How to Prepare for a Music Video shoot

I know it can feel overwhelming when you’re a DIY artist who has to plan a budget-friendly music video, but it doesn’t always have to feel that way. That’s why I’ve whipped up 12 tips as to how you can prepare for a music video shoot! Having these tips will definitely make life easier, so if you want to see more blogs like this, be sure to leave a comment and subscribe to our website for more updates.

 So without further adieu, let’s get on with the tips!

1. Visualize the concept

When you’re planning a music video, it’s important to visualize what your music video is going to look like. If this isn’t your strong suit, I strongly recommend watching music videos of some of your favourite artists. From there, create a mood/inspirational board that includes things like wardrobe, hair, makeup, colours, locations, word references, and anything that captures a certain mood for your video.

It’s always helpful when an artist presents a mood board to us. It helps us get a sense of who you are as an artist, your taste and what you like and don’t like.

2. Plan ahead for your music video release

I can’t emphasize this enough, but it’s important to plan your music video release date around your single release date. For instance, you just finished a song in the recording studio and you want to release it NOW because you’re just so excited!!! But, a good question to ask yourself is: when are you planning on releasing your music video? At the same time as your single release? Or two weeks after? Or one month after? If that’s the case, have you booked your videographer yet? What about the rest of your team (ex: hair stylist, make-up artist, wardrobe stylist)? Securing a filming date ahead of time will make your team less stressed, and it also ensures the availability of each team member. It sounds really simple, but trust me, I’ve worked with a lot of artists where they put all their time and energy into their music, but when it’s time to make a proper release, they forget to plan everything else.

My advice is to plan your music video at least 2 months ahead of time, that way you’ll have more time to secure locations, find extra cast, and you’ll be able to book your makeup artist, hair stylist and wardrobe stylist in advance. Or start planning your music video before your song is complete! It’s not fun working on a rushed project. It’s best to give your video producer and editor more time to plan and edit the video. Sometimes video editors have a long turnaround time, so it’s important to plan for that as well.

3. Establish your budget

Music videos can range from very low to very high costs. It’s a good idea to tell your videographer what type of budget you have right away so that they can help you plan the concept around your budget. These are some things to think about: Do you want extra cast members in your music video like backup dancers or actors? How many locations are you filming at? How long is it going to take to film your music video at these locations? How many outfits do you need for each location? How many props do you need? How much does everything cost? These are things to keep in mind when you’re planning the budget of your music video.

4.  Secure your team

At Nolita Studios, we personally love working with a team because it helps us work faster and more efficiently. Music videos are very creative work, and you’ll want to give your team ample time to think about how they can execute your vision for your music video as best as they can.


If you’re required to sing/perform/play instruments in your music video, you’ve got to practice! This means, memorize the lyrics to your song, and practice singing and moving/dancing to your song. I highly advise practicing in front of a mirror because you’ll get a sense of what you’ll look like on camera.

I’ve been filming music videos for awhile now, and I’ve showed up to music video shoots where the artist or band is practicing their song on the day of the shoot. This is a big no-no!!!! Your videographer will not be impressed because you’ll be wasting your time and their time on the shoot. If you’re not well rehearsed, it could cost you more money because it’ll take longer to edit your singing/playing parts, and it could hurt the final product of the video.  

6. Wardrobe Style

Create a Pinterest board or inspirational board with looks that you want for your music video. For instance, if you’re filming a video for a slow song, would you want to wear muted colours? Or If you’re going to be filming an upbeat song, are you going to wear fun and crazy colours? What is your hair going to look like? Your chosen wardrobe style should match the concept of your music video.

7. Secure your props

Props are used in music videos for symbolic reasons. Again, I always say this, but if you need specific props for your music video, you have to plan for that ahead of time. I’ve had instances where artists order props very last minute, and their props didn’t arrive on time. I highly recommend getting your props ready a couple weeks before your scheduled music video shoot.

