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Twenty-One Films | Raleigh, NC Wedding Videographers

This NC videography team is the best. Creative, hilarious, and so much fun!

This crazy bunch of people have become our dear friends over the last few years. It’s so much fun having people like these in the wedding industry with us. They make us smile, make us laugh, and make wedding days even more fun than they are already! We love when we see their names pop up on our vendor lists from brides.

People tend to think hiring videographers isn’t necessary, but it is. It’s oh so necessary. There are things pictures can’t capture. We can’t replay your vows for you or show you how you groom was shaking as you walk down the aisle. We can only capture a moment in time and freeze it to be re-experienced in your imagination. Video can bring it all back to life though! It can make you feel your wedding day all over again. It’s magical and priceless. I can promise you every bride of ours who’s hired this group has come back to us saying how different photography and videography are, and how they’re so happy they had both!

You don’t want to hire any old videographer though. These people are working right alongside your other vendors that you’ve invested in and trusted your wedding memories to. Don’t risk the thousands of dollars you’ve invested in other vendors to save a few on video. Go with the professionals. Go with Twenty-One Films! I promise you, you’ll fall in love with them just like we have. This team is amazing. With two videography teams (one even a husband & wife duo too!) and two full time editors they are a busy crew. I’m so impressed with their creative vision and their business savvy-ness. There’s so much we have to learn from them!

This is my second year taking their team pictures, and I hope it’s a trend we continue with! I love laughing with them as they try to make me as uncomfortable as possible with their silly antics and slight inappropriateness. Not to worry though, they’re as professional as professional comes on the wedding day!

Thank you every single one of you! We are so blessed to have met you early on in our business and have you as true friends now!

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Handling “No” Like a Pro

Dealing with no Rejection. It sucks. There’s just no other way to say it. It hurts. Art is such a personal endeavor that it reaches straight into the soul when someone says “no thanks”. We feel a piece of us break every time someone says that tiny little word. It’s hard to believe two letters can have so much power.

After receiving tons of no’s and also giving no’s when needed, I’ve come to realize it’s how you handle it that makes all the difference. It defines who you are as a person. Are you someone who lets other people control your emotions, or are you in control of them? Are you angry and vindictive, do you lash back, or are you graceful and understanding?

One thing I try to keep in mind to help when hearing that little word is it was probably just as hard for the person saying it as it was for me to hear it. Think about the last time you had to truly tell someone no. Not just no thanks when the waiter asks you if you want dessert, but no to something you were emotionally attached to. It was hard I bet. You didn’t want to say it, but you knew you had to because it was best for you at that moment. I have to say it all the time now in regards to seeing friends. We’re traveling A LOT this summer, I’m hosting my first workshop (Darling Wedding Workshop), we’re moving, and we have an almost 1 year old. There just isn’t enough time in the day. It hurts me to say no to people I love, but I take comfort knowing they’ll love me even if they can’t see me right this minute, and they understand.

When it comes to the wedding industry, no can be a good thing. The longer you’re in this business the more you’ll love hearing no’s. I actually THANK people when they tell me no. Yes, you read that right. So many people don’t have the courage to email/call back to turn us down, that the few who do get my praise. I thank them for informing me, applaud them for sticking to their budget if that was the reason for no, encourage them if they found a better fit (because honestly both of us will be much happier than trying to make something work that doesn’t), and I congratulate them on their upcoming wedding and wish them the best. If it was a budget issue I tell them to let me know if they find some more wiggle room, and you know what, sometimes they come back. Because I wasn’t mean, I didn’t try to persuade them the million reasons why photography is an investment. I commended their budget savvy-ness and wished them the best. The ones that do come back are the best couples. They are easy to work with, courteous, and value our services because they know it was a stretch for them.

No can be powerful. No can open up doors to more meaningful relationships, better clients, and more success. The next time you have a no staring you in the face embrace it. Give it a big old hug. Squeeze the life out of it so hard that it turns into a YES! Yes to closing doors and opening new ones! Yes to attracting your ideal client! Yes to being valued for your art! Yes to pursuing your dream every single day! YES YES YES!!!!

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Ana Teresa & Brittany | Mentor

NC wedding photographer offers mentoring sessions for new photographers.

