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wedding videography

Meghan + Noah // Rustic Fall Wedding Film

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Meghan + Noah // Rustic Fall Wedding Film

“The video was so beautiful! I cried through the whole thing!”
— Meghan + Noah

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Jen + Alex // Intimate Family Wedding Film

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Jen + Alex // Intimate Family Wedding Film

Omg Kathryn- we are sobbing. That was literally the best thing I have ever seen. Idk how you took all of our awkward shots and made us look like models 😩 and the song is PERFECTION!!! Wow, I am speechless. Thank you so much I love you.
— Jen

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Helen + Alfons // Classic Victorian Wedding Film

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Helen + Alfons // Classic Victorian Wedding Film

Hi!!! OMG we watched it last night and have since watched it about 20 million times. OMG Kathryn *crying faces*. We’re about to let the whole family watch it, we are in LOVE with your work! Thank you so much, you really captured the essences of our day!
(15 minutes later...)
Everyone cried. All three times it was played. lol
— Helen + Alfons

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4 important things to consider when hiring a videographer for your wedding/elopement

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Do they make you feel comfortable?

Do they make you feel comfortable?

More likely than not, you're not the Kardashian family, so having someone follow you around with a camera isn't going to feel normal to you. A majority of the time when people get a camera pointed at them, the reaction is one of absolute frozen terror or just plain awkwardness right? You know you've felt it before, especially when you know it's full-on video and not just a photo.

 Therefore I think the most important thing you can do for yourself and for the film you are paying money for, is to find a videographer who automatically makes you feel comfortable - Someone who you can easily get along with, someone who makes you laugh, who seems easygoing, and in general who you would want around you on your wedding day. This is key for you to be able to relax, sink in to the moments, and get real and honest moments captured on film. 

So how do you know if they make you feel comfortable? This is why #2 is so important as well...

 

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Do they want to get to know you?

Do they want to get to know you?

The more you get to know someone the more comfortable you are with them. Plain and simple right?

Therefore when a vendor does more than just ask for details and take your money, they aren't just trying to take up your time. It's not like "busy work" that you used to get in middle school.

I have all of my couples fill out a questionnaire based upon questions I have personally chosen and crafted together to get to know them on a deeper level.  I also make it a priority to meet the couple over video chat and/or in person before the wedding day. This way, when I show up to your wedding day, I'm also a friend you already know and not just a vendor there to do the job and peace out. There is a level of trust that is created when someone really wants to know you and I think trusting someone with these intimate moments should be a priority.

Also, the more we know about you, again, the more honest to who you are your wedding film is going to be. Win/win!

 

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Do their values align with yours?

Do their values align with yours?

I like to say this at times in relation to this idea - "You vote with your dollars". Do you want to support shopping small? Do you want to support female owned businesses? Do you want to support eco-friendly businesses? Do you want to support inclusive and equality focused businesses? Do you want to support progressive and non-traditional ways of celebrating marriage?

When it comes to your wedding, looking for vendors who align with your beliefs is a powerful way to support communities and ideas you want to uplift. What better way to do it than amidst the celebration of your love? (Evergreen Era films is all of those categories above, so if you just kept saying "YES!" to those questions above, hit me up!)

But also, sometimes you aren't going to know what a vendors values are. Feel free to ask. Of course, in the south, there are a lot of Christian wedding vendors, so if you aren't religious this is something you would probably want to avoid. Aligning values with your videographer, who is literally going to create a representation of your day for you, is a powerful thing.

 

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Do you like their previous work?

Do you like their previous work?

This last one is pretty straight forward. You should like their previous work. Even better, you should love it. This comes back down to trust again (a quality I deeply value), knowing that if your videographer does what they do best, you are going to love your film. What could be better than that?

Being able to rest in the knowledge from the very beginning that your money was well spent. Because honestly, when it comes down to it, we are all unique creators, each videography team, and we can't be or do what other people do as well as we can just be and do what is natural to us. Our work looks different for a reason. Our shooting styles are different for a reason. Our song choices are different for a reason. Choose the one your drawn to the most and let that person create for you in a way that is authentic and true to who they are. You just can't go wrong with that choice.

