What’s that mean?Glad you asked. It means that as of today Michelle and I are officially partners in a new venture called “studioONEthirty, LLC”. This umbrella company will house BDE, NPP and Fyrefly all together under one roof physically, legally and financially. Michelle will be handling lots of the operating and financial responsibilities while I will be handling lots of the vision and marketing side of things. We still will both continue to serve as an event planner and photographer respectively.
So what’s that mean for current clients?In essence, there won’t be much that current clients will notice. Current weddings that we have planned will be executed the same way they would have if we hadn’t changed anything. We may unveil some new products or services that they can take advantage of but really, imagine a less boring way of saying “business as usual”.
What’s it mean for future clients?It means that we are getting AWESOMER! That’s right, I said it. We are currently brainstorming and crafting ways that we can make these three companies work together while still maintaining a level of individuality among the brands. Lots of business speak here, but basically we want to bring the same love and care that each of us brought to our own little companies and use it to create something even better. At the end of the day you’re still hiring Fyrefly or Nathan Peel Photography or Blue Dahlia for your wedding but the behind the scenes should be set up to provide better services at better cost to you. Win/win….win/win/win/win/win!
What the…?Yeah, us too a little. We’re still ironing out exactly how amazing everything is going to be 1, 5 and 10 years from now but one thing we know for certain: it’s going to be amazing! We’re excited for the future of the companies and for our partnership. The fit is incredibly natural and in a lot of ways we’ve already tested out this process over 2012. Thanks for being a client/observer/friend/family member/acquaintance/blog stalker/spammer/whoever else you are that had you find your way to this post!
Excerpted from Fyreflyblog.com….
“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the TV and treat life as if it goes on forever.” Philip AdamsThere is a point in life where everyone must decide a path they are going to pursue. We will never have all the information. We will never be able to plan for all the possible outcomes. There isn’t an amount of calamity insurance that can protect us from the worst. Sometimes you have stop weighing the options and just decide that this is where you are going to go, this is who you are going to be. So here I am, deciding that this is where I am going to go, this is who I am going to be. Today I am making the incredibly scary and exciting announcement of a BRAND NEW wedding photography brand called Nathan Peel Photography. Here’s the details: NATHAN PEEL PHOTOGRAPHY (www.nathanpeelphoto.com) Over the last few months my services have seen an incredible jump in demand. It is good to be in demand but without boundaries on my time and energy, my family are the ones who end up paying the price. In order to try to be fair to my business and my family I am creating Nathan Peel Photography (clever, huh?). So what’s the difference? Glad you asked: This brand will feature my personal services exclusively, if a couple wants to guarantee that I will be the one photographing their wedding then they will book me through Nathan Peel Photography. This will allow me to value my time and talent more appropriately and ensure that those couples who love what I do have the opportunity to secure me for their wedding. It basically means that I get to be even more myself than I am right now. Nathan Peel Photography will be about me being me:) FYREFLY PHOTOGRAPHY (www.fyreflyweddings.com) Starting with weddings in 2012, Fyrefly Photography will become a wedding photography team with 2-4 lead wedding photographers trained by me. These photographers will have worked weddings with me on several occasions and will know how I operate on any given weekend. When they shoot a wedding they will hand off their images to a central image editor and album designer who will process everything in the same style that Fyrefly is known for. Essentially, the business side of things will operate the same way it’s always operated but there will be a couple of extra photographers available on any given weekend to shoot weddings. This allows us to keep our collection pricing the same (if not a little bit cheaper!) without compromising quality. However, there will be no guarantee up front of the exact team photographer that will shoot a couple’s wedding. If you’re curious, we will feature our team photographers in a blog post at a later date. I will still shoot wedding with Fyrefly but as a member of the team. This will allow me to keep my schedule open to shoot those wedding that come along through NPP. THE SHORT VERSION If you jumped to this section because you don’t like reading, welcome:) The short version of this story is Fyrefly is for couples who like our style but need to keep their wedding photography budget around $2500-3500. Nathan Peel Photography is for couples who love what I do and want to ensure that I will be the one photographing their wedding. You really can’t go wrong with either one. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I absolutely LOVE having the opportunity to do what I do for a living. I am really excited to bring a few more people into the wonderful world that is photographing weddings. I am also excited that I get to make our unique style and experience available to more people. I am really proud of what we do and I can’t wait to share it with more and more couples! Thanks for following/supporting/loving/encouraging me as I take some risks…here’s to the future!