Wedding Videos That Tell A Story
Affordable – Meaningful
Wedding Videos That Tell A Story
Affordable – Meaningful
“You Never Know The Value Of a Moment Until It Becomes a Memory”
The beauty is in the details, and that is what I specialize in. You can hire anyone to record a video, but not just anyone can make a beautiful cinematic film that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Who is Ryan Hender as a Person?
Shortly after marrying my best friend in 2007, we found out we couldn’t have children of our own. After spending some time in Foster Care myself as a child, I knew there were many kids out there that could use a good loving home. Rather than going the traditional adoption route, we wanted to decided to foster children so we could change more than just one life. Jackson came to live with us when he was 7 months old, and just months later we were asked to adopt him, along with his twin brothers that had yet to be born. We went from a family of 2 to a family of 5 in just 4 short months. It changed everything.
I quit my job to stay home with our boys, and that allowed me to finally chase my dream. I had always wanted to make a difference. I wanted to tell stories, and make art since I first picked up a camera at 15. I started out by making videos purely as a hobby, with just over 2Million views as of 2017. As of 2009 I have been a full-time freelance filmmaker and have enjoyed every second of it.
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The morning of the wedding, Alex’s brother-in-law was flying in from Denver where he was there representing a client. His plane landed just in time for him to marry his Sister-in-law to her longtime friend. Alexa said in her vows “never did I expect to be marrying someone with my own name”. Both the Bride and Groom wanted an intimate wedding with just their closest family and friends. Such a laid back couple, until the dance floor opened. I had so much being their wedding videographer for the day at Noah’s wedding venue in South Jordan.
Just the other day I was filming a wedding when during the Couple’s Formals part of the day, the Bride looks me straight in the eyes and asked me “How do you still have a smile on your face?” During the day, we got talking about life quite a bit, and she learned a couple things about me that she didn’t know before. Some things that some could/would use as an excuse to not show up to work, or to just be miserable in general.
Some of my readers know a little about my life, but not many people know the whole story. I should maybe do what I’ve been told so many times before and write a book.
I come from a broken home, with a severely abusive and neglectful father. For a long time I kept that to myself, because I doesn’t define me, but I am who I am in spite of that challenge. When I was in my teens I spent some time homeless, I spent some time in Foster Care, and lots of time bouncing around from one friend’s house to another as I struggled to find stability. All of this while Never quite understanding how broken I truly was. There were three main people in my life that helped me realize that I was not a lost cause, I had just taken a few wrong turns and needed to find my way back to the road.
Just a few years ago, as my father was slowly dying, I was also diagnosed with the same disease that was destroying his lungs and liver. A genetic disease for which there is no cure. In 2016 my father lost his fight. For 10 years I didn’t speak a word to him. I hated him for ruining me and stealing my childhood from me. The last few years of his life I had finally forgiven him and we started to repair our broken fences.
In 2018 I have spent more time going to doctor after doctor doing routine check ups, until my liver doctor decided he wanted to do a biopsy. We learned that my liver was progressing faster than once expected, and that I may only have 3-5 years to live. You read that right. While at first it was quite devastating to hear, it has been almost liberating to know that I might not be around much longer. We have a great life insurance policy that will cover my expenses when I am gone, and leave the family enough to live off of for a while. Death is not the end, it only the beginning of a new chapter.
Rather than laying down and accepting defeat, I would rather stand up and make memories. With my own family, and with the families that I work with. There is a reason that I am a photographer/videographer. I see things in a different way, in a way that allows me to capture little moments in the lifetime of a family that they get to cherish forever. I think that by seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, gives you perspective on the important things in life. I am so grateful to do what I do each and every day. No matter how difficult things get, someone always has it worse than you.
Just recently I was at the Temple filming for a wedding when someone I was with asked me why I was ok to leave some of my camera gear where I left it. My response, “if someone feels the need to steal it, they obviously need it more than me”.
Fatima and Matt met 6 years ago, little did they know they’d be walking down the aisle in the stunning Memory Grove park in Salt Lake City on a cool summer morning. They have packed their bags many times as they traveled the globe, but as they packed their bags one last time as single folks, they left the single life behind and united two wonderful families. The Bride asked for encouragement in an as she attempted to maintain composure on her way to meet her soon to be husband on the lawn at Memory Grove where family and friends from all over the world came to witness the special occasion.
The morning was unseasonably cool, it couldn’t have been more than 80 degrees by the time we finished up around 1. They simply could have not chosen a better day to tie the knot.
A truly touching moment as Fatima’s father walked her down the aisle, I think that may have been the longest walk of her life. As both the Bride and Groom wrote beautiful vows to each other, there wasn’t a dry eye in attendance.
