Meet the Staff

Awaken Films loves our staff! Compiled with several different personalities, our staff brings the videography process full circle.

Meet our staff!

Al Hammond : Founder - Head Videographer

Al is the brains behind the operation. His main objective in every video he records, is to capture the true essence of the moment. With an extremely detailed and artistic eye, Al knows what it takes to make Awaken Films truly stand out from any other videography company. His ability to get along with basically everyone makes the filming process an extremely fun experience.  Al loves spending time with his wife and kids and enjoys being a part of quality film making. 


Matthew : Videographer

"Storytelling has become a passion and purpose in my life and I look forward to each and every one I get the opportunity to tell."

Matthew has been with Awaken Films from the very beginning. The continual growth of Awaken Films is due to his amazing talent and love of story telling. Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and their two beautiful children Elliot and Esther. In the little spare time he has, Matthew enjoys technology and watching movies.


Tyler Martin : Videographer

Tyler is from Collinwood, TN and attended the University of North Alabama in which he graduated Cum Laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Film & Digital Media Production. Since graduating, he has worked on short films, feature films, music videos, commercials, promotional videos and numerous weddings all across the Southeast.


Ricky Lee Nelson : Videographer

Ricky Lee has been in video production for several years and has excelled in live-streaming, sound design and cinematography. He and his wife, Heather, have two precious little boys, Lane and Aaron, who keep life exciting and adventurous! 


Evelyn Gomez: Videographer


Evelyn studied electronic media production at Middle Tennessee State University. She and her husband now reside in Hermitage, TN. Evelyn has been working in videography for seven years and loves the many different creative aspects that video production includes. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, reading, special effects makeup and watching movies. 

Bethany Nelson: Feature Edits

Bethany has had a love for videography and telling stories from a very young age. She has been involved in the media business since 2010 producing commercial, web, corporate, wedding, and entertainment video. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her nephews, acting at her community theatre, and being outdoors. 

Emma Bolton: Social Media and Blogging


Emma graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Information Sciences. Emma lives in Muscle Shoals and enjoys traveling, hiking, going to concerts and spending time at FAME Girls' Ranch.