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.
It’s always a privilege when we are allowed to tell someones story over several years. Eris + Michael invited us to go shoot their wedding on the island of Mykonos in 2013, which we did and had one of the best shoots when we were there. We were so happy when they popped into the studio last week on a quick visit from London.
To add this chapter to their life’s story. 30 weeks and counting, Eris you look amazing and we wish you guys all the best for this adventure you’re about to embark on. Nothing will prepare you for parenthood and nothing will ever mean so much. Documenting the big moments in your life can be woven together to create one big story.
Both sets of our parents have health issues that are fast becoming more of a concern everyday. It reminds us how important it is to get beautiful images taken that will form a legacy for our son and maybe daughters to come. Our new goal for the coming year is to get beautiful images of those closest to us, while we still can. When last have you had a family shoot done?
This year was one of our biggest years to date for international destination weddings. For some reason the Greek island of Santorini kept calling us back to document love stories of couples from around the world that chose this island as their place to start their forevers. Our repeat visits this year etched this beautiful place in our hearts forever.
A place like Santorini although beautiful can also be a mammoth task for any photographer trying to capture a place so frequently photographed in a unique and different way. Our conclusion after shooting it several times now…document the story you are there to tell truthfully, and as honestly as possible and the story will live forever in the hearts of those who were meant to listen.
It makes our hearts very happy when our clients are happy;-) So this email from Nick & Sasha makes us feel like we did our job well;-)
“Dear Dylan & Tamlyn. Thank you so much for the most amazing wedding photo’s. We couldn’t be happier. Our friends and family are so impressed, they think the photos you took are the best they have ever seen! Thank You from the bottom of our hearts xxx”
We are so grateful to all the couples that have entrusted us with their most precious memories and flown us around the world to capture their stories. We can only hope we did them justice and told them beautifully.
As the end of 2015 approaches, we are thankful for everything we were able to accomplish this year. We are looking forward to 2016, hoping to spend more nights in our own bed but at the same time hoping to tell many more beautiful stories in beautiful places.