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Coastline Studios

Grand Rapids , MI
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LOCATION

560 5th St NW, Suite 110
Grand Rapids, MI US 49504 (map)

PHONE

616-929-1888

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ABOUT US

Our singular focus is to create stunningly unique wedding films that are tailored to each individual couple's style & personality. With a focus on premium cinematic coverage mixed with... Read more
Our singular focus is to create stunningly unique wedding films that are tailored to each individual couple's style & personality. With a focus on premium cinematic coverage mixed with editing excellence, we aim to create a film that is as special you & will help you relive your wedding day forever! Read less
Videography , Photography

INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
All our packages include specialized attention on our signature images as part of the package. Though not often requested, we do offer custom photoshop work on an image if the client has such a need.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We are confident lighting any scene, in any condition, in any environment. Lighting is one of the tools we have spent a lot of time refining and mastering and are confident we can capture beautiful images no matter what the circumstances.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital
How many photographers do you work with?
John Pottenger is the sole photographer of Coastline Studios, but we often bring in 2nd shooters for our packages to round out the coverage and enhance our final deliverables for our clients.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
95% of the time yes. When its a Photography only package yes. 
 
 On some video packages I (John Pottenger) may not be there if I have been previously booked for a photography event prior to booking a video package. However our video crew is 100% capable of delivering the same high quality artistic filming services with or without me being there with them. If a video package is booked before a photography one, then John is guaranteed to be there and no photography events will be booked to ensure I will be there!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Yes. We offer 2 different video packages using 2 different crews, and 2 different sets of equipment. We also on occasion book a photography event as well as a video event on the same day (see above answer about guaranteeing my presence for more on this topic)
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I am well networked with many photographers and have not only relied on them to back me up if needed (which has only happened to me once), but also lent my own services in a pinch to help others when they have a need.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses and a full set of lighting equipment.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both. A few packages are hourly, and a few are full day.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes - see our pricing for more information. Contact us to get a full package list and a-la-cart pricing.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I don't take breaks other than dinner when everyone else is eating. I do ask that our clients feed us and thus far they have every time! :)
Do you charge for travel?
Yes. Costs vary and are quoted as needed. We have traveled as far as Hawaii, California, Connecticut and as close as anywhere in the Tri-State area of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois (and Ohio too I guess)
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
2 to 4 weeks on average
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Digital via the web
How long can the client keep the proofs?
3 months online (which is extendable) - forever on DVD with some packages that include digital negatives
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes - But there is some shared rights with the Digital files when included in the package.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
In some packages yes. They are available as add ons in the packages they are not included in.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Flush Mount style albums. Contact us to see samples!
When will the client get the final album?
3 to 9 months or more depending on how fast our clients get us their selection of images and which album is being printed for them.
 

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Storytelling, Traditional
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Invitation DVD, Montage - Childhood / Dating, Montage - Music Dubbed Over, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Are you a commercial studio or a home-based business?
Commercial Studio
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
Yes - but not often as all our samples are found online and DVD samples aren't needed.
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
We offer 2 different styles of videography which we've named "Cinematic" and "Documentary". The Cinematic packages are highly edited cinematic short films with lots of music, effects, sound design and storytelling edits put together for an entertaining short film that will entice you to watch it over and over again. Our Documentary films are more traditional, straight forward professional filming of the wedding day and are often less artistic and lean more towards a the traditional style of wedding videography.
Describe any special editing services you offer:
See above
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly-lit event?
Yes. It's one of many tools we bring to add to the cinematic look and feel of our video footage.
How many videographers do you work with?
2 to 4 depending on the package.
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
We encourage it! But not every client does. about 50% book us online without having met us before the wedding, but we always make a large effort to get to know our clients via the phone and through other means to make sure we know them as well as possible to better capture who they are on their wedding day.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
95% of the time yes. When its a Photography only package yes. 
 
 On some video packages I (John Pottenger) may not be there if I have been previously booked for a photography event prior to booking a video package. However our video crew is 100% capable of delivering the same high quality artistic filming services with or without me being there with them. If a video package is booked before a photography one, then John is guaranteed to be there and no photography events will be booked to ensure I will be there!
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Yes. We offer 2 different video packages using 2 different crews, and 2 different sets of equipment. We also on occasion book a photography event as well as a video event on the same day (see above answer about guaranteeing my presence for more on this topic)
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
Yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
There's too many things to list honestly... but to name a few of the larger items, HD Video cameras, tripods, lighting, microphones, sliders, steadycams and sometimes a jib.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes as needed and appropriate / applicable
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I don't take breaks other than dinner when everyone else is eating. I do ask that our clients feed us and thus far they have every time! :)
Do you charge overtime?
Yes if needed. We aim to plan ahead to minimize this and never charge without getting approval from the couple first. For costs and pricing please contact us.
Do you give access to your raw footage?
As requested, yes. However its not often requested.
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
Yes
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
Not really. Our clients trust us 100% to deliver only the best possible editing video possible, and so far we have never had a dissatisfied customer!
How long does it take for the client to get the final video?
3 to 6 months
Do you require a minimum number of hours to book?
For our "Documentary" Packages its a 2 hour minimum, and for our "Cinematic" Packages its an 8 hour minimum.

