We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim and Greg Kolanowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim and Greg, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind the success of our business is that we are consistently told that we are easy and fun to work with, dependable and talented photographers. We are very fortunate to have many loyal, long time clients who appreciate our dependability. When a project is scheduled, we’ll be there ready to do the job on time, efficiently and professionally. We love that our clients have such trust in our ability to get the job done well.Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
There are two of us at Kolanowski Studio, Kim and Greg Kolanowski. We both have B.S. degrees in Photography and always had the idea of starting our own company. After working for other studios for a few years, we started Kolanowski Studio in 1989. We are corporate/advertising photographers specializing in executive portraits, product, still life, food and architecture photography. Over the years we’ve built a great network of people who have been very kind to refer new clients to us. We love that! We’ve learned along the way that the best business practice you can have is to be fair and kind to people, act professionally and do the best job you can do. Building a business is never easy, but with enough persistence and patience it can be done. We have to constantly keep up with our marketing and reaching out to new clients.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We live an work in the Heights, so there’s a bunch to do in our own neighborhood. Houston is know for great food. In the Heights we have some stellar restaurants starting with Coltivare. It’s just up the block from our house and they have wonderful food! I would also like to give a shout out to a new comer to the neighborhood, Mutiny Wine Bar. The are an upscale wine bar with small batch wines (things you can’t buy at the grocery store) and great food. We are also big supporters of the craft brew world. Saint Arnold Brewery is one of our very favorites. Great beer, and great beer garden. They also have a fantastic bike team that we are on. After eating and drinking our way through the city, we’d take our guests to the many parks Houston has to offer. First, the hike and bike trails (MKT trail goes through the Heights), then the trails along Allen Pkwy and Memorial Drive. Second, Discovery Green and Market Square. Both offer live music, yoga classes and more. Then, there’s the music scene! Heights Theater, McGonigals Mucky Duck, Dan Electros are a few to see some good music. Also, Cactus Records has in store preformances from time to time. You can also buys some great vintage records and Cd’s. In addition to all of these places, we host concerts in our studio about once a quarter. This is fun way to see a musician up close in an intimate space. Lastly, the great museums and performance venues. Museum of Fine Arts has some world class exhibits. The Hobby Center, Jones Hall and the Alley Theater always put on fantastic shows.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big shoutout to all of our wonderful, supportive clients! We’d also give a shoutout to our professional organizations. ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers and AAF Houston (American Advertising Federation). Both are great resources for information and networking.