Oh, and we both love long walks on the beach.
Yea, that’s us. A colleague friend coined the term years ago to describe those of us who spend our weekends documenting love stories. We’re all about the love. Romantic love, family love, puppy love, new love…simply put, we love love. What’s that they say about it? Oh, yea, that it makes the world go round. Well, it certainly makes our world go round. The weekend’s the best part. During the week our job is probably similar to yours. We’re in our office, often tied to the computer or the phone. Thankfully there aren’t as many meetings, but that’s easy when there’s only two of you.
But then there’s Friday night. We’re often in attendance at our clients’ rehearsals, getting hugs from clients and meeting their close family and friends, in preparation for the next day’s celebration. Getting to witness and document that often emotional celebration, being true in spirit to each couple we photograph, well, it’s just icing on the proverbial cake. We’ve done this 300+ times (um, we’ve kind of lost count), and each time it’s a unique experience. We’re not just saying that–it really is.
How did we end up here?
It was a weird combination. As kids, we were both enthusiastic photography buffs thanks to our respective dads’ love for the craft, so the passion was there. As adults, Anne’s background in professional development for club managers combined with Bill’s background in navy nuclear engineering became the perfect combination to start up a photography shop.
Ok, so maybe there were some holes to fill in. We’re largely self taught, but we combined our innate talent (& thank both of our Dad’s who put a camera in our hands at an early age), with workshops & conferences, online photography forums and a bookcase full of books that we plowed through. After about a full year of studying, we felt ready to pursue our ultimate photographic passion – photographing weddings. The wild thing is, we’re continuously striving for improvement, so while we’ve covered our clients’ weddings since 2002, we approach each wedding with a beginner’s heart, but a professionals mind. Throughout the years, we’ve been honored to be able to give back to the photographic community in various teaching opportunities and are especially proud of our involvement with The Foundation Workshop since it’s inception 9 years ago.
While our work has been published in print magazines (the ones you like to read, of course), national books such as Style Your Dream Wedding by Susie Coelho and Ace of Cakes, on many of our favorite wedding blogs and have won some prestigious photography competitions over the years, none of it can compare to getting an excited e-mail or call from our clients when they see their images for the first time. Knowing we’re documenting history for future generations by capturing all the emotions, details and friends and family for our couples is what get’s us up each and every morning and is why we do what we do. Getting to witness a wide variety of wedding traditions, cultures and amazing locales is simply the icing on the cake. Well, that an actual cake, of course. Even though we’re both “frosting” people, it’s truly a marriage made in heaven.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our little virtual home here and if you like what you see, we’d love to hear from you and have you over to our real home studio sometime. And now that we’ve shared a few things we love about each other, we’d love to know a couple of things you love about your honey?
(And, no, you don’t need to write in paragraph form as we did. We (ahem, Bill) tend to be a bit loquacious. Ok, clearly, Anne, too.)
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing if we’re a match made in heaven.
Proud Members of PPA, ISPWP, and WPPI.
(Photos above courtesy of our good friends Ben & Erin Chrisman, Katrina Wallace & Andrew Mejia, James & Meridith Walters, and Jennifer Domenick. Our 2001 wedding photo by Johnny Chauvin.)