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Our Team


 

Meet Your Cinematographers

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Our Team


 

Meet Your Cinematographers

 

OUR TEAM

Phoenix Memories offers an experience like no other for each of our wedding clients, by giving you the V.I.P treatment every step of the way, and getting to know & meet with you personally.  Each of our cinematographers have been highly vetted and chosen with great care, based on their professionalism, experience, personalities and stylization. Expect a truly beautiful experience when you book one of our Phoenix Memories Cinematographers.  

We have Master Level Artists, which are highly experienced, and have 100's of weddings on their resume, with gorgeous imagery/film footage.  Our Associate Level Artists are newer, but skilled, and our Apprentices support the Master Level & Associates as 2nd Shooters/Assistants , and in the mentoring phase of their careers.  Pricing is reflective of each team members training and skill-sets.


 
 
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Founder | Master Level Photographer & Cinematographer | Editor


 

 

 

 

MJ Johnson

Founder | Master Level Photographer & Cinematographer | Editor


 

 

 

 

MJ Johnson

 

MJ Johnson
OWNER - MASTER  LEVEL CINEMATOGRAPHER -  EDITOR
 

 A  seasoned veteran within the film & photography industry, with more than 20 years behind the camera, MJ is a University of Minnesota Alumni, with advanced studies in film and photography, who has directed and produced several Independent films, more than 500 weddings, and  numerous commercial projects.  His keen sense of visualization, continuity and style for every project is top notch, and his goal is to produce a final product which not only brings a great sense of reward to the client, but also a sense of pride within him, knowing he has created something beautiful and meaningful, that will last forever.

MJ has an edgy look on the outside, with his notable sideburns, piercing dark eyes and goatee, but don't let that fool you, because he is a true sensitive, creative, caring,  and talented artist, who is perfect at being a calming force on every photo shoot, live-event, and film set. Our clients absolutely love him, and love working with him, and we hope you will too :-)

In his spare time you can find MJ in the great outdoors with his son and daughter,  trekking through nature - capturing its beauty through the lens, and teaching them to see beauty all around.  One of his favorite things to do is head up to the North Shore of Lake Superior and spend days scouting through God's beautiful creation, taking breathtaking pictures of it all.  His other hobbies include music (if he wasn't in film, he definitely would be a DJ), collecting Star Wars memorabilia, training (runner), baseball and sports fanatic, and researching the latest techie gadgets.

Personality traits: high-energy, creative, compassionate, enthusiastic, peace-loving.


Many of the samples within our Phoenix Memories website are MJ's, but you can view even more samples (cinematography)
by clicking on his Spotlight interview below.


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Executive Creative Director | Master Level Photographer | Editor


 

 

Kelly Barry-Miller

Executive Creative Director | Master Level Photographer | Editor


 

 

Kelly Barry-Miller

Kelly Barry-Miller
EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  | VIP CLIENT CARE
 Of Phoenix Memories & Amore Lux Studios
www.amoreluxstudios.com
 

Personality Traits:  detail-oriented, confident, warm & friendly, compassionate, intuitive, proactive problem-solver & communicator, creative, integrity-minded, dependable, passionate & fun-loving.

 

At a young age Kelly was always fascinated with photography, beginning in her Father's darkroom, watching him develop film onto Kodak paper.  It was only natural, being born and raised in the town where George Eastman developed the iconic Kodak film, to nurture this passion. It wasn't until later in life, after repeated requests to photograph events, that she finally decided to take her love of photography and make it part of her professional life. She spent several years taking photography & film  classes,  practicing it firsthand on film sets, as well as serving two years as an Apprentice with Phoenix Memories, under the skillful guidance and training of its owner, MJ Johnson.  

Since then, she has become an award-winning photographer/editor, being procured to shoot celebrities and film/music industry icons such as Prince and The Revolution Band's Reunion show at First Avenue, in Minneapolis (prior to his death), as well as many local celebrities, and Actors/Actresses.   She, herself, worked as an actress for many years, with more than 20 films & commercials under her belt (see her IMDB page), so is not only seasoned behind the camera, but in front of it as well.  Her immense care and direction with models & clients is solid.  That is one of the reasons her nickname has become "Momma Kelly" on film sets and photo shoots, because she can relate to what our clients are going through first-hand, and the nerves that can keep someone from being truly themselves.  She will make sure you are comfortable, prepared, receiving direction well, and feeling your best, in front of the camera.  From start to finish, she will be your go-to liaison, keeping the lines of communication open between the professionals and clients, so everyone feels comfortable. Her favorite, is getting to talk to Brides about their special day; helping them design the photography package that will fit within their budget and still give them memories to last a life-time, and YES . . . she does cry at every wedding, and can't help it  ;-) "There is nothing more beautiful than a Bride on her wedding day, and two people so  madly in love. It is truly a magical feeling getting to witness their special day through the lens"

