We met at Syracuse University in 2003 while pursuing graduate degrees in Photojournalism. It was photo love, people! While working at our respective news jobs in Washington D.C., we started The Happy Couple in 2007 - the same year we got engaged. Anyhow, you know what is more fun than a website bio? A Q&A! So here's a little more about us ...
JB: Where did you get your start in photojournalism?
KB: I started at a small-town newspaper in CA in 2001. It was VERY small! The carpet was held down with duct tape. I worked in journalism for ten years after that, eventually as an editor at USA TODAY. I recently left my post as a photographer with The Pew Charitable Trusts to pursue weddings and freelance full time.
JB: Wow, from small to VERY big. So how do weddings fit in with news?
KB: Weddings ARE news! They are just like any assignment. Follow the action, capture it from a thoughtful perspective, and show the audience something they would not have otherwise seen. And don't try to direct. A wedding is going to be awesome and beautiful all on its own without us directing. And be respectful. You are really good at that, by the way. Staying calm and kind under pressure.
JB: Simply being nice goes a long way, and aside from making great pictures, it's the most important thing we can deliver to our clients and their families. Couples should know that they will be around the two of us almost ALL day, and it's important to feel at ease around your photographer.
KB: What is the number one thing couples should know about us?
JB: Our couples should know that they are investing in experience - and and true love. I LOVE what we do because no two days are the same. The light, the weather. People laughing, people crying. Kids being kids. They all happen in different measures, and it's pretty cool to witness. And our approach to each wedding is different. No formula. Fresh eyes. Our only formula is experience - being able to size up a venue, the light, the mood and the react creatively.
KB: But also being able to anticipate. We both like to spend some time scouting our venues and brainstorming ideas for first looks and portraiture. If one of us is shooting wide, the other shoots tight. If one of us is shooting a processional, the other is back in the wings with the bride, capturing the last special moments before go-time. For as much as we can adapt, we also value PLANNING.
JB: Indeed. And with two photographers, there is enough coverage for us both to be taking some creative risks without missing moments.
KB: How about you - why weddings?
JB: I started at a small paper too. I gained the photojournalistic experience there, but also started to love environmental portraiture. And that is an important part of our wedding coverage. I also love the "picture story" aspect of a wedding. It really is like writing a visual journal. I love making those pictures that are truly time capsules.
KB: Do you like working with your spouse?
JB: There's only one right answer to this. Of course. By now, we can almost read each others' minds. And we have a fun healthy rivalry. I always want to out-shoot you and vice versa. Our couples only benefit from our competitiveness.
KB: That's true. And we have done this together so many times now. Since we are relaxed in our roles, it helps our couples to be comfortable with the process.
JB: What are we doing today?
KB: Picture editing, parenting, and fixing something that is no doubt not working. Every day is some combo of those three things, not necessarily in that order, and maybe with a freelance shoot tossed in. And grocery shopping. Food shopping and eating out are like going to church for us. It is a form of worship, and it must be mentioned that we love to eat and cook.