Blog 13: The inspirational power of cinema

Jesse here again. It’s my birthday today and I couldn’t have been lucky enough to receive the best gift ever. My nephew, Mason, who is 8 years old was finally given the go ahead to watch Jurassic Park for the first time. This was huge news for me. Not only is it one of my favourite movies of all time, it’s also as stereotypical as it sounds, one of the most inspiration movies I’ve watched as a creative person. Now, it’s inspirational in the sense of how it affects people as a horror/thriller. I’m not calling it one of the best movies of all time (influential, sure), because there are so many other movies I would call ‘better’. This movie, like Steven Spielberg’s ‘JAWS’ that came before it, proves in a simple sense that these movies are classic examples of horror.

If you’ve never seen Jaws or Jurassic park, let me watch them with you. I get a kick out of it. I know both of them basically line-by-line so the scare factors are gone for me (although, whenever the surround sound is really good and I hear a velociraptor behind me… I still jump), and while I can always appreciate the wonderful cinematography, Spielberg-ian directing, dialogue and much more, sometimes I forget how truly terrifying these movies can be.

With Jaws, I recently watched it again with a Jaws virgin, Connor Peck. He jumped at all the right places. It proves even a shark that ‘looks fake’ with the right angles, pacing and music can still terrify today.

Jurassic Park with Mason on the other hand is a different story. There was a real mix of genuine excitement with real fear. The opening scene with the raptor pen, he wasn’t scared, but as the movie moved on, he learned slowly what was happening. When the T-Rex broke out, he was scared and a few times even hid under a blanket, so it’s safe to say the movie, even today has immense fear factors.

Basements have horrible lighting, but my scared little buddy here might make a good ‘Home alone’ reboot.

Basements have horrible lighting, but my scared little buddy here might make a good ‘Home alone’ reboot.

There’s a scene in Jurassic park that is very reminiscent of a scene in Jaws in tone. Films very often use music to help set the scene, but sometimes, there’s no music. In jaws, when Matt Hooper is underwater searching the boat of the poor soul of a fisherman, he inspects a hole in the hull. There’s no music in this scene until the head of the dead fisherman pops out. It’s met with a piercing shriek of music gold and (as Connor will tell you) is still terrifying. Jurassic park has a similar scene. Ellie Satler has just turned the power back on to the park, she’s happy, and radio’s into John Hammond that she thinks they’re ‘back in business’ as she leans against a giant wall of pipes. All of a sudden, with no musical cue, a raptor jumps through the pipes and provides his own shriek as Ellie runs away in terror. This scene is the only scene that mason SCREAMED at. Wow. 8 years of waiting for that. Was it worth it? I do think so.

I love films. I love filmmaking. DH Media has some interesting projects on the way. Who knows. We might have a film or two in out future.

Until next time, I’m Jesse, signing off. Birthday with the family. Life is good.

Blog 12: Winter photos and a small update

Happy February everybody. Jesse here. February is my birthday month and I am looking forward to my birthday for a few reasons. 1.) Spending it with my DH Media family and 2.) Watching Jurassic Park with my nephew who is watching it for the first time. I am a huge fan and I really hope he likes it…

With a signature smirk on my face and Melissa laughing at me. This is our relationship personified.

With a signature smirk on my face and Melissa laughing at me. This is our relationship personified.

Earlier in the month, my girlfriend and I utilized the fact that DH Media is a creative company and we had some photos taken. Eric Gervais was our photographer and Teela Airdrie was our Master Poser. It’s been a long time since I have had a photo shoot done that wasn’t headshots. It was a cold afternoon and we decided to use Decew falls as our backdrop. DH Media uses Decew Falls a lot, but it’s a beautiful location with a ton of personality and so many options for shooting. Here are some of my personal favourite photos.

This is hands down my favourite photo. It looks like we bought the mill. The contrast in this wintery scene and a nice smile on my and Melissa’s face is what makes the photo my favourite. Not bad for -15 degrees out, eh? I love winter whites.

This was the last photo we took and I am glad we did. It proves that when it comes to taking photos, taking the time to get that one last shot, that one last pose, that one last set up can be totally worth it.

We bought the Mill. The bad sequel to ‘We bought a zoo’

We bought the Mill. The bad sequel to ‘We bought a zoo’

Melissa’s Favourite

Melissa’s Favourite

One of the big things when it comes to taking photos is location, location, location. At Decew falls, there’s this lovely historic house that looks mostly untouched by history. Utilizing the nice natural depth of a porch, with a light snow falling in front of us, Eric was able to capture this wonderful photo, which Melissa declares as her favourite. I love her smile. In a company that deals with telling love stories, I am glad I get to enjoy my own.

Falling in love. Being in love. It's something I dream of, something I want to feel.

As per my last blog, which, was too long ago, I have been working on DH Media full time for a month now with… limited success? I’m an honest person. It isn’t what I expected. I am however staying optimistic. We have new advertising material coming in and I will update you on that soon. I really have to work on these on a weekly basis…

Until we talk again. Next time, I’ll be 27.

DH Media Blog 11

Happy 2019 from DH Media

Hello again all you DH Media loyalists. It’s been a while since I have addressed you, but I am going to try to get more blogs out in the digital world this year.


First things first: The Holidays! Every year, DH Media always tries to get together at least once during the Christmas Holiday Season. The first year we made that a tradition was in 2016. Sure, it was a simple Swiss Chalet Lunch, but it was tasty. We now opt for The Mandarin, which allows each of our unique team members the opportunity to eat almost whatever they want. This year was another opportunity for all of use to get together and talk about the future goals ahead and the future of DH Media.

The end of 2018 was like a television show for me. Plot points were wrapped up in a manner that was both satisfying but unsatisfying. Sometimes, I sit and see my life as a movie or TV show and right now I am wondering if perhaps I could’ve had another season on the air, or perhaps this change of formula was for the best.

DH Media is now my full time gig. For better or for worse I am going to give it my all. What does that mean for the state of this site? Hopefully, a quick but modern redesign and more content. I made a Facebook video explaining all of that, but, here’s that video for you. DH Media was founded on the principles that at some point it needed to be a full time (with full pay) company. Now is the opportunity to show if that is possible. But of course, that’s not the only thing that’s on my plate.

The reason I chose to do DH Media full time was mostly as a launching board for my new career working in the Toronto Film Industry. Admittedly, the work has been sporadic at best, but I definitely am enjoying the time building DH Media in a manner that is both rewarding and beneficial to the health of the company.

2019 has it’s own set of goals which I am listing now:

1.) Weddings Weddings Weddings!

2.) A bigger social Media Presence

3.) More diversity in our shoots

4.) A Short film…?

5.) Business growth like we’ve never seen before.

Blog 9: Maternity Shoots, Happiness on The Way

Blog 9: 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 7: 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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