Joel VanZ is the newest and coolest videographer fresh off the press! We are so excited to feature him because 1) he is epic and 2) everyone will want to book him after they see his work 3) MrsJennaEd… thinks he’s cute. Joel is easy going and almost invisible on the wedding day. He’s like a ninja in the shadows capturing moments of intimate emotion without distracting his subjects from experiencing the joy of the day.
How did you get your start?
When I was twelve, a family friend gave me a Sony high 8 camera. At 13, another family friend had me video his wedding and gave me a computer monitor in exchange!
What or who continues to inspire you?
People who do things differently continue to inspire me. I see that people who think and do things outside of the box are rewarded the most.
How do you normally begin your day?
Every single day since the day I was born, I begin my day with waking up. After that it’s always different.
Describe a pivotal moment that led you to be an artist.
When I made my first short movie and realized I could tell a story with a camera, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to make films that tell stories that moved people.
Favorite part of a wedding?
What makes your business unique?
I only film weddings at outdoor venues. I’ve specialized in capturing natural light in amazing outdoor settings. Couples who get married outdoors have a real appreciation for natural light and outdoor beauty and those are the kinds of people I love to work with.
What is your ideal couple?
I love working with fun, edgy and creative couples. Couples that have complete trust that I will do an awesome job capturing their outdoor wedding.
KSBY TV! Making the worst TV commercials you’ve probably ever seen!
Sunrise or Sunset?
I love both Sunrise and Sunset, although I’m usually conscience during the second one.
Favorite song on your iPod playlist?
Hackensack by Fountains of Wayne.
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
I miss drawing with crayons, rolling around in the mud and riding tricycles. Oh wait I still do those things. I guess I don’t miss anything!
Where do you see yourself or business in the near or distant future?
In the next few years I see myself traveling to some of the most beautiful places in California and beyond to capture amazing outdoor weddings!