Featuring photo and video work by Kirsten Stanley for the adventurous and fun-loving

181, meet YEG. YEG, meet 181.

Two months ago, we drove five thousand kilometres to Edmonton, Alberta. Since then, we have been settling into, and doing our best to familiarize ourselves with, the new city. I am by no means a "city person". I am much more comfortable outside, surrounded by fresh air, trees and water ... and some birds and squirrels ... and the occasional deer. That being said, first impressions are good and I am enjoying Edmonton. We moved as close to the ravine as we could so we have easy access to the fantastic River Valley trails! I am proud to say I have yet to run into a coyote or bear, nor have I seen any. Apparently they are everywhere but I am oblivious.

YEG on my Phone

As far as 181º is concerned, it has been driving over some speed bumps.

A [new] full time job + city traffic + moving + [attempting to] be healthy + [attempting to] have a life = The disappearance of time.

In other words, I am now doing what everyone else has been doing. It's just taking me a bit to catch up with the rest of these city people.

Thank you so much to my final two couples of 2014 for their incredible patience! 

Thank You from 181

Moving forward, I predict a higher productivity level as I get into the swing of things.

Is 181º still available for hire? Of course! My availability may be limited but I don't want to shut things down completely. Message me if you want photos, film, etc, in Edmonton [and surrounding areas].  Oh, and, I am always looking for an excuse to visit NB. ;)

2014 was incredible. It was full of adventure, awesome people, small moments and a big move.

Thank you to all of my clients. You helped make 2014 one of the best years yet!

I welcome 2015 with open arms and an open mind! Happy New Year :)

Happy New Year from 181

Slow Motion Booth: My First Attempt

Here is the link to the video I am discussing in this post:


I came across a video by Super Frog Saves Tokya and it blew my mind. My immediate thought was: "I must do this." So, last summer, I shared that video, and I said "Who wants this at their wedding?"

Holly was first to reply! I was pumped someone was willing to be the "guinea pig". Then I was afraid because I now had to figure out how to do it.

I asked them to select a song (that can be licensed) which I would later edit the video to. They chose a great one! (see the video)

The Set Up

The Set Up

Working on a low budget, I knew I couldn't afford the RED Epic which SFST used. But I did have a 5Dmark3 which can shoot up to 60fps at 720p and a GoPro which can shoot up to 120fps at 720p.

I used two Inspiron lights and a blank wall.

I set up my 5D on a Tripod and attached my GoPro next to it with my Gorilla Pod. I used them at the same time so I could compare and use which I preferred.

I ended up selecting the 5D footage. While, I am able to manipulate the speed on the GoPro footage better, I still prefer the look of the footage shot with the 5D.

Camera Settings Used:

Camera: 5D markIII
Shot at: 60fps / 720p


Props + Signs

The Props

Holly and Ryan provided the Props (bubbles, silly string, twist pops, confetti, etc). I made up a couple signs for the booth but of course, I needed to verbally explain to each participant what we were doing. I didn't offer strict direction but suggested how they use the props and told them to "Have Fun!" and make "Big Movements" and "Big Expressions".


What I Would Do Differently Next Time

1. A sheet on the ground. Things got messy fast! It would have been helpful for cleaning to have a sheet or tarp down.

2. Give better direction. The guests did amazing things but there are certain moves I wish I had asked them to do to help with the final edit and flow of the video.

3. If possible, bring my white paper backdrop. Ultimately, I would not have had the space for it in this particular reception, but had I, it would have helped improve the overall look of the video.

4. Music. I was in the same area as the rest of the reception but had I been in a separate room, I would have preferred to have fun, dance music playing to help relax guests and get them moving more.

5. Slowed things down. I'm not talking about post-production. I mean taken things a bit slower to get the guests set up probably and explain where they can and can't move (so they don't leave the frame). It was so fun that it was easy to rush things but next time, I will slowww itt downnn.


The Result

It has been long wait to see how this would go but it was a blast. [and messy.. very messy.. but very worth it]

Check out my first attempt at it to witness some of the fun Holly+Ryan and their guests got up to at their wedding!

Original Idea from: Super Frog Saves Tokyo ( - They are wicked rad.

The Aftermath

What a summer it has been!

We are over half way through September. That is nuts. Photo courtesy of: Lynette Mason at

This summer has been one of the craziest and most fun summers I have had to date. It has been filled with lots of different projects ranging from wedding documentaries to family portraits to television productions to film courses to training videos and a whole lot of blogging. In case you did not know, this summer I have been exploring New Brunswick and posting about it here: It has been so much fun that I am going to keep updating it throughout the fall. If you have any ideas of where I should go next, send me a message. I'd love to hear from you!

An afternoon well spent in the rain

I unofficially launched 181 Productions last May 2012 and "officially" launched it in October. While I have "technically" been in operation for over a year, my official 1 year anniversary is coming up on October 2nd. I can't believe how fast time has flown. When it comes to running a small business, the first 5 years are key to the future of your business. Each year is a milestone but Year 1 is definitely a big one. I have learned a lot and grown a lot over the last year. What the future holds for 181 is yet to be determined but I definitely have some big plans for it. I hope to see it expand and stretch into new grounds and welcome in new people. 181 Productions is currently looking for an awesomely creative and energetic person! Check out the ad and apply if you think you are the right person! 


I really do love what I do. I want to get more involved in creating films again and I have some ideas on how to do that but until then, there are lots of weddings to document and people to film.

As we move forward into the fall, I am excited for beautiful fall colours to emerge and for new creative ideas to take their shape and be taken to the next degree.