Gina Jones of Lola Video is one of the sweetest persons you will ever meet. She’s soft spoken, genuine, and packed to the brim with creativity! What makes her powers extra special is her love for all things vintage; including and especially film. I’m not talking 35mm camera film, I’m talking Super 8 Movie Film straight from the 60’s. This stuff is so chock full of raw emotion and instant nostalgia, you need to check your pulse if you don’t feel anything while watching one of her films! Gina can be found year round bouncing around the globe shooting destination weddings and cruising the Santa Barbara/Ventura swap meets on her off days. She has such an obsession for antiques she even collects and sells them on Etsy shop (Rescued From Wasteland). She is also wife to Josh Jones; my partner in The Wedding Standard! Read on and get to know the wonderfully talented Gina!
How did you get your start?
Well with having a husband in the wedding industry (Josh of Goodbeat Productions) I was assisting him so I got familiar with weddings. Eventually I saw the need for good filmmakers in the wedding industry and thought I’d give it a try.
What or who continues to inspire you?
Music has a big influence as it puts me in the right mood. Also all the awesome people I personally know in the wedding industry…like ones I follow on Twitter. When I see their work, it inspires me to do well too!
Describe a pivotal moment that led you to be an artist.
Not sure I ever really had one. I was always encouraged at a young age by my parents to do art in some form or another. In high school I did have teachers that encouraged me as well to pursue my art.
What makes your business unique?
Film for sure! Living in the digital age it’s almost foreign to some people as they may not have grown up with film.
How do you normally begin your day?
Cup of coffee for sure, Instagram, Twitter, FB & emails.
First (music) album you ever bought?
When in Rome
What is your favorite flower?
Favorite movie or documentary?
The Wedding Singer — Ironically loved it before I got into the wedding industry
Favorite part of a wedding?
Right after the ceremony. Everyone is so happy & ready to have fun!
What is your ideal couple?
The kind of couples that are so relaxed and down to earth that nothing can ruin their wedding day. And of course the kind that love music like me
Song that makes you get up and dance?
“Blue Monday” by New Order
What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Teaching others about the Bible.
What’s your personal business philosophy?
To make films that clients will love to show to others & watch year after year.
Why do you do what you do?
I love the fact that I am documenting peoples memories on one of the most important days of their lives.
Going to the swap meet, thrift stores looking for cool vintage items!
Something that moved you deeply at a wedding or with a couple recently?
It’s always touching to see a bride dance with her dad especially when they have a close relationship.
Working at an embroidery shop.
Dedicated my life to God.
How do you sign off on your emails?
If you had to move to a foreign country, which one?
New Zealand — I hear it’s pretty.
If you were an animal, what whould you be?
That’s easy — a cat.
If you were in a band, what instrument would you play?
Upright bass — always wanted to learn.
What’s your favorite wedding food?
Anything — I’m happy when I do get to eat.
Sunrise or Sunset?
Wedding trend that you’re loving right now?
Wedding trend that will hopefully be out next year?
Same day edits.
Read the book or watch the movie?
Watch the movie.
What question do you always ask the bride & groom?
Do you know what Super 8 is?
Stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
My husband, cat & sewing machine.
Favorite song on your iPod playlist?
Mirrorball by Everything but the Girl.
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“All you need is love” –the Beatles.
What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?
What sound do you love?
My kitty’s purr.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A responsible adult.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Nobody Knows Me At All”
What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
The movie — “the Help”
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Put my cat to sleep when she was dying.
What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever given or received?
My last anniversary gift was a suprise class on how to blow glass. That was my favorite gift!
What do you miss most about being a kid?
All the free time & carefree attitude.
What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?
1.Learn the art to blow glass well
2. Finish all my unfinished projects
3. Travel more
4. Get more photos of me & Josh together.
5. See “Everything but the Girl” in concert
What is something you learned in the last week?
I found out about a new awesome local fabric store, if that counts?
At what age did you really become an adult?
Where do you see yourself or business in the near or distant future?
I see another editor on board, namely my husband. He’s just got to stop resisting.