Learning How to Collaborate with Vendors


Learning to Collaborate | Laura Hernandez Photography

Collaborating with other creatives is something we LOVE to do! If you saw yesterdays blog, we announced our fun new project with Fire & Brilliance. The question we get asked a lot, is “how do you get to the point where you’re actually shooting with vendors you’ve dreamed of working with?” If you would have told us even last year we would be teaming up with Hayley Paige to capture her wedding gown at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, we would have thought you were out of your mind, but we just did! To be completely honest, it’s been a long difficult journey, and took a team to get to where we are today.

Let’s back up to nearly five years ago when we started our business. Shy, nervous, and afraid. Fearful of what people would say when these two not-so-experienced girls, asked to work together. At that time we didn’t even believe in ourselves, how was anyone else supposed to? It felt like we were beating our heads against the wall. We quickly realized our problem areas: our approach, our game plan (or lack there of), and shortfall of confidence. Once we had those figured out, what had felt like agonizing hurdles, became our catapult.Learning to Collaborate | Laura Hernandez Photography

First of all, we approached others wrong. Not meaning to, we were asking for a hand out. Looking back it was a total face-palm moment, but we didn’t know better. Fake it until you make it, right? Changing our style to “How can we help you?”, and wholeheartedly believing it, changed everything. It also removed our fear and apprehensiveness, because we were no longer trying to sell our business, but we were out to help others. It always feels good helping others succeed!

Have a vision and a plan. Say you’re a photographer that wants to dabble more in weddings, but need to build you portfolio. Styled shoots are key, and this involves working with other creatives, but not just anyone. Hone in on your idea, think about what your ideal clients would like, while keeping your branding in mind. I know it’s a lot, but once you have a strategy, then you can choose which creatives can help bring it to life.Learning to Collaborate | Laura Hernandez Photography

So now that your out to help others, and have a mental plan of where you would like your business to go (and who will help you get there), comes the confidence. We have learned so much along the way, working alongside others in our field, gathering helpful tidbits from those around the world we admire most, has given us assurance and determination like we’ve never felt before.

We’ve come a long way over the past few years. From a high school girl and a desk job mom, to a full time mother-daughter wedding photography team, who are so proud of where we’ve come, and better yet, where we are going! Want to learn more about how to take your business to the next level? We now offer mentoring sessions! Both online and one-on-one. Click here to find out more!Lindsay & Brendan Wedding (117 of 163)

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