I have been meaning to write this post for some time now. However, Fatherhood, work and my families crazy schedule (literally) have kept me from sitting down with a clear mind to write it out the way it was meant to be written.
I have been working in the wedding industry for 5 years now. It has been amazing. I have lived through a few boneheaded, costly mistakes and on the flip side created a lot of really beautiful work and have made very happy clients. I have also met some of the most amazing people! In the end, I never would have thought I would be where I am today in my profession. I know there is still much more to learn and work upon as an artist and business owner but I am thankful nonetheless at how far I have come and the trials I have gone through. God has provided me with some wonderful tools meant to help provide for my family and bless others with images that take them back to their special day.
Today I write to officially inform you that our time here in Hawaii is in its final chapter, for now. My family and this photography business will be moving later this year to the great state of Texas. After weighing pros and cons, we have decided that it is time to move on from a full time occupation here.
I set out with this company to be one of the best wedding photographers in the industry on Maui and although my goals have changed, it would be nice to think that I at least accomplished what I initially set out to do. The proof eludes me. My wife constantly reminds me that I am not doing this for the recognition of men. However, there are times that the "carnal" me wants to picture my success and admire my prowess behind a camera. Like how a bodybuilder would look and flex his/her muscle in the mirror after winning Mr. Olympia. There is definitely a sense of pride and thrill you get from being a business owner. You are putting a lot of time and energy into something that you've created! But I didn't build this all by myself.
A lot happens in 5 years. I have grown. I have changed. I put up with a lot less. I also realize now that trying to make a successful wedding photography company on our island is a lot harder and trivial than one 19 year old could begin to imagine. Having become an adult now, I see the entire scope of things here. As a wedding photographer on Maui you have to be able to deal with high overhead, high living costs, sneaky associate photographers and being strong-armed into unethical business practices by some coordinators. Unfortunately, what you are left with in the end isn't enough to justify the means by which you got there. At least not for me anyway..
Of course there are plenty of good aspects to being a wedding photographer on Maui. Its just that these few negatives really weigh heavily on my heart and I know I cannot change them.
I love and enjoy the wonderful vendors and clients that I have met here and I am thankful for everyone of you who have supported or worked for me along the way. It is simply time for a new chapter in my families book.
We are all on different roads in life at one point or another. Every once in a while though, those roads meet. I have been incredibly blessed to have found you all alongside this amazing journey. I will cherish you all forever. Don't worry though! We will be back often for family visits and a handful of weddings each year. For now though, we have approached an exit off this old highway and I am ready for another adventure.
To all of my potential future clients, I will still be booking weddings for the islands of Hawaii directly with you. I have availability for a handful of events for 2014 and beyond in Hawaii. Please email me directly.