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Exploring Life & Business with Danielle Domenech of Feeling Wedding Films

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Domenech.

Hi Danielle, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
From a very young age, I felt like I wanted to have my own business. Do you know that child that likes to play their own games and create the rules? I got influenced by my great-grandfather and my grandfather, who had their own business in the Brazilian countryside. Both of my great grandparents migrated from Italy and Germany during the first great war and started a new life in Brazil, out of nothing, literally paving a road and helping to construct a new city there, a very common movement at that time. I guess the new generations got the same migrant spirit that brought my parents first and then us to the US years ago. I’m thrilled to see what the new generations are going to do next.

This wedding business idea was born completely out of a dream. I met my husband 20 years ago, by the time my parents moved to the US, at the School of Media & Communication, in Southern Brazil. From the beginning, we knew that working with people’s dreams and technology was our real passion. In 2008, almost by accident, we filmed our first wedding. It was very clear to us that the wedding film industry was transitioning to a new perspective full of fresh ideas for outstanding emotional and vivid films, and we were part of the industry transition from the boring old school wedding film style to something fresh and modern. We ran a business there for seven years, until we decided to reunite with my parents here in the US and start all over again. Feeling Wedding Films grew to be a very successful company, with the most stunning weddings. It’s an extraordinary possibility to make wedding films to be unique. At this moment, after the pandemic year, we had to rethink our strategy and decided to make some changes. We decided that giving opportunities to new talents and scaling was going to be our next big step. Always trying to find new ways to make things happen, we get young and talented people and introduce them to the wedding world, teaching them using our expertise, knowledge, and our own developed process, bringing new talents to the market. And that’s how Feeling Wedding Films was born.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge I encountered was literally the most exciting one: moving to a new country and starting everything from scratch again! The excitement made me feel that was an easy step, but I miscalculated so many variants along the way: the cultural differences, the language, the expectations, and the time and effort it takes to grow a reputable business. However, I never lost my positivity, even during the difficult days, I knew where I wanted to go and I had focus and a target. I kept inspiring myself with positive and successful people and I can look back and be proud of what I have made.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Feeling Wedding Films?
Feeling Wedding Films is wedding videography, photography, and live-streaming company located in Alexandria, VA, serving all the DMV area and expanding. We have an innovative way to form new members throughout our own process of training young and talented people from multiple cultural backgrounds, giving them the opportunity they probably won’t find without experience in the market.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My best childhood memory goes back to the beautiful beach house my parents owned. I absolutely remember waking up early in the morning and walking towards the wild beach while watching the sun, touching the clear water. The smell of the ocean, the white sand, and the wildlife are so vivid in my mind. We used to spent months of vacation there surrounded by family and friends. The simple but big house was always open and full of guests. My brother and I were so passionate about the beach and could spend the whole day catching waves, building sandcastles, flying kites, eating ice cream, and riding our bikes. I don’t really remember looking at a watch or having the perception of time. It was just fun and never-ending.

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