Five years ago Gee and I met, had an uncomplicated romance and fell in love. Three years later we got married and six months after that we enjoyed a two week driving tour around NSW for our honeymoon. We did what we loved to do for our honeymoon which was to explore places we’d never been and take photos. Lots and lots of photos.
Like most people, we work away at jobs that pay the bills but don’t really fill a fire in our bellies or keep us awake into the wee hours talking about them. On our honeymoon one of the discussions that kept coming up was “what is a happy and fulfilling life?” And that’s really where our story begins- the pursuit of a happy and fulfilling life.
It’s been said that if you find something you love to do you will never work a day in your life. The finding something we love to do part is easy. We both love taking photos and we’ve both been doing it for most of our lives. Gee honed his skills the old school way, with dark rooms and film and the wonderful, scary “did I get the shot right” worry that comes from waiting for your film to develop. On the other hand, I never owned a camera, being unable to afford one, but I was the one who was given the camera at family events and asked to make sure I got all the right shots. It came naturally to me and I never once thought twice about whether I was doing the right thing, I just knew how to do it. And I must have been doing something right, because I kept being given the camera.
When Gee and I met, he came with a DSLR camera, something he had bought on the spur of the moment not long before our meeting. For our first years together we just took lots and lots of photos (and I have already had to apologise to all the family members I annoyed with that), we experimented and just enjoyed it. After our honeymoon things changed. We dared to dream that we could add “fulfilling career” to the list of things we could accomplish together. One thing we had proven to ourselves over and over again in our time together is that we are very good at accomplishing goals we set ourselves. So this then was our new goal- make a living doing what we love.
Just over a year ago we embarked on a plan to bring our dreams to reality. We have searched and soaked up every bit of photography knowledge we could get our hands on, practiced, discussed and dissected then practiced some more. We’ve watched our skill sets improve dramatically and know that as a skill and an art we will always be learning something new, always be pushing our own boundaries, always striving to be better than we were last week. In the course of that we’ve produced some photos we are immensely proud of and that other people like as well. Our fledgling business was born and has been growing steadily every day.
We still have a very long way to go before we can quit our day jobs and we do know just how hard it is to make it in the world of professional photography. But for every difficult moment, every setback and fear of failure we ask ourselves that one question- what is a life worth living? We aren’t in it for the fame and fortune (though if anyone wants to pay us millions for a photo please go right ahead) – we do this because it puts a fire in our bellies, because it keeps us talking to the wee hours, because we truly believe that you only need three things in life- something to do, someone to love and something to look forward to.
So that’s our story so far and why we do what we do. If you follow our blog we’ll keep you up to date with our travelling adventures, showing you all the wonders of the Sapphire Coast, our own very special little corner of the world and all the other places that we escape to. We’ll also try to include any great hints and tips about photography that we pick up along the way. Feel free to message us anytime- we love to hear from you and we are looking forward to getting know you all over the coming years.