Frequently Asked Questions
Seam? Why Seam?
Growing up I played a lot of baseball with my dad and my brother. Some people fish or hunt or maybe it's music, but for us, it was baseball. We would play catch in the park at the end of our street, hit wiffleballs into a tarp in our basement, and go to Cedar Rapids Kernels games and eat a gallon of ice cream for $3. I really value that time of my life and the way baseball was part of those memories. Seam was a nod to those memories as well as a great representation of what I hope to produce when I create something. Whether it is a business to customers, a college to students, or a couple now to their family in the future, my goal is to connect the two together.
Why do you make films / take pictures?
The main reason is to make films or photos that people are going to love in the present and love in the future. I really enjoy making things with and for others, but making films and documenting family get togethers that I know we will watch and love in the future that really represent who we were and the experiences we had together is what I love to do.
Doing weddings and commercial work helps fund the hobby, and the hobby helps me hone in the technical and skill-based aspects of the others. It's a win-win.
How did you get started?
I picked up a camera in 2001 as a freshman in high school in a class aptly titled "Photography 1". I learned how to develop film and use a dark room and enjoyed it enough to take "Photography 2." I joined the yearbook staff and spent most of my junior and senior years with a camera. With one of my first paychecks after college I bought a Canon 5D and had done a couple of things with the video. One weekend I made and edited a short movie of my nieces and nephews. My first wedding was in the fall of 2012 and I did a work for the Drake Relays in the spring of 2013.
What else do you do?
If Seam is Superman, teaching Spanish is my Clark Kent. I am really lucky to be able to have a job that I really enjoy that gives me a schedule where I am able to turn a hobby and passion into a small business. I really value the opportunity teaching gives me to be able to take on the projects that align with my creativity and interests.
What equipment do you use?
I use a Canon C100 for video and a Canon 5D Mark II for photos. Half of my Vimeo was recorded with the 5D which I still love but the C100 is a really big step up in picture quality and features. I record audio with a Rode Video Mic Pro and a NTG3 microphone (so smooth!) as well as Sennheiser lavs. I edit with Premiere Pro and composite in Photoshop.