established in 1999
It all started back in 1999. I had always had a keen eye for photography and enjoyed it as a hobby until one day a friend of mine told me she was getting married. Having seen my work she asked me if I would consider shooting her wedding. Never having done it I was reluctant to take on such a huge responsibility but she convinced me that she had faith in me.
I shot that wedding on film (before digital was prevalent) and when I had the rolls developed I put the best ones in a photo album and brought them over to their house. I was very nervous. I am always my own worst critic and I was afraid they might not like what I had done. I put the album on the coffee table and they dove into it. I held my breath.
They were overjoyed and told me that I needed to do this for a living.
I upgraded my camera to a Nikon and set out on a path that would forever change my life. I was a tile installer at the time and that funded the fledgling business until I was booking enough weddings to support myself. That was a great day.
In 2004 my cousin told me he was getting married. I got excited and reminded him that I was a professional hoping he would hire me, but alas he had already hired one, but he said he didn't have video. I had purchased a decent video camera a couple years earlier and had always toyed with the idea of breaking into wedding videos.
This was my chance.
So I readily agreed to shoot it. After the long editing process was finished I brought a DVD over to his house and again held my breath. The family went nuts. They loved my linear documentary approach that was clean and fun. This was a game changer.
In 2005 I met a wedding photographer named Billy who became my mentor in photography. He had decades of experience that I didn't and taught me more than any school could have. I had shown him a few of my wedding videos and he loved them. We decided to team up. I did video and he did photography and we were booking around 80 weddings a year! it was awesome. On days that we didn't book video I would either shoot alongside him or we would book seperate weddings.
In 2009 things literally came to a crashing halt. I had a bad motorcycle accident and had broken my femur. I had a metal rod in my leg and wouldn't be able to walk very well for a year let alone run and get the shots at a wedding. Then Billy had a brilliant idea.
He told me that he knew a guy that was a wedding DJ and he would be willing to help me get started. I knew I could do it cause it was a sit down job and I had my 19 year old son to help me set everything up at the events. I knew I had the voice for it, and all I needed was the confidence which I got with experience. I contacted a Baptist church in Virginia and long story short got ordained as an Associate Pastor. My ministry is weddings and I create custom services fit to the couple.
Fast forward to today! My leg long since healed and now I combine almost two decades of experience into a specialized wedding service second to none. Just call me the Rockin Rev! I can be your Minister and your DJ at the reception where I will rock the night with NO TIME LIMIT EVER! How cool is that?
With Crystal Sound and Magic it is all about choices, and all about the girl in white!