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Community Highlights: Meet Karina Guevara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karina Guevara.

Hi Karina, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a videographer. I spent every year of college wondering whether or not I was studying in the right field. After college, I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go in with my Advertising and Public Relations degree and I spent countless nights praying to God to help me find what I was supposed to do. I didn’t just want a job. I wanted to be happy. So I worked on finding my passion. Then COVID hit and I was out of a job for months. To say that I was lost is an understatement and I’m sure that many people can relate to that.

COVID hit all of us hard. A little after COVID happened, my grandfather passed away and because of all the restrictions, only ten people were allowed to attend his funeral. I was truly blessed to be a part of the ten who were allowed to say goodbye even though there were many many people here in the United States and Mexico who would have loved to attend. Because of this, my aunt asked me to use the camera I had just gotten for my birthday to live stream the mass so that our whole family could be in attendance in spirit. It was supposed to be something simple. Just put my camera on a tripod and hit record, but this was my grandpa that we were talking about. Someone who meant the world to me. I wanted to do something special for him, so I began looking up Youtube videos on how to make cinematic videos. I watched hours and hours of content leading up to the day of his memorial so that I could do it right. I sent the video to friends and family who weren’t able to attend. From that video, a family friend asked if I could film her mom’s wedding and the rest is history. I credit my grandfather for the legacy that I am building and am extremely happy that he will forever be a part of my life and the reason why I am here doing what I love today. Thank you, Papa Alvaro, for helping me find who I am. I love you so much!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There were many obstacles along the way, most of which pertained to not knowing how to start my own business in videography, as I knew nothing about editing, filmmaking, camera settings, gear, etc. I had to do weeks and weeks of research, studying, and investing in getting to where I am today. I am extremely thankful for the brides and people in the industry who believed in my skills to create something beautiful and gave me a chance to produce it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I created Tales of Love Films keeping the most important things in mind: friendships and love. I curate romance films that bring stories to life by forming friendships with all of my clients. These bonds permit me to know what is most important to my couples and allow me to properly express who they truly are. I knew that bringing love stories to life was what I wanted to do. I pride myself and my love of learning. I have a drive to continuously hone my skills and to keep pursuing a new level of creativity. I want to keep getting better and better until I reach the top and I know that one day I can! So here I am, ready to put my heart and soul into creating films that will continue to touch people’s hearts for years to come.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
When I first got into this industry, I had no idea where to start! I’m a visual person, so I knew that in order to learn, I needed to see people in action and get a feel for what their thought process was when recording a wedding. So how did I do that? I messaged countless of people in the industry explaining what I wanted to accomplish and hoped that someone would get back to me and they did! One of the first people who gave me a chance was Chevy Chey. Through Chevy, I met countless of people who then connected me to other people in the industry. I joined a group called Wedding Vendors Association – North Dallas and was able to network with even more! Social media is also another effective tool and has allowed me to create relationships with people I haven’t even met yet!

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Hailey Marie Photo (Image credit for the photo of myself with the pink background)

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