This was a fun day. I had the privilege of meeting and talking business with these two lovely ladies. Both of them have been in business for a while and are amazing photographers, but both felt kind of stuck with how to take their business to the next level. That’s where I came in. I talked with each of them individually about pricing, game plan for full time, and attracting their ideal clients.

Ana Teresa of Galizes Photos was up first. She arrived at my house bright and early, ready to work. This girl is amazing. She speaks several languages fluently, and has an eclectic spirit about her that is reflected in her photography. We spent several hours breaking down her business and wedding packages, and talked about how to make it all work towards her goal of being a full time photographer. She knows things like that don’t happen over night, but I have no doubt if she follows our plan she’ll achieve her goal very soon!! In fact, she’s already emailed me to say she’s hit her goal for the summer!!

My afternoon was spent with the ever so adorable Brittany of Brittany Pelegrino Photography. Seriously, she’s the cutest. Her passion is for high school seniors and weddings. She came to me saying she was confused. She had heard so many different opinions of how to run your business out there in the photography community, and was having trouble deciphering which was best for her business. We put together a plan for her, and she left SO excited to implement it all!!

What out photography world, these ladies are coming for you!

Currently, I’m all booked up for mentoring sessions this summer, BUT there are still a few spots left for Darling Wedding Workshop! Registration closes tomorrow though so grab your ticket now if you want to come! You’ll even see Ana Teresa there too : ) Honestly, it’s going to be so much more than I could ever fit into a 3 hour mentoring session. We’re talking 2 days of everything I know about taking pictures and running a photography business. Shooting light and airy images, rocking reception lighting, marketing, pricing, and so much more! Check out the website for more details and registration info!!!

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Jess & Wes | Engagement

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Jess grew up on the most gorgeous piece of property in Nashville, NC. It hold all her treasured memories, is where they began their relationship, and where they’ll tie the knot in a few months to make it all official. When thinking about engagement locations there seems no place more fitting than her family home.

I’ve been working with these two for months, but this was the first time I had the privilege of meeting them!! They’re just as wonderful as I hoped : ) They have beautiful smiles and beautiful personalities that shine. I felt right at home as we walked all over the property taking these pictures!

Thank you two for braving that heat with me and not complaining! It was so lovely finally meeting you! Can’t wait for the big day!!!

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We Have Walls!

This process is crazy. That’s all I can say every time we visit our new house. Those of you who have built before know what I mean. One day you’re signing papers and the next your house has walls! It’s crazy. In literally a week they had the entire house framed. We went by one week and all we had were front steps and a back patio, and the next we had a roof! I wish we could have seen the in between in person, but we are just too far away to visit daily. Thankfully my mom and sister are right around the corner, so they send me regular updates and we do our best to get up there once a week.

This past weekend after it was all framed, we got to walk through. It’s funny how rooms that felt huge in the model look tiny when framed, and rooms we thought would b small looked huge. It’ll all change again when they put the sheet rock in I’m sure. Seeing it framed really helped with some mental hurdles we were having, like which room would be Ada’s, and seeing that we are going to have a backyard after all! My new office is going to be amazing with tons of windows and light, and just the fact I’m going to have an actual office is amazing! It’s about time I moved this operation out of my living room.

Now that they have it all under roof, there shouldn’t be any delays since it’s all weather proofed! We’re still hoping for September to close, which means it’s almost time to put this house on the market! Two weeks until this is listed, and we’re slowly but surely checking off all those last minute repairs you have to do when selling a house. Pressure washing and wet vac-ing is next up on the list, along with a few more closets to organize. Isn’t it sad how we wait until just before we move out to fix everything we’ve wanted to fix while we’ve lived here?

Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks of building. The one with me and Ada is in my new office, the one will all the windows is our living room, and the one with the tub is our master room, ahhh! I think it’s safe to say we chose this house because of all the windows : )

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charity - June 24, 2015 - 10:15 am

We have tons of Windows we love as well. They are by far the one thing any future home must have: tons of Windows!

Seldon Jones - June 24, 2015 - 10:22 am

So excited for you guys! Love you!

Julia Wade - June 24, 2015 - 2:09 pm

This makes me feel really nostalgic AJ. I have the very same pictures of when my childhood home was built 30 years ago.. Ada with cherish these. So happy for you both!

Brenda Frizsell Dunlap - June 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Poppy is checking it out. So glad we got to go through it while we were there over the weekend. LOVE all the windows.

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