*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Weddings are obviously a passion for the people who advertise with the site, but it’s not always one that can pay the bills just yet. Year after year I watch sponsors work themselves to the bone getting businesses off the ground, never sacrificing professionalism, but almost always sacrificing free time and disposable income to make the dream of running an independent business come true. It’s a ton of work, but it’s worth it because they get to work with APW couples to make this happen. (You rock.) So it’s a really special treat when we get to share the good news that someone like Sarah Gormley Photography in D.C. has been able to take their dream full time, largely due to the support they received from you guys when they started advertising with APW. And even more special when that person is thanking you with a special travel deal to celebrate the occasion.
Now, before I let Sarah tell you the news, let me tell you about Sarah. Sarah’s only been with APW for a short while (we introduced you to her in August), but in that time, she’s already become a strong presence within the community. Plus, she’s just good people. Take, for example, when she photographed the marriage legalization adventure of longtime readers Aly and Elroi. She’d already stepped in to give them an awesome deal, because hello, they were having to pay for a wedding TWICE. But then just before the festivities were set to begin, the government decided to, you know, shut down. So Sarah went about finding them a new space. Here’s what Aly had to say about it:
With the help of APW, I found a fantastic photographer, Sarah Gormley, who agreed to modify her usual photography package for us to better suit our tiny, kid-chaotic legalization moment. She helped us decide on the apropos Constitutional Gardens for our ceremony location … On Friday, October 4th, with the government still firmly shut, I emailed our photographer Sarah to ask whether or not Constitutional Gardens would be off-limits because I couldn’t tell via Google. It’s a National Park area so even if it wasn’t totally locked down, it didn’t seem like a reliable option. She offered to make some calls looking for an alternate space, which I thought was amazing. Even more amazing, she reported back that one of her favorite restaurants, the vegetarian-friendly, farm-to-table Big Bear Cafe, offered to block off half of their patio for us for the ceremony for free and hold a large table for our dinner while we took pictures afterwards. This is when I cried. People can be so KIND.
When someone like Sarah gets to pursue their dreams, it’s a win for everyone. Not only does Sarah get to do the work she loves to do, but now she gets to pay it forward to you guys. Today she’s doing that by offering a crazy travel deal (which is not exactly something you can do when you’re chained to a desk). Here’s what Sarah had to say about her big move:
After three years as an event photographer working on the hill in Washington D.C., I’m finally leaving the staff position that has given me the footing to start and grow this wedding business that I love so much. Over the past few years, I’ve spent nights and weekends working to create a personal style that would attract the kinds of couples that I want to work with. I tried to keep my images candid and honest, my post-production natural and warm, my website simple and welcoming in hopes of drawing couples that value these traits as much as I do—in their relationships, in their wedding plans and in what they want from their wedding photography.
But it wasn’t until I began advertising with A Practical Wedding that I really started to connect with like-minded couples across the country. APW couples seemed to recognize something in my approach and in turn, my business started to look more like what I had always dreamed it would be. I found that the more I had in common with my clients, the stronger the photography became—it was more intimate, more emotional, more interesting. And before I knew it, I had a calendar full of couples that I am so lucky to know, having weddings that I am genuinely excited to be a part of. I have APW and it’s amazing readers to thank for giving me the courage and the clients to finally take the plunge and run Sarah Gormley Photography full-time.
To thank you guys, Sarah is offering a travel deal that has more to do with love than with the bottom line. Her local coverage (within a three-hour drive of D.C.) for weddings starts at $3,000, and includes an engagement portrait session, plus all your images in high resolution on a DVD and in an online gallery. Anything outside of the three-hour drive is just $3,500 total, and includes everything in her normal package. Right now Sarah is shooting weddings in West Virginia, New York, Georgia, California, and Canada, so seriously, the sky’s the limit. Also, Sarah will be traveling a bunch next year, so if you’re planning on being in any of the below countries, do yourself a favor and schedule a portrait session with her or something.
As for Sarah’s work, well, I’m not exaggerating when I say it speaks for itself. It ranges from emotional, to moody, to flat out lovely. It can go toe to toe with many of the best wedding photographers out there, and you can afford it. You can afford it, and you’re going to love Sarah. Magic.