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Shelby
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Coastline Studios was amazing on our wedding day. They made us feel really comfortable and I forgot they were even there while getting ready. They make sure to capture everything including the littlest details. They are flexible, very professional and I felt like I had known them a long time even though I had never meet most of the guys! I can not wait to see our teaser, trailer and the final product. I am so glad I spent a little extra money to have these guys capture our big day in a way that will have us watching it over and over! Thank you, Coastline!
Coastline Studios was amazing on our wedding day. They made us feel really comfortable and I forgot they were even there Read more...
Coastline Studios was amazing on our wedding day. They made us feel really comfortable and I forgot they were even there while getting ready. They make sure to capture everything including the littlest details. They are flexible, very professional and I felt like I had known them a long time even though I had never meet most of the guys! I can not wait to see our teaser, trailer and the final product. I am so glad I spent a little extra money to have these guys capture our big day in a way that will have us watching it over and over! Thank you, Coastline! Read less
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Libby
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
I will admit that videography was not initially at the top of my list in importance when it came to our wedding day. Coastline's stunning work completely changed my mind! I could not be happier that we booked our wedding videography with them, as they captured our day in one of the most perfect ways possible. We were very impressed with the professionalism of their team and how seamlessly they worked together. John took extensive time with us prior to the wedding to ensure that our video would truly reflect our personalities and interests. Once I saw the wedding trailer, I could not believe how perfect it was for us. I would recommend watching their "behind the scenes" videos to get a better idea of how they work with you on your wedding day, as well as everything that goes into producing the final product. We will be forever grateful to Coastline for their beautiful work!
I will admit that videography was not initially at the top of my list in importance when it came to our wedding day. Read more...
I will admit that videography was not initially at the top of my list in importance when it came to our wedding day. Coastline's stunning work completely changed my mind! I could not be happier that we booked our wedding videography with them, as they captured our day in one of the most perfect ways possible. We were very impressed with the professionalism of their team and how seamlessly they worked together. John took extensive time with us prior to the wedding to ensure that our video would truly reflect our personalities and interests. Once I saw the wedding trailer, I could not believe how perfect it was for us. I would recommend watching their "behind the scenes" videos to get a better idea of how they work with you on your wedding day, as well as everything that goes into producing the final product. We will be forever grateful to Coastline for their beautiful work! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Chelsey
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
In all sincerity,we could not have been more elated to have had the staff at coastline be a part of our day. John was prompt to answer any and all questions we had leading up to the day which was so helpful during such a busy time in our lives. John, Jay & Brandon made the trip to the opposite side of the state to film our day. They all were unbelievably friendly,warm,and a pure delight to have with us that day. Coastline went above and beyond our expectations in making us feel entirely comfortable. We both agree, we found some sort of comfort and security in having the coastline staff there that day, as if we had a brand new group of friends who wanted to make our day as special as it could be.The moments we spoke with coastline individually brought a sense of calm and groundedness to a day that we both know could have been entirely overwhelming.Even with a crew of three and a lot of equipment, they were never in the way and yet somehow, their presence made the day go that much smoother. Planning a wedding on a budget, we had to manuever our funds (having a homemade cake and using minimal, in-season fresh flowers, and bargaining at thrift stores for decor) in order to afford coastline, but they were one of the best decision we made. In addition, they break up the overall cost of their time and talents into payments that are spread out, one coming even after the wedding- incredibly helpful when most venders must be paid in full prior to the day of.We cannot say enough about this company and how amazing they are to work with. We received our trailer today (beautifully edited by Rebecca), and couldn't be happier. While we are patiently awaiting our film, we are amazed at what she was able to fit into a 4 minute preview! Thank you coastline for not only capturing the happiest day of our lives on film, but for also making the day itself so flawlessly smooth and comfortable!You all are amazing talented and we would recommend you to everyone! http://vimeo.com/77219643
In all sincerity,we could not have been more elated to have had the staff at coastline be a part of our day. John was Read more...
In all sincerity,we could not have been more elated to have had the staff at coastline be a part of our day. John was prompt to answer any and all questions we had leading up to the day which was so helpful during such a busy time in our lives. John, Jay & Brandon made the trip to the opposite side of the state to film our day. They all were unbelievably friendly,warm,and a pure delight to have with us that day. Coastline went above and beyond our expectations in making us feel entirely comfortable. We both agree, we found some sort of comfort and security in having the coastline staff there that day, as if we had a brand new group of friends who wanted to make our day as special as it could be.The moments we spoke with coastline individually brought a sense of calm and groundedness to a day that we both know could have been entirely overwhelming.Even with a crew of three and a lot of equipment, they were never in the way and yet somehow, their presence made the day go that much smoother. Planning a wedding on a budget, we had to manuever our funds (having a homemade cake and using minimal, in-season fresh flowers, and bargaining at thrift stores for decor) in order to afford coastline, but they were one of the best decision we made. In addition, they break up the overall cost of their time and talents into payments that are spread out, one coming even after the wedding- incredibly helpful when most venders must be paid in full prior to the day of.We cannot say enough about this company and how amazing they are to work with. We received our trailer today (beautifully edited by Rebecca), and couldn't be happier. While we are patiently awaiting our film, we are amazed at what she was able to fit into a 4 minute preview! Thank you coastline for not only capturing the happiest day of our lives on film, but for also making the day itself so flawlessly smooth and comfortable!You all are amazing talented and we would recommend you to everyone! http://vimeo.com/77219643 Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jen
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with Coastline Studios on my wedding day. We have yet to see the film, however I know it will be most incredible.

John, the Owner was personally so hands on. He and his staff were incredible professionals. They were not intrusive at all, yet got the best shots. They were kind and respectful and made me feel so comfortable during an emotionally charged day.

I highly recommend Coastline Studios, just look at their film on their website!! They are genius filmmakers!!
I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with Coastline Studios on my wedding day. We have yet to see the film, Read more...
I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with Coastline Studios on my wedding day. We have yet to see the film, however I know it will be most incredible.

John, the Owner was personally so hands on. He and his staff were incredible professionals. They were not intrusive at all, yet got the best shots. They were kind and respectful and made me feel so comfortable during an emotionally charged day.

I highly recommend Coastline Studios, just look at their film on their website!! They are genius filmmakers!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Adam
Wedding:
8/18/2013
5.0/5.0
As a professional myself with many high expectations of the people I work with, I rarely extend my highest admiration and support, but with Coastline Studios it is easy for me to do! You will not find a more talented, professional, and pleasant video productions company than Coastline Studios. They helped me transform my wild and crazy ideas for an event into a reality that far surpassed even my highest expectations. They were always on time, always ready, and captured shots so beautiful that make Hollywood movies look like amateur productions. From the initial consultation to the final screening of our video, Coastline Studios consistently impressed me. There were several productions companies that I spoke with on the phone from all around the country as candidates to film my event, but Coastline became the obvious choice for me very quickly. They will always go the extra mile for you and create a product that will blow your mind. Even though I could talk endlessly about their unmistaken high level of professionalism, the element that captivated me the most was their unparalleled ability to capture emotions and transport the viewer back into the event, so that the viewer can genuinely relive the experience. For weddings, I can't imagine what you could want more than that. There are so many beautiful emotions and spectacular moments on a wedding day, and THAT is after all what matters most. Coastline Studios will capture them ALL. We will be watching our video our entire lives, and we couldn't be more grateful to Coastline Studios for creating it for us. When you hire Coastline Studios, you are hiring the best. I will recommend them for as long as I live! THANK YOU COASTLINE STUDIOS!!!!!!!!!
As a professional myself with many high expectations of the people I work with, I rarely extend my highest admiration and Read more...
As a professional myself with many high expectations of the people I work with, I rarely extend my highest admiration and support, but with Coastline Studios it is easy for me to do! You will not find a more talented, professional, and pleasant video productions company than Coastline Studios. They helped me transform my wild and crazy ideas for an event into a reality that far surpassed even my highest expectations. They were always on time, always ready, and captured shots so beautiful that make Hollywood movies look like amateur productions. From the initial consultation to the final screening of our video, Coastline Studios consistently impressed me. There were several productions companies that I spoke with on the phone from all around the country as candidates to film my event, but Coastline became the obvious choice for me very quickly. They will always go the extra mile for you and create a product that will blow your mind. Even though I could talk endlessly about their unmistaken high level of professionalism, the element that captivated me the most was their unparalleled ability to capture emotions and transport the viewer back into the event, so that the viewer can genuinely relive the experience. For weddings, I can't imagine what you could want more than that. There are so many beautiful emotions and spectacular moments on a wedding day, and THAT is after all what matters most. Coastline Studios will capture them ALL. We will be watching our video our entire lives, and we couldn't be more grateful to Coastline Studios for creating it for us. When you hire Coastline Studios, you are hiring the best. I will recommend them for as long as I live! THANK YOU COASTLINE STUDIOS!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Laura
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for the best videographers to capture your wedding or event, Coastline Studios is for you. I will never forget the moment I watched the video they made for the first time, because I felt like I was watching a hollywood movie, but it was about me. It captured the feeling and emotions of all of the biggest moments in the most incredible ways. I'm sure lots of videographers can film your day and get the important moments on camera, but will they be able to capture the true essence and feel of those moments? I honestly feel like I've become one of Coastline Studios biggest advocates, because the way they film events will blow anyone's mind. They match-up the shots with music in beautiful ways, and will do everything they can think of to get the best shots possible. I could go on and on about their talents and their artistic vision, but I also gotta leave some more personal comments about them. You will not find a group of more kind, more compassionate, and more committed professionals than the people at Coastline Studios. They made us laugh, asked us for our priorities and ideas, and always made whatever ideas we had even better. You will NEVER be disappointed with them. They are simply the BEST. They go out of their way to create the best product they can possibly come up with, and their best product is better than anyone else's. They capture the feeling of your event better than you could ever imagine, and every time you revisit it, you will not only be reminded of the scenery, you will relive all of the feelings and emotions. Even a complete stranger will be moved by watching your video, I promise! I've showed the video they made for us to people at my work, even people I don't know well, and it makes everyone tear up and smile and laugh. You can't go wrong with these guys. I give them my highest recommendation. Thank you for capturing our day like a hollywood movie. I will enjoy watching it all my life!!!!
If you are looking for the best videographers to capture your wedding or event, Coastline Studios is for you. I will never Read more...
If you are looking for the best videographers to capture your wedding or event, Coastline Studios is for you. I will never forget the moment I watched the video they made for the first time, because I felt like I was watching a hollywood movie, but it was about me. It captured the feeling and emotions of all of the biggest moments in the most incredible ways. I'm sure lots of videographers can film your day and get the important moments on camera, but will they be able to capture the true essence and feel of those moments? I honestly feel like I've become one of Coastline Studios biggest advocates, because the way they film events will blow anyone's mind. They match-up the shots with music in beautiful ways, and will do everything they can think of to get the best shots possible. I could go on and on about their talents and their artistic vision, but I also gotta leave some more personal comments about them. You will not find a group of more kind, more compassionate, and more committed professionals than the people at Coastline Studios. They made us laugh, asked us for our priorities and ideas, and always made whatever ideas we had even better. You will NEVER be disappointed with them. They are simply the BEST. They go out of their way to create the best product they can possibly come up with, and their best product is better than anyone else's. They capture the feeling of your event better than you could ever imagine, and every time you revisit it, you will not only be reminded of the scenery, you will relive all of the feelings and emotions. Even a complete stranger will be moved by watching your video, I promise! I've showed the video they made for us to people at my work, even people I don't know well, and it makes everyone tear up and smile and laugh. You can't go wrong with these guys. I give them my highest recommendation. Thank you for capturing our day like a hollywood movie. I will enjoy watching it all my life!!!! Read less
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Keith
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I was a wedding disc jockey for 26 years and worked with many videography companies over the years. We hired Coastline Studios for my daughter's wedding and I can tell you that I have never experienced a more professional, capable, and creative team in all of my professional career! Their team was a joy to work with! Although we have not seen the final Wedding Film, the Theatrical Wedding Trailer was outstanding! Coastline Studios is well worth the money and you will absolutely re-live the emotion of your day every time you watch the film.
I was a wedding disc jockey for 26 years and worked with many videography companies over the years. We hired Coastline Read more...
I was a wedding disc jockey for 26 years and worked with many videography companies over the years. We hired Coastline Studios for my daughter's wedding and I can tell you that I have never experienced a more professional, capable, and creative team in all of my professional career! Their team was a joy to work with! Although we have not seen the final Wedding Film, the Theatrical Wedding Trailer was outstanding! Coastline Studios is well worth the money and you will absolutely re-live the emotion of your day every time you watch the film. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Alex
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I can’t stress enough the importance of having a wedding video. I’ll start by explaining that it starts with a team of people documenting every single little detail and then weaving it into a masterpiece of emotion that you get to keep forever. In a few months we will get to sit down and relive the fairytale again…and again and again for the rest of our lives. I will also stress the blessing of being able to share the wedding with the loved ones that could not be there.

