1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hey there! We are Stephanie and Ryan Bloom, a husband and wife team that loves working together. Stephanie handles the Photography and Ryan takes care of the Videography, but we each know just enough of each other's business to lend a hand when needed. Ryan started filming weddings a little over 10 years ago, in what little spare time he had. After Stephanie experienced working a wedding, she had the itch to pursue the Photography side. And we've been working together ever since. The two of us strive to bring composure and a light-hearted attitude to every wedding we work. Our ultimate goal is to display the personalities of our bride and groom.
2. How long have you been filming weddings? How many weddings have you filmed?
I have been filming video for a little over 10 years. I take on a limited amount of weddings a year as I do have a full-time job on top of our business. My current job is more IT related but I previously spent the last 14 years as a professional camera operator and editor for The University of Arizona Athletic Department. Overall, I have filmed and edited 24 Weddings thus far with more on the horizon.
3. How would you describe your videography style?
I would describe my style as a cinematic documentary. I really enjoy filming with a shallow depth of field that gives the cinematic effect. The documentary part of my style comes from the foundation that I do not stage or rehearse shots with my couples. Everything that I am filming over the course of the day is natural. Another reason I am against pre-producing shots is time. Timelines are usually really tight and if you are spending a couple of hours with your videographer to try and capture the perfect Wedding Film, that is an hour that you could have spent with your family and friends instead. I am not saying that we will not allocate time for a walking into the sunset shot but we want to be efficient with your time on your wedding day. Your wedding day is not about your Wedding Film, your Wedding Film is about your wedding day. We want your personality to show through your Wedding Film. Every decision that gets made throughout filming and editing is based on what I have learned about you as a couple and what is important to you.
4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding videographer?
The sooner the better is true of any wedding vendor that you are passionate about working with, especially if your wedding is in wedding season. I generally book about 8 months out but have had couples book as close as 3 weeks until their wedding.
5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?
My personal preference is to be with the bride and groom all day. In my opinion that makes the best Wedding Film because you have all the build up in getting ready, then the ceremony, and then the party that is the reception. We offer two Collections but can customize to better fit your needs.
Collection A (Most Popular):
9 Hours of Coverage
7+ Minute Wedding Film
11 Hours of Coverage
12+ Minute Wedding Film
Any Collection comes with a digital download of your Wedding Film, the full ceremony, and full speeches.
6. Are you the wedding videographer who will be filming on the wedding day? How many camera people and cameras will be operating on the day?
I will be your wedding videographer on your wedding day. I once filmed a wedding 2 days after my daughter was born. How many camera people depends on how many are contracted. The most amount of people I will bring, strictly for videography is 3.
If you are contracted for 1 videographer, I will arrive with 4 cameras and 3 audio recorders. I will primarily stick to one camera but need multiple cameras for the ceremony setup and I always like to have backups. If you are contracted for 2 videographers, it usually only adds one additional camera.
7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?
We do charge a travel fee for weddings outside of the Tucson area. Generally, we charge $250 for weddings around 120 miles outside of Tucson. This covers our gas, mileage, and hotel/lodging.
We are open to traveling further so long as travel expenses are covered.
8. How do you back-up your footage to ensure no footage is lost and for how long do you keep the footage after the wedding?
All footage is immediately backed up after the initial transfer and remains on separate hard drives. We keep all footage backed up at all times.
For an additional cost, we also offer our couples a copy of all of our raw footage on an external hard drive. This insures that they have everything that we captured on their wedding day and also gives them flexibility to have their Wedding Film re-edited 15, 20, 30 years down the road if they desire.
9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the video? And how will the video be delivered?
Our turnaround is 6-8 weeks from the wedding. The Wedding Film is first sent via a private link to the Bride & Groom for approval. After approval, the link gets scheduled for publishing and digital download links are sent to the couple so they can keep a digital file of their wedding.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
We require a 50% non-refundable retainer fee in order to book your date. The remaining 50% is due 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.