Why do you want to team up
in the first place? What do you
have to offer as a pair, and why
will that excite your clients?
We pride ourselves in creating a
seamless entity that is greater than what
we could achieve on our own. We have
different eyes and different strengths
that, together, integrate well.
What draws you together? Why
do you think this partnership
What first drew us together as a couple
was our creative passions, so it’s fun to
be able to create something together.
Often on a shoot, his idea plus her idea
builds on set, and it’s no longer his or
hers; it’s ours. He decided to light it this
way, and then she suggested we add a
red gel, and then he asked the subject
turn to the left and she suggested she
flip her hair. One photo—double the
creativity to get it.
What are your strengths or
likes? What are your partner’s?
What do you share in common?
Creatively, one is better at studio lighting
and the other does all of the social
media. For the most part, one is the
phone answerer and the other is the
email answerer. One is more drawn to
graphic images and the other is more
drawn to moments. A graphic, colorful
moment is something we both seek out
in our shoots.
Do your strengths complement
your partner’s weaknesses?
This harkens back to what your
individual roles are within the company,
and how they add value to your client.
Perhaps one of you runs the business
end, allowing the other to fully realize
their creative talent without distraction.
You must define those roles between
yourselves to be an effective team, and
be able to translate those roles into
terms that your clients will understand
IS IT RIGHT
HOW IT WORKS FOR US
Yes, we’re married and have been
together for nearly ten years. This
typically means that while out on a
dinner date we’re brainstorming our
next personal project, and when we’re
on vacation we’re making each other
stand in the nice light for a portrait,
and when we’re with family, one of us
might have to sneak off to build an
invoice—but that’s okay, because we
love what we do and we love doing it
We are both equal creatives with
different eyes, but have aesthetics and
an overall vision that sync up perfectly.
We offer our clients twice the creative
vision, often shooting from multiple
angles on lifestyle shoots, delivering
our clients twice the choices in the same
amount of time. Often on commercial
shoots, our client will come back and buy
more images than originally contracted
because we have two cameras and four
eyes working a scene. While tethered
in the studio, we trade off shooting
while the other acts more as a director,
working with the talent and conversing
with the client.
In business, we share the load, each
taking on tasks fitted to our strengths,
streamlining the workload. To our
clients this means more availability,
responsiveness and quicker turnaround
on important matters. Because we both
ran our own individual businesses for
years before teaming up, each of us
knew how to do just about everything
a professional photographer has to
do on both the creative and business
sides, so being able to now divide that
labor is an asset. There are lots of tasks
that aren’t so fun that we trade off on,
like invoicing and accounting.
A photo duo can be, at its best, a well-oiled machine with
twice the amount of eyes, hands and ideas, all efficiently flowing in
sync, acting and reacting in perfect harmony to a greater end and
with more means than its individual parts. At its worst, it can be
two diametrically opposed forces, like two north poles of a magnet
resisting cohesion and collaborative creativity. So goes the choice
when two photographers decide to take that leap of faith, forsaking
their own creative identities to build a new, unified one. Perhaps we
paint a rather dramatic depiction of the decision to join forces, but
that’s because we take it very seriously.