Category Archives: MultiMedia Videos

Yay for Editorial Mentions :: { WEDDINGS | Seattle Bride Magazine }

July 2014 Issue of Seattle Bride Magazine

Thanks to Yuko & Dustin and a great photo from Rennard Photography – I am mentioned in Seattle Bride Magazine this month! It was a CRAZY FUN party.  You can view Yuko + Dustin’s wedding video here.  The whole day is condensed into just nine minutes of glorious highlights making it long enough to remember the wonderful day (and share with their children some day) but not so long that viewers get up and leave during your movie. There were many other vendors that made the day so mentionable and beautiful.  Simply by Tamara Nicole was the wedding planner.

Seattle Bride MagazineThank you for viewing this wonderful bit of press!  If you enjoyed it, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below  •  Hugs~Kristina

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Every Business Needs Videos on their Website :: {Portland Videographer}

The moving image communicates far more than a still photo or the written word.  People will never feel like they know the “real” you until they see you on video or meet you in person. It’s also likely that people will not want to do business with Acme Landscaping if they have a choice between “my neighbor’s sons’ landscaping business” or “Acme” even though they may be ONE AND THE SAME – because people always want to give their hard earned dollar to another person whom they can relate to and respect/trust.

Video helps a stranger feel like they know you or your music (if you’re a musician.)  Videos make a cold call turn into a warm lead.  THEY know YOU at least a little – all because of video.  That is why every business needs videos on their website.  It’s not as painful as it might seem.  I simply need to know the emotional bits about your business and what makes it unique.  This information serves as our starting point.

Next; Having video on your website helps it to rank better and helps with your search engine optimization (or SEO.) Here is a good article about WHY video is important for your website.

Here are three very different examples of video I have created for client websites:

Thank you for visiting my blog!  If you enjoyed it, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below   X,O ~Kristina

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The Road I have Traveled | Shirley’s story :: {Documentary Photographer}

A short form Documentary

3 min. 10 sec. | One thing about living in an urban area is that you become more aware of those less fortunate.  It’s impossible NOT to see the homeless and people that struggle just to get through each day.  Not long after I first started calling Portland my home ten years ago, I began shooting for Streetroots, a newspaper whose focus is giving a voice to (and advocating for) the homeless.  Through an assignment from Streetroots, I was introduced to Rose Haven, a wonderful organization started by a woman, ran by women and helping other women.  I knew I had to become involved.  I document things as needed and turn them into bite size videos.

Shirley’s road has been a difficult one, peppered with death, addiction and abuse. She eventually found help through Rose Haven, a sanctuary from the street offering compassion, practical assistance & community to women and children facing loss of home, abuse and other disruptive life experiences. This is Shirley’s story in a short form Documentary.
If you enjoyed this little documentary, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below.   Thanks so very much Have a lovely day ~Kristina

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Valentines Day Video Card :: {Portland Videographer}

First let me say; before I had a child, I REALLY didn’t like Valentines Day.  But because I’m an artsy type, now it’s one big excuse for ARTS & CRAFTS!  I had an idea for a lovely little video Valentines Day card with a kissing booth featuring my 14 month old son; growing like a weed. (Perfect to capture his little chubby self while he’s still little and chubby.)  I headed to The Rebuilding Center to pick up some supplies to build the kissing booth itself and ended up finding a kitchen cabinet that was missing a door.  It was exactly the right height! Sold. With some help from a can of red spray paint, it will turn into a darling recycled kissing extravaganza.  A gold self-standing towel rack for the bathroom worked just fine for my $1 sign after it was spray painted pink.  I hired the wonderfully talented artist Brett Superstar to illustrate the backdrop that I had in mind.  The results are below; a happy little ditty; just one minute and 18 seconds long.

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Thank you for viewing my video!  If you enjoyed it, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below.

