Blog of KVP

 I’m Difraser--David Ian Fraser. Here’s a bunch of goodies related to Kauai videography and Kauai photography, like behind the scenes,  reviews,  tips, ideas, discoveries, insights, equipment, venues, no-nos unlike  know-knows or no-nose and man have I said all of this in one sentence?  I think my English professor would have slapped me down for getting lost in a run-on. Oh well. Below is goofy me (David) flying a drone at a snail’s pace. You'll glimpse my back yard, which most of the world calls the Pacific Ocean. 

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I’m seeking an introduction to a reputable literary agent who will read one of my YA novel manuscripts. If you know a literary agent that’s active in the industry, that handles YA or  NA and you can arrange for her/ him to read one of my manuscripts, then we have a deal for a trade—I will photograph your Kauai wedding or make your Kauai based video free of financial charge. Even if the agent decides not to represent me, we still have a deal, as long as it’s a legitimate read. A “dear author” pass is not a legitimate read; a pro form rejection is not a legitimate read; a rejection that does not offer any comment or advice about the characters or plotting means my manuscript has not been read or even partially read and I would not consider that a ligitimate read. That’s it. Oh, except if the agent does decide to represent me, and sells my manuscript, I will pay you a one-time finder’s fee of the domestic contract amount 5% up to $25,000.

2nd oh… Am I any good? Yes. I have one book already published; I was a runner-up 2012 Amazon’s ABNA awards; I have penned several screenplays.   

Thank you for reading this.  Carter Benwall, AKA David Marsh.   Contact me

Blue wedding gown

A stunning blue wedding gown…it’s not everyday that we see a Kauai beach wedding where the bride wears a gown so beautifully different. I was lucky enough to film bride Lara in her stunning turquoise blue wedding gown. Mitchell, the groom, was stunned as he didn’t know about the gown. Just a quick note: These shots are video frames, pulled from the wedding video, as the photographer that day was the delightful Naomie.  

Kauai wedding winter time at the beach, with blue wedding gown.
Hanalei Bay wedding, blue gown shot
Misty ocean wedding ceremony Kauai and the bride wore blue
Kauai wedding bride and groom touch forehead during ceremony

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Light

When i place a bride and groom in front of verdant shrubbery, lit softly by the natural light of the golden hour, I am breath stripped. When I stare at wavestops awash in a patch of sunlight, while two or three torchlit rainshafts stream out of the lazy mists that always caress the sides of the mountain, I am lost —how can I not be spellbound? Click, click, click, I work my camera. Sometimes I tell the person I’m photographing to move this way or that, chin up a bit, slight turn to your left, etc, etc. but mostly I let the moments flow. I chat beforehand; we discuss moods, attitudes. needless to say, certain set pieces require some coordination. I try my hardest to make sure that my clients really enjoy the photography session.  

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Style

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An opinion that might make sense to you if you’re thinking about hiring a videographer for 4 or more hours to make a fantastic wedding video.  

I’ve mentioned before that a person cannot effectively borrow a style. Well, that’s not strictly true, only a person that does copy another’s artistic way (style) is, well, to put it bluntly a copycat. Here’s what I’m getting at. I’m getting at the kind of wedding videos (not simple beach-type weddings)* that come from the same mold, the type with lots of slow motion shots and labored pans, the couple’s name superimposed over an impressive vista, “Julia and Steve,” or "Ariel and Stamos,” and the officiant or maid of honor’s saying something like  ”Lattitica loves life…” and we see the bride swigging a glass of champage with her bridesmaids, and we see flower arrangements, and rings that are out of focus, slowly, oh so slowly, coming into focus and bla, bla, bla.  

If this memorialized flashback of your wedding day in a treacle-dense style as ubiquitous as McDonald’s arches is good for you,  can I at least offer you a different perspective.  You see, years down the road, when you have kids old enough to appreciate a good movie, do you really think they’ll be enthralled with the cookie-cutter wedding video? Yes, they’ll watch and be awed by how young you and Auntie Dolly look, but I’m sorry to say that they’re just not going to dig it, or watch it again with their friends, because they’ve seen it before!  It’s like opening up a photo  album and seeing yourself dressed up to the hilt like a 20s vamp and holding a pistol, next to a photo where you’re standing by a bubbling brook with your husband. Which one stands out? Duh! Or how about the photo with you landing back on Earth after skydiving, next to a  selfie in the mirror. The fact is, in the future, your kids will love to see your zany, goofball, over-the-top, days. “You did that, mom? Wow!”  

With this said, I do wish to offer what I believe is a smart move. “Have your cake and eat it,” meaning get the mom and dad performance movie that’s scripted and not cookie-cutter, and also get the standard wedding memorialization as a second video.  When I shoot scripted story wedding videos I offer my clients the choice of 3 edited films: The scripted story, a short documentary film (about 4-mins long) and the long version.  Nuff said— Difraser   

* Beach / simple weddings are excluded from my opinion, simply because in a single hour the videographer/ photographer’s sole responsibility is to capture the ceremeony, pay homage to the location, and edit the footage into a cohesive memorializtion of the special day.       

