teens+stills+video+audio = Senior Fusion Wow with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Here at planet5D, we're pleased to bring you new and exciting media being created with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Today, we're really excited to show you something brand new and different… something old and something new combined. We have seen the new fusion of stills + video done for weddings and engagements and families, why not with high school “senior portraits”? This is the first time we've seen this – and it is masterfully done with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. When we first saw the video below, we had to find out more and Joe Simon agreed to help us show you this great new fusion business segment.

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Here's Joe:
“At Joe Simon Wedding Films and Joe Simon Films we create all types of visual media. Based in Austin Texas, joesimonweddingfilms.com creates HD wedding videos and super 8mm/16mm wedding films. At joesimonfilms.com I work as Director of Photography on commercials, shorts, features and music videos. We also do full production on documentaries and extreme sports films. You can see some of that work at mutinybikes.com

This particular project was brought to life by studio563.com, they are a photography studio based in Austin Texas. Eric Von at Studio 563 who has been shooting seniors for a few years had the idea to take photos and video to create a rock star style video for graduating high school seniors.

We brainstormed ideas and “Senior Sessions” was born!

All the video (except for the wide interview shots) was shot on the Canon 5D MKII. I felt this was the best tool for the job to really get the look I wanted. I used a mix of lenses – 16-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8. My favorite lens to use is the 70-200, the bokeh is gorgeous and the IS stabilizer really helps to keep your image steady.

The filming was done with a mix of tripod and Glidecam 4000HD Pro shots. The Glidecam also works as a great hip brace for shooting handheld shots. The still photos were taken using a Nikon D300.

Audio was recorded via a Canon XHA1 which was used for the 2nd angle during the interview session. We used a Audio Technique 4073a shotgun mic on a boom pole to make sure we got great sound.

Eric picked his favorite shots from the shoot and sent them over to me. From there I took everything into Final Cut Pro for editing. All effects and edits were done in FCP.

We're super stoked on this new venture and can't wait to see what the future holds for “Senior Sessions”. For more info you can contact us at joe or eric


Joe also sent along a couple of stills that were taken by Eric Von from Studio 563. (click on them to see larger sizes!):


Pretty cool stuff eh? Just imagine adding fusion senior portraits to your current business!

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oh, and thanks Joe and Eric!

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Really nice stuff from the guys. Like the choice of music… just wondering whether (and how) rights were secured to use the songs… they make the whole experience work

    With the new 5D mkii firmware, I’m finally prepared to add video to my own work, it’s an exciting time to be shooting.

  2. “The still photos were taken using a Nikon D300.”

    Apparently they recognize Nikon’s strength and Canon’s weakness.

  3. Yeah Eric is a Nikon owner, the age old battle continues over what camera is better then the other.

    It always comes down to the talent, that is using the tool. You can make amazing stuff using a Holga if you know what your doing, and you can make pure crap with a Hasselblad if you don’t have the skills. 😉

  4. Great job! I really need to teach myself this stuff – every time I see 5DII video like this, it makes me realise I’m only using 1/2 of my camera’s capabilities…

  5. very well put together, can you share the music which starts @ 1:50…good work man.. keep it up!

  6. this is the video that finally puts me “over the edge” about what the 5dmk2 can do. simply put: it makes the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY. Super job on this one.

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