Family life is busy. Stay in the moment. We'll capture the memories for you on video.
Here are examples of videos we offer.
Getting ready for the arrival of a child is no small feat, whether you're a birth parent, adopting, or any other situation where you're welcoming a new little person into your home. Prices start at $600.
Welcoming a child is such an emotional experience. These films capture the first days/weeks/months of a baby--the first bath, the first afternoon as a family, the first special occasion. Prices start at $600.
First steps, first words, there are so many firsts in a baby's first year. Catch those moments with a special video package of several filming sessions done throughout the first year of a baby's life. Prices start at $900.
Catch the wonder in their eye as they discover the world. Whether they're turning one, five, or 15, this film will give you a snapshot of the good old days, now. Prices start at $600.
Capture one of the sweetest and most emotional time of your life: The arrival of a child. In this package, you'll get one "Waiting for baby" video and one "Welcoming baby" video. Prices start at $1,100.
Have a family recipe you want to keep? Want to interview your grandparents about your family history? Or make a special occasion video? Get in touch and let us know what you're looking for. Prices start at $900.
Prices are subject to change.
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.
"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
"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
" 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
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.
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.
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.
See the world through your child's eyes with a childhood video. Prices start at $600.
In this video, Carin, Gilad, Emerson and Elliot get ready to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filming usually takes two hours per session, but depending on what you're looking for, it could take more. The editing takes much longer.
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.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org