How long have you been in business?
We have been photographing weddings together since 2002, but officially became a business in 2007.
Why did you choose to pursue your current profession?
Photography has always been a passion for both of us, and I (Sam) can still vividly remember the very first photo I ever took. When Rob and I met, he was in college, and taking a film photography course, and so for all of the assignments he had, I would go with him, and that’s how I learned to do more than just point & shoot.
We fell into wedding photography (you can read more about that journey here), but ended up loving it, and have been continually inspired ever since by the couples we work with, as well as the family, friends, and communities that help our couples celebrate their life together. The thing we love most about photography is that it combines aesthetic artistry with our basic need as humans to connect with each other. We’re such visual creatures that photographs are an amazing way to share experiences that help bring people together.
What sets your business apart?
The sense of connection that we have with our clients. We start off as strangers and leave as friends, which we love! When you cry at their wedding because it’s so damn beautiful and you’re really happy for them. When their parents hug you as you leave the wedding and say how much they enjoyed talking with you. When you stay in touch and grab coffee sometimes and high five them over their next big life milestones, like buying their first home or having their first child. This is SO neat and special. Photography is more than a job for us, it’s the way we connect to and give back to the world around us.
Describe your ideal client(s):
Our ideal clients love reading, great food, and comfy pants. They’re wildly in love, adventurous, and they definitely have great taste in music. They like vibrant colors and soft blankets. They feel strongly about equality and the power of kindness. They are always learning and growing together. They probably have pets and tattoos. They value experiences over things, and they value their marriage over their wedding. Authentic moments with people they love are where it’s at for them.
What is your most frequently asked question from engaged couples?
Our most frequently asked questions normally center around people not being sure what to do in front of the camera. That’s totally okay! It’s our job to help our clients feel comfortable being themselves in front of the camera, and to capture the fun, natural, and intimate moments that occur between two people who just love the heck out of each other!
The other question is normally whether we are married. The answer is we used to be. Admittedly, it’s a little unusual for a formerly married couple to photograph weddings together, but we have never been particularly traditional, so why start now? We’re great friends, great business partners, and great co-parents, and we really love photographing weddings together!
What’s on your iPod, Pandora, etc. while you work?:
Sam: Lately, I’ve been on a throwback kick, so listening to a lot of Violent Femmes and Everclear. Mostly though it’s podcasts. Some of my favorites are You Are Not So Smart, This American Life, Goal Digger, Strangers, and Criminal (I’d highly recommend all of them!)
Rob: My son actually dictated to me my latest playlist, so I have been listening to MC Frontalot, Professor Elemental, and Post Modern Jukebox while traveling. With my headphones in, buckling down to get things done, I been listening to Static X, The Tossers, Tsunami Bomb, The Toadies, and System of a Down. We normally listen to podcasts as a household; when we do, we favor You Are Not So Smart, Revisionist History, and Freakonomics.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?:
Sam: I love spending time with my husband, Adam, and my kiddo, Ben, whether it’s watching movies or playing board games together, family time is always my favorite time. I also love yoga. It’s such a restorative practice! I love reading (though I mostly only have time for audiobooks these days), listening to records and cooking, podcasts, and eating tacos. When the opportunity presents itself, I love traveling as well!
Rob: Oh man! When I am not working? Art projects, on my own or with the family. Photo walks. Wood carving. Designing postcards and writing letters. Building Lego creations. Flying paper airplanes. Once, long ago, I had time for reading.
Who inspires you?:
Sam: My son, Ben, inspires me every day with his kindness, creativity, and sense of wonder. It may be my job as a parent to teach him how to be a good person in this world, but I’m pretty sure it’s him who has taught me.
Rob: Anyone can inspire me. Talents and interests are so diverse! Most immediately, my family. The drive to share with my son and girlfriend is the most productive inspiration. We go on photo walks. We make and fly paper airplanes. We make paper frogs and jump them over and into obstacles. We build and photograph Lego ships and cars and people and robots. We bind and write books. We share our knowledge, time, skills, and enthusiasm.
Do you have a quote you live by?:
Sam: “It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.” — Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
Rob: “‘And what would humans be without love?’ RARE, said Death.” — Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
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