Hey guys thanks for landing on my supporting evidence page, instead of sending you a link to a bunch of images and videos I thought id put the time and effort in to put together something that will help you to get to know not just what we do but who we are and what it means to us to be up for this award. Firstly I can't tell you how happy I am to be entered into a category that allows me to share both our photography and our films. I was disappointed when seeing the original categories that I may have to be pencilled into either a photographer category or a videographer category seeing as both our photos and films are so popular and i'm immensely proud of both so id just like to say whoever came up with the Creative Wedding Videographer - Photographer of the Year category you get a high 5 from me.
So who are we, we are a family business running since 2018, im blessed to have 5 beautiful and at times very annoying children to my wife Michaela. Yep 5 kids, our plan of having 2 went right out the window but I would never have it any other way. One of the benefits of having a big family is the option of being able to drag the kids in kicking and screaming to learn what it is that Mum and Dad do and to date ive successfully been able to bring in my wife Michaela, my oldest son Ethan, my oldest daughter Aliyah and my middle son Koby all in to help me in some capacity wether thats second shooting on a wedding day or turning lights on and off on a shoot. Who knows once I train the 3 and 1 year old up maybe I can retire and let the kids top up the pension fund (never going to happen). So below this is a recent family Wedding (family wedding I get to do for free of course as nobody thinks to invite you as a guest anymore how lucky am I) where I was able to set up a rare shot of us all together.
How did we get started?
Around 10 years ago my wifes cousin asked my to video her wedding as she knew I was keen into videography and photography but I initially declined worrying I wouldnt do a good job but was convinced when they said they wouldnt have anyone to video it if I didnt so apprehensively I agreed. Resultingly for someone who didnt have a clue what they were doing it turned out alright and enough for people to start enquiring about bookings. At that point I had a full time job as an aircraft fabricator so declined the offers mostly as I was worried of letting anyone down as I had very little experience. That day though nestled in the back of my head till a few years ago and when I got laid off from my job I thought it would be a good time to at least give it a go, I had absolutely no idea just how much it would take off, it was always meant to be a nice side job to help support the family but today I find myself booked out around 2 years in advance, even saying that sounds crazy but its just went amazingly and the amount of weddings we have to turn away is crazy.
Once id announced I was going out on my own I got two bookings very quickly and as luck would have it, it was two dream jobs one in Ibiza for a friend and one in Barcelona for a friend of my wife, yep lucky I know. You can see their film previews below, this was the start of Ryan Ward Film & Photography.
Sarah & James - Sitges Barcelona
Wayne & Ashleigh Es Cana Ibiza
So where are we now?
Ok so fast forward to 2022 and today I feel so very lucky to find myself a full member of the Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland and privileged to be competing with the very best in the country for both my photography and videography. When I started I never of dreamed to have got to the point where I am today where we could book a date 5 times over and have started to have to cap how many weddings we take each year as I cant physically keep up with the demand. Also on top of this the 18 months we were forced out of business taught me not to get wrapped up in the endless pursuit of trying to conquer the industry but to instead find a better work life balance so I can spend more time at home with my family, this last year 2 years has opened my eyes to whats truly important in life and thats the loved ones round you.
So what makes us stand out?
I honestly believe its my number one rule of not being content that the couple are just happy with what we do for them but they are blown away. I always aim to under promise and over deliver and ill do whatever that takes to make it happen even that means extra days editing even when I know they would of been happy had I released their images/videos days before, nothing leaves my edit room till I feel they have got my very best and that has stood by us from day one and a key to why I believe we are so in demand to look after couples on their big day. Heres just a small sample of my last few bits of feedback from couples when they received their work back. Im also very happy to provide names and contact details of the couples should you need proof of these quotes.
Natalie & Keith -oh god i cant even put into words how much everything u did means to us, what you did for us at a time we were struggling with family tragedy will never ever be forgotten and theres simply no words to how ill ever thank you or to express how over the moon we are with our Video and Photos, there is simply nobody better.
Saoirse & Alex - Can't use only a few words to describe how professional you all were. The team put us at ease on such a nerve wrecking day. After getting our couple pictures done, you told us to take a few minutes for just us to enjoy and take everything in. We were swept up in the day and making sure we got round everybody that we didn't think about each other. Would do it all over again tomorrow & have your team there to capture it. Cant recommend you enough to everybody we know xx
Rebecca & Michael - 3 words ‘The Absolute Best’ We couldn’t of asked for a nicer, friendlier person to come and capture our day. I just love watching our wedding video over and over again, not a thing was missed capturing all the little things the bride and groom sometimes miss on the day, that’s all we could of asked for (plus the craic was mighty) we would definitely recommend Ryan to anyone.
Rachel & Aaron - Absolutely loved our wedding video, there was so many parts of the day I missed but got to see whenever we got our film!! I can honestly say it was the best money we spent on our big day, he made us all feel so relaxed, the banter was brilliant and you wouldn’t have even known he was there! Couldn’t recommend him enough, over 2 years on I still sit down and love watching it xo
Megan & Dan - If you are looking for the worlds best photography/videographer then look no further than Ryan! Never mind the absolute amazing wedding video and photos you receive the craic you will have on your day is second to none! I still watch our wedding video weekly & still cry!! DREAM TEAM!!
Lucy & Paul - The best team, went above and beyond on our big day. 16th March 2019 in lusty beg. We had a few hiccups with the boat crossing over to the island so everything was running nearly 2 hours behind. Ryan and the girls, stayed later than originally planned, (without even being asked) to capture our first dance. Nothing was any bother to them, and they made us feel at ease the whole day. Highly recommended.
Sarah & James - The most incredible team who went above & beyond to make sure they captured everything about our special day. They are so invested in your day as if it were their own. Pure professionalism, dedication, excellent attention to detail & great craic. Could not recommend enough
Christine & Darren - I can promise you that there is not a better man in the country to look after you for your wedding, when I first looked about to book Ryans laid back banter approach when I contacted him won me over but oh my god did he deliver with our video and our photos, I cried, I literally cried for about 3 days with pure happiness because what Ryan delivered back to us absolutely blew our minds, to say he exceeded our expectations doesn't even come close this man is a genius and him and his team are the best craic you could ever wish to have on your wedding day, if your thinking about booking him you may get in quick or someone else will be getting the best in the business on your wedding day, love love love or Video & Phots Darren & Christine xoxoxo
So why are we different?
From the second couples contact me the hard sell is the opposite approach I have, in fact I always advise my couples to hold the date for a week shop about and if they are then 100% sure to come back and ill book them in, couples getting exactly what they want on their big day is more important than another booking on my list so I make sure they know all their options before taking their booking meaning once that happens we are both buzzing to get that contract signed so I can start looking after them and that starts with an optional engagement shoot. Below is some samples of what we can do, wether its the cliffs of the North Coast or the Mountain Tops of the Mourne Mountains well go wherever is special to the couple to start their journey with us