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.
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Each year, Coats For Kids gathers hundreds of followers for a heart felt event. Hundreds of car owners bring cars from all over the state of Utah to one place, Bountiful Park. Coats for Kids is an organization that collects donations, and distributes coats to children all over who may otherwise not have a coat to get them through the winter. Our very own Bryce and Brian brought their families to the show, to share in the love for everything automotive. Full episodes coming soon!
More about the cause.
Coats for Kids Foundation, established in 2004 in Alexandria, VA has been a long time partner of Operation Warm, Inc. Founded on similar principles, both organizations have made it their mission to provide new winter coats to children in need. Our shared vision of ensuring every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and has a strong self-esteem is why Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm, Inc. have united with a goal of serving at-risk children throughout the United States.
After distributing more than 38,000 new winter coats from 2004 to 2011, Coats for Kids Foundation founders retired. They reached out to Operation Warm so the their legacy could continue. Their profound impact on children in the Washington D.C region has been remarkable. Together, in the winter of 2014/2015, Coats for Kids Foundation and Operation Warm reached more than 5,000 children within the National Capital Area, and over 300,000 children throughout the country.
Within the National Capital Area, children will continue to be served through Coats for Kids Foundation. Our efforts have been expanded with the help of Operation Warm, who similarly provides brand-new coats to children in need in this local area. Across the United States, Operation Warm runs one of the largest coats for kids programs in the country, providing new coats nationwide.
Our commitment to high quality coats and impeccable customer service will not be sacrificed as we continue to work with our partners across the country. Better yet, we are thrilled about the potential growth opportunities that will result from the union between Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm, Inc. Learn more at www.operationwarm.org.
BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful Rotary Club’s 20th annual Coats for Kids Car Show is set for Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16.
All money from food sales and activities will help provide elementary students with new winter coats, boots and mittens.
Friday’s activities — including family-friendly activities, dinner at the food court, live music and a car parade — begin at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. The Smokin’ Tire Burnout will be at approximately 9 p.m.
Saturday’s activities begin at 10 a.m. at Bountiful City Park, 400 North and 200 West. In addition to the cars on display, there will be more food, a bike rodeo at 11 a.m., and a patriotic program at noon. An awards presentation will begin 3 p.m.
Bryce and Syndal have known each other for years, they’ve been inseparable. 2 years ago when Syndal was bringing Bryce to meet some of her friends, they’d planned on meeting at a horse show. Little did anyone know, Bryce was actually allergic to horses. He could have used that as an excuse to find something else to do, but like he does with everything in life, he powered through so his soon to be Bride could enjoy the event with her friends.
Bryce is compassionate and kindhearted. When most of us would run from danger, he runs the other direction. He was one of those brave souls that ran into the concert after hearing gun shots to help in any way he could, in fact, he ran in after Syndal’s best friend Lauren. He works a day job that forces him to be in harm’s way, people like him are growing fewer in numbers.
Syndal is sweet and soft-spoken, until you make her mad, but she is not quick to anger. She has an easy going outlook on life, and is very kind and accepting. The couple was surrounded by family and friends from all over as they spoke their hand written vows to each other. I am so honored to have taken part in this special day with the beautiful couple, I wish them a lifetime of happiness and success. Here are a few pictures from their wedding photography, and a short video teaser. More wedding video to come!
I am so excited to be part of a new project. I can’t give away all of the juicy details until it officially airs, but I can tell you it will be a ton of fun!
Bryce and Brian are the hosts, and I follow them around the country searching out amazing cars and their extraordinary stories. We are currently shooting the pilot and intend on having that in the hands of the network here very soon, will keep all updated as that is made available. It’ll be a high octane, thrilling journey with cars from all walks of life. From Lamborghinis, American Muscle cars, Porsche, and everything in between. We have plans for 13 episodes as it sits right now, but if all goes well we will be around for much much more.
The show’s producers are working day and night to land appearances by some celebrities, and some pretty rare cars. We will have access to some of the rarest collections of cars in the country. Best of all, this show is designed to tell more of your stories, so if you have a unique car story, drop us a line, and maybe YOU will be on the show!
A HUGE shout out to D.T. Auto Brokers in West Valley for letting us borrow this amazing 1964 Chevrolet Impala. They do some quality work, full ground up original restorations. Check them out by clicking the link here.
