Today we’d like to introduce you to Miriam and Benji Salar.
Hi Miriam and Benji, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
As a soon-to-be husband and wife video duo, we’ve always been captivated by the arts. Benji grew up as a musician, playing every instrument as the funnest pass-time. Miriam has always been intrigued by illustration and design and DREAMED of pursuing some kind of art as a career. As we finished up our high school careers, we attended a few semesters of community college (forced by our parents). Soon to realize that it felt like a dead-end to pursuing our dreams.
The thought of pursuing videography later dawned on us in the spark of a moment. After much praying and thinking, we knew that this is what we wanted to pursue. We bought ourselves some cameras with our savings and dove right into making films of anything/anyone that we could. We contacted couples that we knew and did short video shoots with them just for fun. As word spread and opportunities arose, we later commenced in the wedding industry and have been booked and busy ever since! The art of film is truly an expression of beauty and passion, and we can’t wait for the projects and people that will meet us ahead.
Along the way, Benji proposed to me and we’re so excited to be getting married and to film weddings as husband and wife!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
1. Our parents did not approve of our decision to stop taking college classes and pursue a hobby as a legitimate career
2. Finding our first few video projects + learning our editing software
3. Optimizing our camera settings + developing our own personal style
4. Learning how to communicate with clients/being comfortable filming the couples
5. Learning how to communicate with the photographer and how to step in and speak up to get the footage we need
6. Time management
Bottom line is you make mistakes along the way, but that’s part of the process and it’s how you improve.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We specialize in filming weddings. That’s where our focus is and where we want to grow in over the next few years. We’d love to branch into corporate/commercial type of work in the future, but for now, we love being in the wedding industry.
We’re most proud of how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time. When we started out, we were only dating but we really wanted to get married as soon as we could. We knew we wanted to work together, and working in the wedding industry gave us the financial independence to get engaged, and to move out and live on our own this coming September. We are most proud that we were able to achieve that.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
To anyone who is starting out in the wedding videography industry, the one thing that we would say is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Practice makes perfect, and you’re going to make mistakes but that’s how you learn and grow. Even if you’re not the most proud of your work in the beginning, you have to put what you have out there to spread the word. Also, take on whatever project comes your way in the beginning. As you build your portfolio, you can slowly start to sift out the video projects that don’t appeal to you as much.
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