Today I was suprised by an email that landed in the inbox from a former client. From time to time, we get awesome testimonials but this one stands out because this couple got married back on August 22, 2006. We have the honor of being asked from time to time to cover weddings of other professional photographers. Ashley & Chris were both working a portrait photography studio when we first met them....
Today, we got this email from Chris:
Mateo y Sol,
Hi guys! Just wanted to write a little note to say "thank you" for your continued inspiration...
You see, never in a million years did we think we'd one day be shooting weddings. But a seed was planted, waaay back in August 2006, when you guys shot our little wedding in Playa Del Carmen. I remember we originally asked Sol if she was available for that date, but she was just getting back from shooting a wedding in Peru (?) the day before. She recommended her then boyfriend Matt Adcock in Atlanta, who's work we loved, but was a little out of our price range.
And what did you do? Matt ended up flying down to Mexico to shoot our wedding at Sol's prices - with an exhausted, jet-lagged Sol as his 2nd shooter!!!
Talk about going above and beyond!! You guys really came through for us that day - giving us memories we will always cherish. Your example, both personally and professionally, has stuck with us ever since.
Over the years, Ashley would get asked if she covered weddings. We always answered 'no'. It seems silly now, but at the time, it just wasn't something we were interested in doing. However, our experience with our own wedding photographers, and the quality of work they delivered, was always in the back of our minds. Even though we weren't wedding photographers ourselves, I followed Flash Flavor from day one, always learning new things and discovering cool wedding images. I respected the wedding photojournalism style, and kept my eye on the techniques of various wedding photogs around the world.
Two weeks ago we shot our first wedding. We were nervous, excited, anxious, terrified... but we told ourselves to just "do what Matt and Sol would do". We used our own wedding as an example for how we would cover weddings.
This is their slideshow: http://www.ashleysummer.com/matt&chelsea/
I realize this is kid stuff compared to what you guys are doing now. But, considering it was our first, I'm thrilled with the outcome. And we couldn't have done it without your inspiration and online 'guidance'.
Thank you for being who you are. We feel blessed to have met such cool people, even if only for one day. You showed us love and passion for what you do - and it was infectious! We will always use your example as our guide.
Hope this email finds you both healthy, and happy.
All the best,
Chris & Ashley
Chris & Ashley were married at Villa Tortuga in Playa del Secreto.
WOW... thanks amigos for the jaw dropping testimonial. Chris, your wedding slideshow is awesome... great work. I'd say you are both awesome shooters...be it a wedding or whatever else!
We love our job and even more, love our clients who put their faith in our approach. Like so many other clients, we had never met Ashley or Chris before their wedding date. Finding two other photographers who trusted our vision is hard enough.... to get a ground shattering amazing testimonial like this just makes me blush!