We put together a quick teaser, enjoy.
Connie and Ali were joined in a beautiful wedding ceremony with an intimate group of family and friends. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Ali and Connie’s mothers shared some deeply moving stories of their children. Both the Bride and Groom have found great success together, and are excited to spend the rest of their lives together. It was so sweet for Constance to include her beautiful daughter as part of the wedding ceremony. The venue was stunning, with tall ceilings, exquisite decor throughout, and a dinner to die for. Their first dance was choreographed and well performed as spectators cheered them on. Dancing was one of the highlights of the evening, mostly everyone joined the newlyweds on the dance floor once the dj opened it up.
As the night came to a close, the couple was ushered down the stairs with a stunning sparkler sendoff with their getaway car waiting to whisk them away. I was lucky enough to be their videographer for the day, I snuck a few photos throughout the day, below is a quick teaser video and a few pictures. Can’t wait to see what Christie Q Photography was able to capture!
I am by profession, a Videographer and Photographer. I specialize in Weddings, Funerals, Adoptions, and other once in a lifetime events. But that’s just a front.
You see, as clients ask me WHO I am, or WHY I do what I do, I have a typical canned answer because if I offer too much of my story, I will most likely break down in tears. I am so grateful for what I have, I don’t want to dwell on the negative, but that is truly why I do what I do. It is said that Comedians typically come from dark places, and their comedy comes from deep festering wounds.
As a young child, my very first memory is at the age of 5-6, I remember planting my face in my palm, crying uncontrollably on moving day. I didn’t want to leave my friends behind but I had no options, I was “only a kid.” Much of my childhood we moved from house to house, my dad struggling to keep money coming in consistently, mom doing what she could. I don’t have many fond memories of my father. He would come home after bedtime and leave before we woke up to go to school. He would pull me out of bed at night (it seemed almost daily), drag me by my ear downstairs and beat me. Sometimes with a belt, sometimes with his hand. There were a couple times that he almost killed me, literally. Each year we were provided 5 pairs of clothing, 1 pair of shoes, and enough underwear and socks for each day of the week. We didn’t shop for sales, we didn’t get anything else throughout the year. I got used to having holes in my clothes, wearing through the soles of my shoes, and getting hand-me-downs from neighbors who could see the struggles we went through.
When I was 8 years old I remember walking to a outlet store in Sandy Utah, peering through the windows at a new pair of Adidas shoes. I remember the fire that burned within me as I went home and asked my dad to teach me how to mow our lawn. I had done the math, and if I mowed 7 lawns at $3 each, I could afford those brand new shoes. We shopped at Kmart, name brand shoes was not even in my vocabulary. but that was about to change! I remember those shoes, looking at them in the mirror as they hugged my feet. They weren’t quite my size, but that didn’t matter much, they were MY Adidas. You couldn’t wipe the grin off my face if you tried.
Years later, as we continued to move every 6 months or so, I got more and more awkward, always being the new kid in school. It became easier to hang out with the trouble makers, because they didn’t judge as much, so I started getting into trouble. At the age of 14 I was in a Foster home, living with a Polynesian family that also never provided for me the way they should have. Just before my 16th Birthday, I was allowed to move back in with my family, but by this time my parents had separated and lived in different houses. My dad was in Manti, and my mom in a small apartment in Sandy. It became clear after spending a few weeks in my mom’s place, sleeping on the couch that I was not welcome there. We had a falling out on several occasions, so it simply became easier to be homeless. I slept in my car, the front seat of an old Camaro, showering in the sinks of local gas stations and grocery stores. I started working full time after a while, and i never looked back.
Shortly after getting married, my wife and I found that we could not have children of our own, but rather than let that defeat us, we opted to become foster parents ourselves, which is how our 3 amazing little boys came into our lives. That’s not to say that it’s been easy, not being able to have our own kids has taken its toll on us for the last 10 years.
I lost both my Grandfathers within a year of each other, both of liver failure. In late 2015 I was following up on an abnormal blood test just to find out that I had the same disease my father had, that would take him from us just 6 months later. There was a period of 10 years where I didn’t speak so much as a word to him, I hated him for the abuse during my childhood, and he knew it. During the last 2-3 years of his life, we were finally working through our issues and he had finally apologized for his wrongdoing. We had finally gotten to a point where we could make small talk, but it was becoming too late. When he left, I was so angry, so sad that he had robbed me of my childhood and there was nothing I could do.
