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Justin {and} Jamie

Justin and Jamie’s wedding day was one that we will remember for a very long time. It was such a beautiful sunny warm fall day, however it was windy as all get out. Even her dad said in his prayer at dinner that although they prayed for no rain they should have also prayed for less wind. It turned out to be a wonderful wedding despite the wind. There were so many vintage details to their day and the Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum was the perfect setting. It was a pleasure working with Meredith of Meredith Rogers Photography and James of Lakeside Entertainment.

Posted on April 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Bri – “Hate on Me” – Official Music Video

This was a music video produced by our sister company called Story House Media {SHM}. Website for SHM is in development.

Bri is one talented 14 yr old girl. Amazing vocals and she has all the personality and stage presence. The premier of this video was shown a few days ago and Bri let me listen to a new song that is in the production phase and it is going to be a hit. This was a very rewarding production and there is more of these in the pipeline for Story House Media.

Music and Lyrics Written and Produced by – Christopher Ray, Taj Jackson, Bri Nicole.

Posted on February 1st, 2012 in Uncategorized
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10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Created Apr 17 2010 – 8:48am
It usually takes us much longer to change our moods than we’d like it to take. Here are ten things you can do in ten minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those you love.

1. Watch “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. See it online at www.Oprah.com. This is a deeply moving segment that may be the best ten minutes you’ve ever invested in front of a computer.

2. Spend a little while watching the sunset with your mate. Nothing extra is necessary. Just sit and take in the natural beauty of the sky and appreciate being able to share it with the one you love.

3. Sit quietly by yourself. It doesn’t really matter where or when. Just let your feelings bubble up and then experience the thoughts flowing out of your mind. Clearing your head and heart will give you extra energy to get through the rest of the day.

4. Write a thank you note to your mate. When was the last time you thanked your partner for just being who he or she is and being with you? Doing this in writing will give your partner something to cherish for the rest of his or her life.

5. Take out your oldest family photo album and look through it. The experience will fill you with fond memories and perhaps make you a bit wistful for days gone by.

6. Play with a child. Most kids have short attention spans; ten minutes of quality time from a loving adult can make their day. It will also help you stay in touch with the child inside of you.

7. Visualize or imagine a positive outcome for any issue. Medical doctors recommend visualization to patients with chronic and potentially fatal illnesses. If it can help them, it can do the same for you.

8. Go to bed with the one you love ten minutes earlier than usual. Then spend that time just holding each other. Let the feeling of warmth from your mate move through you.

9. Hang out by some water. Studies show that hospital patients who can see a natural body of water from their beds get better at a 30 percent faster rate. If you’re not near the coast or a lake, try taking a bath. Doing so is also healing.

10. Get Your Body Moving. Shake, twist, and jump around. Let yourself feel the joy of moving to your favorite music, or just the sounds in your head. Run, walk, and bike to your hearts content. You will live longer and love it more.

Sadly, many people measure happiness by how long the experience lasts. The truth is that a few minutes of joy here and there can make a big difference in what you get out of life.

Posted on February 19th, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We Create

We Create from POSH on Vimeo.

Last month was the first POSH Retreat on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas that my best friend Reagan Zugelter of Studio Z Films and I organized.  While at dinner our second night chatting about our shared experiences in our industry dominated by men, it was brought up that we should come together as a group and create a video.  The above video was the creation of 42 dedicated woman filmmakers and photographers, who gave up part of their “free” day in the Bahamas to collaborate and execute this concept piece all in just a few hours. I am so proud and honored to have all these women as my friends and colleagues.

Shot on location at POSH 2010, “We Create” was directed by Maura Coleman-Murray and Kara Jensen, Filmed by Maribeth Ratajczyk and Luiza Perkowska, and edited by Meg Simone.  All 42 POSH 2010 attendees collaborated on the piece.

Posted on December 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized
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{Mannequins} — Fashion Shoot

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Some of our work recently appeared on IndyStyle TV on WISH TV 8 and this video is the full HD version of what appeared.

