My Sister's Closet: Upscale Thrift

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My Sister's Closet: Upscale Thrift

It takes an extraordinary amount of courage, perseverance, and gusto to take a leap of faith, set out on your own path, and chase a goal you’ve been dreaming about for years. Earlier this summer our amazingly talented friend, Lauren Manzer, did just that. Back in July she officially opened her passion project and storefront, My Sister’s Closet Thrift, and we had such a wonderful time being part of the celebration, helping document this incredible important moment in her, her sisters’, and her family’s collective story together,

We’ve had the rare honor of being by Lauren’s side these many months leading to this milestone, and it has been nothing short of inspiring to see how fervently she has pursued this new chapter in her live, and the vision she has for this store as a whole. Sure, chasing your dreams can be scary, demanding, and at times exhausting, but Lauren is the perfect example of what dedication, heart, and family can truly lead to - a place where sisters of any kind can come together and be empowered together through the clothes they wear.

My Sister’s Closet: Upscale Thrift.

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Janet + Alex: The Hinckley Wedding Trailer

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Janet + Alex: The Hinckley Wedding Trailer

It’s no secret that weddings require giving a lot of yourself. You sacrifice most of your weekends in the summer and spend days on weeks carefully constructing the story of the day in editing. Sometimes you even find yourself filming on the hottest days of the year, drenched in sweat as you bear the heat and humidity because love is too important, dang it. By the end of the wedding day, you are completely exhausted.

And yet there is no question that it is worth every single moment when you are able to spend the day with a couple that is as madly in love as Janet + Alex! While their wedding fell on easily one of the hottest days of this year no one noticed because we were all so ecstatic and overjoyed to celebrate these two. Their infectious laughter, their sweet kind words to one another, their adventurous and goofy souls - this wedding had us swooning hard from the very beginning. From Janet's dreamy veil, the beautiful sanctuary where they exchanged their vows in front of all their loved ones, to two of the most kind and fun-loving families around, nothing could have made this day, their day, more amazing.

Looking back, we can think of no better way to have spent our Saturday and if given the chance we'd relive this day with these two over and over again - even with the same weather! We are praying for every happiness for this couple and the journey they are setting out on, so please join us as we send our love and very best to the new Mr + Mrs Hinckley!

Cinematography: Shadow Shine Pictures

Photography: 430 Studios

Wedding Event Design and Coordination: 1928 Planning Co.

Florist: Flowers by Anna

Wedding Dress: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture

Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection

Menswear: The Black Tux

Hair and Makeup: Reva Salon and SpaErick Gerson

Band/DJ: Drew Behringe

Wedding Cake: Bit of Swiss Bakery

Catering: CK Catering

Venue: Zion United Church of Christ Barod & The Veranda at the Whitcomb

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Celebration of Hope: An Evening with Safe Haven Ministries

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Celebration of Hope: An Evening with Safe Haven Ministries

Of the many non profits, organizations, and ministries that our team has gotten to know and work with over the years, one that has always been a blessing to partner with and watch as their amazing outreach helps change our community and the greater West Michigan region is Safe Haven Ministries. Through their staff's dedication of serving and educating children, adults, and families not only about domestic violence but also how to move from a place of brokenness to a place of restoration and healing, they are helping to build a world that will one day see the end to such violence.

Back in May we had the honor of spending the evening with Safe Haven's family, their many donors and supporters, and countless survivors at their Celebration of Hope benefit dinner. Throughout the course of the evening all of us in attendance not only were able to connect and fellowship with one another, but we also had the special opportunity to hear the stories of two strong, powerful, and courageous women who are survivors of domestic violence. Those two women were Erika Sanders and Sue Osterink. Hearing their heartbreaking but incredibly beautiful stories brought everyone to tears and what was arguably most amazing was seeing the out pouring of love and support that filled the entire room, pointing all of us towards the hope of life and fulfillment that can be found after such a dark storm.

These are just a few of our favorite moments from this wonderful evening that will be in our hearts and minds for years to come. We are so excited to see the amazing work of the Safe Haven team continue to change and renew our communities and neighborhoods and to also hear the stories of more and more survivors be given a platform for helping end domestic violence and make it a thing of our past. That is the hope that we all long for and believe in.

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Rachel + Ryan: The Avery Wedding

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Rachel + Ryan: The Avery Wedding

One of the greatest blessings we get to experience is when we photograph the wedding of multiple daughters from the same family. Over the years, we get to know them, watch them grow, and obviously, and get to celebrate with them at some of the most important moments in their journey as a family together. Last fall, that was just the case for Rachel's wedding.

