Film buffs may remember those scenes in “When Harry Met Sally”: Various couples were shown being interviewed, telling about how they met and fell in love.
The Love Story Project, a new business at 734 Main St. in Cambria, is like that. If you and your romantic partner want to tell your story on video, Shari and Alan Fraser will help you do it — free of charge.
“It’s something that binds us all together as humans,” Shari Fraser said. “The Love Story Project — there’s no charge for it. We just want people to come in and share their love stories.”
If the videos are free, how will the Frasers make money? They’ve stocked shelves and adorned walls with glassware, cups, pictures, greeting cards and other “heart-related art and gifts” for sale, Shari Fraser said. Colorful artwork by San Luis Obispo artist Tracy Taylor is featured on one wall.
The couple also will take personal photos and transfer them to T-shirts, wood, metal or other surfaces to create custom gifts.
The store is in soft-opening mode, with a grand opening yet to be scheduled.
The Frasers aren’t knew to visual media. They’ve run a photo business, Sonrisa Photography, for 10 years, shooting high school sports for Coast Union, Atascadero and Morro Bay; the Arroyo Grande High School prom, and, of course, weddings.
“Photographing weddings, we started getting interested in people’s stories,” Shari Fraser said. “For about 20 years, we have always done photography. (Alan Fraser’s) background is in film, so he was always doing scripts on the side. My background is anthropology, so I was always doing interviews. This project was the perfect marriage.”
The Frasers have a booth at their storefront location for shooting videos. Although they are setting up a photo booth as well, most of their photography is done outdoors because, as Shari Fraser noted, “Cambria’s so beautiful, you’ve got to get outside and take photos.”
They arrive at photo shoots with a vintage 1968 silver Airstream trailer, which they used as a mobile studio when they began shooting their videos at an event in Paso Robles a year ago.
“The first couple that came out in October proposed in the photo booth,” Fraser recalled.
Have she and her husband made their own video?
“We haven’t yet,” she admits. “We need to. We’ve been so busy with everyone else’s.”
How it works
The Frasers shoot video and post it to their website (thelovestory project.org), as well as YouTube, where you can download a copy. Participants must sign a release.