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  • who i am.

    I'm Jeff Short, the founder of reclaim|creative, a Kansas City-based wedding videography company.

    I chose the name reclaim|creative because I believe in taking back what is artistic and creative about wedding cinematography. You won't find cheesy videos here -- just real, emotional films.

    I've spent the last several years photographing weddings with my wife ( Through those experiences, I saw a need for compelling film-making to help couples preserve their wedding days (and give them something people will actually want to watch).

    Questions? Ask me through the contact link above!

Chris & Krystal’s Springfield, MO Wedding

Chris & Krystal’s wedding is one with a great story. What makes it even better is that as their friend, I’ve been able to experience a lot of their story firsthand… so this is going to be a long one… :)

I met Chris sometime around 2004. We were both students at Missouri State University in Springfield and we had a few mutual friends. I remember seeing him from time to time at concerts and other social events around Springfield before we met. Even before I met him, I had a feeling that he just had to be a super cool guy. Eventually we were introduced and became great friends. In those years, it wasn’t uncommon for a big group of 20-30 people to get together on a nightly basis and have fun themed parties. For example, we once had a “Breakfast Party” to which everyone brought their own box of cereal and we all watched “The Breakfast Club”. We had sushi-making parties, pancake parties, and often explored parts of Springfield that most people wouldn’t dare venturing to (such as climbing up fire-escape ladders of tall buildings in downtown Springfield — just to take in the view on warm summer nights). The bottom line is that some of my most vibrant, fun, spontaneous, and adventurous memories include Chris.

As we grew closer as friends, one of our other good friends bought a house and the three of us became roommates. While we lived together, Chris met a girl. Her name was Krystal. I remember how excited he was when they started dating. He’d talk about their relationship, and I could tell how intense his feelings for her were.

After several months of living in our friend’s house, I decided to transfer colleges and move to a different city, propose to  my then girlfriend (ericamay, of course!), and begin my voyage to eventually end up in Kansas City. Since I left Springfield, Chris and I have still remained great friends. I’ve been able to see his relationship with Krystal grow from afar.

I was so excited for both of them when I heard about their engagement. I couldn’t have been happier when they asked me to be their videographer. Every aspect of their wedding was amazing. The event took place at Peabody’s Farm near Springfield, and it was a beautiful venue for a hot summer wedding day. The details that Chris & Krystal chose (from the music to the decorations) added a vintage and rustic feel to their wedding day. The ceremony took place in the lawn and the reception was in the upper story of Peabody’s Farm’s big red barn. Everything came together to create a romantic and special event that I’ll never forget and am honored to have been a part of.

Chris and Krystal, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day — and more importantly, thank you for being my friends. I love you both and I love your story. I hope this film provides a little peek into that story of your relationship through one of the most special days in your lives together.



Janet Husaynu - Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share in this special time in your life. The video is beautiful. I only wish for the two of you to have the best life together. Chris, your mom is one of the most special person’s in my life. She was my matron of honor. Love, Janet Husaynu

Aunt Mary (your favorite Aunt!) - Nephew- you are the most beautiful husband I have ever seen, other than your Uncle Mike! You are so gorgeous and will be such a good man, husband, and father. You have married a beautiful woman, and I love you tremendously!!

Diane Simpson - This is the most beautiful wedding video I’ve ever had the pleasure to view. Congratulations to Krystal and Chris, this is a special gift of creativity and friendship. Outstanding.

Uncle Rob - Wow, what a shindig! Looks like a great time.

btw whos car is that? very nice.

Alison - That was so fabulous I feel like I should ask for your autograph! LOVED the snippet under the trees at dark with the candles in the background (among other things).

Nathan - Erica is right Jeff, your best work yet. So much color “popping” in that video. Looked extremely professional (which it should).

You rock.

Filip - wow. this. is. amazing. good. job. and now I have to watch it again. and again.

ericamay - this is my new favorite. the day looks so romantic and has awesome details, but i can’t get over how much fun this video is. the dance/party scenes are amazing!

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Emily & Jerrod’s Joplin, MO Wedding

I’ve known Emily for more than a decade. She has always been one of the sweetest people I’ve known, so it’s not surprising that she ended up with an incredibly nice and caring guy like Jerrod. They booked my lovely wife (ericamay photography) for their photographer and then (luckily for me) invited me along for videography!

