Tag Archives: Jesse Brauning

My New Website

Hi friends!

I have an all-new website courtesy of Brand New Web & Creative Development. They did a great job of putting it together to fit my vision, and I really appreciate all the hard work they put into it. Go check it out, it has three brand new demo reels from Paragon: an overall demo, a commercial demo, and a wedding demo. Enjoy!


Nick & Amanda’s Wedding Short

Hi guys, I’ve got a new wedding short film to share with you today.

We shot this wedding film in Webster, South Dakota. I loved their reception venue – it was rustic, but beautiful. Amanda was lovely, and Nick was probably the most dapper groom I’ve worked with this year. It was a great time, and I hope you enjoy the video.

Now to get techy:

Shot with three GH2s and a GH3. This was a great GH3 experience, I learned a lot about the camera and how best to use it. Recommendation? Stick with AVCHD mode. It’s cleaner and more efficiently compressed. The high bit rates just don’t add anything except more noise to the image. Another piece of GH3 advice: Don’t turn the contrast down more than two clicks in the picture profile settings. Highlights get a little weird and hard to fix.

Shooting Outside Your Comfort Zone

This morning I rode a bucket lift up into the sky. It was scary but I did it anyway. I got a cool shot that I don’t get to shoot very often, and I broadened my experience. I left my comfort zone, which I think is very important. It’s outside your comfort zone that you’ll start to push your creativity.

Check it out, this is me as the tallest person in Sioux Center Iowa for a brief moment:

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And finally, here’s a short video clip I shot on my way down, stabilized, reversed, and cleaned up:


Jenna & Dave’s Wedding Day

Hey friends, I really hope you like this one – I poured a lot into it!

Under Pressure

Working is hard sometimes. This is an understanding I’ve had since I was probably about four. It came as no surprise to me then when I started Paragon Videography officially in 2009, that sometimes, what I do is hard work.

On Saturday I shot an incredibly fun wedding. It was my largest package, and we’d added in shooting the rehearsal dinner (which was quite the party on its own).  I did five hours of shooting Friday night, and sixteen hours Saturday – not including drive time (About eight hours, total). Needless to say, I’ve been pretty beat the last couple days.

Long wedding weekends aren’t really the half of it, though. What I’d really like to talk about is the complexity of running a business, even a simple one like a videography company with no employees. Between taxes, insurance, mileage, bookings, details, other details, and more details, simple isn’t so simple. And these things are still ancillary to the thing that makes running a video business a little crazy.

The word is backlog. For me, the backlog is the list of projects that I’ve shot that have yet to be edited and delivered. Whenever that number goes above 1, my stress level skyrockets. Given that it is currently sitting above 5, you can imagine how I’m doing right now. Managing this stress, keeping up a consistent workflow, and not panicking are high on my priority list right now.

Now, having a backlog is not a bad thing – it means that there’s always work do to, and that the business is doing well. It generally means cash flow, and a little bit of assurance that  I won’t be out of work tomorrow. But how do I manage those positive expectations about my backlog versus the panic that I won’t ever get it all done and that I’ll deliver every project hopelessly late?

Work ethic. It’s something you need in abundance if you plan to self-motivate yourself through 16-hour wedding shoots and a daily workload that only seems to grow ever-larger through the summer months. You need to love what you are doing, and be committed to giving your clients completed products that they’ll love.

It’s hard work, but if you work hard, it’ll work out. At least, that’s the mantra today.

A Dearth

Dearth… Vader.

I’m sure that joke has been made before. It’s pretty bad. Anyway, sorry all for the lack of updates. I’ve gotten monumentally busy shooting weddings with my GH2s. I’m shooting every weekend plus some from here till half way through August (and then the pace only slows down a little). My previous boasts about doing a wedding recap of EVERY wedding I shoot seem a little… ambitious at the moment.

I’m going to try really hard to get a couple reviews up soon. Panasonic 7-14, LCW Fader ND, and maybe even DP4. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to read, let me know! If you really love wedding recaps, let me know, and I’ll do a couple at some point.

Wish me luck/pray for me/whatever you do in your religion: Things are about to get crazy for me. 🙂