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I met Sarah and Ryan late into the planning and I was totally thrilled! Sadly the circumstances surrounding it weren’t great for them and probably caused some undue stress, but I couldn’t have been happier to have been part of this amazing day with such a caring and loving couple. It’s not every day that a bride stops everything she is doing just to make sure we have eaten. Seriously! They both have huge hearts and I wish them best. Much love!

Ceremony and Reception: Nicolette Island Pavilion

 

 

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The past few months have been tumultuous at best for most of us, and like most others, I find myself compelled to do something instead of simply saying something. I’ve learned that the best thing we can possibly do to fight negativity is to breathe it’s opposite – positivity – into existence as often and vigorously as we can muster.

Last year, I launched #giveaday. I wanted to take a more active approach to living life with intention, with purpose, and to make a difference in other people’s lives. This year I wanted to go further, so I asked my dear friend and amazing photographer Athena Pelton to join. She didn’t hesitate and with a heart as big as hers I wasn’t surprised. She cares and loves deeply the people she meets and it shows in her art and everyday life. Plus, every wedding needs a photographer, too!

Which brings me to the exciting and wonderful and crazy kick ass news:

Athena and I are giving away a wedding film + photography package (I know!! Right!?!?!) We will meet with you, talk about the day, help with the schedule, shoot the day of events, edit it into a beautiful, artistic story, and deliver it to you at no charge. Of course, there’s a catch (but don’t worry, it’s a good one.)

Each of us is donating a day of our time, and we ask that the winning couple do the same. Hence the name “Give a Day.”

Here are all of the details and how you can enter to win (it’s easy, we promise):
Note: The wedding can be in 2017 or 2018

  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Athena: Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Look through my website (and Athena’s) ( and, sometime (any time) in the next two weeks post your favorite photo of Athena’s and favorite film of Christpher’s on Facebook or Instagram (separate App needed to post films to instagram ex: Repost) with a reason/explanation as to why you like it (or love it!), and include #athenapelton #skyfocus and #giveaday2017. Please tag us so we can see.
  3. Submit an inquiry through the contact form on either one of our websites letting us know when you’re getting married, and where, and fill us in on your story. Please also include what charity you are planning to donate your time to and why.
  4. Most importantly: If selected on March 7th (two weeks from today!), you must be willing to dedicate a #giveaday (a whole day) to volunteering for the charity of your choice or equivalent to a full day (8 hours) for both of you (or combined total of 16 hours).

All entries will be put into a drawing and the winner will be randomly selected. That’s it! We will select a winner on March 7th.

Important Tidbit: The winner must complete their day of charitable time prior to the big day. You need not be local to Minneapolis. We are accepting entries from all over the country (or the world!) and will only require travel costs to be covered by the winning couple.

Now sure how or where to start giving back? Here are a few charities at the top of our list in case you need some ideas. Of course, we love it if you choose something close to your own heart and passion.

The ARC
Arthritis Foundation
Animal Humane Society
Bridging, Inc
Habitat for Humanity

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I am so grateful for those of you who entered and shared your beautiful stories. Your willingness to give is inspiring. As a bonus and THANK YOU if you book in March, I’d like to offer a $200 discount (on a standard collection package – which starts at $4100) to our #giveaday couples if you’d still like to have us film your day.

I am also offering a very limited number of a boutique style package ($3500) on a selective bases, which will include:

– Full Day Coverage
– Highlight Film (4-6 min)
– Raw Footage (client will provide hard drive)
– Solo Cinematographer (me!)

Congratulations Megan! I can’t wait to meet you and your family! There will be more details to come as we follow this #giveaday couple.

