Hank Palan: My Story

Submission by Hank Palan

he original purpose of this video was to win some free gear so that I can ever increase the refinement that are my tools. But as I watched this project unfold in front of me, it organically changed into something so much more. Its funny how things change, isn’t it?

Why so many questions?

When tasked with describing me, who I was, what I was about, I thought it was going to be easy. But as I started to figure out how I was going to edit and shoot, I was flooded with more questions than answers. Who was I really? Why am I doing what I’m doing? What makes me different than anybody else doing the exact same thing?

I’ve been told quite often by my wife’s side of the family that I do many awkward things, above being an example. Half the time, they turn out brilliant, the other half…well not so much. But its the fact that I look at things differently and people notice, that I know I’m headed in the right direction. Sure I fail some of the time, but if I didn’t try, how would I know if it works?

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  • Tom Shafer

    Amazing piece of art. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen on this site. I wish I knew this guy.

  • Cameron McWatters

    Loved it! Inspirational to say the least

  • Breezy

    I was so moved by this video! Amazing job!!!!!

  • KatelynH

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! The part with your kids is so moving and convicting. Beautiful.



  • The scene were your daughter kisses your new born child is perfect.  Great vid!

  • Thanks I couldn’t have planned that shot if I tried…she’s an amazing big sister

  • Pam

    Wow…I was moved to tears by the whole thing….amazing!

  • Ericpfeick

    Awesome video!!! The cinematography and editing were amazing!!

  • danielle

    Just beyond amazing! So moving! perfect example of Gods calling on hanks life!

  • Ashley Bee

    This is unbelievably beautiful!! I am totally choked up! I hope you win like $1,000,000 for this video because you deserve it. God has given you an incredible gift Hank!

  • Thesurrenderedrose

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Kt Oconor

    Love it love it love it. Your passion for life and what you do is incredible, and yet you showed in a gentle way. Really hope you win

  • I’ve been continually amazed by Hank’s cinematic wedding trailers on the Rustic Red blog since meeting him online a couple of years ago. This three-minute glimpse into the man behind those videos is equally impressive. Makes me glad once again I’ve had the opportunity to see his work, Superbly done!

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  • Chambleysa

    I am an avid fan; this was beautiful.

  • Kelseypalan

    Hank, You are by far more than just a photographer you are a story teller. I am so angry about how my pictures turned out. I wish that you had this going when your brother and I got married. If/When we renew our vows, you will be here. God Blessed you with an amazing eye for capturing things that others do not see. I am proud of you. 
     I would say good luck, but you don’t need it cause you have God.
     Love you

  • Angelabmolina

    AMAZINGLY put!!!  Okay so if I ever have a destination wedding in CA, I NEED you to capture one of the greatest moments of my life, because I could clearly trust you to do that!

  • Jaime Smith

    This is awesome. Beautiful, moves my spirit.

  • I have long been a fan of your work. It was a unique and interesting perspective to see you flip the lens and spotlight your own life and story. You’re the best in the wedding videography business. 

  • Barra

    Really like this…as another person in the “industy” who feels it is a calling!  Well done!

  • Shelly Leblanc

    Unforgettable!!! Magnificent! Unparalleled! Unbelievable! Talent oozing out every pore! Can’t hardly wait to see more of this Artist!

  • Ardina

    genuine, authentic, raw- Hank stays true to himself as an artist and it’s deeply reflected in his work.  One word: inspirational

  • Anonymous

    Shared this everywhere yesterday. Purely remarkable.

  • this is the best! Love it

  • Rachel

    Hank!!! You are super talented!! I’m gonna watch it again 🙂

  • Congrats Hank.  You are a very talented artist, really enjoyed your entry, thanks so much for submitting. 

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  • Kviniello

    This is great! You are involved in some of the most intamate moments of peoples lives – its nice to get a glimpes into yours and see how much it all means to you.  That is why you are good at what you do!

  • Georgana Brown

    Wow! Moving, poignant, innovative, fresh, provocative, intriguing…