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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Melissa + Josh // Asheville Elopement Film

Elopements are where my heart comes alive. They are where I feel the most creative and the most connected to my couples. We are able to have so much time together to celebrate life and love and spending a lifetime with an incredible partner. There is space for all the things a couple wants to feel or needs to experience during that day, which in turn allows me to capture moments and connections I wouldn't otherwise be able to.

We did a styled shoot with Melissa and Josh a while back, and they loved it so much they decided to actually elope in a similar way. Just the two of them, myself, Shannon and Andrew from Fox & Owl Studio, sharing laughs, eating cake, popping champagne, and romping around in the golden woods we love so dearly.

I'll be manifesting my goal for many more elopements like these in 2018

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Why Wedding Vendors Should Stop Commenting on the Looks of their couples

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Why Wedding Vendors Should Stop Commenting on the Looks of their couples

This is going to be tough for a lot of people to hear...
But it's time for me to share an observation that I think needs to change.

Statements like "Aren't they beautiful?",  "Look how gorgeous", "These two are babes", "They are the freaking cutest", are overwhelmingly common these days in relation to wedding or elopement photos. You know you've seen it, you might have even done it yourself. But here's why I think you should think twice before you combine statements like that - especially with the photos of white, hetero, thin couples.

First things first: I'm a firm believer in the power of language. The words we use and don't use form our cultures and alter our perceptions. I don't believe "free speech" is at stake due to the compassion it requires to use inclusive and connective language rather than destructive and divisive words. The fact that we have politically correct terminology is proof that we are moving forward as a culture to recognize the variance in the human experience and are purposefully sensitive to the weight of that change. Free speech to me does not mean you can say whatever the heck you want and that political correctness is holding us back from saying the "honest" things. That is hate speech.

So now that that's clear - let's talk about beauty.

The media is a mix of visual imagery and words, and therefore could have an even more powerful effect on culture than just words. This is what we are a part of every day as wedding vendors on social media now - we are creating the culture around weddings with our images and our words.

So when we post pictures of white, hetero, thin couples and mainly focus on their looks, all we are doing is perpetuating the long-held and incorrect belief that people who look like that are the most beautiful.

If that's what your clients mainly look like, do you really believe that to be the truth? I doubt you do, and I hope you don't. If you do, I don't know how to reach you quite yet... So mainly, I'm sure it's really nothing you've ever thought of before because that's all you've ever been taught and shown in media. Plus it's easy to just talk about surface level looks when we want to post a picture of something we just created, right? We want to share it with the world and we think it's beautiful, what does it hurt? But I'm asking you to think a bit harder about what your putting out there and it's effect on people.  At this point I'm practically begging it, because the fact that there is only one magazine I know of that makes it a priority to talk about all aspects of the wedding day other than looks AND includes couples of all colors, shapes, sizes, and looks is proof that we are still in a standstill on beauty expectation in the wedding industry.
Shouldn't weddings, a celebration centered around love and connection be inclusive to all people?
(Shoutout to Catalyst Wedding Co. - I'm so thankful for you!)

So, what can you do?
For a start, instead of talking about the visual aspect of a couples wedding, talk about what they said, how they acted, moments that connected with you - literally anything else. I honestly think it would be better to just say nothing at all rather than comment on their looks.
If you want to go further, make diversity in your portfolio a priority.

Our words and our images are powerful - why don't we try and use them as a force for good instead of perpetuating the same self-deprecating and unrealistic standards our consumeristic culture has been pushing for so long now.

Inclusivity, self-love, and connection are well worth it, I promise you.
 

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The Simple Guide for a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

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Oh social media....It's a love/hate relationship right?
There's even science to back up why we are so addicted - we literally get a dopamine release when we check our phones. It's wild...

Ian and I talk about the woes of the young adults growing up in this age frequently.
He, as a teacher, experiences it first hand every day with his students... 

I didn't get a smart phone until the end of college and now children have them by middle school at least...
So instead of fighting something that we feel we can't really fight, how do we use it to our advantage?
How can social media be a good thing?


I think that if we choose our interactions properly and with purpose, social media can be a tool for growth, connection, and education. We just have to make the conscious effort to make it that way. 



