"Outsourcing means I get to live more, and enjoy the perks of being a photographer!"

Can you tell us how you got started in photography?
I graduated photojournalism in 1999, applied for a cinema program and my father suggested journalism in case i didn't get in the cinema program (which I didn't). I ended up working in newspaper for a while, got out of the photography world for 6 years (worked in electronics) and got back into weddings 13 years ago for a friend that was getting married. In 2008, I started full time, and here I am now!

 

What was the first camera you ever purchased?
A used Minolta maxxum 9 (film camera)

 

What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?
Was with Nikon for years and switched back to Canon recently, so that was my latest purchase!

On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?
Between 4000 to 6000

 

How do you find inspiration?
Every wedding and couple is so different, I get excited by location and the couple's connection, if they are up for anything and into each other- it inspires me!

 

What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?
Morocco or Egypt- dying to go there! If the couple is amazing though, the location is secondary! An incredible couple is the dream. Another dream of mine: being a storm chaser!

 

How do you spend your day away from the camera?
In front of the computer! Seriously, just regular chaos and business and school and gymnastics with our 4 kids! Most of the time I am just being a dad, making ponytails and chasing kids around!

How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?
Approx 6 to 8 hours per wedding (2 to 3 days per week)

 

Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?
Was using another company for a few years but TIS offering one dedicated editor and spot editing. You guys were doing the exactly what I was doing when I was editing! No-brainer! The editor feels like a clone of me! I looked through my gallery the other day and it was perfect. The trust is there, there are no worries! And the company is Canadian so I get to support that and support what Davina and Daniel are doing!

 

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?
Not my business, but my life! I never wanted to outsource to shoot more, I wanted to outsource to get more personal time. I am more relaxed, I have time to tweak my website, it has given me more time to grow and pursue things that make me happy! When the business owner is happy, the business benefits! I was getting quicker at editing near the end (before outsourcing) but I wanted my time back, for skiing, lunch with friends, outsourcing is allowing me to live life, not work more. I didn't want to outsource so I could shoot more, I wanted to live more, and enjoy the perks of being a photographer!