 

If you feel drawn to our style and our values, contact us here to learn more

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Mountaintop Bridal Experience

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Mountaintop Bridal Experience

Joint creation with Fox & Owl Studio
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I hope you feel something from these images and this film. I hope it makes you want to run barefoot through the grass and feel the wind on your face. I hope it makes you want to take the time to breathe fresh air and appreciate our earth for all it does for us.
Screw just looking beautiful, we want purpose behind it all. We want connection.
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If you haven't heard about it yet, you should know about our joint package!
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The Blue Ridge Collection

Here are the top 3 reasons it is such a great choice when planning your wedding or elopement:

1 - You get a super ridiculously discounted engagement session with both of us where you receive a fun/intimate film and photographs - WOAH

2 - You get to rest easy knowing you have a badass team who works together well capturing your wedding day

3 - Our creative styles and the stories we like to tell are similar yet unique, so your images and your films will compliment each, other rather than look nothing alike nor look exactly the same.

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Want more information?
email me at evergreenerafilms@gmail.com


All images are by Fox & Owl Studios

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Why Does Wedding Videography "Cost So Much"?

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Why Does Wedding Videography "Cost So Much"?

I always think educating community and clients about the wedding industry is very important. I totally understand of the general idea that wedding photography and videography is "pricey". It doesn't seem cheap for a one time service, but when you break it all down it makes more sense. Therefore, I want to help spread the knowledge of why it costs what it does.

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Here's the first thing to consider:

Weddings are a choice and a privilege- everyone doesn't have the right to have a wedding. What we all have a right to is to get married. They are two different things.

Everyone has a right to go to the courthouse and exchange vows with their partner, legally sign papers, and be announced "married" without any fancy bells and whistles. No big buffet of food, no bringing all your family into town, and no having a big dance party. All of these things are what make a wedding so expensive because it is a lot of work to put together a party (especially when no one is buying tickets to attend to offset costs like other big events require). 

This is why having a wedding celebration is a privilege. If someone wants a wedding to celebrate their marriage, they are choosing to pay the money it costs to receive each service desired, and each service is a lot of work for all those involved. 

(Note: Having a small elopement is a great option to celebrate with close family/friends and save on money!)

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So, if you decide to have a wedding and you want to capture it, when you hire us as your videographer, this is what you're investing in...

1- A college degree to learn the technical, artistic, and business skills in order to be able to provide you with an honest, beautiful, representation of your wedding day (.

2 - Professional camera gear to capture those moments with high quality.
Heres a quick list: professional canon cameras, multiple lenses, lots of lithium batteries, multiple tripods, multiple recording microphones, Mac computer, editing software, website hosting, USB's, hard drives for storage, and so on...

3 - Time spent connecting with you before the wedding and making sure everything is squared away and ready to go through email/video chatting/meetings

4 - The time working at the wedding, where our full attention is focused on the events and making sure everything goes smoothly. This equates to many hours on our feet holding and maneuvering heavy equipment.

5 - A music license for the song(s) used in each film - including the time to search for and pick the right one

6 - Editing the entire film to create a seamless storyline that includes music, footage, and audio all tied together (This process takes much much longer than editing wedding photos - I know because I've done both.)

7 - Choosing the boxes and USB's that your films go on, ordering them, and mailing them to your door.

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SO, let's do some math here...

If it takes all that work for just 1 wedding
therefore I can film about an average of 15 weddings a year.
In order to make a living wage at the end of the year, each wedding has to cost at least $2000 in order to make $30,000 before taxes (which isn't a lot to live off of in our culture).

So when you see prices rise above the $2000 range for your photographer or videographer, you can rest easy knowing that they are working hard to make a decent living and not ripping you off.

 

Hope that helps!

And when it comes down to it...

Celebrate your marriage in a way that makes the most sense to you and your partner. A way that you will remember with joy and gratefulness.

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