The mother of the groom was in a panic. Her son’s wedding was that afternoon and the photographer she’d scheduled was, well, unavailable.
Fortunately, the mother of the groom knew somebody who knew Drake A. McIntosh.
A mere one hour later, McIntosh and his trusty camera were at the wedding, creating wonderful memories for the mother of the groom and the bride and groom, too.
What began as a hobby has transformed into what McIntosh calls “…an awesome job.”
“If I weren’t getting paid for this,” said the 23-year-old Kingwood resident, “I’d certainly still be taking pictures, making videos, graphics, animations and music.”
– He takes pictures, makes videos, graphics, animations and music –
McIntosh is a freelance media producer and owner of Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media. His primary services are photography and videography, but he’s creative enough to do animation, graphic design, music composition, writing, directing, editing, “… even set construction and prop fabrication; frankly, anything to do with the production of photo or video content,” he said.
“Really, we’re a one-stop shop for your most creative ideas,” McIntosh said. “Some folks are just looking for high-quality photography. Others have a unique idea for advertising their business, or they just want to make a video for fun. I can get them there with my broad media skill set.”
McIntosh is a proud graduate of Hidden Hollow Elementary, Creekwood Middle and Kingwood High schools as well as the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV Film. He’s well into the second year of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen, and they’ve got a 10-month-old, Hermione, and a son on the way in a couple of months.
Kathleen is a freelance literary editor and proofreader, so the McIntosh household finds itself in, what Drake calls “this crazy working-from-home-with-kids adventure.”
Most of McIntosh’s clients, so far, are people he’s known for years.
“Being a freelancer, though, is stressful,” McIntosh said, “because you’re always wondering where the next gig will come from. Fortunately, I’ve learned that, when I look for work anywhere and everywhere, interesting projects come my way.”
McIntosh recently had a great gig as a Jumbotron camera operator at a Korean pop concert at NRG arena.
“So far, I haven’t had a gig that wasn’t at least a little bit new,” he said. “Even when you’re taking portraits, each client has a different energy and a different reaction to being in front of a camera. With bigger jobs like video ads, it’s always a challenge to work out exactly what story the client wants to tell and how we’re going to tell it together. Animation especially has a learning curve with each project.”
Video is a major chunk of McIntosh’s work life. He grew up on Facebook, Google and YouTube, so it was natural that video inspires him.
“I got into freelancing because I initially tried to go into the film industry,” McIntosh said, “and, while it was pretty wild, there were some off-putting things about the film industry environment. Frankly, I love the intimacy of working one-on-one with people instead of being another cog in a huge production machine.”
The name “Drake McIntosh” may not be on something that millions of people will see, but he does get to show off his creativity and say, “I did all of that.”
McIntosh recently made a name for himself when he produced a widely seen video for St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood. In the video, “Steps for Students,” a local priest jogs through Kingwood as young students join him, and it promotes a 5K fun run to benefit the 59 Catholic schools in the Houston-Galveston Diocese.
The video can be viewed on McIntosh’s Facebook page under DAMDigitalMedia.
“It got applause when it was shown at church,” said a surprised McIntosh. “People don’t normally clap for announcements, even video ones, so to hear a couple thousand hands cheering my work was pretty amazing.”
What does the future hold for Drake McIntosh Digital Media?
“In five years, I expect to be doing the same thing – just doing it more and doing it better,” he said, “and there probably will be more kids!”
See how talented and creative McIntosh really is and how he can make even the mother of the groom happy. Friend him on his Facebook business page at Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media and look at his videos and animations.