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How was our weekend?

This past weekend was one of the biggest on the books for all of us here at To Tony Productions. On Friday we had a wedding at the Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery which was a great venue with some beautiful landscape views as well as really well spaced reception/ballroom. It was a blast and such a beautiful couple.

Saturday however was the day which went into overdrive mode! We had three different events which we were covering in both the world of video and photos. Our two main gigs were two separate weddings. I myself was covering a wedding for a close family friend which had a beautiful and intimate wedding event. Our second crew was covering a wedding for a lovely couple who was getting married in a much older time in their life. They had a live band, full size limo, the works. And finally our third crew was out doing video and photo coverage for a Bar Mitzvah in DC filming the ceremony as well as the small afterparty. It was a fun event and introduced the world to another awesome young man! Haha

Then on Sunday we had our second crew covering a wedding for a couple that is another close friend to us who is very active in the local Baltimore music scene. All the while I was flying down to Florida for the start of a week long shoot for Inter Rail Transport producing internal training videos.

Needless to say it has been our busy time at To Tony. This season has had it's ups and downs for sure for us but all the support and a great new core team of videographers has made all the magic possible.

Look to our next blog post for the plans for this coming weekend and how things went while down here in Florida!

Random trivia - In the film The House of The Devil (2009) the house used for filming was infested with Ladybugs, something that can be seen in certain shots throughout the film.

2017 Fresh Starts

It has been a while since our last post and that is both a good and bad thing. Good because we have been very very busy this year. Bad because we haven't had the chance to update you guys on all things To Tony Productions! So here is a quick recap of where we stand.

-We have had our busiest wedding year to date, taking on about 50+ weddings from start to finish this year

-We set up our first scholarship fund at Daniel Hess' high school Sparrows Point. We gave a $500 fund out

-We have been busy at work with our largest corporate video project to date creating over 23 training videos for an amazing local railroad client

-We have also been slowly upgrading all of our gear to match with the ever growing need for 4k resolution video production

So that is just a quick taste to how 2017 has been treating us. We can't wait to get back into the swing of updating our blog at least once a week. Looking forward to talking more with all our wonderful clients and for any new potential clients we are always here to help!

Thanks so much everyone!

2016 Drawing To A Close Looking To 2017

2016 has been a banner year here at To Tony Productions. We had more bookings, business, and satisfied clients than any year to date. We have had a blast filming so many weddings, cool music videos, live concerts, corporate events, etc etc. The list just goes on and on with how many awesome things we have been blessed to be a part of. As we look into 2017 the number of bookings for wedding videography has already doubled from this time last year and our team of dedicated videographers, editors, and assistants just continues to grow.

For 2017 we have some exciting new toys and tools we are going to be implementing. The biggest news is that we now have a drone. Yes we have a drone to capture those amazing aerial shots on your big day or next event. It looks awesome and we are testing in the field now to have it ready to all the upcoming 2017 weddings.

As far as other news for 2017 there are two new video service features we are experimenting with now but we are hoping both plans can come to fruition and we will be able to officially announce these new plans soon. We are always looking to innovate and expand so these new video services should help to accomplish this goal.

Have a safe and wonderful close to your 2016, a great holiday season, and a happy new year! We will be seeing everyone soon.

Thanks for the love!

Daniel Hess

The Reviews Are In!

So now you can write official reviews on To Tony Productions. We have an official Google Profile page where you can give us your thoughts on everything we do. As a flegling business here in Maryland it is awesome to start hearing feedback on our services. The customer experience means everything to us so any and all thoughts are welcome.

IMDB Trivia:

In the animated TV Show King of the Hill: Hank is seen as owning two pickup trucks in the series. At the start of the series, he drives a 97 Ford Ranger. Later in the series, when he is forced to replace his truck due to it being hit by a train, he upgrades to a Ford F-250. (The model year is unknown, but, the body style was in production from 1999-2006.)

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Facing A Harsh Winter

Well two things are fast approaching this time of year.

1.) The anniversary of the 'Dive' - It will soon have been a year since I decided to start freelancing full time again.

2.) The slow season - with winter cold business traditionally slows down especially in December and January.

One is great and the other is scary. Last year the thing that kept me going was a seasonal job at a local photo studio which was awesome! However this year that option was on the table but it wouldn't have been the same thing which isn't what I wanted. Basically last year I just had to organize invoices at a computer desk during the graveyard shift which was awesome and chill...if I would have had that on the table I would have been all over it this year but alas it is not.

As far as the slow season I am bracing things fairly well so far. November is picking up with a few good gigs, more than I thought I would have on the table. December has about two advanced bookings but the closer I get to a month the more I fill up so we will see.

My last rant is I can't believe it has already almost been a year since getting back to freelancing! Around this same time I could have been the manager at a Santa Photo Stand at a local mall...ugh. But after meeting a now close business friend at Starbucks and having a great heart to heart talk about things I quickly realized that I could make a lot more money working for myself. I quickly left the santa photo job right before it was due for me to start fortunately and never looked back since really. I still do independent contracting for a photo company but it is beyond super part time.

Thanks for reading,

Daniel Hess

IMDB Trivia:

In the film Nightcrawler (2014): To create Lou's gaunt appearance, Jake Gyllenhall worked out for up to 8 hours a day and ran or biked to the set everyday.