I could think of a lot of superlatives that I could use to describe 2013, but one superlative that absolutely does not fit the bill is “boring”. We got to work with an all new set of fantastic clients, and work with some of the best vendors in the industry here in Northeast, Ohio. We got to shoot weddings in some new and exciting places for us, such as New York City, Chicago, and deep into Amish Country. We got to go through the most intense five week shooting schedule of our entire career which included nine weddings, three portraits sessions, and two engagement sessions in that five weeks. We even got to shoot the very first wedding since the opening of the new Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
One thing that we have continued to make a big priority in 2013 is to find education and inspiration opportunities to keep us sharp and constantly improving. This past year, we had the amazing opportunity to share nearly a week with a handful of some of the smartest, most talented, and sharing photographers. We all rented a house together and spent several days each taking turns sharing with the others on a topic that we felt we were good at. For instance, we got to hear from Joe Rumore and Britney Gardner of Turn Loose the Art on effective file management and backup systems, Gulnara of Gulnara Studio shared on how to make your clients look and feel glamorous, Nadine of Nadine Studio pushed us all a bit out of our comfort zone with some amazingly fun improv lessons, Candice of of Cusic Photo shared some of her amazing photojournalism from both weddings and her years shooting for the Chicago Tribune, just to name a few. We came away with some fantastic ideas on how to run our business better and we can’t wait until the next gathering.
As we look forward to 2014, we remain deeply committed to creating the most meaningful, beautiful, and real photographs for our clients. We already have a full year of weddings scheduled for 2014, but that won’t really get rolling until the spring. In the meantime, we’ll take our rest, and prepare ourselves to make 2014 the best year yet.