Back in December I started planning our high school “Senior Safari”. Similar to planning a wedding there were tons of moving parts and lots of things to organize and plan for. Location was the first booking and I was so thrilled to work with Mike Kelley of the Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum. The museum is absolutely amazing in the sense that anything that you could possibly want for a gorgeous “country wedding” or event can be found on this property. Besides the 1920’s home on the 125 acre property, there is an amazing round barn, a one room school house, a log cabin and a few other small buildings. We filmed in nearly every inch of the property and buildings. So the date was set for late April and the other pieces were ready to be added.
Next I had to book a large van for transportation through Enterprise. A van was needed to transport six high school girls and all their STUFF. I love having this rental company close by because they always have great rates and “they’ll pick you up!”. Hair and makeup artists were next and I hired Leslie White to get all the girls ready. She brought an amazing assistant, Annie, and between the two of them they had the girls ready to go in three hours….she even dolled me up a bit! Lunch and snacks were prepared and packed. Camera gear was loaded into the vehicle and we were off. My dear friend Carolyn was wonderful about being our chauffer for the day, so I could focus on the girls and making a bajillion other decisions during the day. It was such a blessing to have her be in control of that. Finally my friend Brook, who is a stellar photographer, came to do video for me and most of the film is her work. I am in awe of her “eye” when it comes to video. We started our day at 8:00 am and finished at 8:30 pm.
Now who would we have in this video? I opened it to high school juniors to contact me and tell me about themselves. The five girls who we chose did an amazing job. We initially thought we would have a couple of guys, but due to conflict with sports, we had all girls. And in the end, it worked out really well.
A few days after I edited the footage in iMovie….added images of the girls….and VOILA! Sounds so much easier now that it’s over. I am sooo thrilled with the way the video turned out and it is a wonderful marketing tool for my upcoming seniors. The only question we had at the end…What would we possibly do for an encore next year?? Where could we possibly go?? Immediately I was thinking of downtown Chicago!! I think that may be on our radar. I wonder if we could find a couple of juniors next year to be our models?? 🙂
If you like the film, just drop us a quick note below. It would mean so much to all of those involved in the shoot! And here’s the film:-)