Everybody has their opinion of when the "recession" hit, but for most, it was in the 2008/2009 time frame. With the economy changing, more spouses and family members started working together. I've seen the same scenario repeated over and over again - one spouse lost their job and decided to join the other spouse and help with the business.
I honestly have no statistics about the number of couples in business together as photographers, but it certainly seems to have grown in the last few years. Go to any major conference or convention and you'll see couples walking the trade show floor together as they look for new products and techniques to raise the bar on their photography.
Bleu Cotton and Alison have been good friends going back to my early Hasselblad days. I first met Alison when she was graduating from Hallmark Institute and knew Bleu from conventions in the early 90's. I've watched them both grow as artists individually, then become a couple right through to today, as a very special family.
"Balance" is an over-used word, but there isn't a better one to describe the challenges of running a business and staying focused on your family. Then comes the challenge of working with your spouse. It's not an easy task, and even Sheila, and I stopped sharing an in-home office, finding it was tough to spend day after day together. So, the word "balance" comes into play continuously.
I'm excited about this new Weekend Wisdom because you're going to get to know two of my very good friends. Plus, they couldn't be more open and honest about what it takes to work together and maintain the balance between each other, their personal life and especially make their son, Fisher a priority.
A Big thanks to Alison and Bleu for taking the time for this podcast and especially SproutingPhotographer.com. Bryan Caporicci and Rob Nowell created Weekend Wisdom, and helped to kick off a friendship that's grown to be one of the highlights of my career! After only eight months Sprouting Photographer got Best of iTunes' podcasts in 2014. They've now grown to be one of the most listened to podcast in photography!
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