Archive for January, 2009

Flowers 101: Peonies

Friday, January 30th, 2009

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Conversation Closed: Photography

Friday, January 30th, 2009

First, thank you so much to all the photographers who took the time to answer my questions and share their work with me. I really appreciate it!

I hope that everyone found these conversations interesting and you had some fun getting to know these great vendors just a little bit better.

For me, one of the most interesting things to come out of these conversations was the fact that the majority of the featured photographers wanted to be photographers or writers or artists from childhood.  Seems that the creative will always find a way to be creative – just the medium may change over time.

We are very lucky that there is a great pool of talented photographers here in Columbus.  Obviously, I couldn’t feature all of them (we would be here until next year) and this list is by no means exhaustive, just some of my personal favorites.  Who knows?  Since there are so many, I may well do round 2 with photographers later in the year – we’ll see!

Thanks again to all the photographers and watch for my Vendor Conversations with Videographers coming in early February!

The Running of the Brides!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s that time again!  Gather your friends and family and get ready to rumble!

The Annual Running of the Brides is tomorrow, January 30!

Filene’s Basement
3704 W. Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, OH, 43235

Some things to know:

  • The doors open bright and early at 8 am but the line will probably form a lot earlier than that so get there early!
  • Dresses that were originally priced from $900 to $9000 and are now priced at $249, $499 and $699.
  • Dresses are all final sale – Filene’s doesn’t carry wedding gowns except during the RotB.
  • Don’t hesitate to bring an entourage if you can – friends and family who will be able to help you grab as many dresses as possible at first.
  • Don’t get discouraged – the racks are usually emptied with 2 to 3 minutes but then dresses are put back and traded among groups once they have been tried on and rejected.
  • There are dressing rooms but wear close fitting clothing (bike shorts, sports bra) and don’t be afraid to strip down in the middle of the store and try on gowns.
  • Be careful – some sales have resulted in injuries.  Expect lots of pushing, shoving and general aggression – after all, it is the perfect gown at stake!
  • Filene’s has compiled a list of tips for the sale.  Email Pat.boudrot {at} filenesbasement {dot} com to request the “Secrets of Success” – finding your dream dress at Filene’s Basement’s Running of the Brides.”

Photo credits: boston.com, cleveland.com and dallasnews.com

Vendor Conversations: Davis Photography

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

If you look to the top of this blog, you will see some of Davis Photography’s work – that is Megan and James up there as captured by Jim and Lara. Jim and Lara are so great to work with and watching them work together is just plain fun – they have this unspoken way of covering every angle and detail that is poetry and magic in motion.

Business Name: Davis Photography
Names: Jim and Lara Davis-Hicks
Phone Number: 614.565.5433
Email Address: info {at} davisphotographer {dot} com
Website Address: www.davisphotographer.com
Blog Address: www.davisphotographer.blogspot.com

How did Davis Photography come to be?
Lara shot a wedding for a friend and around wedding number 4 we shot together, the rest is history! Thank you Lord!

How would you describe your style
Journalistic with an edge of high fashion and passion.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Creating art of love and seeing it affect so many lives!

How many people shoot for Davis Photography?
Two – Jim and Lara

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$3900

Anything else we should know about Davis Photography?
When someone hires us to shoot their wedding they actually save lives through our “Life in Art” approach to photography. In other word every time we capture your life you save another because someone that is dying of thirst will receive a long term, sustainable and affordable clean water solution through www.thirstrelief.org

Childhood ambition?
Jim: BMX Pro

Dream vacation?
Jim: Combination of back country adventure combined with beach lounging and sipping dirty bananas!

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Jim: hmmmm, not sure?

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Jim: The time I have alone with the bride and groom for pix of just the two of them, no comparison!

Last thing you bought?
Jim: A replacement auger bit for my father in law’s power auger, my kitchen drain froze and even the plumber couldn’t get it, the bit broke off! I got it though!!!!

