There is a ton of buzz in the blog world right now over a really exciting project by documentary film maker, Chris Weigand. He is criss-crossing the United States in a gorgeous, remodeled airstream interviewing bloggers, coast to coast, for his film, American Blogger.
Chris’ wife, Casey, is one of the most genuine, kind and creative women I’ve encountered and the voice behind the blog Casey Leigh. Her experience in writing a blog and growing a community of readers was the catalyst for this entire project. I did my best to capture some shots of Chris’ time here but I couldn’t help but laugh at how funny the scenario was that he was taking videos of me while I took a photo of him.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when he pulled up. Would it be awkward? Would I get weird on camera? But it actually turned out to be really laid back and Chris instantly felt like an old friend. We did some interview style questions and then we went out to one of our favorite parks to gets some shots of our family doing every day stuff. We invited some of our closest friends to join us for pizza. We laid down blankets, threw the baseball around and let the kids work off some energy.
Chris parked his camper in our backyard that night and it was nice to sit around the dining room table with him, cameras off, and just learn more about him and his family. One of the things we talked about, on camera, and off too - is the human story aspect of blogging. Why do people read blogs? I think it is because a lot of us are naturally curious about others - their passions, their joys, their struggles, and the big and small things that impact their lives. It’s nice to know there are others out there going through similar experiences or to encounter someone whose life is vastly different from our own. Even as a reader of Casey’s blog, I really enjoyed just talking with Chris about his family, the commonalities we share in raising small children and the challenges and beauty in this season of life.
You can learn more about Chris here. Follow the Wiegand family’s adventures on Casey’s blog here. And keep up with where Chris is week to week on his tour of the country by following his Instagram here. He will be visiting a ton of my favorite bloggers over the next two months and when his film is done, it will be available for download on iTunes. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when it comes out!
I am really so excited about this film, and honored to be a small part of it.. even better, we made a wonderful new friend in the process.