Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer: A story behind the scenes: Tears, Vomit and a Cop

Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer ‘s A story behind the scenes: tears, Vomit, and a COP

It was one of those mornings. Terrible Crappy Mornings. You know the one that only moms can have.

I am a Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer and I was up in the mountains of Winter Park shooting at the property of the amazing Sunspot. Sharee Davenport ( HAMAZING wedding photographer http://www.shareedavenport.com  ) and Lilli Black ( wedding coordinator awesome indeed: http://www.sweetlypaired.com/about-us.html) hosted a workshop ( it works if you work it!) and asked me to come along for video work and to speak on the topic of “ how photographers can work with a videographer”.

Sunspot in WinterPark. Taken with Drone.

Sunspot in WinterPark. Taken with Drone.

Well, The views were amazing, the couple was a joy, the workshop was awesome and thought what a perfect weekend. My kids were with me. My husband too took the time off too as a teacher to support this dream job of ours. IT was great. Until the ride home.

David returned to work early so I was driving home by myself with the two kids. In a rush to get out of the mountains before rush hour ( because getting stuck in traffic is the worse nightmare for the Colorado Mountain Wedding videographer or heck anyone for that matter) and my 3 year old starts screaming.

“Why are you screaming! You will wake your brother!” I loudly whispered. “Mom, you forgot to buckle me!” she said. Oh crap! I threw them in the car and forgot to buckle up my 3 year old as we were about to travel through narrow high passes and mountains of Colorado. I pull over as soon as we get to a safe spot. I buckle her up. Okay on the road again.

A few seconds again, More SCREAMING! “ AH, Now what!?” Mommy… I dont feel good.

Then..gaging sounds and crying. Yep, She is throwing up in the backseat. I start to pull over. We have a 2 hour drive left and my own hope for a tear free, stress free ride was that our baby would sleep the whole way. Well, in all the puking, and stopping of the car...he wakes… and is crying ...no screaming in his car seat.

I pull over. I get out and see the car is covered in toddler puke. Both kids are screaming. I do what I can to get rid of the damage. I cry a little myself and start to drive again. My GPS isnt working and being a directional idiot, I am not sure how to get back on the interstate. I am stuck in some tiny mountain town that no Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer has ever been to. Both kids are screaming and crying. I feel myself starting to shake as I just feel so overwhelmed. I cry and quickly look for the entry ramp back to the interstate.

Then lights. Cop lights. Yep, I am being pulled over. As Mr. Mountain Cop pulls me over, I begin to burst into tears. I roll down the window, covered in vomit, face streaming with tears...two kids screaming and I see his look on his face, “ dear lord child what the heck happened here”

For the next 2 minutes straight I forget this cop is actually police as he transforms into my tax payed therapist. I share about the whole day and maybe a little more. He probably couldnt understand a single word through my ugly cry, but I sure did feel better. He excused himself for a moment to return to with a warning for “pausing through that stop sign and not fully stopping”... and I cried a little more that it was a ticket.

He got me back to the interstate and as the kids continued to scream, I frantically searched for Jesus Take the Wheel on the radio. With no luck, I resorted to singing “wheels on the bus” through sobs and snot and thankfully, both kids fell asleep.

 

Sometimes, its easy forget how human we all are. On the job, I try to give 100% of my professional self to my cilents. They see me as a Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer and that’s what I present to them. But  They don’t know that I have 2 babies at home, that I miss with all of my heart...and when I see your flower girl, I cry inside because I miss  my own so much. They don’t know that I am humiliating myself by pumping in the heat of my car in between shots to make sure I have enough milk for my gordito baby. And they don’t know I am missing my husband who is caring for our kids while I am working for us. AND they dont know that these behind the scenes stories are what make me an amazing Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer. Because I dont just shoot weddings…. I see the importance as a daughter, a mother, a wife to have this film come out wonderfully.

 

Signing off as your Colorado Mountain Wedding Videographer...and puked covered mom,

 

Whitney Milton


 

 

 

 

Apart of the Workshop:

Venue - @winterparkresort - Sunspot and Lunch Rock were our top-of-mountain spots - and we hung around #maryjaneresort during the day. 

Planning was by @sweetlypaired (that's me!)

Florals were by @bella_calla (the little more wild bouquet witht he scarf) and @elledesignflorals (the other bouquet - more controlled, but still fall!)

Linens were @latavolalinen

Rentals were @eventrents (this is chairs, plates, cups, amazing flatware, etc)

Calligraphy and Stationery was Evette Goldstein with Pretty Writing @prettywritingcolorado

Desserts - awesome dessert display by Yours Truly Cupcake - You guys met Erika - @yourstrulycupcake

Videography by the awesome Whitney of @whitneymiltonfilms

Hair and Makeup by April Joy - @beautybyapriljoy

 

 

Planner - @sweetlypaired

Floral - @bella_calla

Floral - @elledesignflorals

Linens - @latavolalinen

Rentals - @eventrents

Venue - @winterparkresort

Workshop - @itworksifyouworkshop

Makeup & Hair - @beautybyapriljoy

Dessert - @yourstrulycupcake

Video - @whitmeymiltonfilms

Calligraphy - @prettywritingcolorado 

 

 

Photographers - 

Sharee - @shareedavenport_photographer

Alisha -  @alightp

Nina - @larsenphotoco

Paige - @plwportraits

Catherine - @catherineeichelphotography

Erin - @erinwittphotography

Molly - mollymargaret.photography

Olivia - olfilmandphoto

Denver Colorado Wedding Videographer: Destination wedding to Holyoke!

