LOCAL VENDOR FEATURE POST - HALEY THUSS - PHOTOGRAPHER
This local vendor feature is super near and dear to my heart! For anyone who has followed the blog from the beginning, you know that Haley Thuss has been an integral part of getting this blog up and running. What you may not know, is that Haley is an incredibly talented photographer and the owner of Haley Thuss - Photographer. All of the beautiful photos featured on the blog of myself and my family were taken by Haley (and her amazing talent was also crucial in setting up the website too!). In fact, Haley has taken photos for so many memorable events for Kev and I - including our engagement photos, wedding photos, Christmas photos, and countless family photos with our babies so far. My house is essentially just a gallery of her work (seriously, every single picture that is up in my house, she took). She's funny, hardworking, cool AF and an incredibly generous friend. But hey - no need for me to say anymore. Read below and see for yourself!!
Get to Know Haley - Owner of Haley Thuss - Photographer!
Hey everyone, I'm Haley! I run off of coffee and dry shampoo. I love breakfast. When I'm not photographing beautiful couples you can most likely find me driving around singing and dancing at the top of my lungs in my car, watching netflix from my bed, or throwing back a coupla BL's with my homies (that's super white girl for friends). I got bit by the travel bug when I was a teenager so normally in my off season you can find me at the nearest airport taking of for a month of adventure in some foreign country. I love to DIY... i'm literally the worst person for starting something and not finishing it. My house is full of numerous half done projects. It's comforting and infuriating at the same time. So ya... that about it. Hello.
How did Haley Thuss - Photographer get started?
Wouldn't it be cool to tell you that I started my photography business because I picked up a camera at the ripe age of 3 and never put it down and have been photographing subjects ever since? WELL... SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU. I've gotten asked this question before and I never really know how to answer it. I used to bring an old 35mm film camera (you know the one that your grandma still whips out from time to time) to cool "hangouts" when I was in grade six or seven. From there I got my first Canon Powershot point and shoot and started taking photos with that well into highschool. I thought I was super artsy when I would take shots of something super up close with the Macro mode. THEN once i was probably sixteen my parents had gotten me a used ORIGINAL Canon Rebel. HOLY do I ever wish I still had that camera. I used to just walk around with that camera around my neck at high school parties and take photos of all the underage drinking. And that was pretty much it. That old used canon SLR that my mom and dad got me for christmas one year started my first 365 project that forced me to get creative on a daily basis and then I thought maybe I can do this for a job. I looked into going to college or university for it, and then started working on portfolio images to submit. My mom and dad asked me probably 147 times "Are you sure you want to go to school for photography ? Theres not many jobs in that field, and if you went to school for something like nursing you would have a job right away." Did anyone else's parents ever push the Nurse card when it came down to applying for school ? ANYWAYS, I applied to a couple different colleges and universities and got accepted. Went on to do two years of digital photography at Niagara College and walked away with a $30,000 piece of paper. Want to know the funny part ? They don't even teach wedding / engagement photography in college. BUT HERE I AM, WORLD! I actually left college thinking that I wanted to be a product and advertising photographer. Turns out that field is hella hard to break into. SO I started out this wonderful self employed journey by photographing families and I second shot a wedding or two. Then it just kind of happened. I went from 3 weddings a year, to twelve weddings a year, and now the last two years I've been shooting 27 weddings a year. So thats pretty cool!
What does your job entail on a daily basis?
Let me tell you. This job isn't always what it looks like. On Instagram and Facebook you get to see all the glamorous parts of the job. I'm totally guilty of it too. I like to show the fun and appealing parts of all of it. However the day to day is a lot of emailing, texting, taking phone calls with clients and potential clients. It's a lot of planning and scheduling. It's a TON of just sitting at my computer or with my laptop and editing photo after photo. People are becoming more aware of this than they used to be but a photographer's job is WAY more than just coming and taking your photograph. There is a ton of work put in leading up to your session or wedding, and a mountain of work after your session is done. BUT then there are the really fun days. The days where I get to go and meet new clients for drinks and find out what we have in common and essentially make new friends. Theres the days when I get to photograph the biggest day of two people's lives as a couple and they put all their trust in me to capture their memories. There are even days when I get to do something like photograph my best friend's boyfriend proposing to her!
What do you love most about your job, and running your own business?
I love giving people the feeling of reliving a day through photographs. There is literally nothing I want more for my couples and clients than for them to look back on a photo 10, 20, or 50 years from now and still get goosebumps because they remember what their husband whispered into their ear that made them laugh like crazy. I love that I get to meet so many amazing people and bring their visions to life. I love that I get to make people feel beautiful. I love that I get to be creative everyday and the thing that I love most about this whole crazy thing is that most of the time it doesn't feel like work at all. You know that saying "Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life" as cheesy as it sounds it's so true. It kills me that some people don't ever get to experience something like that. I consider myself incredibly lucky that I have something that I'm so passionate about.
As far as the business side of it, I won't lie... there is not much I like about that part. Besides deciding when I get to take a month off to go travel somewhere. But like taxes and keeping books and like business hours... I'm still learning all of that. I just have a good accountant.
How do you balance your work life and your personal life?
KAY - I actually get asked this question ALL the time. I have no secret. Sometimes my balance is working a little bit every night and then taking a night here and there. OR sometimes my balance is working for like three weeks straight and just forgetting about all my responsibilities for a week straight because YOLO...................
But seriously, I think the biggest thing that I've learned is to not feel guilty about going out with your friends or laying on the couch and watching tv for two days straight instead of working. I used to think that people would be so mad if they ever found out I was spending the weekend with my friends instead of working on their photos. But turns out, people are actually not always dicks. I'm not sure if it's because of the relationship I try and build with my couples along the way but people are always like "YA GIRL, you do you! You go out and tear up that dance floor and have a couple jagerbombs." Or the alternative "yeah! you sleep for 14 hours straight and do a face mask!"
I meannnn SERIOUSLY guys!! LOOK AT THOSE PHOTOS.
I love every photo she's ever taken and every single time she does a shoot for us, I think there's no way I could love it more than the last - and sure enough, she tops it! She keeps every shoot fun, lively and just makes you feel like the moment you're in is the most important moment in the world and she can't wait to capture it for you. I love being in front of her camera, and I loved every minute of working on launching this blog with her.
I want to thank Haley for working with me on this feature! I'm so happy to be able to showcase her and her business. Here's a link to her website- it's currently under construction but I've had a sneak peak at what the newly, redesigned layout is going to look like and it is BEAUTIFUL. You can also find out how to contact her so that you can get in on her incredible work for yourself!!