What camera do you use?
I use the Canon 6D and primarily use the 24-105 mm lens, but also the 50mm 1.2. My new baby that I just bought for Italy is a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and I am in love. I use a manfrotto monopod for stabilization and it really does make the video 10x better!
I just picked up the GoPro Karma brand new Drone. I am stoked to start using that.
I edit on Lightroom with VSCO presets. They have a free downloadable pack that is AWESOME. Or you can buy individual packs for $60 each. So worth it.
To put my videos together I use Final Cut Pro X!
A good starting camera? I used the Canon t3i for years and it's bomb, I highly recommend that if you're starting out.
How do you travel so much?
No my parents don't pay for my trips, no I don't have a trust fund, OR a sugar daddy (yet) I actually work and pay for my own trips and equipment myself. A crazy concept, I know. I film weddings and other events, which is a good job for someone like me who would rather follow a boyband around the world than sit in a desk all day. It's my passion, it pays well, and I'm my own boss so I choose when I work. I usually plan trips, and then schedule and book weddings around it. It's the best. It's a functional relationship.
Another thing people have a hard time wrapping their head around, is that you don't have to be rich to travel. You just have to be willing to stay in hostels that sometimes have cockroaches.
In that video I went to Mexico, Hawaii, New York, LA, Havasupai, Florida, Colorado, and Thailand. And I still had money leftover to buy extra lives on candy crush.
HOW? it's all about planning.
For Hawaii my plane ticket was $400 round trip. I stayed with a friend (free) and played on the beach all day (free.)
For New York my plane ticket was $240 round trip, I stayed with a friend (free) and walked everywhere (painful) (but) (free)
Same thing with everywhere else I have traveled. I find a cheap flight and either stay with a friend, or a cheap air bnb.
Thailand was one of the cheapest trips i've ever been on believe it or not, my ticket was only $500 round trip and our hotel was about $6 a night split between 10 people. HOW COOL IS THAT? I see you girls dropping hunneds on getting your eyebrows microbladed. Go to Thailand instead. Good eyebrows are important. But so is massaman curry.
So you guys! I can't stress enough that there IS a cheap way to see the world, and I've figured it out. It's not because I'm white, it's not because I'm rich, it's not because i'm an international spy with missions in all corners of the world, its because I can HUSTLE. I bargain, I persuade and I work those street vendors. It's a gift. So road trips, cheap flights and staying with friends. That's how I afford to go on so many trips.
Also, no I don't go to school and you can read more about that HERE.
How much do you charge for videography services?
For commercial videography, the price varies with each job. Please contact me for a quote.
Social Media marketing
For wedding videography my prices currently are:
A full wedding day (ceremony + reception) - $1000
A full wedding day + first look/bridal - $1300
Full wedding day + first look + couples love story shoot - $1600*
*Travel expenses are flight, hotel and car rental.
What Religion are you?
I am a Mormon. I grew up in the LDS church (a blogger from Utah that's MORMON? groundbreaking.) And I can say that the gospel is the only thing in my life that I am 100% sure of. On the reals, I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. No matter how far I stray, or how many mistakes I make, it is there to give me hope and salvation.
Where Do you Shop?
If you were to open my closet you would think I was sponsored by Adidas. I dress a lot like someone who does cross fit for someone who doesn't even own a gym pass. I guess what I'm trying to say is I like athletic wear. Even though I'm not athletic. But people see me in yoga pants and just assume I have my life together. It's my biggest scheme to date. I love adidas, puma, nike, and show me your mumu. Nothing too fancy here. I also swear by Brandy Melville and Zara. T shirts, velvet, denim and sweatshirts are my jam.
How did you get started in videography and what is your advice for getting started?
I've always loved film and movies. I am that girl that knows every behind the scenes detail and cares more for the directors, than the actors. I'm fascinated by it all, and it was always something I wanted to explore. For me it started by making the 'year end video' for my cheerleading banquets in junior high. Then it became me getting really creative for my Spanish projects, or just making videos at the end of family vacations. I just really liked to edit and see my vision come together. Filming and editing videos was just a hobby and working with it professionally was just a small dream of mine. At the end of my senior year, A good friend asked me to film her wedding. I was FREAKING out!! She's just trusting me with the biggest day of her life. No big deal. So in the months leading up to the wedding, I watched hundreds of videos on Vimeo and YouTube trying to teach myself. What really helped me though, was shadowing a friend who had a lot of experience. She taught me all of her tips and tricks and I was able to learn hands-on. She came with me to the wedding and I owe her my life because of it!! The video ended up being great and a week after I put it on the internet, I had three people emailing me about my prices and availability. It was crazy! That's just kind of the way the business works. Once I had a few weddings under my belt, I took a loan out and bought some nice camera equipment. It was expensive but it pays for itself pretty fast. A year and a half later, and it's my full time job. So keep at it, if you're just beginning!! Look at me for example. It gets better I promise :) I haven't "made" it by any means, and I still have a lot to learn. I'm so flattered that people are even asking me for advice on this topic. Here are my top tips:
- ASK FOR HELP! Like I said, shadowing someone is what helped me the most. Find someone who works in the field that you want to go into, and come with them to a job. You will learn so much.
- FIND YOUR STYLE. Find something that sets you apart from other videographers or photographers.
- START FILMING! The only way you can find your style, is if you start playing around with a camera. Film a highlight video of your next school year, or your next vacation, or just get some friends together and film a music video. As long as you're filming and getting experience. This was my very first video I posted when I was a sophomore in highschool. It's so simple, doing nothing really, shot on an iphone with some funky filters. I love still so much.
- DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS. Everyone is guilty of this, but in a creative field this will KILL you! Especially with Instagram and so many social media platforms, I get so insecure about my work. "Why can't I edit like ____" or "If only I had as many followers as ____" it's so natural, and it's something I struggle with so bad. Something that has helped me though, is to let those people inspire me, and motivate me instead of discourage and intimidate me.
- DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN HAVING EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT! You don't need to have a $2000 camera to make good videos. Content and editing is everything. You can film on an iPhone and still make a masterpiece.