanied by the bridal party. Allen and the photographer, Scott MacDonald, got to share their own, bringing the total number of pedicabs to eight! (Check out Scott's blog post of the wedding by clicking here.) For about an hour and a half, they rolled around the city in style as people on the street shouted congratulations. Exploring the Plaza de Cesar Chavez and surrounding areas, they took photos at different downtown locations. The Tech Museum even let them pose for some shots inside.

Once it was time for the reception, the bridal party returned to the hotel. Everyone had a great time, and the couple got to ascend to the hotel's roof for even more photos overlooking city lights. Meanwhile, Allen and Tori captured the speeches and different angles of all the fun. Jenny and Frank were on the scene as well, capturing additional footage and some B-roll shots.

A true highlight of the reception were the incredible crafts the groom had created just for his wedding. Jeff is a phenomenal woodworker, and he put that skill to good use when he handcrafted favors, table centerpieces, corsages, and even place cards.

What was especially cool was that every table was assigned to a travel destination. Huge travelers, Rosiella and Jeff named each table after a place they had visited together, all featuring a wooden sign displaying the table's location (made by Jeff himself, of course!). Every place card displayed the destination table that guests were meant to find and sit at. It was undoubtably unique! Destinations included Buenos Aires, Argentina; Machu Picchu, Peru; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to name a few.

From a technical standpoint, Rosiella and Jeff's wedding was a joy to shoot. Because the event was right in our backyard, Allen and Tori took it upon themselves to play around with some time-lapse footage. You can check out a small time-lapse clip in the teaser we created below, and more of it were surely pop up in their short film, and future projects. Additionally, Allen got to have some fun as he captured the couple's pedicab ride, practically hanging out the side of his own pedicab to get some awesome shots. Get a look into it all in the video below!

And of course, congratulations to the newlyweds: Jeff and Rosiella Defensor!

Written by Danika Lam

Gigamon: "The Triple Challenge"

Enlisted to create a video describing "the triple challenge" for Gigamon, the ISM team worked in collaboration with the company's Justin Tada to make it happen.

A day of shooting was spent at the Mac House Productions studio, a space we rented out to optimize our access to tools like a green screen and additional lighting equipment. A warehouse full of cinematic goodies, the studio is fully accessible and can be used to produce a wide variety of business-related videography.

Post-production took us back to our home office where we edited together the final piece (with all the graphics coming from Justin Tada).

Check out the end product (featuring Gigamon's Andy Huckridge) below. Be sure to watch it in HD.

The Triple Challenge defines the operator’s predicament to be able to deploy next generation technologies, which are made up of: IP Voice, 100Gb, and Network Virtualisation
— Justin Tada

Written by Danika Lam

USFC Info Night Fall 2014 @ SJSU

Looking for the footage from USFC Info Night Spring 2014? Click here!

Ivory Sky Media is back at San Jose State for round 2 of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council. This time held in front of the newly remodeled student union, onlookers, pledges, and fraternity joined together to celebrate each others spirit and possibly recruit some new members.

Check out some photos from the event below!