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Why I offer RAW footage to my couples

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Why I offer RAW footage to my couples

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What is RAW footage?

RAW footage is all of the unedited video files, straight from the camera. It does not include any post production work like color grading, stabilization, slow motion, etc.


So here's the thing - I started out my career as a photographer. And as a photographer, providing the unedited photos to your clients would be the silliest thing. It would, in theory, be a "worse" version of the final image. Pointless right?
When I began shooting video I took this idea with me. My first year in business I didn't offer RAW footage at all and I also couldn't understand why any other videographers would give away the unedited footage they took. I truly thought that as a creative, we should only provide our best work to our clients. Therefore the unedited footage is just the first step of the process - why would I ever give someone that?

But, with time and experience comes new knowledge, and for this I am very thankful.

Throughout that first year of business I started to notice that I continually had some footage that didn't quite fit in the stylized short films I created for my couples. They wouldn't fit for many reasons including things like the clips being too long, not fitting with the flow of emotions I was creating, or simply not having enough time to include them in amidst everything else.

I began to realize that these moments are things that a couple might really enjoy having to remember their day by. Even though they aren't perfect, when it comes down to it, they are their memories, plain and simple. I set my ego aside as a creative and decided that this was a service I could provide to better care for my couples and to more fully preserve their wedding day experience. Plus I still get to create the beautiful, flowing, emotional films that I'm proud of. In my opinion it was a win-win choice.

 

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Here's a response I got from one of our brides:

I wanted to holla out and let you know that we went through our raw footage drive yesterday and are so grateful we have a copy of these clips! They are all like little home movies of our day, and they go so much farther beyond the cinematic film + all of our photos to really give a peek into the vibe we were in on our day. Thank you once again for sharing your gift with us, and for giving us this immortalized look at the happiest day of our lives to cherish and re-live forever <3
— Kat

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After the Wedding Day - Interviews of Real Couples - Kelsey + Alex

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After the Wedding Day - Interviews of Real Couples - Kelsey + Alex

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Kelsey and Alex Wood

Wedding date: December 2, 2017

Venue: getting ready @ The Windsor Hotel
wedding @ The Venue

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to get married?

Pretty soon after we started dating. Alex quickly became my best friend and someone that I knew I did not want to spend my life without.

 

Q: What was your favorite part of the wedding day? 

Everything!! It was so amazing to have friends and family all in the same place at the same time celebrating with us.

 

Q: Did you do anything different and non-traditional for your wedding? If so, what was it and why? 

I am not really sure honestly. We had our dog at the altar with us which was the best decision we made! It is so incredible looking back at our photos and video and her in being in them with us.

 

Q: Is there anything you would change about your wedding day if you could?

The only thing is that I want to do it all over again!

 

Q: Has married life been any different than your life before? If so, how? 

I don't think so, but in a good way. Life has been a little stressful since our wedding due to outside factors so it's just been nice to know I always have my rock at the end of the day.

 

Q: How did you react to watching your wedding film?

I loved it immediately!! I was laughing and crying at the same time. It was incredible to be able to feel the emotion of our day through the video.

 

Q: Are you glad your hired a professional videographer for your wedding day? If so, why?

YES! Our pictures did a great job of capturing the emotion of our day, but it was still nothing compared to hearing our voices and seeing the actual footage. It brought our day back to life and I couldn't imagine not having this to remember our day with! Not to mention, Kathryn and Ian were so much fun to work with!!


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Christina + Brian // Asheville Rainy Camp Wedding Film

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Christina + Brian // Asheville Rainy Camp Wedding Film

Kathryn - we cannot thank you and Ian enough for producing this absolutely beautiful film that captures the spirit of our day so perfectly. I am not the only individual who cried happy tears while watching it. Everyone keeps mentioning how HAPPY we look (we really were that happy!) but I think it’s also a testament to your talent and ability to capture those fleeting moments and to have made us feel so comfortable during the process. Seriously... thank you 1,000,000x.
— Christina + Brian

Just like love, the weather is unpredictable. 

There is no controlling it. There is only open-ness to the inevitability of change.

There are moments of sun and moments of rain, each necessary for growth.

They are all worthy.

Even the moments of in-between.

But especially moments like these.

