Business Name: Crabill Photo Co.
Where are you based out of? Fulton, MO
Full-Time or Part-time? Part-time but plan on going full-time in the near future!
What is your predominant photographic specialization? It ranges! I’d say we have an equal amount of weddings, families, couples, and seniors.
What camera do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mark IV & 6D Mark II
How do you define your style? Definitely high contrast and moody. Natural and not over posed.
What motivated you to become a photographer or videographer?
I (Paige), went to school for Graphic Design. I was required to take some photography classes and absolutely fell in love. I currently work full time designing and do photography on the weekends. Taking design classes definitely helped me excel quickly with editing in the photography industry. Shortly after I started the business, my husband Brendon asked if he could join. Now we’re a husband-wife duo and everyone loves it! We always have two shooters, we provide comedic relief that makes people comfortable, and it’s so easy to give examples of posing when we can just do them together.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We want to tell a story and get to know our clients along the way. We love capturing raw, authentic moments.
How do you accomplish that?
We work best with clients who are laid back and can keep an open mind. We don’t like to get too serious and posy. We’re passionate about the real emotions, the honest moments and how everything felt.
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your client feel comfortable?
We do more prompts than posing! Most of our clients tell us they’re over the “sit here, look here and smile” stuff. They want to capture the real moments just as much as we do. We also do the prompts ourselves and it always makes the clients feel at ease to see how it’s done before they do it.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work and if so, who and why?
I feel like a lot of photographers inspire our work. There are so many photographers out there who we aspire to be as successful as someday, so we pay attention to their workflow and apply it to our business. I’m in loads of photography groups on social media and we all share posing tips, lighting tips, etc. so we can help each other succeed. I hope I answered that question properly?
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography/videography career?
Honestly booking almost 20 weddings for 2020. We have only been in business for about 2 years so that’s definitely an accomplishment.
What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
To not overbook myself and give myself free time. Brendon and I both work full time and the photography is basically another full-time job after you factor in weddings and all of the editing, emails and phone calls that come along with them. I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a day off where there was nothing on my to-do list. Although I LOVE my career, it’s still nice to have some time to yourself.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We mainly order the wooden display boxes and USBs! Everyone loves them.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
They’ve definitely helped give uniqueness to our wedding collections. Before learning about Photographer Supply Co. we were only delivering galleries through an online platform. Now we do a custom box for each wedding by using the engraving feature. We decorate the box depending on the theme of the wedding, that way it all ties together.
How has packaging elevated your brand?
It helps us keep a consistent look!