February 17th, 2010
Within a minute of starting interview, Ashley Parsons admits to having “freakish Hobbit feet.” And Jeremy “loves ‘em.” That’s a good indicator of the Parsons’ funny couplehood and ability to make light of just about anything. These two Kansas City photographers share the story of finding calling during our interview. (Image below courtesy of Image is Found ) )
The Parsons met nine years ago being set up by a mutual friend. Jeremy was living in attending a “missions-training deal” “studying the Bible stuff like that” while Ashley was state-side. They e-mailed, chatted, phoned it up, and fell in love. Says Jeremy: “I knew I stepped off the plane, before ever having met this girl in person, that this girl was going to be the woman I married.” The two married nine months later, and Ashley totally drank champagne at wedding…underage. Oh, the rebellion!
Ashley worked as a natural coach, and was helping women to experience bringing peeps into world without drugs. She transitioned into a bit of photography, loving the ability to capture the emotion experience on a day-to-day basis. At a booth Ashley purchased tout her coaching abilities, a girl approached her to shoot wedding. Ashley said she was crazy, she wasn’t a photographer… wedding. Ashley said she was crazy, she wasn’t a photographer…
But when that bride kept her, then got her fiance on board, Ashley gave in and made her “a thing saying that when the pictures are all awful you won’ sue.” Armed with kit lenses, a new dSLR and an external flash, Ashley translated a couple’s love into images. She says has always been “just a way to experience life.” She was happy grow up in Africa running through the forest shooting film, treasures her photos from that time. treasures her photos from that time.
In October 2007, Mrs. Parsons Jeremy into being a second shooter. He “fell in love with days,” saying “it’s so great being with people on their day.” The two of them are happy to have found the freedom leaving a 9 to 5, having time with their kids, and sharing experience of being artists while documenting couples in love. experience of being artists while documenting couples in love.
The Parsons took the plunge full-time business at the urging of Nate Kaiser, who put things perspective: ” What’s the worst that could happen? ” Like, really. Are people going to die? Are countries going to fall the ocean? Worst case scenario, you’re going to have to move back with your parents. And lose money. The Parsons were okay with prospect, and have been soaring ever since. prospect, and have been soaring ever since.
“The worst that could happen isn’actually that bad.” actually that bad.”
They were up front with their clients, saying that they weren’t following rules and didn’t know what were doing. “You’re gonna take a risk with us,” they told and grooms. And the couples keep taking risks. The Parsons have crazy-busy, running a business that’s fed by word of mouth. They’ also thrilled to have made personal connections with photographers who are willing to refer the Parsons at intervals. intervals.
The Parsons experienced a bit of ” being stupid” at the end of 2007, priced at just $2,000 for a of images. They managed to book over 45 weddings, but very burned out. They were tired and grumpy and Jeremy said “If I to hear Brick House one more time, I’m gonna shoot somebody.” to hear Brick House one more time, I’m gonna shoot somebody.”
When they realized they could have NINETY weddings in 2008 at that price, they changed their structure and wouldn’t let couples who don’t laugh at their book them anymore. Pricing fixed, they now hone in on their clients with a survey that hones in on what’s important to couple. couple.