A Brief History

Want to learn about the beginnings of Midnight Magic Studios? How it all started? Here is a brief history.

I’m one of those people who can say “I’ve had a camera in my hand all my life.”  The big difference is most of the times my camera was a video camera or an old 8mm film camera.   I fell in love with movies and television very early in life.  My parents got me my own television when I was 11 years old.  Now, you have to think, that was back in 1975 when most homes had only one TV in the entire hours.  To be 11 years old and a TV in my room, well I was the king of the hill with my friends.

My high school had a video production program in house and I was like a kid in a candy store with it.  I wanted to learn everything I could, every detail, every aspect of video production from running camera to editing and everything in between.  I was always carrying a camera around with me.  I was always looking at things not just for the beauty of it, but how can I translate what I see to video so that my viewer can see what I see and feel what I feel.

Flash forward to 1999.  I’m married and have a beautiful little girl.  My wife’s cousin was getting married and we were sitting around trying to figure out what to get her for a wedding gift.  My wife suggested that I video her wedding.  “WHAT!?!?  Who in the world would want to have a video of their wedding!” was my response.  I couldn’t picture why someone would want to have that when you have someone taking pictures all day long.  But, my wife at the time was a very prescient person and before the day was over, I was set to make a wedding video for her cousin.

I worked really hard to capture the day, trying to get everything I could.  I mean this was a wedding and in my mind there were no do overs or re-shoots.  Now, granted, I didn’t have the best of equipment to work with, just some old camcorders and no microphone system to speak of so it was pretty much one shot, very little sound and very shaky.  I strung three VCR’s (ask your parents if you don’t know what a VCR is.  It’s a lot like a DVR only you had to have a tape cassette for it to work.) together to edit it all together.  No computer editing to speak of.  At the end, for what I had to work with, it wasn’t too bad.  In fact, I had fun doing it. I kinda of enjoyed what I was doing and I learned a lot along the way.

Two years later, I get a phone call out of the blue from a young lady saying she had seen the video I shot for my cousin in law and she really liked it.  I didn’t know this person but I thanked her.  She then asked if I could do something like that for her wedding.  I told her it was just for my cousin and not something I did on a regular basis.  She then said “I’ll pay you for  your time if that’s ok.  Would $500 be ok?”.  My next statement to her was “When is your wedding?”.

I found out that I could do something I really liked and have fun along the way, plus I get paid to do it.  HOW COOL!!!!   In fact, the next day at work (I was working at Jewelry Television at the time) a co worker and I were joking around about doing wedding videos for a business.  When I got home that night, I talked to my wife about it and we started brainstorming the idea.  I did some research on the area, asked a lot of questions of former brides about what they liked and disliked about their weddings, if they had a video, or if they didn’t, why they chose not to have one.  I took weeks of time to research every aspect of this business. Everything right down to the type of tapes to use and what shoes I should wear.  I’m a very detailed person.

So, in May of 2001 I started a small video business.  If you want to call it a business at that point.  It was just me and a web site, a very crude web site, but one non the less.  I did a wedding show that August and started booking weddings.

My first full year of working weddings I did 3 weddings.  Last year I shot over 37 weddings and it continues to grow.  I have much better equipment, I have learned and strengthen my skills as a cinematographer and have found that I love weddings.  I love working with people, sharing their special day with them and watching them grow not only as people but as families.  This May will begin my 17th year as a wedding cinematographer in the Knoxville area.  I truly love what I do and I say this a lot.  I have the best job in the world and can’t see myself doing anything else.

Now you know a little bit of the backstory about Midnight Magic Studios, but the one question I get all the time is where did the name come from?  That is for another blog.

Looking Back While Looking Forward

I’ve had blogs before but over time I’ve lost them due to changing web sites, building new ones and so on.  However, there was also not much time for me to post blogs because my hands were more then full with life and work.  There’s a long story that goes with all of that and that will be for another blog post at another time.  Today is all about new beginnings and looking forward.

2016 was, without a doubt, the best year of my life.  In January I met the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world.  Mary.  Mary filled my life with so much happiness, laughter and light.  I had a very long period of darkness and sadness due to the loss of my first wife, again the subject for another day and another blog.

I asked her to marry me in June, moved into a new home in August and got married in October.  Now we have just finished our first Christmas as a new blended family.

As we get ready to jump into 2017 there are so many new and exciting adventures in front of us.  So many moments yet to be lived.  We are planing a cruise for my daughters birthdays in April and planing to buy a house later this year.

But those are all blogs for another day.  Today is just a jumping off point.  A beginning, a start.

In future blogs I’ll introduce my self, my family but most of all, I’ll introduce my business and the amazing brides I work with every weekend.  So, subscribe to this new blog and follow the happenings not only on a personal level but with Midnight Magic Studios as well.    So long 2016 and hello 2017.