For the last 6 years my love for filmmaking has grown to be my true passion. Capturing special moments and having fun while doing so is why I love doing what I do. When I'm not shooting weddings, I might be creating content for other brands, or I'm just enjoying my time in MD. You'll find me hiking, camping, disc golfing, or at the gym (probably at the gym).
The first camera I ever had was a GoPro. I used that camera eeeeverywhere. I made little travel videos, summer videos, and some fun date videos. I think it was the versatility that really interested me and made filmmaking fun. I could strap it to my helmet to go white water rafting, or strap it to my chest going down a natural waterslide, or just hold it while I cannonballed into a pool.
I thought I wanted to shoot sports when I was in school, but interests change. When I started shooting weddings, I could really practice my skills behind the camera. I had more opportunities to be creative and tell a unique story about someone, and to capture two people's love for each other in real time is something special.
My wedding filmmaking career actually started with my sister, Emma. Her wedding was the first wedding I ever shot. I had no clue what to do, what to expect, or even how to use my camera to its fullest potential (not to mention I was also IN the wedding so that made it a little tough as well). After I made the video, some of her friends were interested in me filming their wedding as well, and that sparked an idea.
My sister and I made a business together called Raymond Media in which I shot many weddings and really practiced my craft. She recently began her new photography business, EB&CoPhotography, and I started my new videography business, Alex Raymond Productions (And AR Films).
This beautiful girl is Emma (Yes, my fiance's name and sister's name are both Emma.) For nearly 7 years we have been together, starting after a junior-year high school mini-thon all the way up through graduating college. We've walked though California streets, felt the mist of Seattle, stopped in Texas for a couple hours for a layover, walked the sand bars in the Florida Keys, and got engaged in the beautiful state of Colorado. We absolutely want to travel more in the future and take lots of epic pictures along the way. We're not married yet, but I have her locked in with that ring on her finger;)
This floofball to my left is our Mini Aussie-Doodle, Jarvis. Yes, he is named after Iron Man's A.I. Jarvis because I love Marvel. He was born on August 2nd, 2022 (the day after I proposed to Emma) and he's been in our little family since he was 8 weeks old.
Jarvis is the doggiest dog you could meet. He loves sticks, he chases balls, loves to meet new people, and has lots of doggy friends. You can definitely call me a proud dog-dad because I love this cute boy more and more everyday!!
Oh, he's a model, too. Check out his adventures below:)
ON OUR JOURNEY
While we were out on a trip to film my first destination wedding in Colorado, Emma had no idea what else I had up my sleeve. After seeing the Denver Gardens, Red Rocks, Glenwood Springs, Hanging Lake, Maroon Bells, Rifle, Natural Hot Springs, Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, Grottos Trail, and Vail, our last stop on our weeklong trip in the Rocky Mountain State was Blue Lakes Trail.
This entire week the forecast was outstanding. Clear skies and warm weather. But, as we're driving toward our last destination, clouds form around us and the sunshine slips away. This was the only time to do it (the photographer and I had it scheduled and planned) so as our windshield is hit with raindrops I insist we still go so I can "just get a quick shot before the storm hits."
While we're driving on this back road with huge ditches and wet mud, our tire pressure light on and the rain coming down harder, my goal at this point was just to GET there. At this point I'm a little bummed because this was one of the only times it rained all week, but Emma knew how much I wanted to "get a shot" of this place and suggested we go out in the rain anyway to get a shot. This is why I love her!!
When we park, Emma wants to wait until the storm passes through, but I had other thoughts. The only other people there were my photographers, all bundled up because of the cold rain. They walked down before us so I say to Emma, "lets just go down now before the storm hits hard because if we wait we'll be here awhile." So we go.
We run down the Lakes and I quickly set my camera up on a tripod to take video of what I'm about to do (I was doing that all week so it wasn't anything new).
We do a little dance, give her a little spin, aaaand.....
Watch our proposal