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Meet Trailblazer Kaye Snyder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaye Snyder.

Kaye, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started shooting weddings in 2008.

I had just been let go from a video production job at a popular church in Atlanta. Leaving that job was best thing that could have happened as I was growing more unsatisfied in my role there but also I would have never jumped into becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 25 without the sudden need to earn a living. I began shooting weddings here and there, along with other types of video production work (mostly for local churches). I wasn’t pursuing weddings heavily at first, but after doing a few I decided I really loved it! I built up a brand and a wedding website, I had a few wedding videos under my belt for a portfolio, and I began plugging myself into local wedding advertising websites. From there, not only did brides find me, but planners were finding me as well and I was quickly becoming a full-time wedding videographer.

In 2010 I met my future husband Jon and we got married in 2011. After observing my business for over a year, as well as getting a glimpse into the entrepreneur lifestyle, Jon decided to quit his full-time job and join me in my business. And so Jonathan and Kaye Wedding Films was born. He excelled in areas that I lacked and our skill sets complimented each other greatly. He began to be in charge of client relations, bookings, gear management and solutions, networking, and of course shooting with me on wedding days. Since then, we have managed to continue to grow and excel in our craft, have been privileged to work luxury weddings and have made this our career.

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?
Videography in general is a man’s world. I had a lot of insecurities about being a female videographer. I didn’t even like the way I looked carrying a video camera (it helped a lot when I switched over to DSLR!) but still having so much bulky gear like tripods/monopods. I didn’t view my role as a feminine job.

Luckily, through my endeavors of connecting with other local videographers, I connected with another female wedding videographer in the area, which helped a lot with my self-image. And over time, as more and more female videographers have come to the surface, the stigma of videographers being a male role is fading enormously. In fact, I think women have a unique perspective to a wedding day. We have an eye for beauty and a soft spot of romance, which makes women very powerful behind the camera on a wedding day.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you guys do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
We specialize in authentic, romantic wedding videography… which means we are looking for a story constantly throughout the day of how the couple met, why/how they fell in love and how they feel about each other.

I believe capturing words from the bride and groom through vows or letters, as well as family and friends (through toasts), not only makes their film uniquely their own but also helps confirm and solidify marriage down the road. One day the spark of their love may feel like it is fading, or things may feel a little more back to real life, and life may just get crazy at times. Being able to go back to their wedding film and watch how they looked at each other, hear the meaningful words they said about each other, and relive the magic of their wedding day can help bring those feelings back no matter how long it’s been since they got married.

We are proud of the films we create and are constantly striving to continue to excel and grow at what we do. We value our relationships with our couples and their wedding day. We feel it is an honor to be allowed into intimate moments of the day between our couples and their families, and those are some of our favorite parts of what we do.

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Image Credit:
Main photo of Kaye by herself looking over her shoulder, The Willets. The shot of Jon and Kaye looking at each other laughing by Anna and Spencer Photography.

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