Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to brand new APW sponsor and *proud* wedding elf Christy, of Christy Tyler Photography. Christy actually wrote me a tremendously lovely email introducing herself, telling me how much she loved APW, it’s ethos, and it’s readers… and when I told her heck yes she should be a sponsor, she did a dance around her living room, apparently. That’s how much she wants to work with you guys. Actually, she loves APW-ers so much (well, ok, she is one in her own right)… that not only did she go to the Chicago meetup, but she took all the Chicago pictures. She’s a keeper.
Christy shoots in the Chicago and Wisconsin areas, but she’s willing to travel near and far, so you midwesterners? This might be your girl. Before I get in talking to you about Christy’s story and work, lets get some of the practical good news on the table. First, she has hourly a-la-cart pricing, which means A) Those of you working with smaller budgets can make things work with her, and B) You can pay for exactly what you want and need, and nothing else. Second (and I can’t tell you HOW important this was to me when we were looking for a photographer), Christy gives you all of your .jpgs… and you don’t even have to arm wrestle her for them! She told me, “I believe pictures should be shared – not kept by me and given out only in print form for millions of dollars …. so I give each client CDs of all the best images fully-edited in color, and in black & white – for them to print & share with family & friends as they so choose.”
Christy is still growing her wedding business (good for you), but she’s a super experienced photographer (even better for you!) She got her degree in commercial photography, and told me, “When I graduated I got jobs doing shoots for McDonald’s happy meals, and other large company’s events, corporate photos, etc…. but I wasn’t really happy. Honestly, it was pretty boring dealing with all the corporate mumbo-jumbo and I didn’t like that I didn’t have much artistic freedom. Som a friend of mine’s little sister was getting married and she’d seen some of my ‘personal’ work and asked me to shoot her wedding…. and while doing it – I fell in love. With all of it. With bride & groom madly in love, with REAL moments between REAL people – not fabricated BS. It didn’t pay as well as corporate shoots – but I really didn’t care. I loved the freedom I had to make my own decisions and shoot how I wanted to shoot. And most of all – I love weddings. I still cannot believe for the life of me that I get to do something I’m absolutely in love with – photography! – every day of my life. And I feel SO BLESSED that people appreciate my work & trust me enough to hire me every time I am booked. It is really humbling a thing.”
And then there is her work. Can we talk about the shot above? Can we? About how it’s beautifully composed and has a fantastic perspective, but instead of being cool and artistic, it captures some of the fundamental joy of the day? That is not anywhere near as easy as Christy makes it look.
Christy told me that, “Every wedding I’ve shot since the first was by word of mouth… one bride passing my info on to the next. ” But I think today that’s going to stop, because she’s too good not to share. So Team Practical, go already. Chicago, Wisconsin, Midwest? It’s all about you guys today. And when you hire her and you have a fantastic time together and she shoots amazing pictures? Send them to me, yes? Because I have a feeling they will be great.