Welcome to First Impressions Video!

Here you will learn about the many facets of videography—and what I do that sets my service apart. As the tag line suggests, there is rarely—I say never—a second chance to capture a special or critical moment, whether a bride and groom starting their lives together, recording a final farewell to a loved one or chronicling the history of a revered family member.

This motto also crosses over into the commercial realm: Capturing information vital to the accuracy and viability of legal proceedings, bringing an organization’s identity and brand to life in its designated marketplace, harnessing the power of video imagery to advance the fund-raising endeavors of charitable organizations; all these represent the core of First Impressions’ passion toward delivering a quality product to those who retain my services.

90% of my work is done as a “single person crew,” or “SPC” for short. This allows me to deliver excellent quality at a fair and competitive price. I shoot high-definition video using professional video cameras and digital SLRs, and have a full compliment of microphones (including several wireless microphone systems), recording and lighting equipment. Should any project go beyond the scope of SPC, I have a database of additional crew members that can be called in for support.

I am also a skilled freelance camera operator/cinematographer/TD working on concerts, meetings, conferences & conventions and incentive travel programs. Equipment proficiency includes Sony, Panasonic, Grass Valley and Canon ENG and cinema-type cameras. Switchers include Grass Valley, Ross and For-A.

First Impressions Video is a Costa Mesa based, Orange County (CA) Video company. I invite you to explore the site and learn about my dedication and attention to detail across the spectrum of creative and technical videography. Please *like* the page, call or email for a quote!



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  1. I met Terry while volunteering on the production team at Mariners Irvine. As a young person in my mid twenties who is an aspiring filmmaker, I have a LOT of questions and Terry was always patient and thoughtful in answering and directing me to resources.

    After bringing me along for an interview shoot, he offered his input should I never need it and so when I had a music video project he was the first person I called. He worked with our incredibly small budget, rented us equipment, and provided mentorship and guidance during the whole process. From stopping in while we were shooting to help us troubleshoot any live issues we were having, to pre/post production consultation meetings where he would walk me through common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

    Terry is such a generous, experienced, and amiable man and you definitely will not go wrong choosing to go with First Impressions Video!

  2. Terry is awesome to work with! He wants to help you land your message right and will do whatever it takes to make that happen! He helped us meet a tight time frame and was flexible in meeting our needs! Thank you Terry!
    Decision Point Training

  3. Terry recently helped me develop, film, and produce a comprehensive training program for my business (over 70 videos in total). Working with Terry was an outstanding experience, not only did he deliver great quality work, but he was an absolute pleasure to work with start to finish. He provides great guidance and produces top-quality videos that you will be proud to showcase. I can’t recommend him enough!

  4. It was such a wonderful experience working with Terry! Terry created a video for the Volunteer Department here at the Orange County Rescue Mission, and it perfectly captured what we wanted to communicate. Terry was so thorough in working with us to understand our goal for the video, what we needed to capture, and how we wanted it to look. Shooting the video was so smooth and stress-free, because of Terry’s expertise and patient demeanor. I was dreading being on camera, but Terry made it such an enjoyable experience! He edited the video for us with excellence, and so quickly! We will definitely be working with Terry in the future. We are so thankful for his support.

    Megan Schultz
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Orange County Rescue Mission

    • Right back at ‘ya, Megan…it was a total pleasure to work with you and the whole team at Orange County Rescue Mission! I am lining up the next project that we’ll start working on in March. This is an incredible agency and I am proud to be affiliated…thanks for the privilege of serving!

  5. You will not go wrong with selecting Terry for any video project! He is a complete pro, 100 % reliable, a joy to work with and truly cares about getting you the product that you want. He goes above and beyond to understand your needs and to learn how to tell your story through video. We had a revised time frame and needed to get our video sooner than we initially had asked for. Terry jumped in and worked tirelessly and quickly to give us a beautiful product-way ahead of schedule. We think that he might be a magician the way he made our story come alive! Your project will be in the best of hands with Terry Wall!

    • WOW, Warren & Beth…what wonderful comments! As you’ve come to know, I really enjoy what I do, and I LOVE happy clients — now two new friends, as well! And even when we need to “press in” to meet a shorter deadline than originally planned, we did what had to be done, and came in — with a little time to spare!