The Coastline team is unbelievably talented and truly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. I’m on the video side of advertising and I knew I was going to be picky about our wedding video. I researched dozens of options and Coastline was hands-down the best in Michigan. These Guys are true artists behind the camera AND in the editing studio. Lots of videographers have great equipment and an eye for composition. Some videographers have fantastic style and technique. But then it boils down to a small select group of videographers like Coastline Studios who are a cut above the rest. At this level you find a team of artists that are able to sit down time and time again and tell a fresh wedding story with such elegance and emotion that it causes perfect strangers to tear up.

Everybody told me that the day was going to come and go in the blink of an eye and I was bound and determined to not let that happen. But it did. And though I took moments to step back and soak it all in, it was impossible to be in a million places at once. The great news is coastline captured it all. They captured the “I do’s” and the first kiss of course. But they also captured the breeze off the lake, twirls on the dance floor, the looks, the hugs, and the tears. How can you possibly fit so much love and excitement, not to mention 200 loved ones, into one single day? The answer is deep breathing, a good pair of flats, and most definitely Coastline Studios.

Thank you so much John, Nate, Jay, and Rebecca! You Guys are the best!
I can’t stress enough the importance of having a wedding video. I’ll start by explaining that it starts with a team of Read more...
I can’t stress enough the importance of having a wedding video. I’ll start by explaining that it starts with a team of people documenting every single little detail and then weaving it into a masterpiece of emotion that you get to keep forever. In a few months we will get to sit down and relive the fairytale again…and again and again for the rest of our lives. I will also stress the blessing of being able to share the wedding with the loved ones that could not be there.

The Coastline team is unbelievably talented and truly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. I’m on the video side of advertising and I knew I was going to be picky about our wedding video. I researched dozens of options and Coastline was hands-down the best in Michigan. These Guys are true artists behind the camera AND in the editing studio. Lots of videographers have great equipment and an eye for composition. Some videographers have fantastic style and technique. But then it boils down to a small select group of videographers like Coastline Studios who are a cut above the rest. At this level you find a team of artists that are able to sit down time and time again and tell a fresh wedding story with such elegance and emotion that it causes perfect strangers to tear up.

Everybody told me that the day was going to come and go in the blink of an eye and I was bound and determined to not let that happen. But it did. And though I took moments to step back and soak it all in, it was impossible to be in a million places at once. The great news is coastline captured it all. They captured the “I do’s” and the first kiss of course. But they also captured the breeze off the lake, twirls on the dance floor, the looks, the hugs, and the tears. How can you possibly fit so much love and excitement, not to mention 200 loved ones, into one single day? The answer is deep breathing, a good pair of flats, and most definitely Coastline Studios.

Thank you so much John, Nate, Jay, and Rebecca! You Guys are the best! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jay
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My name is Jay Kadlec, newly married and loving it! Abigail and I were married July 20th and Coastline studios was there to film our wedding. Now, I may be a little biased, because I have actually done work for Coastline…but they were fantastic, covered every event, and made sure to only check in with me when needed. Abigail and I are crazy excited to get our hands on the footage! I know it will all be excellent :)


It was a little weird for me to be on the other side of the camera, because I’m so used to ‘staying out of the shot’, but I quickly got over it. I’m super curious to see Abigail’s bride prep and her reaction to the cameras. Once I was used to the lenses being aimed at me, I felt like a rockstar! And when everything started happening (the Ceremony and Reception), I honestly forgot they were even there! Filmaking ninjas would be an apt term for the Coastline Crew. The three moments I’m most excited to see are our first kiss (of course), our entrance to the Reception (rode in on a suped up golf cart), and our dance up on the ridge (with all of the countryside in the background)…


It was the best day of our life and both Abigail and I are super glad to have had Coastline there to film it! Now our friends and family (including the ones who couldn’t make it) can see it, and one day, even our children will be able to see their mom and dad getting hitched! - Thank you for everything Coastline!”
My name is Jay Kadlec, newly married and loving it! Abigail and I were married July 20th and Coastline studios was there Read more...
My name is Jay Kadlec, newly married and loving it! Abigail and I were married July 20th and Coastline studios was there to film our wedding. Now, I may be a little biased, because I have actually done work for Coastline…but they were fantastic, covered every event, and made sure to only check in with me when needed. Abigail and I are crazy excited to get our hands on the footage! I know it will all be excellent :)