Their ceremony was at my home church, Forest Park Baptist, and their reception was at the beautiful Ramsey event space in downtown Joplin. All of the details of their wedding matched their personalities perfectly! You can tell by viewing the footage how much Emily and Jerrod love each other, and also how much they mean to their friends and families.

Emily and Jerrod, I had so much fun filming your wedding and I wish you both the best!



sarah - Wow! This is just incredible :)

ericamay - this is so lovely! it’s romantic and happy and sweet all at the same time! :)

Emily Tracy - Jeff!! Oh My Goodness!! I Love it! It is perfect. And I Love Ingrid Michaelson… I have a feeling you may have known that ;) . THank you so much for your hard work on this video. It is a perfect way to remember our day. We love it!!! I won’t tell you how many times I have watched it :D .

Chris - JEFF! Your best work yet! Totally felt like I was a guest at their wedding! Beautiful story telling and compositions!

Anne & Sam’s Lawrence, KS Wedding

Anne and Sam are one of those couples who just exuded happiness their entire wedding day. I think that the toast that Sam’s brother gives about 35 seconds into the video perfectly summarizes Anne and Sam’s love for eachother — so much so that they’ve been caught eating with one hand so that they wouldn’t have to let the other’s hand go… in my opinion, that’s true love :) I feel blessed to have been able to document their wedding day and get to learn about who they are as a couple.

I met Sam and the guys at a disc golf course in Lawrence in the morning and then moved on to Anne’s family’s house several hours before the wedding in order to film the girls’ preparations. Their reception was at the beautiful Abe & Jakes Landing and I had the pleasure of shooting along side Chris Hsieh of La Brisa Photography.


Melinda - I smiled all the way through this video. I loved it!

Dawn Dinsdale - Finally, I have taken the time to watch this very beautiful film documenting Anne and Sam’s wedding day. It was touching and so well done. My congratulations, again, to a couple who is seeking to honor the Lord in their personal lives and now in their marriage! God bless!

Sheryl Henry - Fantastic! It captures that wonderful day and the love that is there.

Emily - Beautiful work, Jeff! I just LOVE the steadicam movements at the reception! Good choice in music, too. :)

Hal Robertson - Very nice work Jeff. Good vibe, good editing, cool music. Did I see a steadycam move in there…? We should chat sometime.

ericamay - I love this video! My favorite parts are all of the details in her parents’ home, and the scenes where they exit the church and the car pulls away. Beautiful, beautiful footage!!

Robin & Chris’ Kansas City Wedding Teaser

Robin and Chris are one of the most incredibly nice couples I’ve ever met. They asked me to film their wedding ceremony, and I couldn’t have had a better time spending a couple of hours with such a happy couple on their wedding day! Despite the rain outdoors, everything about the wedding from the decorations and details to the wedding party and the attendees made Robin and Chris’ wedding day so special. My beautiful wife, ericamay, photographed the occasion, so feel free to check out her photography blog post of Robin & Chris here.

Their ceremony was at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO, which was one of the most gorgeous churches I’ve ever been in.



Filip - ohhh… I love it. Good music, good angles [how did you run so fast from behind the door to the balcony? 1:15 :) ] and also good editing. Enjoyed it. Very much.

ericamay - it’s filled with emotion and love and beauty. i love that you created this — and you were only there for their ceremony!

Jenna & Calder’s Engagement Story

Three words that define this shoot: hot. air. balloon.

Jenna and Calder have such a fun great story and I recently had the privilege of being able to film their cute interactions as a copule, their engagement story, and their awesome hot air balloon takeoff! You can tell from the footage that not only are Jenna and Calder incredibly excited about the balloon ride, but they’re also excited about their lives together. Spending time with them was tons of fun and I’m excited for their upcoming wedding!



Filip - This is legit. Good camera movement. And the balloon… awesome. Love it.

Emily - Great work, Jeff! The music selection is perfect! And of course Owl City is just awesome. :)

Sonya - You are so talented!

ericamay - i love this! i was even there for this whole session, but this video made me emotional. :) jenna and calder are SO sweet. i love their engagement story and that they finally made it on their hot air balloon ride!

Melissa - Awesome!

Ken - Way cool. Calder’s mom cried! We are so proud of them.

Jenna - i love it!!! such a good job :) cant wait for the weddinggg video now! you are awesome jeff!

Kirsten - aww i love it. cant wait to see you guys

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