Now Offering Family Films

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Now Offering Family Films

The first of hopefully many more to come...

“When we welcomed our sweet daughter into our life we were amazed at how quickly the weeks started to fly by. There were so many moments we wanted to capture as she daily changed before our very eyes! However, sleep deprivation and the exhaustion of becoming new parents made it extremely difficult to find time to document our new life together. We took videos and pictures here and there on our phones but knew it would be forever before we ever had the chance of doing something with them. Then entered Kathryn.

Kathryn came to our home and filmed the small yet sacred moments that make up our daily life with our newborn daughter. I was so grateful to know that these memories were being recorded so that we could show our daughter when she is older just how much love she filled our little home with when she was born. I was delighted at how peaceful and relaxed we felt while Kathryn was with us. Instead of feeling awkward the process helped me to slow down and fully absorb the time I was sharing with my daughter. It was like seeing her with new eyes that allowed me to appreciate all that she meant to me and all of the beauty she has added to our life. The actual process of filming filled me with gratitude for these small but priceless moments I get to share with my daughter.

I hope that we can have Kathryn come back many more times to record the important milestones of our daughter’s childhood and to help remind us to slow down and appreciate the miracles that make up our life together as a family.”

- Maggie Shackelford


I'm not married, nor do I have children, and I'm not sure if I ever will, but watching my friends around me experience the transition from being who they've always known themselves to be into being parents has been extraordinary.
As a personal filmmaker, I'm drawn to memories and moments that make life meaningful. My eyes are entrancingly fixed on the heart of humanity and all it's wonder. I continue creating to continue learning.

Therefore, filming the daily routines of Zach, Maggie, and their newborn daughter Rilla was another chance for me to learn about life. In that time with them I gained so much more insight on love, parenthood, birth, and partnership. They both amaze me in their strength & compassion. The added bonus to all that I feel I am given through this type of work is that I get to help them remember these fleeting moments a little easier as years go by, providing an everlasting source of gratefulness and joy throughout a lifetime right there whenever they need it.

 

If you are interested in learning more about family films, please contact me at evergreenerafilms@gmail.com

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Forest Elopement // Asheville N.C. Wedding Videography

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Forest Elopement // Asheville N.C. Wedding Videography

Jessica + Christopher

A bit of their story:
Jess and Chris live in Florida, so when they decided to elope they made a grande adventure out of it. They left home before their wedding day, taking their time, stopping at different locations along the way. They went horse back riding, rented a cabin, and enjoyed local hot springs before eventually meeting up with Fox & Owl Studio and us on their wedding day. Wouldn't you know it that it had been beautiful sunny weather every day except the one planned to elope, but we all embraced what was given and made a memory all 6 of us will never forget.
We always embrace the rain.
By the time we finished shooting it was pitch black and they were soaking wet, but they excitedly jumped in their jeep to get take out pizza to celebrate.
Over the next few days they adventured more, going ziplining, blue ridge parkway cruising, and they even got to enjoy some mountain snow!


My 3 favorite things:
-getting dressed in the woods with clothes hanging on branches and rocks
-personal vows handwritten in little booklets
-popping champagne in the headlights of their jeep and passing it around drinking from the bottle

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Photos Versus Video Explained By Harry Potter GIF's

Whenever I try to explain the reason that watching a film compared to looking at photography is a totally different experience, my mind always immediately goes to Harry Potter... 

Yes, that's right, Harry Potter.

I think about all the badass moments in the movies where images that are supposed to be still shots in real life actually MOVE  in their magical world.
You were stoked about this too, I know you were.
It's awesome.
The feeling that something is alive and full of characteristics is so much more enthralling than a flat, still shot of them. With movement we can get a better idea of who they are, how they are feeling, what's going on, and sometimes even how their voice sounds - all things that help us to define a person.
Therefore, I like to think of film as being emotionally compelling.

 

So here are some examples from Harry Potter that really show the difference you get when you look at a still shot compared to the actual moving characters in the movie.

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Admit it, if those would have been still shots it wouldn't have been nearly as awesome, right?

Now all you Harry Potter lovers tell me your favorite moving photo in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

(I did not create any of these images or Gif's - all sourced from google)

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4 Ways Video Can Improve Your Small Business // Evergreen Era Films

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4 Ways Video Can Improve Your Small Business // Evergreen Era Films

This film was created to market for The Bloom! Workshop put on by Nicole Annette of Journal Junky. She used it on Facebook and Instagram to give people a better idea of what the workshop experience would be like and would therefore have a stronger interest in attending!


1) People are more drawn to video than text

      Think about yourself here. When you are scrolling through Facebook, what are you most drawn to? I bet most of you can honestly say either pictures or video
Videos grab attention in a way that text just doesn't. We are drawn to visual stimulation because we can immediately relate to it. It becomes a part of our world without having to read and decipher a written message. Attention spans are shorter than they used to be for younger generations (unfortunately), but it is one of those facts of life that we must use to our advantage as we move forward. The positive of this phenomenon is that it encourages us to discover new ways of getting our point across and interacting with our world. Therefore, video can connect you with your clients more easily in this technological age.
 

2) Visually represent your story to clients no matter where they live

      If you have a website to sell your products or services, this is most likely one of the first interactions your clients will have with you, especially if they aren't local to you. Therefore, you want that interaction to inspire them and allow them to relate to your product as well as who you are as the creator. Having a summary film of either your business or who you are is a powerful tool to connect with people on a human "face to face" level even if you aren't in person.
 

3) Create a more interactive webpage & social media presence

 
  As simple as it may seem, using all different types of media will make your website more dynamic and interesting. Utilizing photos, text, and video will give your viewer more chances to learn about you and your product while experiencing it differently each time. This allows them to move through your page and feel more and more aware of your brand than with each interaction. 
 

4) Gain a deeper connection with your clients

   The more your clients know about you the better. One of the most powerful aspects of a small business is the story behind it. Especially the story of why you create what you do. It is personal, relatable, and it encourages people to want to support your work because it has a purpose that resonates with them. Big businesses don't have this connection, so I think we should embrace the beauty that small business provides us with as much as possible. Therefore sharing your story with them on your website when it doesn't take time to read is a way to create this

 

 

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My top 5 Storytelling Podcasts

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My top 5 Storytelling Podcasts

NPR Storycorps

Listen to this if you want to cry... but usually in an uplifting way!
Storycorps is the largest audio compilation in the Library of Congress, recording stories from people all over the United States.

What I love most about it: How incredible the act of interviewing someone can be for a relationship.
 

Ivisibilia

Invisibilia is co-hosted by 3 women who interview and explore ideas and concepts that we can't see. Things that are intangible.
 
What I love most about it: They explore things from many different angles AND they are topics I haven't fully heard about before.
 

TED Radiohour

Most of you have probably heard of TED talks. This podcast is a compilation of different speakers presentations blended with further interview conversations on their topic. They usually interview 3 different people who are all relating to a central topic.

What I love most about it: The fact that they dig deeper into the topics that are spoken on the TED stage to give you more background and information than just watching the video.
 

Radiolab

This podcast is one of my absolute favorites. Even though they don't focus on any topic in particular, they explore interesting ideas with open minds and a sense of true discovery.

What I love most about it: The sound effects they use throughout the podcast are like any other - they make it an experience and immerse you into the story in a beautiful and intriguing way!
 

Modern Love

Another NPR Podcast, Modern Love is a beautiful mix of storytelling, theatre, and writing. Actors present essays written about love that were submitted to the NY Times, representing real people who live among us.

What I love most about it: It provides a larger perspective of what love is like - what it can do, what it  means, and what it looks like.

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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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