cinema + education

it is official... and exactly as it sounds.  this is a new offering from oceanwide studios!

we will be exploring using dslr cameras for shooting video.  many of the concepts we will be discussing also apply to shooting photos.  

who's this for?  it's for you, of course.  you don't need to be a professional to shoot great looking video.  this class will give you the basics you need for capturing beautiful footage of your family and friends.  it will also help pro and amateur photographers who already know how to shoot become better shooters.  because we are limiting space for this class, we will be working with everyone regardless of skill level.

we are really excited about this next phase for oceanside studios.  please email us with questions at

you can sign up here!


matt + alison: des moines, iowa wedding

we've known alison for several years.  her brother, adam, was one of our first weddings and we work with her and her family doing some commercial work as well.  

this wedding did not lack for style!  alison and her mom are professionals when it comes to staging, decor and style and it showed.  every detail was considered.

the day was beautiful, in spite of the rain... they had an intimate ceremony with family and friends in a beautiful little chapel in desoto.  thanks to a wonderful couple for including us in your day.


what we've been up to...

this year has been our busiest ever. lots of weddings, of course, and some exciting commercial work. and while we know that we should be posting regularly to tell everyone of all the fun work we've been doing, we are notoriously bad at that. so i won't attempt at bringing you up to date in one post, but i will let you in on some of it.

last year, a local company asked us to produce a branding piece for their website. we loved working with grey dog media. they do amazing work and we had a lot of fun bringing some past magazine spreads to life in this branding video. here's the piece we created for them last fall:

so this year, they contacted us about partnering with them to create a whole series of content for one of their clients.  this was both challenging and rewarding as we've worked with them to develop something unique for another local business, hy-vee. the goal is to produce an entire library of video resources that have the same look and feel as hy-vee's seasons magazine (a magazine that grey dog has been producing for them for over five years). here's an example of some of that work that we've done this summer:

so there you have it. to see more of the work we've done for grey dog and hy-vee, click here. we are finishing up another dozen videos for them right now. enjoy!


A locomotive way of shooting.

I'm not claiming to know exactly why Boone, IA is famous for trains.  It may have something to do with a huge train bridge that runs near by or maybe that the town had some train business in the past (what that was I don't know).  But the fact is, there were A LOT of trains going through town that day.  At first, I was getting really annoyed because we were trying to get from place to place to shoot Lisa and Neil's awesome wedding.  Then I figured, "dang. Lisa and Neil are proud citizens of Boone and trains are a big part of that."  So I jumped out of my car and shot as much train footage as I could.  Then poof- we had our first train themed SDE.

On a personal note.  Lisa and Neil were great.  Lisa is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and she was such a huge fan of our work it was hard not to go over the moon making a great film.  And Neil is this big burly dude that has that smile that explains how he must charm everybody all the time.  

Hope you guys love their same day edit.


Jamie Stoia Photography

Jamie was a girl that we met shooting a wedding in the very south-eastern corner of Minnesota.  Then she became our go to girl in Minneapolis as we were expanding up North.  Then after a few conversations and the realization that we all think way too much alike, we became friends.  

That is just how it happens with Jamie.  With us, just like with her clients, she has a great way with people.  She is passionate and hard working and her photos show it.  Enjoy this short video we shot and edited for Jamie's website.