It was a little weird for me to be on the other side of the camera, because I’m so used to ‘staying out of the shot’, but I quickly got over it. I’m super curious to see Abigail’s bride prep and her reaction to the cameras. Once I was used to the lenses being aimed at me, I felt like a rockstar! And when everything started happening (the Ceremony and Reception), I honestly forgot they were even there! Filmaking ninjas would be an apt term for the Coastline Crew. The three moments I’m most excited to see are our first kiss (of course), our entrance to the Reception (rode in on a suped up golf cart), and our dance up on the ridge (with all of the countryside in the background)…


It was the best day of our life and both Abigail and I are super glad to have had Coastline there to film it! Now our friends and family (including the ones who couldn’t make it) can see it, and one day, even our children will be able to see their mom and dad getting hitched! - Thank you for everything Coastline!” Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Abigail
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Coastline Studios did an excellent job of filming our wedding! They were non-intrusive and captured the big moments of our day as well as smaller details that we would have never known about if they hadn't been there. They were professional and prepared, which made me feel that everything was going smoothly overall.
Coastline Studios did an excellent job of filming our wedding! They were non-intrusive and captured the big moments of our Read more...
Coastline Studios did an excellent job of filming our wedding! They were non-intrusive and captured the big moments of our day as well as smaller details that we would have never known about if they hadn't been there. They were professional and prepared, which made me feel that everything was going smoothly overall. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Rebecca
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Coastline was absolutely great! They captured so many little, special moments in our day, and will help us remember our day perfectly forever. They were on time, and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Technically, they blew me away, and I could not be happier with my trailer, and can't wait to see my full film!
Coastline was absolutely great! They captured so many little, special moments in our day, and will help us remember our Read more...
Coastline was absolutely great! They captured so many little, special moments in our day, and will help us remember our day perfectly forever. They were on time, and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Technically, they blew me away, and I could not be happier with my trailer, and can't wait to see my full film! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Brittani
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
John Pottenger and his team at Coastline Studios were phenomenal!!! I was skeptical at first to have our wedding video recorded but, they made me feel very at ease. Now, we have this amazing, one of a kind wedding video to look upon whenever we want to relive our special day. The quality of the video was truly mesmerizing! They not only managed to capture our relationship perfectly but also managed to include every single person who attended our wedding in the video. This was definitely a feat as we had 315 guests. Asking Coastline Studios to be a part of our wedding day was a blessing. Having them film one of the greatest days of our lives was truly a gift!! I cannot express enough how thankful we are. Do not pass up the opportunity to have Coastline studios capture your wedding day =)
John Pottenger and his team at Coastline Studios were phenomenal!!! I was skeptical at first to have our wedding video Read more...
John Pottenger and his team at Coastline Studios were phenomenal!!! I was skeptical at first to have our wedding video recorded but, they made me feel very at ease. Now, we have this amazing, one of a kind wedding video to look upon whenever we want to relive our special day. The quality of the video was truly mesmerizing! They not only managed to capture our relationship perfectly but also managed to include every single person who attended our wedding in the video. This was definitely a feat as we had 315 guests. Asking Coastline Studios to be a part of our wedding day was a blessing. Having them film one of the greatest days of our lives was truly a gift!! I cannot express enough how thankful we are. Do not pass up the opportunity to have Coastline studios capture your wedding day =) Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Christopher
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
It's plain to see that there's no finer videography outfit in Michigan than Coastline Studios. Their attention to detail and compassionate treatment make for an exquisite production. Other videography services can only aspire to the quality and value that they offer. Staffed entirely by unobtrusive professionals, Coastline will make your special day shine forever.
It's plain to see that there's no finer videography outfit in Michigan than Coastline Studios. Their attention to detail Read more...
It's plain to see that there's no finer videography outfit in Michigan than Coastline Studios. Their attention to detail and compassionate treatment make for an exquisite production. Other videography services can only aspire to the quality and value that they offer. Staffed entirely by unobtrusive professionals, Coastline will make your special day shine forever. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Chris
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Coastline Studios specializes in producing the most exquisite videos for its clients. There isn't a better videography outfit in Michigan. Couldn't be happier with the outcome. Entrusting Coastline to immortalize your wedding day is a decision you won't regret.
Coastline Studios specializes in producing the most exquisite videos for its clients. There isn't a better videography Read more...
Coastline Studios specializes in producing the most exquisite videos for its clients. There isn't a better videography outfit in Michigan. Couldn't be happier with the outcome. Entrusting Coastline to immortalize your wedding day is a decision you won't regret. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Mandolynn
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
John at Coastline Studios and his team are AMAZING!! We felt so comfortable with every step of planning our big day with them. They really take their time in getting to know you and your vision for your wedding day. The questionnaires they have you fill out are really helpful and the good thing is they actually pay attention to what you wrote! We were so comfortable the day of the wedding, and didn't have to worry about them missing anything. Even though there were 3 cameras filming us all day, I didn't even notice them! They do such a great and tasteful job of being right in the action without taking anything away from the bride and groom.

John and his team were extremely professional, easy going, and even in our 104 degree hot July day did anything and everything to get the perfect shots. They are extremely dedicated and passionate about what they do, and it really shines through on their work. Having Coastline Studios capture our wedding day was one of the best investments of our entire wedding. If I could, I would have them follow me around everywhere and make my life look as glamorous and perfect as they did the day of our wedding. We love them, and definitely will be using them for future events!
John at Coastline Studios and his team are AMAZING!! We felt so comfortable with every step of planning our big day with Read more...
John at Coastline Studios and his team are AMAZING!! We felt so comfortable with every step of planning our big day with them. They really take their time in getting to know you and your vision for your wedding day. The questionnaires they have you fill out are really helpful and the good thing is they actually pay attention to what you wrote! We were so comfortable the day of the wedding, and didn't have to worry about them missing anything. Even though there were 3 cameras filming us all day, I didn't even notice them! They do such a great and tasteful job of being right in the action without taking anything away from the bride and groom.