      Working with you was a blast and I look forward to our next project! ~TW

  6. We were so grateful to find Terry. He approached our project with both professionalism and enthusiasm, and he poured such creative heart and soul into his work. He collaborated with other contributors, took the time and energy to understand our message and mission so he could communicate it beautifully, and delivered the finished product quickly. Terry is a gem!

    • Paula, thank you sincerely for your heartfelt and thoughtful comments! When I said it was a “labor of love,” I meant it, and look forward to continued support of the MaxLove Project! ~TW

  7. Terry was incredibly professional, responsive, and hugely helpful throughout the course of the project. He consistently went above and beyond to ensure we had the best results. His knowledge and flexibility were a huge asset. Plus, he’s just an all around nice guy to interact with. He will be at the top of my list for all future projects in the area and I look forward to working with him again.

    • Wow, Meredith, thanks for such wonderful compliments! Working with you was a genuine pleasure and I do look forward to that next opportunity to work together again!

  8. We so appreciate you getting this video to us so quickly, Terry! It is artfully done, and we couldn’t imagine a more honoring tribute to my dad. Very well done!

    In particular, I’m very happy with the different camera angles of the service… You even captured the impromptu moments such as the statue of Bob’s big boy falling! The aerial shots of Mariners church were breathtaking and I had a big smile on my face seeing the way you ended the video of the service with one of the guests giving the “fight on” Trojans sign!

    The detail shots of the reception memory table and the food were artfully done. I’m so happy you captured those moments of my grandpa at the reception too.

    My mom and I were in tears after watching the slideshow. The songs you paired it with were beautiful and did not distract from the photos at all. We particularly loved how you ended with “I can only imagine”! This brought on the waterworks!

    Suffice it to say, we are thrilled with your work! You have been a godsend. Thanks again for the wonderful work.

  9. This is the second time we have used Terry’s services for our Candidates’ Forum. Very professional and friendly. We had absolutely no worries with Terry taping the event. What a find – and trust us – we tried taping our own event many years ago only to realize this required a professional at the helm. We anticipate that we have many more years of business with First Impressions Video.

  10. I liked what you said on LinkedIn about your outlook and experience. Please contact me at your convenience to discuss a potential project(s).

  11. Terry did a great job filming our industry seminar. He went above and beyond and brought multiple cameras to capture the speakers. It was a pleasure to work with him and I would recommend him to colleagues for their video projects. Thanks Terry!

  12. Terry did a great job on a video with my recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium for my business on why we go to Antwerp to buy diamonds for our clients. I took all the photos and short videos and Terry did a fantastic job putting it all together with graphics and logo, great job Terry!

  13. Terry did a great job for us on 2 recent sales we did in the Mesa Verde area. One home was priced at $2,000,000 and the other was at $1,175,000. His hard work and attention to detail on the production was a big help to us in the sale and marketing of these 2 homes. We can’t wait to have Terry out again on our next listing.

  14. Terry Wall of First Impressions Video did a video for my website. There were a few spots that needed improvement. Rather than touch up a few spots, Terry shot the whole video over at no extra charge. Then he added a few images that helped to convey my messages. Besides being an excellent photographer, Terry is also a great director. He has the latest equipment to do a truly professional job. I highly recommend First Impression Videos.

  15. I asked Terry to put together a video montage for my husbands birthday a couple of months ago and I regret it’s taken so long for me to comment. He not only was professional, but helped me through the whole process coordinating and even sending out emails to my family and friends. The video was a gift my husband loved and will cherish forever. I totally 100% recommend him. Thanks again Terry! Diane

  16. Terry has worked with us on a number of projects for the nonprofit organization Working Wardrobes. He took both film and still photography at a special event on Camp Pendleton in March and then helped record several client testimonials and “b-roll” that we will be using in future videos to help spread the message about the work that Working Wardrobes is doing in the community.

    Terry is an outstanding human being on all levels. First of all, he provided his professional services to us at a considerable discount from his normal fees. Secondly, as a military veteran, he is particularly sensitive to the work that we are doing with veterans making the difficult transition from military to civilian life and this personal connection truly shines through his work – which is outstanding!

    Terry is the consummate professional – a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.

  17. We LOVE the videos! We are still running the footage you shot in promotion of this year’s conference. Although we’ve had to forego video for this year, we look forward to working with you again, hopefully in 2017.