  

     

A Holocaust Survivor’s Story  

Two weeks ago (early Nov, 2018) I was asked to film a very special event here in Kauai, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach live - one of the few living survivors of the Auschwitz death camps in Nazi Germany.   Here’s a glimpse.



    

South side hybrid photography

Here are a few of the photographs from the “Love is in the air” photo shoot.  And see the video. Trust me. It’s good! For the photographs I though bright and colorful would be nice, rather than muted tones, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately.

  

Updated Media Fees

Photography (solo) 

30 mins $300

60 mins $390

90 mins $560

Photography (tandem)

$600/hr


 Video (elope)

30 mins $690

60 mins $990

90 mins $1190

Additional camera op. add $150 

Video Deluxe (2 crew)

3 hrs $1650

+ hrs $400 each 

Video Premium (3 crew)

4 hrs $2400

+ hrs $500 each

Love and Life Stories

Videography $200/hr (typical shoot 8hrs)

Insert stage/ green screen stage $350/hr   

Editing $600



Best photographers Baltimore

Megan and Garret Pitts photographers from Baltimore

Aloha Megapixels Media Photography

Meet Megan and Garrett Pitts, an extrordinarly talented  husband and wife team passionate about photographing couples who are deeply in love.  Megan and Garrett are from Baltimore, Maryland, however they love to travel,  meet new people, and share extraordinary stories.  I’m hoping to see them here in Kauai.  Megapixel Media’s website. 



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Vintage Kauai photography


Not all weddings have to look the same. Kauai photographer Difraser. 

Planning wedding videography

  • Pre wedding cinematography -  when you want a wedding video that shows more than just your ceremony. It can mean communicating with your wedding cinematographer ahead of the big day, and discussing the types of scenes  you think might be great. This might be traditional type scenes, like getting ready, and guests arriving and or giving testimonials, and a montage of the reception.  Or it can mean something  completely and utterly different, like having the cinamtographer create a mini movie about your Kauai trip.    
  • Pre wedding film ideas:  this can include themes for the video, such as romantic, adventurous, dangerous, going for laughs, or just about anything you can think of. It can even mean filming scenes that match the lyrics in a particular song.  
  • Pre wedding photography - this is when you have specific ideas that you’d like to share with your photographer, to make sure that she / he includes the types of shots that you want in your wedding photography album / slideshow. 


 



Princeville 

I was hired to film aerials of land owned by Princeville.   Views that one only dreams of. Imagine, not too long ago it would have been prohibitively expensive to get these kinds of shots—a helicopter and a harness to lean out of the chopper’s open door.  Many moons ago I did that. I leaned out of the open door of a chopper to film the Napali coast.   But these shots were taken with my buddy Steven Rodger’s quad.  Thanks to Steven for stepping up at the last moment, as my drone was in the shop.   

The highest quality aerial photography in Kauai

Kauai Aerial drone photography and videography by Kauai Video Productions 


Kauai High School Photo Shoot

Photography session:  September 27th 2017 — purpose - new website for the school. 


Happy to have completed another HDR real estate project.  HDR is high dynamic range photography. I do not use strobes (camera flash)  I use the house lights. I turn on as many as I can and wait until it’s dark enough for them to appear decorative.   HDR can be used on any photo shoot, even a wedding portrait session, for a completely different kind of look.  


Walking the drone


I’m in the shot ...

August 29th 2017 — So the day I got this new drone, my wife was worried that I'd do something silly, like try to piggy-back ride on it. Candidly, I’m not a complete novice. My other drone was almost as big as me, and it scared everyone who saw it, especially with me piloting.  So to appease the wife, we took a stroll. We could have just as easily been walking the dog, or the cat. We strolled, the drone kept pace, but after a while the drone begged to be cut loose.  

If you’re ready for the cinematic aerial look in your video, let me know.  Drone aerial photography/ videography adds a higher dimension to your story.  Aloha— Difraser.

Wedding videographer Kauai

Kauai videographer Difraser


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Blue screen Kauai

 A wedding video filmed partially on a stage with a blue / green screen and full lighting. The advantage of stage production in conjunction with location filming is this: a dramatic boost in production value.   See the video HERE 

Below image is just one of sixteen different virtual sets that I created for the video.     

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Hanalei Ridge

Difraser wedding photographer at the ruins with Zenovia

Have camera will go anywhere… even if it’s a Gopro snap. 

Put up a small canopy on the left side, the couple should be standing roughly where Zenovia is … what a master shot!   This is the ruins at Princeville, above Hanalei Bay.  The video BELOW was filmed without sound, just so that you can get an idea of what the ruins are like, photographically and cinematically.  

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Kauai videographer Difraser

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Patrick Ching's new art show

Famous Hawaii artist Patrick Ching, who happens to be a good friend, is working on a 20-episode TV series, which he’ll mostly shoot himself at his own art studio.  This week, Patrick and I spent the day together talking art and video, and I suggested that he  get a Gopro camera, not for the entire shoot of course, but for some of the shots. “It’s an amazing little camera,” I told him.  Fortunately, I had my Gopro 4 with me, so I proceeded to show Patrick jusy how good and easy it is to shoot with it. The clip below is without any lighting, or any setup effort whatsoever. I just whipped out the camera and hit the record button. Oh, and I shot at 1080p, not at the camera’s 4K setting.