It's the slow sports season, unless you're into the MLB All-Star Game, college football media days and the ESPY Awards. (**crickets**)
But it is the busy season for weddings.
In fact, six years ago, I took advantage of the lull in the sports calendar when my wife and I got married and took our two-week honeymoon during the first two weeks of July.
So while my services haven't been needed to shoot sports for WRAL the past few weeks, I've managed to fill the time shooting a wedding and other videos.
This past Saturday, I shot a posh ITB Raleigh wedding with the ceremony at the Church of the Apostles and the reception at the Carolina Country Club. It was fun to finally shoot a wedding at the country club after attending a few there in the past.
I'll post the video of Katherine and Paxton Campbell's big day in a few weeks, but it should be a fun one to work on considering the wedding party broke into a few impromptu songs, dances and cowbell performances during the reception.
This was also an extra special event because this was the first time I got to shoot a wedding with my good friend Jack Morton. He and his wife Adrienne who were doing the still photography.
Jack and I go way back. I met him about 20 years ago, and we've been shooting football and basketball together on the sidelines since I started at WRAL the first time back in 2005. He also shot my wedding! So needless to say, I recommend him.
There are a few more weddings on my horizon so stay tuned for those updates.
That's not all I've been doing. For the last several weeks, I've been shooting interviews for CommWell Health.
CommWell has medical offices throughout the eastern part of North Carolina, and the PR folks there came to me with a cool idea. They wanted to have quick, single-shot 1-2 minute videos of each of their providers so potential patients who went to the company website would get to know them ahead of time. The providers answer simple things like what they like about their job, what they provide for their patients, what they like outside of work, etc. I'm surprised more offices haven't done something similar.
These shoots started in late June and should run all the up until the start of high school football season so it's been a nice summer project.
Oh, and did I mention I shot a dance recital recently?
I can't say I ever predicted I'd be doing that, but the money was well worth my time. Thanks to the good folks at To The Pointe Dance & Arts Academy for putting on a jam-packed, but well-organized event in Durham.
Until then, time to get back to work and keep an eye on this guy:
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Knoxville, TN. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.