This is a long time coming. Almost 10 years ago, my wife and I started photographing weddings together. During that time, I left my full time job at Apple to become a full time photographer, we rebranded twice, we shot almost 200 weddings, we were published in magazines and books, spoke at conferences, we traveled all over the world, and I had the opportunity to document just about anything you can think of, from concerts to medical procedures. We were having a great time.... Until one day we weren't.
We never stopped enjoying what we did. Photographing someone is an honor for me, and being chosen to document someone's wedding was very special. We still loved our couples, and always worked hard for them. What we didn't love was networking, haggling, obnoxious planners or event managers or caterers, 15 minute dinner breaks to eat soggy box lunches, being snapped at to take a photo we've already taken 20 time, a market where we didn't feel like our work and approach fit in, and honestly and it was hurting our family. Our weekends were when we worked, and our families became babysitters. We missed weekends with our son, we missed being able to travel and visit our parents.
About 4 years ago, my wife started what we originally thought was going to be a side job working as a beachbody coach. Turns out she was really good at it. The more she focused on that, the more we realized we didn't have to shoot weddings forever. She stepped away from the business a little, then a lot, then completely. We shot our last wedding more than a year ago, and I've been left scratching my head, trying to decide if it was time to hang up the camera and shut down the website. The life of a stay at home dad was calling.
But man, that really seems like a shame. I have this experience, and I have a passion for photography, but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it. So I started thinking about what I LOVE about being a photographer....
I love...... Making people feel good about themselves, nerding out over gear with my friends, being creative, being technical, learning, improving, and it turns out, I really like helping other people learn to be great photographers too.
So where does that leave me, what am I going to offer? Well I'm going to focus on two main things.
-Portraits. of all kind. headshots, lifestyle, fashion, editorial, commercial, fitness, boudoir.... But my main focus will be my social media driven mini sessions specifically for online businesses. These sessions are designed to give people tons of content for their brand and social media like new headshots/banner images, lifestyle shots, and shots of you doing what you do (making jewelry, painting, running, whatever it is that you do)
-Teaching. 3 of my 5 years working at apple were spent training customers how to use their computers. I was good at it. I like it (although not necessarily in that setting with that subject matter). And I do it for the people closest to me all the time anyways. The what's and how's and specifics of my training are still somewhat in the works, but initially I'm offerering face to face or video conferenced personal, one-on-one training sessions to help people learn to use their camera better and get comfortable with their own workflow.
And here we are. Too much explaining, not enough pictures. I look forward to continuing my work as a photographer, in whatever capacity may be. I look forward to helping you learn to be a better photographer. And I look forward to sharing myself and my work with you, here. Thanks.