In today’s THE AUDACIOUS BABE Podcast episode, I had the absolute pleasure and honour to be interviewing Ayla Akdemir from WagtailProductions and we are chatting all about wedding videography.
Ayla shares with us her wonderful journey coming from a photography background over in the film industry and then how she finally ended up being a total wedding videography babe.
She is also openly discussing her pricing strategy and how you should have the confidence to charge for what your time is worth! Very powerful stuff, my lovelies. We are also discussing many other topics about personal projects, productivity and sooo much more!
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I had recording it. She is one hell of an audacious babe, don’t you think?!
If you have any questions for Ayla, just head over to our community and join us! I’m sure she is more than happy to answer any of your questions!
Below you will see Ayla’s showreel as well as some wonderful example of her amazing work. Definitely worth a look my lovelies. Also some background information PLUS all her social media links where you can find more of her.
Enjoy, my lovelies!
Name: Ayla Akdemir
Business Name: Wagtail Productions
Facebook Page: Wagtail Films
I started taking photographs as a child and studied it in education from the age of 16, as my high school had a dark room, right through to art College, various short courses and finally my BA in Photography in my twenties. I then became an assistant of a known fine art photographer, and went onto wiggle my way into the film industry as a camera assistant aka Clapper Loader. I worked on varies music videos for artists such as Ellie Goulding, The Vaccines, Nick Cave, Wretch 32, and Bullet For My Valentine, on TV such as ITV’s White Chapel and Feature Films such as Skyfall.
I had an itch to get back to being creative within a much smaller team, unlike what the feature films offered. I did my first wedding in 2015 and it filled a hole in my life and allowed me to be an observer of people and get back to being one woman and her camera.
My genre is essentially anti-cliche. I know non-traditional isn’t something photographer’s can use to describe themselves any longer, as that’s become the norm. But videography is way behind and my couples generally find me… with a sense of relief is the only way I can describe it. There’s actually guests in my videos, not just couples on mountains and there is a ban on certain cliches shots such as dresses hanging in trees, which I feel can work for photography but not so much for video.
3-5 fun facts about yourself:
- I play the 5 string Banjo.
- I have driven from London to Rome and back, several times, going through 17 countries on my own.
- In 2016, I was contacted by the BBC, after the director of the new David Bowie documentary saw one of my videos that I had filmed, in Brixton, the night Bowie died. They said they had footage of the mourners/fans in the archive, and I do remember TV crew being there, but they’d like to make my footage the opening and ending of the Documentary ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’. I was usually devastated by the death of such a talent and persona. That’s not normally my style. So it was a privilege to be part of such a tribute and surreal to watch it air. It was the icing on he cake that they paid me quite a lot for the footage. I think that’s when I started to believe in myself more.