John and his team were extremely professional, easy going, and even in our 104 degree hot July day did anything and everything to get the perfect shots. They are extremely dedicated and passionate about what they do, and it really shines through on their work. Having Coastline Studios capture our wedding day was one of the best investments of our entire wedding. If I could, I would have them follow me around everywhere and make my life look as glamorous and perfect as they did the day of our wedding. We love them, and definitely will be using them for future events! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Emilyne
Wedding:
7/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing! They're really very good to work with and they're very nice people. They really pay attention to details and they're very professional. Highly recommended!
Amazing! They're really very good to work with and they're very nice people. They really pay attention to details and Read more...
Amazing! They're really very good to work with and they're very nice people. They really pay attention to details and they're very professional. Highly recommended! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Maurica
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply The Best! We could not have asked for a better wedding video. So talented and professional. My Husband is very shy and did not want to be filmed while getting ready. But, the team made him feel very comfortable and he has now watched our wedding video multiple times and agrees that this was our best purchase of all the entire wedding!
Simply The Best! We could not have asked for a better wedding video. So talented and professional. My Husband is very shy Read more...
Simply The Best! We could not have asked for a better wedding video. So talented and professional. My Husband is very shy and did not want to be filmed while getting ready. But, the team made him feel very comfortable and he has now watched our wedding video multiple times and agrees that this was our best purchase of all the entire wedding! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jenna
Wedding:
1/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Although I am still waiting for the finished product (it's only been too weeks, I'm not complaining, just saying :), the guys that came to my wedding were discreet but very present, friendly/congenial, and even stayed a little later than the time they were supposed to leave when things ran a little late. I can't wait to see my finished video! I know John does amazing work so I'm not worried at all!
Although I am still waiting for the finished product (it's only been too weeks, I'm not complaining, just saying :), the Read more...
Although I am still waiting for the finished product (it's only been too weeks, I'm not complaining, just saying :), the guys that came to my wedding were discreet but very present, friendly/congenial, and even stayed a little later than the time they were supposed to leave when things ran a little late. I can't wait to see my finished video! I know John does amazing work so I'm not worried at all! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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alazar
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
WOW! I cannot thank John and his team enough for capturing and creating a wonderful wedding video for my husband and I. We were referred to Coastline Studios by our wedding planner and she deemed John and his team the "top videographer in Michigan." I was hesitant at first, worried that videography was just an unnecessary cost. After viewing John's work on his website, we were absolutely sold. His videos of other couple's weddings brought me to tears so I knew we had to hire his team for our special day! Let me just say, this was one of the BEST investments we made! He worked very closely with us prior to our wedding going over what we as a couple wanted included in our video. The day of our wedding his team was on time, extremely professional, and made us feel completely comfortable. We didn't even realize they were there during our ceremony and reception. We received our wedding video last week....it was simply breathtaking. After the first few seconds of watching the wedding video, both my husband and I were already in tears. John was able to capture the most touching moments, both emotional and those filled with laughter. John's videography not only captured priceless moments...it told a story. Although the wedding was many months ago, watching the video made us feel like it was just yesterday. Their work is truly unique. The creative ways they were able to capture our wedding day are indescribable. The editing was amazing and proves that every dollar spent was well worth it. My favorite part of John's work is that he will let you customize your music selection so that the entire video is personalized to your taste. We've had family & friends view our wedding flim and they were all blown away by the work and quality, as we were. From the teaser trailer, to the ceremony and reception, and our favorite, the montage, we are so impressed with the quality of their work! There is no doubt that John will give you the wedding video of your dreams. I give him my wholehearted recommendation. Look no further. Your best wedding planning decision will be choosing Coastline Studios as your videographer!
WOW! I cannot thank John and his team enough for capturing and creating a wonderful wedding video for my husband and I. We Read more...
WOW! I cannot thank John and his team enough for capturing and creating a wonderful wedding video for my husband and I. We were referred to Coastline Studios by our wedding planner and she deemed John and his team the "top videographer in Michigan." I was hesitant at first, worried that videography was just an unnecessary cost. After viewing John's work on his website, we were absolutely sold. His videos of other couple's weddings brought me to tears so I knew we had to hire his team for our special day! Let me just say, this was one of the BEST investments we made! He worked very closely with us prior to our wedding going over what we as a couple wanted included in our video. The day of our wedding his team was on time, extremely professional, and made us feel completely comfortable. We didn't even realize they were there during our ceremony and reception. We received our wedding video last week....it was simply breathtaking. After the first few seconds of watching the wedding video, both my husband and I were already in tears. John was able to capture the most touching moments, both emotional and those filled with laughter. John's videography not only captured priceless moments...it told a story. Although the wedding was many months ago, watching the video made us feel like it was just yesterday. Their work is truly unique. The creative ways they were able to capture our wedding day are indescribable. The editing was amazing and proves that every dollar spent was well worth it. My favorite part of John's work is that he will let you customize your music selection so that the entire video is personalized to your taste. We've had family & friends view our wedding flim and they were all blown away by the work and quality, as we were. From the teaser trailer, to the ceremony and reception, and our favorite, the montage, we are so impressed with the quality of their work! There is no doubt that John will give you the wedding video of your dreams. I give him my wholehearted recommendation. Look no further. Your best wedding planning decision will be choosing Coastline Studios as your videographer! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Stephani
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
All the staff at Coastline was great to work with. It ended up raining on our wedding day, and they were very flexible with the change in locations (it was supposed to be outside). I would highly recommend them!
All the staff at Coastline was great to work with. It ended up raining on our wedding day, and they were very flexible Read more...
All the staff at Coastline was great to work with. It ended up raining on our wedding day, and they were very flexible with the change in locations (it was supposed to be outside). I would highly recommend them! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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SB11
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Hiring Coastline Studios was the absolute best unexpected decision we made about our wedding. Until a few months before the big day, we wrote off the idea of videography all together. We didn’t think we could fit video into our budget, and we didn’t think anyone would watch it after the wedding anyway. But then I discovered Coastline and everything changed…

John’s friendly, caring personality and obvious passion for videography absolutely won me over. The sample films he showed me also swayed the decision -- His finished films are MAGICAL! We ended up booking his Cinematic package, which included a jib, long trailer, and longer finished film.

Having Coastline with us on our wedding day was wonderful. A few things you should to know about what it’s like:
• The entire Coastline crew is FUN. These guys totally fit in with our family and friends and were friendly without being intrusive.
• The amount of equipment Coastline utilizes is ASTOUNDING. Yes, their services can seem pricey, but you should see the lighting, microphones, cameras, tripods, and other crazy stuff they bring to make your video look like a serious Hollywood movie. Your budget videographers definitely will not offer all this.
• ALL of the crew are PROFESSIONALS. The whole team discusses lighting, color balance, the best angles, and where to hide so you can’t see them (which I only know because John told me afterward, not because I noticed it on the day of). They also dress very professionally, including wearing khaki pants and black logoed polos on our 90+ degree July day (yikes!).
• They are COMMITTED. Mother Nature made our wedding day a little crazy. Coastline was flexible and kept rolling through it all to ensure our film reflected our whole day.

As for the finished product, I am almost speechless. Our trailer and wedding film are authentic, beautiful, emotional, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The colors are vibrant. The music is perfect. Our families and friends absolutely loved watching it and have asked to watch multiple times.

To sum it up, here are a few words from the email I sent John after it all: “I feel as though you read my mind as to what I hoped to share about the day… I know our wedding and its videography presented some unusual challenges, but you all seized them and were not at all put off by the extra effort required to present our story. You are each truly special and we appreciate your obvious dedication to your craft.”\

Hire John and his amazing team. You won’t regret it!
Hiring Coastline Studios was the absolute best unexpected decision we made about our wedding. Until a few months before Read more...
Hiring Coastline Studios was the absolute best unexpected decision we made about our wedding. Until a few months before the big day, we wrote off the idea of videography all together. We didn’t think we could fit video into our budget, and we didn’t think anyone would watch it after the wedding anyway. But then I discovered Coastline and everything changed…

John’s friendly, caring personality and obvious passion for videography absolutely won me over. The sample films he showed me also swayed the decision -- His finished films are MAGICAL! We ended up booking his Cinematic package, which included a jib, long trailer, and longer finished film.

Having Coastline with us on our wedding day was wonderful. A few things you should to know about what it’s like:
• The entire Coastline crew is FUN. These guys totally fit in with our family and friends and were friendly without being intrusive.
• The amount of equipment Coastline utilizes is ASTOUNDING. Yes, their services can seem pricey, but you should see the lighting, microphones, cameras, tripods, and other crazy stuff they bring to make your video look like a serious Hollywood movie. Your budget videographers definitely will not offer all this.
• ALL of the crew are PROFESSIONALS. The whole team discusses lighting, color balance, the best angles, and where to hide so you can’t see them (which I only know because John told me afterward, not because I noticed it on the day of). They also dress very professionally, including wearing khaki pants and black logoed polos on our 90+ degree July day (yikes!).
• They are COMMITTED. Mother Nature made our wedding day a little crazy. Coastline was flexible and kept rolling through it all to ensure our film reflected our whole day.

