We Are Heat Press Nation

This is it. This is the reason for so many lengthy gaps of time between blog posts. The company I've worked for full time for the last 6 years: Heat Press Nation. It's hard to believe that when I started in 2012 there were only 3 employees (I was the third hire) and today the company is 24 employees strong. I went from customer service representative to website & social media manager. If you work a 9-5 you know the importance of a good work environment and in my entire work experience this has been the best. I'm extremely lucky to have worked for such a respectable company and proud of the work we've done together.



Live From Anaheim...

I've been doing video production since 2001 when I picked up a Hi8 camcorder and started shooting comedy sketches with my high school classmates. But it wasn't until a few years ago when I joined the Creative Arts Team at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim that I experienced the rush that is directing live video. I joined the team in 2014 as a camera operator and was lucky enough to be assistant director for the Christmas shows that year. Christmas is by far Eastside's busiest time of year. In 2015 I was lucky enough to direct 10 shows and this year 11 show. 11 shows in 7 days is a lot of work. But by the end of the run, the fulfillment of the hard work trumps any exhaustion. Not to mention working along side some of the most talented and creative people is an incredible joy. Here is the opening "Carols" segment from this year's show.



Everly's First Year

Being a parent is a crazy experience. From the moment you find out you'll be one, your mind begins to fill up with hopes, dreams and expectations. You begin to prepare for the little one's arrive but then in a blink of an eye, there they are. And what seems to fly by just as quick is baby's first year. When my friends Cesar and Patty welcomed their second child Everly into this world, I thought it be cool to capture a little bit of that exciting first year. I would drop in every month or so and grab some footage of Everly. It was such a pleasure getting to spend time them and see her grow in that first year. Cesar, Patty and their two kids are such special people and I was honored to be invited into their home.



Anaheim's Very Own

I live and grew up in Anaheim, California. I very much enjoy the city. We have great people, great sports, entertaining things to do and also great music. That great music includes a very Anaheim band called OKT. If you haven't heard of them or heard their music check out their album "Better Late Than Never" on Spotify and iTunes. You will not be disappointed! Their sound is a mixture of rock and reggae but I had a chance to hang out with them and found that they are not limited to any single genre. We got to shoot one of their performances at the World Famous Doll Hut (which, by the way, has seen many of OC's greatest bands come through. Everyone from Social Distortion to The Offspring to Sublime to No Doubt.) OKT is a group of talented guys having fun and making great music in the process.

Oh, and just a heads up there is some adult language and mature content in this one so, viewer discretion is advised.



Get Me To The Church

I've had friends ask me to shoot their weddings before and I always say yes and have a great time doing it. Because I have a personal connection with them I get to do things that I normally wouldn't get to do. When I was asked by my friend Jason and his fiancee to shoot their wedding and some pre taped pieces for their reception I don't think I could have said yes fast enough. See, when we were in high school, Jason was part of some comedy sketches that jump started this video making journey that I've been on for the last 12 + years. So doing this wedding has pretty much brought things full circle. For old times sake we decided to shoot comedy piece. Jason really wanted to in some way incorporate the song "Get Me To The Church On Time" by Frank Sinatra. I pitched him an idea I had for it and he really dug it. We shot it one afternoon and had a blast. One thing you should know about him is that he's game for ANYTHING. Including a fully clothed shower. Check out the video and you'll see what I mean.