8. Secure your locations

Thinking about your set is important. You can have the best outfit, hair and make-up, but if your set looks like garbage or it doesn’t have anything to do with the concept; your location can make or break your video. Keep in mind that your location will set the whole tone for your music video.

9. Secure extra cast

Finding extras can be challenging, so if you need extras in your music video, I suggest asking your friends and/or family first. If that doesn’t work, put a call-out on all of your social media outlets. Your call-out should include vital information like, what day is the shoot? What clothes are they supposed to wear? What does their hair and make-up need to look like? Are they getting paid? Having quality cast to work with will make a huge difference in your final video. 

10. Communicate with your videographer

Music videos are typically done in one day, so there’s a lot of preparation that goes into it. Depending on the artist’s budget, sometimes they’re in charge of planning the whole concept of the video. If you’re in charge of planning your whole music video, your videographer will most likely ask you a bunch of questions to see how things are going. However, if you take weeks to get back to them, there’s a slight chance that the video production will not go smoothly. Your videographer is supposed to help you plan the video, but if you’re not communicating with your videographer accordingly, it could really pause the whole production of the shoot. It’s okay to tell them that you haven’t secured locations, or found extras, outfits, etc, they just need to know where you’re at in case they need to step in to help you.

11. Be mindful of everyone’s time

Music videos run on a tight schedule. It’s important to be considerate and respectful of your team’s time because they may need to get to other gigs or appointments on the same day as your shoot. There’s a lot of moving pieces in a production, and if you’re not on time, it could really affect the production of your music video.

12. Be well-rested and hydrated on the day of your shoot

Music video shoots involve very long days. Sometimes I shoot videos for 12 hours with a couple of breaks. You have to keep your energy levels up throughout the whole day by having a good night’s rest, eating properly, and being well-hydrated. I recommend bringing energy drinks (it works for me), and bringing snacks like granola bars and protein bars to keep yourself well-fed throughout the whole day.

I hope this information helps! Overall, music videos are a lot of fun. I’ve filmed over 20 music videos this year, and each one has gotten easier to plan and film as I gained more experience with the production process. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or reach us on our website, Facebook and/or Instagram. We’d love to have you be a part of the Nolita Family!

Chat soon!
Andrea from Nolita Studios

Filming Ginelle James' "When The Music Stops" Music Video

Portrait of Ginelle James on the set of “When The Music Stops”

Group photo taken after filming the bar scenes at 9 Mile Legacy

Group photo taken after filming the bar scenes at 9 Mile Legacy


To create a simple yet aesthetically pleasing music video that involves elements of darkness, loneliness, and whimsical emotions.


Ginelle James’ single, “When The Music Stops” comes from a quiet, deeper and darker place than her other singles. Melodically, the song has a lighter sound to contrast the isolated feelings that are presented in the lyrics.


“When The Music Stops” is the second music video that I filmed, directed and produced for Ginelle James! Ginelle and I worked together last year on her first lyric video, “Last Call” which was SO much fun! For Last Call, Ginelle allowed me to exercise my creativity and I was overjoyed with the final result of her lyric video.

 The same thing happened with “When The Music Stops” – I really appreciated that Ginelle trusted my creative vision! I really took the time to make sure that the lighting and overall mood of the video was on point with the concept of the song. Ginelle lined up the hair stylists, the make-up artist, and the locations. She literally made everything happen! Ginelle’s an incredibly hard worker and her work ethic was very evident during the entire planning process.

Behind The Scenes photo of Melissa (Owner of Sage The Beauty Bar) applying make-up on Ginelle

Behind The Scenes photo of Melissa (Owner of Sage The Beauty Bar) applying make-up on Ginelle

The Process

Typically when I start working with artists on a brand new music video concept, I always ask, “What do you see in your music video”? I love collaborating, and to me it’s important that I include the main artist’s vision. Asking these types of questions helps me get into their head.

 From our initial meeting, we decided to hire a contemporary dancer to further communicate all of the various emotions that are in the song. The main focus is on the dancer since she is the main actress in the video, while Ginelle focused on the singing parts only.