As for the finished product, I am almost speechless. Our trailer and wedding film are authentic, beautiful, emotional, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The colors are vibrant. The music is perfect. Our families and friends absolutely loved watching it and have asked to watch multiple times.

To sum it up, here are a few words from the email I sent John after it all: “I feel as though you read my mind as to what I hoped to share about the day… I know our wedding and its videography presented some unusual challenges, but you all seized them and were not at all put off by the extra effort required to present our story. You are each truly special and we appreciate your obvious dedication to your craft.”\

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cviss
Wedding:
12/18/2010
5.0/5.0
They were awesome! I love our video and they were our easiest vendor to work with. They had all the info they needed ahead of time and didn't ask me any questions the day of which is a huge thing for a bride when every person is full of questions!!
They were awesome! I love our video and they were our easiest vendor to work with. They had all the info they needed ahead Read more...
They were awesome! I love our video and they were our easiest vendor to work with. They had all the info they needed ahead of time and didn't ask me any questions the day of which is a huge thing for a bride when every person is full of questions!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Coastline Studios did an amazing job with our wedding video...words can't describe how impressed and happy we are with the work John and his staff did for us. The video John created for us perfectly reflected us as a couple. The detail captured is unbelievable. The quality of work and technology at Coastline Studios puts them in a league of their own...step aside boring wedding videos and make room for the wedding "movie". Thank you John!
~ Joe and Michelle
Coastline Studios did an amazing job with our wedding video...words can't describe how impressed and happy we are with the Read more...
Coastline Studios did an amazing job with our wedding video...words can't describe how impressed and happy we are with the work John and his staff did for us. The video John created for us perfectly reflected us as a couple. The detail captured is unbelievable. The quality of work and technology at Coastline Studios puts them in a league of their own...step aside boring wedding videos and make room for the wedding "movie". Thank you John!
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Services Used: Videography
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mmlambie
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Hiring a videographer was a last minute decision for us and I am so thankful John was able to shoot our wedding. He was great to work with and I would recommend him and his team to anyone and everyone. If I had to go back and re-plan everything, this is definitely something I would not go without! Thank you SO much John - I can't wait to see our video!
Hiring a videographer was a last minute decision for us and I am so thankful John was able to shoot our wedding. He was Read more...
Hiring a videographer was a last minute decision for us and I am so thankful John was able to shoot our wedding. He was great to work with and I would recommend him and his team to anyone and everyone. If I had to go back and re-plan everything, this is definitely something I would not go without! Thank you SO much John - I can't wait to see our video! Read less
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Jay and Jessica...
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Ladies and Gentlemen…meet John Pottenger from Coastline Studios, out of Grand Rapids, MI. Simply the best videographer…period!!!! If you are looking for a videographer for your upcoming wedding, this is the guy to hire. If you’re already married, and have no need for such services…stay with me and keep reading, the story gets better.

John Pottenger and Coastline Studios is not your typical video guy with the tripod and the shaky camera. This is first class, true Cinematic movies of your wedding day. I’m talking Steven Spielberg or James Cameron type of quality….that good! We know this personally …because he did our wedding back in September of 2009. If you still do not believe me, go to his website, www.coastline-studios.com and click on his VIMEO link, and you will see exactly what I mean. Better yet, I suggest you “LIKE” them on Facebook and you’ll see some even cooler stuff, plus you will be kept in the loop with all his new video releases. You might even see our video or trailer in there :-)

If you can think of it, John is probably already doing it. Your wedding movie will have a sneak peak teaser that will be sent to you within weeks after your wedding. It will be followed by a movie trailer, which will really get you excited for your upcoming wedding video and movie.

He also does save the date videos, engagement videos and even has a package where he can rent out a movie theater with Popcorn to show your debut wedding movie to your friends and family. Pretty cool…huh?

So what if you’re already married…what good is coastline studios to you? Great question…his services do not end there. He has new packages where he films family events. If you’re going Vegas and would like to create your own personal “HANGOVER” movie moment, or create your own personal Kardashian like reality TV …I’m sure he can arrange it….LOL! For corporate events….he’s the guy! Bottom line….you need to talk to John and Coastline Studios first before making any decisions. He’s extremely professional and a very nice person! He will take the time to get to know you…which is extremely important.

He has all the best equipment, from the big Jib, to the train tracks, and everything in between…everything is Top Notch and professional looking! And they will travel just about anywhere…he’s doing a wedding in Brazil next year.

Okay…I know what you’re thinking; he’s got to be super expensive. To be honest, when you see the quality of work and what is entailed, it is quite reasonable. However, I’m warning you, once you see his work, there is no going back. That's what happened to us :-)

Oh…and one more thing, if you do decide to watch some of his trailers and videos, you might want to have some tissue by your side…most of them will make you shed a tear or two, or three….you get my point.

John does offer the standard, Non-Cinematic Tri-Pod service (As I call it). If you’re going hire anyone, it might as well be the best guy and his team!

Bottom line...this is your Wedding Day, a day you will never forget for the rest of your life. We watch and share our wedding movie video all the time with our friends and family. It was the best decision we ever made. I highly recommend the Cinematic Package....you will not regret it!

Enjoy the Show!
Ladies and Gentlemen…meet John Pottenger from Coastline Studios, out of Grand Rapids, MI. Simply the best videographer… Read more...
Ladies and Gentlemen…meet John Pottenger from Coastline Studios, out of Grand Rapids, MI. Simply the best videographer…period!!!! If you are looking for a videographer for your upcoming wedding, this is the guy to hire. If you’re already married, and have no need for such services…stay with me and keep reading, the story gets better.

John Pottenger and Coastline Studios is not your typical video guy with the tripod and the shaky camera. This is first class, true Cinematic movies of your wedding day. I’m talking Steven Spielberg or James Cameron type of quality….that good! We know this personally …because he did our wedding back in September of 2009. If you still do not believe me, go to his website, www.coastline-studios.com and click on his VIMEO link, and you will see exactly what I mean. Better yet, I suggest you “LIKE” them on Facebook and you’ll see some even cooler stuff, plus you will be kept in the loop with all his new video releases. You might even see our video or trailer in there :-)

If you can think of it, John is probably already doing it. Your wedding movie will have a sneak peak teaser that will be sent to you within weeks after your wedding. It will be followed by a movie trailer, which will really get you excited for your upcoming wedding video and movie.

He also does save the date videos, engagement videos and even has a package where he can rent out a movie theater with Popcorn to show your debut wedding movie to your friends and family. Pretty cool…huh?

So what if you’re already married…what good is coastline studios to you? Great question…his services do not end there. He has new packages where he films family events. If you’re going Vegas and would like to create your own personal “HANGOVER” movie moment, or create your own personal Kardashian like reality TV …I’m sure he can arrange it….LOL! For corporate events….he’s the guy! Bottom line….you need to talk to John and Coastline Studios first before making any decisions. He’s extremely professional and a very nice person! He will take the time to get to know you…which is extremely important.

He has all the best equipment, from the big Jib, to the train tracks, and everything in between…everything is Top Notch and professional looking! And they will travel just about anywhere…he’s doing a wedding in Brazil next year.

Okay…I know what you’re thinking; he’s got to be super expensive. To be honest, when you see the quality of work and what is entailed, it is quite reasonable. However, I’m warning you, once you see his work, there is no going back. That's what happened to us :-)

Oh…and one more thing, if you do decide to watch some of his trailers and videos, you might want to have some tissue by your side…most of them will make you shed a tear or two, or three….you get my point.

