After we hosted our first wedding workshop in July last year (check it out here) we received so much positive feedback we decided to host our second workshop in February. The wedding photography industry is bursting with tools and information on running a photography business. But its often difficult to adapt the information to your current market and relevant circumstances.
This workshop was focused on how we approach our entire business. From how we shoot, to how we deal with clients, how we keep up with our sales our workflow, pretty much how we do what we do;-) We are always honored when other talented creatives choose to take two full days out of their busy schedules to come see how we do things.
THANK YOU to all the students who came with open hearts and minds. We cant wait to see how you interpret our successes and our failures to better your own businesses.
Our next two day wedding workshop will be held on the 28th & 29th July 2016.
We had some very experienced photographers attend this workshop too so besides just brushing up on things they already know well, we wanted the students to walk away with beautiful content they could add to their portfolio or social media platforms, so we teamed up with some amazing suppliers to pull this shoot together.
Shoes: JIMMY CHOOS by LUMINANCE
We’ve never believed in working exclusively with any one supplier. We’ve learnt over the years that working with various creatives not only stretches you in your creativity but also forces you out of your comfort zone. You’re only as good as the people you choose to work with. We loved working with a number of suppliers we’ve never worked with before, on this shoot.
We’re excited to already start planning our July 2016 workshop. We will host 2 wedding workshops a year so if you’d like to learn from our mistakes, learn from our successes be inspired or simply add content to your existing portfolio and network with other photographers our next workshop will be the perfect place to start.
This workshop was aimed to help photographers analyze their own business processes, to see if their workflow is productive and efficient? Are they actually making money while doing what they love? Does their business serve their clients well? What are things they can improve on to run a customer driven business?
We also discussed how social media can grow your brand, how to work with service providers to secure your place in this industry, and how to create a brand that is associated with the best! We chatted to an international co-ordinator to talk about how to work well with co-ordinators, their commissions and how to land the destination weddings we all want.
As always there were lots of questions about pricing and how to position yourself in the industry so that we can maintain reasonable working hours, balancing work with our personal lives. But the truth is as photographers we carry a weighty responsibility of capturing and protecting other peoples greatest moments.
If we’re not positioned correctly it can affect our ability to tell stories in the best way we know how while maintaining joy in this emotionally demanding craft. We take our responsibility of telling beautiful stories very seriously but we’ve come to understand that if we don’t care first for our creative souls, we cant do our job well.
If you’ve been thinking about taking your business to the next level, to really dissect every aspect of your business to identify your weakness and magnify your strengths, then the July workshop is for you.
When Marcello + Fallon asked years before if we would travel to Tuscany, Italy for their wedding, we thought they were joking. This was on our bucket list as photographers, to shoot in Tuscany. Last year when they came to see us to start planning for the trip to the home of Pecorino, the town of Pienza we danced around our office like two idiots, realizing this might become a reality.
We’ve traveled many km’s over the past few years to document many stories, but Tuscany is one of those places that made a mark on our hearts and souls that we will never forget. We’ve traveled to Italy several times before, but for some reason this trip imprinted on us that we will never settle for a bad cup of coffee again. We will forever love Pecorino cheese, Caprese salad and pasta made simply.
Thank you for taking us half way across the globe to do the thing we love to do, watch and interpret your story of love, laughter, family and commitment to each other, Marcello + Fallon. We hope we did your story justice and loved how important family and friends were in your celebration. We think all weddings should be less about the show and more about the display of love.
We loved how you kept your celebration simple and meaningful with a handful of you closest friends and family. Planning a destination wedding can always be a challenge. Our top tips for planning an unforgettable destination wedding:
Keep it simple
Make it about the people
Get a good Co-coordinator
Bring Tyme along
If you’re thinking of traveling soon, here are some of the things we use to plan a trip:
We always love using helpful tools like TRIP ADVISOR for reviews and AGODA for booking hotels, but for this trip we used AIR BnB for most of our accommodation. I can honestly say every place we stayed in was excellent value for money and was completely comfortable.
Its seemed more appropriate to do a big black and white set of images on this job. We love the timelessness of simple black and whites but we often don’t do enough of them.
I think this set was way more powerful in black and white and it allowed us to tell a simple story more beautifully.
As this year comes to an end, we will step back again and look at what we did this year! WHY we did it, HOW we did it and what we will do DIFFERENTLY in the year to come? I think this is the natural life cycle of any business owner. We are approaching our 9th year in the wedding industry and I think this past year was one of our biggest years yet and also one of our toughest.
In an industry that never stands still, never accepts the ordinary or the comfortable or the known, an industry that’s always looking to be wowed visually, always looking to do something someone else hasn’t done, looking to out grow, outshine, out blog your competitor. How do you stay fresh? How do you stay on trend? How do you maintain your wow factor? To be honest… its all a little exhausting!
This year our lives took a turn we never anticipated or planned for. We achieved big and small goals! Ones those around us said would be impossible, like traveling to Santorini to shoot a destination wedding with a 5 week old baby. Like completing a full wedding season throughout morning sickness and a full term pregnancy. Like building a house with our hectic schedules.
So many ‘advice givers’ told us it would be impossible to exclusively breastfeed our baby with our schedules, but we’ve done it! 7 months and counting. The truth is, people will always give you advice on the story they’ve lived. Your life is YOUR story! Write it how you see fit, how you envision, in a way that makes you HAPPY!
Pregnancy Photos by: Rensche Mari
With crazy schedules, long working hours, a growing family, a new studio, staff to manage, and a marriage to maintain, this year has called for us to look at our business as a whole, to be truthful with ourselves. People think wedding photographers live this glamorous life of travel to exotic destinations around the world, but the reality is somewhat different. Truth is, its countless hours away from home and loved ones.
How could we manage the way the business impacts our lives? How could we improve? Not just become better artists, but better business people? Better entrepreneurs? Better time keepers? Better communicators? Better salespeople? We looked at our business as a whole and saw some major areas we could improve on to allow us to live our story the way we want to.
To spend time with the ones we love, go away with friends on a weekend, watch rugby on a SATURDAY, cook more home cooked meals, spend more time outdoors, not neglect friendships, call our mothers more often, all things we measure our personal success by. It’s not about how many destination weddings we landed or high end jobs we secured, it’s about how our business supports the life we envision for our family.
We’ve made some major changes to our workflow already and are busy implementing a whole lot of new processes in our office. We are cleaning house you could say;-)
Come and chat to us about it at the PHOTO & FILM EXPO later this week where we will be presenting a 45 minute discussion on ‘BEING A SUCCESSFUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER’ on Thursday, 11.30am on the ADMIRED IN AFRICA stage.