So! I’m thrilled to get to introduce y’all to calin + bisous photo, out of Boston. A few months ago, Calin emailed me out of the blue. It was just a little love note, about how she’d been Googling around and stumbled on APW, and said, “Your blog is the best god damned blog ever. I love it. I’m so much more interested in getting married to my boyfriend since finding it, and it’s so much fun to learn that it’s okay to be a feminist, hate the idea of marriage, hate religion, and still have the strange desire to wear a white pouffy dress on the wedding day I never planned to have.” Which? Awesome note right? Well. Then. I clicked through to her site, saw she was a photographer, and was like what the mother effing eff, this woman HAS to become a sponsor, she’s just too perfect. But she wasn’t shooting weddings yet, and she was only beginning to build her business, and it just wasn’t the right time. But then she emailed me again this month, and it was on. So welcome to the magic that is calin + bisous photo.
I spend a lot of time looking at wedding pictures (obviously) and part of my job is to be able to evaluate a photo. And here is what I think: I think Calin is growing and blooming as a photographer, and I think she’s on the edge of something hot. Explosively hot, and exactly what APW-ers are all about. I think by the end of next summer, Calin will have shot a whole lot of weddings, and everyone is going to be wishing they booked her back then, back when she was a total, total, steal. I think that those wedding pictures are going to be stunning, and I think all of you are in the unique position of snapping up calin + bisous photo early.
So what should you know about Calin? First of all she’s rad-tastic, and she is TOTALLY someone you want at your wedding (and at your parties). She’s a student, studying cello at Berklee, but she fell into the world of photography, and well… obviously that cello talent translated. I asked her to write about APW, and why she wants to work with you guys, and oh, man, wow:
I love APW couples because they’re naturally beautiful! I seriously must be APW’s biggest fan. These people are real, logical, and they know what’s right and what’s wrong so very clearly. This blog and these women, men and all APW photographers have brought my work and eye to a new place. They confirmed my suspicion that wedding photography is a personal thing, not a cold business. Photography is a collaboration, and I want to run my business truthfully! The truth is, you can’t do it without my camera, but I can’t do it without your face! I CANNOT flippin’ wait for my first practical collaboration!!!
Everyone deserves photography at a small cost, and I don’t just mean money. Photography should be available at a rate that doesn’t feel like a punishment, it shouldn’t cause stress because of hidden costs, and no one should ever have to choose their favorite photos because the print prices are too expensive. (And did I mention that her rates start at $1,000???? Seriously? They do. And they won’t for long, I bet.)
So I’m thrilled you guys. THRILLED. I’m like dancing in my seat excited. I think you guys are going to love her, I think she’s going to love you, and I think I CAN NOT WAIT to see the pictures. Go! And enjoy.
Mwah! Happy Friday! This is a good way to end the week, no?