I just wanted to share a quick wedding dress from a wedding in Vail. I know lots of you are picking out your dresses right now and its fun to see the different styles. I will post the rest of this Vail wedding and reception at Donavans Pavillion. Of course thank you to Joann at Mountains and Meadows for sending these two over.
I have to say photography is one of the most difficult and passionate journeys I have ever embarked on, besides my marriage. Part of it, is because of the unique challenges of the business, but many are just the everyday struggles of owning your own business. I have read many books, both in college and as a business owner through the process. That’s right I read a book, believe it and most of them didn’t have pictures.
With a business you have an idea. It usually starts right there. If you don’t know our story I will give you a short rundown. Angie and I both graduated from CSU in Fort Collins. I graduated with a Computer Informations Systems degree and Angie a PR/Marketing Degree. It’s a story of doing what you think everyone wants you to do. I was an IT consultant for 5 years and was the youngest Senior Consultant in the firm. I was good at it. I traveled every week. The concierge and people at the front of whatever Hilton and Marriott I was staying at knew me by first name. Making lots of money, but I felt empty, see I had a need and desire to help people. I did what I could every day to help those around me. I had not yet found my calling. I applied for the FBI it had been a dream of mine to help others. I applied for a Special Agent job. Six months later, I was asked to sit for the test. It was a long shot. There were six positions in Colorado from what I could tell about 300 people taking the test. I did not pass the test or wasn’t one of the six. I was devastated, to be honest. I really wanted to help people and I thought that was going to be the outlet. I was also very driven had usually always gotten whatever I had put my mind to doing. During this time I had been taking pictures for people in town on the weekends, mostly for friends or friends of friends. What I didn’t know would happen was they showed others my images. Within a year I was turning away business. I didn’t have the time to do both consulting during the week and photography on the weekends. I didn’t know just how powerful the images were to the people and their families that I was taking.
I was younger and didn’t know people are not around forever. Call me naive, if you must. Angie and I have run into many situations where we took images of people who just a few weeks later was no longer with us, to those families, those images were the most valuable thing they had now. It’s why when a house is burning down it’s the first thing people grab. In other instances our images have shown people just how much someone else matters to them. A true and honest picture doesn’t lie. At weddings we are not just photographers we are advisors, sometimes we counselors. A good photographer is there to capture your moments and to help out in any way we can.
We started our business in our home, meeting with clients anywhere we could. We had humble beginnings. We started eight years ago and after a few years our business grew so much we rented a place. We were located their for 4 years. It helped our business greatly and helped us grow our business. The problem with renting it was, it was never ours. We did our best to show clients who we were and it was a great place to start. But eight years later, we have finally purchased a place that is ours.
Getting the place wasn’t smooth sailing either. We moved out of studio we were renting and the deal on the first place we were going to buy went south. So we were without a studio and the place we had our heart set on was not an option. It’s devastating at the time, but when you get to look back at times like these they happen for a reason. We ended up with a better place at a better price. At the time it was not fun. When things are meant to be they work out.
Here is the part were I am so appreciative. We didn’t just get here by ourselves. Our families have always been supportive. Well maybe after they got over the you quit your six figure job and your going to be a photographer phase. I want to thank everyone who helped us move our things in, gave us advice, were supportive and helped make this dream of ours come true.
My father is a successful business man he always has been building a few small businesses to million dollar companies. Thank you for all the time you have spent over the years letting me kick new and exciting ideas by you and even the ones that we can laugh about now.
Mom and Virgil, thank you for always believing in me and Angie and helping us grow our business. Virgil thank you for all the little things that were big for us. You know all the projects I am way to unhandy to do. The fact you always believe we can do what we put our minds to has inspired us.
Don- Thank you for all of the help dragging things out of storage and bringing it all over, and the help with our child the dog.
Debbie- Thank you for being there when we needed the support and help moving out of the studio not knowing what would come next.
So without getting more mushy, here is the new office that we worked so hard on. It’s been a journey from electrical work to painting.
Here are a few of the pictures from the Renovation. If you are doing one on your commercial property or house both were excellent and we couldn’t have done it without them.
Heritage Electric I found were the best denver electricians in town. Great service cleaned up after adding lights and additional power outlets.
Tony at Taylor Made Construction did all of the beautiful work on the place. He added the flooring, base and crown molding. It was a lot of work and Tony and his crew got it done. We can’t thank you enough Tony. You can call Tony at 720-338-7597.
Lately Andy and I have been doing more and more corporate head-shots for professionals; whether it be for a business card, a new job or the company website. It’s always fun to help people with an image they can use in their career and professional life. Today we wanted to share a few we recently took for a young woman starting her career! These are more simple untouched head-shots because this girl is going into the entertainment world of modeling and acting. We are so excited to be located in Greenwood Village (Denver Tech Center) now and to have the opportunity to work with professionals and provide new, fun head-shots!
My first camera was a 35mm pentax pz70. I loved taking pictures with it in Highschool. I took this picture of angie back then and I have taken it with me a lot of places. When I was an IT consultant traveling in early 2000 I would take this picture just about everywhere. You can see it has a little wear. I still have the camera and the girl. Not bad. I thought it was pretty funny that although the camera has changed I don’t think that she has changed that much. What do you think?