I recently went in for a followup ultrasound for my own condition, and found that my liver is progressively getting worse, and more testing is needed. It seems that my liver is growing, and not dispersing nutrients throughout my body as it should. It’s not a death sentence, but scary nonetheless. I go in for an MRI tomorrow to check into it a little more thoroughly. My dad, and both of my grandfathers passed in their mid 50s of liver failure, so it appears likely that I could follow in their footsteps. Sadly the condition is not curable, it is not reversible, and I do eat rather healthy, even though my outward appearance may suggest otherwise.
I don’t tell you this story to make you feel bad, I don’t want that, but I tell you this to hopefully get through to even one person so you don’t make the same mistakes.
I have been a hobbyist photographer since I was about 15 years old when I picked up a camera for the very first time. But my real passion is videography. When I look back at my first wedding video and realized that it was actually pretty good, I never realized that i would be here today as a full time Videographer.
In life, there are moments that make us who we are. We become someone based on this sequence of little tiny moments. A wedding day or adoption day is just a small little blip in our existence, but the beginning of something new, something big. I immerse myself into a client’s event not just physically, but emotionally. As the couple speaks their vows, and guests speak great things to the couple, it is meant to be heard. I produce videos designed to light a spark, and inspire us to do great things. When I was 9 or 10 I remember thinking to myself that I was destined for greatness! I never knew what it was, until now. It’s not me that is great, but by being a fly on the wall, through some of the greatest moments of our human existence, I get to capture sights and sounds, and use them as building blocks to construct works of art to inspire generations. I think if my life was easier, I wouldn’t understand the importance of cherishing each moment we are on this earth.
I believe we are all on this earth for a reason, some of us for a short while, others for decades longer than the average, but we are here for a purpose. You don’t have to accept the hand that life dealt, you don’t have to be miserable. You don’t have to live inside the box, you are in control of your future. Act now, follow your dream, stare fear in the face and become who you are meant to become. I choose to focus on the little moments, rather than the big picture, after all, when we are gone, all we leave behind are the memories. Don’t take life too seriously, laugh a little, be weird, and enjoy the journey, because it’s not about the destination.
MaKellun and John met in college at a party. One of her friends had a huge crush on John, but he had his sights set on MaKellun, and for good reason. She has a very laid back, go with the flow kind of attitude, so much that John played a significant role in planning their wedding. Makellun was dressed head to toe in 1920’s glamour, from her hair, her stunning dress, and all the way down to her jeweled shoes.
Held in what used to be the Ben Lowmond Hotel in Ogden, now names the Bigelow Hotel. The extravagant venue maintained the turn of the century charm with unique features throughout. High ceilings with intricate detail in every square inch, pin tucked leather wrapped wall behind the front desk. The charming Bigelow Hotel was absolutely stunning, as was the beautiful Bride and her Husband to be.
The Best Man and Maid Of honor gave some touching toasts, as did the parents of the Bride and Groom, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as John’s mother offered her beautiful poetry to her now married son.
What a treasure it is to capture moments like this for my couples, as their Videographer and Photographer it gives me so much to look forward to when I get to edit their full wedding. I did edit a few images for this blog post, more to come soon I promise!
Located on Historic 25th Street of downtown Ogden, Utah Ben Lomond Suites Historic Hotel started life as the five-story Reed Hotel in 1891. In 1927 the hotel was completely reworked in an attempt to create a fire proof hotel. Eleven stories were added and the hotel was renamed the Bigelow Hotel. In 1933 Marriner S. Eccles aquired the hotel and renamed it the Ben Lomond Hotel. Then in the 1980s the 350 room hotel was completely renovated and converted to a 120 suite condo-hotel. The Ben Lomond is the last of the three “grand hotels” in Utah that is still being operated as a hotel. Evidence of this legacy can be seen in the crystal chandeliers, marble floors and decorative ceilings as you enter the lobby of this historic hotel, which is listed on both the Utah & National Historic Registers.
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!