I love filming dancers. There’s something about capturing their raw emotions on camera that make me so excited when I’m filming and directing. Again, we worked with choreographer Karrie-Ann from Pure Energy who was also my dance teacher growing up.

The music video was filmed at Sage The Beauty Bar and 9 Mile Legacy. The owners of both locations were incredibly accommodating, friendly, and just all-around very nice! I haven’t officially filmed at either of these locations, but I was very happy with the aesthetic of both places.

Sage The Beauty Bar has a chic, modern, light, airy and stunning interior. 9 Mile Legacy has a rustic, darker, modern and beautiful space. I give Ginelle mad props for securing these locations – I was really happy that the spaces perfectly balanced out the lightness and darkness of each other. Both of the locations mostly have raw materials, which accentuates the dancer’s raw emotions and moods. 

Since Ginelle’s artist branding is very sophisticated and chic, it was important to me that the visuals in the music video enhanced her artistry.

Behind The Scenes photo of Andrea filming the dancer (Carolyn)

Behind The Scenes photo of Andrea filming the dancer (Carolyn)


  1. Location Scouting: Finding locations can have its challenges, only because the venues may only be open on certain days that may not work for everyone involved in the shoot. But since we planned this video so far in advance, we were able to move dates around and communicate with our team to ensure that everyone was available on the day of the shoot.

  2. Extras: The main dancer (Carolyn McDonald) is incredible. She was very professional and easy-going. The main extra (Stacey) was also very professional and easy to work with. Similar to our other music video shoots, we had a specific criterion when we were casting extras. Being specific certainly have its challenges, but we got really lucky with this shoot and worked with the best extras! Everyone had great attitudes going in and out of the shoot.

  3. Lighting: This time around I experimented with my lighting techniques. Since the overall mood of the dancer was dark and lonely, I filmed in darker settings to amplify those moods. As the music video progressed, I made the lighting brighter towards the end as the dancer showcased the rawness of her emotions so that we could see it all clearly.

  4. Location Set-Up: When filming music videos, it’s important to communicate with the team about how a location should be set up. For instance, should the location be pristine? Should it be messy? Similar to our other video shoots, set-up did not take long at all. All the locations were already set up before we arrived which is always a major win! Melissa from Sage The Beauty Bar and Sean from 9 Mile were very accommodating and let us move things around when we set up our own video equipment.

“When The Music Stops” music video still

“When The Music Stops” music video still

“When The Music Stops” music video still


I’m very proud of the overall result of this music video. This was my second time filming a dancer, and it was amazing to witness the artist (Ginelle) and the dancer (Carolyn) express their art in their own way. Thank you so much to everyone involved - there’s too many to list but you all know who you are! It’s always a pleasure working with Ginelle, and we look forward to working with her on future projects!

Purchase “When The Music Stops” by Ginelle James on iTunes by clicking here or by clicking on the photo below:

Click on the photo to purchase Ginelle James’ song, “When The Music Stops” on iTunes!!

Click on the photo to purchase Ginelle James’ song, “When The Music Stops” on iTunes!!


Song written by Ginelle James
Music video filmed, directed and produced by Andrea at Nolita Studios
Photography in blog post: Nolita Studios
Key Makeup Artist: Melissa Wyant-Taylor from Sage The Beauty Bar
Hair stylists: Brandee Friesen and Kim at Sage The Beauty Bar
Locations: Sage The Beauty Bar and 9 Mile Legacy
Choreographer: Karrie-Ann at Pure Energy Dance Co.
Dancer/Actress: Carolyn McDonald
Lead Actress: Stacey Higgins
Background Extras: BK, DW & JW

Thanks for checking out the overall process of the filming of “When The Music Stops”! Check out the full music video below.

10 Steps To Do Before Releasing Your Single

There are right ways and wrong ways to release a single. You can either drop it and not promote it (wrong way) or take the necessary steps to gain traction while making revenue from your music (right way). In this video, you'll learn 10 tips as to how you can have a strong single release!