    Bruce Iler
    BSI Conferences

  18. Last year, I asked Terry to edit some footage and still photos into a promotional video for my real estate client. Terry took the media and turned it into four 30-second spots that ran—and are still running—on YouTube. This year, I asked a local videographer to capture updated video footage for a 2014 campaign for the same client. The footage was less than desirable and again I consulted Terry to see if he could turn “lemons into lemonade.” He not only accomplished this, Terry did it under a very tight timeline, making up some of the time we lost when the other videographer was not as punctual as he should have been, getting the footage shot, edited and published.

    Terry Wall is a consummate professional and very responsive. He listens and understands. Video for business is essential to improve online visibility. Terry can accommodate your budget and he delivers! He uses a consultative approach and will make suggestions to improve not only the video but its online distribution. His expertise, service and pricing makes him our go to resource for video projects. First Impressions Video is a trusted vendor for our company. Check them out!

  19. Terry recently helped my company out on a rush project and delivered us a beautiful series of corporate videos that we’ll be able to showcase for many years to come. We had been coordinating with a video production company to help us produce a series of client and employee testimonial videos that we were going to display at one of the largest industry tradeshows of the year. Unfortunately, part of the project we were planning for fell through, and we had to significantly reduce the scope and budget for the project. When we approached the previous vendor about the change, their revised proposal exceeded our allotted budget by about three times. This happened a week before filming was set to take place. Luckily a former colleague had recently completed a corporate video project with Terry and put us in touch. Terry and I emailed back and forth over the weekend, and by Monday he had offered to not only come in and film on a week’s notice, but his proposal put us under budget on the project.

    The day Terry came into film went off without a hitch. We had scheduled a full day of interviews with eleven employees. For many of them, this was their first time in front of the camera, and they were quite nervous. Terry did a great job making each interviewee feel comfortable – offering advice on how to ignore the camera and coaching them through their responses. At wrap, I think everyone felt like Terry was a part of our company family, and we were able to capture natural, authentic testimonials.

    The editing and production process was just as smooth. We only had three weeks to complete the videos, and I was nervous about us being able to meet our deadline. Terry went through over 10 hours of footage and delivered the first cut within just a few days. I was amazed by how much great footage we had to choose from; the only hard part came down to choosing what to use. Once I’d provided my selections to Terry, he delivered a close-to-finished product within just a few days. But, anyone who’s ever worked with me will say I’m one of the pickiest people they’ve ever met. Terry never seemed bothered by my weekend and evening emails as we fine-tuned the videos. He even coordinated with our overseas graphic designer to make sure all the graphic elements were perfect.

    If it hadn’t been for Terry, I don’t believe this project would have gotten done, and I don’t think we would have received the same quality of work from anyone else (especially considering the timeline). The final videos are absolutely stunning. I look forward to working with Terry on many future projects and am happy to serve as a reference for him. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss Terry’s qualifications in more detail.

    Liz Fairchild
    Marketing Manager, Accurate Background

  20. I had a small portion in the FCCI conference and Terry put in the extra effort to edit for me my portion. Thank you very much Terry may the Lord continue to bless your business!

  21. FCCI SoCal had its Regional conference last month and Terry did an excellent job capturing the story of FCCI and its leadership. Highly recommended if you need support in the video area.

  22. Terry shot a video testimonial for me off-site. From start to finish, Terry was professional, transparent, prompt and provided excellent communication throughout the process. Terry takes much pride in his work and it definitely shows in the finished product. He won’t stop until the job is done..and delivers on time if not before. I would highly recommend Terry for all your video needs. He really can do it all!

  23. One of our friends asked Terry to video tape our son’s memorial service and we are very happy they did. That day we were all in such a surreal emotional fog – not really aware of much of anything that was happening around us.

    We were so pleased when he presented us with the DVD of the service. It might seem weird but we are now able to look back and feel the outpouring of love toward our son and our family. We would not have remembered any of that without being able to view the DVD later. Until seeing the DVD, all we remembered was being sad.

    I don’t even recall seeing Terry at the service. He was very discrete and he edited the DVD in a thoughtful and professional manner.

    I am so grateful to have that DVD and blessed that Terry was there that day for me and my family.

  24. Terry Wall is a videographer par excellence! His skill, knowledge, service, and determination to meet his clients’ wants and needs are exemplary. Terry completed a treasured memento of my Granddaughter’s 1st Birthday, and I am so grateful. All of your memories are in great hands with Terry!!

    Steve Berger

  25. Total pro. Needed a marketing video for our start up and Terry really delivered. Very cost efficient with studio quality. I was frankly amazed.

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