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About little things documentaries

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My name is Hélène Goupil. I'm a journalist and videographer in San Francisco. I've managed news websites, taught video at U.C. Berkeley and wrote a book on San Francisco. In short, I like telling people's stories.


I started filming to show my first child what it was like to wait for her, but also for myself. I wanted to remember what I was feeling preparing for this big change in my life. Then, I wanted to keep documenting moments in her life, in our family life, and then my son's life.  












I’ve now gone on to shoot and edit videos for others. Whether it’s waiting for a baby, wanting to preserve your family history, or just enjoying the little things, I capture intimate and authentic family moments on video so you can hold onto memories. 


Real life isn't perfect (my life is far from it!) but it's still worth capturing. I want to catch the look on a dad's face that makes a child laugh, a kid sneaking a lick of the spoon, or the excitement of waiting to be discovered when a kid has found the perfect hiding spot. 

Reviews

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Waiting for baby video

"What you get with the 'Waiting for Baby' video is a memory of the mundane beauty of everyday life. You may not be dressed up or have your hair done. Your house might not be perfectly cleaned and your kids might say and do things that surprise you. But that's reality and it's a wonderful and beautiful thing. It's something I'll treasure forever." --Cate, San Francisco

Childhood video

"I love it so much. I was surprised by how much it really captured a sense of us in that moment. It's more evocative than a photo album. It's a snapshot that is easily shareable....Helene has a way of making you and your kids feel comfortable, like she is there with you but not so much as to be intrusive. "--Mary, Connecticut

Childhood video

" I loved it! Really well done. Music was a great fit...Helene does a great job not intruding on your daily routine to capture special moments."--Shane, Connecticut

Waiting for baby video

In this video, Cate, Scott, Elizabeth and Claire are getting ready for the arrival of a baby boy. A video like this would typically include a free consultation, a two-hour filming session and editing services. Prices start at $600.

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Waiting for Zoe

Hélène and Josh get ready to welcome a baby girl. A video like this would typically include a free consultation, a two-hour filming session and editing services. Prices start at $600.

Waiting for Leo

Hélène, Josh, and Zoe get ready to welcome a baby boy. A video like this would typically include a free consultation, a two-hour filming session and editing services. Prices start at $600.

Childhood video

In this video, Mary, Shane, and Dylan enjoy a night at home in San Francisco. This video was shot before the family was about to move across the country. A video like this would typically include a free consultation, a two-hour filming session and editing services. Prices start at $600.

One year with Zoe

Zoe turns one and we look back at everything she's learned in that year. A video like this would typically include a free consultation, several filming sessions and editing services. Prices start at $900.

FAQs

What is a family film?

It's a short documentary-style video that captures those everyday, little moments with your family. They're not about perfection but about real life moments that you share with the ones you care about. It can be shot at home on a normal day that's convenient for you, or at a specific date for a special event.

Why should you do this?

Because don't you want to be able to look back at this time of your life and actually see what it really looked, sounded, and felt like? It's a chance to enjoy the moment while someone else records important memories.

What can you expect?

Get in touch with me and let me know what you're looking for. We'll chat about options and set up a plan to film a family video you'll love.

How long will this take?

Filming usually takes two hours per session, but depending on what you're looking for, it could take more. The editing takes much longer.

How much does it cost?

Starting at $600, prices vary depending on the scope of the video, how much footage and how many edits will be needed. Let me know a little more about what you're looking for and I'll send you a quote. If there's a video on my site you like, I'm happy to tell you how much something similar would cost.

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