1. Plan Ahead

 Planning ahead is key when you’re working in the music industry. When you think about well known artists who are signed to record labels, those artists aren’t just dropping songs and music videos because they feel like it. They’re following release plans. When releasing your single you should give yourself a 4-6 month planning window after you get the final mix of your song. You need lots of time to plan and prepare everything that’s needed to be done for a proper single release.

2. Figure out your release dates

Pick a date for your single release. Having the date gives you a direction and lets you plan everything else around your release date. You’ll also need to think about these types of releases: online release, radio release, press release or music video release but we will talk about that later in the blog.

3. Figure out if you are releasing your song to Radio

Releasing your song to radio is another very important part of promoting your music, and it’s also a way that your music can generate revenue. When your songs gets played on the radio, you can get paid royalties for every time your song is played. Radio is also another great way to generate credibility in your music career. It shows that you’re a serious artist int he music industry. You should also think about hiring a Radio Tracker or putting your music on DMDS. 

4. Determine if you’re going to hire a Radio Tracker to promote your song

A radio tracker is the person you hire to get the music director of a radio station to listen to your song. They are the experts at getting your music on the radio. A good Radio Tracker will also have established relationships with people in the music industry, guide you on how to do radio tours, and teach the best ways to promote your single.

5. Determine if you will use DMDS instead of a Radio Tracker

DMDS is short for Digital Media Distribution System. Using DMDS is an inexpensive solution compared to hiring a Radio Tracker. DMDS delivers your music tracks and promo materials directly to the email inboxes of music programmers at radio stations within Canada and the US. This is what you would use if you decide to radio track your song yourself. Check out DMDS’ website for more information. Using DMDS is the DIY way to getting your song on the radio. You will have to call the radio stations yourself to convince them to play your song instead of having a radio tracker do it on your behalf.

6. Plan a music video with your single release

Music videos are a great way to promote your single. They give your fans a visual of who you are. It will help them develop a deeper connection to you as an artist. You need to plan music videos ahead of time. There is a lot of planning and work that goes into creating a music video. You will need to hire a professional music video company like Nolita Studios as they will help you through the entire process of creating a music video.

7. Use Digital Distribution to release your music.

Using Digital Distribution allows you to sell your music online. Do not give your music away for free!!! You need to make money off your music if you’re going to have a sustainable music career. Digital Distribution is what you use to get your music on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and all other music platforms. They keep track of your sales and pay you after they take their percentage. The two websites we would recommend are CDbaby or Tunecore.

 8.Single/Album artwork

Your single need to be paired with great cover artwork. People are very visual these days, and if your artwork looks slapped together, people won't take you seriously. In 2019, everyone is now streaming your music on their phone or looking you up on YouTube, so your visuals are the first thing they will see when they come across you. And in a world where people have a 3 second attention span, you’ll need to grab them quick. Again, hire a company like Nolita Studios to help you with your artwork.

9. Create a Press Release

A press release is a write-up to send to press outlets. You should tell a story in these write-ups to convince the press that your release is newsworthy, and that you are an interesting story to cover. Typically, they are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to assignment editors and journalists at newspapers, magazines, radio stations, online media, television stations or television networks.

10. Plan a Show/Tour

Having a show/tour booked after your single is released is a great way to build up your single, and a great way to promote your tour/shows. Shows are a place for your fans to come out and experience what your live show is like. It’s also a great revenue source for you to make revenue. You can get paid by the bar/venue to play or you can put on the show yourself. That way, you can make a profit from the ticket sales and merch.

We hope this information was useful for you! You can reach us on our website, Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to have you be a part of the Nolita Family!

Jesse Weiman

6 Ways To Prepare For The Recording Studio

Hi Noita Fam!

Preparing for the studio is key to having a smooth and valuable recording session. Recording music is supposed to be a fun process, but when it’s time to get down to business, it’s important to go through protocols to ensure that you’re doing your best work. In this video, you'll learn tips as to how you can have a successful recording session whether you're a beginner or experienced artist.

