Have you ever been part of a team that just “works?” Maybe it’s how you feel with your spouse (on a good day!) or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough the be part of a team that has real synergy in the workplace. Doesn’t it feel great? It’s almost like your team is reading your mind and anticipating your needs before they arise. Work gets done better and faster than if you worked alone, and the results of that work are often so much more impressive because they combine the best ideas of people with varied perspectives. When I joined the Timorah Beales Photography team 3 years ago, it was clear to me from the outset that being part of a photography team was a win/win for me; I’d have other photographers to work with when I needed an assistant, I’d have other creative minds to bounce (my often harebrained) ideas off of, and I’d have a greater opportunity to work on the type of photography sessions I enjoyed the most (babies, babies and more babies). What wasn’t clear to me right off the bat was how the same things that made the photography team concept such a great option for me, would be equally wonderful for clients (a.k.a., YOU.) But just as you know that good teamwork makes for a sweet marriage or a great work environment, it also makes the best photographers.
I’ll share a story of two photo sessions; in the first one, a frazzled photographer, sweaty, sand-covered and wild-eyed searches a beach for her mini session clients. She’s running behind; her first mini session ended later than it should have due to a runaway two year old and now her second group of clients is wandering the beach aimlessly searching for her. Finally they meet up and the session goes as planned… but everyone feels a bit unsettled by the experience, and the photographer (a purely hypothetical person, of course) and her clients feel ready for a glass of wine (or three) by the time it’s over. The resulting photos from the session are pleasing to the clients, but the memory of the session itself brings back a feeling of stress and worry.
Now the second session. This time, the photographer meets her clients on time and immediately is able to put them at ease; she has an amazing and intuitive assistant she works with frequently who knows just how to wrangle the family’s active children, whom the parents worry will hardly sit still long enough for a photo, let alone smile at the camera cooperatively. Not only are the photographer and assistant able to make the photo session painless for everyone involved, they are even able to offer the parents a rare opportunity to get a photo of just themselves together, something that hasn’t happened in years. As the assistant plays with the children, the parents relax and enjoy the experience of being photographed without wondering just how far down Duke of Gloucester Street their non-stop runner has gotten while they were otherwise occupied. Just as the session is wrapping up, the photographer’s assistant (who is also a photographer and adds much more than just kid wrangling to the equation) spots a gorgeous field with amazing light and points it out. She devises a fun game to get the kids to run through the field to their parents and the photographer captures what becomes a photo that genuinely captures the energy and joy the family embodies when together.
Now for the truth; I shot both of those sessions, and have been both that frazzled photographer, and the calm and cool photographer with assistant in tow, who is able to handle whatever comes my way. And I’d never go back to that frazzled one-person operation, even if a lifetime supply of wine came with it! It wasn’t good for me, and more importantly, it wasn’t beneficial for my clients. Many photographers use assistants, but what we have is more - we’re a team. We know each other, we work together every day, and we love it. Our team dynamic is like “marriage on a good day;” we have so much fun working together towards our common goal of producing an amazing photo session experience for you. Before your session, we brainstorm for creative ideas and troubleshoot potential issues that might impact your session and determine how to work around them before problems arise. During the session, we make certain that we have the right assistance when needed, great ideas that mesh with your own unique vision. When the session ends, the teamwork continues. We collaborate on designing albums and wall galleries using our varied expertise to help you determine how to display the artwork we’ve created of your family (because what good is a gorgeous family photo if you don’t get to look at it every day?).
Our goal, really, is that no one should need a stiff drink after a family photo session; maybe instead you’ll want to pop a bottle of bubbly and celebrate how well things went (didn’t lose the two year old this year! actually got a photo of all three kids together, not looking like they’re about to fistfight!). We know that our team can help capture your team in the best light (both figuratively and literally), and we can’t wait to work with you. If you are interested in a stress-free photo session, whether you need family photos, a fresh headshot, senior photos (of the baby you could swear you just brought home from the hospital yesterday), or even want us to capture an upcoming life event such as a wedding or birthday, we would love to help.
On Behalf of Our Team,
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