It’s official! Chris is joining the Cheers Babe Team!! Woooooooo!!!!
It’s safe to say that I’m really excited that this day is finally here & we get to share this exciting news with you all. You may be asking, “Who is Chris?”. Chris is my handsome, creative and incredibly talented husband! He’s always been a behind the scenes business partner in a hands off kind of way. He is responsible for the major Cheers Babe visual rebrand we did almost two years ago and I constantly pester him with questions about marketing and how to handle some of the more difficult situations that come across when you run a business. He is an amazing supporter of mine and now I can’t wait to see how this business can grow with him on board in an official capacity! So, here’s Chris to introduce himself to you guys, explain why we chose to move in this direction with our business and what exactly his role is on this team.
Whoa, this is real, I can’t believe I’m writing this.
Hi, I’m Chris. I’m married to Jess and I’m the newest addition to Cheers Babe. While I’ve been with Jess on the Cheers Babe train since the beginning, for the past three years I’ve been working as an art director in advertising where I got to create digital banners, billboards, and commercials for some cool brands. During my time in the ad industry I started to learn what it takes to build a brand. But the more I worked, the more I started to wish for two things; I wanted to work on something that was mine and I wanted to hang out with Jess more. Eventually it became obvious that I should quit my comfy ad job to work with my wife and serve clients who are crazy in love.
Starting today I’ll be working as the visual director of Cheers Babe. I won’t be shooting weddings, but I’ll be responsible for making sure all things Cheers Babe look fun and beautiful. And together with Jess, we’ll both be finding ways to serve anyone who wants the best wedding photos ever. Seriously, even if you don’t choose Cheers Babe to shoot your wedding, we always want to offer something that’ll make your wedding photos your favorite photos.
The first exciting project that I’ll be working on is refreshing cheersbabephoto.com to look happier, shinier, and better than ever. This was such a fun project when I worked on it two years ago and now I can’t wait to give it some more love. Well time to get to work! I’ll see you babes around, later!
Thanks Chris! SO excited to make this official.
I can’t wait to share with you all that we’ll be working on together. We know that this path is “unconventional” for a typical “husband & wife team” in this industry and we’re okay with that, so we hope you’ll support us on our journey!
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I get so many questions about the gear I use & what my absolute go-to lenses are! Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of my professional photography gear, what my favorites are and how I use each piece.
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Essential Gear / My Absolute Go-To’s
I have 2 Canon DSLR bodies & I like to use them simultaneously so that I can have 2 totally different lenses on and switch between the two quickly. I currently use the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body)& will be upgrading soon to the Mark IV or whatever Canon releases next!
My Favorite Memory Cards [write speed is so fast on these, I love them!]
Go buy this Memory Card Case right now! They have versions that are all CF and ones that are all SD depending on what you like to use, but these babies keep me so organized & they are basically indestructible. To make sure I’m only pulling the cards I haven’t shot on, I have a simple system where I flip the card backwards in the case when it’s full so I have a clear visual cue (you can see that in the photo above). Works like a charm!
Canon 85mm f1.2L Lens– gorgeous for portraits & really useful for the ceremony
Etsy leather harness dual camera system [OBSESSED with these! They are similar to the popular brand name ones, but mine has never failed on me and I like that the straps are a little narrower. They fit my frame much better, plus you get to choose from so many colors & customizations!]
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens [awesome for HUGE group shots!]
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens [I rarely use this these days, but it was my FIRST non-kit lens and it was the perfect first lens purchase & super helpful if you plan on doing a lot of second shooting!]
3 Canon 580ex II Speedlites [these have been discontinued, so get the new 600ex II‘s!]
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Babes, meet Caitlin! She and I had so much fun running around Pac Heights and Sutro Baths for her entrepreneur session. Caitlin is an AMAZING, uber talented wedding photographer based in Napa Valley – you have to check out her work! When I asked her to describe what her photography business is all about the first word of of her mouth was hospitality. How good is that!? This gal loves to care for her clients well and shows up to serve. I love her heart for her couples! She drinks an iced tea every day – so of course we made sure to capture that so she can share it with her followers. She also loves the ocean and squishing her toes in the sand, so we made sure to hit up the beach at Sutro Baths for some sand & sun. I love those little things about my clients that make them unique!
If you are an entrepreneur or business owner (especially a female one 💪!) and you keep telling yourself, “I need photos for social so bad!”, you are right & I encourage you to book a session! I can’t tell you the difference it’s made in my own business to put myself out there & let people see the face that’s usually behind the camera. It’ll help people get to know you, remember you & want to do business with you. I love doing these kind of sessions, so hit a sista up, anytime.
If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, I’d love to capture you so you can share your story with your followers! Inquire below 🙂