Princess’ First Year

When I found out that my wife was pregnant, so many ideas came to mind of what I wanted to do aside from being the best father in the world. I always promised my wife that the day she became pregnant I would build our first child a rocking horse. Never will I forget when I received the news that my wife was pregnant and how shocked I was. So after several weeks of keeping the news to ourselves, I went off to build the rocking horse from scratch and achieved it.

My next goal was to make her a video on the day she was born. I recall spending months looking for that perfect song and story-boarding in my head how I wanted the video to look. As the due date neared I had my camera bag packed and batteries charged for the moment when we had to head to the hospital. The day arrived, cameras ready and filming away I went. Twenty-six hours later our angel was born and let me tell you that cupid struck me from the moment I laid eyes on her (my eyes are watering up as I write this…). I had always heard that one does not know what love is until they have children and how right this is. What a beautiful and wonderful experience. I have always respected women, but respect them even more after seeing my wife determined to have a natural birth and 26 hours later delivering our child. Now the time had arrived for me to put everything I had in my head into a story, our princess’ first video. I was once asked what has been the hardest video I have ever edited and I must say it was our baby’s first video. You see I am a very emotional person (I tear up with Publix commercials) and seeing all the video that I had taken of the baby’s birth made the editing so much harder as I was overwhelmed with emotions. I remember being in the hospital room with headphones on, editing the movie and tears just coming down my face with no end in sight. Tears of Joy… Below is the movie I made for her if you never seen.

So the next challenge was on. Actually several challenges to be exact that come with parenthood, especially during the first born where parents are clueless on what it is to a parent. Aside from all these parenthood challenges, I wanted to take a daily picture of her with the date for a full year as well as video. This was a challenge in itself because at first it is easy, but once they start grabbing things, getting sick, etc… it just becomes harder to take the picture. Some people told me I was crazy, but let me tell you I stuck with my idea and how rewarding it is to put it all together and see how much she has grown and developed in a year. Just amazing and yes another tears of joy come down each time I sit back and watch the video. So here I present to you our princess’ first year.

To Catalina Nicole Gil,
“I hope you Dance” and always Live Life Love…


Catalina Nicole Gil

About The Author

Hector Gil is a wedding videographer in Miami dedicated to creating a love story with each film edited. His focus is quality over quantity when creating a short film. Each film is unique in itself tailored to the couples likes and wants. In the end creating a lifelong short film allowing each couple to relive their day.

Hector Gil – who has written posts on HOUSE of FILMS.

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