I rapidly simply needed to share a bit extra about me. In spite of everything, your wedding ceremony photographer is nearer in bodily vary to you than most different folks in your wedding ceremony day – aside from your important different, in fact. Sharing my “why” behind what I do is essential to me, and I hope once you make the choice to rent a marriage photographer that you simply not solely have a look at their portfolio, however you additionally weigh that towards their persona, too. In spite of everything, I need you to have FUN in your wedding ceremony day all when you create wonderful pictures collectively. And I need you to know why I grew to become a marriage photographer and why I find it irresistible.
My time as a Los Angeles vogue photographer
For me, turning into a Seattle wedding ceremony photographer was extra than simply leaping into the marriage business. It was a reasonably radical shift from what I used to be doing beforehand – photographing vogue campaigns and journal editorials for firms world wide. A few of my shoppers embrace Harpers Bazaar, Maxim, Playboy, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Amazon, Adidas, and numerous others. Primarily, I used to be generally known as a swimwear photographer. I’m positive in case you google my title that you will notice a few of my previous work. It’s tremendous attention-grabbing to look again on a few of it and see how far I’ve grown even since then. (I’m tremendous pumped to see what sort of work I shall be producing subsequent season and the seasons past.) I used to be working in board shorts and tank tops on the seaside with skilled swimwear fashions & influencers. It was an superior line of labor.
Primarily, I labored out of Los Angeles, however my most important residence was nonetheless in Seattle (Mukilteo & Shoreline, to be precise). I merely commuted all the way down to Los Angeles as soon as to twice monthly, each month – for years on finish. I didn’t thoughts it, actually. It simply grew to become a part of my routine.
I actually cherished working as a vogue photographer, however after assembly a particular girl in my life (who’s now my spouse), I needed to decide. Did I need to transfer full-time to Los Angeles and get deeper into the style pictures realm, elevate children in that setting, and play what felt like a “sport” to climb the ladder… or did I need to totally settle into the PNW and dedicate myself to turning into a full-time photographer who each lived AND labored within the Seattle market.
I’ve been a full-time wedding ceremony photographer since 2008, and I wouldn’t have it some other manner.
Household means all the things to me
It was an extremely troublesome choice, however there was one factor that stood above the remainder that helped me make my choice. I didn’t need to elevate my future kids round Los Angeles.
Whereas I could also be completely biased primarily based on my private experiences available in the market down there, I had sufficient of the identical experiences time and again to know that it wasn’t only a fluke factor right here and there. Whereas I like visiting and maintaining in touch with a few of my vogue shoppers (I nonetheless love vogue pictures, and all the time will)… the transfer was primarily about my future kids.
The choice on when to completely plant my ft in Seattle was about reverse-engineering my choices about kids.
On the time, I used to be 27. I’m now 32 as I write this weblog submit. So, I knew that I wanted at the least just a few years to completely get up-and-running another time with a brand new firm, new model, new community, and construct as quick as I may.
My transition wasn’t simple
I struggled with the transition to start with as a result of I merely didn’t know the right way to correctly transition. I didn’t notice simply HOW completely different the advertising facets had been and the way completely different the pictures challenges had been. I want I had employed a coach, however my community within the wedding ceremony business was nearly ZERO folks, so “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.”
It was numerous trial and error, numerous networking occasions, numerous enterprise playing cards and misplaced cash. However over time, I spotted what I wanted to do with a purpose to succeed. I spotted that I wanted extra than simply assist with my enterprise, however with my private mindset and with my focus.
So, I purchased a LOT of books, studied from a number of the world’s greatest photographers and enterprise leaders, and simply began implementing.
I’ll all the time be studying & rising
Quick-forward to this present day and I’m nonetheless studying, rising, and implementing. I all the time shall be. There’ll by no means be a single day the place I don’t attempt to do one thing higher than the day earlier than. And I believe that in itself is what is actually required to be an entrepreneur – not to mention a marriage photographer.
My shoppers through the years have put SO a lot belief into me to doc their wedding ceremony day particulars, cherished emotional moments, and formal poses (and all the things in between). I’m eternally grateful for all the things that everybody has ever carried out for me. And I’ll eternally be grateful to my spouse, Haley, who has all the time been there to assist me with all of my loopy concepts.
I like being a Seattle wedding ceremony photographer.
Being a Seattle wedding ceremony photographer that additionally serves the areas round me like Snohomish (just some minutes down the road from me), Woodinville (yum, extra wine please), Whidbey Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island… I actually couldn’t be surrounded by a extra stunning place. Positive, the “Seattle freeze” could be an actual factor (you locals know what I’m speaking about), however the landscapes, sights, sounds and even smells is what had me coming again right here each single time my work tried to have me transfer elsewhere.
Transferring ahead, I’m positive that I’ll get again into vogue pictures sooner or later. My advantageous artwork work additionally actually drives me, as properly. Weddings are simply… completely different.
Why I grew to become a marriage photographer? Household.
To me, being a marriage photographer is in regards to the intrinstic reward that I get. It’s seeing you smile. Seeing you cry, even (pleased tears). It’s the pure emotional pleasure that you simply get once you see the ultimate pictures and you may really feel the emotion in them when they’re displayed in your wall or in your heirloom picture album. THAT is the rationale why I like being a marriage photographer. And THAT is why I’ll all the time be one.
Positive, when I’m 45 years previous my charges could be 10X what they’re proper now, and I’ll most actually be much more selective on the variety of weddings I tackle… however the intrinsic reward won’t ever go away. I’m additionally pretty sure that I gained’t have the ability to tackle the identical quantity of wedding ceremony workload as I do proper now (photographed 48 weddings and elopements in 2017).
Transferring ahead, what do I see for myself?
I see myself persevering with with weddings, however taking up fewer as I creep nearer to 40 and past. With that transition into fewer weddings, I need to construct my wedding ceremony teaching enterprise to assist others. In spite of everything, I really want I had one once I was simply beginning out. I might have saved a LOT of time, some huge cash, and numerous headache. If there’s one factor that I might need to do for the remainder of my life, it will be to assist others succeed.
Wish to see my different work?
Please forgive me since a few of these websites want updating, however right here is a few of my different work if you need to test it out.
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Style pictures: www.kylegoldie.co
I sincerely respect you taking the time to learn all of this. You’re wonderful. 🙂 And now you understand why I grew to become a marriage photographer. Thanks for being part of my journey.
And in case you’re nonetheless on this weblog, I do know you’ll love these different weblog posts I created only for you:
- How a lot it’s best to spend on a marriage photographer
- How I proposed to Haley
- The explanation why I believe you don’t want a second wedding ceremony photographer
- How Haley and I met