I appreciate your support ~Kristina

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Painting a Mural :: {Portland Interior Designer}

The story of painting a mural

Everyone that knows me personally knows that I’m a nut about design and color.  Our condo reflects it.  One thing that I love most about traveling is the saturated brilliant colors of the countries and towns closer to the equator.  I went to Brazil to shoot a documentary and while there, bought a painting on rolled canvas at a street fair.  Once I returned, I had it framed and based my living room color scheme on this painting.  While I was in Belize, I noticed every building was a rich, saturated color standing proudly next to another building in another equally wonderful international punch of color.  Some of it is chipping; most of it is bleached in areas by the intensity of the sun.  I decided I wanted my condo to feel like vacation.  If I had to come home to the same space every day, why not come home to vacation?  So I set out to plan and plot which walls would be which colors.  Each different.  A delightful surprise when you walk in the door.  BUT, this plan can go very wrong very quickly.  So I spent a while deciding on what colors would go where.  To give your eyes a relief, I did the kitchen in a neutral wheat with a whitish aged brick-like back splash.

I hired a local exceptionally talented artist named Brett Superstar to paint a custom Cuban mural in my living room to be the focal point opposite of the wall where my Brazilian painting hangs.  Here is my stop-motion video of his wonderful work coming to life before your eyes.

If you enjoyed checking out my stop-motion-video of Brett painting a mural, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below.   •  Thanks so very much~Kristina

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Blue’s Video Birth Announcement :: {Portland Videographer}

The Evolution of Blue’s Video Birth Announcement

Rylan and I live in Portland Oregon and the majority of MY family lives in Michigan.  HIS family lives in Washington.  Our friends are literally scattered all over the country and in some cases, overseas.  We struggled with the fact that very few of the people who were dearest to us could not share in our journey of having our first (and only) baby.  I had Blue three days before turning 41 so it was kind of a big deal that I was finally having a baby.  We decided that putting together a documentary (a.k.a. Video Birth Announcement) to share would be the most delightful approach and since our son was born in mid November, we thought that including it with our Christmas cards would be a great idea.  It would be like 110 little gifts going out in the mail to celebrate our “Blue Christmas.”  (Our son’s name is Blue.)  We had the DVD’s and cases professionally printed so they would be something worth keeping.

Thank you for viewing our video birth announcement!  If you enjoyed it, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below  •  Hugs~Kristina

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USA Today Portland Biking Video :: {News MultiMedia Photographer}

On occasion, I freelance for USA Today. This is a feature (below) that I shot about the biking scene in Portland, Oregon, rated America’s most bike-friendly city.

Many residents go about their daily lives in ways that would be unfamiliar to many Americans. Many Portland neighborhoods actually HAVE bike lanes and bars have bike corrals instead of larger parking lots. 6% of commutes to work are by bike which is the highest percentage of pedal bike commuters in any large U.S. city.  Portland is the self-declared Bicycle Capital of the nation.  Here is an interactive map of the Portland Bike lanes and trip planning tools if you’re going by bicycle.  Don’t have a bike?  Click here for a list of places to RENT ONE!  It’s the perfect way to see the city, especially if you’re hosting out of town guests! For visitors, it’s also possible to land at PDX Airport and hop the MAX Light Rail to start a city tour. You can literally load your bike onto the train and head toward town. We are fortunate to have our Benson Bubblers, drinking fountains in various locations around town which serve as perfect stops to fill you water bottle. Because our city is obsessed with green transit, Bicycle magazine wrote a lovely article on the essence of the bike culture in this unique city.

Here is a list of five rides great for your two pedaled friend.

  1. Banks/Vernonia State Trail
  2. Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
  3. Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade
  4. Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
  5. Row River Trail

If you enjoyed checking out my video, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below. I  appreciate your support!  •  Thanks bunches~Kristina

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Dustin + Yuko’s Urban Wedding Video :: {Wedding Videographer}

Urban wedding video | Hotel 1000 | Seattle, Washington | October 5, 2013.

Officiant; Dale Amundsen, Wedding Planner; Simply by Tamara Nicole, Flowers by Studio 3 Floral Design; Dustin + Yuko Truchon’s Wedding Video was shot, edited and produced by me!  The whole day is condensed into just nine minutes of glorious highlights making it long enough to remember the wonderful day (and share with their children some day) but not so long that viewers get up and leave during your movie.

What a fabulously sophisticated event this was! There were so many beautiful details to capture. The weather turned out perfect…not too hot nor too cold. This is a big deal because you never know what you’re going to get in October in Seattle!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you enjoyed it, please feel free to Share, Recommend or Like below  •  Have a lovely day~Kristina

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