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Customer Spotlight: KEJ Productions

2 days ago 186 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Kaleb & Elaine of KEJ Prodctions from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

We are Kaleb and Elaine - the husband and wife duo that make up KEJ Productions. We specialize in wedding cinematography and life event stories. We filmed our first wedding about a year and a half ago and it’s been quite the awesome ride since.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

We both have a strong background in audio engineering and live production - it’s actually how we met! We fell into videography by accident really. We were producing a couple videos for church and a close friend of ours asked “you guys can film our wedding right?” We thought “uh, yea!” After filming and editing the wedding we realized just how much we enjoyed it and realized this was something we could excel at together. That was the beginning of KEJ Productions!

Where are you located?

Our office is right smack downtown Orlando, however we find ourselves all over. We’re traveling a lot next year which is pretty cool.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

We’re both musicians so we like to sleep. In all seriousness, we’re the biggest nerds ever. If we’re not editing, we’re listening or playing music.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Providing heirlooms is by far the most rewarding part of wedding videography. We’ve done a lot of cool things with our careers prior to KEJ, but we both agree that not much has topped what we’ve been able to be a part of this year. Wedding days are incredibly intimate, and it’s such an honor that our clients trust us and invite us in to this space to capture what will be seen and revisited for generations.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

BACKLOG and storage. 4K is cool till you have to store it somewhere!

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

We tend to stay on the ground to tell most of our stories, however, when we see the need for aerial footage, the Phantom 4 is our go to rental.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Sony A7RII with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L and pray an adapter washes up on shore.

Where can people follow you or find your work online?

We can be found at www.kejproductions.com. Connect with us on Facebook. Our Instagram features our latest work and same day edits at @KEJProductions. You can see our latest full highlight reels on our Vimeo page.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A local shop called “Kelly’s” makes this killer homemade ice cream called “Blondie”.
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Thank you Kaleb & Elaine of KEJ Productions for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Kaleb & Elaine's work below:


Customer Spotlight: Alex Fedotov

1 month ago 251 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Alex Fedotov from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am Alex Fedotov of AD.JUST video production - a creative video production agency serving Central and South Florida.

Most of our projects are videos aiming commercial or corporate proposes: event videos, web and TV commercials, product videos, testimonials and Kickstarters. We use to work in and for marketing agencies doing projects for top accounts like PepsiCo, CraftFoods, Nestle, Nike and that is why our marketing and strategic experience helps us to deliver both creative and professional vision to all our projects here locally.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

Video and music have always been my passion and being originally from Moscow, Russia I graduated from a TV and broadcasting university majoring in documentary directing and graduated second Video school here in US. Before making it my professional occupation, I've always filmed my travel trips with friends to make a memorable video after, I think that is how that started. Later I got involved into music video making and then advertising videos.

Where are you located?

We are located in Downtown Orlando.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Music. I"ve been a front-man of a rock band for 15 years as well as as music composer and lyrics writer for my songs. We've been playing for 15 years and we eventually become a favorite band of Russian soccer fans (Soccer Club CSKA). They still listen to my music!

And that is the reason why we also film music videos, mostly for fun since young musicians don't have crazy budgets.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My favorite thing about being a filmmaker is a process of idea creation and if the client trusts us in that and gives certain freedom the results usually exceed executions.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

The least favorite things are technical issues that happen on set because that directly effects the final product. Sometimes you don't have another chance to capture those specific frames you planned.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

I like Canon C100 Mark II for its cinematography quality and how easy it is to use.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

I would bring Canon C100 Mark II and Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

Our website is http://www.adjustproduction.com/. You can also find us through various Social Media platforms like our pages on Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Vanilla :)

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Thank you Alex for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Alex's work below:

Customer Spotlight: Gustavo Ortega

2 months ago 250 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Gustavo Ortega from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I love film & creating art! I’m a cinematographer (Storyteller).

How did you get into photography and/or video?

Everything began 9 1/2 years ago at my beautiful beach wedding in Puerto Rico with our wedding photographer. When I saw our 1st picture I said “That’s what I want to do”. 5 years later I transitioned into video because I saw another opportunity to grow my business. At the time I felt comfortable enough with what I could capture and it was the best decision I would ever make.

Where are you located?

