All the Ingredients Were There—Beautiful Weather, Cute Kids and a Bucket Full of Bubble Juice.
As a resident of Kirkwood, GA, I occasionally shoot videos for KBOA—the local business owners association. These small neighborhood events are usually quite charming and can be visually interesting too.
At the Kirkwood Spring Fling, however, I really lucked out.
At the time, I had just finished shooting the Atlanta International Night Market, and was still in the middle of editing social media videos for them. I had so much footage, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the editing process. So much so, I thought about skipping the Spring Fling altogether.
But then it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny Saturday afternoon. So I thought maybe I'll just grab a camera and see what happens.
Shooting an Event Video
I had never been to the Spring Fling before, and didn't really know what to expect. But as soon as I got there, I realized it was a visually rich environment. Everywhere I looked, it was like flipping through stock images of Small Town Americana.
They had several streets closed off, with vendor tents for local artists, craftspeople, and small businesses. Kind of a mini arts fair.
They had a 5K Road Race early in the morning, which I didn't bother to shoot, and a walking tour of local homes. They also had a barbecue cookoff which was quite delicious.
But for my money, the best video opportunity was Bessie Branham Park, a big open green space with lots of families and kids.
The Georgia Bubble Man
A guy who calls himself the Georgia Bubble Man was there, making bubbles of all shapes and sizes, along with people from the Circus Summer Camp giving demonstrations on juggling, aerial acrobatics and more.
To shoot the video, I walked around the park checking out the fun kid activities. I used a gimbal setup to move the camera smoothly, and a polarizer and neutral density filters to reduce glare and control the depth of field.
Most of the video was shot in 4K, using slow motion. I really like how slowing down the action lets you enjoy the tiny details—the shapes of the bubbles, the joy on the kids' faces.
I wish all my event videos could be this much fun.
Here's the video: