M&Him – Photographer Interview
The photographers we get to work with at Post Partner are our biggest inspiration. They’re artists and friends and we want to share their talent with everyone. Today, we’re talking with Madison and Dave from the husband and wife photography team, M&Him. Madison and Dave are sharing how they’ve learned to be married and business partners, and the best and worst advice they received when starting their photography business.
Madison and Dave are long time friends of Post Partner. It’s been so fun watching their business grow and develop over the last couple years, and all the adventures they’ve been able to have. They are insanely talented photographers and videographers and have a way of capturing so much emotion in every image they take. We’re so excited to be a part of what they create! Make sure you check out their website and social media! Here’s M&Him!
Q1. Who is M&Him?
Hello! We are Mads (M) and Dave (Him), a husband and wife photo and video team based out of Vancouver, BC.
Q2. How did you get started in photography?
While we were dating, Dave had a Canon 50D SLR that we fooled around with and totally mastered the self timer selfie. Not long after we got married, Dave played guitar on tour for an indie artist and Mads had nothing better to do than be the groupie with a camera. Since then the camera never left her hand. Portrait sessions lead to weddings and Mads found herself the best second shooter she could ask for – Dave. Within our first year we shot just about 40 weddings and quickly realized our love for working together and documenting such significant days.
Q3. As a husband and wife team, what differences do you bring when shooting together?
With Mads being more the structured type and Dave, kind of a free bird, our differences really compliment each other making our work consistent yet creative. As of recent, we’ve really started to nail down a system where we can both bring our vision to the table to produce the best outcome with
Q4. What’s it like working together?
Working together is the best. Every wedding brings a new appreciation of each others talents and strengths. However, don’t be fooled, if you were to ask us this question in our first year we’d have to laugh or even cry. It has taken a lot of perseverance to learn how to balance being business partners and spouses. Learning when and how to use encouraging and constructive words is key.
Q5. What’s it like working together?
Our clients! That bright smile, those interlocked fingers, her wind blown hair – the fuel to the flame for us.
Q6. What is your creative vision?
In an industry where the trends are constantly changing, we really strive to keep our vision timeless, consistent and of course – candid!
Q7. What is the best advice you received about being a photographer/creative?
When you start feeling burnt out, creatively or physically, take a trip or do something that inspires you.
Q8. What was the worst advice you were ever given?
To raise our prices. We were told often by other photographers to raise our rates when we first started. We ended up waiting to do so until we felt confident enough in our work and it was the best decision. It so easy to be influenced but the way other photographers around you are running their business so it’s important to stick with your gut and what you feel is right.
Q9. Mads, recently you began mentoring a few photographers who just started. What motivates you to do that?
Yes! I am the biggest yes person so I guess I’ve kind of thrown myself in the deep end with that but I absolutely love it. I fully self taught myself everything I know about photography but I am starting to realize not everyone works that way so it’s important for people like me to reach out and give back.
Q10. Top 3 favourite photographers right now?
1. India Earl
2. Shari + Mike
3. Jordan Voth
Q11. What are 3 interesting facts about you?
1. I’m planning on not getting pregnant until my hair is long (really long)!
2. I can do the worm.
3. If Dave would let me have 10 cats, I would!
1. I am Australian
2. I love to write music as a side hobby
3. I will NEVER let Mads own 10 cats!