The first time I met Fatima was the morning of the wedding. She had booked us for both photography and videography for the wedding day. As I walked in and introduced myself for the first time, I reached out my hand to shake hers. “You’re not a hugger?” she exclaimed. We had spoken over the phone, but never in person, but that wasn’t going to stop her from treating me like family. I of course gave her a hug and then we got to work. It was so amazing, she had no idea that the colors of the room would go so well with her blue Nikah dress. I was sad that we couldn’t stick around to take more pictures of the bride and the bridesmaids as they finished getting ready, but we had to run to the venue to meet the Groom and all of his men before the ceremony.
After the couple shared marital vows in a beautiful ceremony in Memory Grove, we traveled to The Falls Event Center in Salt Lake City for a traditional Nikah Ceremony where the couple fused both of their families together in a spiritual ceremony.
The couple was practically glued to the dance floor. Fatima’s brother even wheeled their mother to the dance floor in her wheelchair where they danced some more.
Below are just a few pictures from the memorable wedding day, can’t wait to edit some more in the future! Also attached is a quick teaser video.
Brooke and Dustin FINALLY tied the knot! It has been excruciating not being able to share her pictures, they turned out so beautiful! We went out early one morning (2:30am early) to the Salt Flats for her Bridal photography shoot and it was so worth it.
Brooke and Dustin are a very different couple. Serious is not in their vocabulary. She may kill me for blogging about this, but today, her wedding cake was delivered as the Leaning Tower of Wedding Cake. Most brides would have probably screamed, and maybe hit something or somebody, she shrugged her shoulders and went on with her day. The temperature was SO hot today that the buttercream frosting and all of the layers in between had softened to the point that the cake had fallen. It was repaired, and the show went on.
During the family portraits portion of the evening, the Groomsmen were hard at it to hit each other and shout out random jokes in an attempt to get a reaction. Even Dustin’s dad joined in the fun, what an amazing family that loves to laugh and have a good time. It was a little toasty in the venue, but that didn’t stop the groomsmen from having a mosh pit. Rather than having a typical slow dance for their first dance, the couple danced a more upbeat song so they could be themselves, and instead of a typical Daddy Daughter dance, Brooke’s dad had a video made with pictures from Brooke as she grew up. It was such a touching moment to see the two hold each other, while shedding tears of joy together as they took in the moment. I am so glad to have taken part in such a special day for the newlyweds, they will be spending their honeymoon in Disneyland! Dustin even had Mickey Mouse cuff-links.
The Groom’s father mentioned during his speech that he had heard from countless people that Jamee (the Bride’s mother) was their “Best Friend”. I have to say, after spending some time with her and her wonderful family, I can see how true that could be. Both sides of the family were so kindhearted, sweet, and full of jokes. If the newlywed couple is anything like the rest of the bunch, they’re both in for a real treat for the rest of their lives! I was shooting their wedding video so I did not get very many pictures, but here are a few of my favorites from the ones that I did get, along with a few of her Bridals. More to come!
Annika and Nolan are such an amazing couple! They are absolutely inspiring.
They met in college, she noticed him first, he disagrees, but he DID make the first move. He asked her to be his partner on a project, just as an excuse to spend a little time with her, and now they are getting ready to tie the knot! Their first date was spending time together at her apartment with some of her famous chocolate chip cookies, that was probably what officially hooked him. Nolan spoke of how much he loves the simplicity of Annika, and how she looks at the positive in everything. She is spunky and spontaneous, he is energetic and fun loving, they are a great match.
They spent much of their dating relationship in the great outdoors, shooting, fishing, hiking, or just having a picnic in the woods. It was such a joy spending some time with this fun couple in the making of this video. I was not able to film their wedding day, but Annika’s mother really wanted her to have something special to remember this point in the young couple’s lives.
Just before sunrise, Nolan waited patiently in agony outside the front doors of the Temple as his beautiful bride walked toward him. Just before he was allowed to turn around, she grabbed his hands firmly as she eagerly awaited his embrace. When he finally turned around and saw her for the first time, his vocabulary was stunted, mostly what he said was “wow”. She had been showing him these extravagant dresses that were so far away from what he expected her to pick, that when he finally saw her in the dress she did pick, he could barely speak. It was both incredibly sweet, and a bit silly. She had steered him the wrong way completely on purpose in order to keep him wondering, and wonder he did.
Jackie and Brad are getting married here in just a few short weeks. She has been waiting months to get her dress back so we could head up and do her bridal portraits. We were both nervous that it would be disgustingly hot in the middle of July shooting outside, but to our amazement it was wonderful!
Our journey started at the mouth of the canyon in a parking lot of the local Smiths where we gathered to make the trek into the wilderness above American Fork Utah for our photography adventure. Jackie in her truck with her best friend, and her two girls, and I in my truck with my trusty sidekick Parker. I’d seen pictures of Tibble Fork from some other photographers that I have worked with in the past, but I had never had a bride willing to let me drag her along with me into the woods like Jackie did. And how much fun did we have.
