Monthly Archives: April 2012

At JPod Productions, we love to tell stories and those stories do not stop after the wedding day. Therefore, we have found another love in film-making and that is creating Family Films.

There is something precious about hearing a child’s voice, watching them play, and capturing a moment in time that will soon be lost. We often take pictures and video of our families, but we rarely piece them together into a treasured keepsake. The Family Film does just that! As time passes too fast and your children become young adults too quick, the Family Film captures your family as it is today.

Our first family video is what inspired it all – The Podworski Family Film. After getting some new equipment in the spring of last year, I shot a variety of video of my daughters at ages 5 and 2. Everyone who saw it wanted to have a family video done with their children. The Family Film below is the last half of the original version, as we had a little more footage than usual with the camera and children living in the same household. Nonetheless, it’s the first of a few films we will release this week showing how precious families can be on video.

We met Tarryn through a referral from another bride who mentioned us on the Knot forums. Tarryn was a sweetheart from the start and her wedding brought us to the Connecticut Shore, which is always a fun place to film a wedding. After Tarryn and I met for coffee in late June at It’s a Grind Coffee Shop in West Hartford, I knew this wedding was going to be awesome.

This Connecticut wedding video started with two awesome preparations with the boys having breakfast and playing bocce, while the girls just had a fun, energetic vibe throughout the morning of make-up and hair in Monroe, CT. The clip below starts at the end of the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Stamford, CT and takes us to the Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY for the next part of the wedding video. Although rain was around for much of the day, we caught a break for a quick photo shoot by the ocean in New Rochelle during cocktail hour.  The ceremony section demonstrates how we overlap portions (homily and unity candle in this case) of the ceremony to make the film more entertaining to watch. The post-ceremony segment of the film captures the receiving line at St. Mary’s, and the cocktail hour, reception details and the photo session at the Surf Club in a fun, re-energizing style.

The day was a breeze, as we got to work with some great vendors including Image Photography and Top Notch Music Productions DJ Service.

At a recent wedding at the Four Seasons in Boston, I worked alongside my vendor of the month, who is also one of the top makeup artists in the city. Although you would never know it from her down to earth personality, Dani Wagener is making a significant impact on women all over the world through her talent. And, now brides in Boston are reaping the benefits.

The goal of any bride is to look her absolute best on her wedding day and Dani can provide that for Massachusetts and New England-based brides. What makes her different? Her mastery of airbrush makeup, skincare, and false eyelashes is what separates her from others. In February, I watched Dani take our beautiful bride Emily and make her look simply stunning. You can see the end result of Emily’s makeup in the movie trailer that we created for her, or on Boston photographer Lisa Rigby’s blog. The thing I love about Dani is that she believes in not only making women beautiful, but also giving them the knowledge and know-how so they can make themselves beautiful. This “effect and empowerment” philosophy was what makes Dani unique.

Dani’s work speaks for itself and it has been trusted by numerous high-end clients. Her impressive list of celebrity clients include Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Niki Taylor, Jenny McCarthy, Anita Baker, Daisy Fuentes, Oscar-winning director Katherine Bigelow, and Steven Tyler. Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines including InStyle, Allure and Boston Weddings.