Volga River Video, LLC

Saint Paul, MN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

This year, I surpassed 200 weddings and events. I do this because I truly love it. I take every project personally and am very good at getting the most impact possible out of any video through concise shooting and detailed editing. I am highly skilled at adding music at the best points in your video as well.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Every wedding, event or editing project is unique and fuels my love of challenges. Videography is all about creativity and problem solving. I approach every project like it is my own personal project.

Location

Saint Paul, MN 55109

Years in business

10

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

119

Reviews

33 Reviews
  • Marcia S. Aug 9, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    He gave us a product that exceeded expectations.
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 28, 2017
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  • Steven L. Feb 15, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Exceptional Service,Quality, and Value!
    I needed a professional videographer for a formal event with very short notice. Tom Maertz of Volga River Video responded to my posting quickly and was one of the lower bids. With a brief description of my needs he promptly provided me with a detailed and accurate quote. He re-confirmed the location, time, and expectations prior to the event and arrived prepared and prompt at the venue with no need for any additional direction. He captured all aspects of the event flawlessly with no intrusion. Guests were mostly unaware of his presence. My event ran almost an hour over schedule which he accommodated without hesitation and with no added fees! I received the full footage of the event within days and there was an offer to provide additional editing but no undue pressure to utilize him for additional services. I would offer my highest recommendations!
  • Colleen N. Feb 14, 2017
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Expectations Met!
    Tom at Volga River Video was willing to work with me on budget, on type and content of the video. He took a couple of really bad quality cd's and turned them into a snipet that celebrated the highlights of my son's wedding day!
  • Benjamin B. Nov 12, 2016
    A+ Experience
    The services provided were exceptional. His experience and knowledge of videography were more than evident. A+ experience
  • Tatsiana R. Sep 26, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Great job
    He did a great job!
  • Travis B. Sep 16, 2016
    Not great...
    Raw footage was decent at best and the edited finish product had poor transitions, shaky video, bad zooming, and odd segments. Overall, experience was not as expected but met our needs which was just capturing the wedding on video.
    Tom M. Sep 17, 2016

    I've learned that when doing business, despite putting my best foot forward, some folks simply cannot be pleased. TM

