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Meet Brittany Spencer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Spencer. 

Hi Brittany, 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?
On my sixteenth birthday, my mother gifted me a camera, a Nikon D3000 to be exact. I was over the moon happy you have no idea. I believe the minute I got it, I invited my best friends over and posed for them to take pictures. In high school, I was in Yearbook and TV Production. Both of these classes required me to hold a camera and take pictures or videos of my peers. I loved it so much that I wanted one of these cameras that I could call mine. I started taking yearbook pictures with my camera of my peers in sports, clubs, events, etc. I recorded my peers for interviews, etc. for my tv class. I learned how to edit films as well as being in front of the camera which I liked as well, but not as much as being behind it and being able to tell a story. I love videography, I believe the time I realized I loved videography more than photography was my senior year of high school. My TV Production teacher had all of us seniors pick a theme for our Senior Project and I picked travel. I picked travel because during my senior year I was going on a lot of recruiting trips for Water Polo, so I created highlight films of my trips and things I did. That’s when I knew I loved making videos. As years went on, I still created my travel videos but, on my iPhone, (at the time) I hated carrying around a big bulky camera and my iPhone videos worked on my video editing software so it was perfect. Then I moved to Michigan from Florida after 21 years, my life changed a little bit I was still making videos but it was more of a compilation video of that year, almost like a recap. One day, my friend Brooke asked me to shoot her wedding video for her. I was all about it, I had a camera, the video editing software, everything! I knew I could do it from all of the wedding videos I watched over the years, I could seriously watch wedding videos all day. I captured her day, and from that day the rest is history. Now I’m a full-time wedding filmmaker and I couldn’t be happier. When I first started back in 2019, I had done four weddings that year. Last year I did 32. This upcoming year I have 35 and counting! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. There are a lot more highs than lows, but there are lows. In the beginning, I didn’t value myself and my work. I definitely had imposter syndrome where I doubted my abilities and didn’t understand the point in doing it anymore because no one was booking me for weddings or even felt like my work wasn’t good enough. I tried, and I tried, and I tried. How could I make my wedding films better? How do I build my clientele? How do I build my social media presence? All of these things take time and I wanted them to happen overnight. Which is impossible. But because it wasn’t happening overnight, all of the things I wanted for my business, I really beat myself up. During COVID, I think I really figured out social media which helped me kind of figure out and grow all of the things I wanted for my business. I taught myself how to do new things, I experimented, and I put myself out there. I legally became a business but didn’t know how to do taxes. There are many things when owning your own business that you don’t know about as a new business owner, and for the longest time, making this first big step into becoming a legal business, was scary. COVID was a huge struggle for a lot of wedding vendors like me. When COVID happened my business couldn’t run, no one was getting married due to restrictions, etc. I don’t think owning a business will ever be easy. Each year there are new things you encounter as a business owner that you have to adapt to and learn to overcome obstacles that you haven’t experienced before. Although owning a business has its struggles, it’s still the most rewarding thing. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a Wedding Videographer here in Grand Rapids, Michigan but have traveled all around Michigan, Florida, and to California. Outside of Wedding Videography, I create films for businesses, couples, families, etc. I also do lifestyle photography. In regards to wedding videography, I’m known for making films that make you feel emotion. I strive to capture my client’s day in the most authentic way possible. I love overlapping vows, letters, or speeches in my films. I think I do a really good job at making each client’s wedding film unique to them and their story. I think what I’m most proud of is the feeling I get after creating my films and after my clients watch their highlight films for the first time. I think that’s the most rewarding experience and best feeling ever, hearing that they love their film, or that they cried watching it, that they just get to relive their day all over again by watching it, and that I did such a good job at capturing it perfectly. What sets me apart from others is the vibes of my films, they’re cinematic, slow, and romantic, but can also be fun. 

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