Living, Learning, Loving: Shauniece + Bob

Living, Learning, Loving: Shauniece + Bob

When your vows are 100%, there's not much that I can say to add to the storyline. Just watch the union of these two beautiful people and let us know what you think!

PS. Isn't Shauniece gorgeous?! And her dress is to die for! 

Unlikely Places and People | Maria + Philipp

Unlikely Places and People | Maria + Philipp

Logan and I attended an engaged couples retreat last winter before we got married to have a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning in order to focus on us as a couple. We each had our own separate cabins. It just happened that Philipp was Logan's cabinmate and Maria was mine.

I remember staying up really late one night chatting with Maria about her exciting journey moving to Germany from the US, having to learn the language, working in another country, living with Philipp and his family. Naturally, I shared with her what I do for a living and showed her one of our videos. I'm so glad I did because they eventually became our clients.

Love is kind of weird like that. Sometimes you find love in the unlikeliest of places with the unlikeliest of people. 

Philipp and Maria are an unlikely couple. Their love story starts like this.

A German butcher meets an American vegan girl in Vancouver, Canada. The rest is history.

Love is kind of weird like that. Sometimes you find love in the unlikeliest of places with the unlikeliest of people. Sometimes it makes you better, makes you grow, and makes you brave. 

 

Rachel & Josh | Secret Garden Wedding

Rachel & Josh | Secret Garden Wedding

Ever since she was a little girl, she always dreamed of getting married in her own backyard garden. Oh, and this garden? This garden was landscaped by Rachel’s father. This garden was jaw-dropping. This garden was a dream. 

Josh and Rachel had planned their wedding to be intimate, un-rushed, full of meaning and intention. Every single thing warmed our hearts that day. From the first look with Rachel's dad to scheduling in a moment for Rachel and Josh to take look around at all the guests before the ceremony, it was just so beautifully planned and executed. Despite the hiccups, we felt the love and support that Josh and Rachel had for each other throughout the entire wedding day.

It made me think about how Logan and I can better communicate under stressful times. We can do it with fear or we can do it with love. I hope we can strive to communicate with love like Rachel and Josh.

 

To Josh and Rachel, 

Thank you. We are so grateful to be a quiet witness in your wonderful love story. Thinking of you two with admiration and inspiration. 

Cheers,

Annie + Logan

 

 

Love like this: Mariel + Aaron Love Story Film

Love like this: Mariel + Aaron Love Story Film

 

A week before their wedding, Logan and I met with Mariel and Aaron at Discovery Park in Ballard, WA. Mother Nature decided to treat us Seattleites that day with a refreshing breeze and an extraordinarily romantic amber sunset.

You'd never know it from the video but Aaron and Mariel mentioned that they were a little nervous being in front of a camera, so we decided to give them some space to comfortably divulge in some honest, raw, intimate conversation.

"Can we all aspire to love like this - with absolute vulnerability?" 

It was only in post-production that Logan and I were able to piece the audio together with the video. Logan and I were blown away by their honest vulnerability. Simultaneously, we were SO grateful that they trusted us enough to film this very special moment in their lives. Can we all aspire to love like this - with absolute vulnerability?


To Mariel and Aaron: 

We hope you'll have a lifetime of exciting adventures together, exploring this wonderful world and the depths of your love for one another.

Cheers,

Annie  + Logan

 

 

 

I almost pulled the plug on Bella Luna Films

I almost pulled the plug on Bella Luna Films

This is going to be a very vulnerable post... and that's okay. As a storyteller, I cannot expect others to bare their hearts and souls to me without being willing to do so myself in return. So here goes.

These past 8 months nearly killed Bella Luna Films as a business. There have been many times these past months where I wanted to close shop because I just couldn't handle the stress and anxiety of running this business full-time. 

I'm not going to lie and say that I busted my ass the whole 8 months because I didn't. To be honest, I spent the last 8 months agonizing over some existential stuff that stood in the way of me just creating art. My depression and anxiety wasn't all that helpful either.

So the truth is, I wasted a lot of time being afraid of the future. It paralyzed my creativity completely. It crippled my sense of self-identity.

 

In the beginning, you expect to become 100x better and 100x richer overnight. When you realize that that's not happening, you start wondering what the hell is wrong with you. Why aren't you making $$$ right NOW? The weird thing.. BLF was never about money in the first place. It was just a measurement I used against myself because I thought that it would be an indicator of my success. I know now that it was stupid yet utterly human to think that.

"I FELT I HAD SOLD OUT. I HAD BURNT OUT. I WAS DONE."

Long story short, I took on projects/clients that I probably shouldn't have because at the end of it all, I hated my business and all that it stood for. I felt I had sold out. I had burnt out. I was done. 

Thankfully, after taking a long hiatus from Bella Luna Films and accepting an amazing job opportunity elsewhere, I realize now that what lacked was patience. Patience for myself to grow and improve over time. Patience to wait for the right clients instead of jumping at every opportunity presented. Patience in all the mundane things which seem to have no immediate impact at all. Patience in my art.