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Jim: Pouring rain, umbrellas surround the bride and groom while I endured the elements shooting under an over pass in a horrible storm, but it was soooo worth it and they wanted it and it was their actual wedding day!!!!!! So fun! I climbed out on a roof one time down in St. Lucia too to get a shot of the whole resort we were shooting a wedding! It was pretty cool too!

Favorite animal at the zoo?
Jim: Gorillas for sure.

Can’t live without?
Jim: Jesus!

Hidden talent?
Jim: I’ve got quite a chef side in me that has been emerging.

Favorite quote?
Jim: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled. ” Jesus

Best compliment ever received?
Jim: “You are a real Christian.” Of course they don’t really know me 🙂 also, when my daughter calls me “Da, da.” pretty amazing!

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
Jim: I am kinda doing it, I serve about 10 couples a year with a focus on excellence and the rest of my energies are spent as the President of Thirst Relief International, I pretty much love it!

Describe your perfect day.
Jim: Wow, my perfect day. . . . definitely with my wife for sure. I’d probably wake up after a full nights sleep (with 3 kids 6 and under that’s rare) then go get a massage, eat some amazing crepes or something yummy, play a game of nerf dart shoot em up with my boys, love on my daughter, then fly with lara to one of our water projects, shoot some pix, love on people, come back, grill out, take a walk in our neighborhood, watch the Bachelor with Lara (we love Jason and actually called the show and told them “If Jason isn’t the next bachelor we are never watching it again!”) then eat some dessert and go to bed early 😉 Is this possible in one day? Hmmm, or have a transcendental out of body experience with a face to face with Jesus, that’d be pretty amazing too!

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.

Thanks to Jim for answering my questions!

Vendor Conversations: Adam Lowe Photography

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Adam was another photographer who kept popping up on “this is who I recommend” lists. I am so glad that I finally got a chance to talk with him. He is way too much fun – gotta appreciate someone who wanted (and I think secretly still wants) to be Indiana Jones and to top it off, has a Grandma with connections!

Business Name: Adam Lowe Photography
Names: Adam Lowe
Phone Number: 614-571-9577
Email Address: adam {at} adamlowephoto {dot} com
Website Address: www.adamlowephotography.com
Blog Address: www.adamlowephotography.blogspot.com

How did Adam Lowe Photography come to be?
Adam Lowe Photography started a little over 2yrs ago. In 2002 I graduated from OIP&T (Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology with a degree in portrait photography and an emphasis on fashion. When I graduated I jumped right into sending out my portfolio and resume to different studios. At the time I was working with a few music magazine and doing random assignments. I started shooting photos around the age of 13 and in high school I started getting into shooting live music. In the mid 90’s Columbus had a great music scene going and I was a part of it. After sending out my resume and portfolio, I started working for a few studios in and around Columbus as a contract photographer. This really helped me get my bearings in Columbus. I assisted a lot of wedding photographers and found that I could really add my style of fashion photography to this setting. After working for so many studios, I just felt that I wanted to take my photography farther and start my own studio, thus Adam Lowe Photography was born.

How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely fashion/editorial/photojournalistic. I have always loved looking through fashion magazines. Companies such as Banana Republic, Louis Vuitton, Anthropology and Urban Outfitters all have great ad design. Capturing and creating the moment look and feels like the couple is extremely exciting.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Shooting the photos will always be my favorite aspect of my job. Second would be meeting new people and creating new and exciting images.

How many people shoot for Adam Lowe Photography?
There are always two photographers at every event. It’s me and an associate photographer.

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
My wedding packages start at $2,500. I can also create a custom package based on what the bride and groom are looking for.

Childhood ambition?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a photographer. I think my earliest childhood ambition was to be an archeologist (aka Indiana Jones), but after a while, photographer was tops on my list.

