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What do you love most about your job? The car ride together on our way to a wedding; red bulls in hand, listening to music that gets us pumped up, making predictions for how the day will unfold - overall getting to work together is very cool. We both love being such an important part of one of the biggest days of our couple’s life…not just photographing it, but helping in any way we can…touching up our bride’s lip gloss, fixing our groom’s collar before the first look, and being that calm presence during an otherwise chaotic day. There is also nothing better than the moment a person is able to let their guard down, let go of their insecurities, and open up to reveal their true self in front of our cameras. Another part of our jobs that completely rocks is teaching, there is nothing like seeing the light bulb go off in someone’s head when they “get it”…instilling confidence, and knowing that we helped them to get there.
What do you hate most about your job? Paper, taxes, email, voicemail, snail-mail, office work, contracts, hanging file folders, word documents, spreadsheets, packing slips, invoices, receipts.
Where do you find inspiration? Elsewhere. Sounds cliché but we really try to look outside of the wedding industry for inspiration. Amber is a total pop culture fein and gets a lot of her inspiration from music videos, celebrity fashion, reality TV… and the E! channel, duh. We’re not quite sure if Eric is really perceptive or just totally random but he finds inspiration in the everyday stuff..….the billboard we drive past everyday, the book he read to the kids that night, the new pair of tights his wife happens to be wearing, or the album artwork from the CD he bought in college that he accidentally found while cleaning the basement last Saturday……yeah, totally random….that’s what we’re going with.
What advice do you wish you had received (or followed) when you were starting your business? be humble, get lots of sleep, you don’t need the latest gear, ask for help, make lots of friends, help others, go slow, eat breakfast with your kids, save your money, keep it fresh, there’s always someone better + cheaper + younger + hotter than you, watch funny movies, pay it forward, bring an extra outfit, make time for you, don’t conform, get a hobby, wear a tie, never forget where you came from, ask for criticism and take it like a man (or woman), your clients are your friends, go with your gut, buy comfortable shoes, look people in the eye, remember you’re not an accountant or an administrative assistant, ask lots of questions, never stop learning + growing + innovating
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? Amber was fascinated with flying and traveling, and always wanted to be a pilot. Eric obviously never looked at the overall size of everyone he’s related to and actually thought he was going to be a star half-back for the NFL.
What do you think of the current state of the wedding industry? Not going to lie…this question totally reminds us of watching all the experts on CNN analyzing that one adjective the president used to describe the country during his State of the Union address. So….after weeks of debate we decided to go with “EXCITING!” Seriously though, we think the current state of the wedding industry is inspiring, fresh, and innovative. The photography learning curve has completely diminished, and the level of talent in the industry is totally mind blowing, yet invigorating at the same time. We have no choice but to constantly improve our quality of work - or get left in the dust of the newest breed of young photographers that have totally embraced all of the latest advances in technology and communication. We cannot be complacent with our current position in the market because we’re already on our way to getting surpassed. At the end of each year in this business it is undeniable that wedding photography as a whole just keeps getting better, and we can’t think of a more energizing environment to be a part of.
What are some pet peeves or interesting things about you? One of Amber’s pet peeves is that she hates soggy cereal. She also has this thing about her feet being constantly hot, so she’s mostly barefoot and prefers her bed sheets cold. Something interesting about Amber that many people may not know is that Amber took flying lessons for 3 years and even flew a Cessna solo. Not to be outdone in weirdness….Eric has a serious phobia of wet paper…he can have a complete mental breakdown at just the sight of a wet, dissolving lollipop stick. Something interesting that many people may not know is Eric wanted to be a developmental psychologist before switching to photography, and he managed a developmental neuroscience lab for 5 years, with published work in the field.