I've been working on my branding lately and it's becoming more and more important to me to line my business values with my personal values. Honesty, integrity, and being genuine are so important to me in my personal life. I want to see the mess in other people. The real-ness. The humanity. Show me the good, but also the bad and the ugly. Truthfully, we all have multiple sides and all of those sides are what make us who we are - who our friends and families love.
My point is: starting a business, being an artist, learning film photography - it's far from perfect. It's all a messy, learn-as-you-go process and I'm tired of hiding that. I don't want to have to hide my mistakes to maintain this bullshit image of "perfection". I've been working my butt off for two years now to learn everything I can about the business of wedding photography, while shooting as many weddings as possible, becoming a better photographer in general, working at a full time job I don't enjoy so I can put all my photography income back into my business, being a parent to three dog children and fighting for human rights. That's real life! It's exhausting, it's chaotic, and it's my life.
It's really scary to consider being so open and vulnerable in my business life. That being said, I am committed to be genuine and authentic in my personal life and in the work I do as a wedding photographer, and I have to include that in how I brand and portray my business.
The only resolution I made for 2017 was to shoot personal work exclusively on film, so ... all of the images in this blog post are shot on film! It's still photography, of course, but film is a whole different animal that I've only been familiar with in a fun sense, I'm not very experienced with the nuances of it yet. These shots below are from a recent job-work (not photography-work) trip to Georgia where my dumbass accidentally ended up running a roll of ISO800 film through 3 different airport x-ray machines :|so that was a fun experiment in how x-ray scanners effect ISO800 film. Thankfully, these images were on a different roll that was only ISO160 and only went through a scanner once.
Anyway, life is crazy, branding is a insane amount of work, the amount of time I spend thinking about, researching, and making decisions on all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into my wedding photography business is astronomical. Right now I'm in the middle of (among a million other things) designing a new logo and other graphics that will be a huge part of branding with then help of two talented San Antonio locals - Nicolette of Lazywood Lane is my calligrapher and Lydia Mathis of Lydia Mathis Art & Design is my illustrator. I'm also finishing hammering out details for my monthly newsletter, Love Lines! If you haven't done so yet, please help me out by taking my survey about the newsletter! Half of me wants to wait and postpone the newsletter until my branding is redone, but the other half of me says SCREW IT - I can reformat the newsletter afterward! I think I'm just a little too excited about it - haha!
Anyway, it's back to the grinddd for me (as I chug another cup of coffee, even though it's noon o'clock and I should be fully functioning by this point). If you're into the honesty, the real-ness, the behind-the-scenes then you for sure need to stalk my InstaStories - @thepkphotographs ! Have a splended day, y'all!