I wanted to write our first blog post as a reflection on how we came to where we are. In 2014, Chris and I decided to see if we could make a living out of this crazy talent he had of making videos. It all started with Chris’s band Fallstar. Being in a band is tough and Chris had to teach himself how to do EVERYTHING there to promote and keep a band running including partially shooting and editing their music videos. Friends saw his talent and he began to do freelance work including commercial, fashion and motion graphics.
We needed to start somewhere so we asked if we could shoot a good friend’s wedding for free as “practice”. Check out “Dave and Kaitlin’s” wedding video below and I think its pretty obvious, Chris had a natural talent and eye for wedding cinematography from the very beginning. Chris shot and produced 4 wedding videos that first year from Thumbtack referrals and we decided we had enough experience and sample videos to start marketing ourselves to the wedding world.
In 2015 we were pregnant with and had our first child, got a puppy, bought and completely renovated our first home, and started 2 new jobs in addition to our wedding videography business Searatz Media Weddings.
Needless to say we were a bit short on cash and time but we did the best we could and emptied what was left of our savings to get into a couple wedding shows to try and get our name out there. Our hard work paid off and we booked twice as many weddings in 2016 and had a blast meeting new couples and expanding our business.
A couple of our first shows as Searatz Media Weddings
Now 2017 is here and it is so exciting to see how far we have come in just one year. Searatz Media was Chris’s multimedia business and we tagged Searatz Media Weddings as our exclusive wedding videography line. However we felt we needed to completely separate ourselves from his side business and that is how we became Long Light Productions. With a little money in the business bank account we were able to completely re-brand ourselves and are finally feeling like we’ve found our place. We are so excited to see what this year brings.
While Chris continues to learn more and perfect his shooting and editing, some of those early 2015 SRM (Searatz Media) films remain our favorites. From the beginning, Chris has had an uncanny ability to capture the emotional highlights of the day and match those moments up perfectly to music creating breathtaking cinematic masterpieces. Stay tuned for our next blog post, where I will talk more about Chris’s musical background and why he loves shooting our most popular video package, North Tabor, AKA “The Mighty Highlight Video”.
Thanks for going on this journey with us :)