Dream vacation?
I have taken my dream vacation a few times. I have tons of family in Germany and every few years we have a family reunion in Munich. My family is pretty tight so traveling with them is actually great fun. My sister and I usually take side trips around Europe while we are there. My birthday is during the Octoberfest. I have been known to put on traditional German outfits and get a little crazy. My Oma knows people who know people and so we get amazing seats in the Fisher Veroni tent. Last time we went my Oma conducted the tent band in Happy Birthday to me. The whole tent was singing along (each tent can hold probably a few thousand people), it was great.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Just yesterday (1/5/09) at band practice. Yeah, I’m in a band…I know…look at the photographer in a band…how much more artsy can one get. So, we were working on vocals for a song and for some reason the wrong note kept coming out of my mouth. I mean this was like if Chewbacca was to singing an Enya song…it just kept coming out horrid. We were all dying laughing. I think I might have teared up a little from laughing of course. I am a man, I don’t cry, except when I watch romantic comedies.

Favorite part of a wedding day?
My favorite part of a wedding day, for me as a photographer is when I get to take the bride and groom out and about. We usually find a few great locations that mix with their style and mine. Its fun to bring out the sassy and GQ side of the bride and groom. I’m definitely an urban style photographer and so I like to bring out that side of my work and combine it with the fun and excitement of each couple that I work with.

Last thing you bought?
Cologne from Banana Republic and a Grande Iced Soy Chai from Starbucks!

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
I shot a wedding during the 2008 blizzard. The images came out wonderful and the bride and groom had so much fun. One of the images is featured in the most recent Columbus Bride.

Breaking rules and going the distance is kind of an everyday thing for a photographer. When I have an idea for a certain shot, even if I think it might be something the bride or groom might not be into, it never hurts to just ask. Most of the time they will be willing to take chances and try something different. That’s where the trust issue comes in with your photographer. Trust them and they will get the photographs you have seen and love from their work.

Favorite animal at the zoo?
By far…bats!

Can’t live without?
Well, of course my camera…but other than that I would say my daily planner. I would be a mess without that.

Hidden talent?
I can make the Predator (the movie) sound.

Favorite quote?
“The sanest days are mad” (Morrissey) or “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams” (Willy Wonka)

Best compliment ever received?
The best compliment is when people genuinely love my images. I am a photographer through and through.

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
Definitly a chef. Before going to school for photography, I also thought about going to culinary school. I cook all the time and really enjoy it. I love Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern as well as Top Chef. I just have this culinary side of me that would bust out and cook up a storm for anyone, not that it will be good…but I try damn hard.

Describe your perfect day.
Wake up after about 8 or 9 good hours of sleep. Make breakfast, consisting of home fries, 3 fried eggs and toast with jelly and on the side, Sriracha sauce. Sit down on the couch and watch a movie while eating breakfast. After breakfast, somehow the dishes are cleaned and put away without me doing a thing. I get ready for the day, step outside and it’s a perfect 76 degrees. I take a ride on my Ducati (motorcycle) around town. Pick up my girlfriend and we go get smoothies and possibly push around on our skateboards and find an amazing pool to swim in. Around 6:30 we head back to my place for dinner. General Tso’s fake chicken from this restaurant in Georgetown called Harmony is sitting on my coffee table for us. We turn on the TV and a brand new episode of 24 is all cued up. After dinner we head over to her house to pick up our music gear because we have a show later that night. That sounds like a perfect day. And of course, I will have my camera on me at all times.

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.

Thanks to Adam for answering my questions!

Tomorrow we will wrap things up with Jim from Davis Photography!

Vendor Conversations: Cassidy Dawn Photography

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Cassidy and I didn’t meet while I was living in Lexington, Kentucky but by all accounts we should have. She was working for one of my fav Lexington photographers – the darling Melanie Mauer – who I saw quite often. Somehow though our paths just never crossed. When Cassidy and her hubby moved back to Ohio, we made our paths cross and picked up like the old friends we should have been. If you read her website and blog you will get a sense of what a sweet, loving person she is and I believe that comes through in her photography as well!

Business Name: Cassidy Dawn Photography
Names: Cassidy Dawn Drummond
Phone Number: 740.703.6495
Email Address: cassidy {at} cassidydawn {dot} com
Website Address: www.cassidydawn.com
Blog Address: cassidydawn.com/blog

How did Cassidy Dawn Photography come to be?
I have been photographing something since my 9th birthday (when I got my camera)…it’s always been my love. I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t want to be a photographer (well, see question 7). It’s what I love & who I am…I am a photographer

How would you describe your style
Simple, Stunning & Sophisticated. That’s the motto at CDP. Your photographs should be timeless and reflect your day. Weddings are a day of love and that should be documented in an artful way that’s timeless.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Documenting the love! My job is simply founded on the love people have for one another and those people wanting to document it. Whether it’s a family, children, engagement shoot or a wedding – it’s always centered on love. It doesn’t get much better than that!

How many people shoot for Cassidy Dawn Photography?
Two – Primarily me. However my second shooter, Justin, also shoots the ceremony & parts of the reception. It works out well that he also happens to be my husband, so we make a great team! Not to mention he’s a very talented photographer!

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$1600

Anything else we should know about Cassidy Dawn Photography?
Although CDP is based in Southern Ohio, we absolutely love to travel! I consider Columbus a second home – any excuse to go there is so wonderful!

Childhood ambition?
Meteorologist / Astronaut / Photographer – in that order.

Dream vacation?
This changes daily, I am addicted to travel. At this very minute…I am aching to see the Redwoods!

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Christmas – My family watched 8mm films of my dad & his sisters growing up! It was so great!

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Photos with just the bride & groom. Not only is it special for me to see that connection between the two of them, but to be with them while they are simply living in the moment. The day is so busy, so to have a few moments alone (with me photographing of course) is so amazing…the love is soo evident!

Last thing you bought?
A new online proofing system for my amazing clients!

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
There have been way too many times that Justin (my husband) has had to brace me from falling off one thing or another…but it’s always worth it!

Favorite animal at the zoo?
Flamingos – it’s a childhood thing.

Can’t live without?
The feeling of being at home. I love finally having the feeling of being at home again.

Hidden talent?
I have a special connection with kids. I guess I we act a bit a like 🙂 Smiles aren’t that hard for me to get!

Favorite quote?
So many. Right now, “Today I will be happier than a bird with a French Fry.” I have it hanging next to my desk…it makes me smile daily.

Best compliment ever received?
That they could see that I lived my life for Christ…that’s the most important thing in my life and I am blessed when people can see it.

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
A bad architect. I love buildings & architecture…but I am awful at math 🙂

Describe your perfect day.
Hiking and photographing with my husband.

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.

Thanks to Cassidy for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Adam Lowe Photography

Vendor Conversations: C Studios

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Amy is another ‘friend referral’ – Jenny from Seedlings told me I really should meet Amy from C Studios a bit over a year ago. So, we had a lunch date and Jenny was right – we hit it off! Our friendship not withstanding, I think she is a fab photographer too!

Business Name: C Studios
Names: Amy Carruthers
Phone Number: 614-432-2073
Email Address: info {at} cstudiosphotography {dot} com
Website Address: www.cstudiosphotography.com
Blog Address: seestudios.typepad.com/see_studios

How did C Studios come to be?
It all began with writing. At twelve I wrote novellas, at sixteen I fell madly in love with short fiction which eventually distilled down to narrative poetry during my Freshman year at Kent State University. Then I took my very first photography course. Photography was pure poetry. The darkroom was heart-fluttering magic. A single photograph said everything, without saying a word. I immediately transferred to the Savannah College of Art and Design to study photography as fine art. I knew I would have a career in the arts, but it wasn’t until moving back to Ohio and accepting a position as a Production Manager for a local wedding photographer that I ever considered wedding photography as a full time career. Then on February 15, 2003 I assisted as second photographer at a wedding, and from the very first click of the shutter that early winter morning…I knew I was always meant to be a wedding photographer. After two years, countless weddings, many mentors and the beginning of my own marriage – I started C Studios.

