How a Female Videographer Books 80 Weddings a Year in a Male-Dominated Industry

In today's wedding video business market, the female demographic is vastly unrepresented and is far outnumbered by men. In this insightful video, discover the ways that one female videographer found success and is booking 80 weddings a year! 

A common question that comes up in the wedding video business or even the filmmaking industry is that if you're a female, can you succeed in making a living doing video? The answer is yes! In this video from Parker Walbeck, he highlights one of his students, Kaylor Ficklin. The video shows how Ficklin, who picked up her first camera just three years ago, is making a full-time living out of it. Walbeck gives the audience an inside look on how Kaylor shoots her weddings, how she markets herself, and how she continues to succeed in the business. The biggest takeaway from this video for me was the way she works. She explains that the way she got to where she is today was with pure dedication. After watching this video, I was inspired to go out there and keep shooting even when it's hard in order to accomplish my dreams.

Do you have any tips on what it takes to be successful in video industry? Share them in the comments!

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user-156929's picture

That may be true but the most avid misogynists are women, especially as it relates to things considered technical.

user-206386's picture

That's the kind of statement that begs for more than your limited anecdotal evidence. You will not give it, unfortunately.

user-156929's picture

There's nothing to give. I wouldn't believe any study confirming or refuting my assertion, anyway. That would be like asking people if they're racist. Who would say, "Yes"? And I'm loath to blindly accept the analysis of sociologists. But, in addition to my limited anecdotal evidence, every woman with whom I've shared that opinion, has agreed. Of course that's not all the women in the world. I'm quite certain those women exhibiting such behavior would disagree vehemently while others won't have experienced it one way or the other. Keep in mind, I'm not referring to the number, or percentage, of misogynistic women but, as stated, the degree of their prejudice.

user-206386's picture

When one keeps themselves willfully ignorant, it provides proof of entropy. One expects nothing more from the general populace.

user-156929's picture

I've found communication works better when people say what they mean. As written, your comment lacks context.

user-206386's picture

Since you restrict your source of knowledge on this topic to a narrow sample of like individuals, you contribute to the degradation of society, like so many others, through choosing to remain ignorant of other viewpoints and thoughts. You feel that the creator of this video is wrong in her viewpoint, but are unwilling or incapable of seeking out information beyond that of women "with whom I've shared my opinion", certainly not what is considered an adequate sample of "women". And yet from that you draw conclusions of women as a whole, while summarily dismissing the conclusions of people who have had the intelligence and fortitude to actually canvass a wide, random sample. Entropy at work, and not unexpected from a random internet poster.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Thank you for calling him out. Guy makes a sweeping generalization, uses anecdotal evidence, and proudly admits he would ignore expert analysis of the topic. This is what’s wrong with society: boastful ignorance.

user-156929's picture

I'm not sure what you're referring to in your first point but, not being willing to dedicate my life to the subject, I don't see how I can expand my source of knowledge beyond a relatively narrow sample. If you followed me around (you're not following me, are you?), I don't restrict my interactions to "like individuals". In fact, I'm constantly seeking out other viewpoints and thoughts.

I'm not sure what you're talking about regarding the creator of the video. I haven't written anything to refute the views of the young woman, who is the subject of the video and NOT the creator. I've not written anything to suggest disagreement with the point of the video as a whole. My only negative point was with the way Eli framed the video. I was probably too harsh in my original statement and attempted to amend it later.

Regarding my "misogyny" statement, I did NOT draw conclusions of women as a whole but rather, made the assertion that of those people biased against women, other women tend to be the most biased. Perhaps you glossed over my original wording but I don't see how you could have missed my clarification, this was NOT meant to indicate that most misogynists are women.

I never suggested I summarily dismiss the conclusions... I wrote, I am loath to "blindly" accept their analyses. One of the basic principles of science is to be skeptical of the results. In fact, you attempt to disprove a theory in order to support it. Not being a sociologist and having insufficient motivation to perform an exhaustive research of the subject, I refuse to "blindly accept" anyone's word for it.