In her spare time you can find Kelly avidly reading any book she can get her hands on; whipping up a gourmet meal for her family; taking lake adventures to find the  best nature and sunrise shots, and thinking of a way she can pen that novel she has always wanted to write.  She also has an immense faith in Christ, which has brought her through some of the toughest times in her life, and has helped her to understand the importance of treating every individual with respect and love.


Many of the photographic samples within our Phoenix Memories website are Kelly's, so feel free to click the button below to see if she is available to photograph your engagement or wedding:


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Associate Cinematographer | Photographer | Editor


  

 

 

Mitch Heil

Associate Cinematographer | Photographer | Editor


  

 

 

Mitch Heil

Mitch Heil
ASSOCIATE CINEMATOGRAPHER - LIGHTING GURU - EDITOR
Cinematography Fields of focus: Commercial, Industrial, Audio Editing, VIP Live Events, Music Video, Feature Film.
 

 

Mitch Heil is a man of many, many, did we say MANY talents and is a natural behind the camera,  as a producer, cinematographer, editor, lighting guru, audio engineer, etc and because of this he has been a solid force on the film and radio scene;  working on 2 feature length films, several commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films, industrial pieces, as well as covering live V.I.P events. He loves being on film sets and photo-shoots --  creating, producing. and working toward a positive result.  Mitch is the go-to guy, that can create or fix just about anything, serve in many capacities, and has a work ethic, and vision that is truly inspiring. A few of us in the film industry have nicknamed him "MacGuyver," because of this.   

 Cinematography may have been one of his choices of study  in film school, but he has since immersed himself in  just about every art-form he could get his hands on. He particularly loves the study of lighting, and playing with lights to create a certain mood. It was in film school  where his true passion for lighting came to fruition. He also loves photography and cameras, aspiring to continue learning everything he can about them. Recently he has been drawn into the world of product and food photography.

A few special things you may not know about Mitch, but we think are so important, are that he is a U.S. military Army veteran who served in the 2/504th PIR, 82nd Airborne for 5 years. A guy that can serve his country, risking his life everyday for 5 years, and then still have the ability to love, work in,  and appreciates the arts is a keeper! 

 So now you see why we just HAD to have this incredible talent join our team at Phoenix Memories.  We know you will love and appreciate Mitch, and the wonderful gifts and talents he has to offer our clients, just as much as we do. 

Personality traits: dependable, hard-working, motivated, creative, technical, caring, quick-witted, problem-solver.

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Associate Photographer | Cinematographer | Editor


Sherri Dahl

Associate Photographer | Cinematographer | Editor


Sherri Dahl

Sherri Dahl
ASSOCIATE  CINEMATOGRAPHER - EDITOR
Cinematography Fields Of Focus: Weddings, VIP Events & Commercial

 

 

Sherri has been passionate about the arts since she was a child. "I knew the only way I wanted to spend my life was by creating art that would make other people happy."  She graduated in 2012  from The  Minnesota School of Business with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and her study emphasis was on Digital Video and Media Production. After graduation she pursued the art of  photography as well..

Since then, she has had a few other milestone moments in her life, one of which was getting to  purchase her first home, with her beloved, Mitch Heil (Phoenix Memories Cinematographer/Editor),  where they built their own photography studio, and recently adopted a dog named Sterling. And . . . SHE'S ENGAGED, and going through the same wedding planning stresses that our Brides are, so she can relate to what her clients are going through, and knows what it takes to meet their needs in a greater way.  

"I am so in love with the work I do and love the people I get to meet along the way!" 

She would be honored to have you as a Client and get to know you better.

Personality traits: high-energy, motivated, hard-working, creative, dependable, fun-loving, enthusiastic, compassionate.


WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SHERRI
& SEE  SAMPLES OF HER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY?
Click on the button below
to head on over to her Spotlight Interview
 on our blog :-)





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