About This Project

Our good friend Melody Serrano (aka Snooky Smiles Photography) recently mentioned that she was working with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte to create the fundraising “UPsides Calendar.” She asked if we’d be interested in shooting a behind-the-scenes video and we jumped at the opportunity!


The shoot took place at Sparrow Ranch on the Island on Lake Wylie. It was a totally relaxed atmosphere where the kids could just have fun. Melody followed the kids around, and we followed Melody.


For the interviews, we found a nice quiet spot outside and set up our Aputure LS1 and LS 1/2 light panels through diffusion. We shot in 4K on the Sony a7SII using our Canon 24-105mm lens, and captured the audio with our Zoom F4 and the Sennheiser MKH-50 shotgun microphone.


We had so much fun working with Melody and these incredible kids. Hope you enjoy the video!


Camera: Sony Alpha a7SII
Glass: Canon 24-105mm
Monitor: SmallHD 502
Resolution: 24fps at 4K
Edited in Premiere Pro
Music: The Music Bed