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Our latest project: building a video presence on Vimeo.

Please come peek at our ambitious start with four wedding videos, a stop-action photo booth and one engagement session set to music.

The videos were all put together by assistant Matthea Daughtry, who came to me this past April looking for work and expressing a passion for video and stop-action movies.  I, too, had been bit by the stop-action bug, so I was anxious to see what we might do with the technique.

Mattie created the entire Rebecca & Jason video on her own, plus found the catchy tune it’s synchronized with.  She also shot most of the the Cheyanne and Shane video. She made the remaining videos using stills that Angie Devenney and I had already shot. Mattie, a Final Cut Pro afficionado, picked out the frames, sequenced them, and found most of the songs. (I take credit for finding the wonderful Jonny Blu.)

Speaking of songs, we’re especially proud of the music on the videos, not just that they are fun tunes, but also the fact that we’ve supported other artists by only using properly-licensed music. There is rampant disregard of copyright today, all you have to do is go to YouTube to see folks using popular music (from DVDs or iTunes) that they purchased inexpensively for personal use only. Using that music on a video is in conflict with the personal use license and a copyright violation. Professional photographers or videographers creating (and selling and posting online) wedding videos using popular music that was purchased for personal use only is especially egregious, and we didn’t want to go that route, though we’ve seen many in our industry do so. (And it certainly would have been easier and much less expensive.)

We decided from Day One that we were going to take the high road even though it meant more work (we spent hours digging through so-so songs to find the gems) and more costly (we paid at least $49 for each song used.)  After all, how can we expect others to respect our copyrights to our photography if we violate other artists’ rights? In the process we found some really fun songs and did our part to support up-and-coming artists who, like us, can continue to create if rewarded financially for their efforts.

Okay, rant over.

Please visit our vimeo site and enjoy!

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  • lisa weldon - December 30, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    WOW, Michele. This is amazing. I don’t see your name anywhere. I know your logo appears at the end of the videos, but I’d love to see, “Hello, I’m Michele Stapleton, ….” or some I.d. right up front.

    These are unbelievable. Where did you get the music?

  • mstapleton - December 30, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Thanks. This was a fun project.

    My name is part of the logo, and my name appears in the home page in the text. Look here. Then, all of our names and the web site links appear down under each video like here.

    We found the music on sites like The Music Bed and Triple Scoop, and Vimeo itself has a music store where you can license music. I’d love to work directly with small indie bands in this area if we can find some songs that are suitable for this use.

  • mstapleton - December 30, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    P.S. Sorry if it looks like I am YELLING at you. WordPress is capitalizing and bolding anything in a comment that is a link.

  • meg simone - May 9, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Michelle – these are AMAZING! I loved Rebecca and Jasons! So creative and fun and SO much work! 6,000 images! Super fun and I loved the shirt on the bed dressing itself. I also love that you are finding royalty free / license songs. The Music Bed is one of the best, and also try SongFreedom too :) See you soon :) Meg

  • mstapleton - May 9, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Thanks. Look forward to working with a real pro (you) in June. :)

  • DeVende Photography - May 18, 2012 - 1:09 am

    Hi there fellow Fearless Photographer! Trying to start out video as well, proving quite challenging. Happy shooting, thought I would stop by and say hello! :)

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