 – If your wedding is in 2017, #giveaday will return even BIGGER and BETTER in January! –

– If you’d like to work with us no matter what! I suggest you reserve the date, you can put down a deposit and still enter again in January for a chance to win again! – 

Give A Day

Prologue: It’s funny where motivation and inspiration comes from. It can be a scenic drive through the mountains, a conversation with a friend, or even just a simple walk around your neighborhood. In the past year, I was married to my beautiful wife, and we’ve taken a more active approach to living our lives with intention, with purpose, and to make a difference in other people’s lives. I love what I do because it brings happiness to people and it gives them something timeless, memories to forever look back on and to forever hold onto. I created Sky Focus Films 7 years ago, and it’s become an extension of who I am. I want it to reflect my life and my purpose to live with more intention and have a more positive impact on this community.
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Now to the meat and bones (or flowers and petals in the wedding industry). I am giving away a wedding film! I will meet with you, talk about the day, help with the schedule, shoot the day of events, edit it into a beautiful, artistic story, and deliver it to you at no charge. Is there a catch?! OF COURSE!!
I am donating a day of my time, I ask that you do the same. Hence “Give a Day”. Destination Weddings are accepted and welcome! ( this does not cover traditional travel fees)

Here’s the details and how you can win (Just 4 easy steps!)

1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

2. Look through our site and post your favorite film on Facebook or repost an Instagram film (separate App needed ex: Repost) with a simple reason why you like it, or love it (!), and include #skyfocus and #giveaday. Please tag us so we can see!

3. Submit an inquiry through the contact form and tell us your story. Include what charity you are thinking of donating your time to and why. Include: #giveaday

4. Most importantly: If selected on March 1st, you must be willing to dedicate a #giveaday (a whole day) to volunteering for the charity of your choice or equivalent to a full day (8 hours).

All entries will be put into a drawing and the winner will be randomly selected. That’s it! We will select a winner on March 1st.

Important Tidbit: The winner must complete their day of charitable time prior to the big day and we must be available on the winner’s date. If we are not, another name will be selected.

A couple charities at the top of my list in case you need some ideas, but I prefer you find something close to your own heart and passion.

The ARC
Arthritis Foundation
Animal Humane Society

— Thank you very much to Athena Pelton Photography for the calligraphy above and of course for our wonderful conversations!

— For all of my currently booked couples, I have something coming for you as well!

 

Every tuesday new films are released on DVD or VOD. So today, I am releasing one of our new films! As I’ve said in the past I am very lucky to work with couples that really just put their trust in me and give me the creative freedom to tell their story, without limits. Maggie and John are one of those couples. Maggie, you constantly made me laugh or (maybe even once) get teary eyed with your passion and love of life and of course John. (AND OLE!) John was one of those guys that was a true gentleman and would do anything to make Maggie smile. I don’t say this often, but from the moment I met them in the coffee shop, there was no doubt that they were deeply in love with each other. Congratulations! God bless you both! Special thanks to Melissa from Melissa Oholendt Photography, It’s always so much fun to work with you! Blush & Whim that did the planning and design, and last but not least Munster Rose for the beautiful floral! Funny enough, that reception head table design was probably one of the first things Maggie mentioned when I asked about the wedding. She was giddy over it! (I apologize for anyone I forgot to mention!)

I don’t have the vocabulary to explain how beautiful this day was or how much these two love each other. Just watch!

Special Thanks to:
Fab Event Design
L’atelier Couture Bridal
Munster Rose
Mad Chicken Studio 

Jessica and Trey have some of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. Also, probably some of the biggest smiles! I loved every second I spent with them. I wish them the best this life has to offer! They deserve it. Enjoy!

Sometimes I get lucky (ok a lot!) and get to work with some of the most amazingly creative, kind, and loving couples out there. This was definitely one of those times. I count myself blessed.

I also have to give a shoutout to a few people that without whom this video would not be what it is. Karl and Kate from Tandem Tree. Super talented, can’t wait to see you two again! Also, Jenn from Rosetree Events, you keep me sane and created one of the most amazing days.

It’s about that time to get in the mood for another season of amazing parties thrown by our amazing couples. And no one throws a party like Jane and Peter! Can’t thank them enough for including me in their day and being so warm, gracious, and of course Fun. Cheers everyone! Let’s have an awesome season.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted so I’m trying to get caught up. To be perfectly honest, this video needs no introduction or detailed description. I think the couple themselves sum up the day and their feelings with beautiful honesty and emotion. All I have to say is how happy I am for the two of them and thank you Justin for your dedicated service to this country.