1. Take notice - start recognizing how you feel after social media scrolls or even after certain pictures pop up. Do the images make you compare yourself to others? Do you feel like you have wasted all that time? Do you just feel like shit a little bit deep down? Empty and bleh? This is how you know it is time for a change.

My experience: I was constantly comparing myself to other peoples work on social media for a long time. I especially envied those who looked like their life was just a breeze, traveling all the time and doing all these fun things. Isn't that annoying when thats how people represent themselves but don't talk about their background? Like WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO TO MAKE MONEY PEOPLE?!?! It was infuriating to me. Once I started to notice all these feelings I knew it was time to make a change.

 

2. Find purpose - Start recognizing those posts that uplift you and make you feel better about your life. Start READING CAPTIONS! I know, I said it, crazy right? But that's where all the good stuff lives in Instagram if people are putting effort into it. If the post doesn't serve a purpose to you, why waste your time? 

My experience: Honestly, I'm sick of half-assed captions. And I'm really sick of following wedding industry vendors who only talk about how beautiful everyone and everything is when all the people look the same -white, thin, & "attractive" - (There will be a blog post on this topic soon...). Diversity is important to me, it is a priority.
My friend Tyler McCall taught me that I need to inspire, educate, or entertain people with my posts so this is what I look for in other peoples posts. Could you imagine if everyone was this intentional? Some people just want to look at pretty pictures, but I want some depth ya'll. 

 

3. Weed it out - start unfollowing. You don't have to do a big sweep all at once but as you spend time on social media, start unfollowing as you notice things that aren't serving you. 

My experience: Just let it go - I know it's hard when you are running a business specifically and you feel like you need to be connected to certain people in the industry, but this is where you decide what is more important. For me, my own sanity and healthy relationship with something so common now is way more important to me than just following people "I should follow". Sometimes I will go and like a few things on peoples pages I don't follow for business, but then I let it go if I don't see any more purpose in their message.

 

4. Rebuild - Think about what you want to be learning, what messages you want to be seeing, & how you want social media to positively re-wire your brain. Then start building that sort of feed for you to experience when you pop online.

My experience: For me this has mainly been making sure I see different types of people - different ethnicities, larger bodies, different sexual orientations. The more I see these things, and read posts by these people, the more I fight against societal norms of beauty and normality.
I also make sure to follow people who bring peace to my day and ground me with their words. People who educate me with their experiences and women who are inspiring me to be stronger and not making me feel less than.

 

 

 

Make your interactions purposeful.

Make your time worthy.

Give yourself some grace and some love instead of forcing constant comparison into your mind.

 

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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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Farrah + Nick // Asheville Wedding Film

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Farrah + Nick // Asheville Wedding Film

Having Evergreen Era Films as our wedding videographer was one of the best and easiest decisions we made for the wedding. Not only professional, Kathryn and Ian were so kind, thoughtful, and fun to be around — I seriously regarded them more as friends than just our videographers. They made us feel comfortable as shy and introverted people, too! The most amazing part of it all was getting our film back after the wedding. There was no need to review/edit/adjust anything because the film was perfect. It captured the right balance of intimacy, silliness, and love...plus, the music choice was spot on! As a fellow creative, I was anxious to see the finished product but shouldn’t have been. I fall more in love with how special that day was for Nick and I every time I watch the film (which is nearly once every day at the moment!). I know for any future video needs (vow renewals?!), I’ll be reaching back out!
— Farrah + Nick

Farrah and Nick challenged me to stray from my natural creative habit of focusing on intimate emotional moments in the films I create & to instead bring some silliness to their film. Her first email to me stated that "they don't like to take life too seriously" and that fact was evident throughout the entire day of celebration. Everything was lighthearted, happy, and and most of the time people were roaring with laughter!
Hip bumps, silly dancing, and jokes filled the memories.

My favorite non-traditional thing they did: Read each others vows privately.
We found a separate intimate space for them both to trade vow books and read one another's writings. They even asked to not include these in their cinematic film because they hold them so dear to their hearts as personal. (So they got a totally separate recording of them to keep!) 

 

 

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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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