First. This is not a normal sponsored post. Not at all. This is some APW community magic, in a big time way. Read on:
So a few months ago I got a really amazing email. It was from a super regular commenter (you guys all know her, but for google-ability reasons, I’m going to just call her Jacqueline, which is her real name). She’d just gotten her dream job in Fargo, and she and her partner Travis had decided to move for her career. Unfortunately, that meant that Travis would have to give up his job as an award winning photojournalist for a newspaper. And Jacqueline was sad, and wanted to do something amazing to surprise him.
So she wondered, maybe, if their might be a place for Travis and his wedding photography business Wasabi Photography on APW. She was wondering, maybe, if there might be brides in the midwest who might be interested in hiring her super talented husband for their weddings. You know, maybe. She said this:
I feel an incredible amount of love and support from him for encouraging me to take this job. He’s moving to a remote city sight unseen for me! His love and support mean so much to me that I want to do something incredible for him. I want to show him the same love and support, so I thought that surprising him with an APW sponsorship would show him how much he means to me and how much I believe in his work.
So, you know, obviously I got all teary, and then I looked at his photos and I got all grin-y, looked at his rates and gave y’all a mental high-five, then I did a dance around the living room, and told her H*LL YES. So this post goes live today, on a non-sponsor day of the week, because it’s their fifth anniversary. And on their anniversary, the best gift she could think of was the gift of you guys. APW couples as clients. Seriously. Now aren’t you a little teary? Ok, moving on.
Since Travis couldn’t participate in our top-secret-blog-post-endeavor, Jacqueline wrote me something about his work, and his business and why she believes in him so d*mn hard. You know, other than the amazing pictures. So here we go:
Travis is a photojournalist at heart. He’s there to capture the “moments” as they unfold, naturally and full of emotion. The quiet reflections are just as important to him as the big joyous outbursts. He’s not big on props or directing the action. He’d rather blend in and document the day with his lens. And I don’t think it should surprise anyone that the results of those moments are honest and incredibly beautiful.
Occasionally I assist him with weddings by holding lights, wrangling grandparents for photos, etc. (it’s kind of a family gig), and I promise he’s fully committed to getting the best shots. At one wedding, I drove his car and he took photos perched in the open hatchback while the groom peddled the bride to the reception in a rickshaw. It seems like he never leaves a wedding at the contract stipulated time – he’s told me many a time that he stays later so that he doesn’t miss anything, like a funky dancing uncle who doesn’t make his way onto the dance floor until the end of the night.
Travis loves diversity and believes in marriage equality for everyone. Whether his clients come from different ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds or have weddings big or small, he likes to capture celebrations of all kinds of people. That’s what he loves about his job – seeing the range of human experiences. And he always bonds with his couples (Travis and a recent groom had a good time discussing IPA beer for a little too long), which is why I know he will love working with Team Practical couples. He is extremely committed to his couples and works with them to develop a package that is right for them. He travels at cost anywhere in the world.
So that’s it ladies. That’s us getting to help Jacqueline give Travis and Wasabi Photography an amazing, I-believe-in-you (dating) anniversary present. I feel beyond lucky to get to help a little, and so happy for all of us that this community is important enough in Jacqueline’s life that she wanted to give the gift of you guys. So ladies? If you’re in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, or beyond… you’ve got one really talented wedding photographer to call. One who you really, really want to be at your wedding (and yes, Jacqueline comes for free). I love you guys. The end.
And Happy Anniversary Jacqueline and Travis, from ALL of us!!!!!