Today we’d like to introduce you to Alaina Booth.
Alaina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a lover of moments and have always had a deep drive to document my life. I have never felt a stronger desire to document life than I did my senior year of high school. I felt like so many of the things I loved and felt grateful for were slipping from me, so I decided to begin making videos to document the moments that I wanted to remember. I quickly realized I had an incredible eye for capturing genuine emotion and inspiring others through the honesty I was able to portray through video. I reached out to everyone I knew and got my foot into the wedding industry, where emotions run wild. I now work consistently as a wedding videographer in metro Atlanta. Being a student at the University of Georgia, I also work regularly with bands and sororities in Athens as a videographer. I truly love creating moments, capturing emotion, and making honest productions.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
While I would say that I have been extremely lucky to experience very few obstacles so far, there have certainly been challenges. In December 2019, I left my house in Athens, GA to come home to Atlanta for the holidays. A few days after being home, one of my roommates returned to our house to pick up some things to see that it had been burglarized. The burglars took a good bit of my camera equipment, including microphones, lenses, lighting, and my backup camera. While this sucked and did hurt my budget, I did get to upgrade all the gear that had been stolen!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a videographer and a producer! I shoot such a wide range, but most of my business comes from weddings and music videography.
I am so grateful that shooting weddings is my job. Although some see it as a stressful and intense environment for vendors, being able to capture such an important moment is such an honor. What sets me apart is that I focus on honest documentation. Rarely will I ask the couple for a posed shot, because I think the best moments come from the honest moments in between. I am an emotional person, so I understand the delicacy and beauty of emotional expression. My ability to capture it genuinely is something that I don’t see in many other wedding videographers, and it is something I am really proud of!
On the other hand, music videography is my other passion, and it is growing rapidly! As a creative, I love exploring the many ways in which people are moved by art. I appreciate things visually, but I can see the same kind of connection and appreciation in music artists resonating with their work. Seeing their passion excites me, and documenting musicians is something that I have been increasingly interested in.
My business is so young – I’ve only been shooting for clients for about a year now – but I could not be more proud of the way that it has hit the ground running. Running a business and being a student is definitely a challenging juggle, but is so rewarding to be learning so much about work/life balance at such a young age. I’m really proud of not only the commitment I’ve made to stay true to myself but also to independently develop. It’s really easy to copy what works for someone else. But sticking it out to get to know yourself as a creative and figure out what works for you is worth it.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always an extrovert who loved the spotlight. I was always excited about a new project or skill or performance I was working on. I was a competitive cheerleader throughout middle school and high school, and through this I realized my ability to create emotional connections with the audience – often without knowing them. My love for performing, or what I like to call “being extra” is definitely not something new.
For most of my life, it was just me and my mom, so I had to get creative with how to entertain myself without siblings. I knew how to find creative ways to have fun, but I was also extremely organized and systematic. My mom had the biggest influence on who I am, and her free spirit has taught me to take chances, enjoy life, and appreciate what it throws your way.
- Website: alainabooth.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lainabooth
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlainaBooth
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