Watch me with SOUND! and in HD ;-)

Watch me with SOUND! and in HD ;-) 

I know, right? A destination wedding to Holyoke? Stretching it a bit, don't you think? Thats what I thought. As a Colorado Wedding Videographer, I think of destination weddings being anywhere from Iceland to Cancun... But not the border of Nebraska!

BUT, I fell in LOVE with Holyoke. Such a cute town and such a beautiful couple! Megan and Ryan had an amazing small wedding at their town's old library. In the library's court yard, they exchanged their vows.

As a Colorado Wedding videographer, I have filmed many weddings, all beautiful in their own way. But the way Megan stood in front of her family before the ceremony started and said “ I don’t care about everything being perfect. I just care about our love”.. I mean, Wow. She was relaxed, fun and really got the point of her wedding day, the love and commitment to her life partner”

It rained during parts of her day-- but no worries, they embraced it. Then when the sun came out, they had a wonderful ceremony with just their closest family. That’s the good news about being a Colorado wedding videographer, if it rains, we know the weather will change back to sunshine in just a few minutes!

For dinner, they invited their closest family and friends and then the part began around 7:00 where basically the whole town was invited!

Sarah Lee Welch was their photographer, and got to say, she is one talented photographer. You can check her out here: http://www.sarahleewelchphotography.com/

Check out their mini trailer and follow me on instagram and facebook to see their full video soon! @whitneymiltonfilms And if you are looking for a Colorado Wedding Videographer for your big day, OR even a destination wedding, I am a world traveler, give me a call today! 720.361.7834

Blessings to you!

Whitney Milton Films

I am a Denver Colorado Wedding Videographer with a passion to capture love stories of wild hearts….. hopelessly in love <3






 

How to turn cell phone videos into a cinematic film in 4 Easy Steps

I started this weird tradition when my husband I were first married: to set up a video camera on a tripod while we were decorating our Christmas tree.

This was before I became a wedding videographer in Colorado. But I thought it would be fun one day to show our future kids what their dorky ( I mean super cool) parents looked like. I also thought it could be a reminder of our young love for David and I years down the line. And well since then ( now 7 years later) I have collected A LOT of home footage. And this Father's Day I finally got  around to putting something together with all these short clips of our parenting and kiddos! And Below I have 4 tips on how you can turn all your cellphone footage into a cinematic film!

 

I find videos so powerful. Of course as a professional videographer, I am a bit biased. But I am not just talking about professionally edited footage. I am talking about the raw, low grade footage you take on  your phone of your personal stories. If you go through your phone over the last 5 years, what will you find? I guarantee you can get lost down memory lane, laughing and crying along the way! 

But what can you do with all this footage? While I use professional editing software---this video I put together could have been done with ANY free software like Imovie! Here are 4 Easy Steps to make your cellphone footage into

So First, I went through new and old cell footage saved through the years on my google drive, selected the video clips with movement and emotion and meaning to me and then I imported them into my software.

Then, I picked out my music ( check out sites like songfreedom.com and pond5.com for affordable music options) and let the music guide. Find a song that moves you and let it guide you in how you want to tell your story. Cut and splice your video clips to fit the beat and emotion of the music! This part is key. I am a wedding videographer in Colorado and am often asked if I plan out a story board before I go into shooting a wedding. Honestly no. I do a lot of planning and notes and ideas of what I want to incorporate into the film according to the stories and personalities of my couple, but I find the music will often guide the pace and outline of my film. 

To add voiceover, you can simply record on your phone ( find free recording apps) Or even record with  your computer and upload the mp3 voice recording to your video! Dont worry about talking through it perfectly, you can always cut and splice  your audio file in your editing software. 

Then, I add any transitions and/or effects you might want. Fade music in or out. ( Dont forget to use YouTube tutorials if you need help!) and transition one scene to another. Then Export to your computer!

Wish you each the best with your footage. Keep capturing memories and telling stories!

Blessings!

Whitney Milton FILMS

I am a wedding videographer in Colorado. I LOVE capturing and re-telling love stories that inspire us! Reach out to me today to have my team capture your story.

 

 

 

Denver Videographer: Creating a Brand Video that is Truly Worth It

I am a huge follower of Sue Bryce. Not only is her work amazing, but she is such an inspiring business woman! One thing she truly encourages all small businesses--especially photographers, to do is to have your own branding video. 

One of the most important aspects of a promotional film is your style and brand coming through--- not the videographers. Many times videographers will simply film and create--a beautiful film--- but it doesn't allow you to really get to know the photographer, only the videographer. 

As a Denver Videographer, When I work with small businesses, we will begin a little journey together to really grasp you and brand so when people see the film---they really feel they got to know you. First we will meet in person over coffee. During this time, I hear your story, your journey as a business woman, your passion and drive as a photographer. I study your website work, and social media. And I write you a script. I send it to you, we can meet again over skype or phone to talk through what you liked, what you didnt like. And perfect it. Finally we set up film day/s. 

When I met Ginny over coffee, I was so thankful to hear her story as a woman, a business owner, wife and mother. It was beautiful to see  how her own personal struggles as a girl to a woman, truly transformed her passion as a Female Portrait Artist. Check out her work here: www.ginnyhaupert.com. From Boudoir to Maternity photography, she really cares for her clients through the entire photography session and editing process. Check out her latest promotional/ branding film I did for her: