So…this is what we were up to in 2009. Give us some feedback on how we’re doing!

Now that 2009 is over, we’re looking to 2010 as the year we take our business to an entirely new level. We have a lot of people to thank for helping us along the way & you can read that in the last post (scroll down). But for now…here’s a look at what we up to last year.

Please leave a comment/suggestion and let us know how we’re doing. We’re open to constructive criticism as well…if we need to fix something, just tell us. And…if not, sit back and enjoy!

A (looong) thank you to all for an incredible year!

Shooting Gallery 2009 Slideshow in “Feedback” blog post!: January 26th, 2010

During our first year as professional photographers, Lyndsay and I have had some of the greatest opportunities imaginable! We’ve not only had the chance to meet, but sit down and have a beer with industry leading pro’s like [b]ecker and Gene Higa! It may not mean a lot to some of you, but as a newly turned professional wedding photographer, hearing Higa drop the f-bomb as he welcomes you into his home, you get excited! That same night we had the pleasure of meeting Becker, who has schooled more photographers in the past couple of years, than quite possibly every photography instructor combined! Becker’s ground breaking ideas about sharing information through [b]school and networking taught Lyndsay and I some invaluable lessons about how the new ways of business work and are a major reason why our photography business has thrived in such a short time.

During my first few years as an avid photographer I came across a few photog’s that continue to inspire me and to this day still blow my mind. Although I don’t consider our photography to be anywhere near their level, Sarah Rhoads, Jeff Newsom and The Kaisers from The Image is Found each continue to make us strive to better ourselves with our craft. From the most soulful and fulfilled photographer like Sarah Rhoads to the mind-blowing—and as Nate Kaiser might put it—the eyehole melting photos of Jeff Newsom and The Image Is Found, we grab inspiration from all over. On a side note (I know I probably sound a bit giddy here), during a party at last year’s WPPI convention in Vegas I found my way into a side room where the big-kids were hanging out and I got the chance to speak with Jeff Newsom…the dude seriously blows my mind! Honestly, to spend five minutes seeing the world through Jeff’s eyes, would be a chance to become enlightened!

With all of that said, the single most valuable connection we’ve made in the industry so far is a guy who I jokingly call my “unofficial/official” mentor Scott Shoemake of Scott Andrew Studios. I’ve asked more questions, taken up more time and have been given more opportunities by Scott than I ever would’ve guessed. Scott’s been gracious enough, even when I get to rambling about things, to always give me more information than I’ve asked for and always provides advice on every aspect of our business without asking anything in return. I learned early on with our graphic design business that you always give back more than you’ve been given, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that since Scott continues still, to answer any questions I have. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked now on several occasions to 2nd shoot for Scott and I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from seeing him work firsthand.

Finally…and most importantly, my family. My parent’s and Lyndsay have always been supportive of what I do, but when it came to somewhat giving up my graphic design career and leap head first into photography, I wasn’t quite sure what they’d think. All I can say is that I’ve never felt more confident than I do now with the praise (as biased toward their son/husband’s work as they may be), and support I get from them. They’ve all sacrificed things in some way for me to get to this point, but it looks like the wheels are turning on this train and I don’t intend on looking back! Lyndsay has been a huge support in keeping me grounded (and calm) when I’m scatterbrained and has put certain things in our life on hold while I pursue my passion and she works away on her Masters degree and Teaching.  Without my family, there simply wouldn’t be any Shooting Gallery!

Kia Gregory -

Well thought out thank you. I can feel your gratitude to all those that helped your business grow in 2009! And kudos to you for bringing it in 2009. Inspired to make my 2010 a big one!

Scott Andrew -

Dude, seriously, I’m humbled. You guys have definitely been killing it and will only continue to do so. Keep up the awesome!

Lifestyle Photography Teaser | Hair & Makeup $150. Tuxes & Evening Dresses $350. Dancing in Mudpuddles Right Before the Winter Formal…PRICELESS!

So yeah…I hope I’m not in trouble here! I was asked by the pastor that married Lyndsay and I to do a lifestyle photography shoot with his daughter and her friends in Turlock. They decided that in-lieu of the typical, mundane winter formal portraits, a lifestyle session would be more fun, and who wouldn’t agree with that! Only thing is…I got ’em a bit muddy and pretty much shot their hair and makeup down the tube!  BUT…we had an awesome time and came out with some sweet photos! These kids…ahem…young adults, were super rad! They were up for anything and were incredibly fun to work with.

Thanks again to all of them and their families for being so welcoming and I apologize for getting them a bit dirtier than you’d have liked…!!!

…more to come in the full post. Enjoy for now!


Just shootin’ the ;o) -So I’ve found recently that our part of the valley has some really interesting and cool kids. Many of them are very goal oriented and career driven, and are looking beyond what most people their age are doing. We have a blast shooting the lifestyle sessions with these guys and get to see the future leaders of our communities and beyond!

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