I’m located in East Orlando by the Waterford Lakes area.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Spending quality time with my beautiful wife and my two precious boys.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

That I get to travel the World to places like Dubai, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Manchester England, most of Latin America, USA, Canada and much much more…

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Editing!

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

Canon’s 14mm f/2.8 L series lens.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

I would take my DJI Phantom 4 to capture everything from a birds eye view.

Where can people follow you or find your work online?

My website is GustavoOrtega.com. You can also find me on Instagram (@Gusort), Facebook (GustavoOrtegaPro), YouTube, and Vimeo.

Last and most importantly, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate

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Thank you Gustavo for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Gustavo's work below:



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Customer Spotlight: Doug Jackson

3 months ago 1107 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Doug Jackson from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

My name is Doug Jackson, I’m a full time photographer here in Orlando, FL. After moving here in 2010, I went to school for both photography and film.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

More than anything, photography was a sort of companion for me while I was in the military. When we weren’t training, I often traveled alone - and I think carrying a camera gave me a sense of purpose, a reason to stop and appreciate the things around me.

Where are you located?

I have a home office in Orlando, in Colonialtown to be specific.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

I enjoy skydiving, reading, and listening to music.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Photography has never felt like work, honestly. Of course all of the planning and long hours can be exhausting but actually clicking the shutter or creating the light - it’s never felt like work to me, and I’m so grateful for that.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Doing what you love can be exhausting, you’re sort of “all in” emotionally and otherwise. It can be tough when things don’t go well since it seems like so much is at stake. Sometimes you have to let it be just a business.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

The Kino Flo 4 Foot Bank 2 Light Kit, all day.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Oh easy. I would take my Fuji 6x9 rangefinder. It doesn’t need batteries to operate and if I’m deserted I would want to die with a medium format camera.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

My website, douglaswjackson.com is a great place to see my work. You can also find me on Instagram @jacksondwhit if you want something more up to date

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

It's a tough call between green tea or vanilla bean.

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Thank you Doug for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Doug's work below:

Customer Spotlight: Sean Woods

4 months ago 362 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Sean Woods from Tampa, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

Well, I'm a photographer sometimes, a cinematographer the next, doing some audio scoring the day after that, probably designing some marketing tools for a client the next day and literally on and on. One day I'm shooting a wedding, then the next I'm filming for a corporation. It's never boring and I enjoy interacting with people! I have a degree in public relations and I've always been up to the challenge of strategically completing multiple things for one project. Not to mention, when I first started out with photo and video, I had no choice since the money wasn't there then. But hey...we grow right?

But on a serious note, I'm really passionate when it comes to business. I enjoy learning as well as helping others! I'm the person that shows up early to practice, then stays after just to get some extra reps in! I'm a firm believer of HARD WORK, so each day I push myself to be better than the day before. Well, the guys at The Lens Depot are holding up time cards telling me I've already talked too much, so I'll stop here! But just know that I enjoy this journey I'm on as a growing entrepreneur.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

I got into photography as a hobby some years ago when I was a radio personality. As I traveled and toured, I just always kept a camera in my hands for some reason. I would always be the one to put of recap photos or make a video with movie maker back then.

Where are you located?

I'm currently located in Tampa, FL

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Some of my favorite hobbies would be exercising and even though I'm no longer a radio personality, I still keep up with a lot of music.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My favorite thing would be the opportunity of interacting with so many clients and capturing lasting moments for them to remember forever

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My least favorite thing would have to be the gap between the professional and client with understanding the 'cost of business.' Yes many of us do this out of the love for it, but it costs to operate a full-time business everyday. If you could only get the client to understand that the video didn't just come out like that final product or that those photos took countless hours to get the look they have. You hate to have to be the bad guy, but in order to grow as a business, you really have to stick by your guns as they say and put your foot all the way down to make sure you're being compensated fully for your time and energy.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

My current favorite piece of rental equipment would have to be the DJI Ronin-M.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Hmmmm...tough one. I think I would choose the Canon 5D Mark III and the EF 24-70mm 2.8L II. That's pretty much my main setup that's always ready to go.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

On Instagram, please follow me @seand1 and please be sure to stop by my website at www.picsandflixs.com

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

My favorite flavor of ice cream would be butter pecan!