Jesse Weiman has operated his own recording studio for over 10 years prior to partnering with Nolita Studios. Through his experience, he has found that these methods have helped artists immensely before they step into our studio.

Learn the 6 ways as to how you can prepare for the recording studio in our video below!


1. Set a goal before each recording session

What do you plan to do at your recording session? Are you recording vocals? Are you doing pre-production? Are your songwriting? Be very clear on what you are trying to accomplish in the recording session and convey that with your audio engineer or producer.

2. Keep appointments, show up on time and come prepared

It’s important to show up for scheduled recording sessions and to show up on time. It kills the momentum of a session when artists show up late. Showing up on time really sets a tone that the artist is a serious professional.

Arrive to every recording session prepared and warmed up, and have chord charts and lyrics ready. Bring water and be ready to work. When you are working with professionals in the music industry you want to make sure you are on time and prepared so you are respecting other people’s time.

3. Bring healthy Snacks

When you are an artist or a singer, you’ll want to maintain your energy by bringing healthy snacks and water to the studio. Eating junk food like McDonalds before a recording session is a very bad idea. As good as it may taste at the time, you’ll feel it later because of the high sodium. Have a light lunch, and stick with proteins like chicken and fish. For snacks, bring apples, eggs, rice, salads or green veggies. Stay away from bananas, dairy products, nuts and fried food. These foods create a lot of mucus and they can potentially bother your throat.

4. Make sure all your songwriting and instrument writing is done before you hit the studio

Working in the studio is not cheap, and I have seen many artists in my years waste time and money because they prepare before coming to the studio. Make sure you have your lyrics memorized, or bring lyrics and chords sheets, and come practiced and prepared to give a great performance. If you are an artist who uses beats or instrumental tracks, come to the studio with the tracks on a USB stick or hard drive. Or e-mail it to the music producer or audio engineer ahead of time. It kills the momentum of a session when artists don’t arrive prepared. The more prepared you are, the better time you will have in the recording studio.

5. Arrive with a fun confident positive attitude

Nothing is worse than working with an artist who has a giant ego or pretentious attitude. Or on the other side, they have no confidence and they get way too down on themselves when they make a mistake. When you’re in the studio, come to have fun! Keep in mind that having extreme mood changes can create an uncomfortable setting at a recording session. The studio is a place you should come to work yet have fun!

6. Aim for excellence

Remember, the point of recording a song with a music producer in a studio is to make the best song you can. Use every tool you can to achieve the sound you want, and don’t be afraid to try new things! Part of the goal is to create a product that can be listened to a 1000 times and be enjoyed. You should always be trying to make your best work every time you go into the recording studio. Also, when you’re in the studio, make sure your voice is heard. It is important to express your needs and to speak up if you’re not liking something. Being quiet and not saying what you like or dislike will not help your product and will just confuse the people you are working with.

Working in the studio is a lot of fun and can be a great way to create lots of amazing memories. I personally like to have a very relaxed environment in the studio. I think it's important to come prepared but it’s also important to have a positive and fun working environment. You don't get good results if you’re stressed, uncomfortable and scared in the studio. I always make sure all my clients feel great every time they come into our recording studio.

If you have any questions, please send us an email, message us on our Facebook Page or DM us on Instagram. We’d love to work with you and have you be a part of the #NolitaFam.

Jesse Weiman

Filming Jessica Kelly's "Here I Am" Music Video
Day 1 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”

Day 1 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”

Day 2 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”


Create a contrasting music video that showcases Jessica’s realness and authenticity as an artist.


“Here I Am”, written by Jessica Kelly and Dahlia Fernandes, is a song about a deep love and connection between mother and daughter.


“Here I Am” is the first music video that I filmed, directed and produced for Jessica Kelly. We incorporated contrasting elements in this video such as light vs. dark, and moving vs. stationary movements. When Jessica’s family approached us to film a music video for her debut single, we were overly ecstatic and couldn’t wait to get started! We really enjoyed working with Jessica and her family, especially after seeing how supportive her family is. It’s amazing working with like-minded individuals.