  • Jacob P. Aug 7, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
  • Jill V. May 23, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom did an excellent job capturing our special day. He was super easy to work with and was very accommodating. He got our wedding dvd back to us quickly and was vary professional through the whole process of us working with him. I would definitely recommend him!
  • Andrew D. Apr 4, 2016
    I asked Tom to create a very special one year anniversary video of our first year together for my wife This included pictures, video and selected music. The end product was amazing and completed within a short period of time. I am already planning to use Tom again for a similar video of an upcoming climbing expedition. I would highly recommend Tom due the high quality at a fair price and ease of working with him. Thanks again Tom!
  • Nicole U. Mar 20, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Super happy with the video. Perfectly captures the amazingness of the day!!
  • Jessica H. Mar 16, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Great experience! Video turned out great and all went well on the day of the wedding.
  • Adrienne H. Mar 7, 2016
    Tom did a great job doing the video for our ceremony. He was willing to work within our price range, and also offered valuable suggestions to make the most out of our recording. He was also able to get the finished product turned around in only a few days so we could have it for our reception. Great to work with.
  • Ellen R. Mar 3, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Looked like a bar mitzvah video, no close ups, he was very worried about getting paid! Interrupted my watching of a presentation to tell me he was leaving in 30 minutes and not to forget to pay him! He was on time. Overall, I guess that's why he was less than half the cost of any of the others.
  • Samantha E. Jan 24, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Turned out great!
  • Daphne K. Jan 14, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    He was prompt and professional
  • Maria J. Jan 2, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Very professional and easy to work with.I liked the final product. Wish he had used artificial lighting when it got darker but that's my personal preference because not everybody likes artificial lighting. Overall I would recommend Volga River Video. No regrets.
  • Melissa R. Dec 16, 2015
    It has been a NIGHTMARE dealing with Volga River Video and Tom Maertz. I signed a contract with him at the end of August, 2015 and the beginning of November I had a surgery that was a financial emergency. I needed to cancel the contract and he refused to give me my deposit back. This company is unethical and very hard to deal with. He had 7 months to find a new client for the wedding day but still refused to refund my deposit. He hadn’t even done any work. Very disappointed. Don’t recommend using this company unless you want a headache!!
  • Jordi H. Nov 28, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom was recently our Videographer for our wedding on 9/19/15. When we first met him we told him exactly what parts we wanted in our video. We got our video back just recently. Watched it and loved it! He got in everything we asked for and more. He captured some things I didn't know he got. He such a phenomenal job! I am very pleased with the editing and I am so glad I chose Tom. My husband and I can now relive our best day. Thank you Tom!
  • Darren H. Nov 18, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    We were very pleased with our wedding video. It turned out phenomenal and they did a great job of editing and adding music. They even incorporated the slide show that was used during our reception into the video as a separate section and added music to that. We highly recommend Volga River Entertainnent!
  • Audrey F. Sep 22, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    The job was done well, and the footage was enjoyable to watch! We asked for no editing on the video because we wanted to stay within our budget, and they delivered. A few things were cut short (i.e. the wedding party speeches), so it might have been better to hire the videographer for a longer time period. I also think that he could have cut the footage of the hymn short and made up for it during the speeches. Overall, we are satisfied!
  • Kennady G. Sep 18, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom did a great job taping and editing my wedding video! There were a few angles I thought could've been better, but I loved how he added the music choices my husband and I chose!
  • Stephanie F. Sep 2, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom was outstanding. To be honest I was a little nervous when I first met him, but really and truly hire him for the wedding video. It came out perfect, and he got such great interviews with our family members for our wedding. It was a perfect way to settle into the calm of after-wedding bliss, was to see everyone's faces and their thoughts and prayers for us afterward. AND he was able to get great sound quality of the ceremony so we can relive the day over and over again. I couldn't be happier. He also made sure we had a long video to watch of our wedding and a short 3 minute clip to post on facebook for our family who couldn't be there. It was everything I wanted. So happy!
  • Mary S. Apr 20, 2015
    We had Tom video our daughter's wedding in August. It was a large wedding of 400 people and he did an amazing job capturing footage and putting together a wonderful memory for us to have. Her ceremony was outside and the reception inside. He was very reasonably priced as well. You won't be sorry you chose him.
  • Beth P. Mar 6, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    We highly recommend Tom Maertz as a videographer. Tom took great care to understand our story going into our son's Eagle Court of Honor and reception. He included as many people as possible in the interviews and shots. We are so pleased!
  • Leo C. Dec 15, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom was friendly, reliable and easy to work with. His prices were fair, and the finished DVD looks and sounds great. I recommend Tim and his work without reservation. Hire Tom, you won't be disappointed.
  • Mike B. Nov 24, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    We were very satisfied with the service and the results. The video is great, capturing pertinent moments of our big day. We didn't even realize he was taping so near us, very discreet. He made sure everything we wanted was captured.When our photographer had to leave, he made sure there was video taken of our cutting of the wedding cake. Little details that add up to a lot.
  • Jenna S. Aug 30, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Everything I hoped for and more! Tom captured all of the parts of the ceremony and reception that we wanted with little direction. The video is something we will always cherish!
  • Danielle L. Jul 2, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom did a great job for me on several videos, condensing long videos into wonderful family memories. I highly recommend him.
  • Naomi A. Jun 8, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    We hired Tom to shoot our wedding ceremony and reception and we're extremely happy with the results. He added music, audio and just captured all the special moments. He was timely and professional we hardly noticed he was there shooting. We also received our DVD in a very timely matter. We would recommend Tom to anyone looking to capture their special day on camera!
  • Debbie K. Jun 8, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    I hired Tom to record a video of my daughter's wedding in May of 2014. I wanted to surprise her with a simple (non-edited) recording of the ceremony. We agreed upon a very fair price for about 90 minutes of video. He arrived on time, was polite and professional, and made a beautiful video of her wedding. There was a slight problem with obstructed views when people stood up, but he covered that beautifully with various views of the chapel, windows, flowers, etc. The video turned out beautiful, lighting was perfect and the audio was clear and at a good volume to hear the music, all readings and exchange of vows, etc. I did pay a very small extra amount for some extra editing (to cover those obstructed views) which I agreed to before he proceeded, and I feel it was necessary and worth it. If I need a videographer again, I would definitely consider using Volga River Video.
  • Mubarak M. Apr 29, 2014
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Tom, has helped me with this video using for a non profit org. For the most part the video came to be acceptable, however, the final review was rushed. I will choose Tom to do more projects with the hope that future videos/corporations will be better. Over all Tom is a great person to work with. I would recommend Tom to ask his clients a preliminary video review and a final video review before burning into a CD with the initial agreed cost being the same. Every time I reviewed the view there was additional cost. Overall video was fair.
  • Beth G. Apr 4, 2014
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Tom did the video for our wedding ceremony. His work was excellent and reasonably priced, he was dependable, very pleasant to work with. We enjoyed working with him and would recommend him.

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