Kelly and Brett Turner, married for 5 years with 3 beautiful children (myself included), work together for my mom’s photography business Raven 9 studios. They both have a huge passion for photography that shows in each picture they take, but the process doesn’t look as great.
My mom runs majority of her business; she takes senior pictures, family pictures, birthday smashes, etc, and edits them as well, but when it comes to major events like weddings, huge parties, conventions and more, she needs my step-dad’s help.
To paint a clearer image of what this looks like, my stepdad is a very tedious individual. If you ask him how his day was, he will tell you about every moment from 6:02 to 6:08 in great detail. You ask him to clean the floors? It will take hours. Help on a single math problem? Guaranteed 20 to 25 minutes. Dishes? Hour. Laundry? Also, an hour. Do NOT even get me started on a trip to Wal-Mart. I can tell you this, the floors will be spotless, the math problem will be solved perfectly, dishes will be squeaky clean and the laundry will be folded to the utmost standard.
My mom on the other hand, is a more of a get-it-done-now-and-figure-out-the-rest-later kind of girl. If you ask her how her day was, she’ll tell you outright that it was good or bad in a minute tops of description, then onto the next topic. Ask her to clean the floors? 10 minutes. Help on a math problem? 2 minutes. Dishes? 5 minutes. Laundry? 10 minutes tops. A trip to Wal-Mart is a lot more in and out, that’s for sure. Everything looks pretty great (thanks to her luck I think). It is not the same level as my step-dad by any means, but it's a lot more efficient.
So when you take their personalities and add it to a stressful situation like shooting a wedding in just a few hours, it can be pretty entertaining. My mom will be dressed, makeup and hair done, her camera and equipment ready, and on her way out the door taking everything to the car. This is when she will see my step-dad. He will be neatly organizing everything in the camera bag, mentally checking off everything he needs meticulously, all the while still in his pj’s.
This is where my mom is no longer my mom anymore. She slips into rage mode and we will all be well-informed while doing so. Then, they’re both stressed because she has to take longer than she wants to, and he has to speed up his process. It’s a mess sometimes.
However, history has shown that my mom might not have been as prepared as she thought she was, and my step-dad will end up saving the day. My mom will keep Brett working in a timely matter when it matters.
So even though the process of them working together looks strange and I know that without each other, the business wouldn’t be what it is. It’s their different personalities clashing that tends to be their secret to success.
They love each other and still love what they do at the end of the day. Their product is amazing and they really do a great job. That's all that matters.