Little did I know it, I was not the only one deathly afraid of heights, Jackie was dying too as we made our way up the windy roads to what seemed to be the top of the world. With sheer cliffs on one side of the road most of the way up, we were both holding our breath, unbeknownst to the other. The girls in the back seat laughing along the way, poking sweet fun at poor Jackie as she trusted in her fearless (or so she thought) leader. At one point we had realized that we made the wrong turn, but it was too late to turn back. We had to make due with what we had, and I think we did well.
Once we got to the top, what a sight it was. There were beautiful views no matter which way you looked. No wonder why so many photographers and videographers make this place home during the summer months. It was definitely an adventure, and well worth the efforts.
Planning your wedding budget is hard enough without having to hunt down pricing and endless emails to find out how much your favorite videographer/photographer is. We have listed all our pricing to make planning your day as easy as possible.
There will be additional charges for destination, or Out of State weddings. Travel pricing varies on a case by case basis.
For example Flight, Hotel & other travel expenses.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any travel quotes.
DO YOU DO BOTH PHOTO AND VIDEO?
Absolutely! We’ve developed some pretty awesome packages that give you the best of both worlds.
Our clients LOVE the fact that they have two professionals working every angle of the wedding day.
Having two professionals is an incredible asset to wedding day coverage, we are able to cover the Bride and Groom getting ready, multiple angles of the ceremony and reception!
One of the many highlights to hiring Ryan Hender Films is you get two full time professionals on your wedding day!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED & DO YOU TRAVEL?
We are based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
All our pricing includes free travel up to 25 miles outside of Salt Lake City.
Travel is billed very simply. If Airfare, Hotel & Rental Car are needed all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement for the charges.
DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE A SHOT LIST?
Other than family groupings, we would prefer you didn’t. Let us explain why.
It is very helpful to know who your important family and friends are on the wedding day.
Working from a checklist is counter productive from the work you see on our website, shot lists are a great idea in theory, but we generally capture those images without prompting.
Providing us with a long list of shots will reduce the amount of wedding day documentation we are able to achieve. Therefor making your gallery much different than what you have seen.
LOCATIONS AND PERMITS
There are many places that require you to get a permit or pay a fee for photography.
If you have any questions about locations or photography fees let us know and we can help you find the answers.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
We use multiple professional Canon & Nikon full frame cameras and lenses.
Make sure your photographer has multiple professional camera bodies during your big day. This is an oversight often missed by most brides but could spell disaster for them. Cameras do and will fail at some point no matter how new or expensive they are. Professional lenses are equally important, they help render the highest quality imagery under any conditions.
Rain, Snow or Shine our equipment is weather sealed and ready for anything.
The last thing you want is a photographer who is afraid of the elements.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes! Absolutely Yes!
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Phil trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks his leg. When wedding photographers do not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry or are not taking their business seriously.
DO YOU EDIT MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes we do!
All your images are culled and those that make the final cut all receive our special touch.
We often select a few favorites for special attention above and beyond the individual image editing.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH THE REHEARSAL?
You may add rehearsal coverage to your package at an additional cost if you wish. The Rehearsal Dinner is most often suggested to be covered by the Videographer, and adds an incredible amount of sentimental value in the finished product. Many of our wedding videos include footage from a rehearsal dinner.
WHAT IS AN ONLINE GALLERY?
The online gallery is a section on our website where all of your wedding photographs will be placed online for you and your family and friends to view at any time.
It is also a secure shopping cart for you and family to order prints, cards or albums from and have them delivered right to your door.
HOW LONG UNTIL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Your online gallery should be ready within about 4-8 weeks of your wedding day.
If you’ve ordered a wedding Album, they can take up to 8-12 weeks.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL I RECEIVE?
The number of photographs taken depends on many things.
Types of events, hours of coverage, number of guests, locations… The average is 500 images for an eight hour day. Those numbers may vary depending on the day itself.
DO WE RECEIVE RAW FILES OR UNEDITED IMAGES?
The Raw, unedited images are not available for purchase or viewing.
The images selected for final delivery reflect our very high standards and cut images are not archived.
CAN YOU HOLD A DATE FOR ME?
To be fair to everyone we do not hold dates until a deposit is made and a contract is signed.
All bookings are on a first come first serve basis.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your total balance is due to reserve your day.
The remaining balance is due one week before the wedding day. The retainer fee and all money collected is non-refunable. The retainer guarantees the reservation of your date and after the contract is signed we turn down all other commissions for that day.
WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
As soon as possible! We don’t hold dates unless we have a signed contract and deposit is paid.
We often book weddings as far as two years in advance. If you want US, the sooner the better!