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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.

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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 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.