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Thanks for sharing your story with us Suzy, Jason. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Jason: I worked on various horse ranches when I was younger and saw beautiful landscapes. As I would be riding, I really wanted to capture the images I was seeing. I started with two film cameras, one for black & white, one for color. To gain experience I would shadow professionals on photo shoots to learn various techniques you can’t learn from the internet or a book. Over the years I have developed my own style, not to mention upgraded to advanced camera equipment. My dream was to have a photography business.
Suzy: When I met Jason over three years ago he was very passionate about photography. He gave me his older digital camera. One of the things we love to do is hike. While we hiked we would photograph landscapes and wildlife. Jason, started teaching me how to use the settings on the camera and I fell in love with photography and Jason. After we were married I suggested we start a photography business. I had the experience and degree in business and he had the creativity. In January 2018 Wraines Photography was born. Together we brought his dream to life.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Suzy: I would say the road has had a few bumps along the way. For me, the hardest obstacle I face is not having enough time in the day. As a photographer shooting every event with Jason and keeping up with the business side can be a challenge. Jason helps me out as much as he can. Lately, we have been getting busier (which is a good thing) so I have started finding ways to delegate some of my tasks.
Jason: I would agree with Suzy, we have had our share of bumps. Every day and every photo shoot we learn new techniques and ways to improve. Sometimes learning is through mistakes and I know every business owner makes plenty of those. I feel the bumps have made Wraines Photography better. Both Suzy and I are easy going patient people so we have no problem working together. That helps when we have rough patches in the business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Jason: Wraines Photography is made up of myself and my wife Suzy Wraines. We both are photographers and work exclusively together. We are a full spectrum photography business. This means we will photograph more than just one category. We specialize in Phoenix wedding photography, family portrait photography, event photography, fashion photography, and business photography. It’s interesting when other businesses say we are only a “wedding photographer” because really at a wedding you are an event photographer, portrait photographer, design and fashion photographer throughout the entire wedding day. We recognize how much goes into each photography session. We aren’t just “photographers”. We are professionals and experts in our field. When we work with a client they are collaborating with us on how they want their photographs to be. This allows us to create the memories they want. It’s not about us but about the client. That is what sets us apart from other photographers.
Suzy: We are known for our vibrant and full of life color style. Jason has always loved creating images from real life and the use of color is the best way to express that. People who choose Wraines Photography will often say I’m looking for vibrant colors. Candid shots are my specialty. I’m the photographer taking the pictures without anyone knowing I’m there. Jason and I have similar styles in how we capture a frame but different enough for clients to get the best of both of us. One way we set ourselves apart is we both shoot an event or session together. Even with family portraits, we both will shoot during the session so the family has many different perspectives to choose from. A family portrait session could have formal photographs of the family sitting together as well as, photographs of a smiling baby in the arms of mom while she watches the other children having their photos taken.
What were you like growing up?
Jason: My love for animals started when I was very young. Horses became a love for me even though I didn’t have one of my own or live on a ranch. There was something about them. So, very young I started learning about horses and eventually was a lead guide for trail rides at a local ranch. I have always been a quiet person, since I can remember. The arts came natural to me in music, poetry, and photography.
Suzy: I was very shy growing up but very observant. As far back as I can remember, I would analyze my surroundings. I always noticed the smallest things, like a caterpillar rolled up in a leaf. I could sit for hours watching nature and my surroundings just to see colors and shapes. Animals have always been a love for me also, I guess that is why Jason and I work so well together. We have similar personalities and love for things together.