Justin Skeens
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about me

My name is Justin Skeens and I am one of the most sought after videographers and content creators in Kentucky. I tell stories of people in need, crafters, doers, thinkers, and sometimes the occasional love story. I have been published in numerous magazines for an assortment of work, along with having my video content lead marketing campaigns and college engagement. I am available to be booked as your projects photographer or videographer.

But it was years of hard work: I don't exactly have a great argument about how I was not born a creative - I believe my upbringing and surroundings influenced that artistic drive over the course of time. I was raised in an area void of a creative community; like many other schools, our art department suffered more and more every year. I felt the wealth of stories that surrounded my everyday life were begging to be told, imaginations run deep in my small town - so, why were they not told? The whole world is tippy toeing to look over the fence into Appalachia, they want to know these stories, these characters. My problem? I didn't have a camera. 

The nearest camera store clocked in about two hours away from my home; I was 19 years old when I finally purchased my own Canon camera. It didn't take years to walk two hours up the road, that wasn't exactly what I was implying, it simply took a while to earn the money to afford it. The camera was a necessity for my college classes, though the instructors never exactly taught me how to tell stories - or care about the subjects. I had to figure that out, and that is when I applied to work in broadcast news.

I spent around five years working with CBS affiliates, having my work broadcasted through CNN, FOX, and ESPN. Handling stories of high stress environments (protests, shootings), heartbreaking emotional distress, and severe weather - I needed a change of scenery after learning the structure of storytelling. I have been freelance for two years, focusing heavily on narrative pieces about people - good people doing good things. I had an opportunity to collaborate with another journalist on a series concerning the impact of a historic flood in a small Kentucky town, it won an Emmy Award. 

After spending close to 10 years with a camera in my hands, I intend to keep capturing these stories to the best of my ability. 

 
 
 
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PORTFOLIO

WEAVING, FOR BEREA COLLEGE CRAFTS

BROOMcraft, BEREA COLLEGE CRAFTS

Hand made goods produced entirely by the students of Berea College, stand the test of time and they are crafted to be utilized in every day use (though they can represent a piece of art as well, worthy of hanging on the wall for admiration).  This is part of a ten piece film series highlighting the craft masters & students of the craft labor departments. These are the people behind the product, striving to continue the tradition and quality of Berea College Crafts. Amy, the weaving manager, studied at the college - now oversees a tight community of student workers. Plan on a tour of the workshop? Anticipate being rattled by the sound of booms and bangs from working looms. 

Visit www.bereacrafts.com for their store & more information about the craft departments.

  Hand made goods produced entirely by the students of Berea College, stand the test of time and they are crafted to be utilized in every day use (though they can represent a piece of art as well, worthy of hanging on the wall for admiration).  This is part of a ten piece film series highlighting the craft masters and students of the craft labor departments. These are the people behind the product, striving to continue the tradition and quality of Berea College Crafts. For Chris, he is incredibly passionate about his craft, has been making brooms for years. He is a perfect fit in the broom making studio, teaching a form of craft that is ultimately a rarity in the world. 

Visit www.bereacrafts.com for their store & more information about the craft departments.

 

 
 

WOODCRAFT, BEREA COLLEGE CRAFTS

 
 
 

Hand made goods produced entirely by the students of Berea College, stand the test of time and they are crafted to be utilized in every day use (though they can represent a piece of art as well, worthy of hanging on the wall for admiration).  This is part of a ten piece film series highlighting the craft masters & students of the craft labor departments. These are the people behind the product, striving to continue the tradition & quality of Berea College Crafts. 

Visit www.bereacrafts.com for their store & more information about the craft departments.

 
 

MUSEUM is a new short documentary that honors the significance of museums. With the University of Kentucky Art Museum as the backdrop, artists, patrons, staff, supporters and educators explore the concept of inspiration and dialog that museums facilitate.

Produced for finearts.uky.edu by Team Cornett


 
 
 
 

Hand made goods produced entirely by the students of Berea College, stand the test of time and they are crafted to be utilized in every day use (though they can represent a piece of art as well, worthy of hanging on the wall for admiration). This is part of a ten piece film series highlighting the craft masters & students of the craft labor departments. These are the people behind the product, striving to continue the tradition & quality of Berea College Crafts.

 
 

With over 300,000 members, the National Federation of Independent Business is the largest trade association with an exclusive focus on small business owners. We helped NFIB release their new brand strategy and visual identity to the world. NFIB pointed us to some incredible members that represented everything that makes NFIB strong. We followed them in their daily lives, capturing them at work – all of the drudgery, excitement, and complications that come with hard work. We uncovered further stories that distinguish the people at the heart of America’s small businesses. NFIB Case Study https://bullhorncreative.com/work/nfib/

 
 

Watch the Jackson story to see how a commercial warewashing company supports a community. "Our company is an important part of the story of Barbourville, Kentucky. Like many places across the country, we have seen the rise and decline of industries. And we have seen the holes they leave. We are proud of our community, its people, and the machines we make. Watch our story about commercial warewashers made in Kentucky. https://www.jacksonwws.com/builtinkentucky/

 
 
 
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CONTACT me

If you have a project you would like to propose or collaborate with, please fill out the form below. I am currently booking a range of video and photo focused projects throughout the year, please specify a time range that you're aiming to begin production. Count me in for documentary, in depth reporting, or adventure tourism. I am available for local and international assignments.

 
 
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