We had the immense honor of photographing her older sister, Margaret and her husband Kevin's wedding back in the summer of 2014. So when we got the email from Rachel shortly after she got engaged to Ryan asking us to be a part of her wedding as well, we immediately said yes! We truly couldn't be more thankful to have gotten to spend the day with the Arnett family once more—or with the Avery family. Rachel+Ryan’s wedding fell on what was arguably the most GORGEOUS October day and there isn't a minute we can recall that wasn't filled with laughter, goofy faces, and SO.MUCH.LOVE.

Rachel+Ryan are a couple that when you meet them, you instantly fall in love. From the way they completely welcome you in like an old friend, to how you can tell how much they love and care deeply for each other, their relationship is serious goals, for all of us. We could not be more thankful for them and their families and we are so excited for the many (nerdy and awesome!) adventures ahead for them. Sending all our love out to Mr+Mrs Avery! 

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Cornerstone University: Engineering Matters

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Cornerstone University: Engineering Matters

One of the things our team loves most about getting to work alongside our alma mater and help them tell their story is just that - getting to watch as their story, their journey, and the lives of their students grow and develop. Last year one of the next major chapters in the Cornerstone campus' story was the announcement of their new Engineering division and program courses. The vision for this new addition to the university's academic experience has been to equip students to learn to be designers, innovators, environmentalists, and engineers of influence and excellence in our world for Christ.

When CU approached and shared the exciting news with us we knew this would be a special project for a lot of different reasons. One of the main ones being how important this step of expanding their academics into this field was, and for such an important step, we decided to push the limits of what our conventional style and storytelling looked like. So here we present to you the official Engineering Matters program commercial developed to help connect prospective students with Cornerstone University to see how they can grow and learn to build lives of engineers that have a lasting influence on this world we all share. 

This has no doubt been a project that we have loved being a part of, getting to dig deep, connecting with the first official students of this new division, but more so we are so excited to see how the program takes off over the coming years!

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Cornerstone University: 2018 Commencement Commercial Film Series

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Cornerstone University: 2018 Commencement Commercial Film Series

Over the last five years our team has had the privilege of helping share the stories of dozens of Cornerstone University graduates as they prepare to begin the next chapters in their journeys. Every year this commencement series offers us a chance to reflect back on these students' college career in a wholistic sense, recognizing all the ways they see themselves having grown and matured, the acknowledgment of all the academic rigor that their endured and have succeeded at, and of course the anticipation of the future they have been prepared to chase after. This particular year was a moment to celebrate these students and who they each have become during their time at CU. From stories of students finding their voice and confidence for the next stage of life, to stories of students working to build a better world for all of us to share, this year we celebrate the many stories of the amazing students who make up the CU classes of 2018.

From all of us at Shadow Shine Pictures, Congratulations to the class of 2018 and welcome to the CU Alumni family!

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New Seasons, New Stories, New Adventure.

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New Seasons, New Stories, New Adventure.

Seven years: Seven years of adventures. Seven years of living the dream. Seven years of storytelling. The number seems to become harder to comprehend with each passing season. It's nearly impossible to remember back to sitting in my dorm room on a Friday night in April as a Junior in college realizing everything that was before our team, then flash forwarding to now. While seven years feels like such a long time, there are so many parts of it that feel like near no time has elapsed at all. As if just a month ago we were heading to our first wedding, delivering our first corporate commercial, or even getting to start our first passion project. So much life has happened in these seven years and yet we still can feel ourselves growing and stretching every day.

Any journey, any story, worth its merit is both equal parts bitterness and joy, struggle and the strength to overcome, and not least of all, the outward personification of inward growth. I am not the same person I was sitting in that dorm room all those years ago, much the same way I know none of us are the same people we were even just a year or two ago. Being allowed to grow and be present with this team through every success, every failure, every road trip, every celebration, and every reflection has been a blessing. To have walked through countless personal trails with one another and to see how yourself has changed and matured, but then also some of the people you are closest to? That has been an adventure all its own right, and one I am forever thankful for.

I know I've said it before; this adventure for our team is one filled with highs and lows. The moments of pure excitement and the painful ones we'd all rather avoid, but we know all too well that we have to work through them. In all of that, in every season, to be surrounded by a wonderful team of caring individuals who point each other towards truth and the desire to tell a story of the world we want, well, that makes every high and low utterly worth it.

So here it is, seven years of filmmaking, seven years of learning from the failures, seven years of growing to be a deeper community for one another, seven years of working harder and harder to serve our clients and their stories, seven years of being better humans to everyone and everything around us, and to seven years of unfolding journeys. May we be blessed to see yet another one. Thank you for joining us on this adventure.

-Matthew

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