Born and raised in the Memphis-area, Shelby grew up with a video camera in her hands. Read on to find out how this lifelong lover of filmmaking got into the business of documenting the most important days in couples’ lives.
A Bit About Shelby
I fell in love with videography at a very young age. I was born and raised in Memphis, where I spent a great deal of time making movies with my parents’ video camera. Even though these are extremely embarrassing for me to watch now, this sparked a passion that stuck with me. This passion led to me being involved in video production in high school (Arlington High School) and to majoring in video production in college.
Initially, I struggled to fully commit to this major because so many people told me it’s a hard field to get a steady job in, and they’re right. The film industry is a very tough one to break into. However, I decided I’d rather major in something I enjoyed than spend 4 years taking classes and being miserable, just for the sake of getting a degree. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Arts in Film and Video Production from the University of Memphis in December 2013.
The Making of Twenty-Two Magnolias Productions
During college, one of my good friends asked me to film her wedding. At that time, I had never shot a wedding before, so I was nervous, to say the least. After doing her wedding (and making a whole lot of mistakes), I realized this would be a pretty fun way to make some money. I did some research and was like…wait, people do this for a living?
I reached out to some local videographers, and spent a few years working as a second shooter before branching out and filming weddings solo. At that point, that mainly just involved filming the weddings of friends’ or friends-of-friends. Then, I never had intentions of this being my full-time business. I think part of that was due to not feeling confident that I could be a “business owner.” I didn’t take any business classes in college and didn’t know the first thing about what it took to start an actual business.
After college, I began to realize that almost anyone (myself included) would dream of being their own boss. If I was going to make this happen and if I had a knack for something, I was just going to have to learn as I went. I’m still doing that to this day. I think any business owner would agree that you continue learning as your business grows.
Thankfully, I have some great mentors and amazing parents who are very encouraging of me. I’m still not where I’d like to be, but, hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m in a great place with Twenty-Two Magnolias, especially after doing this for only two years. I cannot wait to see where I’ll be in, say, five years.
By the way, I named the business “Twenty-Two Magnolias” because I was 22 years old when I started the business, and I love magnolia trees.
To learn more about Shelby and Twenty-Two Magnolias visit 22magnolias.com.
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