In 2008 I left my full time job to to help Adam with the photo business. At the time he had been in business for a few years, but that year it was different. He sold 62 weddings. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I wanted to live the dream Adam and I had wanted for so long. The dream of working together documenting other people’s lives.
When the summer of craziness (that’s how we refer to it) was over our business changed, we grew as a couple and as business partners. We started living our life through a calendar. We manged our personal life differently so that we could still do all of the things we wanted to do and maintain our close family connection. Here we are, years later, and people still think we are crazy to manage our life through a calendar. It works for us, it works for our family. Because when it comes down to it we don’t want to take life for granted and we want to enjoy the time that we have together.
We are lucky enough to be living the dream, the dream that we talked about when we were dating, the dream we had before we even talked about our own wedding, and the dream that still feels out of reach at times. We always dream of going into any day and photographing people in a way that we never have before. As we start to see glimpses of that dream taking shape, it almost seems to be in reach like we can just put out a hand and grab it, but not always. I dream of the day that we do grab it and keep it in our hands. I dream.
The most surreal part of this journey has been how others view our work. Seeing our work published on blogs and winning awards is still a little unnerving at times, but it also feels really good. We want our clients to be in love with our photographs, that is why we do what we do, that is why we chase this dream.
For those of you who just flat out love photography, there is a new blog that is just incredible and you must follow. Moment Junkie features wedding photojournalism at its best. It was started by two VERY talented photographers and they feature timeless, heartbreaking, and often hilarious images. Recently we were lucky enough to have one of our photos featured titled “The Scolding”. This is a blog that has to make your Google Reader list… its that good!
Last week we were also fortunate to have Kim & Gabe’s Estes Park wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! And… last but certainly not least… the latest Wedding Photojournalist Association contest results came out and the photo below placed in the top 20 for the Musicians & DJ’s category. To say that we are thrilled would be an understatement. We love being part of WPJA and are blown away by all of the winning images this past quarter.