Of course, I'll be the first to tell you how important a photographer is for your wedding day (I might be a little biased). But to fully capture all the magic of your big event, I'll also be the first to tell you how important it is to have both a photographer and a videographer. So let me introduce you to The Byrd Sisters Films. Latrice and Tanya are a twin team of videographers who specialize in shooting and editing weddings, events, music videos, fashion videos, promotional videos, and more. They energy and excitement is infectious! Check out their work at thebyrdsistersfilms.com.
Q: What is your favorite part about filming weddings?
Seeing the excitement and happiness that brings loved ones together for a special day! We love to capture the different personalities of couples and being able to tell a story. Seeing the different venues and set ups of weddings are also exciting as well. It’s a magical experience that we have the love capturing.
Q: What do you all love about working together?
Well with being twins, we make the best business partners. When working together we already know how each other work, we communicate in our own twin language, and most importantly we get to experience a journey together never alone.
Q: What advice would you give to brides when they’re booking a videographer?
When brides are looking to book a videographer, they should hire someone who loves weddings and has a style that they like. Always view their work beforehand to make sure they would be a good fit for your wedding day.
Q: What do you wish photographers knew about working with videographers on a wedding day?
We think the most important thing when photographers and videographers are working together is communicating with each other. Everyone has to get their shots, we know. But communicating with each other will make the wedding day much smoother. What we like to do is introduce ourselves to the photographers and let them know where we are going to be positioned for the ceremony. If they need particular shot, we tell them to let us know and we are be happy to move to the side or pull back so we can all get the shot.
Q: Tell us a little about yourselves!
We are identical twin filmmakers based in Los Angeles. We are originally from Seattle. Film is something that we found our voice in. We were always artistic individuals, but quietly creative. We were introduced to film in high school and found something that we could express ourselves in. We received extensive training in directing, shooting, and editing all forms of film in programs that we completed in New York and New Mexico. We also received a BA degree in Film Production at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, in 2015.
We have had great learning experiences throughout college, but one thing college lacked in teaching students, is the entrepreneurial side of film: going into business for yourself. Not every student is going to get that big movie deal right when they graduate. And yes, there may be internships that we could have done, but they are not always paid. And we did not want to be split apart, so that wasn't option.
Q: What are your biggest goals as filmmakers and how do you see yourselves getting there?
We worked at clothing stores, grocery stores, and movie theaters throughout college. Once we graduated, we saved up enough money to buy our film equipment, moved to Los Angeles, and started our own business. We knew we wanted to work for ourselves and be our own boss, especially in something that we love to do. And yes, our long term goal is that we want to write and direct our own feature films, be renowned twin filmmakers, create change and inspire others throughout the world. But real success is a step by step process. It’s hard work. It’s growth. And we are willing to put in the work to get to where we want be, to completing our dreams.