This is another fashion shoot we did with Polina Osherov and Stylist Nikki Sutton. These types of shoots really help expand my creative vision and to see different ways to compose a shot and to give me an opportunity to play with light a bit. It’s also inspiring to see how this team of creatives work together. It was fun to see a conceptual project progress from an idea to the final product. There is so much time involved in pulling a high caliber shoot like this off. There is an immense amount of time involved in working the logistics out, including the shoot location and obtaining permission to lining up the models, wardrobe, makeup, hair stylist and even some set construction.

This was a hot sticky day inside this early 1920’s manufacturing building but nobody complained and it resulted in some amazing work by Polina. Models Vika and Tyrie did an amazing job even in the heat.

This is really a huge team effort and a team that has chemistry. I always say that a creative team is like 2 people dancing and the good dancers know the next step and if there is a mis-step the partner knows how to compensate. It’s no different with a fashion assignment like this. This team has it going on and they have the creative chemistry to pull it off.

Special Thanks to Kings Image for wardrobe

Photographer Polina Osherov
First Assistant Esther Wolf
Stylist Nikki Sutton
Makeup Artist Kiralee Hubbard – Eyemax
Hair Stylist Irina Green
Cinema Assist Brock Childs

Models: Vika Kotlova and Tyrie Rudolph (They were amazing!)

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Our Family Trip to Topsail Island


We just returned from one of our traditional family trips to the beach house on Topsail Island in North Carolina. We have been coming here for the last 5 years. It is one of the most relaxing vacations we take. It’s an opportunity to unplug from the the busy lives we have. The beach house is just steps from the ocean and there is nothing quite like going to sleep and waking up to the gentle sound of the ocean. This is a time for us to do as much or as little as you want. These are some photos I took of the family. I also shot some Super 8 film and can’t wait to get some of that back. Family vacations are so important to us and as hard as it is to turn away business during our busy season, it’s important enough to block out that week.

I stayed in North Carolina and shot a wedding with Matt Davis of Life Stage Films in Wallace, NC. We produced a Same Day Edit for the couple. I flew back to Indianapolis on Sunday and spent some time with my parents. My Dad and I talked about some of our family vacations together and he pulled a favorite photo of me, my younger brother Steve and him. I was 15 and it was our first trip to the Boundary Waters. Great memories. I miss those times fishing with my Dad.

Posted on July 5th, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Andrew {and} Brittany – Client Spotlight

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We will be featuring some of our client’s that we have had, and we would like to introduce you to Andrew and Brittany. We filmed their wedding in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Garden of the Gods. This was such a memorable wedding for us. The setting was so beautiful and more importantly, Andrew and Brittany are such great people. We love keeping up with them and their travels.

Andrew & Brittany
We are approaching our third anniversary, and as it gets closer we have been reflecting on our three years as Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey. It’s been a whirlwind of adventures. Since our wedding, we’ve moved across the country to Boston, and have traveled to Italy, South Africa, and Spain, as well as thoroughly explored the east coast, from Montreal to Charleston. Our family has grown by one with the addition of our crazy golden retriever, Rugby. He usually accompanies us on all the adventures, watching from the back seat. Since we were married right after graduating college, we feel like our wedding really kicked off the beginning of our adventure. As all weddings are, it was such a memorable and meaningful event in our lives. When we think back to those moments, we truly realize how fast life flies by. When we think about all of the events that have happened in these three years it occurs to us that our wedding highlight video has played a big role that we never expected it to. It seems that when we crave a little nostalgia, which is typically when we are doing something exciting and capturing new memories, we flip open the laptop and watch the highlight video that the Moons created for us. We watched it in a cabin on Martha’s Vineyard on our first anniversary, a pension (B&B) in Spain for Valentine’s Day, and many other times while simply being at home and enjoying each other’s company. As odd as it sounds, it really helps bring us back to our beginning, and reminds us to appreciate all of our blessings and reminds us not to take each other for granted. As we prepare to pack up and move back across the country to California, it’s comforting to know that we have this video to watch for years and years to come. It will continue to serve as the constant memory tying our past adventures to our future ones. It is by far the best memory we have from our wedding and we will never be able to thank John and Jennifer enough for this gift!

Andrew and Brit

Posted on April 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Haiti-Earthquake

Nehemiah Vision Ministries from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.

