We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie & Ryan Bloom and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie & Ryan, what principle do you value most?
Consistency and adaptability. Sorry, we cannot choose just one. There are so many cliché statements about consistency but in our experience, most of them tend to be true. What do you do when no one is watching? If you can consistently work on yourself and your business, your business should be successful. Delivering a consistent product in Photography and Videography is so important. It gives potential clients a general framework of what their expectations for our final product to look like. But the beauty of having a general framework is that there is still plenty of room to exercise creative freedom to help tell a unique story from a different perspective.

Adaptability. COVID has single-handedly reinforced our belief in adaptability to one of the most important values. There were so many small businesses that had to permanently close their doors because of COVID. The businesses that survived were either the ones with enough cash flow to survive for quite some time or the ones that adapted to the situation and found new creative solutions. Weddings can be tricky for this too. No matter how much time and planning you can put into a wedding, something will inevitably go wrong. The most important part of adversity is how you handle it. Are you able to adapt and overcome a bad situation with ease or do you complicate the situation?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Regardless of the product we are delivering, we try to bring value to anyone that shows up at our doorstep. If we are busy or unable to take a client on, we make sure to give every effort to connect them to a fellow photographer or videographer that we know would be able to deliver a great product to them. We are always available to field questions and try to help potential clients in any way possible; even if they just want a second opinion about another wedding vendor. Everyone’s biggest asset is time. If you show that you are willing to invest your time in people, it usually becomes a net-positive return in our experience.

Our clients get the same level of attention. Wedding days can be extremely stressful, especially for the bride and groom. The best compliment we can get from our couples is: “You both made our day so straightforward and it was so easy working with you.” We strive to make our client’s experience as stress-free as possible by providing them a safe, calming environment where they can focus on their needs and their moments instead of worrying about us capturing the “perfect moment” for their scrapbook or wedding film. Taking the time to build and cultivate relationships with our clients has been an incredibly impactful experience and we are always grateful that a couple trusts us to capture their wedding day or special moment in time.

Our biggest challenge, as with most entrepreneurs, is time management. Our work-life balance is probably skewed more towards the work side than the personal. For example, Ryan usually works a full 8 hour day at his full-time job, comes home for dinner, and helps get the kids to bed. Then he starts business work for around 2 hours before getting ready for bed and doing it all over the next day. Over time we have learned to be where your shoes are. If we are with our children, we make our best effort to have our phones put away and have our attention on our children. Same when the two of us have time together and sometimes we have to schedule 1-2 hours a week, where we spend time together free from distractions. This works for our family at the moment, but we are constantly evaluating our feelings and most of all making sure that we are not cheating our children out of quality time with us.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food: Breakfasts would consist of Baja Cafe, Village Bakehouse, and Barista Del Barrio. Baja Cafe cannot be touched for breakfasts. There are so many options and everything is amazing. Village Bakehouse has an incredible pastry and coffee selection to go with its menu. Barista Del Barrio has a limited food selection but they have one of Ryan’s favorite coffee drinks. It is called Brew Chata and is basically cold brew coffee with Horchata.

Lunches would consist of Beyond Bread, Kneaders, Prep & Pastry. We tend to enjoy sandwiches for lunches and these three restaurants have our favorite sandwiches in town.

Dinner would consist of Sei’s Kitchen, Harvest, and Charro Vida. Sei’s Kitchen also has a coffee horchata so spoiler alert, we go there a lot. Their burritos and tacos are among our favorite in town. Harvest is our favorite place to enjoy a nicer dinner in an intimate environment. Their menu adjusts with the season and the food is always phenomenal. Charro Vida is probably Stephanie’s favorite restaurant in Tucson. Stephanie is dairy-free and Charro Vida is a vegan-based Mexican-style restaurant that transcends and tricks your taste buds into feeling like you are eating non-vegan plates.

Things to Do:

Ryan is heavily into sports so if there was a great game going on, we would probably check it out. Whether it is the University of Arizona or the Tucson Roadrunners, Ryan would have a pulse on which event would be the one to go to. Assuming the friend is not visiting in the middle of summer, one of our favorite past-times is hiking. There are so many diverse trails to explore and we have done a large amount in the Tucson area. We also really enjoy biking and Tucson is an incredible town with the number of dedicated biking options that exist. Ryan could take them mountain biking and Stephanie could stick to the road.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It is so hard to narrow down the people that have helped us get to the spot we are today. Ryan had incredible mentors that were selfless with their time and taught him everything he could learn from the freelance film industry. Scot Litteer, Jim Scott, and Nathan Shelton were so impactful on his career path in his late teens and early twenties.

For Stephanie, she has an incredible network of fellow photographers that can lean on each other for support, advice, referrals, and so much more. Tina Kraemer and Melissa Holland have both been great friends and supporters of our Photography. We are so thankful for our families, for believing that we can make a living off of a career in art.

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