Koa Aloha Media

Huntington Beach, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Our reviews say it all: 2016 Best of Los Angeles for Videography, Thumbtack; 2015 Best of Los Angeles (#1) Photography and Videography, Thumbtack; 2016 Best of the Knot, Videograpahy; 2015 Best of Huntington Beach, Video Production. We shoot with high-end 4K and HD cameras. We are early adopters of 4K and mirrorless camera technology, ensuring a high quality, professional product regardless of the type of event. We recently changed our name to Koa Aloha Media from SoCal Entertainment and Media to reflect liflestyle rather than location!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Weddings (and other events) are always a great time! We truly appreciate the event and the honor of being chosen to document these special occasions.

Location

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Times hired on Thumbtack

62

Reviews

31 Reviews
  • Chery G. Jul 15, 2017
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Absolutely fantastic experience! We hired Brian for our wedding. He was able to craft an affordable package for our budget, he was accomadaing, and professional, and so helpful through the entire process. I have already recommended him to a friend for her wedding and will again! Thank you Brian!
  • Chona B. Sep 1, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
  • Diana M. Aug 23, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian (SoCal Entertainment & Media) is a gem! I put an SOS out on Thumbtack for someone to videotape my son's wedding on a very limited budget. He answered the SOS and my prayers! His price was so reasonable compared to others I had researched and I knew immediately upon speaking with him that he really cared about his work and capturing the events of the wedding day by producing a quality product! It wasn't just about the money! At a very minimal rate increase, Brian was at my son and daughter-in-law's wedding from start to the very end with them driving off in the limo! He arrived at 1:30pm and left at 11:30pm! We had the preliminary videos within 6 weeks of the wedding date! We wanted a few clips added, which he did quickly, and then he posted the videos to his password protected website for us to share with family and friends. He also provided me with all the raw footage which other companies I had spoken to, were hesitant to do. Just recently (6 months after the wedding - he could have ignored me but he didn't), I bothered him to ask about a few still shots of some events that had occured after the photographer left. He graciously got the 8-10 still shots to me within 24 hours as I was in a time crunch. I strongly recommend Brian as someone who is passionate and truly cares about making a memory of your event, one that you can treasure forever!
  • Kalie M. Aug 9, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    My husband and I hired Brian and SoCal Entertainment & Media as both photographers and videographers for our wedding and we were so happy we did! Not only were we totally satisfied with all the photos (both from our wedding and our engagement shoot) and our videos, but Brian was personable, friendly, and a joy to work with. He didn't charge us an arm and a leg like every other wedding photographer and delivered nothing short of professional quality videography and photography that captured the very essence of our big day. He was fast to respond to every email and correspondence and was there to help and guide us through all of our photography/videography needs. He also released every photo and video to us and did not hold on to the image rights only to charge us later. We highly recommend Brian for both wedding photography and videography for anyone looking to capture every dazzling moment of their big day.
  • Jacqueline C. Aug 4, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian was so professional throughout the whole process. He always answered all of my emails very promptly since day 1 and he even texted me the day of my wedding to let me know he was setting up at the church. He was everywhere capturing our special moments. He was so stealth you could barely tell he was there. I can't wait to see the finished video. He worked with the schedule of our wedding and even stood in the rain to capture our exit. I highly, highly recommend him!!! If you want someone reliable, professional and who captures your special day perfectly then hire Brian and SoCal Entertainment!!!
  • Daryl M. Jul 10, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
  • Sylvie V. Mar 30, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian Barsuglia was extremely professional and surpassed our expectations. He voluntarily delivered our video in record time to allow us to share our special day with family members who could not attend - this meant so much to us. Despite the quick turnaround, the video was perfectly edited and we could not be happier with the results. I would highly recommend his services.
