How I Started
My background and the thing that drives me as a wedding videographer.
Hey there, friends! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Kemari and I'm a wedding videographer based in Tampa and Central Florida. 👰🏻🎥 I just wanted to take the time here to let you know where I'm coming from.
To let you know a little more about me and why I chose to delve into filmmaking and even more specifically, wedding videography. 💕
I'm going to take you a little farther back here to when I was first exposed to the filmmaking. I was seven years old and my dad was showing me features on his handheld camcorder. He made home movies for us and also created the occasional music video (as he was in the music industry). I was fascinated by cameras and the editing process and came pretty hooked on it since. I continued with this passion mostly by acting in front of the camera or on stage. I loved all the arts really, from dancing to acting to drawing to filmmaking. I was a fine arts fanatic and went on to major in that in high school and continued to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in college. 🎓 Backing up just a touch, in high school I had a few big loves. Those were horse back riding, filmmaking, and drawing/painiting. 🎨 I knew that I wanted to be in the film industry so I researched and worked my butt off to get into the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.
The FSU film school is a highly regarded school and is one of the top film schools in the nation...and I just had to go there. I was so determined to get in, so after much suspense, hearing the news that I was accepted sent me through the roof! My dreams were on their way to coming true! (Yes, but not necessarily in the way I originally thought.) I originally went into film school and the film industry to become either a director or a cinematographer. In film school, we were taught all aspects of filmmaking so that we would be well rounded and be able to do any job successfully. Towards the end of film school, we were given the opportunity to choose to focus a bit more on what job we'd want to do when we graduated. I leaned greatly towards cinematography. Throughout school, I gravitated towards the camera department and just got so hooked on telling stories not just through a script and words, but also in the camera work, angles, and lighting. 🎥 Shooting films brought and still does bring me so much joy!
A bit later in my film school career and as we were all looking into what we were going to do next, I realized that I would really like to spend more time with my loved ones and friends. During school, we'd be on set for 10+ hours a day. When we weren't on set, we'd be in preproduction or prepping for our current set. It was absolutely so much fun and I truly loved my experience there, don't get me wrong. Film school was one of the best times in my life, but the filmmaking and entertainment biz is definitely a sacrifice as they are very time consuming. While I absolutely love film school and the film industry, family and friends are so very more important to me. Not to get all cliche or philosophical, but life is short and I really wanted a career that would allow me to be present during the milestones of life. At this time in my life, I was about to be engaged to my then boyfriend and now husband, Jacob, and I also wanted to be there for him. It was a tough decision, but I decided to find a way that I could have a decent work/life balance while I also continue my passion for filmmaking.
As another side note, I have been (not so) low key obsessed with weddings and the wedding industry for years. Before I even was in a serious relationship with my husband, I would watch wedding shows, have wedding planning apps on my phone, various wedding Pinterest boards, and I would assist friends (and people online) with wedding advice. I just loved marriage and weddings so much (and of course, I still do...even more so now)! Through lots of research, mentoring, and self reflecting, I decided that I wanted to start my own business and become a wedding videographer. That way, I could marry (lol) the two things I love so much, weddings and filmmaking. I also have a huge passion for people and making them feel welcomed and loved. Running a boutique style wedding videography business has played so perfectly into my strengths and passions. I care so much for others and I truly love that I can document and capture people's love through films. Weddings are the start of a beautiful life journey and it is amazing to be a part of! 👰🏻
I hold marriage so highly because it's the most important thing in your life. When you commit to marry someone, you're giving yourself to another person. You're inviting them to be so deeply connected with you through the good times and the bad. You're vowing to show such strong love for a person even if you're angry, sad, happy, or complacent. As people, we go through waves of emotions and phases, but to be married, you are committing to stick to that person through it all. Marriage is so important, friends! It's not always going to be easy, but if you both are in it for the long haul, trust me when I say that it is worth it. That it is amazing and so incredibly special. I literally could talk all day about how precious marriage is. 💕
I just wanted to let you know that as your wedding videographer, I not only care about creating beautiful films for you, but also helping you with wedding and marriage advice. I want to be there to support you and to be someone you trust as a friend. I only take a limited number of up to 20 weddings a year, because I truly want to invest my all into my couples. I love being there for my clients and I do truly care about you and your marriage. It brings me such joy to see two people come together and I absolutely love being able to be there for you!
Lots of love,
Here are some fun pictures! Some are of my wedding, some are of me on set while in film school, and others are of me working at my favorite job ever, a wedding videographer! ❤️️
Kemari and Jacob of Kemari Lyn Films are a joyful husband and wife wedding videography team.
Kemari Lyn Films serves Central Florida and destinations worldwide.
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💖 Kemari and Jacob