When day dreaming of a career during your teens what did you want to be? Did you imagine you would be doing a “day job” or a “dream job”?
I think I am right in saying most of us dreamt about the dream job! No one thought they would be stuck behind a desk shuffling papers for a living, but that is just what the majority of us end up doing – all to pay the bills at the end of the month!
Now I’m definitely not knocking that option as I too have found myself doing jobs for the pay cheque, but I do also believe that if you can discover a job that you do with passion, that you would do even if you weren’t getting paid then you have discovered your dream job. It doesn’t have to be something glamourous or one that OTHER people think is exciting. It can be any job as long as it’s one you can do day in and day out and still love. If you can find that then you have found the holy grail of careers!
When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
Photography, and wedding photography in particular, sort of crept up on me. Around 6 years ago (when I was in my final year of university), my boyfriend at the time (who is now my husband and photographic partner in crime) bought his first DSLR camera. After playing around with it once or twice, I was hooked. From there I decided to study photography part-time and shortly after that photographed a wedding as a favour to a colleague who could not afford a photographer. That got the ball rolling and I haven’t looked back.
What did you study – was it in this field or something different?
I have a BA degree majoring in English Literature, Media & Writing and Art History. I studied photography at night while working my first full-time job at a local graphic design studio.
What was your first job in the industry? and what path has your career taken since?
I began photographing weddings and family pictures as favours to friends, and from there started charging a small amount for these shoots. Eventually I was getting booked regularly, especially for weddings. At this stage I still had a full-time job, and eventually I found I was struggling to cope with both my job and my photography business. It was then that I took the leap and launched Love Made Visible full-time. Shortly before the business went full time, my husband (Bruce) and I decided that it would be a good idea (for various reasons) to shoot everything as a team. This proved to be the best decision we could ever have made for the business. We feel that together we are far greater than the sum of our individual talents and abilities.
What have been the highlights?
The whole journey has been rad, and continues to surprise and excite us. We are continuously blessed with the loveliest clients. Sometimes these clients become good friends of ours, which is a bonus. When I look back I can’t believe I am actually living my dream.
What’s the best part of your job?
There are so many amazing things about being a wedding photographer. You meet the nicest people, and then you get to walk their wedding day with them, surrounded by love and celebration. Almost every weekend you travel to a beautiful place. You have the opportunity to give people photographs that will remind them of their love and commitment to each other – a responsibility we do not take lightly.
What is the most challenging part?
It is challenging working a 6-day week for most of the year, but the flip-side to this is that you can take a good break in the winter when things are quiet. It’s also difficult when you miss out on all the social happenings that take place on a Saturday.
What is your typical day, or maybe week if days are very different?
A typical weekday involves lots of time at the computer – editing pictures, answering emails, designing books and blogging. I also do all my meetings with clients, engagement shoots and family shoots during the week. Saturdays are spent photographing weddings.
What are the “secrets” to your success?
In terms of our photographic style, we have just photographed in a way that feels right to us, trying to give our clients the sort of images that they will value now and in 50 years from now. We are inspired by the love between people, and are fascinated by the way places and people make us feel, so this is what we try to convey in our images.
What do you do for fun in your down time?
I like reading, quality time with my family, eating out (particularly at markets) and a good Nouveau movie.
What do you still want to achieve for your career?
Rather than try to be a good photographer or the best photographer, I just want to continue to get better as time goes on. I want this process to continue as long as I am photographing (hopefully my entire life)
Images: Love made Visible