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My promotional web-commercial is now online!

Well I finally managed to upload the video to my website for viewing!  It took some time to get the process figured out, and there are still some kinks I need to figure out (like why the frame of the video appears vertically stretched) but at least it is online!

The video was filmed in May by filmmaker and friend Sheona McDonald of Dimestore Productions www.dimestore.ca.  

It was shortly after an article appeared in the Toronto Star about the work I do for a charitable organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org that Sheona contacted me for the first time.  She told me she had seen the article, which discussed the photographic work I provide to families experiencing the death of an infant child, and was interested in doing a documentary about infant bereavement.  She asked whether I was interested in being a part of it, and I said “You bet!”.  From there. almost 18 months of filming followed, where Sheona and her crew followed me as I provided complementary photographic sessions to families losing a child. 

 You can read the original newspaper article here

nilmdts-star_on_2006-03-05_a06-ne06.pdf

I decided that I wanted to create a promotional video for my website.  I wanted to provide visitors to my website with the opportunity to *meet* me, and to see a little bit about who I am, and how I work.  In this digital age, I think it is one thing to see that you enjoy the style of someone’s work, as featured in their web galleries, but it is entirely something different to see who that person is, how they work with children, how they relate to clients.  When working closely with their children, I wanted potential clients to see what a typical session with me is like, how I work, and who I am.  I hope the video achieved that!

To see the video, click below or visit my website at www.heatherrivlin.com and go to the flash section, which should take you to this page www.heatherrivlin.com/index2.php  Once there, you should see a link at the bottom for “video” and there you can click on the video content!  Make sure your speakers are on, and enjoy!  I’d love to know what you think, so please feel free to leave your comments on the blog here for me to read!

September 19, 2008 - 11:53 am

Roula Poon Tip - Hi Heather!

I just saw your video minutes ago and I swear seeing you behind the scenes and the way you work with kids you really have a special gift. It brought me to tears. It is a great video and thank you again for our experience with you, we see first hand from our pictures what a gift you have. Roula

August 28, 2008 - 6:52 pm

Amber Scruggs - Amazing Video Heather! I love seeing the behind the scenes shots.

August 19, 2008 - 10:43 pm

Robyn - Heather – your work is beautiful and I really enjoyed the video. Great job!

August 14, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Jen Thompson - Heather, phenominal. Truly. I loved getting to see you in this way… a beautiful piece… sincerely.

-Jen

August 3, 2008 - 7:25 pm

Shelley Rankin - Heather, this was so great to watch and see YOU and see how you work and conduct yourself. I think it is a fantastic idea on how to show clients what you are about and how a typical session would be. great work, and fantastic job on this.

August 3, 2008 - 8:37 am

andrea valencia parish - Hi! I am a photographer from Mexico City and I just quit being a pre schoool teacher for 9 years to become a professional photographer full time and let me tell you that just wondering in the internet looking for some images to see about photographers I accidentally found you (well.. there are no accidents.. really) and I just got totally inspired by you and your video. I want to take your workshop in January. Congratulations on your new studio and have lots of fun!!
Andrea

August 1, 2008 - 7:07 pm

Jennifer Moon - A-m-a-z-i-n-g! This shows how gentle you are with your clients and what steller shots you produce. Just wonderful! Congratulations. :)

August 1, 2008 - 9:16 am

Terrilyn - Heather this is fantastic! It was a treat to watch you work. When I view your photography it’s clear to see you have a wonderful ability to connect with the children. This video shows that connection and their fondness for you so clearly. They adore you and that is how you are able to capture those amazing moments. Kudos to you Heather!

July 31, 2008 - 1:06 pm

lisa maksoudian - amazing, heather! loved the video…love your comments…i guess i just love you!

:)

L

July 31, 2008 - 7:45 am

Lisa Ferguson - Supurbly done and your images show how well you craft your art and just how much your clients respond to you!!!

July 31, 2008 - 7:38 am

corey civetta - Love the video, Heather! It’s so fun to see you work and interact with the kids – I am sure future clients are going to be drawn to you right away!