If you're in a similar situation, I hope that you'll be patient with yourself. You have a purpose and sometimes that purpose manifests itself in some really mundane, disappointing ways. Most times, it doesn't look like immediate success.

So, I still want to capture your insanely beautiful life through my films. However, I need to take better care of my heart and allow myself room to grow so that I don't burn out again. I'm going to do what makes me happy and inspired. It's honestly the only way I can create amazing films. I'm happy to say that Bella Luna Films isn't going anywhere. 

Maryam + Tyler | Mt. Si Wedding

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Maryam + Tyler | Mt. Si Wedding

I remember meeting Maryam in a coffee shop in Bellevue and being taken aback by how beautiful and graceful she is, despite the fact that she had just traveled pretty far via bus in the pouring rain. I was so thrilled when she told me her wedding was at Mount Si Golf in Snoqualmie, Washington. Eastside King County's regal natural beauty is often neglected by many Seattle brides.

If I were to use one adjective to describe Maryam and Tyler, it would be "STYLISH". They have a very strong SoCal-meets-Ibiza-meets-the-Pacific-Northwest vibe to them, if that makes any sense. 

One thing that was very prominent was their amazing taste in music. Oh, did I mention they met while dancing at an Avicii concert?

Yeah, try to top that as a first-time-meeting story. The whole night was warmly lit by the Snoqualmie sunset while songs like "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star, "Fake Empire" by The National (first dance),  "California Stars" by Wilco (which was the mother-son song) played in the background. Those songs that tie a knot in your stomach. It was romance, romance, romance. 

Their story made me believe that there is a thing called "fate". From completely different places, you would think two people perfectly matched for each other would have never crossed paths, but the universe has a weird way of doing great things. 

Let us know what you think about the video! 


Also, check out these amazing vendors we had a blast working with. <3

Event Planner// EVENTful Moments

Photographer// Marcela Pulido Photography

 

 

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Peter + Sandy: Family Photoshoot with Baby Emmy

Peter + Sandy: Family Photoshoot with Baby Emmy

Peter and Sandy... where do I begin to describe how much I love them both?

They were Bella Luna Films' official first clients.

Peter, my older brother, was actually the person who encouraged me to pick up the camera and take my career as a creative professional seriously. I'm so grateful to have Sandy as my sister-in-law. She always amazes me with the grace, love, and fortitude she exudes. 

OH. And I don't need to say much about my adorable, squishy, lovable pudge-muffin of a niece, Emmy. AHH!

This was kind of a "thank you and sorry" present to them for letting us use them as guinea pigs for their wedding. (lol.) Needless to say, their wedding film had some holes. Thank you and I'm sorry, Peter and Sandy. <3

I hope that as Bella Luna Film grows that I'll be able to dedicate my skills to telling their story.

Anyways, enough talking. Here are the photos from my day out in Claremont, CA with the Wong-Tran fam.

Curator vs. Viewer: Why changing up the POV is critical

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Curator vs. Viewer: Why changing up the POV is critical

As the year is reaching that time where everything happens a million mph, I looked over our work portfolio for our first year as an official company! (YAY) 

As I walked through each project, I relived the depth of the raw emotions I felt when I was standing there capturing the moment. The thought that kept cycling through as I went through our portfolio was, 

'HOLY CRAP. How did I become so lucky to be able to chase my passions?'

It hasn't been easy. There were many times this year where I was distracted. Editing can really desensitize you sometimes. I'm a perfectionist, so I've seen these videos a 101 times. At some point, of course, I became sick of looking at it.  

This time, I just watched, not as Annie, the curator or the cinematographer. I viewed the videos as Annie, the human being - soaking in every precious moment shared between two people, wondering what the subjects must have been feeling or thinking at that very moment. I cried like a baby.

Note to creative professionals: It's essential to put yourself on the receiving end of your work from time to time. It makes you appreciate the work you do and why you do it so much more.

Thank you to all of our lovely, lovely clients this year. You've given me more than a paycheck and yummy wedding food. You have given me work that continues to challenge me as a person and professional, expanding my skill set and my heart.

From one human to the next,

Annie 

 

 

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Dear couple,

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Dear couple,

I want you to know that I care about you. I want to know that every fiber of my being wants the best for you, regardless if I've only encountered you through email or if I'm filming your wedding or the delivery of your first child.

I hope that I do a damn good job of being there for you. 

Working with you has never been a "job" for me. It's always been so much more than that. This vocation forces my heart, mind, body, spirit and soul to grow, grow, grow. Every. Freaking. Day. 

You've privileged me with a very noble task. You probably don't know me well but you're trusting me to be a humble witness to the most precious moments in your life. Thank you for that.

Before you book me, I want you to know that I'm not about that sterile professional relationship bullshit either. If you're booking me, I want you to know that I'm willing to get messy in all that mushy, gushy, raw stuff. You can be sure I'll open up to you about my life, too. 

From one human to the next,

Annie 

 

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