It will be a year this March since we were down in Haiti filming a documentary and discovering what Nehemiah Vision Ministries has done with investing in the children of Haiti. Our experience in Haiti had an impact on us and continues to work on our heart. I remember my wife Jennifer reading a Twitter post that a large quake struck Haiti. I searched the internet for any information of the severity. Being in Port Au Prince, in March I recalled how densely populated the city was. The next news I heard was that the city was in a dust cloud and many of the building had collapsed. While we were in Haiti, we stayed with the Pierre family and immediately thought of them and wondered if they were ok. Through the stateside contacts with Nehemiah Vision Ministries we found out that Esperandieu Pierre and his son Nathan were in Trinidad but that his wife, young son and older daughter were in Haiti. It wasn’t until today that Esperandeau received word that his family in Haiti were safe. There is no word on the condition of his home and how the tiny village of Chambrun was affected, the school and the children’s home. Esperandieu is now stuck in Providenciales

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Posted on January 14th, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Reflections

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Every year we look back on our experiences and how they continue to shape who we are as individuals, filmmakers and our company as a whole.

2009 was another great year for Northernlight Filmworks and considering the economic climate we were blessed. Our business continues to grow in ways that we never expected.

Our year started off with an invitation from In[Focus] to contribute to their blog as experts in the field of wedding cinematography. We will be attending the In[Focus] workshops in Austin in January 2010. We are looking forward to meeting up with some of our filmmaking colleagues who we have met in person and online over a period of time. We have developed some professional relationships with other filmmakers from Russia, Mexico, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Australia, Canada, Philippines, and England. It is amazing seeing the unique talents in the world. We would like to thank the crew at In[Focus] for providing us a great opportunity in contributing to the blog in 2009.

In March, John and Steve traveled to Haiti to work on a short documentary for Nehemiah Vision Ministries. This was a trip that had an impact on our lives. We often find ourselves thinking about the children back in the small village of Chambrun. It really is amazing how one person’s passion cannot be stopped when combined with a strong determination to accomplish something. Espérandieu L. Pierre is that person. He took an old hunting ground of dirt and brush, creating a school and a church for many sick and orphaned children, while at the same time teaching responsibility and love.

We also rebranded our company just a bit by working with Rhaya Shilts of Jackson Sky, who helped us create our new logo, website and blog. We feel so good about our new look because it reflects visually who we are and what we do and mirrors our style. The new branding is more cohesive, warm, inviting and playful.

Our weddings in 2009 were memorable and some very unique but the common thread among all of them is that the couples have been outstanding. We don’t consider them clients but more like friends. It is fun keeping track of them on Facebook and getting a message or seeing the announcement that they are expecting a new baby. It reminds us that the couple’s relationship is always evolving and we love looking back at their wedding day.

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In 2009, our work was been featured on a number of sites including In[Focus], The Brides Cafe, April Foster Events, and Canon Filmmakers. We were pleasantly surprised to be interviewed by EventDV Magazine, which is an international publication, to talk about our work. We were featured in the September issue of that magazine. LensFlare35 also interviewed John, which is a cool resource for photographers. Northernlight Filmworks was also the recipient of the Brides Choice Award given by Wedding Wire as being in the top 3% demonstrating excellent quality of service, responsiveness, value of cost and level of expertise in the wedding industry.

We would like to thank all of our wedding professionals that we worked with in 2009 and thank you very much for all of the referrals, we truly value our relationships.

Looking ahead, 2010 is going to be an exciting year for us and some new ventures and projects are in the works. Stay tuned to our blog so you can keep up to date with what we are doing.

Thank you to all of our friends (clients) for making 2009 a memorable one.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
John and Jennifer Moon
Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on December 30th, 2009 in Northernlight Filmworks, Uncategorized
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Haiti

Nehemiah Vision Ministries from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.

This is a very short documentary of our trip into Haiti. This trip really opened my eyes to an incredible need and how even my worst day does not even compare. Simple things we take for granted are a luxury in Haiti. Haiti has been hit hard by natural disasters and it was quite evident as we flew along the coast.

We believe in paying it forward. Every year, we focus on a project that allows us to use our talents and resources to bring awareness or to further a cause we believe in.

A special thanks to Nehemiah Vision Ministries for flying us down to Haiti and a special thanks to Espérandieu Pierre for allowing us to stay at his home….the food was great!eat!

Posted on August 19th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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