Sarah and Thomas Boutwell launched T2 Photography in Huntsville, AL and then moved back to Auburn to be closer to their largest customer market - college students getting married. Their creativity with cameras has led to success.
(A tip: a fun & sweet video is at the bottom of this story.)
"I grew up in Auburn, and although I always loved Auburn University, I wasn't sure that it was the university I would attend. After receiving a full scholarship to Troy, I went there for one semester, but I quickly realized that it simply did not have the homey feeling that I felt at Auburn. I came home every weekend, and so as soon as I had a chance to transfer, I did," said Sarah.
"Since I was giving up a four-year scholarship, my mom decided I should attend Southern Union for two years rather than go straight to Auburn. I transferred to Auburn as a junior, and I loved every bit of my time spent at Auburn. I definitely made the right choice by returning home to the university I love."
Sarah graduated in 2007 with a degree in public relations / communication. After graduation she launched into a career in PR, but something was about to change. "After graduating I briefly moved away to Huntsville, but as soon as my husband and I went full-time (with their photography business), we decided that Auburn would be home for us. We don't just love the university, we love the city of Auburn too," Sarah said.
"Our blog is www.T2photography.com. We are wedding and lifestyle photographers here in Auburn. My husband, Thomas, had always dabbled in photography, and the more nieces and nephews we had, the more he found himself taking photos. He decided to give portrait photography a whirl about three years ago, and I picked up a camera shortly thereafter."
"Once we started the business, I immediately started a T2 Photography blog and Facebook page. We wanted to reach as many people as we could and show our work to as many people who would look. By posting the images from our sessions on a blog, we knew that clients could see images quickly, share the link with their friends, comment and repost. People also began finding us through search engines," said Sarah.
Update! August 3, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.
More after the video...
Examples of their beautiful work...
"Before we knew it, we were photographing weddings. Thomas went full-time, and then six months later I followed suit. We have been full-time wedding photographers for almost three years, and I know that without blogging, social media and our online presence, we would never have made it to where we are today," said Sarah.
"Usually our blog posts are about our recent sessions, weddings or merely what is happening in our lives. We really want our clients to know who we are. We want them to feel like they know us by reading what we write. By the time we show up to shoot a couple’s engagement session, we want them to already feel like we are friends, so that everyone is comfortable quickly. We really want our clients to come to us not only because they appreciate our work and because they want awesome wedding pictures, but because they like the people who they have gotten to know on our blog and on Facebook and they really want to have them as their photographers on their wedding day."
A Holiday Surprise
"I enjoy blogging because I get to share such tender, beautiful memories through my images. My job gives me a window into some of the most special moments of peoples' lives, and the fact that I get to be a part of those moments, capture them and then share them with the world is pretty darn special. (I know that sounds super cheesy, but it is the truth!) I love getting to know our brides and grooms, learning about them, and then sharing bits and pieces of their love stories on the blog," said Sarah.
"I also enjoy blogging because it gives clients a chance to get to know who we are before they decide if they want to spend some of the most personal moments of their lives with us. (For example, Thomas and I are usually the only other two people there when our clients see each other for the very first time on their wedding day. That's a pretty special moment to be present for!) By reading what I write, our clients generally get a pretty good idea of who we are, and as I said previously, that helps them decide if they want to spend their whole wedding day hanging out with us."
Editor's Note: This series highlights students and alumni blogging.
Whether it be for personal pleasure or for work, the practice seems to be growing.
This has now become a five-week series.
~ Robert French