Moving along to Day 11. We had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole and Mike White, two very talented local photographers. A fabulous couple, who are very passionate about their career and have a special vision for beautiful photos.
Here is what they had to say:
Tell us about why you started this venture:
It all started in high school when I took a two year Radio and Television Broadcasting trade, which included several photography elements. I realized then that I have a passion for this type of work. I've always loved photography and Mike was into videography plus we both enjoyed weddings, so wedding photography was a great fit for us. We've branched out to do family and sports events as well.
Tell us what it is that you offer/bring to Cape Breton:
Our business is small, just the two of us working out of our home, so that makes us a great fit for budget-minded families and charity events. We are pretty easy going and quick on our feet, so can easily take on any job that needs to be done. One of our quirks is that we have a friendly ongoing competition with each other about who gets the best photo each session. It pushed us to think and be creative, so it doesn't get stale. We feed off of each other and have great energy, you never know what we will come up with.
Any big plans coming up?
Big plans for us include sports photos and family sessions for the next couple of months, followed by a jam packed wedding season from May to October. We are taking a very small break in June to celebrate our daughter's wedding. VERY excited about that!
What is the most important thing you learned about running your own business in Cape Breton?:
The most important thing we've learned about running a business in Cape Breton is that money is tight so we have to adjust quite a bit. It's also very competitive market here, but the photography community is amazing. We've had other local photographers lend us a hand when we needed it and even recommend us for jobs. We try to return the favor as much as possible. That's the great thing about Capers, always a friendly and helpful bunch.
What are your favorite things to do or places to visit in Cape Breton when you are not busy running the business?
We are always busy, so very rarely leave Cape Breton. Some things we love to do in our downtime include getting together with friends and family at our local community (Emera) centre and fire halls to socialize and enjoy local entertainment (which is amazing!). We both enjoy heading out on Sundays to Duke's Place in Sydney Mines to watch football and playing guitar at the kitchen party. We also watch a lot of minor hockey games and workout together at the gym to keep up with the younger crowd.
Thank you Nicole and Mike for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with us.