Jessica practicing her routine at Pure Energy Dance Co. with the backup dancers (Gabby, Emma & Sydney)

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica


We initially had the idea of filming at three locations, but as we kept planning the concept, we decided it was best to film at two locations while using the “less is more” approach.

I’ve always wanted to film a music video that had dancers, so I pitched the idea to Jessica and her family. Jessica was very open to the idea, even though she had no dancing background! She was extremely dedicated and learned the choreography in a month. We were so impressed! We even hired the same dance teacher that I had growing up (Karrie-Ann @ Pure Energy). It was nostalgic going back to my old dance studio where I was a student, and now being a professional filmmaker, working alongside my dance instructor.

The music video was filmed at The Sweat Shoppe and The Movement YXE. The owners of both locations were very accommodating, friendly, and made sure that we were all comfortable. I scouted both places before booking them to see if the locations were going to fit what I saw in my head. Luckily, everything did!

Jessica wore 3 different outfits: dark jeans with an olive green off-the-shoulder top, light blue jeans with a cerulean blue off-the-shoulder top, and black leggings with a black t-shirt. The ‘coloured’ outfits were worn at The Sweat Shoppe. The studio has a dark and warm ambiance so I wanted to ‘lighten up’ the mood by including calm and cool colours (green & blue). The Movement YXE has a light and airy feel to the space, so I wanted Jessica and the back-up dancers to balance the space by wearing all black.

Since the song is called, “Here I Am”, we decided to give the girls a natural make-up look to give the video an authentic and real vibe.


  1. Location Scouting: We thought about filming at three locations, but I’m happy that we chose to film at two locations instead. I think if we added another location in the mix, it would have made the concept a bit confusing. Since we planned for this video in advance, we were able to secure the locations ahead of time, so that was a major win!

  2. Extras: We worked with two incredible back-up dancers from Pure Energy Dance Co. It can be challenging having a specific criteria when looking for an extended cast, but Karrie-Ann found the perfect dancers for Jessica’s video! I made sure that they were about the same age and height as Jessica. Emma and Gabby had a great attitude the entire time and ran through the routine countless times without complaint.

  3. Lighting: Typically our music video shoots are dependant on natural light. However, I was able to use my large, artificial video light at both of the locations. The Movement YXE had large, beautiful windows which worked really well for the video. We filmed the video during the day at The Movement YXE to keep the natural lighting consistent.

  4. Location Set-Up: Set-up didn’t take long at all. Mike (the owner of The Sweat Shoppe), was awesome and had the studio set-up before we got there. This saved us a lot of time when it came to setting up our own video equipment. As for The Movement YXE, we needed to move the reformers out of the space and into another room, but that didn’t take very long to do.

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

I can’t say enough good things about this video shoot. I was over the moon with the whole process. As always, I learn something new at every video shoot. This was my first time filming dancers and it was so much fun! My dance lessons paid off since I was able to communicate with the dancers using my previously learned dance terminology/lingo. I’m proud to be able to work with aspiring artists like Jessica. We’re very excited to continue working with her in the future. Be on the lookout for 3 cover videos and another original music video this year!

You can purchase “Here I Am” by Jessica Kelly on iTunes by clicking here or clicking on the photo below.

Click on the photo to purchase Jessica Kelly’s song, “Here I Am” on iTunes!!

Click on the photo to purchase Jessica Kelly’s song, “Here I Am” on iTunes!!



Song written by Jessica Kelly, Trina Greene & Dahlia Fernandes
Music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Recorded / produced by Roy Hamilton III
Photography in blog post: Nolita Studios
Key Makeup Artist: Joanna Tran
Hair styling: Joanna Tran
Locations: The Sweat Shoppe and The Movement YXE
Choreographer: Karrie-Ann at Pure Energy Dance Co.
Dancers: Emma, Gabby & Sydney

Thanks for reading! Check out Jessica Kelly’s music video, “Here I Am” below.

