Things get real.
I thought yesterday was a keeper, and oh it most definitely was. We knew today would be a big day too, and oh IT most definitely was as well. We are really trudging along, and the last few days, at least in my opinion, seemed to have really ignited the fire in all of us and we are really coming along.
Started off the day by meeting with Heba around 10:15, and heading up to the mountain. We had scheduled to meet with the family we have been communicating with at 11am. Rolled up with all of our camera bags, tripods, and fancy microphones. We were unsure really what to expect from today’s interviews. Sure, we hoped it would go well, but we weren’t sure what they would and would not be willing to talk about. We sat down with the head of the family first, and he was amazing. Very poignant, expressive, and honest. We actually shot about an hour of footage with just him. The shots look amazing – Justin did a great job.
After the interview, we decided to have some fun and head back up to the roof, which is where we hung out with the kids last time we were here. Justin braved the pigeon coop again, climbing all the way into the very top to shoot some stuff with the kids catching pigeons. Again, JK is doing his thang. The footage is beautiful. (We’re hyping up Justin Kramer in today’s blog, folks). And while we are at it, the one and only Lauren McCarthy had herself a little photoshoot with each of the kids, having them pose as they wanted, where they wanted, on the roof. Those pictures are coming soon. The kids are so adorable. After the rooftop party, we headed back down into their home and shot some “hero shots” with the kids. These are going to hit you right in the heartstrings, folks.
We finished in the early afternoon and headed back to the hotel – we were all so anxious to see how the footage turned out. Speaking of footage, we had this great idea to leave one of our flip cams behind with the kids, and to let them shoot things from their point of view. Justin and Heba gave them a quick crash course, and before you knew it, these kids are doing slow pans/tilts, and going crazy (in a good way) with them. We left it with them overnight, and we will collect it in the morning. I cannot wait to see what they came up with. I’m probably most excited about that.
We are really starting to fill out our schedule for the rest of our time here. It feels amazing, and each day is getting better and better. I am having such a good time, and my heart is just overflowing with joy. It is a blessing that we are here, now, and able to do this. I will continue to say this over and over. We couldn’t have planned this any better.
Sharing some words from my cohorts:
Justin: “I got hit in the face with a pigeon, my lens cap was pooped on, and I had the time of my life.”
Lauren: “Just love. Just love.”
That pretty much says it all. We’re all about pigeons, poop, and love.
Enjoy this little montage of behind-the-scenes footage from the last two days. I really love this, and I hope you can feel the love when you watch it, too.