Chris was one of the very first videographers to work with us back in 2007 and he continues to be a reliable source for exceptional footage and imagery in Southern Ontario for BizClip.
Completing almost 300 shots for us to date, he knows how to composite great shots and sometimes more importantly guide our clients through their sessions, making them feel at ease and confident in the material captured.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised here in Hamilton Ontario. I am a graduate of Mohawk College Broadcasting and Communications Media. I have been working as a Videographer, Director of Photography and Photographer for about 12 years. I love Hockey, friends, researching history, and have a special love for film and moving images.
What made you want to become a videographer/photographer?
I became a camera operator videographer because of my love for films. I remember going to see movies every weekend with my Dad. It was my favorite thing to do and still is.
If you could choose any subject to film or photograph what/who would it be?
I wish I could film and interview Stanley Kubrick. The visual style of his films is an incredible inspiration to me. I wish I would have had a chance to meet him.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about?
A really creative and interesting subject always is my main inspiration when filming. I am especially motivated when I am working with a group of people that are as excited about the project as I am. I think the best results always come when a team of people are on the same page. When you can tell that someone is passionate about a project that passion rubs off on everyone else.
What advice would you give to an aspiring videographer/photographer?
My advice to aspiring professionals is to never give half effort, always try to put a little extra forward every shoot you are on. Try to add or get better at something every new day. More importantly never be afraid to ask questions. I know it sounds cliche, but we are always learning and the only way is to put yourself out there and be a sponge.
What are some facts about you that you want others to know?
My favorite food is a well-cooked Steak. I love so many movies, but a few of my favorites are Dances with Wolves, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and Lawrence of Arabia.
What was your favorite shoot for BizClip and why?
I’m not sure if I have a favorite shoot – Most have all been great and very different. I think that is what I like the best – The variety. The varied nature of the projects I’ve worked on, both for BizClip and others have kept me excited and interested in what I do.
What are some challenges you face when on a typical shoot and how do you overcome them?
Time is always the biggest challenge when shooting, especially with clients who don’t have as much experience working in video production. It can also be challenging trying to convince people that the best shots for their videos – often ideas they haven’t even considered – take time. Great pre-production, lighting and planning are not always quick, but most clients see in the end why it was all worth it.
Why do you like working with BizClip?
I like working with BizClip because it’s always a new adventure on each shoot. The people I have had the chance to meet, and learn from, have always been great. I was one of the first videographers to ever work with them, back when they just started. We’ve both grown in our capabilities since then.