In January 2017, my family and I went on our first vacation together in quite a few years. Having just prior purchased a Canon 80D, I thought I would take a shot at vlogging and making some fun, creative videos of our trip. After watching enough YouTubers such as Casey Neistat, Shonduras, Nadeshot, Roman Atwood Philly D, iJustine, and a few others, I felt confident I was able to do this. Holy moly, I did not expect how much goes into making a good video. I also didn’t realize my mic wasn’t fully plugged in. Much respect to all of them because this is more difficult than led to believe. Feel free to check them out and look for all the jokes I tease my family with!
The owner of Anytime Fitness Mays Landing saw my Dickens of a Holiday video and wanted me to help feature one of his members who lost 300 pounds. I immediately got excited with a ton of ideas because something this momentous should be glorified immensely. We went back and forth with some ideas, but I ended up with a hype video because anything less wouldn’t do him justice. The idea was to keep it close to 60 seconds for maximum exposure.
One of the main things I wanted to do with my parents and their business was to help promote their online presence, but struggle with social media in general. Silly, but understandable. Anyway, we wanted to promote information that helps benefit their customers. The thought process behind these videos are that they wanted to:
- Allow their customers to be more knowledgeable on their vehicles and services. This will benefit them on future services.
- Show that they’re knowledgeable in the services that they sell.
- Show they’re female friendly as my mother is behind the front desk as a service advisor.
So far, the videos have been very beneficial in getting their name and face out there. The focus is more on Facebook rather than YouTube, but the videos are crossposted. The Facebook videos are all boosted for the week until the next video. My job for these videos are recording the videos, editing the videos, and boosting them on Facebook ads by creating audiences and other techniques.
This video of removing a cat stuck inside of the car went viral in the local community. It even ended up on the local news.
Dickens of a Holiday is a the winter event for the Mays Landing Merchants Association. It raises some holiday cheer for all the families. I decided to work on my videography skills by recording the event and editing a video. I thought this came out much better than I had expected. The music is Kaskade’s remix of “Mistletoe And Holly” by Frank Sinatra. My uncle played a fantastic Santa Claus. The kids were perfect in front of the camera. I had a fantastic time despite how cold it was outside. I just wished there were more people, but I feel like the timing and the weather affected that. I am just ecstatic I caught some amazing moments on camera!
This past December / January, I finally went on Birthright to Israel. It was a trip that I’ve wanted to do since I was around 6 or 7 years old when I first learned about the trip. It only took 18 years later for it to actually happen and I am beyond glad it did. I was able to meet a lot of amazing individuals and have an insane 10 days that I could never forget. Prior to leaving for the trip, I had become absolutely obsessed with YouTube. I still am. I am a huge fan of different channels and individuals who create some incredible work. I did what any obsessed person would do, spend hours researching the best “vlogging” camera and purchase it. Only mistake was not giving myself time to buy extra batteries.
The thing with vlogging is no one explains how difficult it is. I really should have investigated a bit more how to do it, but I winged it. Despite my ignorance and just learning, I captured quite a bit of footage predominately on my Canon G7X and some on my iPhone as without spare batteries, you turn to an iPhone. You gotta hand it to these daily vloggers who make it seem so fluid and easy. From lining up the frame, to finding the solid B footage, and dealing with people all before even sitting down and editing it was incredibly hard.
From there, the editing process started. I wanted to step up my game from my older videos and focus on beat syncing. I want to thank the individuals who severely helped me by creating a great mix for this video. It came out amazing with the video. This video took 8 months to finish, but the amount of work was nowhere near that. The majority of time, I wanted to grind through it and finding that time was difficult. There were times I had to wait for the music and the edits. Finally, I would get straight frustrated and let it go for sometime. Overall, this video came out much better than I intended. I will admit the most difficult part is to take all the footage and have most of it go on the cutting room floor. I want to do more of these videos.
Here’s the full video below that includes everyone’s speeches and such.