Filming Taylor Skye Hanley's Cover Video, "Lips Are Movin'" by Meghan Trainor


Create a fun, vivacious and kid-friendly cover music video.


Taylor Skye Hanley is one of Meghan Trainor’s biggest fans! When I first heard Taylor sing Lips Are Movin’, I immediately envisioned the video having bright colours with multiple outfit changes. Meghan Trainor is known for using pastel colours, so I wanted to use primary colours in Taylor’s video instead.


Lips Are Movin’ by Meghan Trainor is Taylor’s first cover video release. Taylor’s family was very open to our ideas and we were so excited to bring our concept idea to life. She did a fantastic job at this shoot, and she certainly knows how to bring out smiles on anyone’s faces!

Hair & make-up touchups

Behind the scenes photo of Taylor

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Taylor


For this music video, we set up 3 different coloured backgrounds: red, yellow and blue. I paired the backgrounds with these coloured outfits:

Red background = blue outfit
Yellow background = red outfit
Blue background = yellow outfit

We chose to have different hairstyles for each outfit & background: high ponytail, side ponytail, and pigtails. We threw in some choreography to spice up the video as well! In case you didn’t know, Taylor is also an aspiring actress, so she had no problem with getting into the zone when we asked her to perform in front of the camera.

Taylor’s mother (Holly) did her hair and make-up for this video shoot. Holly is a super talented artist and made Taylor look like a rockstar!

Thanks so much to Holly Hanley and her family for making this video shoot possible. We’ve been working with them since October 2018, and we love seeing how supportive they are with Taylor’s endeavours. It’s always special seeing a family support each other’s dreams.

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still


  1. Location Scouting: The cool thing about collaborating with artists and their families is that they also bring out their ideas for locations, which I love! Holly found a place for us to work out of - thanks so much to Jenn & Troy for letting us film at their house for a few hours!

  2. Lighting: Since we filmed this video in front of different coloured backdrops, I used artificial lighting and natural lighting. We setup the backdrops in front of large windows, and we also setup two of our smaller video lights, as well as our large video light. We call our large video light, “the sun”.

  3. Location Set-Up: Once we brought in all of our equipment, setup didn’t take long at all. It was just a matter of switching out the backdrops.

We were so excited to start editing this cover music video as soon as the shoot was over. I personally love how cute and adorable this video is! Taylor is working on more cover songs with us as well as an original song and music video. Working with Taylor and her family has been such a delight, and we are truly grateful that our paths have crossed.

After you’re done watching the video, be sure to leave a comment! Taylor would love to know your feedback. You can purchase Taylor’s version of Lips Are Movin’ on iTunes by clicking here or clicking on the photo below.

Click on the photo to purchase Taylor’s cover song, “Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor on iTunes!!

Click on the photo to purchase Taylor’s cover song, “Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor on iTunes!!



Original “Lips Are Movin'“ song recorded by: Meghan Trainor
Original “Lips Are Movin’” song written by: Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish
Cover “Lips Are Movin” song performed by: Taylor Skye Hanley
Cover music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Cover recorded / produced by Jesse Weiman @ Nolita Studios
Photography in blog post: Nolita Studios
Makeup Artist: Holly Hanley
Hair styling: Holly Hanley

Thanks for reading! Happy Tuesday!! Check out Taylor’s cover video, “Lips Are Movin’” below.

The Filming of Lisa Moen's Music Video "Tell Me"
Group photo with Lisa Moen & Garth Howell

Group photo with Lisa Moen & Garth Howell

Group photo with the entire team

Group photo with the entire team


To digress from a typical country-style music video and to show Lisa Moen’s elegant side.


The song is about a woman who’s in love and in a relationship, but the relationship is on its last leg. The singer (Lisa Moen) and guitar player (Garth Howell) perform the song in a classy lounge-type setting.


