2013 grad launches photo biz

Jerod Allen-Metzger

Kings 2013 graduate and cinematographer Jerod Allen was only a junior at Kings when he got his first gig in the videography business.

McKenzie Metzger

M. Metzger

Allen had not been interested or involved in the field before he took Kings’ videography class.

“When my good friend asked me if I would like to shoot her sister’s wedding for her I wasn’t hesitant to say ‘HECK YA!’” Allen said.

Allen experimented on his brother’s wedding and when it turned out great, through word of mouth, he got his first gig, and then another. It just kept growing.

Brent Allen, Jerod’s father and Kings Junior High social studies teacher, says that Jerod did it all himself. He started the business by himself and has continued to love it.

“He is a very driven young man,” Brent said.

Jerod says that what once started as a hobby, has turned into a passion.

Allen is currently 19, working a job at Sam’s Club, and is a freshman in Ohio University. He is studying to receive a Masters degree in film.

Although many people hire professional photographers to shoot pictures of their weddings, Allen claims this is not enough.

“With photographs, you can remember what visually happened, but with a film, you can really go back in the moment of it all.”

JAZ Photo-Metzger

from Allen’s website

Allen’s business is called JAZ Productions. They have an up-and-running website where people can contact them or view videos they have produced.

JAZ has been ranked number five for top wedding videographers in the area and have eight weddings booked for the near future. Their price for the work they do is $800. The service includes:

Cinematic Trailer
1-3 camera men
Pre-wedding/Reception coverage
Full Ceremony speeches
Online streaming
Custom DVD and casings
QR codes on DVD

Allen says that their package deal is designed to accomodate any type of wedding. With JAZ Production’s work people get to re-live their whole wedding experience.

“Hear it all again, see it all again, feel it all again.”

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