SugarPop Films is Orlando’s premier Wedding Photographer & Event Filmmaker.
We are a unique team of creatives who have a blast working together as well as a passion and a palate for capturing our client’s most personal stories. We like to think of ourselves as storytelling confectioners.
We love working with fun, delectable couples to create Sweet wedding memories that really Pop!
Brian Bazala, Owner and Chief Film-baker. Brian loves making home movies, a passion that began in his childhood while watching his Dad make home movies with a Gaf model ST/101E Super8 film camera — which he keeps on a shelf in his office. He brings this passion to his work capturing a client’s most important day, and his favorite moment is when he gets to sit back and screen their finished film for the first time. “I find myself smiling, just reliving those moments, hoping that they’ll have the same reaction when we can finally share it with them”.
Brian has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, both in front of and behind the camera. He has performed on stages all over the country, Off-Broadway and for Walt Disney World Theme Parks. As a Voiceover artist, his voice has been utilized by Disney and Disney Cruise Line, Six Flags, KFC and JC Penny among many others. He got his start in the wedding video business on the popular wedding television series Whose Wedding Is It Anyway and Married Away for Style Network. He has directed three seasons of the adventure web series Fireball Run and the travel show Frames & Fortune.
Brian grew up in Latrobe, PA, home of Mister Rogers, Arnold Palmer, Rolling Rock Beer and the First Bananna Split.
Ironic Fun Fact: Brian does not like lollipops! Chunky bars are his favorite.
Lauren Miller, Client Coordinator. Lauren comes to SugarPop Films from the Midwest where she spent almost ten years as a news reporter covering everything from crime to crops. Now she thinks it would be a crime not to have a wedding video! Several stories she covered as a journalist made national news and one was even featured on the Dr. Phil Show. She also won a Michigan Association of Broadcasting Award for team coverage of a wildfire.As SugarPop’s Client Coordinator, Lauren is excited to be working in the wedding industry and loves to help couples capture the most important memories of their life! She also loves to blog and contributes to much of the creative content on the SugarPop Website and social media pages. She is also the producer of the SugarPop-In vlogs you can find on our website.
When she’s not helping couples plan their wedding videos, Lauren enjoys chasing her two PRECIOUS little boys around local parks and going on date nights with her husband who is still living that News Biz dream at Channel 13 in Orlando. Two things she can’t live without: a Starbucks mocha and PiYo (Pilates Yoga)…. best workout ever!
Lauren can’t resist the big taste of Junior Mints.
Mandy Austin, Lead Photographer.
A Florida native, Mandy has been an Orlando Wedding Photographer for over 10 years. She got her start in commercial and portrait photography, specializing in cinematic lighting, but is now in a committed, long term relationsip with weddings.A mother of 3 beautiful children, Mandy is an artist, crafter, makeup enthusiast and Pinterest addict. She also loves good old fashioned sweet tea and is a wedding cake connoisseur.
Mandy knows that every couple is different and is committed to capturing your unique love story.
When asked about her favorite candy, Mandy replied, “Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar“.
Robert Ducat, Post Production Guru/Editor (aka Slicer-Dicer). Robert’s roots are in music. As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Robert has produced 6 independent records of his own, as well as hundreds for other artists.
And then entered video editing. “I discovered for myself just how powerful the marriage of music and imagery can be. Each tell their own story individually but together, they paint beautiful and powerful artwork.”
Robert is especially passionate about filming and editing weddings. “When I am working on a wedding, I feel the responsibility and honor of just how big this is. Each wedding is a once in a lifetime series of moments that I get the privilege of being a part of. And to preserve this for couples, and families for a lifetime is truly humbling.”Robert has been editing for nearly 10 years and counting!
Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts
Jordan Taylor, Videographer/Associate Producer. A Jacqueline of all trades, Jordan is adept at many different aspects of media production – from production assistant to videographer, from technician turned model/on-camera personality, she demonstrates that natural talent does not stem from “luck”, but from preparation, confidence and heart. Behind the scenes, she has worked many live event and broadcasts with The Orlando Magic, Orlando City Soccer, International Indian Film Awards, the Association of National Advertisers, as well touring the country with Josh Groban and Sarah McLaughlin. On-camera, she is the host of the I Love NY tourism capaign for Southwest New York State.When she’s not working, Jordan spends her down time doing yoga, practicing photography, inline skating or catching up on the latest Xbox games!
Jordan just isn’t herself without a Snickers bar.
|Karen Shriner, Event Production Assistant. Karen has performed as a professional singer in various theatres throughout the country and all over the world with both Regent Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line. Most recently she has performed with the group Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Theme Park. In addition to performing, she was previously a manager at the Disney Store in NYC. This experience makes her a great fit for SugarPop events where she is often seen at our wedding shows and facilitating the action at our SugarPop SloMo slow motion booth.
When she’s not performing or throwing confetti, she’s usually at the gym, doing yoga, or wrangling her two cats, Baloo and Bagheera.
Karen gets a craving for the chocolate peanutbutter combination of a Reese’s Peanutbutter Cup.