How would you describe your style
A charming blend of retro glamour and modern editorial photography.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
If I have to limit myself here, I would say that the common thread of what I love about my job is moments of connection. I love the spark of warmth when a couple connects with me and my artwork during our first meeting, I love watching my couples relax and connect with each other during their engagement session, I adore the moment when my couples connect with me as their photographer and begin to truly feel fabulous in front of the camera, I love connecting with the emotion of expressive, real moments and I love the lasting friendships that have come from personally connecting with each and every client.

How many people shoot for C Studios?
I am the sole photographer for my studio – but do have two associate photographers, Amanda and Leah, who join me as second photographers at my weddings. Both Amanda and Leah are fabulous long-time friends and amazingly talented photographers – I can’t imagine doing this without them!

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
Our all-inclusive collections begin at $4930.

Anything else we should know about C Studios?
Oh, there are a great many things I would like you to know! We should meet up for coffee one lazy Sunday. (Smile)

Childhood ambition?
To be a columnist for Cosmo.

Dream vacation?
Eating and drinking my way across Italy with absolutely no schedule, map or watch.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
My husband and I were visiting our friends back home in Akron – and I very seriously started telling the story of how I first ‘experimented with swearing.’ They immediately called me out. God, I was such a dork in Junior High. We laughed for 20 minutes straight.

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Genuinely seeing, really seeing, the beauty abounding inside ordinary people.

Last thing you bought?
A fabulous book! ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Diaz

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Balancing on a very skinny median in the center of Michigan Avenue during rush hour with one of my couples for their engagement session – we just had to get the Chicago skyline at dusk, right?!

Favorite animal at the zoo?
The sea otter! They just look so dang happy flipping and gliding around in the water.

Can’t live without?
My husband. Seriously, he makes me laugh and love life like nobody’s business.

Hidden talent?
Negotiating. My mom swore I was going to become a lawyer. I debated and negotiated everything from the time I was old enough to string words into sentences.

Favorite quote?
I have two: ‘Everything is negotiable’ and ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’

Best compliment ever received?
That our images are iconic. (That one blew me away! It was from a guest at a wedding who had just signed the couple’s Fine Art Guest Book, which featured their engagement images.)

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
A poet. An actress. A chef. A human rights activist. An interior designer. A movie critic. A Broadway dancer. A travel show host. A sociologist. A beachside bartender. An archeologist. A time traveler.

Describe your perfect day.
Waking up naturally to an early bright sun on a crisp Spring day. Snuggling in bed with Brian for a few extra minutes. Enjoying a Venti Quad Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks on our way to the dog park. Watching Doby, our hilarious hound/black lab mix, clumsily pounce after other dogs, happily trying to fit in. Driving up to Akron for a late lunch at Luigi’s with our parents (oh that salad with cheese is to die for). Lounging around in my mom’s kitchen, chatting about life and enjoying her always perfectly brewed coffee. Shopping with my sister for a cute outfit to wear that night. Hiding away with a great book for a few quiet hours. Then ending the evening laughing hilariously over frosty beers with my sister and our friends at Delanie’s.

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.


Thanks to Amy for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Cassidy Dawn Photography

Vendor Conversations: Keels Photography

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Keels Photography is one of the studios I mentioned that I have not had the pleasure of working with yet BUT they were on multiple “this is who I recommend when I am booked” lists. One look at their work and it is clear why. Enjoy the interview!

Business Name: Keels Photography
Names: Chris & Tricia Keels
Phone Number: 614-487-8035
Email Address: info {at} keelsphotography {dot} com
Website Address: www.keelsphotography.com
Blog Address: keelsphotography.blogspot.com

How did Keels Photography come to be?
Having coffee on the Mediterranean Sea on our honeymoon, we decided we wanted to be in a business where we could create photography and fine art and keep a balanced life. And so we did. (O.K. so the balanced life part has taken a bit of time … but I think we are getting there.)

How would you describe your style
I overheard Chris describe himself to a client as a gentle shooter. That completely describes him, he observes, gently guides and shoots. And we are people shooters. We love to focus on the faces and expressions.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect of our job is handing someone a beautifully-framed fine art print or canvas for their wall. They always look fantastic and I know the client is going to enjoy it for years.

My favorite aspect of photography though is the fact that a photograph can truly take you back to a time and place. That it prompts you to remember things about that time that you might not if you didn’t have the visual stimulation. It preserves a memory and lets you relive it again and again. I find that a powerful thing. Especially with how easily I can forget where I put my keys just this morning.

How many people shoot for Keels Photography?
Three

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$4200

Anything else we should know about Keels Photography?
We highly encourage joy.

Childhood ambition?
Tricia: Writer
Chris: An astronaut, an actor, and an artist, hey what do you know.
Candis: An actress, veterinarian, writer, artist, counselor…my childhood was peppered with dreams.

Dream vacation?
Tricia: Organic farm in Tuscany Italy – and then I got to take it and found it is still my dream vacation. I hope to do it again.
Chris: That Tuscany vacation my wife spoke of.
Candis: Iceland

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Tricia: You don’t want to know … but trust me … it was funny.
Chris: The office episode where Michael Scott tried to steal the office surplus for a spending spree at Burlington Coat Factory.
Candis: With my friends Chrissy and Megan. It was late and we were slap happy.

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Tricia: The moment right after the ceremony when you can capture the bride and groom in those first moments of husband and wife.
Chris: I would say the ceremony, everyone leaves the same way they came into it except for the bride and groom, it’s life transforming.
Candis: The vows, it’s THE moment to me. The sacredness of that covenant blows my mind.

Last thing you bought?
Tricia: groceries (assuming paying off my library fine isn’t really purchasing anything.)
Chris: light bulbs, yippee.
Candis: a snow shovel!

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Tricia: Once I hid in some bushes. But for the most part I’m pretty discreet.
Chris: By the Bride’s request we were out in 15 degree weather to shoot them on the grounds of Notre Dame. While we were waiting for her car to come, freezing, the perfect shot materialized of the Bride. It was worth the suffering!

Favorite animal at the zoo?
Tricia: Manatee
Chris: I would have to say Elephants, they’re sentimental like me.
Candis: I’m more of a Sea-world girl. I love penguins and dolphins.

Can’t live without?
Tricia: God
Chris: The hope that comes from God.
Candis: God and His big love.

Hidden talent?
Tricia: I can organize someone’s to do list in about five seconds.
Chris: I can do movie Kung Fu
Candis: I listen for desires and then give good gifts.

Favorite quote?
Tricia: A merry heart is the best medicine.
Chris: Pray to catch the bus and then run as fast as you can.
Candis: The best made plans are your open hands.

If you weren’t a photographer (or designer for Candis), what would you be?
Tricia: A photographer’s wife.
Chris: An art director, Christian Counselor or join the circus
Candis: A counselor, or a mom. Maybe both…or all three.

Describe your perfect day.
Tricia: Simply any day with peace and joy. And a cup of good organic coffee.
Chris: Waking up to my two son’s telling me “mommy’s making waffles,” lingering over coffee with my wife in the late morning and then we get in the car and we’re off to our lake house for swimming and canoeing. (We don’t own a lake house yet but since you were asking) The day ends with a fire in the fireplace, big bowls of ice cream and lots laughter.
Candis: A day that involves and really great conversation with my husband, holding a baby and seeing them laugh, eating white cake with buttercream frosting, about 2 hours reading a really great book and living each moment with a heart of thanks.

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.