  • Vicki C. Dec 13, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian was fantastic! All of the videographers I researched were way out of our price range for our wedding in Costa Mesa. I was about ready to just ask a relative to record our wedding on a camcorder when I heard about Thumbtack. Brian contacted me immediately and said he could film our wedding. I was shocked when he agreed to film the wedding for such an extremely affordable rate. Brian's affordable rate in no way sacrificed any quality or professionalism. He met with me before the wedding to ask questions about details and about my expectations. On the day of the wedding, he was early, professional, and I don't even remember seeing him during the ceremony or reception because he just blended into the background and captured every moment perfectly. He had a great rapport with our photographer and he always made sure to work with him to make sure both the photos and videos came out well. Even when our timeline ended up running a little longer than expected, Brian agreed to stay a little longer at no charge. Only a few months after the wedding, Brian sent us links to the highlights, ceremony, and reception. He asked if my husband and I wanted any changes to make sure we were extremely satisfied with the videos. After making a few requests, Brian made all of the changes in a timely manner. My husband and I both love how everything turned out! We highly recommend hiring Brian!
  • Ailene G. Nov 24, 2014
    Brian did photography for our wedding on 10-18-2014. He did everything that we asked from him and more. We got pictures we didn't expect to get. He captured great moments from everything that happened on our special night. Couldn't ask for a better service from him. Thanks again Brian.
  • Suzy K. Apr 7, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Brian is very professional worker with resonable price. Also, he is very friendly person with his sense of humor. He likes to work with his clients until they are satisfying.
  • Derrick R. Mar 4, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Words can not even tell you how pleasantly and very happy with our Photographer Brian Barsuglia. My wife and I loved how he made sure our day was about us and the moment was great. From the time he arrived, he was either taking photos of the site we were being married at to pre ceremony photos of the groom, groomsmen, the bride and her girls. he and his team were there through every step of the day and would even when someone wanted to take a picture with there camera, Brian would step in take their camera and asked them to get into the picture. He is just a class act and i would strongly recommend him to do any event!!! Thank you Brain and Jed, The smile on my beautiful wife face and all your awesome work made our day one to always remember!!! Thank You, Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Robinson
  • Ai-Lang H. Feb 11, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We met with Brian and immediately knew we wanted to work with him. He is so easy going and we knew he would be the perfect photographer for our wedding. He was very reasonably priced and the quality of his work is excellent. He took our engagement photos and we were thrilled with the results. We can't wait to use him for our baby photos in the future. Thanks again for everything Brian!
  • Cassandra S. Jan 24, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian was our videographer for our wedding at Coyote Hills Golf Course, Fullerton in November 2013. He made our wedding the perfect night and was the icing on the wedding cake. I can only think of three words to describe what he did for us, "wow," "Wow," and "WOW!" He arrived early, stayed late, and gave us everything we asked for, and so much more. He captured the mood of the night perfectly, and I have to say, he is a "must-have" at any big event. He was so considerate and truly cared about making the perfect video for us. He made a video montage with music (our first-dance song) and separate videos of the ceremony and reception. There were so many guests that live out of state and now we can see them, not only every day, but at their happiest. We cannot thank him enough!
  • Tiffany M. Jan 22, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian is very professional and a great videographer. He was able to get the footage we needed. He accommodated all of our wedding requests. We will refer him to friends and family who need a videographer!
  • Heather S. Dec 12, 2013
    Nice, professional, great eye, he got great angles with out being noticed, he was amazing!
  • Cody W. Dec 10, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    I needed a wedding videographer and I had only wanted the raw footage. He went ahead and did 3 different edits of one overall, one of the ceremony and one for the reception. I work for a wedding venue and we didn't have a good videographer, and I would recommend him to any bride or for anyone who needs a videographer! He goes above and beyond what is expected! He does amazing work! book him!
  • Diana U. Dec 5, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    I hired Brian to film my niece's wedding and reception on September 21st. He was professional from day one. He arrived at the wedding site early to set up and stayed late during the reception to be sure to get lots of footage. After he finished putting the videos together, I had several special requests that weren't even in the original contract. He went above and beyond what he had to do to fulfill those requests. I would highly recommend him and I plan on using him if I ever need a videographer again. I will also be sure to refer him to family and friends.
  • Alaena D. Nov 27, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian was very responsive to emails and able to meet with my fiance and I where it convenient for us. After getting to know him a bit and understanding his services, we loved what he had to say. He is professional and has a true passion for filming. We hired Brian on the spot and we can't wait to see his work from our wedding day!
