Video: How I Got Started

I wanted to address a question I get all the time, how I got started in video!

When I was in 7th grade, I was in an english class and we had to make a presentation.  I chose to make mine in the form of a video.  I used Photobooth on a laptop and imovie, I have no idea where it is now but I'm pretty sure I remember wearing a purple shrug?? Anyway, the multimedia teachers at my school saw it, and could tell I really enjoyed what I was doing.  So they invited me to be a part of the school news! I thought it was the coolest thing.

Anyway, I absolutely LOVED that class.  I loved the teachers, the friends I made there, and making videos.  I had a team and we would make short intros to show the whole school.  We did a couple film festivals, and we even won some! Looking back, these videos literally make me cry laughing. But having mentors and learning Final Cut and how to be creative at such a young age was such a big deal for me.

Fast forward to high school.  I still loved video, and there was an awesome video class there too. I had a great teacher that taught me how to film on a DSLR, a Canon 7D.  I saved up a little bit of money and my parents surprised me on Christmas and made up the rest for my own first camera, on the condition that I would make it a business.  I started making videos for fun and posting them on my Vimeo and Facebook page.  My friend, ella, saw them and asked if I would do her wedding video! I agreed, not really sure what I was doing. my teacher lent me a tripod and I had a cross country meet so my friend from my class covered the temple exit for me! looking back, i'm completely mind boggled that i did that haha!

A year later, my aunt asked me to do her wedding. another year later a great friend flew me out to Kansas to do her gorgeous wedding.  After that, with some encouragement from Pierce, I decided it was something I wanted to keep doing.  I started feeling really invested and being proactive.  It definitely didn't happen overnight, I've been doing this since I was 12 years old.  But I have had some pretty extraordinary opportunities I am beyond thankful for.

My biggest advice for those wanting to be in video? Just start creating.  Short stories, music videos, couples shoots, whatever makes your heart beat faster! 

I also wanted to say thank you for following along with my story.  I am so grateful for those that hire me, those that comment kind words, and those that watch my work.  You are the best. Seriously.  I really would love to answer any other questions you may have! I have learned so much in the past few years and I'd be thrilled to share it! XO

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