When I first met Sara, she was an intern at ESPN in Charlotte and I was running her Rookie Camp. Little did I know that several years later, we would both be in the wedding business. Sara - putting her great skills to work as a wedding videographer and me - putting my skills to work with custom wedding invitations. Sara's work is great, as is evidence by the videos on my page. I can't wait for you to meet her...
What made you decide to start your business?
I was a broadcast journalism major in college and I worked in tv for a couple of years after college. I decided that the tv lifestyle wasn’t for me, so I left my job in television. I got into a completely different career field, but I found that I missed video production and I wanted to get back into it. On a whim, I shot a friend’s wedding as a gift and I loved every second of it and the video turned out really well. I decided that wedding videography was the thing for me!
If you could describe your style of videography in three words, what would they be?
Creative, Professional, Storytelling
What is in your camera bag that we wouldn’t expect?
I always keep two important things in my bag- Needle Nose Pliers and a protein bar. Both have come in handy at weddings! My pliers have fixed the hook on a bride’s dress when it was bent the wrong way and sticking into her back. I keep a protein bar in my bag just in case and at one wedding recently, it was the bride who ate the protein bar. She hadn’t eaten all day and I wanted to make sure she had some food in her stomach before walking down the aisle.
If you could do a video shoot of anything, what would it be?
If I could shoot a video of anything, I think it would have to be of my family! I always take little bits of video on family vacations and sometimes at family get togethers. I’m the third kid in my family, so videos and pictures of me as a child are almost non-existent. I think that’s what makes it so important to me to capture all of those fun little moments with family. I have put together some really fun videos after coming home from vacations!
What is our favorite part of your business?
I love getting to spend one of the most important days of a couple’s life with them! Sometimes when I’m sending all of the discs out to brides and grooms after their wedding, I sit back and think about how this video wouldn’t exist without me and I think that’s pretty cool! I love that I can give a couple a memory that will last forever! It’s also great because they can share it with family members who weren’t able to attend the wedding.
How many weddings do you shoot a year?
This year, I’m shooting twenty weddings, which was my goal. I want to make sure that I am able to give the proper time and attention to each wedding.
What packages do you offer? Do they include an Engagement video and a Bridal video?
I have three packages, but I’m happy to tweak any of them to fit what a couple is looking for. All three include two shooters and a full video of the ceremony and the toasts given at the reception.
The first package is 8 hours of wedding day coverage, a short highlight video (about three to eight minutes), the ceremony, and the toasts.
The second package is 10 hours of wedding day coverage, a short highlight video, a long highlight video, the ceremony, and the toasts.
The third package is 3 hours of rehearsal dinner coverage, 10 hours of wedding day coverage, a short highlight video, a long highlight video, the ceremony, and the toasts from the rehearsal dinner and the reception.
What is your process? Do you meet with your brides before hand?
Usually, after I get an inquiry from a bride, we email back and forth a couple of times. Sometimes, depending on where they live, we either talk on the phone or meet in person before signing a contract. We’ve had a couple of brides recently who want to book after just emailing. Then, I check back in about a month out from the wedding. We figure out a time to talk to go over the timeline and details for the wedding day and to talk a little bit about what they’re looking for in their edited items. Then as soon as the wedding is over, I get to work editing everything.
How do you send your files to your brides?
The first thing a couple gets from me is their short highlight video and I send a link to them (usually while they’re still on their honeymoon). Then, all of the videos (including the short highlight video) will be sent to the couple on discs. Each couple gets a choice of 1 BluRay or 5 DVDs. We’ve had a few couples ask for USBs recently, so we have just started offering to send the edited files on a USB drive as well.
Do you work with a second shooter?
Yes, my husband Taylor and I are a husband/wife team, so he second shoots all of the weddings we do. It’s so much fun!
What is your favorite type of venue to shoot?
I love all of the venues we have shot at! From country clubs, to barns, to hotels, and everything in between, we love them all! I can’t possibly pick a favorite!
What trends do you see with the current brides?
I noticed recently that not as many brides are doing first looks. Last year, I would say that well over half of the weddings we shot had a first look. That’s totally different from this year! We have only done three first looks all year.
What is your favorite song that you use for your wedding videos? What’s the most popular song that couples request?
This is a very good question and one that I talk to the couple about a lot! I have been a rule follower my whole life and I only edit with music that I can get a license to. Because I set that expectation early, most couples are happy for me to choose the music. I try to choose different songs for each wedding because each wedding is different. I often spend a couple of hours after a wedding listening to song after song to find the one that perfectly fits a couple’s wedding day!
Now, a little about you…
What do you like to do when you are not shooting weddings?
I love spending time with my dog, Phoebe, eating dessert while I watch tv with Taylor, and exercising! I play a lot of tennis and also go to a Cardio Funk class a few times a week.
What are the five presets on your car radio/iPod?
I listen to a lot of Top 40, but I also love Classical music! Friends in college used to make fun of my iPod in the car because it would go from Taylor Swift to Tchaikovsky.
If you weren’t a videographer, what would your dream job be?
I always joke with Taylor that I would love to be a Stay-at-Home-Dog-Mom, but really, I already am doing my dream job! I love videography and I don’t think there’s much else I would rather do.
Thanks Sara for sitting down to talk with us today. If you are interested in seeing her work and learning more about her, be sure to follow her social media below: