A few days ago, we announced that after nearly seven years of doing business as Mindy Leigh Photography, we are now becoming Marc & Mindy. WHY? Why change our name and not just revamp our website, wouldn’t that be easier? Trust me – we toyed with this idea when we started the re-branding process. We have built a name and a reputation as Mindy Leigh Photography – we have built up our SEO, not to mention all the links to our business and social media throughout the world wide web. YIKES! Trust us the jump is scary – It almost feels as though we need to start over and rebuild our reputation again with a new name. However, we soon began to see that the benefits of our name change quickly outgrew the concerns.
We pride ourselves on being a husband and wife team, and as previously mentioned, many of our couples tell us at the very first consultation that this is what they love about us. We would be foolish not to highlight this fact in our business name. But as they say – what’s in a name? What are the actual benefits? Today we are sharing 5 benefits of choosing a husband and wife team.
Two Professional Photographers Who Consistently Work Together!
It’s very common these days to want to hire two photographers to cover your wedding. This is great and something I highly recommend. What many couples don’t realize is that when they book a wedding photography package with 2 photographers – they often don’t get to choose or perhaps even see the work of their 2nd photographer before the wedding day. In some cases, the primary photographer and the second photographer have only exchanged emails and have never even met in person before your wedding day.
However, when you hire a husband & wife photography team, you know exactly who’s going to show up that morning prepared to photograph your day, Marc & Mindy – and we know each other better than anyone else. Sure, I may joke with the bridal party that it’s the one day a week I get to tell my husband what do. But all kidding aside, we arrive to photograph your wedding day not as a primary and second shooter – not as photographer and an assistant – but two professional and equally talented individuals that make up an amazing team. Sure, one of us may take the lead at different parts of the day, but we each have our unique strengths and use that to your advantage in capturing all of the moments of your day. It’s also important to know you will have both of us for the full duration of your wedding day, we’re each other’s ride home.
Consistent Style – Unique Perspectives – More Photos!
Some of the best compliments we hear from couples is, I can’t tell which photos are yours and which are Marc’s. To this I reply, “Thank You”. We honestly don’t want you to know the difference. Besides the obvious portions of the day, such as getting ready, where I may be with the ladies and Marc is with the gentlemen, we want our images to seamlessly flow together in your gallery. We have trained ourselves in searching for the same light, showcasing similar beautiful compositions, and creating the same vibe to capture authentic and candid photos. When it comes to editing, all photos edited at the same time and in the same fashion, providing a beautiful consistent feel to your wedding gallery.
We work well together and that SAVES TIME!
I’ve have heard people comment… “Work with your spouse?” – pause for a slight laugh – followed up with, “We would kill each other”. Sure, I agree it does take a certain type of husband and wife to be able to work side by side. As you probably know by now, Marc and I first met while working for the same software company in the corporate world. He was a software developer – I was a project manager sitting a few cubicles down. I would tell him his code sucked… he said I was testing unrealistic scenarios. Our relationship began with us working together. Growing this business together was a natural fit for us.
Having two photographers that know how each other work helps to save time on your wedding day, we can be at two places at once. Want to wait until after the ceremony for portraits together – no problem. Marc can capture your guests mingling at cocktail hour while Mindy is finishing bride and groom portraits. Mindy can be covering the dance floor while Marc is helping make mom happy by snagging a few photos of her brother and sisters together who all flew in from out of state. The best part of this partnership – we trust and rely on each other plus the assurance that we are getting everything you are hoping to have covered.
We can relate to both sides of the bridal party!
The very first part the day is crucial – Our goal is to make both sides of the bridal party feel at ease. It’s not easy having someone new walk into a getting-ready suite in the morning, someone you’ve never met before, and they just start snapping photos. We like to ease into the photo taking part, we love getting to know all the members of the bridal party and introduce ourselves as a husband and wife photography team. For ladies, it often puts us at ease knowing it’s just another female in the room, making everyone feel comfortable while chatting about the shoes, the veil, the stunning gown, and all the perfectly planned details. Marc is a guy’s guy. He’ll help put the guys at ease – laughing at the banter and jokes, providing some direction, and letting them know what to expect when. We like to be considered honorary members of the bridal party on the wedding day, another friend they can share the day with. We are so fortunate to make such an impact and friendship with bridal party members that they have often end up hiring Marc & Mindy for their own weddings!
We get it! – We’re here to strengthen & encourage marriage!
Finally, my favorite benefit of hiring a husband and wife photography team. We get it! We were just in your wedding planning shoes not that long ago. We understand the silly stresses that can be put on a relationship when you don’t see eye to eye on things such as what flavor cake to choose. We also know that amazing feeling of hearing your names pronounced at the end of the ceremony as husband and wife. We understand how couples can look at each other across the room and know what the other is thinking or feeling. With one look, Marc can tell what I’m focusing on or if I’m concerned about something – or perhaps just the fact the light stand must be moved over 3 feet to the left. It is those little things that present themselves in a relationship that can’t even be explained but show themselves as an invaluable asset on a wedding day. We also understand it’s not just about the wedding day, it’s about the moments and years to come with sharing in all the adventures of life. We love nothing more than to keep in touch with our couples after the wedding, meet up for dinner, and chat about life and marriage. That is the most unique and perhaps most powerful benefit of hiring a husband and wife photography team.
Check in tomorrow and all week as we share more stories of past couples we love and how we helped make their wedding not just a day, but an all-around lovely experience.
Marc & Mindy