It’s been a long and winding road leading up until this point, but in late 2019 I decided to pivot my business away from Weddings and general video production to focus almost solely on Real Estate video (and photos). I’m really excited about this change and I think I’m going to provide something really unique and new to the Savannah market.
Shooting wedding videos was a lot of fun and a huge learning experience for me (and my second shooters/ colleagues), but there were also a lot of cons to the wedding video business. The most obvious being that wedding video production can be REALLY stressful. Working with clients on the most important day of their lives mean you have to get it right on the first attempt, and don’t have any second chances. It also means that tensions are high and there is a lot of trust-building up leading up to gig day. To curb tensions, I relied heavily on referrals and met with the bride and groom as many times as necessary leading up to the wedding day. Additionally, I eventually stopped shooting solo (which is when the business became TEA Associates) and always had second cameras/batteries/cards JUST in case.
Another major con about working in the wedding video or photography business was that it requires committing a day of your life a year or two years in advance. In 2018 I had to fly from Georgia to New York twice, on my dime (I would NEVER make a client pay), because I relocated to Georgia after committing to both weddings. When it was all said and done, I didn’t really make a ton of money considering the amount of time spent traveling, shooting and editing.
The upside to wedding video and photography is that it is really rewarding. I always poured my heart and soul into my work, and I always strived to elicit an emotional response from my work before calling it “good.” My pitch was: “The flowers, venue, dress, and food last a day, but the photography and video will last the rest of your life. Where are you going to spend the money?” It was rewarding because I knew that my video will be watched for decades and decades to come.
Inversely, Real Estate video may not be personally fulfilling for some people. It certainly doesn’t have longevity. However, I have a vested interest in both Real Estate and the Savannah community, and I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me to flex and grow my creative muscles in an environment that will give me time to breathe, take a step back, and approach my task creatively. My goal is to make each home appealing to the buyer- to make them see themselves in the home- without ever stepping foot on to the property or across the threshold.
I’m really excited about the pivot and all of the opportunities that will follow. If you or someone you know is a realtor or is interested in Real Estate Video or Photo in Savannah, please have them contact me here.
–Tyler, Owner | TEA Associates, LLC