Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Clawson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2011, Scott and I were newly engaged and finishing out our time in college at Valdosta State University. He was majoring in Mass Media Video Production and hoped to find work in sports-related filmmaking. A few months later, we tied the knot and hired my cousin to create a highlight film of our wedding. I will remember the moment I first watched it for the rest of my life. Tears of joy streamed down my face as I saw all of our closest family members and friends surrounding us on one of the most important days we will share together. We had incredible pictures, but hearing the words spoken during our ceremony took me right back to that very moment. The art and creativity mixed with cinema brought together a masterpiece that I knew I would treasure for the rest of my life. From that moment forward, I was hooked.
Soon after, my parents gifted us with our first professional camera, which we used to film a couple of friends’ weddings at no charge. With many nerves, we soon set up our business and immediately booked a job to shoot a wedding of someone who had found our work online. We’ve always had work since that day.
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?
Like all entrepreneurs, our journey has been filled with bumps, smooth travel at times, and sharp turns in places where we least expected them. When we started this business, we weren’t sure what we wanted it to become. We were young, carefree in many ways, and never expected it to grow as it has in the last few years. We give God all of the glory for bringing us to where we are today.
Filming weddings is certainly not for the faint of heart. Live event filmmaking means there are no second takes. The pressure to capture every special moment both artistically and professionally is overwhelming and difficult, given the short amount of time a wedding day allows. We’ve had weddings where almost everything goes according to plan, and we’ve had weddings where almost everything falls apart. Regardless of the situation, our responsibility and refined craft must continue to shine through no matter what difficulties come our way.
While we have immense gratitude for our success, the business side of things presents a constant struggle. Business responsibilities, which may come easily to others, always come hard for me. We’ve hustled all along the way by reading books, taking classes, frequenting our small business association, and occasionally, flat out making business-related mistakes.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Clawson Media Videography is a husband and wife team specializing in wedding filmmaking. We pride ourselves on our bright and inspiring style matched with our ability to capture both intimate and candid moments throughout the wedding day. We work tirelessly to create artistic films, which stay true to the real feeling and atmosphere of the day.
What we are most proud of as a company is simple: it’s how we love our couples and our true passion for capturing the love shared between them. This also sets us apart from other companies. Ever since middle school, I have always said, “I just LOVE love.” We often laugh as we playback our footage after a wedding because many times, Scott has such a look of intensity during filming, while I am often beaming with a huge smile as I react to what I am capturing. Also, our mission has been and will always be to serve our couples in whatever way possible. Our couples continually tell us that we far exceed expectations to help them before, during, and after the wedding. One way we accomplish this is by being a calming and reassuring presence throughout their wedding day.
What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been a creative person since childhood. I was blessed to grow up in a home with a mother who was (and still is) a professional portrait artist. My great-grandmother was also a professional cake decorator, so artistic vision runs deep into my family’s history. My parents filled our home life with light, happiness, and worlds of creativity. My mother has shown me that it is possible to serve the Lord, be fully committed to your family, and build incredibly successful entrepreneurship.
Even though my mother’s paintings have always inspired me, by the time I was in eighth grade, I realized I did not share the exact same gifts and passion. I spent many years trying to find a place in a normal 8–5 job, but I realized over time that I saw the world differently than my other business colleagues. I now know that creative entrepreneurship is one of the great callings in my life.
- Website: www.clawson-media.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clawsonmedia/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClawsonMedia/
Lauren Carroll Photography (picture of Scott & Sarah Clawson), Anna and Spencer Photography (picture of Scott & Sarah Clawson), All other images are still shots from Clawson Media video frames