We weren’t always Two Sticks Studios. We weren’t even portrait or wedding photographers when Bob and I decided to start our business. We were just a couple of guys who loved photography and figured we might as well give it our best shot. So we started shooting everything we could. It started with Little League baseball. We would go to every game we could find and start handing out business cards directing people to a crude website where they could order prints. On the business cards: Bob and Chad Photo. SUPER CATCHY I KNOW. Eventually we included football and soccer and every other conceivable sport where we thought parents might like shots of their kids in action. I can’t even count the number of weekends spent roaming baseball fields grabbing photos and then trying to edit thousands of them to get them on the website that night for parents to see.
While it was going OK, we also realized we weren’t getting to know anybody we were shooting. I’ve found one of the great things about photography is how close it can bring you to the people you are shooting if you have the time to really get to know them. And when you do it can show in your photos.
So we decided to change our focus to portrait and wedding photography. We also decided to change the name – a process I was really dreading, primarily because I didn’t have a half decent idea. Enter our old friend Mr. Guinness. Actually enter Bob and a couple of Miller Lites, but I have trouble giving that much credit to a light beer. The point is this. Bob came up with the name Two Sticks Studios while we were having a couple of beers at Andy Gavins. He was spitballing on the idea of the creative spark needed for really different photography. So we started talking about the most basic way to light a fire – rubbing two sticks together. We had a lightbulb moment. “Two Sticks Studios – “The creative sparks starts with two sticks”
We had it. We had a new name and a catchphrase. All we needed were some clients.
That brings me to the point of this rambling post. Bob and I have always said we have the best clients. I don’t think there is one we don’t count as a friend. Every once in awhile we get reminded of how lucky we are to do what we do and to meet the people whom we meet.
We shot a wedding for Jen and Joe last weekend. All day, I listened to story after story about the generosity of these two amazing people. I watched it unfold in how they embraced their guests and treated everyone around them. It seems they don’t make friends as much as they keep making their family bigger. So when they gave us a gift the night of their wedding – a beautiful framed print that Joe designed – we were quite literally floored. It was his interpretation of our two sticks logo – taken to the next level. Just amazing!
It brings me to the point of this post and why I was thinking about our name. We came up with two sticks over a couple of beers. Really the creative spark comes from our clients. It comes from people like Jen and Joe who make you want to not only be a better photographer but a better person. Thanks guys!
Here are a few shots from their day. They’re not the typical wedding shots. We’ll get to those soon. These are the ones that mean so much to Bob and I. Jen and Joe and the gang will understand.