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My Kind of Life: Fun on Lake Oconee from JaWaVi Films on Vimeo.

This past Memorial Day, my wife, my kids and I had the absolute pleasure to visit some good friends of ours near Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee, Georgia.  Not a far drive from our home in Athens, but it felt like we were at a resort.  Well, technically I suppose we were with all of the amenities they have.  Check it out here.  In the video you saw my kids, wife (and me) on the waterslide.  In my opinion, the waterslide (and the outdoor bar) is reason enough to get a membership to the Lake Club.  Special thanks to Tammy, John, Lacie and Paul for their hospitality!


Capturing video is easy.  Grab your iPhone, your old point and shoot or old school Flip camera.  Do they still make those anymore?  Nevertheless, everyone has a way that they record video of their family and friends.  But, if you want to take your videos to a whole other level, invest in a GoPro.  You will thank yourself with the fantastic videos you will have in your video library.

I own two GoPro cameras.  I have an older GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition and a newer Hero4 Silver edition.  Both are great, but naturally the Hero4 has a few more bells and whistles.  The main benefit being that it has an LCD touch screen on the back.  So much easier to manipulate.  The Hero4 is a little more expensive, but if you’re debating.  Its the one to go with, hands down.

But Scott, GoPros are for extreme sports or professionals.  Not necessarily.  I’m not a professional and I haven’t done any extreme sports…ever.

GoPro cameras allow for the ordinary video to be extraordinary because of two things in my opinion.

  1. The wide angled lens allows you to capture your footage in amazing 1080p HD, or higher along with a 170ยบ FOV (Field of Vision).  Stretch your arms out to your side and you’ve basically got your field of vision.  Hold it steady and it’s virtually impossible to screw up a shot.
  2. The endless variety of mounts or accessories that you can attach your GoPro camera to.  Did I mention it comes with a waterproof housing?

The list of accessories I have are endless.  But, here are 3 that I recommend to start with:

  • 3-Way Mount: This allows you to use it as a pseudo “selfie stick”, a shorter, close grip handle or even a tripod.  I use this accessory on just about every shoot.
  • Headstrap Mount:  Great for when you’re playing sports and you want the viewer to feel as if he or she is participating in the game with you.
  • Joby GorillaPod:  It’s small, maneuverable and acts as a small tripod, but with flexible legs that I’ve used to wrap around a tree branch to positioning it around a pool railing underwater to capture the perspective of my kids jumping in the pool from below.

How did I learn to make videos?  Practice – over many years and I still learn things to this day about what works and what doesn’t.  I’m not going to lie.  It’s hard to edit, find music, upload and then usually, there is something missing or not quite right that you want to change.  Then you’ve got to do it all over again.  It takes time, but it’s worth it to preserve all of the memories you make with your family.

Have a question?  Send me an email to JaWaViFilms@gmail.com

Want me to make you a video?  Send me an email and we can figure out what package will work for you.  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday honoring those who paid the ultimate price for defending our country and freedom.  Our fallen servicemen and women.  God Bless.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]