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Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

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Delivery Methods For Family Films

Courtney Holmes

Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

Courtney Holmes

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44. Delivery Methods For Family Films


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1 Class Introduction Duration:09:38
2 The Spark That Inspired Me Duration:13:50
3 What Are Family Films? Duration:06:15
4 Gear for Family Films Duration:11:50
5 Camera Settings for Video Duration:02:56
6 Frame Rates & Slow Motion Duration:20:48
8 Settings for Audio Capture Duration:14:13
9 Exposure for Video Duration:13:21
12 Camera Movements Demo Duration:12:02
14 How to Film a Scene Demo Duration:09:22
15 B-Roll & Use in Storytelling Duration:17:57
16 Jump Cuts & How to Avoid Them Duration:04:30
18 The Importance of Audio Duration:10:45
20 Client Prep Duration:10:49
22 Managing Client Expectations Duration:10:39
23 Uncovering Your Client's Story Duration:17:51
24 Developing a Story on the Fly Duration:07:12
25 Think Ahead as a Storyteller Duration:11:45
26 Student Film Critique Duration:38:56
27 Ideas for Your First Film Duration:06:31
31 Demo: Work the Scene Duration:28:12
32 Demo: Decide What to Shoot Duration:26:06
35 Cull & Edit Photos First Duration:17:09
36 Sourcing Licensed Music Duration:14:57
37 Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro Duration:07:08
38 Editing to The Music Duration:19:54
40 Breaking Down The Final Film Duration:37:38
41 Editing: Color Grading Duration:15:51

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Delivery Methods For Family Films

I'm gonna show quickly on my laptop, we were talking about how I deliver to clients. So my delivery for clients is that they will get the video and photos on a USB. But to start out with my workflow is that, once I've finished the film I upload it to Vimeo and I set it to private and I send it to the family first, because I don't want their mother-in-law to see the video before them, accidentally, I would be upset if it was me as a client and everyone else had seen my film first, I wouldn't like that. So I send it to them and then usually what happens is they will gather their family around in front of the TV, and 'cause you know, smart TVs they're usually able to just plug into Vimeo and access it directly, so they'll usually gather around the TV or the computer or whatever, and they all watch it together, and there's usually tears, and then they usually send me a message about how they loved it or whatever. And then I'll say to them, although this is already talked about in their con...

tract, this is just out of respect, they've already said yes, it's fine to share this on social media, but I will say, are you good for me to share this, is it okay for me to share this now, I'd really love to share it, and they're like, yeah, definitely. But I think just the process of being asked is a really respectful way to build that trust with your client. I think that it is, just I don't know, it's like a courtesy thing, so that's what I do, and then once I have, I should sort of rewind, because the photos always come before the film, and I think a lotta people do this, sometimes people do this differently, but I share the gallery of photos first because I do that in, I don't know, an hour or two, it takes me no time at all to edit the photos. So I will usually edit them within a week of the session, put 'em in a gallery, send them to the client, I use Pixieset, put 'em in a Pixieset gallery, send it to the client, let them know that their gallery is ready and they can have a look. They can download them straightaway, I don't send them the USB yet. Then I go and edit the film, my turnaround time for a film, six to eight weeks, depends on how busy I am, sometimes longer, thank you clients, you're very patient. And then I will add their, well upload their video to Vimeo, send them the link and I'll add it to the top of their Pixieset gallery. So what's great about this is that it's just all combined, it's still hosted in Vimeo, but I love that they can have their gallery all underneath the video, and it plays without audio, and it's just a nice way for that continued marketing with word of mouth, if they share this with their friends, they see the full package, and I save these, I hold on to the, I pay for the space, for these to be around still, for the galleries. And if they want to, they just click on the button if they wanna play it in fullscreen, and then they can see it, but you can see it's still hosted in Vimeo, okay. So then once I've done that, then I will put together a set of, usually a set of complimentary prints, or depending on what sort of thing they've booked under, there may not be prints, if it's download only. But I will send out the USB in a nice little package, with a thank you note and, you know a handwritten thank you note, and usually some prints to say thank you for this, and then it's all there on the USB for them, so they have both and I usually recommend that they back them up and they save the video and the photos to a drive somewhere and then it's usually online like this for about a year.

Class Description

Portrait photographers capture moments in time for families, parents, and children. But in order to tell the whole story, you need to switch your camera to video mode, and become the storyteller behind the camera. Join Courtney Holmes, family photographer, filmmaker, and founder of FilmingLife Academy as she empowers you to add video to your photography business.

In this class, Courtney takes you on location to a home in Seattle to see how she organizes a family shoot from start to finish. You will learn in a unique way how Courtney works to capture authentic family moments on video and how to stay flexible in a new home environment that you’ve never filmed in before. 

Courtney will teach you:

  • How to change your mindset from photographer to videographer
  • How to add videography to your brand
  • Pricing and marketing tips
  • What to ask in order to capture the best story for your clients
  • The technical skills you’ll need for video
  • Post-processing using Adobe® Premiere Pro®
  • How to choose music, import, organize, create, and polish the final product

Courtney has learned how to make filmmaking into a viable business, and is going to give you the tools to move forward and tell the stories that families will treasure for a lifetime.


Adam Nicholls

Worth a watch! Courtney provides a clear and organised class, she is also very passionate about what she does which is always nice to see. She has a great back story which is fantastic. This course is good for beginners who have some knowledge in photography and want to learn more about video. I would recommend that people do not refer this class to the bible of filmmaking as I feel you can expand further on what Courtney teaches. Some useful tips for beginners but some methods I personally feel can be taught differently. I feel a gimbal is a useful bit of kit if used correctly. You can still use a gimbal when in manual mode providing you follow the basics rules! Obviously if Courtney prefers not to use a gimbal then that's also fine but I wouldn't discourage students from exploring useful filmmaking tools. Slow motion can be achieved with 50/60fps however I feel other frame rates should have been discussed like 120fps. I liked that Courtney engaged with the students as it gets them involved and will help them remember what they have learned during the class. Thank you for taking the time to share some of your knowledge

a Creativelive Student

Courtney's work is absolutely amazing and inspiring. I feel lucky that she has chosen to share her process and that this class is available! After watching all the videos and trying my hand at this video thing, I am feeling really encouraged and inspired to do more- both personally and professionally. I appreciate the way that she breaks things down in the video and that she shares her thought process. A really great course!


Courtney’s course completes me! I have storytelling “holes” in my film previously, but this course helped fill those holes to create a flow and a film with emotion. Not only is the course wonderful (and well worth every penny) but Courtney is wonderful as well! I had such an amazing experience at Creative Live!!!!