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Cylburn Arbortetum Photography: Adrienne and Sean

While I was out of state on maternity leave with my 4th son, Susie really handled everything so amazingly well.  Our clients had a totally seamless experience and she barely reached out to me at all, unless it was baby-related, because she just wanted me to relax and bond.  Susie is awesome like that!! :-)  BUT, she did email me after she met with Adrienne and Sean and said, “Sweetest. Couple. Ever.  REALLY hope we get this one!”  Adrienne and Sean booked us a few days later and since then, I just couldn’t wait to meet them!!!  I finally got my chance at Cylburn Arboretum on Wednesday evening and I could immediately tell just how right Susie was :-)  Couldn’t have had a better time with these two :-)

 

Sean told us he knew his mom would love the look and feel of this house… so Mom, if you’re reading this – I hope these make you happy, knowing your son thought of you here!! :-)

 

I think Adrienne’s sorority’s mascot was a lion?  Either way, these were must-get pictures according to Sean :-)

 

Can we pause a moment to acknowledge how perfectly planned these outfits are??  Sean and Adrienne are both graphic designers and their eye for detail was just so evident.  I might need to talk Adrienne into a guest post on choosing outfits for a session!!  Sean was Adrienne’s hair and makeup team – he knew how she wanted to look and did a quick once over between locations :-)  I thought it was as cool that he cared for her sake and cool that she trusted his eye!!

 

Kind of turned fall on us for a moment there under these maple trees!!!!  Not sure how that happened but we ran with it! :-)

 

 

Love, love, love this one that Susie took… nothing else deserved to be paired with it :-) Congratulations, Adrienne and Sean.  We are so happy for you and can’t wait to be there for you on your wedding day!!!

– Becky

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Working together (Part 2): Discussing our Goals & Visions

Before starting to work together, one of the biggest things you need to talk about is a goal and vision. If both of you don’t have the same goals and visions, working together will just be a disaster. Not that I’m trying to discourage people from trying it, but often we can get so excited about the prospect of working together we forget to think about the big picture. But, once the day to day comes around, if you’re not working on the same goals and having the same vision, you’ll be fighting against each other because your priorities will be very different.

For Becky and I, we definitely talked about this and what this would look like for us. For us, first of all God and our families are the most important things in our lives. From the very beginning we established this, which is helpful for us because now everything we do with our business we want it to add to our lives and not distract and put stress where we don’t need it. We structure everything around our most important priorities.

Secondly, it’s very, very important to us that we give our clients a great experience from start to finish. This includes so much more than just giving a couple great images from their wedding day, but all the communication, planning, delivery, and products we offer all have to fit into this for us, or we toss those ideas. We are continually trying to add to our process to make it better, but we have a great foundation to build on, and we have a clear vision of where we’re going.

Thirdly, talk about finances. A lot of people don’t want to talk about money with others, but if you’re going to be working together this is super important. Talk about how you’re going to structure payments, what your financial visions and goals are, how much money you need to bring in per month, what are your views on spending money on advertising, and a host of other financial topics. Along with this, it’s important to do regular financial check-ups as well. Make sure you both know what’s going on with finances, and that both people are happy with how it’s going.

Talking about visions and goals may seem like it’s getting ahead of yourselves, but the truth is, what you’re really doing is establishing a good foundation for both of you to build on. For Becky and I it’s so helpful knowing these things because we refer back to this often during our discussions today. If we didn’t have goals and visions that were written down and talked about, we’d be in a mess! We’d both have our own ideas and instead of us working towards a common goal, we’d be fight against each other all the time. This way we truly are a team.

 

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for engagement photos, we'd love if you give them our information.
Here's why people refer us:
-Natural & comfortable experience
-Authentic & emotional photos
-Unique & creative style of photography
-Professional & client centered
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