Today we’d like to introduce you to Stanton Giles.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Stanton. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It’s kinda funny looking back to see how this all started – I was thinking today as I edited a video that I would have never thought, years ago when I was an engineer that I had the makings of an artist of sorts trapped inside of me. So I guess I begin with that. I went to engineering school in Tennessee for four years and worked as an electrical and controls engineer for about to years after that. I felt a shift inside of me, and I knew that I no longer wanted to be doing engineering. This initial pull to do something else lead me to quit engineering and move to an orphanage in Honduras. I discovered video soon before I left to go on this trip – I was planning a two weeks road trip with my friend around the United States, hitting major places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park.
As I prepared to go, I ended up watching travel videos on YouTube. I was so inspired by some of the work that I saw that I knew that I had to try it myself. So I bought a drone, a gopro, and an inexpensive DSLR and videoed our entire two weeks trip (this trip happened after my last day of work as an engineer and went right up until the day before I left for Honduras). I edited the video as soon as I got back… it was so fun to see what I had made and to see others loving it too. While down in Honduras, I continued to practice with my gear, but I had limited money, limited access to new gear, and limited time to be learning new stuff online. Fast forward over half a year later when I came back to the States – my best friend asked me to video his wedding. I had always told myself I wouldn’t be “that videographer” that just got into weddings like everyone else does that is starting out… but I conceded, and turns out, I loved doing it so much. I realized I didn’t have to make wedding videos cheesy like all the others I had seen. I could make them fun, upbeat, epic, and/or cinematic. So I filmed four more friends weddings that year in 2017. When I came back from Honduras, I started work again as a part-time engineer to pay the bills – I knew I wouldn’t be staying there long, but my engineering firm from before Honduras was gracious enough to have me back. This allowed for time to let me pursue other things.
By Spring of 2018, I had booked 28 weddings for that year and quit my job as an engineer for the second and final time (almost exactly a year to date after I had started after coming back from Honduras). Now, how did I get into doing almost exclusively destination weddings? I knew that my heart had a passion for travel, but I didn’t know how to break that gap from filming weddings in rural west TN to filming weddings in epic locations. So, I forced myself into it. I started with Iceland, where I emailed every wedding planner on the first three pages of google offering my services for free. 98% of them didn’t get back to me, but one did, and that’s all that mattered. Fast forward to later that summer in 2018, I had filmed the Iceland wedding and had a video. This video caught the eye of another couple getting married in Cabo, Mexico. This was the beginning of the amazing butterfly effect that segwayed me into doing destination weddings full time. Now, living in Denver, I film almost exclusively destination weddings, from places like Norway, Iceland, Austria, Mexico, Yosemite National Park, Lake Powell Utah, and Glacier National Park. I’m lucky to live in a place that is an amazing spot to elope, so I’m excited to be here now and start filming more Colorado weddings!
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been super smooth. I’ve faced plenty of obstacles in regard to owning my own business such as affording to live while paying for the gear it takes to run a premium wedding videography business. I’ve put off social functions so many times because there were edits that needed to get done. Working from home also sounds nice to the outsider looking in, but it can also be a very lonely experience if not handled right.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Films by Stanton story. Tell us more about the business.
My business is Films by Stanton a boutique destination wedding videography business specializing in make unique and custom wedding films. I’m known for making upbeat and very different wedding films (like Rickey and Sarah’s Tulum wedding on my website, people love that one). I strive to make every edit as true to each couple as I possibly can.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
With COVID forcing so many couples to bail on their big wedding dreams, many couples are shifting to micro weddings or elopements. Although there has been a big shift in popularity for each of these over the years, I really think that destination weddings and elopements will continue to gain massive popularity as travel culture develops and our world adapts and changes post-COVID.
- Local Full Day Wedding and Elopement Collections starting at $4,000
- Destination Weddings and Elopements outside of Colorado starting at $5,000
- Website: www.filmsbystanton.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @filmsbystanton
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filmsbystanton