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Oh man! I’m so excited for you to see this video because we had such an amazing time filming it. We started by borrowing this insanely charming, perfectly restored VW Bus from friends in St. George, Utah.
Growing up, my family always drove Volkswagen vans and as an adult, they’ve been my car of choice as well. (Here’s the VW Transporter we drive now.) So you can imagine I was feeling nostalgic that day!
Want more behind the scenes? Here you go:
Once we had the van, we scouted a location. We knew the gorgeous VW would look great against the local red rocks. So we drove around until we found a potential spot, then we’d knock on the door of the house and inquire about shooting a video in their back yard. Hah! We ended up shooting at Cottam Farm (fun fact: my family used to buy milk from the some of Cottam cousins).
When we picked up the van, we found a vintage cooler and coordinating luggage inside. We could not believe how awesome it was! We decided the cooler would work well with the story line and filled it with old-fashioned sodas — a reward for a job well done. St. George is still a small town in some ways and it was hard to find vintage soda pop. We ended buying these bottles from… Old Navy!
When we borrowed the VW, it was sparkling clean, so we had to get it dirty. The day before the shoot, we parked it on location on the red dirt and covered it until it was filthy.
That night, a heavy rainstorm moved through the area and in the morning, the van was spotless again. : ) So we dirtied it up once more.
As you can imagine, making the bubble beards was one of the favorite parts. But Baby June would none of it. Sweet thing. Bubbles in the bath is A-OK, but bubbles at the carwash were no go. So we distracted her and put some bubbles on her hair where she wouldn’t feel them.
It felt like a big family affair. And the simple story line (a grumpy child finding a better attitude and embracing a day of work) was something that felt true to life for our family.
I hope you enjoy the video!