“Stop collaborate and listen …”
Is it acceptable to use lyrics from a Vanilla Ice song for my blog title? Just wondering.
Anyways, I wanted to jot down some thoughts I had about collaboration and such. I do think this is a tricky subject that I cannot even begin to clear up or break down in this post. This is just a tale of a successful collaboration situation.
Recently Houston lifestyle blogger, Lauren, contacted me about photographing her bridal shower. I had put my name in the proverbial hat when she posted an “In Search Of” post in a Facebook group, and she reached out to me a few days later. From the beginning, she was so appreciative of the work that goes into photographing an event and wanted to collaborate which would include a mention on her larger Instagram and blogging platforms.
In the end, I ended up getting to shoot her lovely bridal shower and leaving the whole experience with a renewed attitude. She was so kind in person and took the time to ask me to get a couple of photos of the sweet man who was working the Mimosa station and tending to the food. She told the story of the first time she met him, when he was working a party she was attending during one of the frequent Houston deluges. He got each girl a bag for her shoes and walked them all out to their cars with an umbrella.
At the heart of the issue of collaboration, I think, is working with people who appreciate the work people around them are doing, whether it is the person taking photos or the person making sure there are plenty of delicious cookies out for guests to eat (the most important person, in my opinion) or the person who made the cake. As a vendor, it is so lovely to hear all of your fellow vendors being given the credit they deserve. I’ll be sharing the photos in a couple weeks over here, but for the full rundown of the shower, head over to Lauren’s blog where she shared all things Bridal shower today.