Thanks to Chris, Tricia and Candis for answering my questions!

Coming up on Monday: C Studios

Flowers 101: Hydrangeas

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Vendor Conversations: Grogan Studios

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I first met Alison and Brian a couple of years ago when my clients Melissa and Paul hired them to photograph their wedding. I hit it off with them right away and they ended up capturing my daughter’s first year on film for us – they have been a bit of a staple in our house every 3 months and even photographed her 1st birthday party. Of course, they take beautiful pictures of brides and grooms too which is why they are the next in my Vendor Conversation series!

Business Name: Grogan Studios
Name: Brian & Alison Grogan
Phone Number: 614-327-5758
Email Address: agrogan {@} groganstudios.com {dot} com
Website Address: www.groganstudios.com
Blog Address: groganstudios.blogspot.com

How did Grogan Studios come to be?
Five years ago, were recently married and just out of college. Alison had been second-shooting for another studio and Brian had been doing commercial shoots for Bath & Body Works when some acquaintances asked us to photograph their wedding. We photographed 5 weddings that year, and 22 the following – we got so busy that Alison had to quit her regular job and the rest is history!

How would you describe your style
Photojournalism with an artistic twist. We mix our fine art backgrounds into the medium.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Having our clients come over and watch the slideshow of their pictures for the first time. They’re watching the video, and we’re watching their faces light up.

How many people shoot for Grogan Studios?
Two – Brian and Alison. Our styles are completely different, but when combined, they blend perfectly. We always work together because we know what to expect from each other.

What is the starting investment for a wedding?
$2000

Anything else we should know about Grogan Studios?
We opened a studio in Marble Cliff (Grandview/Upper Arlington area) this past year!

Childhood ambition?
Alison: I have wanted to be a photographer since I was about fourteen.
Brian: Historian

Dream vacation?
Alison: Hawaii
Brian: A photo trip around the world.

Last time you laughed until it hurt?
Alison: I would tell you but I’m pretty sure I was the only one laughing
Brian: Ohio State beating Michigan 42- 7 for the fifth straight time. I’m still laughing.

Favorite part of a wedding day?
Alison: Can I have two favorites? Bride getting ready and first dance. They are both such vulnerable moments.
Brian: Right before the wedding – best time for journalistic shots.

Last thing you bought?
Alison: Bright green shoes!
Brian: Ipod case

Greatest length gone to get the perfect shot?
Alison: I have to climb on rocks and ledges a lot because I’m short – I have to be super-careful because I’m a bit clumsy
Brian: In Ireland, I crawled out on slippery rocks with all of my gear to photograph a castle. The only problem was once I was there, I couldn’t figure how to get back. I ended up falling in the water holding the gear above my head. All of this happened while Alison slept in the car.

Favorite animal at the zoo?
Alison: Bears
Brian: Tie – Bears and Crocodiles

Can’t live without?
Alison: Ice Cream
Brian: Chinese food

Hidden talent?
Alison: Patience
Brian: Making the bed

Favorite quote?
Alison: Don’t have one!
Brian: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs” – Ansel Adams

Best compliment ever received?
Alison: I’ve gotten emails from some of our brides telling us how they cried (happily) as they went through their photos, reliving the moments. I’m not sure I could ask for a better compliment.
Brian: A customer mentioned that my Ireland photographs were just like Andy Goldsworthy’s. I almost fell out of my chair!

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Alison: A writer for a newspaper or magazine.
Brian: Historian or cook

Describe your perfect day.
Alison: Any day that is stress and worry-free is a perfect day for me. The kind of day where at the end of it, with a smile on my face, I can just look at Brian and say today was a really good day. It could be a day at the beach or a day doing errands–it doesn’t really matter.
Brian: Late spring in Yosemite, John Muir Trail, grilling out with a frosty beverage.

Please share with us some of your favorite images from 2008.

Thanks to Brian and Alison for answering my questions!

Coming up tomorrow: Keels Photography