BY DALLAS AND SABRINA KOLOTYLO
Breaking into the international market and expanding our client base has been a primary focus for us for a while now. In fact, in 2017, we’re making a permanent move to Barcelona.
We started shooting internationally two years ago, sort of by chance.
A couple asked us to shoot their elopement to Vancouver (where we’re
currently based), with a full wedding planned later in Sayulita, Mexico.
They loved working with us, and hired us for their wedding, too.
From there we looked for any opportunity to do more
international work. We made travel plans, and told every couple
we met with about them, making it clear that we love shooting
anywhere. We even contacted photographers we admire in
Europe to let them know of our plans, should they be looking for
someone to refer clients to.
Last year, one of our clients recommended us to friends who were
in Vancouver for a short time. Similar to the Sayulita couple, we shot
their engagement session, and eventually their wedding in the U.K.
While we were abroad, we booked post-wedding and engagement
sessions in Paris, Lisbon and Barcelona to maximize the input to
our portfolio. Amid all of this, the amazing privilege of being one of
Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of 2014 directly led to us booking a few
more incredible destination weddings!
The impact on our business has been great; more clients from
around the world are now seeing our work, and more adventurous
couples with out-of-the-ordinary ideas are hiring us. What ultimately
drove our decision to make a permanent move was the sheer
variety in Europe. In five weeks, we did four different shoots in four
different countries! There are so many cultures, cities, landscapes
and people within a relatively small geographic area—not to
mention that travel within Europe is incredibly affordable.
As wedding photographers connect more with one
another across continents, shooters are expanding their
business reach to international clients, taking advantage
of trips abroad to network with peers and potential
clients—and in the case of Dallas and Sabrina Kolotylo,
planting permanent roots outside North America.
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