Cuppa Photography: The Film by Inkspot Crow!!!

Last year I began talking with MacKenzie and Philip, the insanely talented husband-wife duo behind Inkspot Crow Films, about doing a branding film for Cuppa! I knew that I wanted the film to serve as a way for clients and potential clients to get to know me a little better, to help communicate who I am and what my life is about. I really, REALLY believe that having a connection with my clients is absolutely essential to great images and I wanted my branding film to provide one more peek into who I am to help that connection along!

MacKenzie and Philip were awesome to work with right from the beginning! We began with a Google Chat (or was it Skype? Or Facetime? You get the idea…) to do a little brainstorming. It didn’t take long for me to know that I didn’t really want the film to be about my photography or my business specifically, but about the life I lead that informs and drives my work. All of the love in my life that gave me the impetus to jump off the lawyer track and bump on over to a world where I capture incredible moments. The love I am so insanely lucky to share with Justin, who is my partner in all things, from canoeing to running to second shooting weddings. Our love of the outdoors, of food, of community. The love that fills our tiny house, beginning with our fluffy dog. Chatting through all of this with MacKenzie and Philip began to bring the vision some structure and I pulled together this litle inspiration board for what I wanted our film to convey, and ultimately, what I want my photography to feel like to those whose lives I capture:

So with this vision in mind, we began planning logistics! MacKenzie and Philip are based out of North Carolina (you may remember the incredible film they created from Barbara & Douglass’s wedding where we worked together for the first time!), but it just so happens that MacKenzie hails from a family of creative geniuses who have come to call Maine home (her mom is an amazing florist and her uber-talented sister played a huge role in my becoming a photographer!) and so she and Philip (and Pax!) make it up to Maine pretty regularly!

We tentatively scheduled our day to shoot, knowing that we only had one day to make it all come together. Justin and I built a gigantic table for our backyard and started inviting friends for a bonfire and dinner al fresco. We made a list of our favorite places to run and hike and canoe and picnic. We called our favorite farm stand to make sure they’d be open. And then we crossed our fingers and prayed for good weather, considering there aren’t a lot of indoor variations for what we’d envisioned.

The day dawned overcast and foreboding, but MacKenzie and Philip were enthusiastic and totally game to push forward, even if it meant filming from a canoe on very choppy waters! We were drizzled on a few times, but thankfully the hard rain held off until we’d shot most of the critical outdoor stuff! We moved the shindig inside and the bonfire to our woodstove and I have to say…it’s not really a party unless you wake up the next morning to roasted marshmallows stuck to your ceiling!

Okay, okay…I seriously could keep going on and on about how incredibly amazing it was to work with MacKenzie and Philip (you guys HAVE to go watch all of their films as soon as you finish watching mine! Warning: it’s totally addictive and you may become obsessed!) and how over-the-moon excited I am about the film, but you should probably just see it for yourselves instead! So…enjoy!!!

MacKenzie and Philip- you guys are so fantastic and creative and WONDERFUL! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!

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  • meg simoneMarch 23, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Cindy! I’ve always wanted to meet you in person and now I feel that I have. This is a phenomenal film! They hit it out of the park! I love every aspect of it 🙂 Huge props to Inkspot and so fun to read the behind the scenes on how you pulled it together. Awesome all around 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Talitha McMillanMarch 10, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    It is so perfect.. It looks like you guys had a great time. I was so bummed that they were not available for my wedding date..they really do great work..
    Oh. And you and Sarah Goodwin will meet soon. she is my wedding coordinator..:)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle PeeleJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Love the film and the music.
    I watched it while enjoying a cup of morning coffee!
    This film is awesome because it capture YOU!
    Thanks for sharing and come to visit this spring!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn CostelloJanuary 16, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    What an inspiration this is……I hope to meet you Cindy..ReplyCancel

  • Mary ElisaJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:31 am

    Wow this is fantastic. I am so jealous that I missed out on smore making! I felt like I was there with you the whole time and even though I couldn’t hear you I was a part of the conversation. Well done! Totally captures your unique brand.ReplyCancel

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  • GrahamJanuary 15, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Beautiful! And it’s so perfectly you!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith PerdueJanuary 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Cindy, it’s perfect! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah GoodwinJanuary 15, 2013 - 10:54 am

    A talented couple and family indeed! Though we have not had the pleasure of formally meeting this film makes me feel like we have. Your pup in the canoe is just too much. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa IrvinJanuary 15, 2013 - 9:07 am

    That is simply awesome and I love it!!! So good to see you, Justin and Tess. Best wishes with all of your future endeavors!ReplyCancel

  • MissyJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:42 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love love love this!! Tess in the canoe with you — TOO CUTE!ReplyCancel

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