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here’s to you, athens!

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heather & matt’s slideshow is up! this is one of my favorite engagement shoots ever; their love is so evident! i think i smiled the whole time i was editing these…i’m a sucker.

athens is the home of many beginings for us. it was there that…

…matt got his first camera. he captured athens from the tops of radio towers and campus buildings. anything dangerous and beautiful. he also became the designated photographer for every ad or design project the grady school of journalism could throw his way. his favorite professor, kirsten strausbaugh, even told him that if he got tired of advertising that he should consider photography.

…we met. i was a freshman, he was a senior. i was no doubt obnoxiously sarcastic, he was forgiving. we were friends without expectation of anything more. neither of us were looking for anything else.

…we dated. i still believe i was 100% tricked into our first date. clueless until the very end. let’s just say matt might be too smooth.

…i took photo. deep in the basement of the old art building on north campus i learned to love the musty, vinegary smells of the dark room. my fingers were yellow for days and i spent hours tweaking my images and absorbing the silence. i was hooked on making beautiful images.

…we were married. that was our introduction to the wedding industry. we became familiar with wedding photography and chatted casually about giving that a shot one day…

…we shot our first wedding. it was for a friend who couldn’t find a photographer and asked if i knew of anyone. my response- um, us? after that wedding we spent a few hours with some close friends at the grill downtown, slowly coming to the realization that we wanted to really persue this.

that wedding was a year ago this sunday. woah. we launched the site in january and shot our first wedding as altmix photography on march 22- we closed off booking for ’08 when we hit 30 weddings. we’ve come so far and learned so much. this weekend we’re headed back to ‘ole athens to celebrate. it’s one of our rare off-weekends and even though we’re ticket-less for the game ($600 for 2 tickets!? you’re joking.) we’re excited to enjoy our old stomping grounds, see old friends, maybe run into a few like-minded clients, and tailgate our little hearts out! athens puts things in perspective for us- cannot wait!

with love, from me, to you

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it ended the same way it began, at mcdonald’s. embarrassing? yes, but my options were limited. i had just gotten married and moved to atlanta. i was jobless in a totally unfamiliar city clutching a brief resume and scared to death to begin the search for my first real job.

i considered a few jewelry stores before realizing i needed a little break from that (my degree from uga is in jewelry and metal design- it’s true) and then i thought of craigslist. the mother of everything accessible to any slightly computer savvy recent graduate. and i dove in. matt and i figured out how much it would be nice for me to make (to help with food, shelter, and other luxuries ;) ) and i realized that i was going to either work full time retail (tempting for the discounts, of course) or i would find a well-paying part time job.

so that little rant brings us to me sitting in mcd’s last september, over 45 minutes early for my interview (i was so nervous) with a small software company looking for a part time receptionist. that’s the story of how this entirely right brained jeweler ended up in tech support triaging calls. it was a great change of pace for me and at two days a week i was available the rest of the week to set up our new home…and help launch this photography biz.

today i sat in that very mcdonalds, having gotten to work before the building was unlocked and knew it was the end. matt and i had added the numbers until excel crashed (so, what, like five minutes?! i kid. i kid.) and it was clear that i needed to devote my time to our biz rather than someone else’s. i sat and waited with the same cocktail of feelings i’d experienced just 11 months earlier: excitement, apprehension, anxiety…and a slight upset stomach- totally unrelated to emotion- more related to the fried grease on grease i’d just consumed (occasionally stress related eating just happens, no?!). so to make an unnecessarily long story short, today i gave my two weeks. it might not seem like a big deal but that little bit of steady income will no longer be a security blanket for us. we are all in baby and we couldn’t be more excited to serve you better. because really, you just can’t hold a right brain down!! :)

‘state of the business’

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ashley and joel are up so be sure to check them out!

ok, so as you might’ve already noticed, this is matt filling in for kate this morning so don’t expect your usual sass…

just last week i realized that we haven’t really shared with you what it’s been like now that altmix photography is a full-time gig; well let me tell you, it’s awesome!!! seriously, i don’t know how we did it before- how did we have the time to work on images, email our brides, sleep, to shower?… (ok, please let it be known that i’m totally kidding on that last one). it really has been fantastic though being able to focus on photography during the work hours and actually having some ‘us time’ in the evenings. back when we were first getting photography off the ground and when i still had my full-time agency job, i’m afraid we might’ve spent a little too much time working next to each other rather than spending time with each other… now i can’t complain; i’m with my baby alllll day long ;)

something else i wanted to do was to step back from the day-to-day posts of engagement sessions and weddings and take a quick overview of the business and how its going. sort of a ‘state of the business’- which honestly gets me really excited to think of how far we’ve come, man we’ve been so blessed!!! so i hate to bore some of you with the facts, but i love facts (i mean, i love color and some right brained creativity, but sometimes i need my left brain fix, so here we go):

january 2008:
– launched the website
– had 2 weddings booked for 2008
– made a goal to shoot 6 maaaaybe 7 weddings in 2008
– try to go full-time at some point in 2009

june 2008:
– well, we still have a website ;)
– currently have 28 weddings booked for 2008
– we’ve already shot 9 weddings so far
– went full-time in may of 2008
AND, we’ve already booked 12 weddings for 2009! (what?! thats just crazy…)

needless to say, we are pumped out of our minds with how fast this has happened and really can’t believe we’re getting to do what we love, amazing!… i know we’ve said it before, but thank you guys so so much for all the love, encouragement and for spreading the word. we really do feel it’s as much your business as it is ours and can’t wait to see where our adventures take us the rest of the year!

oh, and ps: part of the reason kate isn’t posting is because she’s working on some new exciting stuff we’re about to offer- so current brides keep an eye on your inboxes!