And lastly, your comments suggest a very cursory examination of my words, which have been carefully chosen, indicative of mental entropy.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Correct Patrick as it's pointed out in the video how females tend to have the edge on certain things like posing and connection with the bride. Again all I'm doing is restating the facts from another person and not taking any of these observations as my own hence me accrediting them to the original author

Patrick Hall's picture

Keep in mind, this is a video made to increase the subscription to Full Time Film maker so you have to take into account that maybe the subject matter is made to draw more females to their platform. Nothing wrong with that necessarily but something else to keep in mind.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Right. You're right about that. The only reason I reposted it is because they were addressing an issue today that needs to be addressed. It's definitely interesting, at least to me.

Jeff McCollough's picture

Click baity hahahhaha

Tlamati Xochipilli's picture

Saw an interview by Mark Wallace of Rodney Smith and Rodney said something that, oddly enough, has never left my mind while thinking about making a career in photography. Mark asked him something to the effect of, "do you think there is still a place or a way to be successful in photography". Rodney said, "If you're good, there will always be room for you." Which I believe & know to be entirely true.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Thanks for your opinion on the subject. :)

Shaun Maluga's picture

So there are more men in the industry because men are better at photography/video than women?

Tlamati Xochipilli's picture

I'm not entirely sure what you say is in relation to my comment. But as for your comment, I believe is directly related to the sociology aspect of our society(-ies). When it comes to something like this, photography, the playing field is wide open. Some aspects may seem male dominated (ie. sports), some may seem more female dominated (ie. births). Of course, heavy emphasis on "seems". But in the US, for sure, your own validity, attitude, determination and work ethic is directly related to your own success and/or failure. Men can fail as easily as women can and neither is better or worse when it comes to being the better photographer. Both have their unique challenges but both can equally fail and the field has been proven over and over again to be wide open for those ready for the true challenge.

Shaun Maluga's picture

Yes but is it harder work for some than others? If it is really true what your saying then it would come out to roughly 50/50 men/women successful in the industry. When the numbers don’t reflect that it either means a) men are better at photography (or insert whatever other industry you want to talk about here) or b) something else is going on... perhaps there are more barriers for some people in our society than others that have nothing to do with your ability or talent.

And sure, someone born into say poverty, against the odds can work hard and succeed and people will say look this person did it therefore everyone else can, but if you look at it statistically, it’s probably not going to happen and it doesn’t reflect the extra work that it has taken someone just to get tot there same point as someone else. Now change poverty to any slight disadvantage in this world, say being born female, of colour etc and the scales are still not in your favor.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Yes!! Exactly what I was trying to get at this whole time

Tlamati Xochipilli's picture

I think I see what you're getting at... I'm currently a designer/architect for a construction company (photographer on the side) and after 20+ years I have yet to see 1 woman pour concrete, lay steel, lay block, weld I-beams, so on and so forth. Does that mean "only" men can do this, does this mean men are just better? I don't think so!! But the numbers, in my 20-year experience reflect 100% that "only" men can, will & do. Maybe this is an unfair example, but we are talking about an ever changing landscape of perspectives changing. The numbers don't reflect that because it's still changing. Give it time, like we always have, and the whole idea of, "are men or women better at...." will be a relic of an idea, when it comes to getting a task or job done.

user-206386's picture

Cue the fragile white male in 1, 2, 3 ....

user-156929's picture

Really? If you don't want to be stereotyped, don't act stereotypical.

Humour passing you by again, Sam?

user-156929's picture

I didn't realize it was supposed to be funny but now that you mention it, I don't think it is but okay.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Hey look! We found the fragile white make! Lol

user-156929's picture

Now, that IS funny! I'm the least fragile person you would EVER meet. But that's okay. I hope you feel superior now.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Superior? Not at all, man. Strange you would think that. Speaks a great deal about you to jump there...

user-156929's picture

Well, your comments on this thread have been a bit patronizing. Not a lot, but a bit. Either I've misread them (a possibility) or you feel superior to those of us you ridicule. Based on your comments, it was no jump but rather, a natural progression.

user-206386's picture

Oh, not in jest at all.

user-156929's picture

I didn't think so.

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