Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

Boston & North Shore Wedding Photographer creating timeless imagery for classic New England weddings with a fine art approach.

The Power of Collaboration

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Behind The Scenes of A Styled Shoot

This past winter I had the opportunity to attend an online workshop hosted by some amazing ladies, Lara and Emily, from Making Brands Happen. The workshop was titled Making Things Happen 2013 and the primary focus was to inspire the attendees to get organized and get things HAPPENING in 2013.  

Part of that workshop involved a ten minute period or so where we could make one BIG thing happen. And I'm not sure why, but I felt on my heart to reach out to friend and fellow photographer, Kendra, of Summer Street Photography. Perhaps I thought because she was taking the course too that I wouldn't sound so crazy. Whatever the reason I send a quick email and held my breath.  

Kendra, much to my surprise, emailed me back IMMEDIATELY excited about the idea I had proposed and we almost instantaneously began to plan. Our desire was to create a styled shoot, but not just ANY styled shoot. We wanted a shoot that had depth and meaning and purpose. Our purpose being to celebrate all the beauty of the Quintessential New England Wedding. (Which I'll get more into later when I share images next week!) 

I knew that two heads were better than one and I loved the idea of two professionals working alongside one another. So TOGETHER we pooled our resources and brought together an amazing team of vendors, each who were masters in their fields. We explained to them our vision for the project and they all immediately jumped on board. We knew we were on to something.  

On Sunday this project came to fruition. All of the planning, organizing, dreaming and preparing came together. What started as a small idea, inspired by an online workshop, became a reality. And what made this day particularly special for me was that we all worked together to see a goal come to life.  

Kendra and I in all aspects could be seen as competitors. Why would I dare reach out to local photographer to work on a styled shoot together? Why would I possibly want to share MY resources with her and vice versa. Why let her in on this little idea of mine? Because at the end of the day I truly believe that Kendra and I (and our industry as a whole) are better together than we are apart. Do we both shoot weddings in New England? Yes. But together we can grow our businesses and our talents as photographers FAR more than we could ever do alone.  

I'm so thankful for the team we worked with who saw this vision and latched on it. Yes the day was about pretty pictures and dresses and stationary. But it was also about so much more. It was about teamwork, collaboration, and building each other up to be better than we were before. I think that is what made this shoot so special and why I couldn't be more proud of the team.  

I am going to challenge you to think outside the box. I am going to challenge you to stretch yourself. I am going to challenge you to reach out to another industry peer. If there is anything that I have learned through this whole process it's that two are better than one. And together we can help to make each other and our businesses stronger! I truly hope I'll have more opportunities to work with other industry peers like this in the future! 

I promise to share more pretty images soon (PLUS THERE'S AN AMAZING VIDEO TO COME!!) but for now I'll share a view behind the scenes images of the fun we had. What an awesome way to start my maternity leave!! Thanks to everyone who was involved!! 

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And yes, that's Kendra!! Getting in my shot! What was I saying about teamwork again?.... :-PHere are just SOME of the amazing industry professionals that we had as part of the team. What an awesome crew to be a part of!!And finally here's a little blustery sneak peek video! 

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