Moby BeSomebody Minneapolis Inspire Polar Run Subaru“Cancer is a four-letter word” – Tony Mills

As you know – 2017 kicked off with the 2nd commercial ENTIRELY filmed and #ShotOniPhone for my client: TEK Products in Minneapolis (LINK).

AND NOW…  I HAVE SOMETHING MORE AWESOME FOR YOU FOR 2017!!

As of this installment – nine (yes, as in “9”) days ago on 20, January 2017 at 9:50 p.m., my brother Tony texted me and asked me to film a video for him explaining why he was in The Polar Run this year.  My immediate response was: “Sounds awesome to me!” and then he asked me how soon – which I responded: “What about tomorrow?”!

Zero planning, zero storyboarding, zero everything.  BUT!  What we had was: “Heart.  Miles and miles of heart.” to quote Gene Hackman in the epic movie: “The Replacements” with the uber awesome Keanu Reeves.

Tony, myself and our brother Jason lost our parents to cancer and Tony’s quote of “Cancer is a four-letter word” sums up EXACTLY how we feel about it.  Especially since there IS a cure and it’s being kept from us.  Tony shared in his video how we all know someone who’s life was cut short by cancer or we know of someone through 6 degrees of separation.

In our case – we were all DIRECTLY affected by it and there isn’t a day that goes by where the three of us think about our parents.  I even did a West Coast Wednesday Video Of The Week in honour of our mum (LINK).

I’m not going to go on & on about this because I can barely type with my eyes having been burning for the past 9 days from crying, my migraines have been in full effect, and let’s say that in my mind – the sustaining words: “FCUK CANCER” are as loud as God’s voice to Moses as I’ve been working on this project.

What can YOU do to directly help?  For the price of one Starbucks coffee – you can donate as LITTLE as $5.00 or as much as you want.  Here are the links to #BeSomebody and make a positive difference in this world:

ALL the monies are going to Minnesota Masonic Charities, which will be DOUBLING the money and sending it to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.  This is VERY important to me as I am a Freemason myself – in a long line of others in my family tree.

ALSO!  It is with great honour to give a shout out to MOBY allowing me the opportunity to license and feature his totally MEGA song: “The Day” in Tony’s video.  You have been a HUGE inspiration to me for many decades and I continue to be in awe and inpsired with your craft and what you do to be a positive light in our world.

How did I do this?  By Employing The BEST Gear In The Industry!

Combine all that with a suite of software by Adobe Creative Cloud and a few other “cups of sugar” I learned from my mum to keep to myself – I had ALL the best in the biz for Tony’s video.

Before you scroll down to check out the video ENTIRELY filmed and #ShotOniPhone and would like to chat with me about photographing your story, event or message, feel free to contact me anytime.

I’m on InstagramTwitterFacebookGoogle+, the form on my contact page, the old fashioned phone at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or direct 562.225.5915.

PS, Be sure to ramp up the quality of the video to 1080 HD so you can enjoy Tony’s message properly!

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TEK Products David Esquire Photography ShotOniPhoneHappy New Year from EPHQ!  Have I got a totally MEGA experience to share with you as we kick off 2017!!

As you had seen last year, I filmed the EPIC movie: “The Perfect Life” entirely on an iPhone and Nokia 808 Pureview featuring music by Grammy Award winning artist: Moby.

Then there was the WORLD’S FIRST destination wedding ENTIRELY filmed AND #ShotOniPhone SIMULTANEOUSLY for Vickie & Travis in Wisconsin (LINK).

There was the cool video filmed at Motorwerks MINI that was again ENTIRELY filmed and #ShotOniPhone (LINK) and the Halloween Zumba event at the Emma B. Howe YMCA in Minneapolis, also filmed and #ShotOniPhone (LINK).

Well…  while 2016 was filled with me travelling around the United States photographing and filming weddings, grad nights, commercials, rockumentaries and more, there was all the work going on behind-the-scenes for TEK Products because they…

HIRED ME FOR A 2ND COMMERCIAL!!  WHEW HEW!!!

The first commercial was best quoted by the company president: Mr. Tim Graupman that I was able to: “… see a vague idea turned into such a strong visual presentation.”  This year’s commercial he said he “couldn’t believe the commercial was the same length because we put so much more content into it.”

Throughout 2016, we had the complex process of writing, re-writing, story-boarding, and even more challenging; coordinating schedules for filming, casting, and more.  But because we had all worked on the first commercial so well, we understood what we were up against and employed the veritable cornucopia of talent we all brought to the table to take their 2nd commercial to the next level.

