Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Sarah and Darren Hendry. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Sarah and Darren, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Alright, let’s jump into one of the most exciting parts of starting a new venture – how did you get your first client who was not a friend or family?
We randomly put a photography advert on Gumtree (the UK version of Craigslist!) and secured our first ever paid booking after a few days, which happened to be a wedding which we were a little surprised about since that type of photography had never really interested us! Since then, we have never looked back and have now been doing wedding photography full-time for almost 12 years. It was never our grand plan in life; it just worked out like that!
Sarah and Darren, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
We’re Sarah and Darren; originally from Scotland but are now LA transplants living our best life in Pasadena! We moved here almost four years ago with our two rescue bunnies and are having a whale of a time in sunny California!
We’re wedding photographers, but not your TYPICAL wedding photographers! We go against the usual grain, and that’s exactly how we like it to roll. Normal is boring. Well, for us, at least 😉
We’re constantly pushing ourselves creatively and are incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so we aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. The most important thing for us is to capture the overall essence of the day so couples can look back on the images for years to come and remember ALL of those good, good times.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve really pushed our way out of the box and have started incorporating some really fun elements into our work to spice things up and bring some 80s vibes and extra color, which is basically soooo us. We go a little wild with our neon lights, atmospheric mist, fractals, and other random light-bending toys! It’s pretty much our signature thing now and what a lot of folks recognize us for, which is super nice!
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
For us, the most rewarding aspect of being a creative is when clients of ours receive their images then gush over them, and in turn, leave the best reviews, as well as post them on social media with such kind words to go alongside. These are the things that keep pushing us forward and make us really enjoy what we do, year in and year out. Even many years later, we still get butterflies reading such amazing emails and reviews. Making our clients happy makes us happy! It’s a virtuous circle, y’all!
Can you tell us the story behind how you met your business partner?
We drunkenly met each other at a show Darren was playing at with his band. We connected on MySpace (those were the days!), and the rest is history!
All images are by The Hendrys