My wife and I received the same email. The wedding photography weekend on Creative Live was slated for the last weekend in January. W, the organized one, immediately added it to our calendar. One giant X across the weekend. For weeks we counted down the days. This was something we’ve been waiting for since our foray into photography and wedding photography. One entire weekend devoted to improving our craft and business. And leaning on one another.
It was about a year ago when W decided to pursue photography. There were no limitations or expectations, just a girl and her camera. But it was something she was passionate about and set flight on a future unknown. She wanted to learn and gain experience so she second shot a handful of weddings. Each one building on the confidence learned from the wedding before. Each one gaining a belief in herself. One night, after another long shoot, she said she was done with second shooting. I knew it was time.
The conversation was quick. She had reservations but we both knew it was time to make the jump, or risk being a lifetime second shooter. We talked about the plan moving forward. And so we decided to do it together. The two of us, side by side. One booking after another. Sure, there were stumbling blocks and knocks on our self-confidence, but we persevered. And we shot our last wedding of the season in November. We were anxious but excited about what was in store.
W has the ability to set her focus strictly on photography and weddings and the future. And moving forward. I couldn’t be as dedicated because of my job and my passion for food and this blog. But as the days approached a wedding or shoot, my attention was firmly on the task at hand. And our customers. I’m passionate about food, W is passionate about lifestyle work. But that was about to change, however slightly. But change indeed.
W reminded me last week of the big weekend ahead of us. I was looking forward to it. Each day marked one day closer to the big event. And, I must admit, I was getting excited. If, for nothing else, than to spend an entire weekend inside with my wife. But also to learn and help the business grow.
Friday rolled around, the quickest push through a week I can remember in a long time. Seattle being three hours behind us, I called W at around eleven thirty in the morning. “Hey! Don’t forget the webinar starts in thirty minutes! I’ll be back as soon as I can,” I exclaimed. Like she forgot. No chance. “Take lots of notes.” I was at least a few hours from leaving work and joining in the fun. It wasn’t much longer until she sent me a text. “This is great, and it’s only 5 minutes in,” she wrote. I wanted to fast forward the hands of time.
I rushed home as soon as I finished work for the week, bouncing right through the door. There were only a few hours left until it ended so I wanted to soak every last thing up. I grabbed a seat beside my wife and exhaled. And instantly became transfixed. I listened intently as W jotted down notes. One page after another. Everything was fantastic. Everything useful. And then, it was done.
When it shut down for the night I told W how excited I was for Saturday and a full session. I could sense the same in her face. She went through the notes from the day and I listened and took it all in. Every last ounce was educational and entertaining. After that we grabbed a bite to eat and sunk in for the night and anxiously awaited Day 2.
It’s rare that we can sleep in, rarer still that we don’t have any responsibilities before noon. So we took advantage of it. And slept off all those days when life called and we had to get up early. When we finally did roll out of bed we both felt refreshed. And ready. I told W I was going to head downstairs and make something quick and easy for breakfast. She loves soft-boiled eggs, and dippy eggs too, so this was the perfect start to the day. And the right amount of fuel to go with our coffees and get us ready for another long day in front of the computer. Dippy eggs and toast soldiers. Let the learning begin.
Day 2 was the exactly the thing hoped it would be. Could be. We saw two genuine and professional photographers walk their way through a wedding day. Bride & Groom posing and shots. Angles, lighting. White Balance precision. Off camera flash for the truly stunning photography and killer sky shots. One thing after another, both of us in amazement and enthralled. Thankfully there were things said and done that resembled our routine. It was reassuring that we were doing some of the right things. But there was also a valley of information both useful and inspiring, told by a couple infectious in their words and passion. We could see it and feel it, and the love they had for their business and each other was clearly visible.
Day 3 was about branding, marketing, sales and techniques. They taught us everything they’ve learned. For free. Gave it all away. And we wrote it all down and listened intently to every word. Advice and information like this is handed out every day. Nor every lifetime. On more than one occasion I wanted to jump from my seat and yell thank you!! We were both excited to get started. More ahead.
The two incredible people running the webinar were Zach & Jody, the couple behind http://zachandjody.com/ . Extremely talented, generous, caring and selfless individuals. Rarely do you come across people built like this. If ever. My wife is from that cloth. It’s why I married her, so I could learn. Words on this page can not possibly do justice to how meaningful this weekend was. It can’t even properly describe how appreciative my wife and I were for Zach & Jody’s time, energy, dedication and passion. And for sharing it all with us. Passing it forward.
My wife and I received this email some time ago about a wedding photography workshop. She marked it on our calendar and I promised to devote my weekend to learning. With my wife. But I didn’t know what to expect. For weeks we counted down the days. And now that it’s come and gone I can say we’re better prepared for what’s in store. We know where we want this business to go. And what we need to do to get there. We’ll do it together. Side by side. And I`m as commited to the future of this business as she has always been.
And I personally owe it all Zach and Jody. My sincerest thanks.
From my kitchen to yours,