If you’re not familiar with TEK Products – check this out!

TEK Products iPhoneography Beastgrip iPhone David Esquire Photography Minnesota MinneapolisTEK Products is located in Long Lake, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For more than 33 years, TEK has been providing over 21,000 quality products and services to their rapidly growing customer list world-wide.  TEK continues to win awards from their customers and vendors for their customer focus, high-touch service, and technical acumen.  TEK has impressed customers enough to allow them to average double-digit growth for 20 consecutive years!

TEK Products is also actively engaged in the community, sponsoring local schools, the Long Lake Fire Department, and different events that help raise money for MS and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, as well as being involved in various organizations, including the Humane Society, United Way, Poor of Russia, and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Since their first commercial was ENTIRELY filmed and #ShotOniPhone – I had to do the same for this one too!  Especially since Bentley Motors AND New Balance continues to use the iPhone for their commercials.  You can check them out HERE.

Employing The BEST Equipment In The Industry!

As always – the Beastgrip Pro for my iPhone 7 Plus is the ONLY way to go to house my “camera.”  Then there’s my JOBY GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X for the hard to get shots in tight places.  And in a cleanroom environment, that was key.

Then there is the iRig Mic-Lav from IK Multimedia which has amazing features, advantages & benefits – making it a no-brainer to choose.

Mounted on my Beastgrip Pro with my flawless wide angle lens from Canon, I used the CN-LUX360 5400K Dimmable LED Video Light Lamp by Neewer.

Combine all that with a suite of software by Adobe Creative Cloud – I had to say: “Game On” to quote the epic movie: “Wayne’s World” – which by the way is RETURNING to the theatre for its 25th anniversary (LINK)!

WHEW HEW!

Before you scroll down to check out TEK Products‘ 2nd commercial ENTIRELY filmed and #ShotOniPhone and would like to chat with me about photographing your brand, event or product, feel free to contact me anytime.

I’m on TwitterFacebookGoogle+, the form on my contact page, the old fashioned phone at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or direct 562.225.5915.

PS, Be sure to ramp up the quality of the video to 1080 HD so you can enjoy their commercial properly!

PSS, I want to give a shout out to the entire team at TEK Products for helping make this commercial a total success.  Once again – you guys rock!  :-)

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Sharing is Sexy like a chocolate covered strawberry!

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Halloween Zumba YMCA Minneapolis ShotOniPhoneGood day from EPHQ and have I got a totally fun project to share with you!

As you’ve been sharing with me, Esquire Photography has been doing some amazing projects and photo shoots over the past year.  From taking EPHQ on the road so much more to doing a LOT more filmmaking and commercial work that’s entirely “#ShotOniPhone”.

There’s the commercial I created, directed, edited, filmed & photographed for TEK Products ENTIRELY on my iPhone 6 Plus (aka: #shotoniphone) and my Beastgrip Pro (LOOK).

Then there’s the movie; “The Perfect Life” filmed entirely on my iPhone 6 Plus in Minneapolis AND with my Nokia 808 Pureview in Trier, Germany featuring the song: “The Perfect Life” by one of my all-time favourite artists: Moby (LOOK).

AND!  The promo video I did for my brother: Tony for him racing in The Polar Run helping raise more than $20,000 for the Ronald McDonald House (LOOK).

Well… now I have something really fun to share with you!

Not too long ago, I donated my time for a Zumba fundraiser at Substance Church in Minneapolis to help raise money for a family in need.  One of the donations I gave to the church was a portrait photo shoot which was scooped up by a totally enthusiastic Zumba athlete: Elaine Francis.

Shortly after the event Elaine reached out to me and asked if she could share the gift with her Zumba class for a Halloween event she was hosting at the Emma B. Howe YMCA in Minneapolis.  That was totally cool with me and with a little planning – we knew this would be a blast.  Especially since it was ALSO a costume Zumba class too!  WHEW HEW!

From ghosts, to goblins, vampires, skeletons, and insomnia – Elaine’s Zumba event at the YMCA was a blast.  They had a Halloween-inspired class, but it was when they decided to have a flash mob downstairs getting the YMCA staff and other guests involved in the fun!

Elaine also had a fun grab-bag for everyone with various costumes and we did a crazy group photo shoot in the fitness room.  Which did get a little interesting because I was standing in front of someone on a machine – in my kilt! LOL!