  • Connie A. Nov 25, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    We couldn't have asked for a better videographer for our wedding day! Brian was trustworthy, reliable, and the final results proved his expertise in his field of work. We are very impressed with the outcome of the videos he edited for us and are extremely glad we chose his service. He worked with us and made sure we received nothing less than what we wanted as a remembrance of one of the most important days of our lives. Choose Brian and you will not be disappointed!
  • Keri G. Nov 10, 2013
    Bryan filmed many of the full length plays our school produced. He not only filmed the shows, he captured the mood and intention of each production flawlessly. He came in days in advance to watch rehearsals to make sure he had the critical angles and shots, and he delivered big time! Thanks, Bryan, for capturing memories that will last forever! Can't thank you enough for your professionalism and artistry!
  • Jo M. Nov 10, 2013
    I've worked on several short films with Brian, he has a dependable instinct for what is going to look right on film. He's quick, unobtrusive, and pretty damn talented. You cannot go wrong using him no matter what the event.
  • Kimberly M. Nov 10, 2013
  • David B. Nov 10, 2013
    I have worked with Brian in film, TV, Video and web based live action scripted media. He is creative, reliable and hard working. Always bringing new ideas, forward thinking and collaborative with his team. Highly recommend!
  • Nick M. Nov 10, 2013
    Brian is a complete professional who is passionate about his art!
  • Annie L. Oct 27, 2013
    My husband and I decided we wanted a videographer at the last minute. Brian was very professional and accommodating. He met with me and we discussed what I wanted/expected on the wedding day. It was a pleasure working with Brian. He delivered the video in a timely fashion and I couldn't be happier. Thank you, Brian!
  • Elizabeth M. Oct 23, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    I am really happy to have hired Brian as our videographer. He was very nice and professional since the beginning. Brian came to my house to make do the contract which was very nice of him. He was punctual and well prepared at my wedding. When he was done editing the video I was able to view it online. I asked him if it was too late to make a couple of changes and he gladly made the changes for me! I'm so thankful and I am very happy to have hired him.
  • Elizabeth V. Oct 19, 2013
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian was absolutely amazing at the wedding. Couldnt even tell he was there. Cant wait to see the final product. Absolute pleasure to.work with. thank you so much!
  • Brenda G. Oct 15, 2013
    Brian has filmed and edited five episodes of 3 Square the Series. He is always professional, willing to give constructive feedback and deliver a polished product. I love working with Brian and look forward to working with him again in the future.
  • Thomas L. Oct 15, 2013
    Brian did a great job on our most important day on earth!! He was punctual, very professional and most importantly understood our needs in what type of style of videography we were looking for. Brian blended in the crowds capturing our magical day and I would highly recommend his services anytime.
  • Shannon W. Oct 6, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    We definitely recommend BLB Media if you are in need of a videographer! Brian was very professional, easy to work with and made sure our video was exactly what we wanted. He was easy to contact and always responded promptly to any questions we had. We were extremely pleased to find him as his offer was incredibly affordable and included more than many of the other businesses we looked at which convinced us to get a videographer for our wedding day and we couldn't be happier that we did!
  • Kathy L. Aug 23, 2013
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Brian made a terrific video of our son's wedding. He captured all of the most important moments nicely so that we had a chance to relive this wonderful event. He did so while not being obtrusive during the ceremony and the reception following. The results of his efforts were outstanding - we're very pleased with his work.

Q&A

What types of customers have you worked with?
Our jobs vary based on the need of the client. We do about 35 weddings a year, mixed in with a variety of commercial and professional video and photo work. Over the last year we have worked not only on weddings, but on commercials, television and film. We are experienced and trained professionals. We focus on the goals of knowing the needs of each project and completing them with client satisfaction each time. We truly find joy in this profession and enjoy working with a variety of clients. From weddings to commercials to filmmaking, we are happy to have you as a client and bring you a wonderful product.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you are dealing with a service provider wtih whom you feel 100% confident. Whenever possible, try to meet them in person or, at the very least, speak with them on the phone. Remember, you are the employer, paying us. Providers should be easily avaiable and happy to answer your questions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Videography and photography can be an immense amount of work beyond the shooting of the event. For example when we shoot a video for a wedding, we roughly edit at a 3 to 1 ratio, meaning we edit an additional three hours for every hour shot. With photography, we typically spend anywhere from an additional 20-30 hours reviewing and processing the final photos.