|December 31, 2007|
Rob & Lauren: The Wedding Travelers
Three years ago, Lauren clicked a button that said “Random Search”. And she found Rob.
We met through our blogs. Both of us were using them as online journals at the time, and one night I was bored, and decided to do a random search of other bloggers in Edmonton. Rob’s profile picture was one that I will always remember: a shot of him doing a backflip on a beach in New Zealand. Naturally a super cool shot like that caught my attention and I clicked on his blog. Through reading it I realized that this was one really interesting guy, and left a comment. He replied to that comment, we starting emailing, went out for coffee one day, and about a month later decided to travel Europe together. It was that trip that would change our life plans for good.
The smallest decisions can often make the biggest changes
I maintain that it was the choice to bring a small, cheap tripod that changed us forever. We both had point and shoot digital cameras to bring, as all average tourists do. But that tripod brought our photography to a different place. All of a sudden we were doing more than the standard “stand in front of an important place and smile for the camera” shots. We were stopping, thinking about our composition, really looking at the scene we were trying to capture. It utterly and completely gripped us. While on a train in Rome we started discussing how this photography thing would be the best job ever. Then those talks became a bit more serious. How could WE make this a career? By the time we arrived home after a month in Europe, we had decided to become travel photographers.
A little bit of luck, and knowing some cool people, and all of a sudden a business is born
We both had another year of University left to get through. We would eventually both graduate with Psychology degrees (I received a Bachelor of Arts, and Rob a Bachelor of Science) but ever since we returned from our trip our hearts were completely and fully devoted to photography. Countless hours were spent on online forums learning all the little technical bits of the art, since neither of us had much experience with those things. But that slowly came together. We did many small jobs here and there, getting our feet wet. We also looked into the field of travel photography, but it was a very tough thing to break into, especially for two kids who had no formal training, and very little experience. But another field of photography caught our eye, and our hearts. Wedding photography. This was an area that had suddenly blossomed into something very hip, artistic, and exciting. And we were hooked. As luck would have it, a friend’s cousin was getting married the year we decided to get into weddings, and we were invited to go down to Calgary to shoot the wedding. It was a 4 day long Sikh ceremony for Japji and Bunny, two good friends of ours now. And it was nothing short of spectacular. We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing way to start our career than their wedding. We still include photos from their celebration in our galleries, and have used their album as the sample we show to clients for a long time now. From that album we booked an incredibly busy and exhilarating wedding season for 2007, and what looks to be another great one in 2008. From their wedding, our business was truly born.
There’s just no stopping the travel bug.
As fun and amazing as weddings are, any traveler can tell you that nothing can stop the travel bug. Add to that the fact that here in Edmonton, between October and March the wedding season slows to a near halt, because of very chilly weather, and you can see our desire to leave the country when the temperature dips (we both despise the cold….absolutely despise it). And so here we are, ready to head off into the crazy huge world, armed with some real cameras this time around, and hoping to learn as much as possible. And lucky for you, we’re here to share all we learn!
Some random facts about Rob and Lauren
- Their cat Scooter is the love of their lives, and is absolutely pampered
- They are pretty big nerds, with interests like watching Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica, playing World of Warcraft, and making way too many lame, geeky jokes. But it’s geek chic these days, so they still think they are cool
- Food is one of the biggest reasons they travel. Well, maybe not, but they definitely love all kinds of food
- Rob can do a backflip
- Lauren absolutely cannot do a backflip
- They joke that their Psychology degrees help them deal with bridezillas
- They are obsessed with photography and travel, and will literally close down coffee shops talking with friends about such things