It’s early in the 2013 wedding season but I can confidently say that any wedding that has the entire service staff outfitted in “Keep Calm and Join the Circus” t-shirts is going to be one of my favourites. Enjoy the Purkis Circus. I sure did.
Life is busy and in my house, it’s no different. Both my wife Janey and I are entrepreneurs and we both run successful and growing businesses while sharing the responsibilities or raising a 2 and 1/2 yr old. So even though I take photos for a living, it’s not very often that I’m able to get one of my favourite models to sit in front of my lens for more then 1/125 of a second. Recent Janey booked a session with yours truly (work related of course) for some new photos for her website www.weesleep.ca Meet my beautiful wife.
My portrait business is growing. I can honestly say it’s because I’m getting better at what I do. I also put a lot of value on the fact that I’m taking job that I enjoy shooting. Here are a few samples of some of some recent and dramatic portraits.
Part of being a photographer is building your brand. Sure you have take great pictures, that’s a given but in todays world it’s all about brand. Are you cool or quirky? Are you outgoing or are you shy? Are you a bad ass or nerd? There are no right or wrong answers. The cool, out going bad ass is no better then the quirky, shy, nerd. Clients are looking for a connection. Especially brides looking to hire their wedding photographer; consider that a wedding photographer is going to be with a couple all day, (oh ya, it just so happens it’s the most important day of their life together!) I’m very confident in who I am as a person and as a photographer but I still struggle with how I should package (brand) myself to my clients. As an example: Last year I wanted to separate myself from the all the other photographers in my area by using a kind of in your face, shock value campaign “Who the F@#K is Brian Reilly Photography”
The funny thing is I never really used it anywhere. Not sure why. Was it because I wasn’t as much of a bad ass (lol) as I thought I was or because I was afraid of offending some mother looking for maternity pics of her little angel? Still not sure what the answer is but it did lead my to understanding that I want the kind of clients that I’m going to enjoy working with and that are going to enjoy working with me.
2012 was a big year for me as a father, a husband, a photographer and subsequently for my photography.
Here are some of the top weddings from last season. Keep in mind that it was a transition year and almost half of my wedding were shot back in BC and half in Ontario.
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