It wasn’t until I held my first child that I realized life wasn’t about me, it was about family. Watching my parents and my wife’s parents continue to age and seeing them interact with their grandkids is what got me into this business. I am very passionate about my work, and I believe it shows up in every project.
“Find what you love to do, and everything else will fall into place.” I’ve heard many variations of this throughout my professional life. It wasn’t until I started Family Documentaries in 1999 that I began to experience this for myself. I absolutely LOVE what I do! I have been doing this full-time for over 10 years, and I’m just as excited now as I was when I started.
Before opening Family Documentaries, I spent months talking with other family based video companies to learn as much as I could and get a feel for the market. I found that most of them had a strategy to turn out product in as little time as possible so they could keep their pricing as low as possible. I found this to be very discouraging. I wanted to create videos that could really evoke emotion, not just slap something together for the sake of a paycheck. So against everyone’s advice, I took a gamble and started Family Documentaries with idea that people would be willing to pay a little extra for a better video experience. I obviously made the right choice. My business has grown every year since I started. Many of my customers are from referrals and repeat business, and I can afford to take the time to do the kind of work that is really satisfying.
I believe Family Documentaries is a success today because people have come to appreciate the emotion that I bring to their most valued treasures, their family histories. Whether it’s a wedding, milestone birthday or the celebration of the passing of a loved one, I treat you and your family as if you where my own.
~ Jim Reidenbaugh, Owner