Life is an adventure and you must live every moment to the fullest! We try to make every single day of our lives memorable whether it is a shoot with a client, a day in the mountains with our daughter, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, photographing in incredible places, or sleeping under the stars. Life is too short to waste time on anything other than what you love. That is why we started our own business and that is what motivates us to push the boundaries of creativity and efficiency and minimize distractions, so that we can focus on those things that really matter most. You won’t find us sitting in front of the computer until 2 am or working 7 days a week (at least not usually).
We incorporate this philosophy into our business as well. Our best case scenario is to take a client to an incredibly beautiful place they have never seen and give them an extraordinary experience while they are there. Sometimes this is a hot chocolate in a golden aspen grove on a crisp fall morning, other times it is watching the full moon rise over a glacier in the middle of winter waiting for the perfect shot together. Wherever we take our clients, we try to make it an adventure so that every time they look at the images we create for them, it reminds them of a once in a lifetime experience they had with Holcombe Photography.
“Live Simply! Go fast and take chances! ““If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event remember, they are always different, you can’t ever learn it all.If you’ve never been to After Dark Before remember, catch up on your sleep and bring your comfy shoes it’s going to be a wild ride.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
My Dad is a photographer and I grew up around it. We had a darkroom in the basement. I would do my own color film processing and Cibachrome printing. I worked in a pro lab during collage doing all the custom B&W printing, and then my own color work at night. I lived out of a truck and photographed rock climbing, ice climbing and skiing along with doing landscapes all over the West. I sold my landscape work in galleries and my adventure images in magazines and to the companies that made the gear for illustrations in their catalogs and web sites.
Then through a long chain of events I met Sandy Puc and through her Dave Junion in early 2003. This was a major ah-haaa year. They really helped me get into the wedding and portrait world and therefore develop the business we run today. My hat is off to both of them in a big way! I feel so honored that we still have a friendship to this day and Kathy and I are both so honored to be a part of Dave’s vision with AD. I still feel like I learn so much from Dave at every AD. This is not just blowing smoke. We are so grateful to have had Dave to knock us around and rethink what ever it is we were doing and give us fresh perspective on all the questions we have bored him with over the years.
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
I’ve participated in 4 AD Events and my favorite part was when Dave is announcing all the mentors that are getting ready to teach. I can feel the energy and excitement from all the students scrambling off to chase the pod they HAVE to be in next….
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Wedding workflow
- Location shooting/lighting with big studio lights
- Wedding business
- Wedding album design