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Thank you Sean for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Sean's photo and video work:



Reel #1 from PicsAndFlixs on Vimeo.

Customer Spotlight: Victoria DeMore

5 months ago 922 Views


We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Victoria DeMore from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am Victoria of Victoria DeMore Photography. And although it’s my name, I’m fortunate enough to have a fabulous team behind me, headlined by my amazing husband, Dustin Heil. We mostly shoot horse shows – across Florida, from Jacksonville to Ocala, The Villages to Venice – but, we also photograph families, seniors, farm shoots, and weddings. Learning, growing and loving getting to meet new people and make friends with some amazing folks along the way!


How did you get into photography and/or video?

I came from a family of photographers, so I sort of had a camera in my hands or in my face from a very early age. My dad and I wandered around with his old 35mm Minolta at horse shows when I was only 10 or 11. I loved the challenge of not only getting my settings just right, but also getting the perfect timing of the horses over the jumps. Fast forward about a decade or more, I put photography on the backburner while in school. Moved to Florida to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. When I graduated college, it was a bad time to find a job. I had some money from graduating, I bought my first DSLR and kit lens and started out on this adventure of making a living with a camera. At first it was just supplemental to various part-time work. Once we moved to the Orlando area from Daytona, things sort of exploded. Couldn’t be happier with how things turned out!

Where are you located?

North Orlando, in Longwood. But we travel all over for shows and shoots – most often Ocala, The Villages, and Venice.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Probably will come as no surprise, but horseback riding. Been riding since I was 5 years old. I used to compete when I had time and did quite well, most recently a few years ago with a horse I trained myself. I also enjoy reading, writing, binge watching Star Trek (my favorite series is Voyager), hanging out with friends, cooking, and exploring. If we aren’t working a horse show, you can often find us haunting the local brewery here in Longwood, enjoying craft beer while coloring (check out Unicorns Are Jerks or Dinosaurs With Jobs on Amazon, best coloring books for adults ever!) or playing Cards Against Humanity.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Many people I’m guessing would answer this with something about preserving memories… for me that is a HUGE part of photography and why I do what I do, but my favorite thing has to be that I’m continuing my family’s legacy. My dad was a wedding photographer for years. Before him, his parents ran a studio. My grandfather, a first generation Italian-American with little to his name, set up a studio in Pittsburgh and made it a success with my grandmother at his side. I grew up believing I had to go be something else, like an engineer or a fighter pilot to really do something that would make my family happy with me. Yet after going through college, I realized photography meant more to me than I ever thought it would – and that my family and my heritage was a point of pride. I love that 900 miles away from where my grandfather started the DeMore adventure into photography, I’m continuing it. Preserving people’s memories while preserving my family’s memory at the same time. I love it!

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

I can honestly say that I’ve never been much of a feminist, but this job has sadly also shown me some ugly things and antiquated thinking. I’ve been at horse shows with my husband, and despite it being my name being on the business, I’ve had people completely ignore me and only talk to my husband like I know nothing – about photography, technology, or business. I even had a poaching photographer at a show berate me in front of competitors and spectators. It hurts, I can’t pretend it doesn’t, because I take a lot of pride in what we do. Yet, the proof is in how our clients feel. We’ve been doing really well and only have been getting busier with time.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

Recently discovered the Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM and it has changed my life at the horse shows. Have not tried the new Sigma 150-600mm OS HSM Sport Lens yet, but for now the 150-500 knocks my socks off. My horse show team and I fight over it. The struggles of only renting one per show.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Hmm… I’m always nervous about taking anything super fancy with me when travelling on personal trips. I’d go with a Canon 7D Mark II for the weather sealing. Plus one of my older Canon 100-400mm L IS lenses. My go-to horse show setup. I would imagine there would be some opportunities for killer wildlife shots while I’m there and I’m all about the animals.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

Our website and blog can be found at http://www.victoriademorephoto.com. I am rather active on Facebook (VictoriaDeMorePhotography) and Instagram (@VictoriaDemorePhoto) – makes it easy for the horse show crowd to follow where we are and most importantly, where their photos are. I’m also on Snapchat while at horse shows (@victoriademore).

