This is both my online business and personal journal where I share all of my photography and business projects! Allow me to introduce myself...I am Catherine Guidry, a Louisiana wedding photographer. I am passionate about documenting life but more importantly...living it! <3 My favorite things to do are bike ride with my husband and brainstorm new creative projects! I am all about meeting new friends and can't wait to meet you!
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Welcome to my blog! This is both my online business and personal journal where I share all of my photography and business projects! Allow me to introduce myself...I am Catherine Guidry, a Louisiana wedding photographer. I was raised in a small town but consider myself a big dreamer. My favorite things in life are spending time with friends and family, bike riding with my husband and working on new creative projects! I am all about meeting new friends and can't wait to meet you!
It's been too long of a minute since I've featured a vendor that I believe in. As an entrepreneur that owns and runs a small business, I must admit that I cannot do it alone.
Aside from my second shooters (that clients actually see) I also work with several vendors they don't see: Print Labs, Film Labs, Product Creators and more! Albumesque is a one such company that I consider to be a part of my business behind-the-scenes!
A few years back, I decided that I wanted to focus more on shooting and less on things that take time from that…one such being album design. The wedding album is an heirloom piece my clients use to display for years and years. So, who better to work with my clients than a company that focuses SOLELY on album design?!
In comes Amy Nave, owner of Albumesque. Since I began working with Amy, we've transitioned from business acquaintances to friends and I'm thrilled to see her continue growing and following her dreams.
Below is a quick Q & A I did with Amy…if you're interested in more details & be sure to CONTACT HER (and let her know I sent you for a special rate)!
How do you know Catherine?
I first met Catherine through Albumesque. She has been an amazing client to work with and as the years have gone by our “business relationship” has turned into a friendship. A friendship that I can e-mail randomly and ask for advice. Catherine is an incredible lady and one that I am honored to know!
What makes you different from your competitors?
What makes Albumesque different is we are a full service album design firm. The photographers that we work with can have as much hands on or hands off the album design process that they want. We also will customize the album design process to meet the specific needs of every photographer so that the process is seamless and fits their business.
What is one tip you could give a couple to help them on their wedding day?
Hire a professional photographer that is not only a great photographer but is someone that you trust, is compatible with your personality and is truly someone you enjoy being around. You will be around your photographer almost more than anyone during your wedding day and it’s important that you truly connect with that person. This will help you to relax during pictures and make for an overall enjoyable experience!
What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?
I love working with wedding photographers in the industry. It’s been a highlight of my career. I feel very fortunate to be in an industry where the clients I get to work with are so kind, genuine and overall just quality people. Plus, I get to work with incredible images to create the first volume of a beautiful love story for a husband and wife. I feel so blessed!
What is one of your favorite business memories?
One of my favorite business memories was what jump-started the idea of Albumesque. I remember being on vacation visiting the Gary Fong family and my friend David Jay saw that I was designing a wedding album. I expressed that I loved designing and he said “Hey, can you design for me?” I was elated and of course I said yes! That was the start of Albumesque. Word spread and the joy of designing albums has stayed with me ever since.
What is your favorite thing about owning/running your business?
My favorite thing would have to be the freedom that comes with having your own business. It doesn’t mean I work less it just means I’m able to shift my schedule around. I can randomly watch my niece and nephew for a few hours, I’m able to volunteer at a dog shelter one morning a week and when most people are working, I can spontaneously go on a lunch date with my disabled mother.
What is your proudest moment and what hopes do you have for the future?
I’m constantly trying to pour my heart and soul into my business, clients and designs. When a lovely client of mine (such as Catherine) takes the time to express her appreciation and trust in what I’m doing, those are my proudest moments. I hope to continually serve my clients with the utmost love and respect. I hope to constantly listen to my clients on how I can better serve them and strive to be an individual who is never too proud to listen, grow and change.
What's the best way for someone to reach you for more information?
The best way to get ahold of me is via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Don't forget to Amy know you saw her post!)