“Tell Me” is the second music video that I filmed, directed and produced for Lisa Moen; Country Girls Rock and Roll was the first music video we worked on together. I was excited to be the videographer for this music video as it had a completely different aesthetic than Country Girls Rock and Roll. She wanted the video to have a glam style theme, and she worked very hard to make it all happen! Lisa lined up the dresses, the makeup team, the extras, the location, the roses… you name it. One of the amazing things about Lisa is that she knows how to get things done.


The video shoot was inspired by Lisa’s photo shoot with Joi Photography at Solar Gardens. We wanted to replicate the concept by shooting the video at the same location, while wearing a dress that looked similar to the photos.

We filmed the video during Solar Gardens’ off-season so they were very flexible with our start and ends times. It was my first time filming at Solar Gardens, so the first thing I did was scout the area. I was able to film the entire video in one room which usually never happens!

Lisa wore two different dresses, a gold v-neck glitter dress and a black strapless heart-shaped dress. We paired the gold dress with warm lighting, and the black dress with cool lighting. I learned and implemented different lighting techniques for this video, and I’m happy with how the lighting turned out. All the men (including Garth) were required to wear suits and light make-up, and the women (except Lisa) wore cocktail dresses and left their hair down.

I always come to music video shoots with a plan. If you’ve worked with me before, you already know that I schedule out scenes “to-a-T”. As a videographer, it’s very important to come prepared because we’re only allowed to be in a location for a set amount of hours, and it’s important to be respectful of everyone’s time.

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa


  1. Location Scouting: We initially thought about filming the music video at the Bessborough, but unfortunately it didn’t work out for us. Luckily, we had a lot of time to find and secure a location that would suit the aesthetic of our mood board (ie: glam make-up/hair/dresses/suits, unique details, etc.)

  2. Extras: Working with 10+ extras can be challenging, especially since I’m only 5’-3” and my voice can only yell so loud. However, this was one of the smoothest video shoots I’ve had because the extras were AMAZING - they were very respectful, friendly and listened when I spoke.

  3. Lighting: Since we filmed the video at the end of December 2018, we could only use natural light for a short amount of time. In addition, the sun kept disappearing behind the clouds and the sun wasn’t facing towards the windows either. Luckily, we only needed to use natural light for one scene, and it didn’t take us very long to film it.

  4. Location Set-Up: Setting up locations can take a lot of time. For instance, we had to move some furniture around to make enough room for our equipment. The room that we filmed in was quite narrow, which allowed us to move a lot of the unused furniture to the back of the room.

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

Overall, “Tell Me” was an exciting video to work on. I always learn something new at every video shoot, and that’s one of the things that I love most about my job. This music video is completely Saskatchewan-made, and I’m very proud to work with artists like Lisa. It’s always a pleasure working with her and her team, and I’m excited to continue working with her on future projects.


Song written by Lisa Moen and Garth Howell
Music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Recorded / produced by Bart McKay
Photo thumbnail: Joi Photography
Makeup in photo: Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz from Green Tree Beauty
Hair in photo: Shades by Shae
Location: Solar Gardens in Saskatchewan
Dresses: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Key Makeup Artist: Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz Green Tree Beauty
Assistant Make-up artists: Cheyeanna Tourand, Kayli Weatherbee, Darah Bubnick
Hair: Lesley Kotyk
Tan: Bronzed by Brittani - Saskatoon
Flowers: Michelle's Flowers
Extras: John Brown, Matthew Turple, Connor Graham, Justin Ruf, Chad Ward, Chantelly Lace, Rhonda Fischer, Stacey Higgins, Amanda Fogen, Darah Bubnick, Cheyeanna Tourand and Jonathan Theriault

Thanks so much for reading! Check out Lisa Moen’s music video, “Tell Me” below.

Website Revamp & What You'll Expect To See

Hi friends!

We are excited to relaunch our website. It's a lot more functional and easy to navigate now. We've included this blog section on our website to share what we've been up to, and our tips and knowledge about the music/video/photo industry. So, you'll be seeing a lot of video and text blogs from us in the near future! We've always wanted to start vlogging, so we are going to make this a consistent occurrence. 

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