We had the good fortune of connecting with Bri Poehler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bri, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have dabbled in film and photography my whole life. From making home videos, to being on the yearbook staff in high school, to making promotional films for organiztions in college, the art of filming and photography has alwyas been in my wheelhouse. It wasn’t until I married my 8th grade sweetheart in 2017 that I learned that the wedding sphere was super fun and intriguing to me. My sister in law got married the following summer in 2018 and I asked her if I could carry my camera around and try to make her a film and she was kind enough to let me! Little did I know, this was the start of my new passion. Filming weddings quickly became something I did not want to live without. I was a special education teacher at the time, so I began filming weddings with “name your price” mindset to get more experience and build my brand. I had so much fun figuring out how to film the way I had envisioned.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Wedding films are my passion. I waited 10 years to marry my hubby and everytime I film a wedding I get to re-live that feeling. The feeling of committing your life to someone forever is so special and capturing that over and over and over again not only keeps my love for my husband fresh, but it also fuels me to want to continue creating films for couples to be able to re-live their special day for years to come!
It was very hard to teach full time, film weddings on weekends, find time to edit in my down time, and still make time for my family. I had to get really good at time management, acknowledging my limits, and maintain my professionalism in spite of being exhausted. Honestly, filming weddings was my escape from the stress of teaching. Getting to be outside in beautiful places around Colorado was so refreshing.
I pride myself in being able to capture the real, authentic moments of couple’s wedding day. I don’t like to stage things; I like to capture all the little moments that happen naturally and compile them into a film that couples can watch every year to reminisce.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My husband and I like to send out friends back home feelingh exhausted. It makes us feel like we have done a good job at hosting. We enjoy going on hikes around the foothills, fishing, camping, hot tubbing, and eating good food. I am a big fan of Park Burger after a long hike. I also enjoy High Point Creamery for a sweet treat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe all my success in this business firstly to God; being a teacher and building this business on the side was very taxing. I did not do much advertising and somehow God kept bringing me couples to film! After 4 years of being a teacher and filming, we decided to start a family and the Lord enabled me to stop teaching and pursue film full time while being a mommy to our sweet little boy. So I could not have done it without his faithful provision of clients!
Secondly, I have to shout out the FullTime Film Maker course by Jake Weisler and Parker Walbeck. These dudes created an amazing course solely decidated to filming weddings that I learned so much useful information from! I couldn’t have done it without them!
Other: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7048423