John does offer the standard, Non-Cinematic Tri-Pod service (As I call it). If you’re going hire anyone, it might as well be the best guy and his team!

Bottom line...this is your Wedding Day, a day you will never forget for the rest of your life. We watch and share our wedding movie video all the time with our friends and family. It was the best decision we ever made. I highly recommend the Cinematic Package....you will not regret it!

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groomzilla
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
We were told by many people that their only regret from their wedding day was not having captured it on video. Once we decided to make the investment, we sought a story-teller who would not only be able to capture the moments between the still photos, but someone who could truly let us re-live our special day for years to come. Thankfully for us, the incomparable John Pottenger, at Coastline Studios, was able to join us and share in the celebration. John is quite the talent and did an outstanding job! We couldn’t be happier.
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We were told by many people that their only regret from their wedding day was not having captured it on video. Once we decided to make the investment, we sought a story-teller who would not only be able to capture the moments between the still photos, but someone who could truly let us re-live our special day for years to come. Thankfully for us, the incomparable John Pottenger, at Coastline Studios, was able to join us and share in the celebration. John is quite the talent and did an outstanding job! We couldn’t be happier. Read less
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princessjung
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Ladies, Gents,

Let me be perfectly honest with you. Video was something we added in the final hours of our planning. We had originally planned on doubling down on our photographer and nixing the video. That was, until we saw some of Coastline's work. Jaw-droppingly good. We worked with John Pottenger, who cold not have been any more patient, accommodating, or just a pleasure to be around. He and his team showed up like ninjas on our wedding day and we didn't even notice they were there. Once or twice, my husband caught them peering out from behind a tree to catch him chatting with his boys. Insane.

I could keep writing this review all night, but I'll stop here and simply say: For a top-notch, cinematic (not cheesy) quality, high-def, beautiful shot, edited, and directed feature film of your special day, Coastline Studios would get our business again and again. I'm currently thinking of throwing a big party later this year, just so I can hire John and the gang to come on out and film us again! :)

Very, very, happy.
Ladies, Gents,

Let me be perfectly honest with you. Video was something we added in the final hours of our Read more...
Ladies, Gents,

Let me be perfectly honest with you. Video was something we added in the final hours of our planning. We had originally planned on doubling down on our photographer and nixing the video. That was, until we saw some of Coastline's work. Jaw-droppingly good. We worked with John Pottenger, who cold not have been any more patient, accommodating, or just a pleasure to be around. He and his team showed up like ninjas on our wedding day and we didn't even notice they were there. Once or twice, my husband caught them peering out from behind a tree to catch him chatting with his boys. Insane.

I could keep writing this review all night, but I'll stop here and simply say: For a top-notch, cinematic (not cheesy) quality, high-def, beautiful shot, edited, and directed feature film of your special day, Coastline Studios would get our business again and again. I'm currently thinking of throwing a big party later this year, just so I can hire John and the gang to come on out and film us again! :)

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Services Used: Videography
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Brian
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
My wife and I just received our wedding video from Coastline Studios in the mail. We had already spent many hours reviewing our wonderful picture proofs (by Darrin Wassom), so we weren't sure what more the video could offer. The video began with several scenic shots of various decorations while catching glimpses of guests arriving. As the church filled up, the camera was able to catch most of our friends and family as they anticipated the big event. Upon seeing just this portion, I turned to my wife and exclaimed, "Getting a videographer was totally worth it!" The rest of the ceremony was absolutely gorgeous and the video allowed us the opportunity to relive it--but this time without the nerves!

We were very cautious to hire a videographer because of our limited budget and certain logistical concerns. I decided to contact John Pottenger to discuss our options. He was very friendly and accommodating to us and our situation. When it came time for the wedding, the video crew arrived promptly, did not disturb anyone (not even the photographer), and was supremely professional. In the end, our video arrived on time and we look forward to watching it again with friends and family.
My wife and I just received our wedding video from Coastline Studios in the mail. We had already spent many hours Read more...
My wife and I just received our wedding video from Coastline Studios in the mail. We had already spent many hours reviewing our wonderful picture proofs (by Darrin Wassom), so we weren't sure what more the video could offer. The video began with several scenic shots of various decorations while catching glimpses of guests arriving. As the church filled up, the camera was able to catch most of our friends and family as they anticipated the big event. Upon seeing just this portion, I turned to my wife and exclaimed, "Getting a videographer was totally worth it!" The rest of the ceremony was absolutely gorgeous and the video allowed us the opportunity to relive it--but this time without the nerves!

