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Matthew Smith & His Jazz Harmonica

Natalie Faye by Natalie Faye on May 26, 2020


I shot this project before the pandemic and I finally had time to edit it during the downtime. I met Matthew while casting for another project. He had such a great energy about him, I built a project around him. This past year I’ve been challenging myself to do some test shoots with interesting people where it's just myself and the subject... no crew, simple equipment, just two folks collaborating for a few hours and staying flexible creatively. It’s such a great exercise in returning to the basics of storytelling, light, composition... as well as being present with the magic of serendipity that can unfold when there is space for it. We shot this video in one long evening, the key setup in studio and the b-roll on Venice Boardwalk in L.A. I was a one-man crew: lighting, audio, camera work, and eventually the editing and color grade.

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Natalie FayeNatalie is a photographer/director/filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A natural storyteller at heart, she leverages her curiosity and sense of adventure to elevate a brand’s story and to bring people to life in front of her camera. She loves collaborating and brings a positive can-do attitude to the table. With 20 years experience in the industry, she is hands-on with every project from conceptualization through post-production. Her attention to detail assures a project's creative integrity will be maintained and expectations exceeded. Natalie’s team can provide soup to nuts production services for both still and video. Productions can be scaled for budgets of all sizes and her team is available for travel worldwide.

Originally from the South (Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee), Natalie transplanted to Southern California in her twenties and hasn’t looked back. She lives near the beach and takes adventures up and down the West Coast as often as possible.

Clients include Dakine, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Zales Jewelers, Auto Trader, ADP, Corsair Gaming, Nobilo Wines, Women’s Wear Daily, Yoga Journal.

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