Tell us about your company or studio.
We've been photographing weddings together for three years. I was in need of a second shooter for a wedding a few years back while Lindsay was working as a designer at Vera Wang. With an art degree and some photography knowledge, it was a no brainer to have her step in.
We try to be selective with our weddings because we like to stay fresh and focus more on less. But we also want to be sure we are the right fit for our clients. Most of our work is actually outside of weddings, with me shooting editorial imagery and portraits, while Lindsay is a painter and lifestyle shooter. Our couples seem to appreciate that just as much as our wedding specific photos. And, they always seem to like that we're a couple. We constantly hear from guests and couples they didn't notice us for the entire day. And after we just took four thousand pictures of them, that is a great compliment.
To take a striking image or to capture a real moment is a great feeling. Our road to photography was filled with a lot of happy accidents for us both. Neither studied photography in school, though Lindsay with a fine art degree is a little closer to home. A couple years in a cubicle with a computer science degree was enough for me to need a career change. Photography was the perfect excuse to work for ourselves and do something different everyday.
Why do you use AsukaBook?
Our favorite, and most popular book is the 12x12 NeoClassic with an animal friendly leather cover in black. The colors look amazing and I love how the album feels while flipping the pages. We were going with the Book Bound Hard Cover for a while, but decided this was a couple's wedding album, and the album should feel and look more substantial. It is worth every penny more. I also love how easy AsukaBook Maker is to use. Makes designing the layout so painless.
Any selling tips for other photographers?
Take great photos! It'll make your couples WANT to buy prints and albums. Some potential clients get very caught up with album types or print packages. If you take mediocre photos, guess what? Your album, no matter how beautifully designed, will be mediocre. Stay current with wedding trends, but don't obsess over them. Be inspired by all photography. Weddings as a whole, especially to those who are not in the business, is a strange bubble. Position yourself with one foot in and one foot out.
What else should people know about you?
Lindsay is from San Diego, and I'm from New York. We both have hard times sitting still, and weddings have been the perfect opportunity for us to embrace that. This past spring we had a wedding in Palm Springs, CA and Dallas, TX over two consecutive weekends. We decided to turn it into a road trip. We spent the next five days driving through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. I can't think of too many careers that would allow that kind of freedom. And with a wifi hotspot and ac power, we got plenty of editing done!