We were very cautious to hire a videographer because of our limited budget and certain logistical concerns. I decided to contact John Pottenger to discuss our options. He was very friendly and accommodating to us and our situation. When it came time for the wedding, the video crew arrived promptly, did not disturb anyone (not even the photographer), and was supremely professional. In the end, our video arrived on time and we look forward to watching it again with friends and family. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Christine
Wedding:
6/20/2008
5.0/5.0
John and Holly did an absolutely wonderful job! They captured everything, and did it beautifully! They were so easy to work with, and offered wonderful suggestions. We are recommending them to all of our friends who are getting married!
John and Holly did an absolutely wonderful job! They captured everything, and did it beautifully! They were so easy to Read more...
John and Holly did an absolutely wonderful job! They captured everything, and did it beautifully! They were so easy to work with, and offered wonderful suggestions. We are recommending them to all of our friends who are getting married! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Leah
Wedding:
8/10/2007
5.0/5.0
Coastline Studios was the perfect choice for our wedding photography. The pictures turned out amazing and John has been wonderful to work with. I recommend his services to everyone!
Coastline Studios was the perfect choice for our wedding photography. The pictures turned out amazing and John has been Read more...
Coastline Studios was the perfect choice for our wedding photography. The pictures turned out amazing and John has been wonderful to work with. I recommend his services to everyone! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Mindy
Wedding:
7/6/2007
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had an outstanding experience working with John Pottenger of Coastline Studios. As we considered the vision/details for our wedding, John was prompt in responding to our questions and was extremely flexible. His work is professional, creative, and most importantly, it captures the precious candid moments that most couples can only hope for. There were several photos that were taken without us even knowing it, and these are some of our favorites because they exude the joy of our wedding day in such a natural way. John and his assistant, Ryan, had an excellent way of making everyone feel at ease during our photo sessions. We honestly could not have chosen a better photographer. The friends and family who have viewed our wedding photos have responded with rave reviews--so many of them have told us our pictures look like they belong in a bridal magazine. In all, John's work truly speaks for itself, once you view it, nothing else compares.
My husband and I had an outstanding experience working with John Pottenger of Coastline Studios. As we considered the Read more...
My husband and I had an outstanding experience working with John Pottenger of Coastline Studios. As we considered the vision/details for our wedding, John was prompt in responding to our questions and was extremely flexible. His work is professional, creative, and most importantly, it captures the precious candid moments that most couples can only hope for. There were several photos that were taken without us even knowing it, and these are some of our favorites because they exude the joy of our wedding day in such a natural way. John and his assistant, Ryan, had an excellent way of making everyone feel at ease during our photo sessions. We honestly could not have chosen a better photographer. The friends and family who have viewed our wedding photos have responded with rave reviews--so many of them have told us our pictures look like they belong in a bridal magazine. In all, John's work truly speaks for itself, once you view it, nothing else compares. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Rebecca
Wedding:
12/10/2006
5.0/5.0
John did an AMAZING job on my pictures. I thought mine were awesome, but if you check out coastlinestudios.com you can see all the other work that they do. He was very flexible considering we did a very different kind of wedding and he was more than happy to be accommodating.
John did an AMAZING job on my pictures. I thought mine were awesome, but if you check out coastlinestudios.com you can see Read more...
John did an AMAZING job on my pictures. I thought mine were awesome, but if you check out coastlinestudios.com you can see all the other work that they do. He was very flexible considering we did a very different kind of wedding and he was more than happy to be accommodating. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Jori
Wedding:
8/29/2009
4.9/5.0
I knew after meeting John that he had the journalistic style that we wanted for our wedding pictures. Ultimately, my husband and I were thrilled with John and his work. He did an amazing job at capturing who Josh and I are as a couple without being obtrusive. He helped create a natural and comfortable environment, which made it easy for us to enjoy the day and not focus on posing (especially my husband who doesn�t like pictures). Everything felt so natural and the pictures turned out absolutely amazing to say the least. People are still talking about them and how they should be in bridal and golf magazines. We can hardly wait to see our video!
I knew after meeting John that he had the journalistic style that we wanted for our wedding pictures. Ultimately, my Read more...
I knew after meeting John that he had the journalistic style that we wanted for our wedding pictures. Ultimately, my husband and I were thrilled with John and his work. He did an amazing job at capturing who Josh and I are as a couple without being obtrusive. He helped create a natural and comfortable environment, which made it easy for us to enjoy the day and not focus on posing (especially my husband who doesn�t like pictures). Everything felt so natural and the pictures turned out absolutely amazing to say the least. People are still talking about them and how they should be in bridal and golf magazines. We can hardly wait to see our video! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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stephanopolis101
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.9/5.0
Coastline Studios was an excellent choice for our photographer. John was very flexible and professional. He was always prompt to answer our questions and he even dealt with my stressed out mom expertly (which was impressive). Whenever I wanted him to take a picture at the reception, he was always within ear shot and ready to do what I asked. The pictures turned out amazing and I have had MANY compliments on them. He was dedicated to helping us pick the pictures for our wedding album as well by sitting with us for 4 hours in his studio going through every single photo. I would definetly recommend Coastline!
Coastline Studios was an excellent choice for our photographer. John was very flexible and professional. He was always Read more...
Coastline Studios was an excellent choice for our photographer. John was very flexible and professional. He was always prompt to answer our questions and he even dealt with my stressed out mom expertly (which was impressive). Whenever I wanted him to take a picture at the reception, he was always within ear shot and ready to do what I asked. The pictures turned out amazing and I have had MANY compliments on them. He was dedicated to helping us pick the pictures for our wedding album as well by sitting with us for 4 hours in his studio going through every single photo. I would definetly recommend Coastline! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
They define what's professionalism in the wedding video industry. They captured the beautiful moments of our wedding day like silent phantoms. I kept thinking, "Are they getting all this?" and the definitely did without interferring or getting in the way of the events. It was crazy to see our wedding trailer.
They define what's professionalism in the wedding video industry. They captured the beautiful moments of our wedding day Read more...
They define what's professionalism in the wedding video industry. They captured the beautiful moments of our wedding day like silent phantoms. I kept thinking, "Are they getting all this?" and the definitely did without interferring or getting in the way of the events. It was crazy to see our wedding trailer. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Kat
Wedding:
10/14/2012
4.8/5.0
As a bride without a wedding coordinator, I had a lot on my plate. I was juggling the planning of the event space, the photographer, the florist, the bakery... a videographer hadn't even crossed my mind! However, after seeing Coastline's videos on their website, I knew this was something I not only wanted, but needed. Their films are not just point-and-shoot boring documentaries. They're beautifully shot, creative in story and music, and something I would want to share with my kids and grandkids down the road.

I never met the team before the wedding day (I currently live in LA) but on the day of, when it was pouring down rain, John and his team made me feel comfortable and stress-free. I even entrusted them to bring the rings to the ceremony site because I knew they would take great care of them.

We haven't seen the final product yet (takes 4-6 months) but we know it'll be amazing. It is a bit pricey but the payment plan helped us and honestly, when all is said and done and you're watching the video on your 50th wedding anniversary, are you really going to remember what the price tag was? I'm so happy and grateful they were part of our special day and I would recommend their services to anyone - the work just speaks for itself.
As a bride without a wedding coordinator, I had a lot on my plate. I was juggling the planning of the event space, the Read more...
As a bride without a wedding coordinator, I had a lot on my plate. I was juggling the planning of the event space, the photographer, the florist, the bakery... a videographer hadn't even crossed my mind! However, after seeing Coastline's videos on their website, I knew this was something I not only wanted, but needed. Their films are not just point-and-shoot boring documentaries. They're beautifully shot, creative in story and music, and something I would want to share with my kids and grandkids down the road.

I never met the team before the wedding day (I currently live in LA) but on the day of, when it was pouring down rain, John and his team made me feel comfortable and stress-free. I even entrusted them to bring the rings to the ceremony site because I knew they would take great care of them.

We haven't seen the final product yet (takes 4-6 months) but we know it'll be amazing. It is a bit pricey but the payment plan helped us and honestly, when all is said and done and you're watching the video on your 50th wedding anniversary, are you really going to remember what the price tag was? I'm so happy and grateful they were part of our special day and I would recommend their services to anyone - the work just speaks for itself. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Abby
Wedding:
7/28/2007
4.6/5.0
Coastline Studios is an excellent photography company to go with. You won' be disappointed with the pictures after the wedding. I had one of the associate shooters shoot my wedding. The pictures turned out amazing but now I am wondering what they would have looked like if the head photographer shot them. I would highly recommend them though.
Coastline Studios is an excellent photography company to go with. You won' be disappointed with the pictures after the Read more...
Coastline Studios is an excellent photography company to go with. You won' be disappointed with the pictures after the wedding. I had one of the associate shooters shoot my wedding. The pictures turned out amazing but now I am wondering what they would have looked like if the head photographer shot them. I would highly recommend them though. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Stacey
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.4/5.0
We were very please with our final photography product. John was very easy to work with and gave us the most beautiful pictures we could ask for. We still receive comments from friends and family about how our pictures look as though they belong in a magazine. We were most pleased with the fact that we did not have to constantly pose for pictures all day long. We hardly noticed John being there for moments of our day, but he still managed to capture everything. We would definitely use John again if the budget allows.
We were very please with our final photography product. John was very easy to work with and gave us the most beautiful Read more...
We were very please with our final photography product. John was very easy to work with and gave us the most beautiful pictures we could ask for. We still receive comments from friends and family about how our pictures look as though they belong in a magazine. We were most pleased with the fact that we did not have to constantly pose for pictures all day long. We hardly noticed John being there for moments of our day, but he still managed to capture everything. We would definitely use John again if the budget allows. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/15/2006
3.9/5.0
John was great the day of our wedding. The video and photography was journalistic and turned out great. It did take longer than we wanted to received our DVD for the video, but our photos came fairly quickly. Overall I would recommend him.
John was great the day of our wedding. The video and photography was journalistic and turned out great. It did take longer Read more...
John was great the day of our wedding. The video and photography was journalistic and turned out great. It did take longer than we wanted to received our DVD for the video, but our photos came fairly quickly. Overall I would recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
Coastline Studios responded with the following comments:

This client reviewed my business when I was working an additional full time job and not as focused on my business as I am now. Since 2006 we have made countless improvements to our services including a 100% focus on our customers, service and turn around times. In addition Coastline Studios is now my fulltime job and all our customers receive only the best service possible.

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