Blog 8: Maternity Shoots, Happiness on The Way

Blog 8: Maternity Shoots, Happiness on The Way

The thing I find most powerful about the entire day is, as a man, I don't attend many, if any baby showers, so the idea of being involved in a celebration of a new life being born is amazing. When I was doing baby photos, every so often I would stop to think about how much of a miracle having a baby is. You made a baby. You made a life.

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Blog 6: Getting Back to Business

Hello, Jesse here again.

I made green beans tonight. I also accidentally took my garbage down without pants on, which proves I don't quite know where I'm going with this story, but bare with me.

I've been moved into my new 'headquarters' for almost a month now. I lost about a week and a half to unpacking because in my mind, the place needed to look nice. No that the packing is done, it's time to find a schedule. That's where I sometimes fail.

Life gets busy. Sometimes I don't cook for myself, sometimes a best friend needs a ride home at 11:45 at night and other times the world gets you down. Hopefully, however, that is a thing of the past.

With the cooking I did tonight (the green beans mentioned above), I am trying to begin my positive attitude switch to a better scheduled life. It's been over a month since the last blog. That's unacceptable. Kijiji ads need to be posted, SEO needs to be done. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's time to just do it. It's time to remember the Thomas Edison quote: Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. I better get to work.

Also, on a side note, always remember to wear pants while taking out the garbage.

Blog 6: The DH Media Difference

Jesse here once again.

Packing is continuing on the move from one DH Media headquarters to the next, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped our normal work.

In the past few weeks, we’ve all but completed the first round of early 2018 weddings.

The first few edits of the season, I’m always stunned at how the new techniques I learned over the winter (or in this years case a whole new editing suite,) can be put to good use. 

At DH Media, we don’t use a cookie cutter template for wedding videos. Each video is built from the ground up. Sometimes, a unique story arc (even weddings have arcs) will pop in. Earlier this year we did a wedding reception for a couple who got married in Jamaica. Their wedding video that we edited is a very interesting time warp. It starts in the cool April weather before fading into a Jamaican paradise. The video ends with the reception back in Canada. The story is one of my favourites.

Every year, we get busier, but DH Media will never leave the creativity we’re known for.  It may sound like a sales pitch but it’s not. We really do care about the final product.


Blog 3: “Invest in yourself. You can afford it. ”

Hello! It’s Jesse here again.

Recently, I printed two of my new favourite photos. One of them is a photo taken in Port Dalhousie, Ontario just after the sun had set and the moon became prominent and the other was taken during sunset in Panama City Beach, Florida. I like these photos for different reasons. I like them both for different reasons, but I also like the reason they exist even more.

The one taken just after sunset with the lighthouse is my favourite ‘nighttime’ shot in a long time. Not only does it look appropriately coastal, but also it fits the theme in my life of a more nautical mentality. The boats and their masts add so much to the photo and it definitely helped that the moon decided to be front and center for that photo as well.

The sunset on the beach photo is my favourite landscape photo. To me it evokes the amazing beauty of the tropics and the wonder of nature. Seeing the sun set like that is the closest proof I have of a god because I don’t believe such beauty could happen in such a serendipitous way. During the sunset I took about half a dozen shots from a variety of angles, but it was this one with the waves building to such a perfect crescendo and the sun illuminating the sky in such a perfect way that this one became my personal favourite.

Photo Credit to Melissa Pilon

It took three paragraphs to get to the actual point of this blog.  Both these photos were taken ‘off-the-clock’ so to speak. The sunset photo was taken on vacation, and the moon photo was taken on a little trip to Port Dalhousie to teach my girlfriend the finer points of photography. During the summer, it’s normal to almost take for granted the skill my team and myself use on a weekly basis shooting weddings. When I started shooting weddings way back in 2013 (2012 if you count a wedding I did while simultaneously being a drunk groomsmen, but I don’t count it), I didn’t invest the time to explore other photographic passions. That’s simply not the case now. I try to go out and take a good set of photos at least once a month, but now that I have a girlfriend who is itching to learn more, I find myself shooting more than I ever have and I have to say, it’s quite nice. Take the time to do the things you enjoy.

Blog 2: "Rings & Things"

By Teela Airdrie

A wedding day is full of hustle and bustle. Some brides say the day whizzes by. That’s where we come in. Your photographers and videographers are there to capture every moment to preserve the memory after the excitement settles. From our perspective the day is no less busy, we are watching every move made on the day.  Sometimes the bridal party get a break from us either to recompose off camera or to have a bite to eat. In this time a different kind of magic happens.

The rings are a symbol of love and commitment to each other, adorn with diamonds to shine on through the years to come. In these small quiet moments at a wedding I like to pose not people but these symbols of love, sometimes the brides have suggestions or props they would like included and sometimes I am free to get creative with the surroundings.


Welcome to the DH Media Blog

Welcome to the DH Media Blog

Well it's about time the DH Media team starts this blogging journey. What can you expect for blogs from DH Media? well, right off the bat, not all of them will be written. Being a media company, you can expect for entries in the form of Vlogs as well. What we can promise you is that you'll find each entry an entertaining read, which is all you would really want out of a blog. Who knows, you might just learn something new about us.

Jesse D'Hulster
Teela Airdrie,
Justin DeCoene
Eric Gervais
Andrew Dickson

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