Before you scroll down to check out the totally MEGA video I filmed & photographed entirely #ShotOniPhone and would like to chat with me about photographing your event, feel free to contact me anytime.

I’m on TwitterFacebookGoogle+, the form on my contact page, the old fashioned phone at: 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or direct at: 562.225.5915.

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Los Angeles Wedding Photographer ShotOniPhone PhotographyHello from Esquire Photography HQ and have I got a totally fun and romantic wedding to share with you.

But first, I’ve got to say: has the journey we’re sharing in 2016 amazing or what!?!  We have taken Esquire Photography practically everywhere teaching, photographing & filming weddings, commercials and a ton more.

From the incredible destination wedding ENTIRELY filmed AND “#shotoniphone” simultaneously for Vickie and Travis, to the first of three commercials “#shotoniphone” for TEK Products in Minneapolis (LINK) and the recent video with Motorwerks MINI Cooper (LINK) – it’s been a wild ride AND the year is not over yet (hint-hint – more awesomeness coming soon!)

Now I have something VERY special to share with you.

You may remember the beautiful celebrity wedding I had the honour of photographing for Shelby & Matt at Rancho Las Lomas which was featured on WeTV‘s “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera.

Well… as fate would have it, Brittney & David are friends with Shelby & Matt and when they got engaged, yours truly received a phone call!  Can I say WHEW HEW!

ALSO!  What’s really great is Brittney’s Grandparents served in the Navy.  Her Grandfather is a retired WWII Marine and her Grandmother was a Navy Wave.  So their wedding day had basically an infinite amount of inspiration and specialness to me.  To be able to work with Brittney & David, who are friends with Shelby & Matt was like a reunion for me, and to be able to give back to a family who served & sacrificed for me with my Military Discount Program.

Plus!  Duran Rex and I were able to help Brittney & David plan their wedding with some tips & tricks I share on the program: “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day.”

I could go on & on, gushing over their wedding day, but the age-old saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true for what could be a universe of words in not one, not two, but THREE films from Brittney & David’s hillside Los Angeles wedding.

The films are:

  1. Wedding day round up with a special message from Brittney & David
  2. Some behind the scenes fun I #shotoniphone
  3. Their ENTIRE wedding ceremony #shotoniphone

Before you scroll down to enjoy their gorgeous wedding day and would like to chat with me about your upcoming wedding or event, feel free to contact me anytime day or night.  I’m available practically 24/7 via TwitterFacebookGoogle+, the form on my contact page, or the old fashioned phone as well at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or 562.225.5915.

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Wedding Day Roundup

Behind The Scenes Fun!

The ENTIRE Wedding Ceremony!

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Wedding Weddings Photographer Portrait Horses Minneapolis Minnesota Wedding PhotographyHello from Esquire Photography HQ and have I got a totally romantic and fun wedding reception I finished editing.

As you know – it’s been quite a year filming & photographing in and around Minneapolis and I’m totally honoured to share all of it with you.  From the incredible destination wedding ENTIRELY filmed AND “#shotoniphone” simultaneously for Vickie and Travis, to the first of three commercials I’ve done for TEK Products in Minneapolis entirely “#shotoniphone” (LINK) and the video I did with Motorwerks MINI (LINK), it’s been really ahhhhhfreakinmayzeeeeeeeeng!

Now!  I’m honoured to share with you Dawn & Todd’s romantic “I Do BBQ” wedding reception at their private ranch outside Minneapolis.  Dawn & Todd along with their family & friends put together an incredible wedding reception that had a really huge self-serve bar, delicious pig roast BBQ, pastries, a Spanish duet and candle-lighted seating for everyone.

The last time a wedding was put together of this magnitude was Shelby & Matt’s celebrity wedding at Rancho Las Lomas which was featured on WeTV‘s “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera.

I could continue to write about the fun we had and the romantic signature portraits we did with their horses, but the video I’ve put together shows so much more than a few words I could jot down.

So!  Before you scroll down to enjoy the Dawn & Todd’s “I Do BBQ” wedding reception and would like to chat with me about your wedding or event, feel free to contact me anytime day or night.  I’m available just about 24/7 via TwitterFacebookGoogle+, the form on my contact page, or the old fashioned phone as well at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or 562.225.5915.

PS, if you are in or have been in the military – be sure to check out my EPIC Military Discount Program.  It’s the biggest in the world.

PSS – Before the video starts, select HD for the video quality so you can enjoy their Riot Of Colour In A Grey World!

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