HOW MY BUSINESS BEGAN
My interest in photography started when I was in High School. I originally chose the class because it was a license to walk around the school and “photograph” things (really do whatever you wanted for 45 minutes). But we were fortunate enough to have a dark room in the class and that’s when I really fell in love with photography and learned the fundamentals. Learning to shoot on film is such a valuable thing when you’re starting out. It gives a sense of weight and importance to every shot you take. When you move over to digital you’re working with virtually limitless space so all that pressure is removed from the situation. At the beginning I liked that pressure to hold myself accountable that what I was taking a picture of was actually worth having a picture of.
Fast forward a few years and I began working at a travel company, producing video content and some smaller photography projects. It was a cool job – I got to travel occasionally for free and worked on some interesting projects, but something was missing. Sure, the work I was producing was giving value to the company, but I rarely saw that translated into people getting value from it and that was really unfulfilling from a creative standpoint. I also was never comfortable working for someone else – I knew eventually I’d have to start something on my own or I’d go crazy.
So I decided to switch gears a little and see what it was like in the wedding industry. When I was starting out I was lucky enough to second shoot with some amazing photographers and see what their process was like throughout the course of the wedding day.
I loved it.
I loved the pressure and the rhythm that a wedding day has. There are certain parts of the day where you only get one shot to get it right (first kiss, first dance, etc..) and that really drew me in. I had the feeling again of when I was starting out shooting on film, having such importance on every shot I took. The other aspect I loved about wedding photography was the value people have in the photos we take. I’m not giving people pictures to promote their business or get more clients. I’m giving people memories of the most important day of their life – if that’s not valuable I don’t know what is.
But enough about me, let’s talk about you!