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Announcing: The Untamed Elopement Collective

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Announcing: The Untamed Elopement Collective

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The team of Kathryn Ray (me), Shannon & Andrew Horton from Fox & Owl Studio, and Stephanie Forshee of Little Wild Bloom


THE UNTAMED ELOPEMENT COLLECTIVE WAS FORMED OUT OF A DESIRE FOR MORE.

MORE CREATIVITY. MORE INDIVIDUALITY. MORE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MORE LOVE.

 We are a group of creatives that trust, work best with, and love the heck out of one another. We respect, value and honor each other's art. We find that our hearts come alive in elopements. They allow us to get to know our couples on a deeper, more personal level and, in turn, provide us the time and creative freedom to make our best work. 

For our couples, we believe in the beautiful space eloping provides, allowing you to embrace the day more fully.  We are eager to encourage you to willfully let go of expectations and do what fits your unique relationship. We want you to throw traditions to the wind and embrace your authentic selves. We want to take the weight of planning off your shoulders and let your focus on the purpose of your marriage.


Above all else, we want you to be surrounded by a community of people during your elopement day who aren't just doing their job, but people who genuinely care for you. We will be there to cheer you on, help you get dressed, pour you a glass of champagne and shed a few happy tears right alongside you. We want to be there for you every step of the way.

We hope that you walk away from your ceremony filled to the brim with love and ready to begin your newest adventure.

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Caitlin + Alex // Asheville Wedding Film - Teaser

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Caitlin + Alex // Asheville Wedding Film - Teaser

IM BAWLING. <3<3<3 We love it. It makes us even more excited to see our full length video for all of the emotion to come!!! I’ve had multiple people say to me it was the most emotional wedding they’ve ever been to and that echoes how deeply connected I felt to Alex and everyone who helped us celebrate our day. It was perfectly imperfect and I can’t imagine how emotional I will be reliving the full length!
— Caitlin + Alex

My films typically end up being longer than promised, and Caitlin and Alex's teaser is no exception. A 1 minute teaser film turned into a 1:40 minute film and I just couldn't help it.
These two are vulnerability at its finest, so much so that even Caitlin mentioned so in their vows...
Putting this together for them was full of hands on heart moments and raw emotional reactions from me that remind me every time why I am so in love with filmmaking based upon real moments with real people.

Cheers to crying, hugging, and opening your heart to love.
 

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Amy + Lindsay // Asheville Intimate Wedding Film

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Amy + Lindsay // Asheville Intimate Wedding Film

We sat and watched this 3 times in a row back to back, tears streaming down our faces reliving each moment and loving everything you captured!!! I’m so glad you were a part of our day. I absolutely LOVE the film and will recommend you to anyone I know getting married.

Wow wow wow wow.

We are in LOVE WITH IT.
THANKYOU THANKYOU!
— Amy + Lindsay

Holy Schmoly ya'll...
I feel like I have so few words after sending a couple their film and getting back responses like the one above.
It's hard to explain the PURPOSE and pure JOY I feel from being able to capture a couples relationship and then present it back to them like a mirror that says "Look how badass you two are! Look at how your relationship brings inspiration and beauty to the world! Can you believe how incredibly lucky we are to experience love like this in our lives?"
It's such a gift to be welcomed into people's lives like this.

Amy and Lindsay, I had such a freaking blast celebrating your wedding with you.
So much love on this new journey together as a married couple <3
 

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Kat + Rich // Black Balsam Elopement Film

Oh my GOODNESS KATHRYN!
We are weeping over here!!!!!!! This was so beautiful!!!!! I am just as emotional as I was that day. You did it, you showed us as exactly who we are, all of our love and our laughs and our tears and our more laughs!! I cannot believe you created this for us, we will CHERISH this forever and I will be watching this every day! You are such a star!!!! Thank you for doing this for us, thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.

Omgosh forgot to mention - all of the really cool shots with our outline but then looking at the moutains/trees in the background were awesome!!! I never dreamed we’d have those type of shots in our wedding video! You really smashed this out of the park Kathryn <3<3<3<3<3
— Kat + Rich

Kat & Rich,

Thanks for letting me embrace my creativity in the telling of your story. Thank you for talking about not only the joys of a marriage in your vows, but also the reality of the struggles and hardships you will face. Thank you for being silly & honest with yourselves and with us. Rich - thank you for trusting me to put on your boutonniere and saying it looked good with the slight tilt. Kat - thank you for being willing to take off your jacket in the most freezing wind and jump around in it for a while.

Thank you for choosing me to create this for you. So much love to you both <3

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