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I once had the privilege of working at a Ben & Jerry’s in Myrtle Beach for a summer. Makes this a tricky question. Everything they make is amazing! They once had a flavor called Dublin Mudslide. Irish cream liqueur ice cream with a coffee fudge swirl and chocolate chip cookies. Sadly, it’s retired, so I guess I have to go with plain old Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

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Thank you Victoria for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. Here is some of Victoria's work:

Customer Spotlight: Trevor Ward

6 months ago 1509 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Trevor Ward of Red Eye Film Co. from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am the President of Red Eye Film Co. We’ve won multiple awards for our projects which include promotional videos and documentaries. Over the past year, I’ve also stumbled upon architectural photography and that now makes up about 30-40% of my business revenue.


How did you get into photography and/or video?

I got into video when I went on a 30-day mission trip to India in 2001. I made a short (and a long) documentary about my trip. Shortly after that I started making videos for other people and getting paid. I got into photography because DSLR’s became popular for video. I had a client ask me if I could do some video AND take pictures. I thought it couldn’t be that hard so I said, “Yes I do.”

Where are you located?

I’m located in Orlando.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Formerly I used to wakeboard a lot for fun and I used to live with one of the world’s best wakeboarders. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of basketball at the RDV. I love to travel internationally and during the previous 12 months I’ve been to England, Barcelona, India twice, Chile, Argentina, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

The thing I love about being a storyteller is the challenge of drawing out and crafting a great story. It’s not easy. Though I’ve won a lot of awards, most projects are not award winners. That reminds me that there is a LOT to learn. And when I see other great storytellers, it reminds me that many people are really good at telling stories. As a photographer, I love being able to capture an image that makes you say, WOW. Since I’m new to using a still camera and flashes, I still have a lot to learn and that really motivates me. Wanting to be good at something really motivates me.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My least favorite things about what I do for a living? That I have to make money at it. Good video is expensive because of the man-hours involved. Convincing people who aren’t used to paying for that to pay for that is difficult. What I really want to do, may not be what someone else wants to pay me to do.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

Right now my favorite piece of rental equipment is the camera that I took on two recent trips to India: the Sony FS5. I hate using DSLR form factor cameras for capturing video and most handheld video cameras make serious compromises. But the ergonomics of the Sony FS5 combined with a really good HD image make it great. As the Sony lenses come up to par with Canon, you’ll have a great system. And as soon as someone makes an affordable parafocal zoom that’s relatively fast, sharp and has a decent short and wide range, all for less than $2000, then you’ll have the only camera a documentary filmmaker needs.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

If I was stuck on an island with only one camera and lens I’d choose the Sony a6000 with 16-50mm lens. It’s awesome for traveling: small, lightweight and takes outstanding photos. Or I’d find a cheap camera that wasn’t UL tested so that it could spark and catch fire and I’d be able to send smoke signals while cooking my food.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

I’m on Instagram @TrevorWardPhotos and my website Red Eye Film Co. has many of my projects from the last couple of years including a few recent projects.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

For ice cream, I’d go with Vanilla custard, topped with chocolate sauce and a cherry.

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Thank you Trevor for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. Also be sure to check out the excellent review Trevor did of the Sony FS5 on his blog. Here is some of Trevor's work:

Customer Spotlight: Garrett Frandsen

7 months ago 1474 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Garrett Frandsen from Casselberry, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

My name is Garrett Frandsen and I am an artist in Orlando. I spend most of my time doing wedding photography and portraiture.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

Photography found me. I was living in Japan teaching English at the time and one of my best friends was getting married and I was attending. Right before the wedding he hands me his camera and asks me, believing in my artistic abilities, would I be able and willing to photograph this wedding. So the first wedding I ever photographed was a Shinto Wedding. Fate and timing being what it is, coming back to America, all of my friends were also getting married and many of them asked me to be their wedding photographer as well. Also, amazingly enough The Lens Depot started right as I was starting so I was able to really test a lot equipment out in the beginning without the commitment to buy. You've been indispensable to my success.


Where are you located?

Currently going on my 4th year in Casselberry! I have always been close to The Lens Depot. I was living in Maitland when they were just starting outside of their Pottery store.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Floating in a sensory deprivation tank exploring different states of consciousness. The creativity and insight to be found in sitting a 1000lbs of body heated epsom salts in the dark is tremendous. Finding quiet time. Reading.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

The ability to reach a point technically where almost any idea is a possibility. I love being able to bring an idea to life. It's the ultimate satisfaction...being able to create something that matches your mind's eye. Traveling and meeting interesting people are tied for second but creation is the ultimate for me.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

The business side of it. I am a law school dropout and have an aversion to all things business and legal. Contracts, negotiations, bills, insurance, etc. Speed bumps to creation!

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

My current favorite piece of rental equipment is the Quantum Flash with Turbo Battery Pack. You never miss a shot! What I will usually do is rent a Canon 580EX II or 600EX as a backup for these 3 day Indian weddings even then, you can miss a shot from time to time with the recycle times and batteries heating up but with the Quantum you get consistently equal flash each time. Wonderful toy!

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Probably the Canon 1DX and Canon 100mm 2.8L IS Macro. The 1D bodies are good for the abuse of an island situation and the lens would be great for portraiture and animal/bug macro.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

Website www.garrettfrandsen.com

Instagram - @garrettfrandsen
Facebook - Garrett Frandsen

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Mint Chocolate Chip!

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Thank you Garrett for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. Here is some of Garrett's work:


Customer Spotlight: Michael Dalton

9 months ago 3068 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Michael Dalton from Oviedo, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

My name is Michael Dalton, I’m originally from the Carolinas but I moved to Central Florida to attend Full Sail for Film. Post graduation I decided to stay in Orlando and find the work to make that happen. These days I make videos for CrossFit around the world, and pick up the occasional freelance gig between those trips.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

My Dad always tried to have a video camera or digital camera around. Some of my earliest memories are of the VHS camcorder plugged into the VCR and him shaking the camera yelling earthquake while my brother and sister and I rolled around the couch and floor.

From there I can honestly say I was inspired by Jackass the movie - those guys made a living playing around with their friends and learning their gear along the way. So my buddies and I made a ton of dumb videos, which eventually led to really terrible music videos and then film school.

Where are you located?

I’m in Oviedo, Florida these days, about 5 minutes from The Lens Depot. I like to pretend that I don’t miss the days where I would meet Oscar and Magda at Starbucks super early on a Saturday morning, and get a free cup of coffee with my lens rental. But those were the glory days.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Outside of video for CrossFit, I really enjoy doing CrossFit. It’s been a great stress reliever for me through the freelance years, and a great way of keeping my work capacity up to handle the long hours of lugging around heavy gear.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

There was a quote on the wall in one of the Film buildings at Full Sail, I believe it was from Sissy Spacek. It said - “One of the wonderful things about being a filmmaker, is that you get to live all these different lives...” I love getting to meet new people, and try to get to the heart of what matters to them and tell their story. Whether this is an athlete struggling to be the best, or a non-profit in Africa trying to save lives - the process is the same for me. I love people, and I love getting to show a person’s heart to the world. I don’t take that process lightly.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My least favorite thing about this work is airports. I love being in new places but I hate the airport process. I don’t like checking gear (especially rental gear), so I carry everything on. But that being said, I’m thankful every day for the work I get to do. I’m living the dream, so I’ll live with the airports.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

If you looked at my rental history, you would probably say, “Why hasn’t he just bought that Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS already?” Currently, I would like to be noncommittal and say my favorite thing is all of it. I’m comforted knowing that all of the gear I might need is available, and can be rented and picked up on the same day. The prices are the most competitive I’ve found in the world, and I love the staff and how helpful everyone is. Boom, endorsed.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

I swear by the Panasonic GH4 and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L with the Metabones adapter. Can you beat 4k at 24fps and then 96fps at 1080 in that small of a camera? Doubt it. And that is the most versatile lens in the world in my opinion. I’ve had mine for years, and I’m certain I could throw it hard enough to kill a small animal on the deserted island, use the lens reflection to start a small fire to cook it, and it would still work for documenting my rescue. Did I read that wrong? Is this a vacation? I don’t tourist well.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

Twitter - @michaelishustle
Instagram - @michaelishustle
Facebook - michaeldalton.
As for regular videos, they go out via the CrossFit youtube, but I generally post them on Facebook when they do.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Can I be that guy and say I almost never eat ice cream? I crave donuts. 3-4 at a time but only on Saturday.

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