July 31, 2008 - 12:23 am

Kendell Silveira - Oh Heather! This turned out so LOVELY. Congratulations- it will be a wonderful thing for potential clients to view- they will fall in love with you and your art.

July 30, 2008 - 7:03 pm

Amy - WONDERFUL commercial!!!! SO well done- you are very talented not only in your photography, but how you relate to clients :)

July 30, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Prema Buck - Wonderful Heather! This has been on my list for about 2 years, but I keep waiting for myself to look better in front of the camera…LOL

July 30, 2008 - 4:00 pm

erika - Heather, the video is beautiful. I want to hire you now!

July 30, 2008 - 2:43 pm

Sylvia - Congrats Heather! This is a fabulous commercial!

July 30, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Brandy - Heather, this is AWESOME! I so want to do this now. Your shorter hair really suits you, and I love your voice. Great job!

July 30, 2008 - 9:18 am

Pammy - Well done, Heather!

July 30, 2008 - 9:17 am

Esme Ramirez - Your commercial will touch so many. It is beautifully laid out and truly inspirational to the rest of us who admire your work. Great going Heather!

July 30, 2008 - 8:35 am

Amy Simmons - Beautifully done. You obviously enjoy what you do and you have a very special talent!

July 30, 2008 - 8:16 am

dana puccio - This is fabulous Heather…very professional, yet so personal…

July 30, 2008 - 5:09 am

Dena Robles - Heather that was so well done and so touching. I think seeing a video like this completely takes the unknown and the apprehension out of the experience for those contemplating a session. It was wonderful to watch you work.

July 30, 2008 - 3:52 am

Jinky - Congrats Heather, I’d hire you in a flash!

July 29, 2008 - 11:19 pm

Holli - Heather, love your video. Awesome job and I really enjoyed watching you work!

July 29, 2008 - 11:18 pm

Shannon Snyder - Heather that video is amazing. You look like such a natural!

July 29, 2008 - 10:01 pm

Melissa Mullinax - Heather — This is soooo wonderful! Truly magical to watch you work and then to see the finished portrait as well. Very well done.

~M

July 29, 2008 - 9:33 pm

delphine - BRILLIANT!!!

July 29, 2008 - 6:14 pm

Julie - That was fantastic Heather! I really enjoyed watching that! Very very inspiring!

July 29, 2008 - 5:47 pm

Val Mazzelli - Amazing, I now wish I was close enough to have you work your magic on my children. Thank you for sharing this with us!

July 29, 2008 - 5:35 pm

Amie Steele - Heather, I am so impressed…this video is awesome, you can see how much care you have for your clients…your personality is super and shines through on the video!

July 29, 2008 - 5:03 pm

Joyce - This is just so well done and perfect, Heather! I am not surprised one little bit. You are inspiring me to get this off my to do list sooner rather than later. Love love love!

July 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Therese Marie - Heather, your video is wonderful. I feel like I got to know you a bit better, I can see your future clients really embracing this. You look adorable and love the newborn session.

July 29, 2008 - 4:58 pm

ally - wonderful video, heather! so informative and fun to watch. great interactions … you can tell how much your clients love you!

July 29, 2008 - 3:51 pm

Merav - Heather – Congratulations! This video is so wonderful and it is clear that you love the work that you do!

July 28, 2008 - 8:56 pm

Beth - Heather – I LOVE the video! congratulations – you can totally see how wonderful you are with the kids and absolute attention and guidance you give the new parents. That combined with your beautiful artistry – any client would be crazy not to go with you!! You are an inspiration to me :o)

July 28, 2008 - 7:27 pm

allie - Heather, this video is absolutely outstanding. You are so warm and approachable and sweet- I just love it. Your personality just shines, as does the way you create amazing images by connecting with your clients- loved this.

July 27, 2008 - 8:28 pm

Sandra M - What a great video! Love the shorter hair on you. The infant portion really brings me back to my newborn sessions with Madeline & Jack…so precious. I think potential clients will get a really great sense of your style.

July 27, 2008 - 10:08 am

Renee - Heather the video looks great it definitely shows your personality and work style, what a great idea!

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