We are absolutely honoured to make the list for the top three best photographers in Medicine Hat again this year. This is the third year in a row that our fans have put us in the top three! There are a few things that come to mind when we think about how grateful we feel for these past few years.
In 2016 we took 1st place for Best Photographer at the peek of our exhaustion. We had just finished the busiest photography season we had ever had all the while raising our handsome, dino-loving toddler, both working other full-time jobs, and teaching graphic design part-time for Medicine Hat College. Yes, we are that crazy! There were days we never slept so we could give our son undivided attention when he was awake then edited photos or prepared lectures to inspire those engaging minds all through the night for days on end.
We loved it all. We wanted to do it all. Winning Best Photographer justified every minute of lost sleep in our very tired eyes! However, it put us in the position to decide what was important. Sanity won!
We made the hard decision to slow down our photography schedule and turned away many wedding bookings last year. A decision made even more difficult when we were nominated for the Young Entrepreneur award through the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce. However, we knew the sacrifice would pay off. We could still shoot when we want, but would have more time for our son. Then we found out we were expecting baby #2, which proved we had made the right decision.
For those working in the photography field, you know you have to hustle. Hustle to get clients, to network and get completed work out that you're proud of (photography is so personal, subjective and you have to love what you do after all). The hustle can be a struggle when you have kids and as wedding photographers, we realized we would be giving up nearly every single weekend to make a living. We were afraid to give up this time - especially with our oldest starting Kindergarten this year.
If you've picked up a copy of the Medicine Hat News Winner's Edition, you've likely seen the incredible talent with whom we get to share the top 3 list. Luckily, for Medicine Hat there are so many deserving photographers in our community. We are just so grateful for everyone's support and taking the time to vote for us again. It feels great to be recognized even though we have scaled our activity back this past year. We will never stop doing what we love and will continue to provide our best.
Thank you all!